Fountain Pen Quest Trail Log – April 5, 2020

Photo of my desk - high noon on Saturday
Photo of my desk, high noon on Saturday.

This week I did a good job of rotating my pen usage among all my inked fountain pens. Plus, I started journaling again on a regular basis. I did change up the way I journal. In the past my journal was always a Seven Seas Writer or similar A5 notebook. I would typically write at night, occasionally trying to write mornings, and on rare occasions, both morning an evening. I have this this compulsion to write full pages. A blank A5 page can seem pretty daunting when I’m tired, or in a hurry, or just don’t feel like writing. So, I switched to using a pocket size notebook which is a lot less daunting. I use a two page spread per day. In the morning I write on the left page. I use the right page in the evening. It’s not a lot of room, but I’ve written each day since I started a week ago.

I pick a new pen to start the day and use that pen as my primary writer for the entire day. Since I’m home-bound this is much easier. Fountain pens like my Sheaffer Balance IIs or vintage Sheaffers which I consider a little to fragile to travel, especially in my pocket, can now remain in a pen stand. This does mean no pens were used enough to be written dry.

Nock Co. Is having a 25% sale for the month of April so I restocked my notecards. (See the banner at the top of their website for the coupon code.) I also placed a Doane Paper order to restock my writing pads along with a few notebooks.

To entertain myself I’ve started movie nights, which are now every day of the week. This week was heavy on westerns. The week started with The Professionals (1966) and Stage Coach (1939). I liked Stage Coach more than I expected, since I’m not a John Wayne fan. The Professionals didn’t have much of a story, but a great cast carried the movie. Then I switched to a comedy and watched Some Like It Hot (1959) which was enjoyable even though I’ve watched it already and knew the story and the jokes. At this point I wanted to watched the Dollar trilogy and watched A Fistful of Dollars (1964) and A Few Dollars More (1965). I’ll finish the trilogy this afternoon with The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) which remains my favorite western. I did a double feature on Friday and also watched The Lady From Shanghai (1947) which was an enjoyable film-noir, although with a slightly convoluted story. I also watched Auto Focus (2002) which was about Bob Crane. I watched Hogan’s Heroes when I was a kid and remembered there was a scandal when he was murdered in 1978. It satisfied my curiosity about the events, and was actually a well acted and put together movie. It’s not what I’d consider an enjoyable movie, and not recommended due to the topic. It has a well deserved R rating.

Yes, I like old movies. Except for the spaghetti westerns,all the movies were from the Criterion Collection subscription service. I was familiar with their DVDs, and enjoyed them in the past. The subscription service is a better deal than DVDs, and I subscribed earlier this year. It’s $99/year (can be monthly too). A lot of old movies along with some recent classics. Also a lot of foreign films. They are true to the original versions, so no colorized versions and the foreign films have subtitles, no dubbing. Many films are restored and there are a lot of extras to go along with many of the movies. To match their name, many of the files are grouped in “Collections” such as by the same director or with the same actor. A two week free trial is available. They move movies in and out every month so if you start your trial the last week of a month you’ll get a slightly larger selection.

So yea a lot of movies. And sorry about the off-topic tangent. But I can relate it to fountain pens since I used the movies as an excuse to use my pens and write some quick reviews. Well, more like notes than reviews.

canetas e coisas: SAILOR

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Architect Nibs: Their Theory and Practice | Hey there! SBREBrown // I never jumped on the popularity of these nibs, mainly since most complex (meaning “not round”) nibs are lost on me. Very good explanation of the nib. I’m still not sure if the nib is for me. But, this is the first time I’ve heard it’s better suited for people who print, rather than use cursive. That is me.

For Pen Aficionados: How to Fill Your Free Time During the Quarantine – Neil’s Unique Pens Bought and Sold

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Off-Topic: Train Engineer Says He Crashed In Attempt To Attack Navy Hospital Ship In L.A. : Coronavirus Live Updates : NPR // Crazy story, but the part I found interesting is that “training wrecking” is a named crime.

Off-Topic: The Worm is Back! | NASA // The best NASA logo. Forty-five years old and still seems modern, glad it’s back. But then again, it’s the logo I grew up seeing during my peak space interest as a kid.