Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Play "Misty" For Me

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19 comments:

James Watterson said...

Uhh Jury Duty, it's never any fun. I sent in my typewriter journal yesterday. I can't wait to see it all finished.

Little Flower Petals said...

So...what did you see/buy at Tarzhay? Spill!

Hey, it's all good novel research, right?

And I want an index card version of the little pink file cabinet.

James Watterson said...

LFP thats awesome, you say Tarzhay too. Its all fancy like! I love it!

mpclemens said...

It was a tough call, but I finally settled on an 8.5x11" Rhodia pad and a Pilot "Plumix" fountain pen. They also had Miquelrius pads which are praised highly in the pen community, but the paper didn't feel quite as smooth to me. I'm a sucker for that fancy French vellum.

The pen is cheap, but wild-looking, like a baby squid. It doesn't accept international cartridges, just Namiki/Pilot's proprietary ones, but I have a converter from another Pilot pen that I'm going to try to get in there. Almost all plastic, so very, very light, and I bought it mainly so my new paper would have someone to play with.

Mike Speegle said...

"Mercifully, neither one of us was in drag." I snorted soda up my nose.

Communism was just a red herring.

Strikethru said...

What is a Carillion? I always weasel out of jury duty. My last excuse was that I was breastfeeding. Oops, is that TMI? That topic wigs some people out.

In other news, you must submit something to the journal. Your photography is beautiful, can I at least have some of that???

Mike Speegle said...

Yeah, man, submit some of your caffenol stuff!

mpclemens said...

Breastfeeding doesn't bother me in the least, as long as I'm not the one doing it. My wife has had to file three jury "hardship" notices for that very reason, since the county found it necessary to send her a summons about a month after each child was born. There's a database out there someplace with a wicked sense of humor.

A carillon is a word I find myself needing to look up each time I write it: it's essentially a piano that rings bells instead of striking strings. I have been fortunate enough to live in places with functional ones played by Real Humans (tm). The one that I heard outside of court the other day was an obvious fake.

I would submit the caffenol things, but they're only in negative form, no prints, and I haven't been more successful with my faux-scanning technique than what I've done so far. But you're free to harvest from my flickr pool, as everything I post there is under this license. That is, do what you like with it, but please give attribution for the original. I like to share. :-)

Mike Speegle said...

Warning: The following contains oversharing.

After my son was born, he didn't want to "latch on" right away. In fact, he didn't eat anything for 24hours after he was born. So my wife and I, having been up for a couple o' days straight and new parents, were starting to freak out a little.

We ended up going to the nursery and getting help from an 200 year old nurse who told my wife to get ready, then straight grabbed Gen's boob and shoved it right in the kid's mouth.

I'm not trying to be gross, but your entire sense of propriety changes when your kids are born. Suddenly things like people breastfeeding in public (or in many unfortunate cases, being peed, pooped, and puked on) really just don't phase me anymore.

mpclemens said...

The wife was involved in La Leche League for many, many years.

I have, in fact, seen it all.

Strikethru said...

Thank gawd for the lactation consultants. I had no clue what I was doing either.

Little Flower Petals said...

I <3 Rhodia paper. Are we allowed to use emoticons for analog type thingies? And the pen...baby squid? I'm going to have to look for a picture, unless you take one.

Strikethru said...

Rhodia is the best.

LFP, your submission for the journal arrived today. Yay!

I can never think of anything cool to say about my word verification, which is, at the moment, snesua.

Mike Speegle said...

A Super Nintendo Entertainment System (used at) the University of Alabama.

Doy.

mpclemens said...

I'll get a picture of the pen up shortly, though some folks on the Fountain Pen Network have this model, or its discontinued italic twin.

Monda said...

Oh yes. I want the tiny pink file. If I can scrape five minutes together I'm going to hunt one down on Ebay.

Word verification: predi.
As in, "Them pank file thangs sure is predi."

Clearly, I've been traveling the dirt roads too long.

Duffy Moon said...

Never been called for jury duty in my near-20 years of adulthood, and this fact is starting to give me a complex, like I'm on a Don't Even Bother list or some such.

Carrillion is a word that sounds kind of military, but isn't. Is it? There's some freakishly huge (biggest in mid-west? In USA? In world?) Carillion Park not too awful far from the Moon homestead. Not sure what that would look like (Is the keyboard *also* ginormous, or just the bells?) but someday I'm gonna find out.

(word verif. = "whingled" (I kid you not) as in "I love to watch the carillion when the bells get whingled.")

Duffy Moon said...

(And just to follow-up, now the word verif. = "grone". Well played, random word-generator logarithm.)

mpclemens said...

As far as I know, a carillon is played with large levers, arranged in piano-keyboard style. My NaNo 2008 story includes a subterranean carillon-typewriter hybrid, in fact.