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#341 DorothyGale

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Posted 11 January 2015 - 22:39

I was looking at some of my notebooks. I, too, often write the make and model of pen, what nib and the ink, if I know it. I, too, often write the first few lines of Jabberwocky.

I also write, If happy little bluebirds fly, above the clouds, then why oh why can't I?



#342 Cob

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Posted 11 January 2015 - 23:51

Usually bits of Thomas Hood's wonderful poem November:

 

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#343 Manalto

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Posted 12 January 2015 - 15:18

Cob,

Americans and Brits have more in common than we may realize. Mr. Hood has pretty much described our entire winter here in NEW England.

 

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Posted 12 January 2015 - 17:36

Cob,

Americans and Brits have more in common than we may realize. Mr. Hood has pretty much described our entire winter here in NEW England.

 

James

I cannot say I am surprised, but I do think that Mr Hood could have made a splendid job of dreary January and soggy February too.

 

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#345 AuthorofDarkness

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Posted 12 January 2015 - 19:47

"God is Cruel, Sometimes He Makes You Live."



#346 Freddy

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Posted 14 January 2015 - 00:39

8dayslater.............ooh i need your love babe guess you know it's true

hope you need my love babe just like i need you hold me ..love me..

hold me..love me Ain't got nothin' but love babe Eight Days A Week

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#347 Ted A

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Posted 15 January 2015 - 02:56

Of late I have become enamored with a Bertolt Brecht quotation:

Because things are the way they are, things will not stay the way they are.
We have a natural right to make use of our pens... - Voltaire

#348 prighello

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Posted 15 January 2015 - 04:35

One ring to rule them all....you know the rest : )


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#349 Freddy

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Posted 15 January 2015 - 22:33

There's a hold up in the Bronx..Brooklyn's broken out in fights..

There's a traffic jam in Harlem..That's backed up to Jackson Heights..

There's a scout troupe short a child..Kruschev's due at Idelwild..

Car 54 Where Are You?

 

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Posted 27 January 2015 - 02:50

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#351 Freddy

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Posted 03 July 2015 - 23:30

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Posted 04 July 2015 - 15:21

From the December 1966 issue of Mad magazine, with apologies to Samuel Taylor Coleridge:

 

On Houston's soil did millionaires

A garish Astrodome foresee:

A palace where the baseball fan,

'Mid climate hideous to man,

Might loll more pleasantly.


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#353 Manalto

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Posted 05 July 2015 - 14:30

From the December 1966 issue of Mad magazine, with apologies to Samuel Taylor Coleridge:

 

On Houston's soil did millionaires

A garish Astrodome foresee:

A palace where the baseball fan,

'Mid climate hideous to man,

Might loll more pleasantly.

 

Wonderful. That's a literary source I'm 100% on board with!


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Posted 06 July 2015 - 03:14

My test phrase is usually my signature, which tests almost all angles I could possibly use with the slight flourish I do at the end. 


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Posted 16 July 2015 - 04:09

I typically go with the "quick brown fox", but one line I come back to again and again is "In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king." If I really want to give it a work out, I'll write out some snippets from The Declaration of Independence or Crime and Punishment. Of course there are plenty of signatures as well, though my handwriting is nothing to write home about. (Heh, see what I did there?)


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Posted 23 July 2015 - 21:05

I start by writing the Greek alphabet very quickly, then my signature, and then some sentences or headlines from my favorite newspaper!



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Posted 23 July 2015 - 21:10

"etaoin shrdlu"

 

because: hot type. Once learned never forgotten.



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Posted 24 July 2015 - 00:22

"etaoin shrdlu"

 

because: hot type. Once learned never forgotten.

 

Ah, a brother in the fraternity of molten lead, tin, and antimony. It was an awesome piece of machinery.


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#359 Morrighan

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Posted 24 July 2015 - 05:21

 

Ah, a brother in the fraternity of molten lead, tin, and antimony. It was an awesome piece of machinery.

 

The music of a Linotype in motion ... as quaint as my line gauge calibrated before Postscript. This is not to imply I worked as a Linotype operator, my work was strictly the highest quality type to the press on time.

 

That I would use actual ink in an actual pen is axiomatic :)

 

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Edited by Morrighan, 24 July 2015 - 05:22.





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