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#21 SeeksAdvice

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Posted 22 February 2015 - 05:08

Spent 8+ hours working the lutefisk feed.  Had it straight and with butter, salt, and pepper.  Needed habanero sauce though.  Got back and immediately showered and washed clothes.  Tomorrow, I go back and cook for another event. 

 

I just don't celebrate holidays, etc.  Don't really see much use in restricting ink use during certain periods of the year, or in using different inks in different periods of the year.  The dates on the calendar are little more than man's inaccurate attempts to catalog the passage of time.  Holidays just mean time when it's difficult to get things done, or in my line of work, when crime rate goes up. 


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Posted 22 February 2015 - 14:04

I'm giving up on unmixed black ink for the whole year instead.

 

just realized I don't want to do that either.

 

I'm out.



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Posted 23 February 2015 - 03:28

I'm going to Hell anyway

Now I'm off to the Ink Review Forum

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#24 Frank C

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Posted 23 February 2015 - 04:20

I've always believed that it is better to take on a worthwhile task in Lent rather than giving up something trivial. Why don't you copy the Gospel of John with your fountain pen? Use any color ink that seems suitable.


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#25 Arkanabar

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Posted 24 February 2015 - 03:20

Of course doing good and worthwhile things remains good and worthwhile during Lent.  But taking up a voluntary privation as a penance for sins (and we all sin) helps one to first, practice discipline when facing temptations of the flesh, and second, to take on (in a limited way) the privations which Christ did.  There are reasons why God's people have a history of forbearing from pleasure when feeling penitential.

 

And I'm already in the process of taking notes on the every paragraph of the Catechism.



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Posted 24 February 2015 - 03:49

Sounds like an awful lot of work for no reward. 


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Posted 24 February 2015 - 04:26

It's not a reward one shoots for during Lent, but a level of understanding.

To each their own!

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Posted 24 February 2015 - 14:56

Of course doing good and worthwhile things remains good and worthwhile during Lent.  But taking up a voluntary privation as a penance for sins (and we all sin) helps one to first, practice discipline when facing temptations of the flesh, and second, to take on (in a limited way) the privations which Christ did.  There are reasons why God's people have a history of forbearing from pleasure when feeling penitential.

 

And I'm already in the process of taking notes on the every paragraph of the Catechism

Did you seriously compare what happened to Christ to giving up colored inks for 6 weeks?



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Posted 24 February 2015 - 20:01

NcGibbon,

I don't believe Arkanabar is comparing his privations with those of Jesus. Giving up something one loves during Lent, "in a limited way"  gives one some level of understanding (as miniscule as it may be) of the privations Jesus went through. It also serves a double purpose in reminding the penitent that one can go without those worldly goods we so often feel we cannot live without.

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Posted 24 February 2015 - 20:09

Would you consider using a black ink ballpoint? Or is that going too far?



#31 Arkanabar

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Posted 05 February 2017 - 22:37

Well, the penance has evolved a bit.

 

In the fountain pens I carry, I use only black ink.  If it is a feast day, then I may use any of the pens that were filled with colored inks on Shrove Tuesday.

 

If I have a breast pocket, the pen I use is a Noodler's Nikita (the updated version is the Charlie), and the ink dilute (5:4) Bad Black Moccasin.  BBM is my least favorite black.  My wife let it dry up in one of her Nib Creapers, and I'll need the ultrasonic cleaner to get it all out.  I chose this pen because I can pull out the nib and feed with relative ease, and scrub them with a toothbrush, should the need arise.

 

I'm not willing to carry an eyedropper in a pocket where it may lay on its side. So, if I don't have a breast pocket, then I'll use my Bulow X750.  Like the Nikita, it can be pulled entirely apart for scrubbing.  Or I may simplify, and use the Hero 616 I keep filled with dilute (2:1) Borealis Black for my bullet journal.

 

And if I have need of other colors of ink, then I'll use some other kind of pen, e.g. a red Pilot Precise V5 for markup.



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Posted 05 February 2017 - 23:05

Maybe keeping all the colours and keeping off FPN/the Internet would be a more appropriate form of ascetism? Indeed at least that's likely to be my plan... Not wholly so - a lot of my work requires being online, but I will be shutting the thing down after the evening meal and do my best to spend the time in a more sensible manner - reading, writing, printing in the darkroom, etc...


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#33 ParkerDuofold

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Posted 06 February 2017 - 06:21

Hello Arkanabar & Thehobbit,

This is interesting... as a practicing Roman Catholic myself; I had planned on putting a moratorium on buying any new pens or inks for Lent... but to use only black ink or to give up FPN completely... ??? The latter one would really be rough... but it might just help save a soul or two. :)

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Posted 06 February 2017 - 07:16

Hello Arkanabar & Thehobbit,

This is interesting... as a practicing Roman Catholic myself; I had planned on putting a moratorium on buying any new pens or inks for Lent... but to use only black ink or to give up FPN completely... ??? The latter one would really be rough... but it might just help save a soul or two. :)

- Anthony

Well, in my case it's not just fpn - it's simply switching off the computer and the gadgets at a certain point of the day. Been doing this (or attempting) for several years - and it does bring a great benefit - mostly for my own soul :)


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Posted 06 February 2017 - 07:27

I used to give up candy for Lent, when I was a kid. And then when Easter Sunday came all of us would devour those chocolate bunnies, and the other candy.

 

I am glad to say that I no longer participate in such rituals. In fact, in the next couple of weeks I plan to start testing some inks and ink samples that I've been meaning to get to for a long while.

 

We each seek our own form of fun ;) .


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#36 ParkerDuofold

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Posted 06 February 2017 - 17:47

Well, in my case it's not just fpn - it's simply switching off the computer and the gadgets at a certain point of the day. Been doing this (or attempting) for several years - and it does bring a great benefit - mostly for my own soul :)


I know what you mean. :D

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#37 ParkerDuofold

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Posted 06 February 2017 - 17:52

 
...I am glad to say that I no longer participate in such rituals...


Mmmm, that's a shame. :( You'll be missing out on all the fun. ;)

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Posted 07 February 2017 - 06:45

Mmmm, that's a shame. :( You'll be missing out on all the fun. ;)

 

No I won't.You have your fun and I have mine. Diversity in fun is the usual reality.

 

I've got my fun going on.


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