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Note: Just about any word can be taken to have a vulgar meaning, or insinuate something that is considered rude by some individual somewhere. I'm not going to go out of my way to avoid any and all potential offence or affront, and let random and/or niche sensibilities constrain me or dictate to me. However, for the avoidance of doubt:


Urban Dictionary offers a (user-contributed, non-authoritative) first-in-the-list ‘definition’ of the the word clut as being British slang for a clumsy person (cf. klutz?), in addition to (and ahead of) CLUT, the acronym for Colour Look-Up Table, which seems to be the most commonly listed (elsewhere) definition of that four-character string of ASCII characters. Not being British, and not having spent any time in the UK, I can neither confirm nor dispute that; but I'll take that at face value, and use it so for my purposes.


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Oh, what a trip!

Almost every time after going on an extended break away from Sydney with my wife (which, for her, means taking annual leave from her work, that her employer usually has to pressure her to take), we — or, more precisely, I — come home thinking, “Damn, I need a holiday after all that!”   Now that she's back at the office, and not merely working from home today, I finally have some peace and quiet, and the space to take stock of what transpired over a very busy umpteen days ju

A Smug Dill

A Smug Dill in Musings

Notes on candidate ‘FAQ’ topics

Membership types, levels, ranks, badges, points, etc.   The membership types, groups, and levels are detailed here. The table of ranks is here. In some places, you'll seen a redundant “(n/15)” shown next to the name of a rank.   What can a Silver member do that a Bronze member cannot? What can a Gold member do that a Silver member cannot? I'm not sure, and I have no access to reference material detailing the entitlements and/or differences. I see examples of Bronze membe

A Smug Dill

A Smug Dill in Work-in-progress

Links to web pages or articles about Chinese typesetting, signwriting, etc.

Seeing there has recently been more discussions (not all initiated by me, w00t!) on FPN about: writing Chinese hanzi and/or Japanese kanji ; and writing with ‘long knife’ and ‘fude’ nibs fashioned after Naginata Togi and Fude de Mannen nibs respectively, ‘art‘ nibs, Waverly nibs, and other crooked-by-design nibs, I thought I'd look more into how those nibs could be used to produce different styles or characteristics.   Here are a collection of (English language) w

A Smug Dill

A Smug Dill in Workshopping

Skeleton of a primer for a budding hobbyist

A dear friend of ours, to whom we've made a habit of giving fountain pens, bottled inks, and other paraphernalia over the past couple of years — whenever we had the opportunity to meet up every few months, what with busy lives, lockdown restrictions, and all that — has recently ‘graduated’ in the hobby to ordering pens, ink, and even an inkwell of her own initiative. Bravo! My wife and I are so pleased to see the interest we sparked take hold.   However, not being someone w

A Smug Dill

A Smug Dill in Workshopping

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