I’m really loving Splatoon 2 this far!
Ink Review: Pilot Iroshizuku Murasaki Shikibu
I got myself a new ink back in July, because I was running out of inks. This is another Iroshizuku ink, because I have kind of decided to mostly use them exclusively going forward. I’m not saying all other inks are bad. But my experience is that I enjoy using them much more than almost all other inks I have used. They dry fast and I never have any flow problems.
It has a great purple colour. Like with all Iroshizuku inks I have used, it is not too dark or too light. There are not much at all to note about the ink. If you like inks from Pilot Iroshizuku and want a purple one I’d give it a shot.
My writing workflow
The way I write is that it starts with some idea. I usually write it down either in Drafts or in a Field Notes, that eventually finds its way into Omni Focus. Then I write a draft in a lined Leuchtturm1917 notebook. Usually either with a pencil or a fountain pen.
The next step is that I go through all the stuff I have written there every 25 pages or so. I transcribe the stuff I am happy with on my AlphaSmart Neo or re-add the idea to Omni Focus if I want to try it again.
Then I start BBEdit, open my Drafts.txt document and send the text from my AlphaSmart when I’m done.
The next step is that I once a week schedule posts for this site and The Ink Smudge. I pick the stuff I like from the Drafts document and I also try to delete stuff that I know I’m never going to publish.
So I started to look at both languages on the strongly typed side and on the dynmaic side. And I liked both Haskell and LISP / Scheme.
Then I discovered what I wanted in Clojure. A great language, awesome tooling, and a community around it that was large enough to matter.
What I love about Clojure is that the language itself is stupid simple. Not that easy, if you’re not that used to lisp and functional programming. But still very simple. All the rest is built on top of the language.
And it all made much more sense than to me. Everything is functions, everything is immutable, except some stuff. But what is immutable still got to be changed in a way that is more delibirate.
I love it.
What I always hated and still hate about OOP is that it is only elegant when you know exactly how it will look. But with Clojure it is more built in a way where we insted are trying to figure it out. Which is how I am used to do programming anyways.
Clojure is what I will be doing on my spare time, I don’t think I’ll be able to do much professional Clojure here in Bergen. But that’s fine.
What I do to my pencils
I don’t use erasers, I just strike I line through the word or sentence or paragraph and continue. It is faster and easier. That means that I do not need that silly thing on the top of my American pencils.
You may argue that they are there for design reasons and not utility because all of them suck. But that is a discussion for another day. So what I do to them is that I pull them off, throw them in the garbage and sharpen both sides.
This is what we used to do in school, because here in Norway, most of our pencils was German. And none of them had erasers on the top. Instead we got regular erasers that actually worked. I think we got one eraser and two pencils per semester from the school and had to supply the rest ourselves.
Anyways. I love sharpening both sides, because I get twice the amount of writing out of each pencil before I have to re-sharpen it.