March 6, 2006

The Old becomes New…

Posted in Lifehacks at 5:16 pm by a11en

[quick note: I will have to update this post in the near future, as I don’t have time to give it it’s full due attention.]

There are two things in my life which I consider old. Actually, there are more, but if you know me, these two will be the most obvious to you.

First, I smoke a pipe. I’m the guy with the crazy bent pipe in his mouth walking around campus. I don’t condone vices to everyone, but for those struggling through their work, a pipe can seriously help one’s mental state. [more on this later- this is where the title of this blog comes from]

Second, I have recently begun using a fountain pen. It’s a joy to write again, because I have a fine pen in hand. For those who need archive-safe, permanent ink (more permanent than ball-point ink), I strongly recommend you check out Noodler’s Inks. I have three colors coming to me very soon, and I couldn’t be more excited. My newest purchase is a Pelikan m150. It is a seriously beautiful pen: somewhat understated, with simple lines and yet beautiful and wonderful to write with.

Finally, I’m trying to cope with the intensity of my work and lack of accomplishment of late, reading a bit of a highly recommended “The Road Less Travelled” between various duties, as well as noticing this post about continuing to practice and dig in one’s area in the “not fun to do” portions of one’s work.  We can actually improve our abilities to the point of being a true expert; it is not a function of genetics.  As discussed in the Headrush Blog.

Here’s to getting through the pain, improving one’s work, and attempting to complete something HUGE.

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