That was fast. 
2011.05.04 17:42 - Internet Stupidity, Meatspace Stupidity, Toys, Zombie Preparedness
So, I have to go pick up my package from the people at SKD Tactical from the Post Office tomorrow. They'd have delivered it today, but I wasn't home.

I sprang for the cheap shipping option, too.

[Addendum: I've heard most stuff is out of stock there at the moment. FWIW.]
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Levenger L-Tech Update 
2011.05.03 08:35 - Toys, Pens
After finishing up the Mont Blanc blue-black I filled it with back in January, I refilled the pen with some Noodler's black. Much better. Very smooth, and very consistent as long as the bubble of air in the converter hadn't gotten caught on the feed end for too long (not many pens will write without ink).

Also, it looks like my practice of running the plunger down to flood the feed is probably a bad idea: forcing air out of the ink chamber that way seems to produce a vacuum on rear of the feed, which makes it difficult to run ink out to the page. Good to know.
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New Pen 
2011.01.12 13:48 - Toys, Pens
I was gifted a Levenger L-Tech at Christmas. (After enough nagging, even I can generate a Christmas list, it turns out.)

As writing instruments go ... it's okay. I've got it filled some WatermanMont Blanc blue-black, which I like as inks go, but I'm not sure it gets along well with this pen.

I like the way the pen looks, which appears to be a mix of matte chrome and polished stainless steel. With Rotring out of the US market, there's not a lot of choices for industrial-ish fountain pens, so I'm glad this is as nice as it is.

It writes well, but is a hard starter. Most of the time, it takes some finagling to get the pen going, which seems to be a function of a nib geometry not agreeing with me and a cap that may not seal as well as it ought. I'm also not sure the nib and feed hold onto enough ink. The nib is not very flexible (normal for a modern pen, really), so the pen "writes like a nail" (to borrow a phrase picked up from the long-passed Rambling Snail forum), but the tip seems smooth and ink flow is consistent.

The section of the pen is knurled in accordance with the look of the pen, and provides a lot of grip. This is a little more aggressive than I'd like, but I've yet written written with it long enough for it to be uncomfortable. It is next to impossible to clean up after filling from a bottle though: once ink gets down into the crevices in the knurling, it's just not all coming out.

The cap screws on over the nib, but posts on the rear by friction. The threads are smooth, but a little more positive engagement would be welcome to keep the pen closed (as when it's in, say, a jacket pocket). The clip is pretty stiff, and difficult to get over thick fabric (like on a knit polo shirt, let's say).

On the whole, I'd give it a B-.

[Updated 2011-05-03: Mont Blanc, not Waterman ink. I don't own any Waterman ink, actually. Also, I've an update after a couple months of using the same pen with Noodler's black.]
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Wow. October, Huh? 
2010.10.12 16:00 - Guns, Internet Stupidity, Meatspace Stupidity, Toys, Actual Toys, Work-related
It's been a few days since I posted anything here.

Work-wise, I've been tied up in a release that's finally coming to a head ... about an hour from now.

Outside of work, RHIT homecoming has come and gone. Related to that, Verizon has been bugging me. It seems I have some charges on my next bill for text messages. I sent or received some 40-odd messages trying to stay abreast of doings in the Haute.

Related: Legos are expensive, but I think I won the trip to Toys R Us. (Go me?)

Also noticed: guy in the pawn shop with a GPS ankle bracelet. I'm guessing a restraining order was involved, because he didn't seem to be under house arrest.

I seem to have picked up some sort of infection in the Haute or just before or after, and took almost long enough to get my butt to the doctor for things to become serious. Fortunately, they aren't, and time plus amoxycillin cures many a post-nasal drip. (Related: Zyrtec-D is fantastic.)

As far as things not related to bodily fluids are concerned, I got out to Knob Creek the last weekend of September, and mostly proved I'm so out of practice that I've forgotten what I'm doing (hammer bite!). A few trips to Open Range will work out some of the kinks, pistol-wise, but that just means I'll be back on the paper. And I need to build a target stand before I go back to KCR. The rentable stands weren't much three years ago, and they're even less now, regrettably.
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Woke up, fell out of bed, etc. 
2010.04.14 12:01 - Guns, Miscellanea, Toys, Gadgets, Zombie Preparedness
Did not have time to grab a cup, however.

I overslept by nearly two hours this morning, which made me a little more frantic than usual on the way out the door. Only a little, as my morning schedule allows for about an hour to an hour-and-a-half of oversleeping without serious consequences.

On the other hand, my glasses fell apart this morning, so I'm wearing my previous pair instead. Prescription's pretty close, but I'll have to arrange something this weekend to replace the primary pair.

Oh, and I'm picking up 1.25 guns afternoon. Well, 3 stripped receivers, two of which have a grip and buttstock. I'm a little early. Pics/details tonight or later this week.
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