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Time to Think

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A couple of weeks ago, I had a chat with a friend, a professor, at a conference. I haven’t met him in a while, so I asked how he was doing. He made an interesting remark. He said: “I’ve been busy, so busy with work that I don’t have time just to sit down and think. All I need is …

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Why I Avoid Eye Contact in Lifts

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If you’ve ever encountered me in the lift, you’d realised that I’ll just enter the lift and not make any eye contact. I might not even notice you in the lift, even if you’ve tried waving at me. Well, you have to wave very violently to attract my peripheral vision, or at least call out my name. There’s a good reason …

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Fountain Pen Nib Grinding

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Well, once again, I’ve ground another fountain pen nib. I was experimenting with it to see if I could get a thin nib, but that didn’t go well. So, to salvage the situation, I ground it further to get a calligraphy tip. As you can see, the tip is not round as a ball anymore. What can you do with …

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Monocle Madness

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I recently ordered a monocle from eBay and it arrived today! It’s not the first time I’ve got a monocle. The last time The Fiancée went to the US, I pestered her to get one for me. Unfortunately, I seemed to have misplaced that monocle. Oops… Anyway, for random and unknown reasons, I’ve found a deep compulsion within me to …

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Calligraphy Experimentation with a Fountain Pen

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I recently figured out how to create thick and thin lines with a fountain pen using a ball-tip nib. Here’s an attempt. Unfortunately, the paper I used wasn’t very good, so you can see some ink bleeds. “Do nothing and everything will be done.” It’s a very loose paraphrasing of the Daodejing, 37: “The Dao does nothing, yet leaves nothing …

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Stocking up my mini fridge!

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Alright! I’m so excited about my new (and free!) mini fridge that I went out to the the nearest convenience shop during lunch to get some milk. (See “A Fridge with an Identity Crisis” for an earlier post about this fridge) As this fridge is very small, I can only fit in small bottles/cartons of milk. To my annoyance, the …

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Mocha with what?

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I visited Johor Bahru more than a week ago. There’s this new mall next to City Square Mall. It’s called Komtar. In there is a very atas (upmarket) supermarket. Thought it’d be interesting to check it out. Here’s one product that stood out among the shelves. I picked it up, looked at it, got disgusted and put it back on the …