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Pens

My collection of pens and inks

About a year ago, I switched from technical liners to fountain pens for the bulk of my writing. It started with picking up a Platinum Preppy, and Jennifer giving me a Speedball set for my birthday. I now have quite a few, with different inks and purposes.

Many of them I use largely to write in my notebook; analog productivity rituals are important to me. Most of the ink reports here are on the paper in a Leuchtturm1917 notebook, my primary notebook for both work logging and personal journaling.

Spoiler Alert: Jedi: Fallen Order

Picture of the Second Sister with two purge troopers.

When I first saw the Jedi: Fallen Order banners showing up in Origin, I was intrigued. Something struck me that this could be a really good game. Possibly good like Knights of the Old Republic, one of my favorite games.

That's a high bar. Fallen Order is not KOTOR; is it as good? I don't know, and I don't know if the question even makes sense.

But I had a great deal of fun playing it, and also appreciate what it did with video games as a creative media. It's a good game, in my opinion, and shows what can be done with Star Wars as a video game environment.

Using YubiKey as a Windows SSH Smartcard

A key in a hand
Photo by CMDR Shane on Unsplash.

Some time ago, I got a YubiKey 4. I use it to secure access to a number of web services I use, but also to authenticate myself over SSH. Among its features, it supports being an an OpenPGP smartcard, which means — with some fiddling — it can be used for SSH authentication, so my SSH private key does not actually live on my physical computers.

Spoiler Alert: Foundation

Cover of the 1966 Avon edition of Foundation

We're going to try something new here. Writing about books. And maybe other creative works. I'd like to put some more content on my blog, and books seem like a good source of that.

This isn't a formal review, or an essay submitted for academic consideration. It's just some of my thoughts about the work, why it's meaningful to me, what I think it says to the world, that sort of thing. It's opinionated and full of spoilers — if you would prefer to avoid them, the close-tab button is up there somewhere.

So with that, let's get started. Isaac Asimov's Foundation trilogy (comprising Foundation, Foundation and Empire, and Second Foundation) was probably, until last year, my favorite trilogy.