Made-Up Bits

a personal blog, by Sven Seebeck
Husband, father, makes music. Has a thing for notebooks, fountain-pens, blogging and photography. Usually am overthinking this.

Ha! Even though accident, this was a first in a while. I haven’t had this score neither this, nor last year. If ever come to think about it. My average is much lower.

It didn’t took nearly as long as I initially thought but just finished reading: The Shadow Rising: Book Four of ‘The Wheel of Time’ by Robert Jordan. I think I should read something else for a change, but then again really would like to see how the story continues. So… πŸ“š

Trying to Find a Plain-Text Task-Management System... again

Every now and then I get bored/frustrated with Pen/Paper task-management and start to look into some plain-text alternatives. The last few days were dedicated to that. I used Taskpaper successfully in the past, as well as Orgmode which was great, possibly the best, but getting the Agenda to come out the way I wanted turned out more hassle than I cared for. So what I’m doing now is trying to set up a system in Obsidian.

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Kaweco Steel EF vs Premium EF Nib - A quick Comparrison

Over time I have become rather peculiar about my preferred fountain pen(s), nib-sizes, ink colour and paper and after much experimentation have come to like EF-nibs and plain black ink, if possible on MD-paper best. It’s been a long ride to figure those out, but that’s where I am at the moment. I like things to be consistent and black-ink guarantees that most of the time with limited variations of course.

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I should be doing something different but instead listening to audiobooks and also got an idea how to improve the header of the blog. I still have to think about this a bit before I implement it but liking it so far.

I’m merely pretending to be able to.

I prefer to use cartridges with my pocket pens and since I can’t buy them anywhere near locally I tend to batch order my ink. I like this black, as it is not too black and these should last me a while.

The Books I Read in 2021

Compared to the previous years, 2021 had not been a good year for reading. It is possible that I overdid it in the previous year but for a few months I didn’t read all that much. Surely the pandemic must have had something to do with that. Half-way through the year though I managed to re-establish the habit and from there on things went upwards and I read on a daily basis, both in audio and paper/digital formats.

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After finishing book 3 of the series I naturally started to the read the 4th book: The Shadow Rising: Book Four of ‘The Wheel of Time’ by Robert Jordan. So far it is as great as the previous ones. Since this is a very long book I sense it will be a while until I finish it. πŸ“š

I'm almost there

I think I might be (almost) done with the re-design of the Blog’s theme, at least for now. At the moment it is a mashup of the Micro-Blogs own Simple-Theme, Pure’s CSS and Obsidian’s Things themes’ colour-scheme and multiple bits of code from the Tufte-Theme such as the summaries in the timeline and the and the category-links on the posts (update: that I just added, because you know: I’m almost there πŸ™ˆ).

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And the third Corona shot is done. πŸ’‰

Finished reading: The Dragon Reborn: Book Three of ‘The Wheel of Time’ by Robert Jordan. Another great book in the series. While I think that I will continue right away with the next book in the series, I may still squeeze in something shorter in between. πŸ“š

New Pen Day

It's the first one this year! I have been waiting for the pen to arrive and today my new Kaweco Student Demonstrator arrived, and it is gorgeous. I have currently equipped it with the Kaweco Premium EF Nib and it writes and feels wonderfully in the hand. I have come to like to Demonstrator pens as they are rather neutral and don't imply any colour. I always want to make sure that ink and pen match and the neutral colour makes the pen flexible.

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We have visited an actual CafΓ©. This was a first in longer than I can remember. Related: first Dirty Chai as well. Will go well-caffeinated through the rest of the day I guess. β˜•οΈ

New Year, New Journal Setup

I’m using the Bullet Journal Method for task-management now in the third year and aside two attempts of trying digital solutions such as orgmode and Todoist (each in turn lasted exactly a month), have stuck to and enjoyed working with it every day since. At the same time I have started journaling and haven’t missed a single day of doing so, aside, again, each a 30 day stint with org-journal, Day One and recently an even shorter attempt of using Obsidian.

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New year, first post. Door.


Yes it has been a while since the last update but now it’s more time for a fresh picture. I used the beginning of the vacation for a first (think about that) shooting this year, and returned to a familiar and close-by location. Even though not a masterpiece, it is at least a good beginning of the summer holidays.

The Not-So-Weekly Post

Soon The Walking Dead is about to start, which means that it is time for another, well, not-so-weekly post. As usual I should have taken notes during the week(s), something that I plan to solve with a nifty Drafts action in the future, but until then I will have to dive into my flawed memory. During the last few days a lot of things have been happening over on First of all it got a shiny new design, then Riposte, which has become one of my favourite ways to browse the timeline on the phone got an update as well.

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The MΓ€nty Sketches #1

It is now two years ago that I launched a project, which I called the Winter Trees-Project, which is, as you have guessed already, about trees, well, in Winter time. The project did though not really progress much during that time. Truth to be told and good idea aside, nothing really happened. When I initiated this small project I thought it to be a good idea, as there are trees literally everywhere around here, and I am not very comfortable photographing them, hence it would be a good project to develop my eye.

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