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Choosing from the Many Fountain Pens Inks

When making a choice of a fountain pen ink, you will come across various brands, styles, and colors. J.Herbin fountain pen ink is one of the common brands of fountain pen inks. Other brands include the platinum-carbon black ink, Omas sepia fountain pen ink, and aurora black fountain pen ink among others. Well, most of these fountain pens inks will work well with any kind of a fountain pen. However, various things make the difference between these inks. Some of the ink characteristics you will need to consider include:

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Consider the Flow

It is important to choose the ink that has a moderate flow. You should note that when the ink flows too well, then the chances of bleeding are high. Similarly, if the ink does not flow properly, then you will suffer from skipping.

Consider the Staining

This is the measure of the transparency of the ink after writing. It is always good to choose the ink that stains more since this allows for a richer, darker, and less transparent line after writing.

Consider Lubrication

Some fountain pens inks contain lubrication. This gives them a smoother glide when one is writing. Therefore, you may need to purchase some ink that contains lubrication to enjoy this benefit.

Check for Clogging

You will also need to consider whether the ink is prone to clogging. Generally, if the ink contains more dyes and pigments, then the chances of clogging are higher. Therefore, you will need to choose some fountain pens inks that contain less of pigments and dyes to avoid the clogging problem.

Why should you clean your fountain pen?

It is essential to clean the fountain pen to ensure that the capillary action is not affected. Generally, pens rely on capillary action, which could be inhibited when dust, flakes of dried ink and fibers accumulate in the feed and the nib over time. Therefore, you will need to clean the pen to remove them. When cleaning fountain pens, you will need to disassemble them first by uncapping and then removing the nib section from the barrel. Well, for a pen that works properly and you are not going to change the ink, then the basic cleaning is sufficient. This involves rinsing the fountain pen, soaking it in water while changing the water until it becomes clear and then drying it and reassembling.

How to store your fountain pen

Notably, caring for your fountain pen involves cleaning it right and storing it properly. Taking good care of the fountain pen will ensure it lasts long enough to save you the costs of making new purchases or even the need to make nib replacements. It is recommended that then nib should be placed with the writing point up when you are not using the pen. This allows the ink to drain to the converter and ensure the nib does not clog or dry. Similarly, you can store your pen in a pouch or case which will protect it from any scratches hence ensuring that the finish retains its new look.

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Jennifer Lawrence: “Why Do I Make Less Than My Male Co‑Stars?”

When Lena first brought up the idea of Lenny to me, I was excited. Excited to speak to Lena, who I think is a genius, and excited to start thinking about what to complain about (that’s not what she pitched me, it’s just what I’m gonna do). When it comes to the subject of feminism, I’ve remained ever-so-slightly quiet. I don’t like joining conversations that feel like they’re “trending.” I’m even the asshole who didn’t do anything about the ice-bucket challenge — which was saving lives — because it started to feel more like a “trend” than a cause. I should have written a check, but I fucking forgot, okay? I’m not perfect. But with a lot of talk comes change, so I want to be honest and open and, fingers crossed, not piss anyone off.

It’s hard for me to speak about my experience as a working woman because I can safely say my problems aren’t exactly relatable. When the Sony hack happened and I found out how much less I was being paid than the lucky people with dicks, I didn’t get mad at Sony. I got mad at myself. I failed as a negotiator because I gave up early. I didn’t want to keep fighting over millions of dollars that, frankly, due to two franchises, I don’t need. (I told you it wasn’t relatable, don’t hate me).

But if I’m honest with myself, I would be lying if I didn’t say there was an element of wanting to be liked that influenced my decision to close the deal without a real fight. I didn’t want to seem “difficult” or “spoiled.” At the time, that seemed like a fine idea, until I saw the payroll on the Internet and realized every man I was working with definitely didn’t worry about being “difficult” or “spoiled.” This could be a young-person thing. It could be a personality thing. I’m sure it’s both. But this is an element of my personality that I’ve been working against for years, and based on the statistics, I don’t think I’m the only woman with this issue. Are we socially conditioned to behave this way? We’ve only been able to vote for what, 90 years? I’m seriously asking — my phone is on the counter and I’m on the couch, so a calculator is obviously out of the question. Could there still be a lingering habit of trying to express our opinions in a certain way that doesn’t “offend” or “scare” men?

A few weeks ago at work, I spoke my mind and gave my opinion in a clear and no-bullshit way; no aggression, just blunt. The man I was working with (actually, he was working for me) said, “Whoa! We’re all on the same team here!” As if I was yelling at him. I was so shocked because nothing that I said was personal, offensive, or, to be honest, wrong. All I hear and see all day are men speaking their opinions, and I give mine in the same exact manner, and you would have thought I had said something offensive.

I’m over trying to find the “adorable” way to state my opinion and still be likable! Fuck that. I don’t think I’ve ever worked for a man in charge who spent time contemplating what angle he should use to have his voice heard. It’s just heard. Jeremy Renner, Christian Bale, and Bradley Cooper all fought and succeeded in negotiating powerful deals for themselves. If anything, I’m sure they were commended for being fierce and tactical, while I was busy worrying about coming across as a brat and not getting my fair share. Again, this might have NOTHING to do with my vagina, but I wasn’t completely wrong when another leaked Sony email revealed a producer referring to a fellow lead actress in a negotiation as a “spoiled brat.” For some reason, I just can’t picture someone saying that about a man.

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Johnny Depp Is Every Shady Dude You Know

Johnny Depp. Your erstwhile teenage crush. Star of Pirate Movie 10. Three-time Academy Award nominee, Johnny Depp. “The biggest star in the world,” Johnny Depp—and that’s an actual quote from an actual magazine. Anyway, all of this is to say Johnny Depp is a very famous actor, who will not disappear.

In 2017 a tweet can get you banished from human society, but Johnny Depp is somehow lingering. And not just lingering, he’s convincing studio executives he has the star power to hold up $230 million movies. Johnny Depp is thriving in 2017.

I do not personally know Johnny Depp. I want to stress this, primarily for legal reasons. But I feel like I do. I’ve met this guy—the shady and subtly steampunk ageing goth dude who you and your friends know instinctively to avoid at parties—exactly 1,000 times. None of these times have I thought to myself, Hey, this person deserves to be one of Hollywood’s most rich and powerful leading men. And yet here we are.

Allow me to explain further. Johnny Depp is a type. Johnny Depp, I strongly suspect but cannot confirm, sleeps in a fedora that was originally owned by a member of the Rat Pack. He had an assistant pay $500,000 for it at auction. Each of Johnny Depp’s many mansions contains a large library filled only with first editions of Jack Kerouac and Hunter S Thompson books, all of them signed by the author. Johnny Depp has a freezer in his basement containing the world’s last remaining supply of quaaludes.

Johnny Depp—and again I want to stress this is just my intuition telling me this, although my intuition is nearly always right—believes his hair is the source of his power, and won’t let you touch it. He washes this hair only once a month with a very expensive and rare oil sourced from the Amazon rainforest. He combs it nightly with a special brush. You’re not allowed to touch the brush.

Johnny Depp, a man who I have never met and yet, in a way, understand better than I do myself, does not consider himself American. Rather, he is a “citizen of the world.” Johnny Depp tells people he speaks French, but actually only knows the words for “cigarette” and “supermodel.” Johnny Depp loves the past, and believes he should have been born in another decade. He writes using only a quill and ink, or else one of those stupid astronaut pens that work in space. Or an antique typewriter.
Johnny Depp, it appears to me from this distance, despises capitalism. Johnny Depp just really fucking sees through the system, you know? And Johnny Depp would love to tell you about how he (a visionary) sees what you (a non-visionary) do not. Johnny Depp is an outsider. A true outsider, who will never fit in. A very, very, very rich outsider who just happens to be employed by the Walt Disney Corporation, but only because he loves children and imagination—certainly not because of money. He really hates money, although it is handy for buying islands.

Johnny Depp, very likely, hates hip hop. Johnny Depp hates all music released after the year 1978, which is also why Johnny Depp collects vintage guitars. He can also quote freely from Lester Bangs articles and loves to talk about rock and roll with his fellow male music fans. He’s also more than happy to patiently explain the ins and outs of the genre to women. Johnny Depp has a home recording studio, and upon Johnny Depp’s death (very likely a sexy, tragic overdose) his estate will release hundreds of home recordings that involve more harmonica than is truly necessary. And all of them will be widely celebrated.

Johnny Depp would consider this article an affront, but luckily he will never read it because he does not know how to use the internet and thinks it is a passing fad, or perhaps a government tool for brainwashing. Again, Johnny Depp knows the truth about these things. He’d offer up a few choice Aldous Huxley quotes about “the doors of perception.” For example, did you know that the Doors named themselves after Huxley’s book, The Doors of Perception? Johnny Depp could tell you all about that. The Doors are Johnny Depp’s favourite band.

Johnny Depp is that shady guy you avoid at parties. But he still gets invited to the party. Why? Why is Johnny Depp still famous? Also, he really does play the same character every time. Also, Amber Heard.

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Despicable Me 3′ Review: Steve Carell Times Two Makes Third Time a Charm

Steve Carell doubles your fun in Despicable Me 3 – he not only voices Gru, the bald-pated baddie turned goodie, but Dru, his blond, long-lost twin and a villain-in-training with an even more delightfully bizarre accent. The yellow band of fart-tooting Minions are back (their group sing of Gilbert & Sullivan is not to be missed), as is Kristen Wiig as Gru’s wife Lucy Wilde, still trying to bond with his three adopted daughters. The plot kicks in when the couple are fired by the Anti-Villain League’s meanie new boss (Jenny Slate) for failure to apprehend the notorious Balthazar Bratt (hilariously voiced by South Park mischief-maker Trey Parker). Bratt is a former 1980’s child star – cue soundtrack bites from Michael Jackson, Van Halen, a-Ha and Madonna – who is out to steal the world’s largest diamond unless Gru and Dru can stop him.

Whew! The overload of subplots can be wearying, but you’ll be laughing too much to complain. Pierre Coffin (who voices the Minions) and co-director Kyle Balda keep the plot spinning merrily. Pharrell Williams contributes five new songs to the mix, including the hummable “There’s Something Special.” It’s no mystery why Illumination’s franchise is still something special after three go-rounds – the box-office gross is a whopping $1.5 billion and counting. Carell is the life of the party and the main reason this animated blast of slapstick silliness packs appeal beyond the PG crowd.

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