A fountain pen made by the Pilot Pen Company, though frequently under their Namiki brand. This is a good pen—well balanced, gold nib, reasonably priced (for a gold-nibbed fountain pen). If I had to take one pen with me on a vacation or a business trip, this often the one I reach for, and the only fountain pen my wife uses regularly. I strongly recommend it for beginners.

Oh! I haven’t mentioned its best feature. It is the only retractable fountain pen in current production. A push-button mechanism raises and lowers a trap door as the nib is extended or retracted. This allows for easy one-hand operation, especially when bouncing around a data center or the office. It does mean, however, that the clip is on the nib end of the barrel.

Even without the retractable feature, it is a great pen. With it being retractable, it is a classic.

The vanishing point is a technique in perspective drawing. The simplest use of the vanishing point is the one point perspective.

The first step is to define the vanishing point itself and the horizon line. This horizon line represents the eye level of the viewer and is where the ground and the sky meet.

--------- * ---------
All receding parallel lines (known as orthogonals) converge at the vanishing point.
       \     /
        \   /
         \ /
--------- * ---------
         / \
        /   \
       /     \
To draw a box with a single vanishing point style:
--------- * ---------
        / |
     /    |
    /     |
   |      |
   |      |
Notice, how the the lines that move away from our view point converge to the vanishing point.

The two point perspective is used when looking at the corners of boxes and buildings (and other similar objects) and uses multiple vanishing points. This type of drawing starts out with a line and the two vanishing points at either end of the line.

* ------------------------------ *
Perpendicular to this line is the front most corner of the object.
* ------------------+----------- *
From this point, the ASCII art gets difficult. It follows many of the same rules of one point perspective, however, lines that recede to the right converge at the right vanishing point, while lines that recede to the left converge at the left vanishing point. The box below is marked in bold.
     ___.---'|      |    |--._
 _.-'        |      |    |    `-.
* ------------------+----------- *
 `._         |      |    |    __'
    `---.____|__    |   _|.--'

It is possible to use multiple single vanishing points in a single drawing. The most often instance of this is with a road vanishing into the distance, but turning (not a straight road as seen in the desert). Each twist of the road leads to a new vanishing point.

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Vanishing Point is a great 1971 road movie directed by Richard C. Sarafian. The explosive combination of high speed pursuit scenes, hippie and a well balanced soundtrack makes it one of the main cult films of the 1970s, comparable only to such masterpieces as Easy Rider.

Notable cast

  • Barry Newman - Kowalski
  • Cleavon Little - Super Soul
  • Dean Jagger - snake catcher
  • Victoria Medlin - Vera Thornton

    Plot synopsis (Warning: Spoilers ahead)

    Vietnam war veteran, ex-cop and former professional race driver Kowalski works as an agent for a car delivery service. After arriving in Denver, Colorado he takes on an impossible bet with a friendly drug dealer: Kowalski has to deliver a supercharged 1970 Dodge Challenger to San Francisco, California in less than 15 hours. It doesn't take long until our hero (who is helped by his best friends - speed/amphetamine) runs into trouble with the Colorado highway patrol. Chased by the cops Kowalski continues his high speed journey through Nevada. Along the way he is guided by a blind radio DJ Super Soul who tracks his moves using a police frequency scanner, for which he (the DJ) gets beaten up by several thugs (although there is a significant racial background to the fight).

    After several bizarre meetings with gay hitchhickers, a snake catcher in the Nevada desert and a naked woman riding a motorbike, Kowalski finally encounters a road block just after the California state border. By this time he has already lost the bet - it took him over 24 hours to get to California alone. As stopping and giving up doesn't seem to be a good alternative, our hero decides to commit suicide by crashing into the road block at full speed. The beatiful white Dodge explodes in a great fireball. The End.


    Vanishing Point / 1971 / 20th Century Fox
    Directed by: Richard C. Sarafian
    Written by: Guillermo Cain
    Runtime: 97 minutes

  • Vanishing Point was Primal Scream's fifth album, released in 1997 on the Creation label in the UK and Ireland, and on Sony or Sire/Reprise elsewhere.

    Track Listing:

    1. Burning Wheel (Gillespie, Innes, Young, Duffy)
    2. Get Duffy (Gillespie, Innes, Young, Duffy)
    3. Kowalski (Gillespie, Innes, Young, Duffy, Mounfield)
    4. Star (Gillespie, Innes, Young, Duffy)
    5. If They Move, Kill 'Em (Gillespie, Innes, Young, Duffy)
    6. Out Of The Void (Gillespie, Innes, Young, Duffy)
    7. Stuka (Gillespie, Innes, Young, Duffy)
    8. Medication (Gillespie, Innes, Young, Duffy)
    9. Motörhead (Kilmister)
    10. Trainspotting (Gillespie, Innes, Young, Duffy)
    11. Long Life (Gillespie, Innes, Young, Duffy)


    Vanishing Point was a great return to form for the Scream Team, after the disappointing retro mess that was Give Out But Don't Give Up. The album begins with the long, trippy instrumental build-up to Burning Wheel, the bassline coming in as sitars and tablas float through the ether with electronic bleeps, before Gillespie's bruised vocals appear and the song coalesces behind him; it ends with the woozy come-down of Live Life, where Bobby tells us "it's good to be alive", while sounding on the verge of passing out.

    In between, we get the jazzy/techno instrumentals of Get Duffy (named after their keyboard player) and If They Move, Kill 'Em, the soothing melodica of rebel song Star, the spooky vocoder vocals of Stuka, and an incredibly kitchy disco cover of Lemmy's Motörhead, which features original Sex Pistols bassist, Glen Matlock.

    Most of the songs here are enhanced by the wonderful, bouncy bass guitar of Mani, who joined after The Stone Roses split up. He adds a kind of effortless funkiness to a lot of the tunes, especially Burning Wheel and Medication (which sounds suspiciously like Rocks from their previous album).

    Vanishing Point was half inspired by the film of the same name (see above); the first single, Kowalski, was named after the film's hero, and contains samples of most of the dialogue quoted in meiso's writeup, above.

    To sum up, Vanishing Point is an excellent, atmospheric album with some very cinematic moments (Trainspotting was originally written for the soundtrack of the film of the same name). It's only weak points are Bobby Gillespie's occasionally clumsy lyrics, but the music is so good, that you can always forgive him.

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