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post 51607, rev_id 62461 by bluet (81.191.26.76) 2 weeks ago
it's dissimilar to the 2000, but kaweco has a new piston-filled pen:

https://www.tegne.no/produkt/kaweco-piston-filler-sport-fyllepen-sett-f-0-7mm-black/

i wonder if it's any good. i've avoided their cartridge pocket pens, but this one tempts me
post 51606, rev_id 62460 by lucas (128.210.128.1) 3 weeks ago
<blockquote>In early 2002, the web site Heartless Bitches International (HBI) published several "rants" on the concept of the nice guy. The central theme was that a genuinely nice male is desirable, but that many nice guys are insecure men unwilling to articulate their romantic or sexual feelings directly.

According to journalist Paris Martineau, the incel and red pill movements (part of the anti-feminist manosphere) recruit depressed, frustrated men – who may suffer from "nice guy syndrome" – into the alt-right.
</blockquote>
( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nice_guy )

See also:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heartless_Bitches_International
, rev_id 62458 by lucas (128.210.128.1) 3 weeks ago
nice guys
post 51606, rev_id 62459 by lucas (128.210.128.1) 3 weeks ago
<blockquote>
In early 2002, the web site Heartless Bitches International (HBI) published several "rants" on the concept of the nice guy. The central theme was that a genuinely nice male is desirable, but that many nice guys are insecure men unwilling to articulate their romantic or sexual feelings directly.

According to journalist Paris Martineau, the incel and red pill movements (part of the anti-feminist manosphere) recruit depressed, frustrated men – who may suffer from "nice guy syndrome" – into the alt-right.
</blockquote>
( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nice_guy )

See also:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heartless_Bitches_International
post 51605, rev_id 62457 by lucas (128.210.128.1) 3 weeks ago
yeah Mitsubishi makes nice writing instruments

I just want a nice piston-filled pen similar to the Lamy 2000 (at a lower price-point)
post 51604, rev_id 62456 by bluet (195.159.200.110) 2 months ago
mitsubishi bought lamy!

"The reasons that prompted the sale included the need to find a strong partner to develop the growth area of digital writing and expand international sales." i hope they don't sink too much money into this stuff: https://www.lamy.com/en/digital-writing/classic-meets-smartness/ seems like the worst of both worlds :(

i adore mitsubishi's pencils though
post 51603, rev_id 62455 by lucas (131.93.200.179) 2 months ago
in the meantime, i let a girl borrow the pen, and she misplaced the cap.

i think my journey with the lamy 2000 has come to an end until i make more money.

but i wonder what lamy's acquisition will do to the brand!
post 51602, rev_id 62454 by bluet (213.239.67.34) 5 months ago
what a sad story, lucas

in the beginning my 2000 felt dry. it made very thin lines, and sometimes required coercing to start. i pressed down on the nib a few times, uncomfortably hard, and that made it wetter. now it lives up to the reputation of being broader than usual at every grade

nowadays i alternate between my 2000 and a promotional medium safari that i got from my employer, with cartridges
post 51601, rev_id 62453 by lucas (128.210.128.1) 6 months ago
> my big update is that I'm at 21,425 unread emails

haha

> ttf eating emojis strikes again.

bwahaha

> I put a surfing person emoji

aw

> and also said that I'd like to read your update, lucas.

i wonder what my idea of an update was at that time.

it might be related to this:

---

so i bought a huge box of window envelopes on amazon. i made a latex template for letters, with everything being positioned properly for the windows.

<pre>
\documentclass[
paper=letter,parskip=full,fromalign=left,fromrule=afteraddress,
fromphone=false,fromemail=false,fromurl=false,backaddress=false,
foldmarks=BTp,firstfoot=false,addrfield=topaligned
]{scrlttr2}
\usepackage{fourier}

\makeatletter
\setplength{firstheadhpos}{0.625in}
\setplength{firstheadvpos}{0.625in}
\setplength{backaddrheight}{0pt}
\setplength{toaddrhpos}{0.5in}
\setplength{toaddrvpos}{2.25in}
\setplength{toaddrheight}{0.75in}
\setplength{toaddrwidth}{3in}
\setplength{toaddrindent}{0.125in}
\@setplength{sigbeforevskip}{4\baselineskip}
\renewcommand*{\raggedsignature}{\raggedright}
\makeatother

\begin{document}

\setkomavar{fromaddress}{Addr 1\\Addr 2}
\setkomavar{fromname}{sig}

\date{}

\begin{letter}{Line one\\Line two\\Line three}

\opening{}

\end{letter}

\end{document}
</pre>

with the window envelopes and the template, i can send a letter nearly as quickly as i can send an email.

so i now fire off hardcopy letters because i think emails are easier for people or companies to ignore.

sometimes my letters go to businesses because i keep unsubscribing from their emails to only be resubscribed again.


<blockquote>
30 \date{22 November 2022}
31
32 \setkomavar{subject}{Please stop re-subscribing me to your newsletters}
33
34 \begin{letter}{Spire Climbing and Fitness\\13 Enterprise Blvd\\Bozeman MT 59718-6912}
35
36 \opening{Hello,}
37
38 I have repeatedly unsubscribed from your newsletters. Yet somehow I keep getting email newsletters from your company. You probably keep a list of email addresses that you manually re-subscribe on occasion. Please stop!
39
40 Please do not ever email me again. The email adress you have been contacting is [email].
41
42 Please confirm in writing via post that you have received my request and will honor it. Thank you.
43
44 \closing{Best,}
45
46 \encl{Example email}
47
48 \end{letter}
49
50 \end{document}
</blockquote>


this was sent to a small business in bozeman, montana. they actually did write back! :)

most other companies do not write back.


<blockquote>
29 \date{29 December 2022}
30
31 \setkomavar{subject}{Request to unsubscribe from commercial emails}
32
33 \begin{letter}{Blue Bottle Coffee Inc.\\476 9th Street\\Oakland, CA 94607}
34
35 \opening{Hello,}
36
37 I am a returning Blue Bottle customer.
38
39 In July, I added some items to my cart but did not complete the purchase, as I was going to be out-of-town for awhile. I then received an email notifying me that I should complete my checkout. I detest these obnoxious emails. I logged in to my Blue Bottle account to check my email notification settings. I appeared to be unsubscribed from all emails. So I contacted your support team. This email thread is attached, labeled as ``Email thread with customer support.''
40
41 According to your team, I am unable to opt-out of these ``transactional emails.'' Note that the content of these emails is commercial---not transactional---per guidance from the Federal Trade Commission.\footnote{See https://www.ftc.gov/business-guidance/resources/can-spam-act-compliance-guide-business.}
42
43 On December 10th, 2022, I received your email (also enclosed) with subject line ``A Limited Release Coffee from Kenya.'' After receiving this email, I again logged into my Blue Bottle account and verified that I was \emph{already} unsubscribed from all marketing emails (attached as ``Blue Bottle account settings''). So then I clicked the unsubscribe link in this marketing email. I was shown the webpage depicted as ``Blue Bottle unsubscribe link result on 2022-12-10 at 22:38:52 CT.'' Notice that this webpage says I was successfully unsubscribed from ``dedicated transactional messages.'' Your email notice of a new product release is \emph{not} a transactional message. I doubt I was truly and reliably unsubscribed from all commercial messages.
44
45 You must give me a way to opt-out from your emails with commercial content.\footnote{Ibid.} I no longer wish to receive these emails. Please confirm via postal mail that you will cease sending commercial emails to my email address \texttt{[email]}.
46
47 Thank you for your cooperation.
48
49 \closing{Best,}
50
51 \encl{Email thread with customer support\\
52 Email with subject ``A Limited Release Coffee from Kenya''\\
53 Blue Bottle account settings as of 2022-12-10 at 22:30:46 CT\\
54 Blue Bottle unsubscribe link result on 2022-12-10 at 22:38:52 CT}
55
56 \end{letter}
57
58 \clearpage
59
60 \thispagestyle{empty}
61
62 \includepdf[scale=0.85,offset=0cm -0.5cm,pages=1,pagecommand={\begin{tikzpicture}[remember picture, overlay, below right]\node[xshift=2cm,yshift=-1.5cm] at (current page.north west) {2022-12-29 encl: Email thread with customer support (1 of 4)};\end{tikzpicture}}]{../images/encl/2022-12-29--Blue Bottle--Enclosure--0}
63
64 \clearpage
65
66 \thispagestyle{empty}
67
68 \includepdf[scale=0.85,offset=0cm -0.5cm,pages=2,pagecommand={\begin{tikzpicture}[remember picture, overlay, below right]\node[xshift=2cm,yshift=-1.5cm] at (current page.north west) {2022-12-29 encl: Email thread with customer support (2 of 4)};\end{tikzpicture}}]{../images/encl/2022-12-29--Blue Bottle--Enclosure--0}
69
70 \clearpage
71
72 \thispagestyle{empty}
73
74 \includepdf[scale=0.85,offset=0cm -0.5cm,pages=3,pagecommand={\begin{tikzpicture}[remember picture, overlay, below right]\node[xshift=2cm,yshift=-1.5cm] at (current page.north west) {2022-12-29 encl: Email thread with customer support (3 of 4)};\end{tikzpicture}}]{../images/encl/2022-12-29--Blue Bottle--Enclosure--0}
75
76 \clearpage
77
78 \thispagestyle{plain}
79
80 \includepdf[scale=0.85,offset=0cm -0.5cm,pages=4,pagecommand={\begin{tikzpicture}[remember picture, overlay, below right]\node[xshift=2cm,yshift=-1.5cm] at (current page.north west) {2022-12-29 encl: Email thread with customer support (4 of 4)};\end{tikzpicture}}]{../images/encl/2022-12-29--Blue Bottle--Enclosure--0}
81
82 \clearpage
83
84 \thispagestyle{empty}
85
86 \includepdf[scale=0.85,offset=0cm -0.5cm,pages=1,pagecommand={\begin{tikzpicture}[remember picture, overlay, below right]\node[xshift=2cm,yshift=-1.5cm] at (current page.north west) {2022-12-29 encl: Email with subject ``A Limited Release Coffee from Kenya'' (1 of 3)};\end{tikzpicture}}]{../images/encl/2022-12-29--Blue Bottle--Enclosure--1}
87
88 \clearpage
89
90 \thispagestyle{empty}
91
92 \includepdf[scale=0.85,offset=0cm -0.5cm,pages=2,pagecommand={\begin{tikzpicture}[remember picture, overlay, below right]\node[xshift=2cm,yshift=-1.5cm] at (current page.north west) {2022-12-29 encl: Email with subject ``A Limited Release Coffee from Kenya'' (2 of 3)};\end{tikzpicture}}]{../images/encl/2022-12-29--Blue Bottle--Enclosure--1}
93
94 \clearpage
95
96 \thispagestyle{plain}
97
98 \includepdf[scale=0.85,offset=0cm -0.5cm,pages=3,pagecommand={\begin{tikzpicture}[remember picture, overlay, below right]\node[xshift=2cm,yshift=-1.5cm] at (current page.north west) {2022-12-29 encl: Email with subject ``A Limited Release Coffee from Kenya'' (3 of 3)};\end{tikzpicture}}]{../images/encl/2022-12-29--Blue Bottle--Enclosure--1}
99
100 \clearpage
101
102 \pagestyle{plain}
103
104 {2022-12-29 encl: Blue Bottle account settings as of 2022-12-10 at 22:30:46 CT}
105
106 \fbox{\includegraphics[width=\textwidth]{../images/encl/2022-12-29--Blue Bottle--Enclosure--2}}
107
108 \clearpage
109
110 \pagestyle{plain}
111
112 {2022-12-29 encl: Blue Bottle unsubscribe link result on 2022-12-10 at 22:38:52 CT}
113
114 \fbox{\includegraphics[width=0.8\textwidth]{../images/encl/2022-12-29--Blue Bottle--Enclosure--3}}
</blockquote>


no response. fwiw, i don't get blue bottle emails anymore. i quit buying coffee from them regardless. verve coffee roasters became my go-to.


<blockquote>
30 %\date{}
31
32 \setkomavar{subject}{Your acquisition of my full name and postal address}
33
34 \begin{letter}{Thuma\\1169 Gorgas Ave Suite A\\San Francisco, CA 94129}
35
36 \opening{Hello,}
37
38 On May 24, 2023, on Google.com, I searched for ``japanese joinery bed.'' I clicked on a sponsored link to
39 https://www.thuma.co/pages/about.
40
41 On Wednesday, June 14, 2023, I received direct mail marketing from Thuma (or agent thereof, henceforth
42 ``Thuma''), 1169 Gorgas Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94129.
43
44 The address provided to Thuma may have been either (a) [my old address] or (b) [my new address].
46
47 The mail-piece I received was addressed to the latter address (depicted on the next page). If Thuma was given the former address,
48 Thuma may have obtained the latter address from the USPS National Change of Address database using
49 the former address.
50
51 Did Thuma acquire my full name and address from Google or Google Ad Services? If not, from which party did Thuma obtain my contact information?
52
53 Thank you for your assistance.
54
55 \closing{Sincerely,}
56
57
58 \vfill
59
60 {\emph{Below:} The addressed page of the actual direct mail as received.}
61
62 \fbox{\includegraphics[width=\textwidth]{../images/encl/2023-06-16--Thuma--Direct_mail}}
63
64 \vfill
65
66 \end{letter}
67 \end{document}
</blockquote>


no response. fwiw, i haven't received direct mail from them since.


<blockquote>
34 %\date{}
35
36 %\setkomavar{subject}{}
37
38 \begin{letter}{Oil Perfumery\\Attn: Marketing\\304 S Jones Blvd\\Las Vegas NV 89107}
39
40 \opening{Hello,}
41
42 I have received three spam emails from you. I never signed up for anything on your website. I never completed a purchase. I was \emph{considering} purchasing something from you. I added two items to my cart. I began filling out the order form. I entered my email address. I never submitted the form.
43
44 But your company is a master harasser! No matter that I didn't submit the form! You captured my email and have emailed me \emph{every day} since then. This is disgusting.
45
46 I won't ever purchase anything from you.
47
48 I'll recommend others avoid your company.
49
50 \closing{Sincerely,}
51
52 \encl{Most recent email received}
53
54 \end{letter}
55
56 \clearpage
57
58 \thispagestyle{empty}
59
60 \fbox{\includegraphics[width=1\textwidth]{../images/encl/2023-08-29--Oil-Perfumery}}
61
62 \end{document}
</blockquote>


i'm mean. :(

but you gotta fight for your inbox zero.


<blockquote>
32 %\date{}
33
34 \setkomavar{yourref}{Accounts ending: ****, ****\\SSN ending: ****}
35
36 \setkomavar{subject}{Confirm my email}
37
38 \begin{letter}{[FINANCIAL INSTITUTION]}
39
40 \opening{Hello,}
41
42 On May 3, 2023, and again today, you emailed me to confirm my email address. You claim that I have not opened recent emails from you. (Just because I do not load beacon/tracking images in your emails does not mean that I do not open your emails.) I had already attempted to confirm my email address on May 3.
43
44 Today I clicked the link to confirm my email. Your website prompts me to log-in at \footnote{\url{[URL]}}. After log-in, the webpage takes me directly to \footnote{\url{[URL]}}, as one would anticipate from the referring URL. This page \emph{does not} indicate that I have successfully confirmed my email address, and I have no reason to think that it had.
45
46 I attempted again by clicking the confirmation link in the email. It was the same process, even asking me to log-in, although I was already logged-in successfully.
47
48 Please (1) confirm my email, (2) remedy your technological errors on this matter. Please write me via post to confirm that you received this letter and indicate the actions you have taken.
49
50 \closing{Sincerely,}
51
52 \encl{Example email}
53
54 \end{letter}
55
56 \end{document}
</blockquote>


no response. fuckers. i'm their _active customer_. they really should respond. maybe i'll start trolling them hard. because i am entertained with the lamest shit and love wasting time.


<blockquote>
36 \begin{letter}{Comfort Inn Lafayette I-65\\
37 4701 Meijer Ct\\
38 Lafayette IN 47905}
39
40 \opening{Dear Manager,}
41
42 I write about my stay at your hotel (check-in on August 15, check-out on August 16). I avoid posting negative reviews online because constructive feedback can help you with your business, and it also gives you the ability to reconcile the matter with me. I wasn't able to easily locate your email address online, which is why I simply print and mail this to you; please feel free to reply to me via email at \textbf{[email]}.
43
44 I had driven into town very late at night and was expecting only a few hours of sleep before I had important meetings at Purdue, where I work in the School of Business (I live out of town). I checked-in at about 5:40 a.m., which was a quick process (and much appreciated). My first meeting was at 9 a.m. I asked for a wake-up call at 8:20 a.m., to which the receptionist agreed.
45
46 I hoped for a glass of ice water before bed---I searched the entire length of the hallway with the ice bucket in hand, but could not locate an ice maker. I returned to the front desk, but no one came to the desk to help me. I gave up and went to bed.
47
48 The wall between the bed and the bathroom clicked loudly. It seemed like a mechanical clicking. It was not coming from an adjacent room, so I didn't try to complain to the desk, even if I could have found someone there. It kept me awake for over 30 minutes despite me being exhausted. I typically fall asleep within a few minutes.
49
50 I finally fell asleep sometime after 6:20 a.m.
51
52 At 6:50 a.m., the phone rang loudly. Jarred awake, I picked up the receiver, and a recording said ``please stay on the line.'' After waiting a minute, I wondered why I bothered, so I hung up, hoping to return to sleep. The wall continued to click loudly. Returning to sleep took at least 20 minutes.
53
54 I didn't receive a wake-up call.
55
56 I chose your hotel because of the Comfort Inn brand. I usually try to stay at Choice Hotels. I thought that the \$200 cost would be worthwhile, because those few hours of sleep were much needed for my meetings.
57
58 I would have gotten more sleep in my car. The hotel room actually made me worse off. It was a bad deal for \$200.
59
60 I hope you agree and are willing to settle this. I also hope you fix the loud mechanical clicking in the wall for the next guest!
61
62 \closing{Best regards,}
63
64 \end{letter}
65
66 \end{document}
</blockquote>


on this one, i used my business school address, hoping to curry favor. they called, left a voicemail saying that they'd give me an inconsequential amount of "reward points." i want the $200 back. i need to fire off a follow-up to the district manager. but who has the time?
post 51601, rev_id 62452 by lucas (128.210.128.1) 6 months ago
> my big update is that I'm at 21,425 unread emails

haha

> ttf eating emojis strikes again.

bwahaha

> I put a surfing person emoji

aw

> and also said that I'd like to read your update, lucas.

i wonder what my idea of an update was at that time.

it might be related to this:

---

so i bought a huge box of window envelopes on amazon. i made a latex template for letters, with everything being positioned properly for the windows.

<pre>
\documentclass[
paper=letter,parskip=full,fromalign=left,fromrule=afteraddress,
fromphone=false,fromemail=false,fromurl=false,backaddress=false,
foldmarks=BTp,firstfoot=false,addrfield=topaligned
]{scrlttr2}
\usepackage{fourier}

\makeatletter
\setplength{firstheadhpos}{0.625in}
\setplength{firstheadvpos}{0.625in}
\setplength{backaddrheight}{0pt}
\setplength{toaddrhpos}{0.5in}
\setplength{toaddrvpos}{2.25in}
\setplength{toaddrheight}{0.75in}
\setplength{toaddrwidth}{3in}
\setplength{toaddrindent}{0.125in}
\@setplength{sigbeforevskip}{4\baselineskip}
\renewcommand*{\raggedsignature}{\raggedright}
\makeatother

\begin{document}

\setkomavar{fromaddress}{Addr 1\\Addr 2}
\setkomavar{fromname}{sig}

\date{}

\begin{letter}{Line one\\Line two\\Line three}

\opening{}

\end{letter}

\end{document}
</pre>

with the window envelopes and the template, i can send a letter nearly as quickly as i can send an email.

so i now fire off hardcopy letters because i think emails are easier for people or companies to ignore.

sometimes my letters go to businesses because i keep unsubscribing from their emails to only be resubscribed again.


<blockquote>
30 \date{22 November 2022}
31
32 \setkomavar{subject}{Please stop re-subscribing me to your newsletters}
33
34 \begin{letter}{Spire Climbing and Fitness\\13 Enterprise Blvd\\Bozeman MT 59718-6912}
35
36 \opening{Hello,}
37
38 I have repeatedly unsubscribed from your newsletters. Yet somehow I keep getting email newsletters from your company. You probably keep a list of email addresses that you manually re-subscribe on occasion. Please stop!
39
40 Please do not ever email me again. The email adress you have been contacting is [email].
41
42 Please confirm in writing via post that you have received my request and will honor it. Thank you.
43
44 \closing{Best,}
45
46 \encl{Example email}
47
48 \end{letter}
49
50 \end{document}
</blockquote>


this was sent to a small business in bozeman, montana. they actually did write back! :)

most other companies do not write back.


<blockquote>
29 \date{29 December 2022}
30
31 \setkomavar{subject}{Request to unsubscribe from commercial emails}
32
33 \begin{letter}{Blue Bottle Coffee Inc.\\476 9th Street\\Oakland, CA 94607}
34
35 \opening{Hello,}
36
37 I am a returning Blue Bottle customer.
38
39 In July, I added some items to my cart but did not complete the purchase, as I was going to be out-of-town for awhile. I then received an email notifying me that I should complete my checkout. I detest these obnoxious emails. I logged in to my Blue Bottle account to check my email notification settings. I appeared to be unsubscribed from all emails. So I contacted your support team. This email thread is attached, labeled as ``Email thread with customer support.''
40
41 According to your team, I am unable to opt-out of these ``transactional emails.'' Note that the content of these emails is commercial---not transactional---per guidance from the Federal Trade Commission.\footnote{See https://www.ftc.gov/business-guidance/resources/can-spam-act-compliance-guide-business.}
42
43 On December 10th, 2022, I received your email (also enclosed) with subject line ``A Limited Release Coffee from Kenya.'' After receiving this email, I again logged into my Blue Bottle account and verified that I was \emph{already} unsubscribed from all marketing emails (attached as ``Blue Bottle account settings''). So then I clicked the unsubscribe link in this marketing email. I was shown the webpage depicted as ``Blue Bottle unsubscribe link result on 2022-12-10 at 22:38:52 CT.'' Notice that this webpage says I was successfully unsubscribed from ``dedicated transactional messages.'' Your email notice of a new product release is \emph{not} a transactional message. I doubt I was truly and reliably unsubscribed from all commercial messages.
44
45 You must give me a way to opt-out from your emails with commercial content.\footnote{Ibid.} I no longer wish to receive these emails. Please confirm via postal mail that you will cease sending commercial emails to my email address \texttt{[email]}.
46
47 Thank you for your cooperation.
48
49 \closing{Best,}
50
51 \encl{Email thread with customer support\\
52 Email with subject ``A Limited Release Coffee from Kenya''\\
53 Blue Bottle account settings as of 2022-12-10 at 22:30:46 CT\\
54 Blue Bottle unsubscribe link result on 2022-12-10 at 22:38:52 CT}
55
56 \end{letter}
57
58 \clearpage
59
60 \thispagestyle{empty}
61
62 \includepdf[scale=0.85,offset=0cm -0.5cm,pages=1,pagecommand={\begin{tikzpicture}[remember picture, overlay, below right]\node[xshift=2cm,yshift=-1.5cm] at (current page.north west) {2022-12-29 encl: Email thread with customer support (1 of 4)};\end{tikzpicture}}]{../images/encl/2022-12-29--Blue Bottle--Enclosure--0}
63
64 \clearpage
65
66 \thispagestyle{empty}
67
68 \includepdf[scale=0.85,offset=0cm -0.5cm,pages=2,pagecommand={\begin{tikzpicture}[remember picture, overlay, below right]\node[xshift=2cm,yshift=-1.5cm] at (current page.north west) {2022-12-29 encl: Email thread with customer support (2 of 4)};\end{tikzpicture}}]{../images/encl/2022-12-29--Blue Bottle--Enclosure--0}
69
70 \clearpage
71
72 \thispagestyle{empty}
73
74 \includepdf[scale=0.85,offset=0cm -0.5cm,pages=3,pagecommand={\begin{tikzpicture}[remember picture, overlay, below right]\node[xshift=2cm,yshift=-1.5cm] at (current page.north west) {2022-12-29 encl: Email thread with customer support (3 of 4)};\end{tikzpicture}}]{../images/encl/2022-12-29--Blue Bottle--Enclosure--0}
75
76 \clearpage
77
78 \thispagestyle{plain}
79
80 \includepdf[scale=0.85,offset=0cm -0.5cm,pages=4,pagecommand={\begin{tikzpicture}[remember picture, overlay, below right]\node[xshift=2cm,yshift=-1.5cm] at (current page.north west) {2022-12-29 encl: Email thread with customer support (4 of 4)};\end{tikzpicture}}]{../images/encl/2022-12-29--Blue Bottle--Enclosure--0}
81
82 \clearpage
83
84 \thispagestyle{empty}
85
86 \includepdf[scale=0.85,offset=0cm -0.5cm,pages=1,pagecommand={\begin{tikzpicture}[remember picture, overlay, below right]\node[xshift=2cm,yshift=-1.5cm] at (current page.north west) {2022-12-29 encl: Email with subject ``A Limited Release Coffee from Kenya'' (1 of 3)};\end{tikzpicture}}]{../images/encl/2022-12-29--Blue Bottle--Enclosure--1}
87
88 \clearpage
89
90 \thispagestyle{empty}
91
92 \includepdf[scale=0.85,offset=0cm -0.5cm,pages=2,pagecommand={\begin{tikzpicture}[remember picture, overlay, below right]\node[xshift=2cm,yshift=-1.5cm] at (current page.north west) {2022-12-29 encl: Email with subject ``A Limited Release Coffee from Kenya'' (2 of 3)};\end{tikzpicture}}]{../images/encl/2022-12-29--Blue Bottle--Enclosure--1}
93
94 \clearpage
95
96 \thispagestyle{plain}
97
98 \includepdf[scale=0.85,offset=0cm -0.5cm,pages=3,pagecommand={\begin{tikzpicture}[remember picture, overlay, below right]\node[xshift=2cm,yshift=-1.5cm] at (current page.north west) {2022-12-29 encl: Email with subject ``A Limited Release Coffee from Kenya'' (3 of 3)};\end{tikzpicture}}]{../images/encl/2022-12-29--Blue Bottle--Enclosure--1}
99
100 \clearpage
101
102 \pagestyle{plain}
103
104 {2022-12-29 encl: Blue Bottle account settings as of 2022-12-10 at 22:30:46 CT}
105
106 \fbox{\includegraphics[width=\textwidth]{../images/encl/2022-12-29--Blue Bottle--Enclosure--2}}
107
108 \clearpage
109
110 \pagestyle{plain}
111
112 {2022-12-29 encl: Blue Bottle unsubscribe link result on 2022-12-10 at 22:38:52 CT}
113
114 \fbox{\includegraphics[width=0.8\textwidth]{../images/encl/2022-12-29--Blue Bottle--Enclosure--3}}
</blockquote>


no response. fwiw, i don't get blue bottle emails anymore. i quit buying coffee from them regardless. verve coffee roasters became my go-to.


<blockquote>
30 %\date{}
31
32 \setkomavar{subject}{Your acquisition of my full name and postal address}
33
34 \begin{letter}{Thuma\\1169 Gorgas Ave Suite A\\San Francisco, CA 94129}
35
36 \opening{Hello,}
37
38 On May 24, 2023, on Google.com, I searched for ``japanese joinery bed.'' I clicked on a sponsored link to
39 https://www.thuma.co/pages/about.
40
41 On Wednesday, June 14, 2023, I received direct mail marketing from Thuma (or agent thereof, henceforth
42 ``Thuma''), 1169 Gorgas Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94129.
43
44 The address provided to Thuma may have been either (a) [my old address] or (b) [my new address].
46
47 The mail-piece I received was addressed to the latter address (depicted on the next page). If Thuma was given the former address,
48 Thuma may have obtained the latter address from the USPS National Change of Address database using
49 the former address.
50
51 Did Thuma acquire my full name and address from Google or Google Ad Services? If not, from which party did Thuma obtain my contact information?
52
53 Thank you for your assistance.
54
55 \closing{Sincerely,}
56
57
58 \vfill
59
60 {\emph{Below:} The addressed page of the actual direct mail as received.}
61
62 \fbox{\includegraphics[width=\textwidth]{../images/encl/2023-06-16--Thuma--Direct_mail}}
63
64 \vfill
65
66 \end{letter}
67 \end{document}
</blockquote>


no response. fwiw, i haven't received direct mail from them since.


<blockquote>
34 %\date{}
35
36 %\setkomavar{subject}{}
37
38 \begin{letter}{Oil Perfumery\\Attn: Marketing\\304 S Jones Blvd\\Las Vegas NV 89107}
39
40 \opening{Hello,}
41
42 I have received three spam emails from you. I never signed up for anything on your website. I never completed a purchase. I was \emph{considering} purchasing something from you. I added two items to my cart. I began filling out the order form. I entered my email address. I never submitted the form.
43
44 But your company is a master harasser! No matter that I didn't submit the form! You captured my email and have emailed me \emph{every day} since then. This is disgusting.
45
46 I won't ever purchase anything from you.
47
48 I'll recommend others avoid your company.
49
50 \closing{Sincerely,}
51
52 \encl{Most recent email received}
53
54 \end{letter}
55
56 \clearpage
57
58 \thispagestyle{empty}
59
60 \fbox{\includegraphics[width=1\textwidth]{../images/encl/2023-08-29--Oil-Perfumery}}
61
62 \end{document}
</blockquote>


i'm mean. :(

but you gotta fight for your inbox zero.


<blockquote>
32 %\date{}
33
34 \setkomavar{yourref}{Accounts ending: ****, ****\\SSN ending: ****}
35
36 \setkomavar{subject}{Confirm my email}
37
38 \begin{letter}{[FINANCIAL INSTITUTION]}
39
40 \opening{Hello,}
41
42 On May 3, 2023, and again today, you emailed me to confirm my email address. You claim that I have not opened recent emails from you. (Just because I do not load beacon/tracking images in your emails does not mean that I do not open your emails.) I had already attempted to confirm my email address on May 3.
43
44 Today I clicked the link to confirm my email. Your website prompts me to log-in at \footnote{\url{[URL]}}. After log-in, the webpage takes me directly to \footnote{\url{[URL]}}, as one would anticipate from the referring URL. This page \emph{does not} indicate that I have successfully confirmed my email address, and I have no reason to think that it had.
45
46 I attempted again by clicking the confirmation link in the email. It was the same process, even asking me to log-in, although I was already logged-in successfully.
47
48 Please (1) confirm my email, (2) remedy your technological errors on this matter. Please write me via post to confirm that you received this letter and indicate the actions you have taken.
49
50 \closing{Sincerely,}
51
52 \encl{Example email}
53
54 \end{letter}
55
56 \end{document}
</blockquote>


no response. fuckers. i'm their _active customer_. they really should respond. maybe i'll start trolling them hard. because i am entertained with the lamest shit and love wasting time.


<blockquote>
36 \begin{letter}{Comfort Inn Lafayette I-65\\
37 4701 Meijer Ct\\
38 Lafayette IN 47905}
39
40 \opening{Dear Manager,}
41
42 I write about my stay at your hotel (check-in on August 15, check-out on August 16). I avoid posting negative reviews online because constructive feedback can help you with your business, and it also gives you the ability to reconcile the matter with me. I wasn't able to easily locate your email address online, which is why I simply print and mail this to you; please feel free to reply to me via email at \textbf{[email]}.
43
44 I had driven into town very late at night and was expecting only a few hours of sleep before I had important meetings at Purdue, where I work in the School of Business (I live out of town). I checked-in at about 5:40 a.m., which was a quick process (and much appreciated). My first meeting was at 9 a.m. I asked for a wake-up call at 8:20 a.m., to which the receptionist agreed.
45
46 I hoped for a glass of ice water before bed---I searched the entire length of the hallway with the ice bucket in hand, but could not locate an ice maker. I returned to the front desk, but no one came to the desk to help me. I gave up and went to bed.
47
48 The wall between the bed and the bathroom clicked loudly. It seemed like a mechanical clicking. It was not coming from an adjacent room, so I didn't try to complain to the desk, even if I could have found someone there. It kept me awake for over 30 minutes despite me being exhausted. I typically fall asleep within a few minutes.
49
50 I finally fell asleep sometime after 6:20 a.m.
51
52 At 6:50 a.m., the phone rang loudly. Jarred awake, I picked up the receiver, and a recording said ``please stay on the line.'' After waiting a minute, I wondered why I bothered, so I hung up, hoping to return to sleep. The wall continued to click loudly. Returning to sleep took at least 20 minutes.
53
54 I didn't receive a wake-up call.
55
56 I chose your hotel because of the Comfort Inn brand. I usually try to stay at Choice Hotels. I thought that the \$200 cost would be worthwhile, because those few hours of sleep were much needed for my meetings.
57
58 I would have gotten more sleep in my car. The hotel room actually made me worse off. It was a bad deal for \$200.
59
60 I hope you agree and are willing to settle this. I also hope you fix the loud mechanical clicking in the wall for the next guest!
61
62 \closing{Best regards,}
63
64 \end{letter}
65
66 \end{document}
</blockquote>


on this one, i used my business school address, hoping to curry favor. they called, left a voicemail saying that they'd give me an inconsequential amount of "reward points." i need to fire off a follow-up to the district manager. i want the $200 back. but who has the time?
post 51601, rev_id 62451 by lucas (128.210.128.1) 6 months ago
> my big update is that I'm at 21,425 unread emails

haha

> ttf eating emojis strikes again.

bwahaha

> I put a surfing person emoji

aw

> and also said that I'd like to read your update, lucas.

i wonder what my idea of an update was at that time.

it might be related to this:

---

so i bought a huge box of window envelopes on amazon. i made a latex template for letters, with everything being positioned properly for the windows.

<pre>
\documentclass[
paper=letter,parskip=full,fromalign=left,fromrule=afteraddress,
fromphone=false,fromemail=false,fromurl=false,backaddress=false,
foldmarks=BTp,firstfoot=false,addrfield=topaligned
]{scrlttr2}
\usepackage{fourier}

\makeatletter
\setplength{firstheadhpos}{0.625in}
\setplength{firstheadvpos}{0.625in}
\setplength{backaddrheight}{0pt}
\setplength{toaddrhpos}{0.5in}
\setplength{toaddrvpos}{2.25in}
\setplength{toaddrheight}{0.75in}
\setplength{toaddrwidth}{3in}
\setplength{toaddrindent}{0.125in}
\@setplength{sigbeforevskip}{4\baselineskip}
\renewcommand*{\raggedsignature}{\raggedright}
\makeatother

\begin{document}

\setkomavar{fromaddress}{Addr 1\\Addr 2}
\setkomavar{fromname}{sig}

\date{}

\begin{letter}{Line one\\Line two\\Line three}

\opening{}

\end{letter}

\end{document}
</pre>

with the window envelopes and the template, i can send a letter nearly as quickly as i can send an email.

so i now fire off hardcopy letters because i think emails are easier for people or companies to ignore.

sometimes my letters go to businesses because i keep unsubscribing from their emails to only be resubscribed again.


<blockquote>
30 \date{22 November 2022}
31
32 \setkomavar{subject}{Please stop re-subscribing me to your newsletters}
33
34 \begin{letter}{Spire Climbing and Fitness\\13 Enterprise Blvd\\Bozeman MT 59718-6912}
35
36 \opening{Hello,}
37
38 I have repeatedly unsubscribed from your newsletters. Yet somehow I keep getting email newsletters from your company. You probably keep a list of email addresses that you manually re-subscribe on occasion. Please stop!
39
40 Please do not ever email me again. The email adress you have been contacting is [email].
41
42 Please confirm in writing via post that you have received my request and will honor it. Thank you.
43
44 \closing{Best,}
45
46 \encl{Example email}
47
48 \end{letter}
49
50 \end{document}
</blockquote>


this was sent to a small business in bozeman, montana. they actually did write back! :)

most other companies do not write back.


<blockquote>
29 \date{29 December 2022}
30
31 \setkomavar{subject}{Request to unsubscribe from commercial emails}
32
33 \begin{letter}{Blue Bottle Coffee Inc.\\476 9th Street\\Oakland, CA 94607}
34
35 \opening{Hello,}
36
37 I am a returning Blue Bottle customer.
38
39 In July, I added some items to my cart but did not complete the purchase, as I was going to be out-of-town for awhile. I then received an email notifying me that I should complete my checkout. I detest these obnoxious emails. I logged in to my Blue Bottle account to check my email notification settings. I appeared to be unsubscribed from all emails. So I contacted your support team. This email thread is attached, labeled as ``Email thread with customer support.''
40
41 According to your team, I am unable to opt-out of these ``transactional emails.'' Note that the content of these emails is commercial---not transactional---per guidance from the Federal Trade Commission.\footnote{See https://www.ftc.gov/business-guidance/resources/can-spam-act-compliance-guide-business.}
42
43 On December 10th, 2022, I received your email (also enclosed) with subject line ``A Limited Release Coffee from Kenya.'' After receiving this email, I again logged into my Blue Bottle account and verified that I was \emph{already} unsubscribed from all marketing emails (attached as ``Blue Bottle account settings''). So then I clicked the unsubscribe link in this marketing email. I was shown the webpage depicted as ``Blue Bottle unsubscribe link result on 2022-12-10 at 22:38:52 CT.'' Notice that this webpage says I was successfully unsubscribed from ``dedicated transactional messages.'' Your email notice of a new product release is \emph{not} a transactional message. I doubt I was truly and reliably unsubscribed from all commercial messages.
44
45 You must give me a way to opt-out from your emails with commercial content.\footnote{Ibid.} I no longer wish to receive these emails. Please confirm via postal mail that you will cease sending commercial emails to my email address \texttt{[email]}.
46
47 Thank you for your cooperation.
48
49 \closing{Best,}
50
51 \encl{Email thread with customer support\\
52 Email with subject ``A Limited Release Coffee from Kenya''\\
53 Blue Bottle account settings as of 2022-12-10 at 22:30:46 CT\\
54 Blue Bottle unsubscribe link result on 2022-12-10 at 22:38:52 CT}
55
56 \end{letter}
57
58 \clearpage
59
60 \thispagestyle{empty}
61
62 \includepdf[scale=0.85,offset=0cm -0.5cm,pages=1,pagecommand={\begin{tikzpicture}[remember picture, overlay, below right]\node[xshift=2cm,yshift=-1.5cm] at (current page.north west) {2022-12-29 encl: Email thread with customer support (1 of 4)};\end{tikzpicture}}]{../images/encl/2022-12-29--Blue Bottle--Enclosure--0}
63
64 \clearpage
65
66 \thispagestyle{empty}
67
68 \includepdf[scale=0.85,offset=0cm -0.5cm,pages=2,pagecommand={\begin{tikzpicture}[remember picture, overlay, below right]\node[xshift=2cm,yshift=-1.5cm] at (current page.north west) {2022-12-29 encl: Email thread with customer support (2 of 4)};\end{tikzpicture}}]{../images/encl/2022-12-29--Blue Bottle--Enclosure--0}
69
70 \clearpage
71
72 \thispagestyle{empty}
73
74 \includepdf[scale=0.85,offset=0cm -0.5cm,pages=3,pagecommand={\begin{tikzpicture}[remember picture, overlay, below right]\node[xshift=2cm,yshift=-1.5cm] at (current page.north west) {2022-12-29 encl: Email thread with customer support (3 of 4)};\end{tikzpicture}}]{../images/encl/2022-12-29--Blue Bottle--Enclosure--0}
75
76 \clearpage
77
78 \thispagestyle{plain}
79
80 \includepdf[scale=0.85,offset=0cm -0.5cm,pages=4,pagecommand={\begin{tikzpicture}[remember picture, overlay, below right]\node[xshift=2cm,yshift=-1.5cm] at (current page.north west) {2022-12-29 encl: Email thread with customer support (4 of 4)};\end{tikzpicture}}]{../images/encl/2022-12-29--Blue Bottle--Enclosure--0}
81
82 \clearpage
83
84 \thispagestyle{empty}
85
86 \includepdf[scale=0.85,offset=0cm -0.5cm,pages=1,pagecommand={\begin{tikzpicture}[remember picture, overlay, below right]\node[xshift=2cm,yshift=-1.5cm] at (current page.north west) {2022-12-29 encl: Email with subject ``A Limited Release Coffee from Kenya'' (1 of 3)};\end{tikzpicture}}]{../images/encl/2022-12-29--Blue Bottle--Enclosure--1}
87
88 \clearpage
89
90 \thispagestyle{empty}
91
92 \includepdf[scale=0.85,offset=0cm -0.5cm,pages=2,pagecommand={\begin{tikzpicture}[remember picture, overlay, below right]\node[xshift=2cm,yshift=-1.5cm] at (current page.north west) {2022-12-29 encl: Email with subject ``A Limited Release Coffee from Kenya'' (2 of 3)};\end{tikzpicture}}]{../images/encl/2022-12-29--Blue Bottle--Enclosure--1}
93
94 \clearpage
95
96 \thispagestyle{plain}
97
98 \includepdf[scale=0.85,offset=0cm -0.5cm,pages=3,pagecommand={\begin{tikzpicture}[remember picture, overlay, below right]\node[xshift=2cm,yshift=-1.5cm] at (current page.north west) {2022-12-29 encl: Email with subject ``A Limited Release Coffee from Kenya'' (3 of 3)};\end{tikzpicture}}]{../images/encl/2022-12-29--Blue Bottle--Enclosure--1}
99
100 \clearpage
101
102 \pagestyle{plain}
103
104 {2022-12-29 encl: Blue Bottle account settings as of 2022-12-10 at 22:30:46 CT}
105
106 \fbox{\includegraphics[width=\textwidth]{../images/encl/2022-12-29--Blue Bottle--Enclosure--2}}
107
108 \clearpage
109
110 \pagestyle{plain}
111
112 {2022-12-29 encl: Blue Bottle unsubscribe link result on 2022-12-10 at 22:38:52 CT}
113
114 \fbox{\includegraphics[width=0.8\textwidth]{../images/encl/2022-12-29--Blue Bottle--Enclosure--3}}
</blockquote>


no response. fwiw, i don't get blue bottle emails anymore. i quit buying coffee from them regardless. verve coffee roasters became my go-to.


<blockquote>
30 %\date{}
31
32 \setkomavar{subject}{Your acquisition of my full name and postal address}
33
34 \begin{letter}{Thuma\\1169 Gorgas Ave Suite A\\San Francisco, CA 94129}
35
36 \opening{Hello,}
37
38 On May 24, 2023, on Google.com, I searched for ``japanese joinery bed.'' I clicked on a sponsored link to
39 https://www.thuma.co/pages/about.
40
41 On Wednesday, June 14, 2023, I received direct mail marketing from Thuma (or agent thereof, henceforth
42 ``Thuma''), 1169 Gorgas Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94129.
43
44 The address provided to Thuma may have been either (a) [my old address] or (b) [my new address].
46
47 The mail-piece I received was addressed to the latter address (depicted on the next page). If Thuma was given the former address,
48 Thuma may have obtained the latter address from the USPS National Change of Address database using
49 the former address.
50
51 Did Thuma acquire my full name and address from Google or Google Ad Services? If not, from which party did Thuma obtain my contact information?
52
53 Thank you for your assistance.
54
55 \closing{Sincerely,}
56
57
58 \vfill
59
60 {\emph{Below:} The addressed page of the actual direct mail as received.}
61
62 \fbox{\includegraphics[width=\textwidth]{../images/encl/2023-06-16--Thuma--Direct_mail}}
63
64 \vfill
65
66 \end{letter}
67 \end{document}
</blockquote>


no response. fwiw, i haven't received direct mail from them since.


<blockquote>
34 %\date{}
35
36 %\setkomavar{subject}{}
37
38 \begin{letter}{Oil Perfumery\\Attn: Marketing\\304 S Jones Blvd\\Las Vegas NV 89107}
39
40 \opening{Hello,}
41
42 I have received three spam emails from you. I never signed up for anything on your website. I never completed a purchase. I was \emph{considering} purchasing something from you. I added two items to my cart. I began filling out the order form. I entered my email address. I never submitted the form.
43
44 But your company is a master harasser! No matter that I didn't submit the form! You captured my email and have emailed me \emph{every day} since then. This is disgusting.
45
46 I won't ever purchase anything from you.
47
48 I'll recommend others avoid your company.
49
50 \closing{Sincerely,}
51
52 \encl{Most recent email received}
53
54 \end{letter}
55
56 \clearpage
57
58 \thispagestyle{empty}
59
60 \fbox{\includegraphics[width=1\textwidth]{../images/encl/2023-08-29--Oil-Perfumery}}
61
62 \end{document}
</blockquote>


i'm mean. :(

but you gotta fight for your inbox zero.


<blockquote>
32 %\date{}
33
34 \setkomavar{yourref}{Accounts ending: ****, ****\\SSN ending: ****}
35
36 \setkomavar{subject}{Confirm my email}
37
38 \begin{letter}{[FINANCIAL INSTITUTION]}
39
40 \opening{Hello,}
41
42 On May 3, 2023, and again today, you emailed me to confirm my email address. You claim that I have not opened recent emails from you. (Just because I do not load beacon/tracking images in your emails does not mean that I do not open your emails.) I had already attempted to confirm my email address on May 3.
43
44 Today I clicked the link to confirm my email. Your website prompts me to log-in at \footnote{\url{[URL]}}. After log-in, the webpage takes me directly to \footnote{\url{[URL]}}, as one would anticipate from the referring URL. This page \emph{does not} indicate that I have successfully confirmed my email address, and I have no reason to think that it had.
45
46 I attempted again by clicking the confirmation link in the email. It was the same process, even asking me to log-in, although I was already logged-in successfully.
47
48 Please (1) confirm my email, (2) remedy your technological errors on this matter. Please write me via post to confirm that you received this letter and indicate the actions you have taken.
49
50 \closing{Sincerely,}
51
52 \encl{Example email}
53
54 \end{letter}
55
56 \end{document}
</blockquote>


no response. fuckers. i'm their _active customer_. they really should respond. maybe i'll start trolling them hard. because i am entertained with the lamest shit and love wasting time.


<blockquote>
36 \begin{letter}{Comfort Inn Lafayette I-65\\
37 4701 Meijer Ct\\
38 Lafayette IN 47905}
39
40 \opening{Dear Manager,}
41
42 I write about my stay at your hotel (check-in on August 15, check-out on August 16). I avoid posting negative reviews online because constructive feedback can help you with your business, and it also gives you the ability to reconcile the matter with me. I wasn't able to easily locate your email address online, which is why I simply print and mail this to you; please feel free to reply to me via email at \textbf{[email]}.
43
44 I had driven into town very late at night and was expecting only a few hours of sleep before I had important meetings at Purdue, where I work in the School of Business (I live out of town). I checked-in at about 5:40 a.m., which was a quick process (and much appreciated). My first meeting was at 9 a.m. I asked for a wake-up call at 8:20 a.m., to which the receptionist agreed.
45
46 I hoped for a glass of ice water before bed---I searched the entire length of the hallway with the ice bucket in hand, but could not locate an ice maker. I returned to the front desk, but no one came to the desk to help me. I gave up and went to bed.
47
48 The wall between the bed and the bathroom clicked loudly. It seemed like a mechanical clicking. It was not coming from an adjacent room, so I didn't try to complain to the desk, even if I could have found someone there. It kept me awake for over 30 minutes despite me being exhausted. I typically fall asleep within a few minutes.
49
50 I finally fell asleep sometime after 6:20 a.m.
51
52 At 6:50 a.m., the phone rang loudly. Jarred awake, I picked up the receiver, and a recording said ``please stay on the line.'' After waiting a minute, I wondered why I bothered, so I hung up, hoping to return to sleep. The wall continued to click loudly. Returning to sleep took at least 20 minutes.
53
54 I didn't receive a wake-up call.
55
56 I chose your hotel because of the Comfort Inn brand. I usually try to stay at Choice Hotels. I thought that the \$200 cost would be worthwhile, because those few hours of sleep were much needed for my meetings.
57
58 I would have gotten more sleep in my car. The hotel room actually made me worse off. It was a bad deal for \$200.
59
60 I hope you agree and are willing to settle this. I also hope you fix the loud mechanical clicking in the wall for the next guest!
61
62 \closing{Best regards,}
63
64 \end{letter}
65
66 \end{document}
</blockquote>


on this one, i used my business school address, hoping to curry favor. they called, left a voicemail saying that they'd give me an inconsequential amount of "reward points." i need to fire off a follow-up to the district manager. but who has the time?
post 51600, rev_id 62450 by lucas (128.210.128.1) 6 months ago
i love my lamy 2000, but it's been a headache.

i splurged big-time and bought one back in 2016.

the nib didn't feel great. so i sent it back to jetpens.


<blockquote>
From:JetPens <jetpens@jetpens.com>
To: LR
Date:Thursday, September 22, 2016 1:08 PM

Hi Lucas,

We've received your Lamy 2000, and I can confirm that it definitely feels scratchier than it should be.

I have arranged for a replacement package to go out to you tomorrow, free of charge, after I have tested it myself. You will be sent an automated shipping confirmation email once the item has been sent from our warehouse.

Please let us know if you have any additional questions or concerns in the meantime. I apologize once again for the issues you experienced.

Best,
Ryan
JetPens
</blockquote>

<blockquote>
From:JetPens <jetpens@jetpens.com>
To:LR
Date:Friday, September 23, 2016 1:52 PM

Hi [name],

I just wanted to let you know that I've finished testing your replacement pen. Compared to your original pen, it still has a noticeable amount of feedback (which is pretty much unavoidable for nibs this fine), but it doesn't feel scratchy the way your original pen did. Specifically, the original pen tended to scratch the paper on down/left strokes, which the new pen doesn't do.

The replacement pen will ship out from our warehouse later today, and you'll get an email confirmation with tracking info after it's left. Thanks again for your patience, and let us know if there's anything else we can help you with in the meantime!

Best,
Ryan
JetPens
</blockquote>

<blockquote>
From:LR
To:JetPens <jetpens@jetpens.com>
Date:Monday, October 10, 2016 4:43 PM

Hi Ryan,

I received the pen on Friday. Thanks for your help, this pen is much nicer!

[sig]
</blockquote>


i dropped the pen, i think, and bent the nib. i sent it in for repair. $75 seemed reasonable for a nib replacement.


<blockquote>
From:lisa.katt@rediform.com
To: LR
Subject:Lamy Pen Repair
Date:Tuesday, December 13, 2016 3:07 PM

Good day,

We have received your Lamy pen submitted for repair. Our pen repair technician indicates that the nib is bent and will need to be replaced. The cost for the new nib will be $75.00. Please send your check or money order to:

Lamy Customer Service
555 Airline Drive, Suite 100
Coppell, TX 75019

Thank you!

Lisa Katt
Customer Service Supervisor
Blueline Rediform

555 Airline Drive
Coppell, TX 75019
T 800.456.7334 x 2324 | F 800.999.0074 | www.rediform.com
</blockquote>


the new nib seemed scratchy.


<blockquote>
From:LR
To:lisa.katt@rediform.com
Subject:Re: Lamy Pen Repair
Date:Wednesday, January 11, 2017 3:24 PM
Size:24 KB

Hi Lisa,

I recently received the repaired Lamy 2000 when I returned from my Christmas vacation. Unfortunately, I am not satisfied with the repair. The replacement nib is not smooth--it is so sharp that it collects paper fibers on a Rhodia pad.

Please advise how to remedy this situation.

Kindly,

[sig]
</blockquote>


i never received a response. i should have been more diligent at following-up with them.


<blockquote>
From:LR
To:repairs@lamyinc.com
Subject:2000 nib
Date:Friday, August 12, 2022 2:31 AM

Hello,

I think the nib on my Lamy 2000 may have a problem. It does not write smoothly. Can I send it in for repair?

Thanks,
[sig]
</blockquote>

<blockquote>
From:LAMY Repairs <repairs@lamyinc.com>
To: LR
Subject:Re: 2000 nib
Date:Monday, August 15, 2022 3:31 PM

Hi [name],

We are not able to repair the gold nibs back to factory specifications once they have been damaged.

We do stock replacement nibs for the 2000 FP in the following sizes:
EF, F, M, B, BB, OM, OB, OBB.
The nibs are $155 plus shipping and insurance.
You can purchase the nib and install it or we will install the new nib and perform a complete complimentary service on your pen.
You can follow the repair-return instructions listed below.

Please box your pens securely and ship to address listed below.

It is recommended that you insure and use tracking as we are not responsible for items damaged or lost in transit.
Please provide a description of your concerns and contact information including: return address, telephone number and E-Mail.

We will contact you with a repair estimate when the evaluation is completed.

Regards

Bob


Lamy Service Center
Bob Nurin
4729 E. Sunrise Drive
PMB #406
Tucson, AZ 85718
</blockquote>

<blockquote>
From:LR
To:LAMY Repairs <repairs@lamyinc.com>
Subject:Re: 2000 nib
Date:Monday, August 15, 2022 4:49 PM

Hi Bob,

Thanks for your response. Upon searching my email history, I realized that I sent the pen to Lamy for repair back in 2016. When I received the pen back, it was not satisfactory. When I asked to have the pen fixed, the service center would not respond. I have attached the email thread.

How can I get this remedied?

Thank you.

[sig]
</blockquote>

<blockquote>
From:LAMY Repairs <repairs@lamyinc.com>
To: LR
Subject:Re: 2000 nib
Date:Wednesday, August 17, 2022 3:21 PM

Hi [name],
I have been informed by my supervisor that we cannot accommodate your request after five plus years since you received the pen back from the distributor.
I have been authorized to extend a 20% discount off the current price of a new nib or a new pen.
Regards
Bob      

Lamy Service Center
Bob Nurin
4729 E. Sunrise Drive
PMB #406
Tucson, AZ 85718
</blockquote>

<blockquote>
From:LR
To:LAMY Repairs <repairs@lamyinc.com>
Subject:Re: 2000 nib
Date:Wednesday, August 17, 2022 4:58 PM

Hi Bob,

Thanks for following-up. Yes I realize that a long time has passed. It's rather shameful that I've been using a scratchy pen all these years.

Can you recommend how I could inspect the nib for damage before sending it in? Is it possible that the tines are misaligned or something else? Do you have a tutorial or information sheet available for this?

Thanks a bunch.

[sig]
</blockquote>

<blockquote>
From:LAMY Repairs <repairs@lamyinc.com>
To: LR
Subject:Re: 2000 nib
Date:Thursday, August 18, 2022 12:56 PM

Hi [name],
We can't comment on the condition of your nib until we have had an opportunity to evaluate it.
You may want to contact a nib meister for additional information.
Regards
Bob

Lamy Service Center
Bob Nurin
4729 E. Sunrise Drive
PMB #406
Tucson, AZ 85718
</blockquote>

<blockquote>
From:LR
To:jetpens@jetpens.com
Subject:Body threads stripped on Lamy 2000
Date:Wednesday, June 14, 2023 12:55 AM

Hello,

From JetPens I purchased my Lamy 2000 fountain pen, which had been working reliably for years. I keep it in the same protected location in my briefcase.

Recently I removed the cap to use the pen and noticed that all of the ink had leaked into the cap, where it had pooled. I thought it strange, but otherwise the pen seemed normal, so I refilled it, used it, and stored it in my briefcase again. Upon next use, it had again lost all the ink, pooled again inside the closed cap.

In an attempt to fix the problem, I disassembled the pen, flushed the nib assembly with water, and attempted to screw the nib assembly back onto the body. Many of the threads seemed broken, and I am worried that this is the source of the leak.

Do you have a replacement part to restore the threads on the body assembly that interfaces with the nib assembly?

Thank you,
[sig]
</blockquote>

<blockquote>
From:JetPens <jetpens@jetpens.com>
To: LR
Subject:Body threads stripped on Lamy 2000 [#199546]
Date:Wednesday, June 14, 2023 12:34 PM

Hi [name],

Thank you for your email. I'm so sorry to hear that the threads of your LAMY 2000 pen have broken!

I just checked, but unfortunately we don't have any spare LAMY 2000 parts on hand, and we don't carry separate replacement parts for sale. I apologize that we can't be of more help!

We might suggest checking with LAMY to see if they have any replacement parts or can assist with repairs. Here is their contact email and phone number:

repairs@lamyinc.com
520-395-0183

Thank you for your patience, and please let us know if you have any further questions or concerns.

Best Regards,
Emily
JetPens
</blockquote>

<blockquote>
From:LR
To:repairs@lamyinc.com
Subject:Body threads stripped on 2000
Date:Wednesday, June 14, 2023 12:52 AM

Hello,

My Lamy 2000 fountain pen had been working reliably for years. I keep it in the same protected location in my briefcase.

Recently I removed the cap to use the pen and noticed that all of the ink leaked into the cap, where it had pooled. I thought it strange, but otherwise the pen seemed normal, so I refilled it, used it, and stored it in my briefcase again. Upon next use, it had again lost all the ink, pooled again inside the closed cap.

In an attempt to fix the problem, I disassembled the pen, flushed the nib assembly with water, and attempted to screw the nib assembly back onto the body. Many of the threads seemed broken, and I am worried that this is the source of the leak.

Can I obtain repair or a replacement part to restore the threads on the body assembly that interfaces with the nib assembly?

Thank you,
[sig]
</blockquote>

<blockquote>
From:LAMY Repairs <repairs@lamyinc.com>
To: LR
Subject:Re: Body threads stripped on 2000
Date:Thursday, June 15, 2023 2:30 PM

Hi [name],
At the present time, replacement barrels for the 2000 FP are not available as individual items.
Lamy has elected to replace customers' pens with completely new pens at the cost of the broken components and return shipping.
We are required to return the complete broken pens, including the nib, to the factory in Germany for this process.
The estimate for the replacement would be $85 for the barrel, $10 return shipping and insurance and the replacement costs of any other missing or broken components.
If interested, you can follow the repair-return instructions listed below.

Please box your pens securely and ship to address listed below.

It is recommended that you insure and use tracking as we are not responsible for items damaged or lost in transit.
Please provide a description of your concerns and contact information including: return address, telephone number and E-Mail.

We will contact you when the evaluation is completed.

Regards,
Bob

Lamy Service Center
Bob Nurin
4729 E. Sunrise Drive
PMB #406
Tucson, AZ 85718
</blockquote>


well, that's a lot of money. plus the nib is less-than-ideal. so i'd rather buy a new pen altogether than keep repairing this one.

but would i forge ahead and buy another, given my experiences? idk.

there was a window of time when i had the nib working nicely. but it was very finicky. i loved the piston mechanism.

i might instead look at the pilot custom heritage 92.

but the lamy 2000 is great if it's working well! best wishes for you and your pen, bluet!
post 51600, rev_id 62449 by lucas (128.210.128.1) 6 months ago
i love my lamy 2000, but it's been a headache.

i splurged big-time and bought one back in 2016.

the nib didn't feel great. so i sent it back to jetpens.


<blockquote>
From:JetPens <jetpens@jetpens.com>
To: LR
Date:Thursday, September 22, 2016 1:08 PM

Hi Lucas,

We've received your Lamy 2000, and I can confirm that it definitely feels scratchier than it should be.

I have arranged for a replacement package to go out to you tomorrow, free of charge, after I have tested it myself. You will be sent an automated shipping confirmation email once the item has been sent from our warehouse.

Please let us know if you have any additional questions or concerns in the meantime. I apologize once again for the issues you experienced.

Best,
Ryan
JetPens
</blockquote>

<blockquote>
From:JetPens <jetpens@jetpens.com>
To:LR
Date:Friday, September 23, 2016 1:52 PM

Hi [name],

I just wanted to let you know that I've finished testing your replacement pen. Compared to your original pen, it still has a noticeable amount of feedback (which is pretty much unavoidable for nibs this fine), but it doesn't feel scratchy the way your original pen did. Specifically, the original pen tended to scratch the paper on down/left strokes, which the new pen doesn't do.

The replacement pen will ship out from our warehouse later today, and you'll get an email confirmation with tracking info after it's left. Thanks again for your patience, and let us know if there's anything else we can help you with in the meantime!

Best,
Ryan
JetPens
</blockquote>

<blockquote>
From:LR
To:JetPens <jetpens@jetpens.com>
Date:Monday, October 10, 2016 4:43 PM

Hi Ryan,

I received the pen on Friday. Thanks for your help, this pen is much nicer!

[sig]
</blockquote>


i dropped the pen, i think, and bent the nib. i sent it in for repair. $75 seemed reasonable for a nib replacement.


<blockquote>
From:lisa.katt@rediform.com
To: LR
Subject:Lamy Pen Repair
Date:Tuesday, December 13, 2016 3:07 PM

Good day,

We have received your Lamy pen submitted for repair. Our pen repair technician indicates that the nib is bent and will need to be replaced. The cost for the new nib will be $75.00. Please send your check or money order to:

Lamy Customer Service
555 Airline Drive, Suite 100
Coppell, TX 75019

Thank you!

Lisa Katt
Customer Service Supervisor
Blueline Rediform

555 Airline Drive
Coppell, TX 75019
T 800.456.7334 x 2324 | F 800.999.0074 | www.rediform.com
</blockquote>


the new nib seemed scratchy.


<blockquote>
From:LR
To:lisa.katt@rediform.com
Subject:Re: Lamy Pen Repair
Date:Wednesday, January 11, 2017 3:24 PM
Size:24 KB

Hi Lisa,

I recently received the repaired Lamy 2000 when I returned from my Christmas vacation. Unfortunately, I am not satisfied with the repair. The replacement nib is not smooth--it is so sharp that it collects paper fibers on a Rhodia pad.

Please advise how to remedy this situation.

Kindly,

[sig]
</blockquote>


i never received a response. i should have been more diligent at following-up with them.


<blockquote>
From:LR
To:repairs@lamyinc.com
Subject:2000 nib
Date:Friday, August 12, 2022 2:31 AM

Hello,

I think the nib on my Lamy 2000 may have a problem. It does not write smoothly. Can I send it in for repair?

Thanks,
[sig]
</blockquote>

<blockquote>
From:LAMY Repairs <repairs@lamyinc.com>
To: LR
Subject:Re: 2000 nib
Date:Monday, August 15, 2022 3:31 PM

Hi [name],

We are not able to repair the gold nibs back to factory specifications once they have been damaged.

We do stock replacement nibs for the 2000 FP in the following sizes:
EF, F, M, B, BB, OM, OB, OBB.
The nibs are $155 plus shipping and insurance.
You can purchase the nib and install it or we will install the new nib and perform a complete complimentary service on your pen.
You can follow the repair-return instructions listed below.

Please box your pens securely and ship to address listed below.

It is recommended that you insure and use tracking as we are not responsible for items damaged or lost in transit.
Please provide a description of your concerns and contact information including: return address, telephone number and E-Mail.

We will contact you with a repair estimate when the evaluation is completed.

Regards

Bob


Lamy Service Center
Bob Nurin
4729 E. Sunrise Drive
PMB #406
Tucson, AZ 85718
</blockquote>

<blockquote>
From:LR
To:LAMY Repairs <repairs@lamyinc.com>
Subject:Re: 2000 nib
Date:Monday, August 15, 2022 4:49 PM

Hi Bob,

Thanks for your response. Upon searching my email history, I realized that I sent the pen to Lamy for repair back in 2016. When I received the pen back, it was not satisfactory. When I asked to have the pen fixed, the service center would not respond. I have attached the email thread.

How can I get this remedied?

Thank you.

[sig]
</blockquote>

<blockquote>
From:LAMY Repairs <repairs@lamyinc.com>
To: LR
Subject:Re: 2000 nib
Date:Wednesday, August 17, 2022 3:21 PM

Hi [name],
I have been informed by my supervisor that we cannot accommodate your request after five plus years since you received the pen back from the distributor.
I have been authorized to extend a 20% discount off the current price of a new nib or a new pen.
Regards
Bob      

Lamy Service Center
Bob Nurin
4729 E. Sunrise Drive
PMB #406
Tucson, AZ 85718
</blockquote>

<blockquote>
From:LR
To:LAMY Repairs <repairs@lamyinc.com>
Subject:Re: 2000 nib
Date:Wednesday, August 17, 2022 4:58 PM

Hi Bob,

Thanks for following-up. Yes I realize that a long time has passed. It's rather shameful that I've been using a scratchy pen all these years.

Can you recommend how I could inspect the nib for damage before sending it in? Is it possible that the tines are misaligned or something else? Do you have a tutorial or information sheet available for this?

Thanks a bunch.

[sig]
</blockquote>

<blockquote>
From:LAMY Repairs <repairs@lamyinc.com>
To: LR
Subject:Re: 2000 nib
Date:Thursday, August 18, 2022 12:56 PM

Hi [name],
We can't comment on the condition of your nib until we have had an opportunity to evaluate it.
You may want to contact a nib meister for additional information.
Regards
Bob

Lamy Service Center
Bob Nurin
4729 E. Sunrise Drive
PMB #406
Tucson, AZ 85718
</blockquote>

<blockquote>
From:LR
To:jetpens@jetpens.com
Subject:Body threads stripped on Lamy 2000
Date:Wednesday, June 14, 2023 12:55 AM

Hello,

From JetPens I purchased my Lamy 2000 fountain pen, which had been working reliably for years. I keep it in the same protected location in my briefcase.

Recently I removed the cap to use the pen and noticed that all of the ink had leaked into the cap, where it had pooled. I thought it strange, but otherwise the pen seemed normal, so I refilled it, used it, and stored it in my briefcase again. Upon next use, it had again lost all the ink, pooled again inside the closed cap.

In an attempt to fix the problem, I disassembled the pen, flushed the nib assembly with water, and attempted to screw the nib assembly back onto the body. Many of the threads seemed broken, and I am worried that this is the source of the leak.

Do you have a replacement part to restore the threads on the body assembly that interfaces with the nib assembly?

Thank you,
[sig]
</blockquote>

<blockquote>
From:JetPens <jetpens@jetpens.com>
To: LR
Subject:Body threads stripped on Lamy 2000 [#199546]
Date:Wednesday, June 14, 2023 12:34 PM

Hi [name],

Thank you for your email. I'm so sorry to hear that the threads of your LAMY 2000 pen have broken!

I just checked, but unfortunately we don't have any spare LAMY 2000 parts on hand, and we don't carry separate replacement parts for sale. I apologize that we can't be of more help!

We might suggest checking with LAMY to see if they have any replacement parts or can assist with repairs. Here is their contact email and phone number:

repairs@lamyinc.com
520-395-0183

Thank you for your patience, and please let us know if you have any further questions or concerns.

Best Regards,
Emily
JetPens
</blockquote>

<blockquote>
From:LR
To:repairs@lamyinc.com
Subject:Body threads stripped on 2000
Date:Wednesday, June 14, 2023 12:52 AM

Hello,

My Lamy 2000 fountain pen had been working reliably for years. I keep it in the same protected location in my briefcase.

Recently I removed the cap to use the pen and noticed that all of the ink leaked into the cap, where it had pooled. I thought it strange, but otherwise the pen seemed normal, so I refilled it, used it, and stored it in my briefcase again. Upon next use, it had again lost all the ink, pooled again inside the closed cap.

In an attempt to fix the problem, I disassembled the pen, flushed the nib assembly with water, and attempted to screw the nib assembly back onto the body. Many of the threads seemed broken, and I am worried that this is the source of the leak.

Can I obtain repair or a replacement part to restore the threads on the body assembly that interfaces with the nib assembly?

Thank you,
[sig]
</blockquote>

<blockquote>
From:LAMY Repairs <repairs@lamyinc.com>
To: LR
Subject:Re: Body threads stripped on 2000
Date:Thursday, June 15, 2023 2:30 PM

Hi [name],
At the present time, replacement barrels for the 2000 FP are not available as individual items.
Lamy has elected to replace customers' pens with completely new pens at the cost of the broken components and return shipping.
We are required to return the complete broken pens, including the nib, to the factory in Germany for this process.
The estimate for the replacement would be $85 for the barrel, $10 return shipping and insurance and the replacement costs of any other missing or broken components.
If interested, you can follow the repair-return instructions listed below.

Please box your pens securely and ship to address listed below.

It is recommended that you insure and use tracking as we are not responsible for items damaged or lost in transit.
Please provide a description of your concerns and contact information including: return address, telephone number and E-Mail.

We will contact you when the evaluation is completed.

Regards,
Bob

Lamy Service Center
Bob Nurin
4729 E. Sunrise Drive
PMB #406
Tucson, AZ 85718
</blockquote>
post 51599, rev_id 62448 by lucas (128.210.128.1) 6 months ago
good, carpet. i hope you keep it up!

--

it's wild to me how we can rewire our reward system

i think i might be caught up in reward deficiency syndrome

sigh
post 51599, rev_id 62447 by lucas (128.210.128.1) 6 months ago
it's wild to me how we can rewire our reward system

i think i might be caught up in reward deficiency syndrome

sigh
post 51598, rev_id 62446 by lucas (128.210.128.1) 6 months ago
haha "female intuition"

[side-eye]
post 51597, rev_id 62445 by lucas (128.210.128.1) 6 months ago
> Interesting. One of my good friends is (insanely) well-versed in the Pali canon (he taught himself Pali to read it). I need to ask him about this.

phi_, did you?

> i avoid a feeling that i don't like more than i seek a particular goal

suppose you're a person living around 500 BC and you're designing a set of guidelines for how to live a good live. quite a few of them might be designed to help society as a whole. some of them might be designed to help people be happy, live at peace, and avoid guilt and suffering.

i feel like the first six folds (?) of the [eightfold path](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noble_Eightfold_Path) have a direct effect on what you describe, bluet. for example, keeping promises helps others; it also helps your credibility, reputation, and avoidance of guilt (suffering). it could be right speech, right action, or right resolve (idk which; it might depend on the details).

anyway, i'm not pushing buddhism. but it's a lens through which i interpret things (even though i don't know much about buddhism tbh)
post 51597, rev_id 62444 by lucas (128.210.128.1) 6 months ago
> Interesting. One of my good friends is (insanely) well-versed in the Pali canon (he taught himself Pali to read it). I need to ask him about this.

phi_, did you?

> i avoid a feeling that i don't like more than i seek a particular goal

suppose you're a person living around 500 BC and you're designing a set of guidelines for how to live a good live. quite a few of them might be designed to help society as a whole. some of them might be designed to help people be happy, live at peace, and avoid guilt and suffering.

i feel like the first six folds (?) of the [eightfold path](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noble_Eightfold_Path) have a direct effect on what you describe, bluet. for example, keeping promises helps others; it also helps your credibility, reputation, and avoidance of guilt (suffering). it could be right speech, right action, or right resolve (idk which; it might depend on the details).

anyway, i'm not pushing buddhism. but it's a lens through which i interpret things (even though i don't know much about buddhism tbh)

post 51596, rev_id 62443 by lucas (128.210.128.1) 6 months ago
i think larz.com changed ownership. (it still not in use.) i wonder if it was purchased from Lars Hove Christiansen or if registration lapsed. i think this is the new owner:

http://lnlphoto.com/
https://www.facebook.com/LNLPhoto/
https://twitter.com/harleylarz
https://www.flickr.com/people/lnlphoto/

--

on an unrelated note, google has gotten pretty poor at returning all results for a given website. it's very sad to me.

[searching this website for larz.com](https://www.google.com/search?q="larz.com"+site%3Athinktankforum.com) only returns one result, which is [Handling URLs](https://www.thinktankforum.com/thread.php?thread_id=560). so lame.
post 51595, rev_id 62442 by Carpetsmoker (86.40.29.65) 11 months ago
Stopped a week ago. Feeling good about it!