A few months ago I decided to attempt to learn copperplate writing. My handwriting is awful, and I thought it'd be interesting to produce some writing that actually looks rather nice, even if calligraphy turns out to be really rather unrelated to everyday handwriting (dip pens are inconvenient for taking notes).
It turns out that learning copperplate calligraphy is rather akin to learning the violin because you liked the sound produced by expert violinists.
It's still a fun hobby, but I'm still trying to think of any practical applications for ugly, bad calligraphy. :D
(Bonus feature: The blotting-paper image of my practice is a bit more fun, as the fuzz hides the worst of my mistakes...)