Inksmudge

Task Management with pen and paper.

February 16, 2016

I just added a new page to the site. One of the things I wanted to do when I started this site was to put some time into explaining how I use pen and paper to manage my day to day life. You can find the first version of it <a href="/gtd">here</a>. I decided to have it as a page instead of a blog post because I’m going to update it from time to time.

It is a rough first draft. it will be updated from time to time, both in terms of content as my system and tools change, and in terms of some much needed editing.

I’m also going to set up a Public Github Repo to have easy access to the different versions of the text.

Forrest Brazeal

February 15, 2016

<strong><a href="http://forrestbrazeal.com/2015/09/16/taking-notes-in-class-dont-use-your-laptop/">forrestbrazeal</a>:</strong>

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  I could write faster than I could type, but without knowing shorthand, this method still wasn’t fast enough to allow me to perfectly transcribe every lecture slide. So I was forced to write smarter, not faster. I’d listen carefully to the lecture while paraphrasing anything that seemed important, in real time, using as few words as possible.

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I have tested this out a few times, where I have used my laptop to take notes in entire subjects, and the result is always the same: I remember way more of what I was told in a lecture or seminar when I take notes by hand, and the same goes when I take notes while reading.

I manage everything I do at work with pen and paper; a combination of Midori Travelers Notebook, Field Notes and the notebooks we have at work. There is no reason to do everything digital just because I work as a web developer.

The Pen Addict

February 15, 2016

<strong><a href="http://www.penaddict.com/blog/2016/2/3/clairefontaine-basics-life-unplugged-clothbound-notebook-review">Jeff Abbott</a>:</strong>

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  The Clairefontaine Basics Life Unplugged notebook is my new favorite notebook. The simple design and wonderful paper, along with the great price of just $9, make this notebook an irresistible tool in my arsenal. If you don’t mind being locked in to a lined-only paper, you owe it to yourself to give Clairefontaine a shot. Who knows — it might be your new favorite paper.

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That looks like a fantastic notebook. Some people dislike lined paper, and I feel the same way from time to time. But lined paper is great for making lists and writing because you waste much less paper when you have lines; or even a grid system if you prefer something a little bit more flexible.

Cursive Logic

February 14, 2016

The <a href="http://www.cursivelogic.com/">Cursive Logic</a> course looks like the obvious place to start for anyone that want to learn(or re-learn) how to write in cursive. My cursive is horrible, but I prefer to write non-cursive anyways, and I always have. But I might order this course just to get better at reading cursive.

For me, the thought of loosing cursive, as in loosing the tradition of know how to read and write it feels like loosing touch with our origin. It feels like loosing the ability to read and write classic greek and latin. In other words it feels like loosing Plato and Aristotle and the History of the great Roman Empire.

Gourmet Pens

February 14, 2016

<strong><a href="http://www.gourmetpens.com/2016/02/review-paper-cuts-a5-tomoe-river.html?m=1">Azizah Asgarali</a>:</strong>

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  YES. YES YES. I wish this notebook was easier to buy online, but it’s perfect for me. Although Nanami Paper offers the Seven Seas notebook, it may not be the most practical purchase for overseas buyers, so perhaps this is an alternative.

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I won’t buy it for a number of reasons. Get it to JetPens or GouletPens and I’ll consider it. The ordering process is a little bit too much of a hassle for me.

This looks like a excellent notebook that will take more or less any pen or writing instrument – if long dry time isn’t a issue for you. It isn’t too bad with a finer nib, but it is a hassle with a very wet nib.

My Hobonichi Planner has the same paper, and the only time I have seen any bleed through was when I was trying to see how much it would take. The answer is: stupid amounts. And that is very impressive when you see how thin the paper is.

Review

February 13, 2016

The first “fancy” pen I ordered from JetPens, after I started to listen to The Pen Addict Podcast, then on the 70Decibels network, was The Retro 51. I fell in love with that pen straight away. It was beautiful, I loved how well it was built, and most of all how the writing experience was.

I had my first one for a year, and I wrote a lot with it, before I lost it when someone stole my jacket. And I ordered a new one. The non-fountain pen market is kind of strange. You have tons of fantastic pens, but most of them look as impressive as a regular bic. You can go up to the Retro 51, it costs around $20, and you get a fantastic pen. Where can you go form there? Well, you have the Lamy 2000 Rollerball, and that is more or less it.

The Retro 51 comes in many different styles and colours, there should be something for everyone. It comes with a Schmidt rollerball refill. There is no doubt that it is a fantastic refill, and I think it is the best non-fountain pen refill that exists. But, you need to do some research, and look for some other options if you prefer a thin line.

This is the only bad thing about the Retro 51, they have taken the Apple approach. You either take what they have decided on, or you have to figure it out for yourself.

I try to always have a non-fountain pen with me for various reasons(bad paper or when someone needs to borrow a pen), and this is that pen.

The Well-Appointed Desk

February 13, 2016

<strong><a href="http://www.wellappointeddesk.com/2016/02/word-notebooks-dot-grid-and-declan-floral-edition/">Ana</a>:</strong>

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  Anyway, you be the judge. Does it look the same to you? I tested the same pens at the same time in the same colors. Maybe my eyes are just playing tricks on me. Either way, I think the results on the Word.notebook paper is considerably better than other pocket notebooks and I did test several fountain pens with better-than-expected results. The built-in bullet journal system is a bonus for a lot of people who have embraced the system. Even if you don’t bullet journal, if you use a pocket notebook for lists, then the Word.notebooks definitely provide a leg up over many of its competitors. And I partuclarly like the Declan floral design for being something unique, not overly feminine, but a nice aesthetic alternative to other cover designs.

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Word notebooks have been on my radar for a while now. They are a very interesting alternative to Field Notes, especially if you want better paper quality. I think some of their designs look good, close to Field Notes good, while others just look like crap.

Lamy 2000 Rollerball Review — Pen Addict

February 10, 2016

<strong><a href="http://www.penaddict.com/blog/2016/1/27/lamy-2000-rollerball-review">Jeff Abbott </a>:</strong>

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  Back in 2014, I wrote about the iconic Lamy 2000 fountain pen, and talked about my love for the design and the writing experience of the pen. Well, here we are in 2016 and I’ve expanded my Lamy collection to include a Lamy 2000 rollerball. A lot about the rollerball is the same as the fountain pen version, but this one is obviously a bit more simple since it only has a rollerball cartridge inside. Even though there are a lot of differences between this and the fountain pen, it’s a great pen that would be perfect for a lot of people looking for an elegant, classy, and reliable pen for daily use.

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I think this pen is the perfect gift, for when you want to give someone a very nice pen. The other option is to go with a Retro 51. Non fountain pens are weird in this aspect, you can either go for a terrible and fancy pen like a Montblanc, or a good pen, that looks good but isn’t expensive enough: Retro 51. The Lamy 2000 is the only option I know about that looks good, is good to write with and is expensive enough to be appropriate as something like a graduation gift.

Nock Co Lookout — The Finer Point

February 10, 2016

<strong><a href="http://www.thefinerpoint.net/blog//nock-co-lookout">Jenny Mason</a>:</strong>

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  I bought the Lookout because it was a 3 pen carry case. I didn’t want anything too big, I needed something that I could carry in a range of different bags and this fit the bill. Not only does this go into my work laptop bag but it also fits comfortably into an average sized handbag without taking up too much room.

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The Lookout is one of many great <a href="http://Nock.co">Nock.co</a> products. I don’t own one, but this is without doubt one of the cases I am considering. It is especially great for when having a as lightweight as possible

Pilot Custom Heritage 92 | Calligraphy Nut

February 10, 2016

<strong><a href="http://www.calligraphynut.com/pilot-custom-heritage-92/">Calligraphy Nut</a>:</strong>

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  One of the exceptions was this Pilot Custom Heritage 92, which is both a beauty to look at and a workhorse of a pen. I think it spends most weeks in the bag as I love the broad nib, the ink capacity and staring mindlessly into the ink reservoir when I should be working.

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This is the first Pilot pen I have seen in a very long time(except for the cheapest models) that have made it into my wish list. I’m usually not into the Pilot design aesthetic, but this is one of the best looking clear body piston filler fountain pens I have seen.