Digital Bullet Journal

Forward The idea that you could have a Digital BuJo still makes my brain hurt a bit. Especially given organizers still universally stink (link), I still have an analog EDC (link) and I’m still using my bujo riff (link) at the core of my now digital organizer. Yes: I switched my analog BuJo to digital and I still use an analog notebook daily. I still write in the rain (link), use some odd discoveries (link) and broke a habit or two using the anti-bad habit notebook (link). [Read More]

Personal Knowledge Base / Wiki

Figure 1: The Landing Page Forward I was recently reminded of the analog life I lead and how that’s evolved over the years since I first wrote about the topic. After some review and reading I can safely say: that’s a different topic. What I did notice is that I’ve never discussed just how I manage inflows of information and manage things I want to retain long term. In this post I’m happy to present: My personal knowledge base / wiki setup. [Read More]

Organizers [Universally Stink]

Good Intention, Failure Imminent I intended to write a post about all the systems and ideas I’ve tried over the years. Instead it was more appropriate to call bullshit and tell you it’s a brain wiring problem and until you find something that ‘clicks’ it’ll just be failure after failure and soul crushing. This post is meant to inspire you to think about organization systems and let you know that you’re not alone with this topic. [Read More]

Pocket Notebooks and Every Day Carries

Forward Let’s get this out of the way up front, shall we? There is a ton of information on how to build an EDC (every day carry) notebook setup on the internet. Like most things on the internet it’s not all great info and more than a few holy wars can be encountered. I’m a programmer by day and enjoy analog writing as a hobby. To say I’ve seen the holy wars erupt and turn decent people into toxic mushrooms feeding on feces would be understatement. [Read More]

Interesting, if not odd, Discoveries

Figure 1: All of the interesting discoveries Forward It’s been many, many solar cycles since I found myself embarking upon the analog writing path. During these cycles I have managed to dial in my preferences and have found many supplies I may not like much but are great recommendations for others. I’ve also encountered some odd supplies that are worth calling attention towards. Without further adoo, time to explore some of the most noteworthy oddities I’ve found to date. [Read More]

Tamoe River Redux

Figure 1: The Test I’ve never kept my love of Tamoe River Paper (link) a secret. I’d have posted about it specifically but I’ve never really had anything to say beyond an ultra mini review of ‘This stuff is AMAZING, BUY NOW’. It’s the perfect loose leaf paper: cheap, thin, easy to work with and translucent. It doesn’t do great with wet inks or pens, but I’m ok with that. [Read More]

Waterproof Writing

Figure 1: Waterproof Kit Why? I spend a lot of time outdoors. I may be a geek/nerd but I like being outdoors and actually spend time outside. One thing that rarely stops me is the weather. Because of this I can end up outside in the rain or during a blizzard. This is a big reason I only buy archive grade and water resistant inks and papers. I’m also “me” and I’m usually good for rising to “hold my beer” moments that won’t result in another trip to the hospital trauma ward. [Read More]

Monteverde Tool Pen (Grumpy Opinion Within)

Figure 1: The Pen I recently picked up a Monteverde USA Tool Pen Inkball (link). The pen is, uh. One of the worst pens I’ve laid hands on I cracked the box open, discovered there were no ink cartridges or adapters and… it didn’t get better once I ordered a converter and some standard international mini ink cartridges. NOTHING I’ve tried for ink cartridges or adapters fits in this pen. [Read More]

American Cursive Handwriting Mini Review

The [work]book ‘American Cursive Handwriting’ by Michael Sull (Goodreads Link) is an interesting ‘read’. I picked up a copy years ago when I first started getting interested in writing. I was looking for ways to slow down, think and better remember things. After I entered the world of analog writing it quickly became clear it helped me on too many levels to properly enumerate here. The biggest problem I had early on with analog writing was my legibility and writing speed. [Read More]

A riff on Bullet Journals

Figure 1: The Setup Riffing a monolog or spoken improvisation, especially a humorous one, on a particular subject or: break the rules and see if there is no spoon Bullet Journals (BuJo) The official Bullet Journal site (link) is a full, end to end system of organization. It’s been a huge hit in pen/paper circles for several years now. I read their documentation, tried “the system” and walked away with a bad taste in my mouth. [Read More]