Yesterday a blob of semen; tomorrow embalming fluid, ash — Marcus Aurelius being all cheerful and stuff. A.D 160
Empty “General Business” shelves at the soon-to-close Schuler Books. Sad and sprinkled with irony.
‘Man on the Silver Mountain’ by Rainbow is my new jam.
Another contestant in the unspoken but seemingly popular Stupid Gimmicky Restaurant Bathroom competition.
I was bored and thought I’d make a large format self-portrait (aka “selfie”) at my desk when I realized the Crown Graphic doesn’t have a self-timer.
Just pretend I’m sitting there, okay?
Crown Graphic 4x5, HP5+, D-76 1:1
Tried some interesting beers at the Founders Firkin Freezeout. Beers such as: Centennial IPA w/Melon & Centennial hops and the Dirty Bastard with Bourbon-soaked raisins and vanilla beans. Hundreds of folks standing and drinking outside in 20 degree weather.
Me. 1983. Not wearing a Members Only jacket.
Another Steve Lewis photobomb
‘Ten Years Gone’ by Led Zeppelin is my new jam.
My favorite Zeppelin album is “Physical Graffiti”. “Kashmir” could be the best song they’ve ever done, but “Ten Years Gone” and “In the Light” and “Trampled Underfoot” are what bring me back.
Now Playing: The Rolling Stones - Some Girls
‘Let There Be Rock (Live 1978)’ by AC/DC is my new jam.
My last post about this year’s “paper system” neglected to mention which pen(s) I use. Most people don’t care about pens, but I do.
For me, the deciding on the right pen depends upon what and where I’m writing. There are three “modes” in which I write things down. Each requires a different pen. Ok, “requires” might be a bit ridiculous, but still.
If someone at the local pub mentions a great book they just read, I whip out my trusty Field Notes notebook, which is always at the ready in my back pocket. Also at the ready is the Poquito Stylus from Montverde. It’s so tiny I barely know it’s in my pocket. I’m still looking for something better, though. I prefer this to the usual Fisher Space Pen because the Space Pen requires two hands to operate. Removing and posting a cap is not something I want to be doing while trying to capture something quickly. Seen above with the Field Notes notebook.
For nearly all writing tasks, I prefer the Montblanc Meisterstück rollerball. I’ve had mine for 15 years or so and it’s still my favorite. It’s beautiful. I love the way it writes, it feels great to the touch, and fits my hand perfectly. It’s the perfect pen. Seen above with the 2013 Hobonichi planner.
For “serious” writing, nothing beats a nice fountain pen. I’ve tried dozens of them and found I prefer the Pelican pens. The one I use is a Souverän Black-Blue M 400. I fill it with one of any number of fun inks. Writing with a fountain pen is a tactile and visual pleasure. Shown above with the 6”x9” Epica Leather Journal.
As my productivity system inches toward digital tools, my love for paper notebooks for capture and planning has not waned. I have a thing for notebooks and pens. This year, I’m going to continue using a Hobonichi paper planner along with a trusty Field Notes notebook in my back pocket. The Hobonichi has just the right combination of size, paper quality, and usability. And Field Notes are great for jotting things down on the go.
This means that both the Moleskine and Midori Traveler’s Notebook are to be relegated to the unused pile. For now.