QuickNote: The Beauty of Automattic’s  Free CloudUp Service folks: didcha know? → The Automattic (parent of WordPress) family includes A CloudUp sign-up provides up 200gb of free space. In other words, free upload of roughly 1000 files. A ShortCode-style link (plain text link on a line by itself, no spaces before or after the link; NOT a hyperlink) embeds the file. It’s a hassle-free mechanism to  present a file, e.g.  easy scrollable reading of a PDF, directly on your site. 

Cloudup is one interesting service from Automattic which offers a simple way to capture screenshot with a shortlink. You can also upload images, videos, music, pdfs, etc. and quickly convert…

Source: Share images and files using CloudUp – Carl Alberto

Top 12 “Aha!” Benefits Flowing From My Bullet Journal Adoption


Last year I adopted a bullet journal. While it took a few stabs at that apple to achieve planning peace, the efforts proved worthy time expenditures. Multiple unanticipated benefits continue to flow, as presented in this article.

Estimated Reading Time: 5 minutes

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QuickNote: Pros and Cons of Car Leasing

Thanks Consumer Reports!

In recent years, leasing a vehicle has become a mainstream alternative to buying, but is it right for you? Here, a look at the pros and cons of this popular option.

(August 2, 2017) Source: Consumer Reports


Video: Retrain Your Mind


 QuickNote: Paper Sizes and Formats Explained

Without question, the most comprehensive—yet easy to follow—breakdown I’ve witnessed. Includes copying tips.  Kudos BeLight Software, from stationery nerds every dang where! 🤗

How To Keep Your Money: Schedule Tweets with IFTTT + gCal


Several services (e.g., Buffer, HootSuite, SocialOomph) offer to schedule your tweets; in exchange, you pay an ongoing monthly fee. Or, you accept limitations to enjoy the free version. The same goal can be accomplished with an IFTTT-induced marriage between Google Calendar and Twitter. Cost? $0. Here’s how.

Estimated Reading Time: 4:30 minutes

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QuickNote: 8 of the best notebooks for fountain pen users

Pocket Notebooks’ listing triggered a question: Hmm, my own top 8? 

  1. NanamiPaper’s B6 Cafe Note (5mm grid/ Tomoe River paper)
  2. Hobonichi Memo Books, almost A5/A6/B6 slim (3.7mm grid/ Tomoe River paper)
  3. Kokuyo Idea Notebook, A5/B6 Slim (3mm grid/ Tomoe River paper)
  4. Koukyo B5 Edinburgh, hardcover (6mm ruled, with dripmarks for alignment cues)
  5. Kokuyo B5 Campus Wide, hardcover (6mm & 7mm; ditto re alignment cues)
  6. Muji (multiple sizes), softcover (ruled, 6mm)
  7. Quo Vadis Habana journal B5, hardcover (ruled; 6mm, I think)
  8. Taroko Design’s Breeze notebook A5 (5mm grid/ Tomoe River paper. A Leuchtturm clone re features 🤗)

Amazon /eBay/ Etsy/ JetPens. 

Why? The paper + feint lines = rare, if any, ink-inspired woes. I admit: I’m a straight up stationery nerd. Translation: if Moleskine runs a one-cent sale, I’ll pass. Experience schooled me, so I know where quality lives and where it’s AWOL. My purchasing dollars flow accordingly. Reasonable pricing + stellar quality → I’m there!

👀 Psst! Yep, Tomoe River inserts for Traveler’s Notebooks hang out in various Etsy shops. Search: Tomoe River paper traveler’s notebook inserts

A rundown of 8 of the best notebooks for fountain pen users and what you should look for when choosing a notebook for fountain pens

Source: 8 of the best notebooks for fountain pen users | Pocket Notebooks


QuickNote: Want an A5 Tomoe River Bullet Journal?: ✓ “Breeze”

The new Tomoe River BREEZE A5 notebook sits poised to capture THE “Bullet Journal Tool” award:

  • 183 numbered pages
  • index pages
  • 68gsm, killing the 52gsm’s mild shadowing irritant
  • 5mm dots.

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QuickNote: The mind-clearing magic of Japan’s pen+paper “planner culture”

Agree 1000%! My beloved Hobonichi-based bullet journal (Cousin Avec & Weeks) provides structure, killing the need for repetitive spread drawing; its flexibility addresses my desire for habit trackers, timeBlocking and more. The equally superb Kokuyo B5  (Edinburgh, Campus Wide Red — ooo baby) and multi-sized Muji notebooks delight with fab paper quality, AND subtle evenly spaced dripmarks running across the top & bottom lines as alignment cues.

Putting pen to paper has become a mind-clearing ritual.

Source: The mind-clearing magic of Japan’s pen-and-paper “planner culture” — Quartz


Do-Nothing Days Can Indeed Be Productive

I always forget how important the empty days are, how important it may be sometimes not to expect to produce anything.~ MAY SARTON

I can think of no one and no thing beyond the need for maintenance. Yet we sometimes push ourselves past the bounds of reasonableness, in an apparent belief that keeping our nose to the grindstone gets us to “the goal” quicker. But like the figure-8 driver, weaving in and out of traffic in a manic quest to “get there,” that “there” may materialize in the form of a hospital bed … or worse.
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