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QuickNote: The Beauty of Automattic’s  Free CloudUp Service

  WordPress.com folks: didcha know? → The Automattic (parent of WordPress) family includes CloudUp.com. 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

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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.

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Top 4 Mechanical Pencils: Personal Faves

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Mechanical pencils are everywhere. Quality is not. My list of tried-&-true faves follows.

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✧︎︎︎1✧︎︎︎ Uni Kuru Toga: ever-sharp winner

The Kuru Toga’s claim to fame rests with a unique internal mechanism. Each time you lift your hand from the paper, the lead auto-rotates, resulting in a near-constant sharp point. Because I favor the ultra-rich print from 4B lead, that auto-rotation proves golden. Soft lead like the 4B would go flat in a heartbeat in other pencils.

→ Amazon, JetPens, eBay.

Several additional colors of the Kuru Toga are available. (I add scotch tape to a barrel to signify installation of 4B lead.)

Several additional colors of the Kuru Toga are available. (I add scotch tape to a barrel to signify installation of 4B lead.)

✧︎︎︎2✧︎︎︎ Zebra DelGuard ER: lead-longevity champ

Zebra DelGuard mechanical pencils

Zebra DelGuard mechanical pencils

In an ideal world, I’d write with a 0.3mm pencil without being punished throughout the writing process. Reality intrudes, witnessing broken lead tips waaaaay too frequently. This Zebra DelGuard wonder bucks the mainstream. I’m told an internal mechanism cushions the lead. Breakage may not be eliminated but it is indeed minimized. That makes this baby a keeper! I so enjoy the 0.3mm model that I later grabbed its 0.5mm sibling. Physically, this 0.5mm is more comfortable than the Kuru Toga, but the latter retains its EDC status per its sharp tip.

→ Amazon, JetPens, eBay.

✧︎︎︎3✧︎︎︎ Pentel Sharp Kerry: beauty contestant

I never expected to see the word “beautiful” within a sentence exploring mechanical pencils. Then I discovered this gem. Stylish to a delightful extreme, the pencil also feels good in hand. (I added grip cushions to the black and blue models for a dryer grip.) The eraser is a joke, a problem vexing all but the next item on this list. I’m partial to the orange and purple versions, matching same-colored Pilot Vanishing Point fountain pens.

Pentel Sharp Kerry mechanical pencils

Pentel Sharp Kerry mechanical pencils

I started with this baby in 2009, growing my collection through the years. I’m nerdy enough to also match each with the now-rare Sensa Cloud ink pen. The ever-sharp prowess of the Kuru Toga relegated these eye-candy gems to second-tier status. But I still enjoy them from time to time, so they remain in my “preferred” stash.

→ Amazon, eBay.

✧︎︎︎4✧︎︎︎ Pentel Twist-Erase: true eraser (!)

To my knowledge, the Twist-Erase stands alone in presenting an eraser worthy of the name. And, the eraser remains accessible at all times, i.e. no cap to remove (and lose). Turn the barrel to extend/retract the eraser, which never seems to end. IMHO, best bang for the buck per style + eraser.

→ Anywhere, including Staples.

Twist-Erase mechanical pencils. Sadly, no orange variant.

Twist-Erase mechanical pencils. Sadly, no orange variant.

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 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! 🤗

https://www.belightsoft.com/products/resources/paper-sizes-and-formats-explained.php

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

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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.

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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

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QuickNote: iOS Writers: New $7 Universal App, Free Now

The app, Eddie, sparked my interest last month. The lack of any reviews, combined with the price tag, instigated my request for a price drop alert from AppShopper.com. That alert arrived within this hour.

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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 Best Fountain Pens for Taking Notes

Hey, any “best of pens” list including both the Pilot Vanishing Point and Platinum Preppy pulls my thumbs up 👍🏽!

Fountain pens aren’t just for practicing fancy calligraphy in a mahogany-walled office surrounded by antiques. They’re functional writing instruments …

Source: The Best Fountain Pens for Taking Notes – edjelley.com – Fountain Pen, Ink, and Stationery Reviews