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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

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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

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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: 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

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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

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Sun. 6.25 4p ET: Free Alexa Skill Programming Webinar

If you, or anyone you know, needs step-by-step guidance on how to ship your first Alexa Skill, then join me for a free webinar this Sunday, June 25th at 1pm Pacific Time, 4pm Eastern.

Here’s what we will be doing: “5 STEPS TO CREATING, PUBLISHING, AND PROFITING FROM ALEXA SKILLS (AMAZON ECHO APPS), AND HOW TO DO IT IN ONE EVENING”

Source: AlexaDev Tuesday: Free Alexa Skill Programming Webinar – Love My Echo

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QuickNote: Optimize Your Chrome Browsing Experience With These 13 Extensions

I’ve encountered many best-of-Chrome-extensions lists. This one from MakeUseOf rises above the rest.

Wouldn’t it be nice if Google’s list of search results told you which links you’ve clicked on before? And not only that but also when you last clicked on them? → Google When

Source: Optimize Your Chrome Browsing Experience With These 13 Extensions

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Judge in Bill Cosby Case Declares a Mistrial – The New York Times

Ugh!

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QuickNote: What Makes Paper Fountain Pen Friendly?

The other way manufacturers create fountain pen friendly paper is through a specific finish. In Clairefontaine’s case, vellum finished paper (what’s used in their notebooks) adds significant resistance to feathering and bleedthrough and for a more extreme example, Tomoe River paper has a silky smooth finish that resists ink, causing it to dry on the surface rather than leeching down.

Source: What Makes Paper Fountain Pen Friendly?

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QuickNote: 10 Reasons Why You Need a Journal for Your Creative Projects

Having a dedicated journal lends itself perspective over time, revealing what you were thinking and planning at a specific time, including at present. There are a plethora of benefits to gain and you can make it your own. It will help you organize your thoughts, gain clarity, and pave the way to accomplish your focused goals.

Source: Fstoppers.com