My first Field Notes notebooks

Reading about how big a fan of Field Notes notebooks Jamie Rubin is, got me thinking about trying these versatile paper capture devices out. I eventually ordered a pair of Pitch Black Dot-Graph notebooks in late April, to be delivered to me by post.

I picked them up from the post office this morning, and I really like them!

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I love the inner covers!

Even though I prefer digital over paper, I still like taking some notes with pen and paper. It helps keep me focused on what I’m doing, largely because there aren’t any notifications, pop-ups, and other windows to switch to when you’re writing in a paper notebook.

What I typically do after I’ve taken my notes is scan them into Evernote (usually with the Evernote app). That way I have the best of both worlds: paper and pen for more focused notetaking, and a searchable digital record afterwards.

I chose dot-graph paper because it seems like a great compromise between lined and graph paper. I don’t usually take notes in a linear fashion. I like drawing, adding annotations, and so on. Dot-graph paper seems like a good fit for that. Just enough visual structure for my notes.

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The HumanWrites Writable

Another notebook that I’m interested in is the HumanWrites Writable, although I haven’t bought one yet. I love the dot-graph paper, and the HumanWrites mission to help further children’s education.

For the time being, though, I’m looking forward to using my Field Notes notebooks, hopefully in really productive, and creative ways.

Old sewing machines, and antlers

I walk past an apartment that has a really interesting collection of old sewing machines, and other items including what seem to be antlers of some description. It also looks like they have at least one scythe up there too.

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I find this stuff fascinating for some reason.

Love my new GitHub t-shirts

I’ve had my eye (well, both of them) on some GitHub t-shirts for a while. I finally ordered two (the Arctocat and Invertocat 2.0 shirts) and aside from underestimating the sizing a little (American sizes are a bit unpredictable), I love these shirts!

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I also bought some stickers for my daughter. I think she added all of them to the back of her iPad almost immediately.

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I also bought an Arctocat shirt for my son. It’s part of my plan to get him back into coding (he hasn’t been interested lately).

Rain drops in a thunderstorm

We had a somewhat unusual thunderstorm the other day. It took me back to my childhood in Johannesburg, South Africa, where we frequently had Highveld thunderstorms after a hot day.

Some of my favourite childhood memories are of those storms, especially lying in bed at night listening to the rain running through the gutters above my bedroom window.