Bullet Journaling: dotpads

2023-10-08 00:00

After the Dingbats notebooks didn’t work out that well for me I decided to get some top ring bound dot pads from Rhodia.

They work much better for me. First and foremost because it is much easier to tear off pages. And also because their design is much more out of the way.

Not a perfect solution though. What I feel more and more like is to have a setup where I can re-arrange pages as needed. Not sure where it will lead

Buying and using.

2023-10-06 00:00

This is a weird thing I do. In some periods I buy a lot of pens, notebooks and inks. And in other periods I don’t. I just use what I have until it runs out before I start buying things again.

It is especially true for things that both take up a lot of room and are consumable” in lack of a better word. Like paper and ink.

Hit List format experiments

2023-10-04 00:00

Funny story.

With my hit lists I always experiment with different formats and layouts of doing it. Usually because I want to waste as little paper as possible, while making them as non intimidating as possible.

Some times I just use them as you expect. One column in regular portrait orientation. Other times I use two columns in either portrait or horizontal orientation. Lately I’ve used them in portrait but divided them in four.

What is hilarious about this is that I have basically turned A5 sheets into four index cards.

When you flip over a bottle of ink

2023-10-01 00:00

I guess all of us have flipped over a bottle of ink and emptied it over our desk or counter or whatever.

I have a bunch of times.

It used to bother me. These days I feel more like relief. One step closer to reasonable amount of ink in the closet.

Inking up again

2023-09-29 00:00

When I started my recent stunt of just emptying all my pens it lasted until I emptied the last EF pen and after 2-3 days I inked up my Pilot Custom 823 again. But the project are still going strong, as it remains the only pen I’ve inked up.

Pen color matching?

2023-09-21 00:00

For the most part I’m not someone who cares too much about matching pens with inks. But sometimes I do.

The only time I can think of where I did so was when I first had some other color in my Pink Lamy Safari, and had to flush it out and ink it up with something pink.

Not sure if it was a one time thing or if I’m becoming one of those weirdos

Ink quantities?

2023-09-19 00:00

Every now and there is some drama going on because some company increase prices and or reduce the amount of ink in their bottles.

Price increases I’m not going into. But for the reducing amount of ink, I’m all for it. If the amount of ink in a bottle had been reduced from 50ml to either 35 or 40 I do not think it matters in any way for most people.

There have never been a point where I have gotten beyond 30ml where I’d either been fine with moving on or known that this is a ink I always want to have available.

Maybe ink should be sold in either much smaller or much larger bottles instead of 50ml?

Belroy Sling Lite Mini

2023-09-17 00:00

I’ve been a fan of small bags for a really long time. I think it started when I moved from a small iPhone 5s to the bigger 6s Plus.

For me it is fairly simple, the stuff I’d like to bring with me most of the time is larger than what I can fit in my pockets. It was easier back when I used to use coats and jackets with more larger pockets. But I haven’t really been using that in years at this point.

Where I use a sling or one of my smaller bags is when I can’t fit things in my pockets, but it would be weird or annoying to bring a regular bag. And a lot of the time I just put my sling in a larger bag since it usually has most of the stuff I always want to have with me.

So a while back I started to look into slings. Mostly to have a place to put keys, wallet and phone when I was wearing something without a lot of pockets. Typically a thing when I wear running tights. As always I started to look at the places I usually buy bags and things like that from and ended up going with a Belroy Mini Lite.

For this use I wanted something as small and compact as possible, but I’ll probably get another larger one at some point.

It features on large compartment, a smaller one on the front, plus a small pocket on the side and one on the back of the large one. And a really cool magnetic mechanism on the strap.

This far I’m really happy with it, and all of it works really great. The one thing I miss is to have two of each of the pockets inside the large one.

My typical carry looks something like this:

  • Keys
  • Wallet
  • Phone
  • AirPods
  • Sunglasses or regular glasses
  • Various phone accessories (pop sockets, etc)
  • Flashlight
  • Tiny pocket knife
  • Dog bags
  • Passport Travelers Notebook
  • 2-3 pens
  • Various other tiny items
  • Sometimes a MagSafe battery

Typically I only put keys in the front pocket because things often fall out as I pull out the keys if I put more stuff in it. In the big compartment I typically put the dog bags in the side pocket and flashlight and similar small items in the back pocket and leave the rest in the main one.

It works really great for me, and have kind of become a thing I bring everywhere that just contains all the stuff I always bring with me. Often I just throw it in another bag, and sometimes I wear it as a sling.

Vacuum fillers

2023-09-15 00:00

I have two vacuum fillers: a Pilot Custom 823 and a TWSBI Vac 700R.

Two very different pens in terms of looks and price classes. The TWSBI is usually between $65-$85 and the Pilot usually between $300-$350. And the price class is important to keep in mind when I say what I’m going to say. And it isn’t a knock against TWSBI, but rather an observation of the differences in quality with more expensive pens.

What I have noticed when I’m getting really close to writing these pens dry, is that the Pilot just writes as expected until fully dry. But the TWSBI will often start to bubble and just push out a bunch of inks as it is getting really close to empty.

It is good to know, so you don’t end up with a bunch of pink ink on the page in the middle of a meeting.

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