If you use WordPress, you may have noticed the quotes that appear along the margin when you publish a post. The quote I received today was quite fitting as I plan to spend the afternoon replying to an enormous pile of letters.
To send a letter is a good way to go somewhere without moving anything but your heart. Phyllis Theroux
There is a fabulous article on Lifehacker this morning on keeping a notebook in the digital age which, I’m sure we can all agree, is a fabulous idea.
(via Lifehacker, quote via Pencil Revolution)
“If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?”
— Albert Einstein
It’s been published ceaselessly but as I am looking over my own cluttered desk and debating whether to tidy, I thought it fitting. Happy cluttered desk day!
I thanked my friend who gave me my first fountain pen, the Lamy Safari, but maybe I should have blamed him for starting my addiction, for being like the drug dealer who says “the first one’s free.” Since then, I’ve escalated into pens many, many times as expensive.
— John Skoyles
What set you on a path to better pens, paper, pencils or other office goodie?
(via JetPens Blog)
Results from the favorite brands of Ink poll organized by Inkophile.
- J. Herbin
- Private Reserve
…today, when junk mail is predominant, “postal management is unable to articulate a compelling vision of the public good,”…
Quote attributed to Richard R. John, a historian at Columbia Univeristy Graduate School of Journalism.
While I continue to subscribe to paper magazines, send and receive zillions of packages via Etsy and other online shops, and even maintain relationships via written correspondence, I have to wonder the status of the postal service. So much of the bulk of materials send via the postal service doesn’t really qualify as serving the “public good,” does it?
(via NYTimes.com )
During the heyday of calling cards, using a business card for a social purpose was considered bad manners.
The Gentleman’s Guide to the Calling Card is a great primer for the modern use of calling cards for men AND for women. Even in the current environment of Facebook, Twitter, email and texting, sometimes you want to be able to convey to someone your name and how to reach you. Why not have a few cards with your name, digits and a URL to your fabulous foodie blog, or your username on Flickr where you keep all your amazing travel photos, or your twitter handle where you post endless minutia on Apple products? Sure, there are lots of situations where its more appropriate to hand out your office business card but not if you’re trying to hook up on Friday night or organize a group ride over the weekend. Right?
(via The Art of Manliness)
Happy National Pencil Day! March 30, 1858, is when Hymen Lipman received a patent for a pencil with an attached eraser. The eraser-tipped pencil is 153 years old today!
ARGH! How could I have missed the actual day?!?! Happy belated birthday to my beloved wood-encased sticks of graphite (sometimes topped with vinyl or rubber caps)!
I love the idea of really well-designed, well-made, preferable simple, American-made (or Canadian-made) products, particularly if they have really smartly-designed websites that are entertaining to read. So here’s your product placement for this evening: Field Notes. Has a kind of American Muji thing going on, it seems to me.
(A little shout-out to Field Notes from one of my favorite authors, William Gibson.)
Paper and pencil is the conduit for reasoning outside of your brain.
A profound and a strong case for writing, if only to clear your head and clarify your ideas. Thank you, Frank Chimero.
The thing about opening your mind up to a new story idea is that you once you do it, there’s no going back. All of a sudden, everything seems like it has to do with the new idea. Songs and lyrics and billboards and articles and movies and books and people seem to come at me, out of nowhere, non-stop.
Jennie Nash: Little Notebooks Everywhere: How the Idea for a Novel Grows Nash uses mini Moleskines to record her on-the-go ideas for a future novel. How do you keep track of your ideas and projects?
Stop trying to think outside the box and put your energy into making a bigger box.
Why? Because possibility drives
creativity. Not the other way around.
Stop Trying To Be Creative – Stepcase Lifehack
Get inspired to be more creative by trying to be less creative.
I’m not writing it down to remember it later, I’m writing it down to remember it now.