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Highlighting in notebooks

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One valid criticism of using paper for notes is that searching through notebooks is rather difficult.


A reason to post?

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I keep this blog around so that I have somewhere to post images and maybe a little background as well as the ever-popular gearhead nonsense.

Ron, France (1963)

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My dad (right) stands in front of bar while in the Navy.

Thomas Paine on simplicity

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The more simple any thing is, the less liable it is to be disordered; and the easier repaired when disordered Thomas Paine I would be wise to keep this in mind.

reMarkable is sleeping

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I’ve been using the reMarkable 2 tablet for almost three months now.

Tools and Toys

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…skip any definitive conclusions, as we know you might change those at any time.

HEY or Fastmail? The Answer.

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TL;DR: I’m sticking with HEY for my email, but there’s a surprise twist: I’m also sticking with Fastmail.

Hey for Domains? Maybe.

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(Updated with notes about the custom domain discount) Other than having a couple of nits to pick, I really like using HEY!

My Holy Grail Pen and Paper – CJ Chilvers

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Writers spend way too much time and money seeking out their “grail” pen and paper combo — the tools that will make their work so much “smoother.

My blog's overwrought theme

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Everything in my life has become overwrought, overthought, overdone, and needs to be unwound.

Back to Fastmail?

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My first annual subscription to Basecamp’s HEY email service is about to expire, meaning it’s time to decide whether I will be renewing.

Renting eBooks

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None of the old books on my Kindle mean anything to me.

Doom Emacs from scratch

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A week ago I decided to cancel Doom Emacs and go back to building Emacs from Scratch, and once again I was reminded what a terrible idea that is.

Book logging in plain text

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Of all the ways I’ve logged books, I’m thinking that plain text remains the best.


Who should I let manage my photos?

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I have for many years kept my photos properly named and in a dated folder hierarchy on my hard drive: /2020/12-December 2020/2020-12-02-Alice.

The Leica SL2-S = InstaBuy!

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When I bought a used Leica SL(601) recently instead of the newer SL2 , it was mostly because I didn’t want to spend $6,000 on a camera that I wasn’t sure I’d love.

All-in with Flickr (again)

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I joined Flickr in 2004 and have been posting photos there, on and off, ever since.

Not film

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To make this simple self-portrait, I didn’t spend an hour setting up the Wista, loading sheets of film, processing with half-expired C-41 chemistry, crossing my fingers, drying, scanning, spotting, inverting, storing, and on and on.

Manual Schmanual

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I’ve prided myself on my ability to shoot a Leica M3 or Hasselblad 500C/M with no meter, no auto-focus, and no auto-exposure.

Gettin' with Gutenberg

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Gutenberg is powerful and useful for enabling those of us who don’t feel like working too hard to create decent-looking, complex, media-rich layouts.

Coping with the Mechanism

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Sometimes I get bored with the way I’m running things around here and look to mix things up a bit.