Uses This / Jane Manchun Wong

Uses This / Jane Manchun Wong

My note-taking device is pen and paper. It supports high precision handwriting and has zero input latency. It takes on a skeuomorphic design. The writing surface is also realistic, almost paper-like. It comes with encryption, based on my handwriting. While it does not support cloud storage, the data is guaranteed to be inaccessible to hackers without physical access. It is a blessing in disguise.

What we believe in.

 

(h/t John)

The Handwritten First Draft of Spike Lee’s Do The Right Thing

The Handwritten First Draft of Spike Lee’s Do The Right Thing

“This morning I got up early to go to my corner store, T and T, to buy the paper. The young guys who work there had a Run-D.M.C. tape on. The owner, an old Italian guy, says, “What da fuck is dat? Turn that jungle music off. We’re not in Africa. It’s giving me a stomach ache.” Sooner or later it comes out. Okay, so you don’t like rap music. But why does it have to be about jungle music and Africa? I should have Sal say the same words to Radio Raheem in the movie.”

The Study: Issue #32 — Keeping a Commonplace Book – The Study

The Study: Issue #32 — Keeping a Commonplace Book – The Study

It’s not a journal, bullet or otherwise. It’s not your collection of morning pages. It’s not a stream of consciousness rambling of your thoughts. A commonplace book is deliberate. It’s curated.

longtime friend and contributor to this site, Harry Marks, has a brief but good primer on starting and keeping a commonplace book in his latest newsletter.

Building My Bullet-Journal-Based Hybrid Productivity System – The Sweet Setup

Building My Bullet-Journal-Based Hybrid Productivity System – The Sweet Setup

There’s something about using a nice notebook and a fancy fountain pen that inspires joy in a way even the most beautifully designed application can’t. At its core, a screen is simply a slab of glass – cold, sterile, and impersonal. During this pandemic, I’ve found myself drawn to the siren song of analog more than ever before.

On Handwriting vs. Typing

Handwriting is unique. It’s personal. It’s individual to you. It communicates more than just the words and ink. It communicates your humanity in ways that type never could.

A reply I wrote to someone who asked why I even further might advocate journaling by hand versus typing and printing.

Don’t think of your journaling being solely for you. Think of it being for those you leave behind. Which would they rather have? Which will they be more likely to cherish and keep?