09/01/2020, 08:52 – Colin Walker

Colin Walker is Writing by Hand

“There is something unexpectedly liberating about putting pen to paper in this manner, something I’ve not felt in a long time. It was previously a struggle to choose such an option over typing on the phone but I realise that was because I had the wrong tools. I was simply trying to force the issue rather than let it happen naturally.”

Tools that you love are tools that you’ll use.

How this Japanese method of saving money changed my life—and made me richer

How this Japanese method of saving money changed my life—and made me richer

What sets kakeibo apart, however, is that it doesn’t involve any budgeting software, apps or Excel sheets. Similar to bullet journaling, it emphasizes the importance of physically writing things down — as a meditative way to process and observe your spending habits.

A personal budgeting method that is kept by hand? What we believe in.

The linked article explains the “why’s” behind the system but not so much the “how’s”. This one does a fairly good job of that.

Note cards the size of a credit card – usem note cards

Note cards the size of a credit card – usem note cards

I was recently sent a package with a selection of Usem Note Cards. They are made of thick, high-quality, paper and 4-5 of them stacked are about the thickness of a credit card. Very easy to slip into a wallet so I always have something to jot down a quick note without having to carry a notebook. Really great if you have to jot down something to hand off to someone.

Stamps, Scientific Charts, and Hand-Drawn Maps Occupy Every Inch of Travel Notebooks by José Naranja | Colossal

Stamps, Scientific Charts, and Hand-Drawn Maps Occupy Every Inch of Travel Notebooks by José Naranja | Colossal

“Author and artist José Naranja ensures he won’t forget any detail of his year-round travels across the globe through a meticulous and unique documentation process. Formerly an aeronautic engineer, Naranja now archives his thoughts while visiting foreign countries by hand-crafting journals replete with items like collected stamps, an illustration of the periodic table, and a study of fountain pens. Each mixed-media page centers on a theme, such as the culture surrounding eating a bowl of ramen or the flamingos found in a zoo.”

Wow! These are just beautiful. Click through the link for more photos.

The French Paper Mill That Sold to Dalí and Picasso – YouTube

For 700 years, the Richard de Bas paper mill has produced some of the world’s finest paper. The French constitution is printed on paper from this mill. And artists like Salvador Dalí, Pablo Picasso and Marc Chagall were customers. Emmanuel runs the business today. His great grandfather bought the mill in Ambert, France, during World War II, and it has stayed in the family ever since. It’s one of the last in France where paper is made by hand.

(via Kottke)

Where Theory Meets Chalk, Dust Flies – The New York Times

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Where Theory Meets Chalk, Dust Flies – The New York Times

This is what thought looks like. Ideas, and ideas about ideas. Suppositions and suspicions about relationships among abstract notions — shape, number, geometry, space — emerging through a fog of chalk dust, preferably of the silky Hagoromo chalk, originally from Japan, now made in South Korea. In these diagrams, mysteries are being born and solved.

Well-Read Life™: Why You Should Hack Levenger Pens

Well-Read Life™: Why You Should Hack Levenger Pens

But here’s a secret that up until now very few people have known: most Levenger brand rollerball pens will accept Pilot G2 refills. Why is this good to know? Because Pilot G2 pens are some of the most appreciated and most widely available pens on the planet.

I can attest to this. I’ve had a Levenger True Writer rollerball for at least 10 years and have used a Pilot G2 refill in it since the beginning.