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rant // How App.net Won’t Change Anything

I’ve recently been looking into App.net more and more, and it doesn’t seem like the service will change anything. I absolutely believe that the founders have terrific intentions and that they will do the best that they can to see their baby grow into a full-fledged social media platform, but I don’t think that they will be able to make that happen. The vision behind this service is a supposedly a simple one: people would rather use a product than become a product that is sold to marketers for the company’s profit, but when it really comes down to it, this philosophy is crap.

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linguistics // Book Review: Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue

While I was on vacation this past week, I read Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue: The Untold Story of English by John McWhorter on the plane ride to and from. This book was completely fascinating. It raised several important points about problems with the current chronicle of the “History of English” (capitalization made by the book’s author), the most notable of which is that many who study the History of English simply record what happened to the language as it evolved rather than why the language evolved the way it did.

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this week i am // Notebooks and Pens: BookFactory

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This isn’t a brand that you would usually put with other high-quality journal brands like Moleskine or Field Notes, but BookFactory fits into this category perfectly. I stumbled onto this brand when I was looking for notebook brands to review, and although BookFactory books aren’t the kind you would buy to carry around with you and scribble random notes, they are certainly great for research notes, diagrams, planning, and the like.

These books are terrific for the kind of uses that you would normally associate with them. They aren’t journals or sketchbooks, but BookFactory books are perfect for any sort of long-form research notes. I’ve recently started doing some serious research into a certain topic, and I think this is the exactly the kind of book that I need. The sample that BookFactort kindly sent me is a very rugged hardcover laboratory notebook, with thick pages, clearly marked lines, and plenty of space for taking notes. Research notes aren’t the only thing you can put in this notebook, however, as the plain books offered by this company can be suited to many purposes.

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this week i am // Notebooks and Pens: Sakura Pigma Micron Pens

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I was a bit disappointed when I found out that they no longer made my brand of needle-point Bic Z4+ 0.5mm Roller Ball pens, but it’s not a big deal for me anymore since I found these Sakura Pigma Micron Pens. They are perfect! I have a six-pack of these pens, all black ink, that includes the sizes 0.2mm, 0.25mm, 0.3mm, 0.35mm, 0.45mm, 0.5mm. I like needle point pens, and these ones are just terrific.

It has taken me awhile to get used to them for one reason: I’m used to inky roller ball pens, but these are marker-tipped pens that don’t ooze ink all over the page. Of course, it doesn’t help that the thin sizes feel so delicate; I’m afraid to write fast or press hard out of fear that I will snap the tip. The precision with which I can write now is fantastic. With the size 005, 0.20mm pen, it’s entirely possible to scribble tiny notes in the margin of a book or legal pad—four lines of writing to one ruled line—that remain clear and legible.

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this week i am // Notebooks and Pens: Field Notes Brand

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The products reviewed in this post were provided to me free-of-charge by the manufacturer/supplier. I was not compensated to write this post directly, I was just given free product for review purposes. For more information, check out my disclosure policy.

After a quick email to Field Notes they sent me an awesome set of supplies to review. Not only did they include “The Kit,” which is their large sampler pack of supplies, but they were nice enough to throw in the “Red Blooded 3-Pack” of notebooks for me to review, both of which you can find on their Shop page.

Field Notes brand's "The Kit"

The full “Kit” from Field Notes, plus the “Red Blooded 3-Pack.”

The most notable thing about this brand is that it is very hipster-esque. Their website, the look of their notebooks, everything screams “hipster!” Not that that’s a bad thing, of course. These notebooks are very well crafted, so well crafted, in fact, that they include detailed specifications about each notebook on the back cover. Everything about them is great: they are just the right size, they are made of very durable materials, and they have a very attractive design.

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