How Field Notes Keeps a Secret

Here at Inklings & Paper Things, we love Field Notes. In fact, I credit Field Notes and their design aesthetic for helping to revitalizing my love of stationery things. They are simple, small enough to be easily carried in a pocket and are durable. One of the best part of being a fan of Field Notes is their highly anticipated quarterly limited editions. But as with anything that is anticipated, there are people that simply hate to wait for the edition to show up in their mailbox and instead try to crack the secret beforehand. To this end, Field Notes has to work to keep it under wraps.

MSNBC recently did a video segment about Field Notes and how they keep the secrets from being spoiled. It offers a fun inside look at the company and its iconic notebooks.

Stuff I Learned from Podcasts: Issue 4

Every Little Thing (June 25, 2018): ARRRR Pirate Peg Legs a Thing?

  • Takes a look at some of the common pirate tropes and determines if pirates from the classic golden age of pirates, were real things.
  • Parrots on board (yes)
  • Peg legs as a prosthetic (yes)
  • A hook to replace a hand (not likely)
  • Walking the plank (sadly, no)
    Pirates would more likely just shoot you rather than go through the song and dance of walking the plank.
  • Skull & Crossbones flag (yes)

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Review: Baron Fig Computerworld

Baron Fig recently released a limited edition notebook in partnership with CodeAcademy called Computerworld. It was meant to be a celebration of technology and the way that analog and digital tools can come together to create amazing things. After seeing them, I had a feeling that they would be right up my alley given how much of my life is spent using both types of tools. I was fortunate enough to pick up a box of three notebooks before the edition sold out and I am very pleased with my purchase.

Let’s get the specs out of the way first. These 72-page notebooks are in the Vanguard line and are Flagship-sized. In plain English, this means they are soft cover notebooks and are 5.4 inches by 7.7 inches in size. The ruling found inside are one of the unique features of Computerworld. They feature what Baron Fig calls Code Ruling which has numbered rules and bullets for indents. This could be useful for those who write out their code first but also works for making lists and general note taking. Continue reading “Review: Baron Fig Computerworld”

Stuff I Learned from Podcasts: Issue 3

A couple of fun ones in today’s Stuff I Learned from Podcasts, as evidenced by all the notes I wrote out.

First off, was the most recent Ologies podcast which was released on June 19th. This one was about Deltiology, or the study and collection of postcards. Our host, Allie Ward, interviewed Donna Braden, a curator at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan. She was a fantastic guest, full of passion for postcards and believe it or not, the postcard discussion was fascinating. Continue reading “Stuff I Learned from Podcasts: Issue 3”

Review: The Revenge of Analog by David Sax

I first heard about this book while listening to Covered, an author interview podcast by the great Harry C. Marks. In this interview, David Sax, the author of The Revenge of Analog, really struck me as someone who knew his stuff and was passionate about telling others about it. To this point, Mr. Sax is a journalist and author who has written for the New York Times, GQ and many other publications. I read, or rather listened to it, over a period of about 10 days and spoiler alert, I really enjoyed it. I tried to listen to just a chapter or two at a time, to allow me to take it in without rushing through it.

In thinking about this book and how I wanted to review it, I thought it would be useful to share some of the things that I wrote down while listening to the author read the audiobook version. These are the things that stood out to me enough that I wanted to remember them by writing them down. I will focus on the chapters that really spoke to me rather than covering the entirety of the book. The book is called The Revenge of Analog: Real Things and Why They Matter, but could also be titled The Comeback of Analog. It really does detail how a wide variety of analog businesses and interests have bounced back in what he calls a post-digital world. Continue reading “Review: The Revenge of Analog by David Sax”

Calligraphy & Baseball

This story has been around for awhile but I love it as it relates to two things that I love: baseball and beautiful penmanship. Long time baseball coach Don Wakamatsu, now with my favorite team, the Texas Rangers, is renowned for his fantastic calligraphy. When he does the lineup cards before each game, the cards are truly works of art. Linked below are a couple of articles written about him and his passion for calligraphy. Enjoy!

Baseball Coach Brings His Beautiful Calligraphy to the Baseball Dugout

The Write Way: KC’s Coach’s Lineup Cards are Artful

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Stuff I Learned from Podcasts: Issue 2

Another eclectic mix of podcasts, as is often the case with my listening habits. What follows is Stuff I Learned from Podcasts Issue 2.

From Episode 311 of 99% Invisible, entitled “The Barney Design,” I llearned:

  • The National Basketball Association (NBA) had very boring uniforms heading into the 90s. Then the new expansion team, the Charlotte Hornets, introduced teal uniforms. This was a big deal because it was not a traditional uniform color and sales of the jerseys took off.
  • The NBA hired Tom O’Grady as a marketing director and he transformed uniforms in the 90s. The use of dye sublimation allowed for wild designs since they didn’t have to be embroidered and the desire for updated designs to boost uniform sales.
  • This led to the crazy designs of the Atlanta Hawks, Phoenix Suns and the namesake of this episode, the Toronto Raptors. Their uniform was purple with a red cartoonish dinosaur. It was often referred as the Barney design.

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Stuff I Learned from Podcasts: Issue 1

I listen to a lot of different podcasts during my week. Here is just a small sampling of the different types of shows I listen to. I listen to podcasts about moments in history, podcasts about professional wrestling and baseball. I listen to podcasts about technology and about  analog and stationery things. I even listen to podcasts about weird jobs that people have and I can’t forget all the great podcasts about random, esoteric things that strike my fancy. And with them all, I take notes in my trusty notebooks.

I thought it would be fun to post the notes that I take and pull out a few of the random things that I learned during that particular day of listening. Here is Issue 1 of Stuff I Learned from Podcasts. Continue reading “Stuff I Learned from Podcasts: Issue 1”

Review: Baron Fig Composition Notebooks

I had heard a lot of praise about Baron Fig and their “tools for thinkers” over the last few years, but had not taken the plunge on purchasing any of their products. I had heard about their excellent paper and their well designed stationery items and was always just on the verge of buying. So, when a coupon to save $10 off an order of $20 or more was posted to the Erasable Podcast Facebook group, I thought now is as good a time as any to get a few things and see what all the fuss is about. One product in particular caught my eye and that was the Vanguard Composition Notebook.

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Why the Pencil is Perfect

I thought I would share a short video from a new series, Samll Thing Big Idea, by TED. This series  takes a look at small things that have had big impacts on the world we live in. This particular episode is interesting to me as it looks at the humble but wonderful pencil. The narrator for this episode is none other that Caroline Weaver, the owner and proprietor of CW Pencil in New York City. CW Pencil is a store completely dedicated to pencils, especially wooden ones. She takes us through a short history of the pencil and how it