Moleskine/Notebook Hacks

I do not have a Moleskine notebook. Mine is wire bound and so far I’ve always been happy with that. However, I stumbled upon a collection of Moleskine hacks, such as how to make your Moleskine into a Getting Things Done organizer. I prefer having my to do lists on my computer, to be able to easily shuffle tasks around, add, delete and change them. If I have a paper to do list, I end up spending more time rewriting the list again and again than actually working through the tasks. (My to do list manager of choice is todoist, since I can easily break up tasks into a hierarchy of subtasks.)

So my paper notebook won’t become an organizer. It was originally meant as a diary. Later I started using it to prepare texts, such as emails, for my touch typing practice. Now, I do the same with some of my blog posts, when I’m not near a computer. Typing the stuff afterwards already acts as a first or second editing step.

And for this purpose, I picked up one of the tricks from the first link, PigPogPDA, from the list mentioned above: Using Post-It tags to mark the current “collection point”, that is the page where I want to continue writing, and the “processing point”, meaning everything before this has been processed, i.e. typed, already.

Here is my interpretation:

My Notebook Hack

My Notebook Hack

I think, I want a Kindle

Amazon Kindle

from Wikipedia

Since I’ve seen a Kindle in real life, I have pretty much made up my mind, that I want an eReader at some point. Not quite yet, but when I graduate, get a real job and will have to commute everyday, then I want one. I haven’t decided yet which one I’ll get. So far it looks as if the Kindle is superior to the competition, especially given the price range I’d consider. However that might all change in a few months. And I will need to properly evaluate, which features I want and which costs might be associated with that.

My main reading these days consists of various blogs rather than books. From what I’ve read, the official way to get blogs onto the Kindle is rather expensive, given a monthly fee of 1-2 dollars per blog, and currently 59 feed subscriptions in my Google Reader. There are some free or at least cheaper ways to do that. The most naïve one is using the built-in experimental web browser to visit the blogs, read posts in Google Reader as described here or here, or use one of the special online RSS readers for eReaders, such as G:RSS-Web or on the kindleuserforum. But the internet connection is supposedly rather slow, so I’m not sure whether this is feasible. The other options are services that automatically make the content eReader friendly for you to download or email. Examples are kindlefeeder and instapaper together with instascriber.

Kindle Lighted Leather Cover, Apple Green

Apple Green

Kindle Lighted Leather Cover, Burgundy Red

Burgundy Red

If I do get a Kindle in the end, at least I already know which cover I want. Only have to decide on the colour.

Twitter, here I come!

After all, I got sufficiently curious about Twitter. So I will try it out. I have signed up and will post small things such as links to pictures and videos on Twitter instead of this blog. That way, I’ll also be forced to produce proper blog posts, with text and all. And thanks to this lovely twitter widget on the right you’ll see all my recent posts on twitter as well. 🙂

Update 2011-05-12: The twitter widget has moved to the left and might move again with another change of theme. In either case, you can find my twitter feed at www.twitter.com/almutei.

xkcd: Good Code

Somehow this feels familiar:

xkcd: Good Code

xkcd: Good Code

Although, the debugging loop is missing:
Does it work yet? > Yes! > Hold on, with these other parameters … Argh!
> Try to find the bug in the bit of code you wrote 6 months ago. > Does it work yet? …

Video: Richard Feynman on inertia

Feynman tells how his father explained him inertia, when he was a child. Like the Blackawton bees, another example that children can ask, think and experiment scientifically.

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HgAQV05fPEk] (via Laughing in Purgatory)

If you, like me, can’t recall immediately who Feynman was: There is some back ground reading for you on Wikipedia.