Monday, August 11, 2014

Marginal Notes

Here is a post on marginal notes made by some authors in some other authors book—most of them by David Foster Wallace. It's interesting, but I liked the quote from Edgar Allan Poe the best:
In getting my books, I have been always solicitous of an ample margin; this not so much through any love of the thing in itself, however agreeable, as for the facility it affords me of penciling suggested thoughts, agreements and differences of opinion, or brief critical comments in general. Where what I have to note is too much to be included within the narrow limits of a margin, I commit it to a slip of paper, and deposit it between the leaves; taking care to secure it by an imperceptible portion of gum tragacanth paste.
There is something to be said for keeping one's notes inside of the books themselves—at least until retirement looms and you are faced with having to take all the books home from your office to your home with limited shelf-space. It's much easier to move index cards or paper slips; and it even easier to move computer files.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Paul Klee, Notebook

Here are three images of Paul Klee's Notebook on the doctrine pictorial forms. I reproduce one

The whole notebook can actually be bought as a facsimile at Amazon Germany.

It's beautiful!

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014


There is a new outliner for OSX (introduced on July 24, 2014). It is called Outlineedit and sells for $18.99 at the AppStore, that is, it's not cheap. "Works like you expect it to: set an outline title, create new items, then structure them using indentation and drag & drop." It also has a search function, can create color labels, has a notes function, allows checkboxes, can print and create PDFs based on an outline and can copy highlighted information from a web browser into an outline.

It is certainly an interesting application and worth a look. Whether it is worth $19.99 is a different question.

Friday, July 25, 2014

The Hemingway Editor

Hemingway used to be a web application. It is now available for both the Mac and Windows. It is supposed to highlights common errors. Use it to catch wordy sentences, adverbs, passive voice, and dull, complicated words." In other words, it does what MS-Word has done for many years.

I have always found these suggestions intrusive and not very helpful. But I am probably in the minority. What I find more compelling is that you can "format with Markdown, preview formatting
side-by-side, and save the HTML." So it's a Markdown editor as well.

It costs $4.99—a lot less than MS-Word.

Someone "Cannot Find Pen; Writes Entire NYT TrendPiece About It"

Here is a stronger reaction to the article I wrote about yesterday. And, yes, that someone is called an "asshole."

I don't necessarily condone the sophomoric humor ... but still.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

The New York Times on the Demise of the Pen

In an article entitled "Fare Thee Well, My Pen" in the New Times Fashion section, it is claimed that "the pen is dead. It was murdered by the finger."

I guess this means that fashionable people do not use paper any longer either. They dip their fingers into ink wells and sign documents in this way. Or perhaps, fashionable people don't sign paper documents. The author claims he noticed the complete absence of pens in his house when his "girlfriend asked to borrow a pen to sign the back of one of those paper check things." Obviously, he himself has no need for such things. But why should unfashionable people follow his shallow approach to writing and living.?

For other fashionable exploits of this author see here.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Arc It

I have written about the Atoma/Arc/Caliber Notebooks before. Here is a Website devoted to the Arc Notebook alone. You can find out all you want to know about the system—and probably a lot more.

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