What I Use

06.01.2016 01:00

```text Fountain Pen Quest: ```


As you may know the Hobonichi uses fountain pen friendly Tomoeo River paper. I used fountain pen exclusively. The paper is thin and while bleed through isn’t a problem there’s some show-through. In general show-through never bothers me and I regularly use both sides of any paper. With my thin nibs the show-through is there but minimal with the Hobionichi. What does bother me is the time it takes for ink to dry on this paper. I cut a piece of blotter paper to fit the Techo and place between the pages. In addition to making my current page easy to fine it keeps the ink from transferring to the facing page when I close the book. Sure, I could wait for the ink to dry but that would require patience. Plus, it provides a bit of a cushion to write on if I’m using a hard thin nib that might leave an imprint on the page below the one I’m writing on.


```text Yeah, the dry time is painful, but that is also the only problem I have with the Hobonichi. ```

Why I Love Steel Nibs – The Pen Addict

06.01.2016 01:00

```text Brad Dowdy: ```


The first thing you should be aware of with steel nibs is that, in general, they are stiffer than their gold counterparts. Makes sense, right? Gold is a softer material, so that translates to a softer nib. Standard gold nibs have some bounce or springiness when writing. Steel nibs are firm without much give. This holds true for the full range of nib sizes too. Extra fine to broad all exhibit the same general behavior.


```text Finally someone bringing this up. My personal opinion is that they are both good, and have equally good properties. I personally prefer to write with a gold nib. But I think my hand writing look better when I write with a steel nib. ```

Books I read in 2015

01.01.2016 01:00

Patrick Rhone have been publishing lists of the book he have completed during the last calendar year for a while now. And I always think: fuck, I want to do that, every single time. This year I actually did it.

Below is the list. I have grouped them by author simply because I read a lot.

Stephen King

Stephen King is one of my absolute favourite authors. He is one of the authors where I just pick up something random that I haven’t read before when browsing my local book store or Audible.

And I often re-read or re-listen his books, when I don’t have anything else to read or listen to.

  • On Writing. One of my aboslute favourite “writing” books, and I try to re-read or re-listen to this one once a year. A fantastic read, even for non writer, the autobigoraphical part of the book is fantastic.

  • It. I first got the audiobook early this year, then I got the paperback when I was in England in May. It is one fantastic book. This is one of the books that would make a fantastic move, if given the proper budget and number of movies / hours.

  • The Stand. A very long, but strongly enough it doesn’t feel very long. I think this book is the best example of what a brilliant story teller Stephen King is. You have many many different story lines that merges into two different ones before they collide at the end. I can’t recommend this book enough. Another Stephen King book that would make a brilliant movie.

  • Needful things. I enjoyed this book, but it isn’t the best Stephen King book I have read, but still better than most books.

  • 11-22-63. I usually don’t enjoy time travel stuff. But this book is one of the few that “works”.

  • Mr. Mercedes. Brilliant book, I think this is the best book he has written since Doctor Sleep. The only thing I did in between listening to this one was to sleep and buying beer.

  • Revival. Another one of the Stephen King books that isn’t the best, but still very high entertainment value. The weird thing about Stephen King is that some of his books are brilliant, while others are just okay; the just okay books are still so much better than most books.

  • A good marriage. There are probably a million versions of this story; wife kills husband and tries to get away with it. The story itself isn’t much, but the twist on it is brilliant.

Charles Bukowski

Bukowski is one of my aboslutley favourite writers. I have all of his novels, plus some other stuff on Audible. And they are one of the books I just re-listen to when I don’t have anything better to do.

  • Ham on Rye

  • Hollywood

  • Pulp

  • Hot water music

  • South of No North

  • Post office

  • Factotum

  • Women

Friedrich Nietzsche

Friedrich Nietzsche have been and continue to be one of my favourite philosophers. The reason his writings always click with me is because it provokes independent though and not some complete system that one should follow.

  • Antichrist

  • Geneology of morals.

  • Why I am so wise.

  • Will to Power.

Anthony Kenny

One of the better attempts at writing a easy to understand History of Philosophy. The thing I like about Kenny is that he divides it into a Historical overview and a topical one. It makes it a little bit longer, but much easier to navigate.

  • Ancient Philosophy: A New History of Western Philosophy, Volume 1

  • Medieval Philosophy: A New History of Western Philosophy, Volume 2

  • The Rise of Modern Philosophy: A New History of Western Philosophy, Volume 3

  • Philosophy in the Modern World: A New History of Western Philosophy, Volume 4

George RR Martin

I spent most of the summer listening to the audiobook version of the A Song of Ice and Fire series. I thought the TV series was good, but the books are brilliant.

  • A Game of Thrones

  • A Clash of Kings

  • A Storm of Swords

  • A Feast for Crows

  • A Dance with Dragons

Ludwig Wittgenstein

I took a course on Ludwig Wittgenstein last semester. And had to suffer through his two main works, plus On Certainty. It is the hardest course I have taken, and it is some of the, if not the, hardest stuff I have ever read.

The results from taking it are pretty good. And I think I’m at least a little bit smarter after taking it.

  • Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus,

  • On Certainty

  • Philosophical Investigations ## Patrick Rhone Patrick is my favourite “web” writer, and a fantastic human being. I have been following his various sites for many years, since either 2010 or 2011; I don’t remember. His books are excellent, and you should check them out. I re-read them more or less once a year. My favourite is Keeping it Straight.

  • Some thoughts about writing

  • This could help .

  • __Keeping it Straight.

  • Enough.

  • Minimal Mac.


This section contains all the books I where I either read one, or just a few books by the author.

  • __Wittgenstein, William Child. __ This was the main syllabus book in the Wittgenstein course I took this semester. I wouldn’t say that I enjoyed it, but it made Ludwig Wittgenstein’s philosophy possible to navigate in a reasonable amount of time. And was necessary for me to get a basic understanding of his Philosophy and to write a good term paper.

  • _ An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth, Chris Hadfield _. I’m a huge fan of Hadfield ever since I saw his Bowie cover, recorded at the International Space Station; which got me interested in space exploration again. I listened to the audiobook version, and it was fantastic.

  • _ Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov. _ I have been struggeling with both the audio, Norwegian translation and the English version of this book for many years. In fact, it was the first book I bought on Audible. I finally completed it. It is a great book, but it requires something.

  • Victoria, Knut Hamsun. I got the pocket version of this book from Ingri for Christmas. And I spent a afternoon re-reading it. I already had it in my old Collective Work of Knut Hamsun, and haven’t read it in years. The books are so heavy and old. This is the great thing about pocket books. The entry is so much lower. I love this book for the writing and the classic tragedy structure of the book. Every Norwegian out there should read it, and anyone else should find a English translation.

  • _ Think, Simon Blackburn. _ I got this book when I was in England, and it is a fantastic introduction to Philosophy. It is always a sign when someone like me, who has read tens of thosands of pages of Philosphy, and is more or less done with a Bachelors in it enjoys it. It isn’t hard to understand and it was a very easy read.

  • _ Thinking, Fast and Slow, Daniel Kahneman. _ A great book, but I thought it was a little bit too “long winded” for my taste. But I would still recommend anyone to read it.

  • Hva er filosofi?, Lars Fr. H. Svendsen. One of the academic publishers here in Norway have this amazing series of books called Hva er / What is, where they take some subject and tell a professor or something to write a small book about it. Most of them are good, but this one is excellent. I gave it to my girlfriend for christmas. It’s a great simplified introduction to philosophy. It also includes one of the bests critics of modern academic philosophy have ever read.

  • Mening?. John. Hellesnes . There isn’t often I see a philosophy book placed like this one in a book store. They are usually hidden, while this one was one of the few they were trying to promote, that day. I enjoyed part of it. It’s a book, in Norwegian, about religion criticism in Friedrich Nietzsche, and the Norwegian poet and writer: Arne Gaborg. I really enjoyed the Friedrich Nietzsche parts of the book. And the rest was pretty good. The reason I liked this is because of my relationship with Friedrich Nietzsche, I enjoy his philosophy, and I love to read others interpretations and criticism of it, because that again helps me develop my own.

  • On bullshit, Harry G. Frankfurt. A philosophical essay. I saw it in a book shop, while killing time before I was going to a job interview. It was one of the books I had to buy, just because the title was so funny. The book itself is entertaining for philosophers, and people with a interest in philosophy. By the way: I love philosophy essays like this, a theoretical approach to something silly.

  • Classical Philosophy, Peter Adamson. I had to read this, as a part of my philosophy degree, it’s based on the podcast “History of Philosophy without any gaps”; which is a interesting idea by itself. This is the best history of philosophy book I have read. The chapters are short, and straight to the point, and it’s very easy to read. I look forward to reading more, as the books come out.

  • The Logic Book, Bergmann/Moor/Nelson. This was the syllabus book in a 1-order logic course I had to take. This book is terrible. It uses too much space, and they don’t have a summary section.

  • Life lessons from Nietzche, John Armstrong. Interesting, but not much new in this one. It was still $15 bucks well spent, and a few hours of entertainment.

  • Er vi venner igjen?, Pål Angelskår. A very long collection with essays, I would be very generous if I said I liked five of them.

  • _ Blink, Malcolm Gladwell. _ A fantastic book about the thinking without thinking.

  • _ Talk like TED, Caroline Gallo. _ Not the worlds best book. But this book provides a unique view into the presentational style of some excellent speakers.

  • _ In dust of this planet: horror of philosophy, Eugene Thacker. _ The title is much more interesting than the content.

  • Industrial / Organisational Psychology, Aamodt. I read this book as a part of my job, when I was a Step-in Team Leader for a Greenpeace fundraising project, but it soon became the reason I’m never going to take any Psychology course ever.

  • Stoner, John Williams. A weird, fascinating and tragic story; but still a fantastic book.

  • The Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle. I liked this one better than all the other books by Aristotle that I have read; mostly because it is much easier to read. This might be the most influential piece of ethics ever written.

  • A Theory of Justice, John Rawls. The book is brilliant, without doubt. I’m not sure if I prefer Rawls or Nozick. This brilliant book is a pain in the neck to get through. John Rawls isn’t a man of few words, and my feeling when I had to have a lecture about this book is: with a few more rounds of editing this book could have been at least half the size.

  • Phaedrus, Plato; translation by former Professor Emeritus R. Hackforth, Some translations are just a translation, and some are a translation plus something else. This is without doubt a translation of the latter category. The additions added by Hackforth makes it much easier to get through it the first time. And then you know what to look for when you start diving into the text. Not unlike what Kaufmann have done with his Nietzsche translations.

  • Becoming Steve Jobs: The Evolution of a Reckless Upstart into a Visionary Leader, by Brent Schlender & Rick Tetzeli. This books is in no way perfect, but it was way better than the Isacson book.


I’m more or less happy with the number of books I have read this year. I stopped counting at 50. And I’m over 1 book per week, which is good. My plan for 2016 is to continue to read as much as possible. I only hope to change one thing, and that is to read more consistently. My plan is to read something more or less every single day.


2015 in review

31.12.2015 01:00

I officially launched this site a month and a half ago. The progress up until now have gone beyond any hope or expectation.

Brad Dowdy of The Pen Addict mentioned the site on ”>Ink Love from Ana from The Well Appointed Desk yesterday.

The result is that, a lot more people are subscribing and visiting the site. I don’t really care too much about that, the thing I care about is that people I admire and respect actually like what I have started doing over here.

I can’t wait to start the new year, and to publish some of the stuff I have been working on for a very long long time.

Hovonichi Planner 2016

28.12.2015 01:00

```text My second Hobonichi Planner arrived almost a week ago. The choice this time around was much easier than it was in February last year, when I decided to get a paper planner. I think I spent two weeks looking at every single alternative available, before I went for the Hobonichi. ```

```text I’m going to write a proper review as soon as I get around to it. But there are not many new things in the 2016 versus the 2015 edition. The dates and so on have been updated, the other big thing is that it now features serial numbers. ```

```text It is a great planner. My advice is the following: go for the Hobonichi if you are looking for either a planner or a journal, but aren’t sure what to get. It has 99% of what 99% of people need or want. ```

```text It is the thing that keeps my live together. There will be a post about my GTD system very soon. ```

On Keeping A Notebook

27.12.2015 01:00

```text Laurel Keck: ```


I’ve been keeping a notebook for over 14 years, and one of the main things I’ve learned is that your notebook is exactly what you put into it. If you pour yourself into it, it will be a patchwork quilt of your life, thoughts and ideas. A timeline of your progress as an artist, a writer, and as a human. The more you use your notebook, the more it will become an automatic response, rather than a deliberate one. Something happens or you have something to remember? Make it a habit to jot it down, and it’ll become a part of the story your notebook is telling (which is of course your story being told and drawn as it happens).

There is only one rule to how you need to use your notebook, and that it that there are no rules. Accidently draw a terrible drawing? Great! Now turn the page and try another one; the only way to get better is keep going. Leave those drawings alone. There will be a time when you look back at these early drawings with embarrassment, and then later on you will look back at them with a sense of pride at how far you’ve come. You’ll remember the things you felt when you made those drawings, then you’ll work on a new thing.


The Midori Travelers Notebook

27.12.2015 01:00



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```text The MTN have been on the top of my wish list for a long time. I remember wanting one, when I started to get into fountain pens almost three years ago. But I didn’t have the money for at the time, and forgot about it. Until I saw a blog post with a picture of one, earlier this year. Which made me move it to the top of my list. ```

```text I think that there are room for more than one size of notebooks for most people. But what people need is very individual. My personal preference is to have three different sizes, plus a planner. ```

  • Field Notes(or anything in the “passport” size would work) for tasks, and short notes.
  • Large A4(similar to the letter size in the US) notebooks, preferably with many hundred sheets for journaling, studying and taking notes at home, in meetings and during lectures / seminars.
  • The thing in between. Field Notes are a excellent tool for keeping track of tasks, and to write down stuff you need to remember. But they are too small to be efficient when it comes to either journal, writing or taking notes. The huge A4 notebooks are great, but they are heavy, and is therefore not something I want to bring everywhere. I have found the MTN to be the perfect thing in between the two.
  • ```

    ```text Format. I have tried many different notebooks formats over the years. My personal preference is as stated above: a pocket sized for capture and organising tasks and projects; the biggest notebook I can get my hands on for hardcore studying or writing; and the thing in between for when you want to write a little bit when waiting, or traveling, or just want to get a beer and write a little bit. ```

    ```text The format of the regular version of the MTN is perfect for this. You have enough room on the page, while you still at the same time have a format that is compact enough that you can fit it in the inner pocket of a winter jacket or you can put it in your bag without noticing it. ```

    ```text Flexible. The thing that really sold my on the MTN was how flexible the system is. Mine is currently extended to have three refills(lined) and a pen holder. ```

    ```text One thing that always drive me nuts with various other notebooks I have used, for example the Field Notes Arts and Sciences Edition is that: I usually need lined paper, that is 90% of the time, but there are times where blank or grid paper is nice; I like to have the option, but to alternate between the two of them doesn’t really solve anything. ```

    ```text This is the cool thing about MTN. You can fill it with one blank, one lined and one grid refill if you want to. Or two lined and one blank. Or you might want a planner refill. You have many first party option, including pockets and all kinds of other cool and weird stuff. ```

    ```text And a added benefit of the flexibility of having different kinds of refills is that you can alter the content of your MTN as needed. ```

    ```text Paper. The paper quality of the refills are excellent. I haven’t seen any bleed through or feathering this far.That includes writing with my Lamy 2000, and that pen is a wet mother fucker. I have written in it with both my Lamy 2000 and my TWSBI 580AL(medium nib on both) with Pilot Iroshizuku Take-sumi and it takes a few seconds to dry. One of the advantages with the narrow page width is that you don’t have to move your hand that much back and forth. ```

    ```text My only problem with the current line up of refills for the MTN is that I wish they had more than one lined refill. Some people like tiny lines, some like something in between, and some of us like bigger lines. ```

    ```text Design. There isn’t much to say about the design; you have four options: black or brown leather; passport or regular size. The thing I like about it is that it is as simple as you can get away with. It looks cool and works great. ```

    ```text Number of refills versus writing comfort. A MTN have two bands that you can use to attach refills. This means that you can extend it to hold up to six(!!!) refills, if you buy the pack of rubber bands. I have tried using it with different configuration during the weekend to find out what the ideal thing is for me. ```

    ```text Six refills are too much in my opinion. The sweet spot in my experience is two, but I think it looks much better with three. So, three it is. ```

    ```text Conclusion. I think it is a fantastic notebook, and it will without doubt be something I bring everywhere from now on. It is the thing I just grab when I want to write something. ```

    ```text The next thing on my list is to find some extra accessories to make it even more useful. I’ll write more about it when I publish a follow up to this post about how it was to travel with it. ```

    Wreck This Journal’ by Keri Smith — Tools and Toys

    27.12.2015 01:00

    ```text Tools & Toys:: ```


    Enter Keri Smith’s Wreck This Journal. This journal literally commands you to “destroy” it in various and interesting ways, whether it’s ripping or poking holes in pages, painting on pages with coffee, flinging the book at walls, showering with it, drawing on it with glue, etc. The point is to get you out of your comfort zone so you can experience what the true creative process is like


    ```text I don’t have the problem at hand. But this is a fantastic book for everyone that thinks that their fancy notebook is too nice for their crappy writing. ```

    50 Used Field Notes

    19.12.2015 01:00

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    ```text I posted some pictures of my collection(on my [personal site](http://hjertnes.me/2015/06/18/32-used-field-notes-.html)) of used Field Notes back in June; when the number was 32. And I realised yesterday when I finished another one that I now have used 50 of them. So I decided to do the same thing this time as well. ```

    ```text The way I use them have changed over the 2,5 years I have been a Field Notes user; from writing down ideas and notes to my the most important element in my GTD system. Some of them look like new and others are falling apart. ```

    ```text There have been times where I have used a notebook for six months, and there are times where it only lasted two days. But the usual life time is more like 7-10 days. ```

    ```text I’m going to make page, with pictures of all my used Field Notes early next year. ```

    A Better Desk

    17.12.2015 01:00

    ```text A Better Desk: ```


    The Lamy 2000 is a truly remarkable pen. Its fifty-year-old design still looks modern and edgy, and I’m sure that it will look just as edgy in fifty more years. The pen’s features, from the ink window to the piston knob, only appear when needed and then vanish into the pen’s brushed body. The Lamy 2000’s gold nib, perfect weight, and brushed body combine to form the best writing experience that I’ve ever had. If you’ve stumbled upon this review because you’re on the fence about this pen, go ahead and buy it. I spent several months reading reviews and none of them seem to do the pen justice, now that I have it in my hand. Aside from the functionality of the Lamy 2000, its history is something special. While I love my TSWBI, Kaweco, and Pilots, this will be the pen that I pass down to my children. In a world of throwaway things, this is a pen that is truly built to last.


    ```text In case you are wondering, yes I love the Lamy 2000, and I love how many great reviews of it that have been published lately. ```