12.01.2016 01:00

```text The Leuchtturm1917 notebooks are a fantastic alterntaive to everyone that have been using Moleskine, that wants something similar, with better paper quality. ```

```text I think you get a lot of notebook for your money when you buy a Leuchtturm1917. The A5 size is around $19 and the A4 size is around $33. That is more or less the same price as similar Moleskine notebooks. It is also more or less the same I pay per page for the refills for my Midori Travelers Notebook. ```

```text More or less everything about Leuchtturm1917 notebooks are great. They look fantastic, and you get a lot of bang for your buck. The paper quality is fantastic, and the dry time is pretty good; it is much faster than Rhodia. ```

```text I don’t currently use any Leuchtturm1917 notebooks. Long story. But I used two of them as my journal in the first part of 2015. Then I forgot to order new ones, so I found some acceptagble notebooks in a local store here in Bergen, then I had some gift certificates I had to use before they expired, so I got some more. ```

```text But, I’m pretty sure I will order a few Leuchtturm1917 notebooks the next time I’m going to buy a A4 notebook. Everything about them is great, but there is at the same time nothing that excites be about them. It isn’t like my Midori Travelers Notebook or my Hobonichi Planner. ```

```text I would without doubt go for a Leuchtturm1917 notebook, if you are looking for something similar to the larger than pocket size Moleskine products. ```

Introducing Pen Addict Memberships — Pen Addict

06.01.2016 01:00

```text Brad Dowdy: ```


My decision to do this did not come lightly. I quit my day job – a job I have held for the majority of the past 15 years – because I believe in this site, I believe in the readers, and I want to continue spreading the stationery word. It would be an honor if you would consider supporting me and The Pen Addict as I take this on full time. Along with Nock Co., I am all in on analog and am comitting myself to this world and to you.


```text Finally! I’m going to sign up as soon as I can. A great way to support a fantastic site. ```

Lamy Imporium in Black and Gold

06.01.2016 01:00

```text Susan M. Pigott: ```


When I first saw shots of the Lamy Imporium, I was mesmerized. I loved the guilloche patterns, the clean lines of the cap, and the nib–oh, that nib! The black exterior with the gold center was just too cool. Then I saw the price. $520 for a Lamy? No way. Plus, initially I was told the pen wouldn’t be sold in the US (that turned out to be incorrect). I quietly resigned myself to no Lamy Imporium.


```text I’m usually not into anything gold, if you get what I mean, but the Imporium looks very good. I think Lamy pens are the best, and I really love how their nibs feel and how they look; especially the high end models. ```

```text But I don’t get why they can’t make a cheap pen like the Safari without that ridiculous moulded grip section. ```

My review of the Hobonichi Planner.

06.01.2016 01:00

```text I started using my new 2016 Hobonichi Planner almost a week ago, this review have been on the list for a while now. One month, at least. ```

```text The story of how I ended up with the Hobonichi Planner starts in the middle of January, when I realized that my digital calendar system didn’t work at all. So, I conducted a small experiment for the remaining two and half weeks of January where I used a Field Notes to emulate a planner. The experiment worked pretty well. So I spent the next week looking into various alternatives. ```

```text I had three requirements: ```

  • It had to work with fountain pens
  • It had to have a variety of layouts for different kinds of planning.
  • It had to be compact.
  • ```

    ```text I looked at everything from Moleskine to Filofax to Hobonichi. The reason I went with the Hobonichi was mostly because I had it on good authority that it was fountain pen friendly and that it looked like a product designed by someone who uses a planner, and not just threw something together the last minute. ```

    ```text My opinion after using it for ten months is that this is the best planner out there for most people. It has what more or less everyone needs, and it does what it does very well. ```

    ```text The paper handles fountain pen ink very well, I have never seen any bleed through since I started using it. But the dry time is brutally slow. It isn’t a big problem for me, even though I write with my left hand. But paper that dried faster would be very welcome. ```

    ```text Let’s move on to the various pages you get in the book. ```

  • Yearly Calendar
  • Yearly Index
  • Monthly Calendar
  • Coming Up!
  • Daily Pages
  • Memo pages.
  • ```

    ```text This means that you have places for more or less everything you need. I’m not going to get into how I use it, here, that will be a part of my larger Getting Things Done post, that I’m going to write soon. But you have a place for the large overview: Yearly Index. You have a place for the details: Daily Pages. And you have a place for your monthly goals: Coming Up. ```

    ```text The format of the Hobonichi Planner is very compact, while you at the same time have a lot of room. And it isn’t often I wish there was more room. But there is a larger version, it is, unfortunately only available in Japanese. I have three wishes for the 2017 version: ```

  • Shorter drying time.
  • Having all the versions available in English.
  • Different start dates, like the Japanese version have.
  • ```


    06.01.2016 01:00

    ```text Alt. Haven:: ```


    The TWSBI Eco, Eco short for Economical, is a value for money piston filler fountain pen. If you are looking to dip your toes into the world of piston filling fountain pens, the TWSBI Eco is a great place to start. I wouldn’t recommend the TWSBI Eco to be a starter fountain pen. It might be a little overwhelming for a beginner to learn how to service a piston filler if they came from the world of disposable ballpoint pens.


    ```text The TWSBI Eco is very interesting product. I’m not sure if it is a hit or a miss. I wouldn’t recommend it as a beginners pen. I think the Pilot Metropolitan is a very good beginners pen because it is cheap and you just pop in cartridges and write. ```

    ```text You have a good pen you paid around $15 for, and you like fountain pens, and want to test out some more inks. You could either buy a converter for less than $2 or find another pen. You could either buy a pen in the same price range, or save a little bit more and get a much better pen for $60 dollars instead of the $29 the Eco costs. ```

    ```text The reason I’m not sure if it is a hit or a miss is that I don’t think a piston filler is for the beginner market. So the only places I can imagine that this pen has a market is for people on a tight budget, or if you want to just have some good and cheap pens. For example laying around at work where it wouldn’t be too bad if a few of them disappeared. ```

    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. ```