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Dec. 16th, 2005

I have two more uber-tools to list:

Q-tips:  they are cheap (box of 300 costs 3 or 4 bucks), easy to find, are useful to clean your ears and actually teeth in a pinch.  Also they can be tattered on the ends to let them fit into almost any small shallow crevice and therefore make excellent computer cleaning tools and tool-cleaning tools.  I keep a small pack of them in my work drawer, at home, in my car, and in my shower bag.

20 oz. Coke bottles:  They hold the perfect volume for me, and they are very tightly resealable, which preserves the coke and keeps anything else you store in there safe if you reuse the bottle.  Coke is a good drain-cleaner and sink-cleaner, and I have found it's a pretty good wound-cleaner too.  Plus, 20 oz of coke will turn one of those small bottles of Jack Daniels into a Friday-night awesome kit.  Plus, if you poke a small hole in the cap, the polyethylene terepthalate is weak enough to let you make a pretty decent squeeze-bottle out of it.  Finally, if you fill the bottle about 1/3 from the bottom with liquid, it makes an awesome and fairly accurate projectile which you can kind of flip-throw by holding it by the flare near the cap as you wind up the throw.

I am in the process of making a change possibly from my folded-up notebook paper to a moleskine, over the next however long it takes to fill it up or to destroy it.  The paper is by far smaller, and a little bit more comfortable (but I don't notice the moleskine in my back pocket so much now), but the MS has more room to write in and seems to be more impervious to lint and destructive abrasion by denim.  The biggest impediment I have to using it is some strange aversion to writing in a non-spiral notebook that I've always had, rooted in some perverse aversion to 'sullying' the thing with non-coherent scribbling and notes, instead of some masterpiece novella or laureate-grade poetry.  Why this is only applicable in non-spiral notebooks I have no idea.  I use these types of notebooks as lab notebooks all the time with no problem.  Anyway, the honeymoon continues.



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Dec. 17th, 2005 06:40 pm (UTC)
what is moleskine? I honestly dont know.
Dec. 18th, 2005 03:07 am (UTC)
Well, anonymous, I'll tell you: it's a brand of notebook that has a small but somewhat loyal following, based on it being A)the notebook of choice for some famous writers in the past, B)somehow associated with the GTD (getting things done)/43 Folders/LifeHackers movement, and C)being relatively expensive, romantic, and kitsch. Actually it's not that brand of notebook, as the original brand folded sometime ago, but another company makes them now based on the description of the originals which Bruce Chatwin (a guy known for his big adventures and his small T-cell counts) had written. I didn't know any of this when I bought the damn thing, but I found all this online the next day after visiting several sites devoted to the Moleskine fandom (everything has a fandom, bien sur). There are something like 10-20 different kinds of them, but all are black 'oilskin'-wrapped with thin pages and are kept closed with an elastic strap. Mine is small enough to fit in my back pocket and thin enough to yield to the force that my ass exerts thereon.

As of yet I recommend them, but I still also recommend the 3-times-halfly-folded piece of loose-leaf paper for those of us with less forceful asses and (therefore?) less to write about.
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