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u/RTukka · 2 pointsr/DungeonsAndDragons

Long post incoming; some of this stuff is copied from other posts I've made:

Getting into D&D is going to be a lot simpler and easier to rolling your own RPG system, unless the system you design is ultra simple and rules-light. And unless your friends happen to be game design experts or prodigies, what they come up with probably isn't going to be as fun, balanced or robust as a system designed and iterated upon by professionals and the RPG geek community.

D&D isn't rocket science, but the first few sessions will almost certainly be fraught with confusion, rules referencing, and/or people getting the rules wrong... but all that's OK. The key is to keep a relaxed attitude and for the DM err on the side of what seems most fun and entertaining. After a few sessions, everyone will probably have a decent grasp on the fundamental rules and things will go a bit more smoothly.

If you do decide to play D&D, you have to decide upon an edition to play, as there are several and they aren't compatible with each other. Right now the two most popular and recent editions are 3.5 and 4th edition. A 3rd party spin-off of 3.5 called Pathfinder is also popular. A big advantage to Pathfinder if you're on a tight budget is that pretty much the entire system is available online for free. For your conservative friends, the fact that it's not called D&D may also eliminate some of the social stigma, making it an easier sell.

My preferred edition though, and the one that is most newbie-friendly, is 4th edition. A slightly dated and incomplete overview of 4e's rules is available in this free quickstart guide. This tells you about 90% of what you need to know to sit down at a table and play as a player, and includes some pregenerated characters, but lacks the rules for character creation and progression.

A free 4e adventure, Keep on the Shadowfell can also be downloaded and perused by the DM, but KotS is not the finest example of adventure design, though you can find fan suggestions online to improve and tweak it.

As far as what products you should or need to buy, the Red Box Starter is probably the simplest and most straight-forward route. Avoid paying more than $25 for it new (a lot of 4e products seem to have spotty availability, which means sometimes they are overpriced).

Like the free quickstart guide, however, the Red Box does not you access to the full rules, but rather a simplified and stripped down overview. It almost follows the model of a choose your own adventure book in some respects rather than true D&D, which can make it a good stepping stone, though some players are impatient with it. It does, however, include some items that will remain useful to your game even when you outgrow the rules and content of the box: a double-sided poster map which can be reused, punch-out cardstock tokens to represent player characters and monsters and a set of dice. At $20 shipped, it's a good value if you feel your need a really gentle introduction into D&D.

However, if the members of your group are not averse to doing a couple hours of reading before their first adventure, and would rather skip the frying pan and jump straight into the fire, you can safely skip the Red Box.

What you really need is: a book that descriptions character creation and level 1-30 character options, an encounter design guide for the DM, a monster resource, plus some physical tools/props.

As for as the player resource goes, any one of the following will fulfill the need: the Player's Handbook, Heroes of the Forgotten Lands, Heroes of the Fallen Kingdoms. I would recommend the latter two, as they are 4e "Essentials" products, which are more up to date and feature more newbie-friendly steamlined design. However, all of the books are compatible with each other, and you can use them all.

You also need a book that tells the DM how to design encounters, run skill challenges, and reward teh players. You have basically three options here: the Dungeon Master's Guide, the DM's Book from the DM's Kit or the Rules Compendium.

Each has their pros and cons. The DMG is written with the new DM in mind and gives you all the rules info you need that isn't include in the players' books, but as one of the originally published books in the edition, it's less refined and does not include the latest errata (which you can download online, though it's a bit of a pain to read through all of it). It's probably your least expensive option.

The DM's Kit seems to be out of print (or on a reduced print run) so it's selling at above retail price. IMO it'd be the best option for a new DM, as it contains useful goodies (tokens, maps, and two quality published adventures) like the Red Box, plus a more up to date version of the Dungeon Master's Guide. But if you have to pay $55+, that's kind of difficult to justify.

The Rules Compendium has all of the rules information a DM needs, and it includes most of the latest errata, and it's generally a handy reference that you'll probably want to get eventually anyway. The problem is just that: it's a reference, and is light on insight and advice on how to build entertaining adventures and run a fun game. Like the DM's kit, it may be out of print, but it's still a good value. The Rules Compendium may be the best option if you're willing to read forums and web sites for DMing advice, which can be system neutral.

The DM also needs a monster resource. Hands down, the best option here is the Monster Vault. It's basically a far superior revision of 4e's Monster Manual, and contains an adventure, a ton of tokens and a battle map to boot. It's a steal at $20.

Another recommended product would be a D&D Insider subscription, which will give you access to the Character Builder, which as the name implies, makes building/progressing characters a cinch, and the Compendium, which gives you access to every bit of crunch in the entire published history of 4e: all the classes, powers, feats, races, monsters, items, themes, etc. as well as a glossary which describes much of the rules. You also get access to Dragon and Dungeon magazine archives, which contains a lot of flavor, design advice, and many pre-made adventures (see this thread for some highlights). It also has a handy monster builder tool. A subscription is $10/month or less if you commit to a longer subscription. Getting one subscription and sharing it among the group can be worthwhile.

Finally, you also need some physical things:

  • A sufficiently large playing surface and seating.
  • Pencils, paper for character sheets.
  • Dice. You could get by with a single set (including 1d20, 1d12, 1d10, 1d8, 1d6, 1d4) but you probably want a full set for every player plus some duplicates. A pound of dice would likely suffice.
  • A blank/customizable gridded map. There are at least three good options for this:
  • A basic Paizo flip mat to be used in conjunction with erasable markers
  • Gridded easel pads which work equally well for preparing detailed, pretty maps before a session, or whipping up something quick and dirty at the table -- a single pad will last you a good long time. This is what I use.
  • Gaming paper which is like a compromise between the previous two options.
  • Miniatures, tokens or other markers to represent monsters. As previously mentioned, several 4e Essentials products include tokens (if you get the Monster Vault, you're set). You can also buy miniatures from gaming stores, on eBay, etc. or you can use just about anything that's roughly a square inch in diameter -- coins, polished stones used in aquarium bedding, dice (though this can get confusing), etc.

    Finally, as for convincing your friends, as you've said, D&D is essentially no different from Skyrim, World of Warcraft, etc. D&D is pretty much the granddaddy of those games. If you can tolerate the "occult" elements in those other games, there shouldn't be anything offensive about D&D. And ultimately, the DM and players have full control over what they want to allow in the game. Have a discussion and decide if there's any subject matter that is the party finds offensive and exclude it from the game (or re-fluff it so it it's not so offensive).
u/chicklet2011 · 19 pointsr/LawSchool

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Warning: if you hand write, you're going to be writing A LOT. I feel like I learn better when I do my class notes by hand, but I do have a hard time keeping up with the pace of the class. Each professor's teaching style has an impact on the way you take your notes. Be prepared to be flexible. (I hate that my note system is not uniform across my classes, but I know it is better that way)


If you like pen-and-paper:

These spiral notebooks have durable brightly colored covers that will survive your backpack, and it is a good idea to keep your notes organized by subject. The paper is thick enough that good highlighter (which I will also link) won't bleed through.

These erasable pens are great. They write very smoothly and erase cleanly--NOT at all like the crappy blue erasable pens of our youth. If you take notes in your textbook, these pens are the way to do it. I love them so much that I was having them shipped from Japan before they even hit the US market.

These standard pens are my go-to for anything that I don't want to be erasable. They write smoothly, and dry quickly enough that they don't smudge or transfer (I'm not sure for left-handed people though).

This mechanical pencil is what I use when I can't use pens. I like that it uses .5mm lead so that your writing can be small and precise. The barrel is large so it is comfortable to write with for extended periods of time (think blue-book exams).

These highlighters are the best. The colors are intentional mild/pastel so that they do not distract from other information on the page, but are easy to spot when you're looking for your highlights. They don't bleed through paper unless it is toilet-paper thin. When they do bleed through very very thin paper, the mild colors make it so that it is not a distraction.


If you like pen-and-paper, but are afraid of your notes being lost or stolen:

Rocketbook Everlast Notebook coordinates with an app that lets you create a digital copy of your notes. Scan a picture of the page, and the QR code on each page tells the app where to send a SEARCHABLE .pdf copy of your handwritten notes. It works with Google Drive, Evernote, Dropbox, OneNote, OneDrive, Trello, Slack, box, Google Photos, and email. Best of all, the notebook is completely reusable! (As long as you use writing tools from Pilot's Frixion line) Once you've filled the book, you wipe down the plastic pages with a hot damp towel and you can use the book again. I've filled and reused my Rocketbook 4 time so far, and the pages are still in great condition. I send my notes to Google Drive and OneNote, and I've never had any problems.

These highlighters can be used inside the Rocketbook, or on regular paper.


If you're thinking about going digital:

Your school might provide access to note taking programs. My school provides the full Office 365 Online suite, so I used OneNote. I was a pen-and-paper person in undergrad, and it pains me to switch to digital, but I just need that copy/paste functionality.


Textbook Supplies:

These sticky flags just came in the mail the other day, and I am loving them for use in my textbooks. I HATE writing in my textbooks, so instead I use these sticky flags to point at lines my professors emphasize in class.

These lined sticky notes are what I used when I just can't avoid adding notes to my casebooks. I avoid the "super-sticky" post-its because casebook pages are thin, and the super-sticky adhesive tears the pages when you reposition notes.

This book stand lives in my backpack now. When I started 1L year my back and neck hurt all the time from hunching over my casebooks for hours every day. This book stand makes it so the book comes to my face, instead of my face to the book. My posture is much better.

Reading glasses are something worth looking into and talking to your eye doctor about. After just one semester of staring at books and screens all day, I went from needing a mild prescription to see long-distance to needing full-on bifocals. I linked some glasses that will magnify your textbooks up close and and also filter out the blue light from screens. Talk to your doctor.

If you are assigned soft-cover reference materials, like The Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, or Rule of Contract Law, you can take those books to FedEx or UPS, and they can spiral-bind them for you so that they lay flat and are easier to flip through. This can save you so much time on an exam.


Most importantly, have a planner.

You can get one from the store, you can print pages on line, you can leave yourself sticky-notes, or you can write your to-do list on your hands, whatever. No matter how you record it, it is crucial to have plan and stick to it. You're about to be hit with an overwhelming amount of conflicting obligations and opportunities, and there will always be something you ought to be working on. Plan and schedule your study time. Take time away to take care of yourself, and make a note to keep up with friends and/or family. You're never going to have "free time" in law school, but you can definitely have some flex time if you make a conscious effort to make room in your schedule.


Last: you don't need any of this stuff to be successful. Don't worry about what other people are doing, or even what the school tells you to do. If you feel like you do your personal best with a #2 pencil and loose leaf paper, then do that. Paying attention and managing your time wisely are far more important than having the perfect highlighters and the most organized planner.

u/Marvelous4 · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon
  1. Blue Power Ranger Figure Billy the OG blue ranger. He is part of the rainbow of power rangers throughout the years--the 1st and best.

  2. Summer Children's Book Learning starts as young as babies. We all had to learn about the seasons and this book teaches babies/kids the season of summer.

  3. Durian Fruit Mask Not actually food but...a mask dedicated to the stinkiest fruit in the world. Why? I don't know. :)

  4. Genji Action Figure I want to gift this to my brother because he really likes Genji of Overwatch but this one is a little more than my wallet can take.

  5. All my Friends are Dead book If you enjoy dark humor this funny, laugh-out-loud, bust-a-gut little book is for you.

  6. YUGIOH Card $0.64 and a yugioh card, WHAT A DEAL! Even the king of the games would cower in fear with this card in your hand.

  7. Dog Sunglasses If you're rocking the shades, it's only fair that your furry friend is rocking them too.

  8. DBZ Vegeta Sunglasses I could wear regular sunglasses, but wearing Vegeta Sunglasses would be twice as better. Imagine wearing these at your grandma's birthday party--everyone frozen at your mighty power level.

  9. Speed The epitome action thriller movies that will keep the audience on the edge of their seats--one of the best in my opinion.

  10. Clean Water Straw If the zombies breech the ecosystem a drinkable water filter tool will help you survive the harsh climates, if needing a drink.

  11. Posture Corrector I have a really bad back and posture for someone so young, this would really help with my health and posture in everyday life.

  12. Lysol Disinfectant I always try to keep my house and workplace clean, so it's alwways important to have a clean environment.

  13. BBC Sherlock Shirt I enjoy the show and Benedict's Sherlock, every fan should have this shirt in the wardrobe.

  14. Lladro Nigara Chandelier Over $110,000 for a fancy chandelier. I thinkn I'll stick with my rusty light fixture.

  15. Cat riding a unicorn riding a shark shirt You get the best of both worlds plus a cat! Whats not to love?

  16. Orange scented stickers Love me some oranges. The scent of oranges are amazing and taste good as well--quite the deal.

  17. Football I played football a lot as a kid. You can't beat the classics.

  18. Aqua Notes You ever get great ideas in the shower but have no place to place them? Well this is for you writer friend. It helps future writers for those notes in their works.

  19. Kars Statue Basically as the fandom calls them AZTEC GODS OF FITNESS that's all you need to know about this anime and manga P.S. Jojo's Bizarre Adventure.

  20. Asia Old Man Wall decal A great masterpiece for an icebreaker when the neighbors visit. It gave me a good laugh.

    Whew, that was quite the task. Thanks for the contest!!!
u/bentonite · 3 pointsr/BuyItForLife

Ok, so there are a ton of things you can get but it honestly depends on how much you're looking to spend and what your friend already has in regards to fountain pens. It also helps to know what things they'll be writing - someone who wants to write a handwritten letter to a pen pal will be looking for something different than a chainsmoking author who just needs to finish editing their latest draft before the deadline; who will be looking for something different than a professor who wants to write a syllabus and print out some tests.

  • ~$25 Alphasmart Neo / Alphasmart Neo 2. This is what you get for a serious writer - someone working on finishing their manifesto in the woods kind of writer. This is the ultimate no-nonsense writing tool. This thing will probably be around longer than any of us. It's not made any more, but it's a tank. It takes 3 (either AA or AAA, I can't remember) batteries and then lives for a year of constant use. It has no distractions. You just type on a keyboard that's better than any laptop I've used and only slightly worse that the average mechanical keyboard that I've used. You can do basic editing, but it's meant for word-vomit. When you're done, you hook it up to a computer and either transfer the files directly, or you can just hit a key and have the thing type all the words you've typed into an open word document.

  • ~$50 Fountain pen tuning and cleaning set get this for someone who has a lot of fountain pens, or has a few that they're disatisfied with. This is one of the better "gift" gifts... because it sucks to spend this much on supplies (as you can get something fun like a pen or ink with the money) but it will make your whole collection better. As a gift giver, you won't ever get the "wrong" pen - something they don't like but feel obligated to use since it was a gift.

  • ~$10-50 Starter durable fountain pens: Pilot Metropolitan, Lamy Al Star, Jinhao x750 with a Goulet Nib, Wing Sung 601. This is what you get for a friend that doesn't have a fountain pen and really hasn't heard much about them. If they're a good friend you can pick up some paper and/or a bottle of ink (see below). These aren't super durable, but they'll last several lifetimes if well taken care of. Most of these come with ink cartridges, although the Wing Sung and the Jinhao don't. Also the Wing Sung and the Jinhao will take a bit of time to ship, if ordered from Ebay.

  • ~$10-20 Fountain pen ink. Get this for someone who has 1 or more fountain pens (or if you also purchased a fountain pen). Noodler's Black is waterproof and tamper-resistant. You sign checks with it. You write in the rain with it. It's about as "BIFL" of an ink you can get. It comes in a utilitarian bottle that's filled to the brim with the stuff. Waterman Blue is a highly consistant ink. Fountain pen users and experts alike use it for diagnosing problems with their pens. It's a well-behaved ink and it won't ever cause you trouble. It's also not in the least bit waterproof. (There are also hundreds more inks, but Noodler's black and Waterman Blue are two that everyone should have in their collection).

  • ~$10 Rhodia dot pad notebook or Tomoe River looseleaf paper - these are the quintessential fountain pen friendly papers. They're high quality. Get the dot pad for someone who's going to be doing a lot of writing for themselves - notes in meetings, grocery lists, etc. Get the Tomoe River if they're really into fountain pens or if they want something for correspondence.

  • ~$13 HP 32 Lb Premium Laser Paper is cheaper per-page than the rhodia or the tomoe river paper. It's good for printers. It's thick. It's fountain pen friendly. It's what you print out your syllabus on. It's what you print out a resume on (unless you want to try to impress the company with resume specific paper). It's durable. It's a whole hell of a lot better than copy paper.

  • ~50-100 Staples Arc Notebook System. This is what you get for someone who thinks they know what awesome notebooks are, and who needs a way to organize their writing. It's an awesome notebook system - it combines the convenience and wrap-around nature of a spiral bound notebook with the addition-capability of a 3 ring binder, with the luxury of a leather-bound journal. The hole punch is $50 by itself, but it's super high quality and then you can put whatever paper you have (tomoe river, rhodia, etc.) into the Arc Notebook. A faux-leather bound notebook is ~$20 but they're super durable (survived all of college without any visible wear), professional looking, and customizable. They lay flat on the table, they wrap-around, they're just awesome for writing.

  • ~$100-200 Karas Kustoms Ink The ULTIMATE BIFL fountain pen. This thing will outlive the species. Get this for someone who breaks everything but wants truly bifl stuff. Everything is modular and swappable (the nib, if damaged, is only $15 to replace and you can buy extras to swap them out). You can get it in aluminum with colors, aluminum without color, or brass. People throw these across parking lots and club baby seals with them. They're machined out of a solid bar of metal. I destroyed 3 supposedly "bifl" fountain pens that I was trying to EDC before I found this one - trust me it goes through the ringer but nothing phases it at all. You can bend the clip 90 degrees, just take an allen wrench, unscrew the bolts that hold the clip in place, bend it back, screw it back in, and now it works fine.

  • ~$100-200 Lamy 2000 or Pilot Vanishing Point. The Lamy 2000 is one of the best writing fountain pens I own. The Pilot Vanishing Point is one of the most convenient fountain pens ever (it's clicky) - it also writes well. Both are pretty durable, but I've broken a vanishing point (the clip can be kind of flimsy) and I don't expect I'll break my Lamy 2000.

  • ~$80 Unicomp or Model M Keyboard this thing is almost as tanky as the Karas Kustoms Ink. It's the ultimate writer's keyboard. Just don't let them use it around irritable coworkers as it is pretty loud. It's a pleasure to write on.
u/EarthAllAlong · 1 pointr/dndnext

I use this stuff:

and draw my own maps with sharpies. They come out looking like this:

Note that many locations in CoS are too big to fit on one of those sheets, which are 27x32. The amber temple I drew there is scaled to 10' per inch. It's not suitable for grid combat, but I still wanted to draw the map (and I plan on using a plastic battle mat and drawing the rooms real quick when combat occurs).

I just like to have maps for the players to move around on during a dungeon crawl because it helps them visualize the space.

So that paper works really well for the locations that are normal buildings, like the wizard of wines, the coffinmaker's shop, the basement of the church in barovia, even Argynvostholt is small enough that you can fit it to 5' scale on one sheet (you have to kind of leave the ruined side of Argynvostholt off the map, but no big deal). And if you need more room you can tape two of the sheets together.

As for Castle Ravenloft, I'm still not sure what I'm going to do. I could tape two sheets together but then my table isn't big enough to make that useable. The map of the castle that comes is an isometric 3d view which is really beautiful but even if you had it printed out, you couldn't really play on it...

On the other hand, Strahd will be hunting them through the castle since his main difficulty comes from the fact that he can just a lair action to just phase through walls--meaning he's going to be moving through the rooms pretty freely, so I think it's important to have them all modeled. I'm still not sure what I'll do. I want to draw the maps but it's just so huge. I might do the same thing I did with amber temple, and draw it in 10' scale, but then I'm stuck having to re-draw any room where combat takes place, and it makes combat between rooms cumbersome. IDK.

Things you can roll ahead of time to save time:

  • The content of the wagons at Tser Pool.

  • Initiative for all the monsters you KNOW will make appearances

  • Madnesses and traits for the mongrelfolk in the abbey

  • random encounters in castle ravenloft (lots of unoccupied rooms here)

  • the results of pulling the rope in K30


    Some other random cool stuff I'd like to suggest you think about...

    Think about who should get the Blood Spear at Yester Hill. When they get there, the spirit of Kavan, a barbarian warlord, calls out to the most appropriate PC and invites them to take up the spear and rule the tribes. The spear's temp HP gain on kill works for anyone but the chosen PC gets to use it as a +2 spear. If you have an obviously perfect PC for this, like a barbarian, or a ranger or something, then that's great. My suggestion is that you give them weird prophetic dreams of this Kavan, as he gazes out over yester hill sometime long before strahd ever moved into the valley. I like the idea that he keeps a wary eye toward mount ghakis in these dreams, as a kind of very subtle warning against the amber temple. Basically show him, show the spear, maybe even show him doing battle with a giant goat, or a roc. Nice foreshadowing for when the party crosses tsolenka pass and fights these themselves. The chosen party member will probably have the spear by then and will sort of feel like they're really chosen by Kavan. Cool.

    Be aware of how dang easy it is to get on the bad side of the burgomaster of vallaki. As written he is very thin skinned. If you kick the party out of vallaki too early you're gonna cut off a bunch of quest threads. So be careful! If you have Izek play the way he's written, and immediately try to abduct Ireena, that is almost certainly going to lead to a fight and lead to the characters being kicked out of Vallaki. So definitely think about what you want to happen here. I kept Izek's creepy obsession and the dolls and all that, but I did not have him try to abduct her immediately. I may not have him do that at all because it's uncomfortably rapey. It just says he takes her to his bedroom...yeah idk, I didn't want to mess with that, you know?

    Also, don't feel like you have to spring the Bluto-Arrabelle event the very first time the party might go by the lake. Sometimes they will be too busy to want to deal with anything and if you pull the trigger there's no going back and arrabelle will be dead. The party will be in and out of Vallaki a lot so it's fine for this to be something that comes up the second time they arrive--especially if they are, say, coming back from the west, that way the vistani can stop them on their way in and ask if anyone's seen a little girl around. Then once in town, people are talking about Bluto acting strange/not showing up at the bar today. Etc.

    The 3 night hags at the windmill are beyond deadly for a level 4 party if you play them no-mercy. Just be aware of that fact. Lots of things in CoS are that way. The 6 vampire spawn in the coffinmaker's shop also qualify. Just be aware of this and make sure your players know that they can't necessarily kill everything they come across. Hags will be glad to make deals with the party rather than slaughter them, and the vampire spawn situation can be approached in such a way that it's manageable.

    Curate your tarokka deck readings. There is a greater than normal chance that items wind up somewhere in the castle. You should make the decision on whether this is something you want. The sword and symbol make things a lot easier on the party. You don't want them showing up too early, like at Tser Pool or somewhere easy like that, but you don't want them showing up right before the end of the game, either, probably. If you think your party would enjoy the card drawing aspect, you have a few options. Let them draw cards, but then whatever card they draw, just give them the reading you want out of it. Or you could simply build in redundancies, so that x card and y card both lead back to x card's location, in order to prevent y location from happening, but preserve some randomness. Of course then you run the risk of drawing X card and Y card back to back... in which case you can designate a spot for that, and default to it if that happens. It's messy, but it's better than all 3 treasures winding up in the basement of the castle or something impossible like that.

u/lynkfox · 13 pointsr/ADHD

I was 36 before i was diagnosed. Here are a few things that worked for me - they may or may not work for you.

When I was 25 I had over 15k in credit card debt, 60k in student loans, had flunked out of college and my credit score was 455.

I now have now have less than 1k in credit card debt (school costs, going back to school) an Associates degree in cooking, and a credit score of over 790.

To be fair, I had a lot of great help from my family. But even with great help, you can't get that far without changing things about yourself.

SO Some of the things:

First: remember: every task is made up of a ton of little steps. Stop thinking it has to be done all at once, and instead think of the next step. To quote the Stormlight Archive: 'The Most important step a man can take is the next one' - So i will write this advice in small, easy to digest steps.

1) I closed all my credit cards. You can close them without paying them off.

Even now I only have 2 credit cards, one is joint with my mother, the other joint with my wife. I am not responsible enough without oversight. You want to close them so you -cant- use them. Draconian steps are sometimes needed. And no 'For Emergency' cards unless you keep that card with your parents or a very trusted close friend. Otherwise everything is an emergency.

2) I signed up for debt management If you can, try and do it through your bank, its more reputable, but if they dont offer it you'll need to do a bit of research to find the best one (remember. Small steps)

3) Mint.Com I used Mint to set up a budget for myself. Its a lot like the person explained at Simple, except 3rd party and can be set up with pretty much any bank. It allows you to set categories and see exactly how much you've spent.

4) Start a Bullet Journal Don't go into this thinking its something complicated. (i would completely ignore all the bullet journal videos and subs other than the one that started it ) This is literally all you need: a small pocket sized notebook, and a pen.

Take that notebook with you everywhere. Put it with your watch and your phone and your wallet and take it everywhere.

You can look up the official way to do it if you want, but all you need in it is a way to keep yourself on track. I recommend a habit tracker: make a little grid. One one axis put the day of the week, on the other put what you want to do: Brush teeth. Check Mint. Deodorant. Take Meds. - each day you do the thing, fill in that box. You'll see a nice visual representation of your habits and it will help to form them. Keep them simple. Don't fret if you miss a day, but use it as a reason not to miss the next day. Make it things you want to do for the rest of your life - not short term goals (like Learn C#)

If you want to add a daily to do list in there, then go ahead - just remember to keep the ToDo's simple, easy, and less than 5 a day for now. Time Management is one of our problems - don't overwhelm yourself by adding more than you can do and then feeling bad because you didn't do them./

5) Start a Routine - Every night before I go to bed I put my wallet, Bullet Journal, Watch, Keys, and Fidget cube in the same spot on my desk. I put my phone by my bed, charging, and my glasses next to that. Every morning i wake up, put them all in my pockets, and they stay there all day. Even my car keys. This is part of my routine.

It did not start this big. it started with remembering to put my keys on the hook. Every day. Keys on the hook. Find them somewhere else? Keys go on the hook. After I got that down, I moved on to add another task for a month or two. Then another. Small steps, remember?

Its taken me 10 years to build the routine I have, and I'm still building it. The last 2 months have been getting brushing teeth into it. I've gotten pretty good at it, but its still in my habit tracker. Again, small things. Small steps. In a month or two I'm going to try adding 'washing face daily' since I have light minor acne, but know I can't add it yet or I'll get overwhelmed.

6) If you want to learn a skill, see if you can sign up for a class The structure and routine of class can help a lot. It is a lot different to try and learn C# in a classroom, where you have homework and due dates that keep rolling, then trying to self motivate yourself to learn it. Sure I could, if the Hyperfocus hits. But it wont, and its not reliable when it does, and it wont last long enough to -really- learn everything.

7) Meds You said your meds don't work quite right and leave you unmotivated - have you tried others? I don't know what the procedure is in Canada, but mind/mood drugs affect everyone differently, and sometimes you need to find the right one, right does.

Through it all, Remember: Small Steps

The tasks seem so big and giant and thats why we never do them. I have felt that way about my book I want to write (like you do about your Port) and its taken 3 years, but I'm through 2/3rd of it.

The tasks don't have to be done tomorrow. yes, we want it done tomorrow, but teaching yourself - slowly, but resolutely - that you will still have time even if it takes you years to do it - is an important skill.

As is breaking things up into much smaller tasks

Here, as a parting gift, some thoughts about learning C# (or C+ if you wish)

  1. Download an editor (if you go with C#, Microsoft Visual Studio is -amazing- and really one of the best platforms for coding C#)

    a) Learn how to write Hello World to print to a screen. Done that? Now walk away. Put it away. You have to learn how to do things without the help of Hyperfocus and that sometimes means walking away even if you don't want to.

    b) The next day, learn how to ask for a number, and print it back. Done? Now walk away again.

    c) the third day, learn how to take that number, put it through a calculation (Number+5-3*6/4 or something) and print that new number out. Now walk away.

    d) Fourth day: Learn how to use an If/Else statement - If the number entered is >5, print True, else print false. Now walk away

    e) Fifth day: learn how to use a loop: Take a number, and add 2 to it X times (where X is the second number taken).

    Congratulations. Those 5 things (Write lines, take in new lines, and perform calculations. if/else statements, Loops) are 95% of coding. EVERYTHING done in coding is made up of those. (sure there are more advanced concepts like Classes and Methods and Exceptions and Recursion ... but they are all made up of those 5 things)

    Finally, You CAN turn this around and do better It is not easy. But it is possible. What works for you may not be the exact as above, but it is possible to find it. No body told me what to do, these are all things I came up with for myself, over time, over experimentation. it wasn't even conscious thought of 'lets try this now' it was just ... hey this seems to work, i'll keep it. Meds can help. I certainly don't say no to meds to help. But meds are just a tool, and you need to do stuff with those meds too.

    And remember: There is a lot of world ahead of you. There is a lot of time to get things done. If it takes you a few years longer than everyone else, thats ok. Its your journey. The next step. Just take one small, tiny individual step. Then the next one.
u/GnashRoxtar · 8 pointsr/EDC

So in my mind, the basics of an EDC are a knife, a flashlight, a pen, and a notebook. Depending on your preference/level of preparedness, though, multitools are great, a gun is convenient if you're in a dangerous place with any regularity, and a first-aid kit can literally be a lifesaver.

So for the basics I'd recommend:
Knife: a Kershaw Leek or Scrambler. The Leek is smaller, more discreet, very light, and razor sharp. The Scrambler is considerably more robust, has a longer blade (3.5" vs. 3"), but weighs more as well. Both can be found in Kershaw's "Blackwash" finish, which I like both for the feel and for the added rust and scratch resistance. Both are also spring-assisted, which is legal in a lot of places, but check your local laws before carrying either in public. If you can't carry them, take a look at the Cold Steel Voyager. It comes in several lengths, is legal in California, and is very durable, if not super comfortable.

Flashlights: Oh my god, the flashlights. LEDs have become so cheap and so bright over the last few years that it's actually pretty hard to go wrong. Nitecore is currently my favorite brand, but Fenix has some options as well. I would urge you not to buy a surefire; they are undeniably great lights, but unless you expect to encounter truly extraordinary circumstances on a regular basis (any chance your light could fall under a tank or a bulldozer? maybe surefire is for you), they tend to be somewhat more pricey per lumen than a number of other companies. For EDC, the Fenix PD35 2014 edition is almost unmatched. Almost a thousand lumens, takes rechargeable batteries, and small enough to drop into the front pocket of your jeans, if you don't want to use the included clip or holster. If you'd like something more keychain sized, the Nitecore SENS series comes in several sizes and battery types, and automatically adjusts the brightness of the beam based on the light's orientation. Aim it at your feet and you get a soft glow; aim it off into the woods and it grows steadily brighter.

Let's be honest, a pen is going to get lost. The best pen is one you like enough to keep track of, but one you won't miss too terribly should some co-worker walk off with it. I like the Zebra F-301. Writes smooth, classic stainless steel good looks, and comes in RGB & Black. Notebooks depend entirely on personal preference too, but the smallest Moleskine is easily pocketable and has 32 lined pages.

In my mind, there is only one name in multitools. Leatherman has a kick-ass reputation, a 25-year warranty, and a plethora of tools to suit any need. For the casual EDC, I'd go with what I believe is the second-lightest full size tool, the Skeletool. 7 functions include a knife that opens while the rest of the tool is closed, the ubiquitous pliers/wirecutters, two double-sided bits and a driver; and it looks so. freakin. cool.

I dunno much about guns except that of all the things I've listed, a pistol should be the one you consider most carefully, especially whether you need it or not. It's a big investment and a bit of a lifestyle adjustment if you decide to go CCW. I've always heard 9mm and up, so use that as a jumping-off point.

First aid kits are useless unless they're both small enough to be carried anywhere and large enough to contain anything you might need. Making your own is a good idea because you have the best knowledge of your environment, but I found a couple on Amazon which seem to have most of the basics without too much fluff or bulk. The first could be stuffed in a jacket pocket, whereas the second would be useful in a car.

I hope I helped. Good luck!

[Kershaw Scrambler] (

[Kershaw Leek] (

[Cold Steel Voyager, 3 inch] (

[Fenix PD35 2014] (

[Nitecore SENS AA version]

Zebra F-301

[Moleskine "Cahier" Notebook, pack of 3] (

[Leatherman Skeletool] (

[Small bag or pocket first aid kit] (

Larger car first aid kit

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u/theillumedpanda · 1 pointr/fountainpens

> I just realized you might not be in the US! Silly American assuming everyone else is from here... There are other retailers with equal prices and you won't have to pay for the silly overseas/border shipping. I actually don't know any of them because well, I'm in the US :P, but if you make another post with your country and ask I'm sure you'll get an answer pretty quickly. Here's some from the wiki though

I haven't found an online retailer from Switzerland, or at least not a company with a bigger variety of different companies. We do have some stores, but they usually sell a few Caran d'Ache pens and the more expensive pens I'd say.

> No experience with the 3776 personally, but I see the name pop up a lot and haven't heard anything bad yet so that's a good sign! Personally I would see if you can find a Lamy 2000 (F) or (EF) on either /r/pen_swap, Amazon, or some local website for around 100. Retailers will be 160 USD, but you can find them brand new for 100 on Amazon for some reason. Or used for 80-100. I say (F) or (EF) because the Lamy2k always seems to run a bit wider than normal and it's a wet pen. If I could only have X amount of pens though, Lamy2K would always be in that list.

Lamy 2k for $100 on Amazon? That seems like an incredible deal to me. I haven't found anything though. Would you mind sending me a link?

> It's around 30usd, but a TWSBI Eco is nice for school. It has a massive capacity. Swirling around the ink when you're bored is nice too :P

Cool, I like the look a lot. I'll add it to my list and see which one I'd like to try. I can only assume that my next Gouletpens order is going to cost a lot. Do you know if there's any coupon or some sort of first purchase discount? :D

> For 60ish USD there's the TWSBI Diamond 580. Basically just a more expensive Eco from my understanding. I'll probably get crucified by someone for that comment, but oh well.

Haha, alright. Added to the list as well.

> For 40 there is the Faber Castel Loom, I've never used this guy, but I keep hearing great things.

Faber Castell seems to be much more readily available in Switzerand. Are the Faber Castell pens okay? I could also try these out.

> Hmm I'm not sure tbh. All my classes atm are online until August so I'm not really racing to take notes like I would be in a classroom. None of my inks seem to take long to dry though. A major part of this is how thick does the pen write, and how wet. Like my Lamy2K is actually a (B) so If I wrote with that on my Rhodia pad and flipped pages immediatly after writing it would 100% smear. That's the pens and papers fault though. The reason we want to use 'good' paper is so that the ink will pool ontop of the paper and dry instead of soaking in instantly and going through to the next page (bleedthrough) or spreading on the same page and feathering.

I think I just have to experience it myself to see what goes well for me and what not. Thanks for the input.

> For school I've been told to get Red n Black notebooks because they are cleaper and since they are a slightly 'worse' paper ink will absorb faster. I think this is it

I don't think it makes sense to import a cheap product to Switzerland, because shipping would probably cost more than the product itself. Maybe I can also find good paper in our local stores.

> I did quick search for fast drying inks and here's some that popped up. Most of these are 'bulletproof' meaning they are waterproof or really resistent. Good if you think there's a chance you'll spill a drink on your notes :P I still use fun colors because these are all pretty much black, but bulletproof is hard to argue with.

Not too sure if I like that or not. Honestly, the variety of different colours is what makes it a lot more interesting. Maybe I can try it out one day and see if I like it or not. Thanks for the suggestion!

> Last thing to note, about the Lamy2K (or any pen), If you decide to get one later you can get one with two nib sizes on the same pen!!! For example I have a (B) and you get get a nibmeister to reverse grind it so that it writes (B) one way, and (F) the other or whatever 2 grinds you want. You just have to buy the bigger size so they have something to work with.

Oh that's cool! Alternatively, I can also buy different nib sizes, right? But that sounds like a good option to go with.

u/TacticalBastard · 5 pointsr/EDC

I'm 18, I'm a student and a IT guy (pretty good one too). I like fixing stuff

What I put in my pockets

Verizon LG G3 An oldie but goodie, been weilding this phone for a little over 2 years. Currently is running Cyanogenmod 13. Also has a 3rd party Anker battery inside which are a bit nicer than the one the phone comes with

Buxton Tri-Fold wallet Very sturdy and nice feeling wallet. My grandparents got it for me half as a joke as my last name is Buxton. Holds a second battery for my phone in addition to all the money I dont have.

Keyring with 144GB of Flash Storage on it. Keys for my house, and assorted flash drives. 2 8GB and 2 64GB. One 64GB is for my portable build of Ubuntu, the other is for Storing files on the go. One 8GB is for Hirens Boot CD, and the last one doesnt work and i'm too much of a lazy ass to take it off. Plus it looks cool.

Feild Notes I think everyone on EDC has one of these. Super handy. Above it is my handy Pilot G2, my personal favorite pen. Ive been using that one for about a year and it shows it with all the chew marks at the top.

Random Skullcandy Headphones.

Things I put in my bag

iFixit Pro Tech Toolkit Probably the best toolkit for computer repair, has literally every single screwdriver tip imaginable, plus some really handy tools for things like phone and tablet repair

2016 Razer Blade A wonderful gaming laptop, that can actually be used in the real world. Is very thin and light considering what's on the inside. Holds a 5ish hour battery life, so I'm not tethered to a wall all the time.

Steam Controller Wonderful for Gaming on the Go. It's a very good controller for PC Gaming, but only for certain people. First person shooters would totally suck on this controller (but then again they suck on every controller), but works very nicely for the games I play.

Logitech MX Master Probably the nicest mouse I have ever used in my life. Fits super well in my rather large hands, and the thumbrest button, speed adaptive scroll wheel, and horizontal scroll in addition to wonderful tracking and bluetooth support make it my favorite mouse of all time.

Cable Matters Thunderbolt Dock Very handy for a laptop that doesnt have Ethernet or VGA output, and an Extra USB port never hurt anyone either.

USB 3 & Micro USB OTG, SD Card and Micro SD card Adapter. Can plug into either standard USB or Micro USB, works as an adapter for a Micro SD or an SD Card. Also useful for a computer that doesnt have an SD card slot.

Microfiber cloth. The Razer Blade is a fingerprint magnet, so this comes in handy quite often.

u/NefariousHippie · 1 pointr/Calligraphy

Well, I am still a newbie, but here's some advice just from what I have tried. Please correct me if I'm wrong! Also, I do broad-nib stuff, so if you're doing pointed things I can only repeat what I've read here.

I'm just assuming that you don't have any local art stores that are more convenient than ordering online, but if you can go somewhere local, I recommend just going there and feeling up some paper. Look for something with at least 100g/m^2 (it should say on the front, around where it says how many sheets and the size of the paper). Things marked for wet media are good, just feel it with your fingers for how smooth it is. I know "sizing" is important, but I have no idea how to actually look for that. Also, for beginning practice rather than finished pieces, just looking for smooth stuff seems to work fine so far for me.

This canson sketchbook is what I've been using predominantly, because I already had it. It is not meant to hold a ton of ink, so it warps when I use watercolors, but for calligraphy it's worked well so far. It's in a spiral binding of course, sorry. I like the portability for practice. :]

If you check my comment history, my 'word of the day' posts for Kafkaesque and Bhakti were on this paper. It holds well and I can see guidelines through the paper if they're in pen, which is nice! It isn't super smooth though, so I don't know how well it would work for pointed nibs. The 5.5x8.5 is kind of small for large nibs (wouldn't recommend larger than 2mm because you wouldn't get many letters in).

I've also used watercolor paper. The brand I have (Artist's Loft 'watercolor pad' 140lb/ 300g/m2) is really nice, but I don't see it on amazon. Other watercolor papers should work fine, as long as they're smooth and whatnot. I hesitate to recommend any in particular just because I don't know how the paper feels.

Watercolor paper is more expensive, however, this pad is 24 sheets, 22x30cm, for I think it was $10-15, as opposed to that sketch pad which is ~$10 for 100 (smaller) pages in the store. All the large pads like this that I have used have paper that comes out of the binding easily (even when you don't want it to, like just flipping it open to the next page, oftentimes), so this might be as closer to loose leaf as you may get.

A lot of people have mentioned using Rhodia paper before for practice, but I've never used it personally.

Even if you can't find anything perfect, I recommend getting something decent but cheap and just getting started. :] 80g isn't too bad of a weight, and a lot of people even practice on lined notebook paper in a pinch. Printer paper does tend to feather for sure though, unless you write really quickly, which doesn't gel with calligraphy you're one of the super crazy good people in this sub who churn out magic in 20 seconds. ;]

Edits: clarification on numbers.

u/SergeantIndie · 10 pointsr/DnD

Make? No.

Paint? Yes. I painted all of those.

The Goblins are actually a pretty good deal. Reaper's Pathfinder Goblin Warriors. Get 4 of them for 3 bucks. If you want a bit more variety you can get the Reaper's Pathfinder Goblin Pyros but I'd feel pressured to do Object Source Lighting and I'd screw it up. Got two batches of the goblins and painted them all assembly line style.

Reaper Bones has a fair amount of similar "package deals" for a few monsters. 3-4 Skeletons, warriors, goblins, etc. Easy way to build a basic collection, even if it wont be 100% accurate at play time.

I'm using 3 Warriors, 3 Skeletons, and 8 Goblins as markers for most things right now since they were so cheap and easy. Players are pretty understanding of me using stand ins so far. They're happy to have painted miniatures even if the couple Bugbears in a fight are represented by Human Warrior minis.

Of course, even cheaper, you can get any number of wooden or plastic counters in any number of colors and shapes. Those work great too, but I enjoy collecting and painting (even on my limited budget) so Reaper Bones have been a godsend.

Oh! That 1 inch grid paper can be picked up as an Easel Pad. It allows you to draw out full maps, or even just important rooms ahead of time. Easy to just lay the prepped sheet out and go rather than drawing a room out before the combat.

There's a saying in the Army: Everything is ounces, ounces are pounds, pounds are miles.

Well, in D&D: Everything is seconds, seconds are minutes, and minutes are player interest and investment. Keep things flowing smoothly and keep people interested!

u/Lokfar · 1 pointr/Advice

Just some general advice, I think finding what you don't like to do is just as important as finding what you do like.

Other than that, I don't have much advice for the other areas, however I can chime in on the art if you're interested in trying that out again. I apologize for the long post and if you're not interested. Just trying to showcase some options and provide a place to start, just in case.

Art school isn't all that necessary. But it can be very helpful because it provides structure and helps network you with other students and the professors who are already in their respective industries. However, it can be a lot of work and often times doesn't leave much time for you to work on what you want, and can wear you out. On the other hand, because you are required to take foundation classes, you'll experience quite a few mediums and find what you like and what you don't like.

So I'm currently going to school for Animation, however I'm currently doing my foundation classes. And I do have a recommendation. Figure drawing is extremely difficult and takes a very long time to master.

It all starts with gesture and here are two videos featuring my anatomy for the artist teacher, Steve Michael Hampton. He uses his first and middle name interchangeably so you can find him under both. Anyway, just to share his experience, he does anatomical corrections (correcting even the slightest problems with muscles, skull structure, etc.) at the big name studios. Marvel, Lukasfilm, Blizzard, etc. He also has a book available on Amazon. And a website (

So one thing you've already realized is that drawing is hard. Especially drawing the figure. And even more so drawing the figure correctly.

However, figure drawing isn't the only way to go. Try watching guys like Jake Parker, Will Terry, Brett Bean, Brandon Green and Will Terrell. They are all fabulous illustrators and character designers. Probably most well known for their children's book illustrations. And the best part about children's book illustrations is that you can let your imagination go wild. It's all about having fun.

You might also just try drawing every day and posting your stuff everywhere. Facebook. Instagram. DeviantArt. Newgrounds. Twitter. Time lapse videos on YouTube. And then tie everything in with a link to a central blog or website. You can get a free blog through Google's BlogSpot. Doing this will build your portfolio, while also amassing a following.

And this is how you land jobs. Someone who knows you knows someone looking for an artist. And they refer you. And next thing you know, you've got a connection, do a few freelance jobs for the company, and then get picked up.

Or you can remain free lance.

Or just make money through social media (most likely YouTube) and selling prints. Check out Baylee Jae, Draw with Jazza, and Sycra on YouTube.

You might also be interested in landscape so that's an area to explore.

Last thing I want to say is that you should try shape sketching. And you mind look into keeping a small sketchbook everywhere you go.

Here's a video showing what shape sketching is.

As for the sketchbook, I actually just bought a passport cover wallet and some 3.5x5.5" Moleskine sketchbooks. I put the Moleskine in the passport slot. It forces me to take my sketchbook whenever I take my wallet.

Passport Wallet.


Adhesive Pen Holder.

Hope this doesn't overwhelm you too much. I think art is a great place for people to go when they don't have anything else in mind. It's fun, and there is no right or wrong. It's what you want it to be. Some people will love your stuff. Others will hate it. Don't worry about style. Style develops when you just draw what you like.

u/Bastedo · 2 pointsr/Gouache

I had this same question a few months back. Ive found that any paper with higer gsm is better and 100% cotton is also a major plus. My current top 3:

  • After suggestions I received from here, I tested out the Stillman & Birn Nova Series which I ended up really liking but I didn't love it. It got the job done, the toned paper was a nice effect, but I felt like it made my gouache works look more like watercolor paintings - Specifically, I think the paper it was too absorbent for gouache (made my washes look thin and translucent even though I use M.Graham and Windsor Newton and Holbein) and it had slight buckling. But id still suggest it because it's very different from other books, it lays flat because the pages are sewn and it is highly durable - I thought id destroy mine but it held up very well. I even used acrylic paint on certain pages and there was no bleeding or weird reactions.
  • I just recently bought the small pocket-sized version of the Moleskine Watercolor sketchbook. I love the style and look of the sketchbook, its very trendy. The size is nice. However, the quality of the paper is okay. Id rates it about 7/10 because of the thickness and texture. It can sometimes feel very thin when I'm working with a lot of layers but I believe it because it is made for light watercolor washes, its its only 200 gsm. I've found that it doesn't do well with repeated strokes or reactivation of old washes of paint - it can react like its been overworked/look crumbly. Id still recommends you give it a try, everyone should have one Moleskine experience just for the opportunity to try different brands paper.
  • Cost effective and attractive design. I highly recommend trying the Strathmore Watercolor Art Journal. I have this journal, I bought it from my local Michaels Arts & Crafts supply store. It is just as good as the Moleskine if not better because of the unique shape options and price. The only downside to this journal is the softcover - its made of bristol board or some type of thick cardstock type paper. Other than that, I love the way the paper reacts to the gouache. It has minimal warping and does not bleed. It is also 300 gsm which is better.
u/alide · 1 pointr/fountainpens

I just realized you might not be in the US! Silly American assuming everyone else is from here... There are other retailers with equal prices and you won't have to pay for the silly overseas/border shipping. I actually don't know any of them because well, I'm in the US :P, but if you make another post with your country and ask I'm sure you'll get an answer pretty quickly. Here's some from the wiki though
> I'll do it that way: purchase the Lamy Al-Star, some Lamy ink and proper paper, probably Leuchtturm1917, which is available at a local online retailer.

Looks good to me!

> What would be your recommendation in the $50-100 range? The Platinum 3776 seems to be a good pen, right?

No experience with the 3776 personally, but I see the name pop up a lot and haven't heard anything bad yet so that's a good sign! Personally I would see if you can find a Lamy 2000 (F) or (EF) on either /r/pen_swap, Amazon, or some local website for around 100. Retailers will be 160 USD, but you can find them brand new for 100 on Amazon for some reason. Or used for 80-100. I say (F) or (EF) because the Lamy2k always seems to run a bit wider than normal and it's a wet pen. If I could only have X amount of pens though, Lamy2K would always be in that list.

It's around 30usd, but a TWSBI Eco is nice for school. It has a massive capacity. Swirling around the ink when you're bored is nice too :P

For 60ish USD there's the TWSBI Diamond 580. Basically just a more expensive Eco from my understanding. I'll probably get crucified by someone for that comment, but oh well.

For 40 there is the Faber Castel Loom, I've never used this guy, but I keep hearing great things.
> Which ink would you choose for university? I don't want to wait half an hour for it to dry, that's for sure.

Hmm I'm not sure tbh. All my classes atm are online until August so I'm not really racing to take notes like I would be in a classroom. None of my inks seem to take long to dry though. A major part of this is how thick does the pen write, and how wet. Like my Lamy2K is actually a (B) so If I wrote with that on my Rhodia pad and flipped pages immediatly after writing it would 100% smear. That's the pens and papers fault though. The reason we want to use 'good' paper is so that the ink will pool ontop of the paper and dry instead of soaking in instantly and going through to the next page (bleedthrough) or spreading on the same page and feathering.

For school I've been told to get Red n Black notebooks because they are cleaper and since they are a slightly 'worse' paper ink will absorb faster. I think this is it

If you want to use just generic notebooks for 99cents at walmart or whatever and are worried about feathering you can use an (EF) and/or use [Noodlers X-Feather] I don't use noodlers to try their random colors, but I would use this, If I had a need for it.

I did quick search for fast drying inks and here's some that popped up. Most of these are 'bulletproof' meaning they are waterproof or really resistent. Good if you think there's a chance you'll spill a drink on your notes :P I still use fun colors because these are all pretty much black, but bulletproof is hard to argue with.

Actually why am I typing out inks when I can just link the threads so you can read their reasoning...

Last thing to note, about the Lamy2K (or any pen), If you decide to get one later you can get one with two nib sizes on the same pen!!! For example I have a (B) and you get get a nibmeister to reverse grind it so that it writes (B) one way, and (F) the other or whatever 2 grinds you want. You just have to buy the bigger size so they have something to work with.

Here's a thread about that

u/facepunchin · 2 pointsr/Art

Yeah, you are right about the paper, I thought it was a bit bigger. The only thing to keep in mind is usually the bigger/nicer paper only has 10-20 sheets, which doesn't give you many chances to learn anything.

This seems like a good choice

This one is fun for kids because you can make little postcards for people, but they aren't very large.

I have this one sitting in front of me now, Its the larger version of the one I linked you yesterday.(Which is what I thought I was sending.) It seems pretty nice, and the journal seems to just stay open on its own btw.(Watercolor takes awhile to dry, so thats a good thing)

As far as quality paper, I've never had an issue with Srathmore or Canson brands.

Oh, and in regards to paint, this set might be worth considering as well. I've always really like koi stuff.

I hope that helps. Also, good on you for being charitable, I'm sure she will love whatever you decide to get her. Once again, let me know if you have any questions I might be able to answer.

u/sktchup · 3 pointsr/drawing

Two years ago I used to think the same thing, with enough practice (the right kind of practice) you can very likely get to this point to in about the same amount of time. Of course, once you do get to this point you'll see much better drawings and think "I wanna be able to draw like this", it's a never ending cycle haha

If you want to try and get better at it, here's something that will help:

1- stick to ink, ditch the pencils. It won't give you a chance to fix mistakes and spend hours trying to refine and adjust a sketch until it's "perfect". You'll just have to live with the result and improve it in the next drawing.

2- look at other people's art you like until your eyes fall out. Why do the trees look the way they look? How did they do their crosshatching? How loose are their marks? Why does the composition work? If you want to learn to do something, replicate it in your own way (see: doing studies)

3- don't spend longer than 5 minutes on your sketches. Obviously that applies to sketches you do for practice, if you have a commission you're working on or want to do a very refined drawing, then spend as much as needed on a sketch, but when sketching to learn (be it figure studies, landscapes, objects, etc) do it quickly. As a beginner you need to get into the habit of just drawing a lot, and often. If you see a drawing as this event that could take up half your day, you'll be much less likely to put pen to paper than if you knew you could do a sketch while waiting for your gas tank to fill up.

4- draw everywhere. Get the cheapest sketchbook you can find (I have a 5.5x8.5 Canson sketchbook that I think was around $6), and ideally some pocket sketchbooks as well (I like [Moleskine cahier journals] (] a pack of 3 is around $7). The regular sketchbook you can use at home or wherever you can carry it, the pocket ones you can just put in (you guessed it) your pocket so you can draw literally anytime and anywhere.

Then just draw what's around you and do some imaginative stuff too. Just keep at it, keep adding drawings, and you will improve. You'll also start having questions on techniques and such, at that point you can seek out classes, tutorials, videos, etc to help you out.

That was a lot of type in reply to one sentence lol but hopefully it'll help you or someone else interested in getting into it :)

u/kest2703 · 4 pointsr/consulting

Part 2/7: Accessories

  • Headphones. Git gud ones. Even if you don't use them for music or movies or anything, they can help you isolate yourself from the busy ongoings of the an airport. Airports are found to some of the most stressful places in the world, so even just sitting there you'll absorb some of the stress. Solution: isolate yourself as much as you can... put on those Bose QC25s, turn on the sound cancelling and enjoy the quiet. Or the music.

  • Comfy shoes. I carry a pair of Toms with me, which I use as slippers around the hotel room and after getting onto a flight (like long ones. I don't even get up on flights under 45 minutes, but 12 hour red-eyes, slippers are nice).

  • I also carry a good set of PJs or sweatpants, and change on flights 6+ hours in duration. Just more comfy than sleeping in your suit. Sometimes I get weird looks, but most people say it's not a terrible idea. At least I'm comfortable.

  • I do not carry many toiletries with me, if I can avoid it. I try to buy it at my destination if I can't stand the hotel brand. Personal favorite is Rose31 by Le Laboavailable at Fairmont properties. The scent might be too much for some people, but I really like it. Extra glasses, contact lenses, solution, etc. Research your destination to determine if you will need your allergy medications. Combs and brushes, depending on what you need. I have a Dollar Shave Club subscription, and been very happy about it. As mentioned, I don't carry toiletries if I can avoid it, but I do carry a moisturizer. I've been known to abuse my Amazon prime to order toiletries to the hotel, usually the sample sizes that will last me one week.

  • A good nice watch. Tame down the smartwatches and fitness trackers. No, the bright pink custom band for your rose gold apple watch does not go with your conservative suit. No, I don't care that it cost you more than your fiancees engagement ring. Good for you. That being said, I look forward to how iBeacons and Smartwatches can make traveling easier, guiding you step by step to lounges or the shortest most endurable security line.

  • Purrell or Hand sanitizer, if allowed.. if not find something non-flammable. So you don't have to run to the bathroom every you pick up that shitty, greasy, absolutely horrible wanna-be pastry from Starbucks the lounge.

  • External USB battery, for obvious reasons.

  • Extra chargers for Laptop and Phone, as well as extra cable for Headphones. The extra chargers for me is easy, since I have two 15" rMBPs.

  • I also carry a Moleskine diary, a nice pen with extra ink, various pens and pencils, and a few ring-bound notebooks to sketch and write notes.

  • A small sowing kit and an extra button or two has never hurt anyone and it's been used.

  • A mouse. I carry a Razer Naga Chroma... I use the thumb grid more than you would think. I have macros and the such mapped to it.

  • My iPad, which I can access case studies and magazines from. I keep a library of case studies, white and grey papers, so I can use them as references at work. Potentially. I also keep a DayOne diary with cases and notes from other projects, recycling enabling the synergetic use of previous ideas and methods.

  • A lot of the above goes into my carry-ons, but I will split my toiletries between checked and carry-on if I check a bag. I'm also more inclined to take my own stuff (toothpaste, gel, lotions, soap, etc.) if I check my stuff.

  • Get a wallet for your documents.
u/Dog-head · 1 pointr/fountainpens


Rhodia pads: Most people will mention these. Extremely smooth, very fountain pen friendly. So smooth, however, that inks like Noodler's Black that are formulated for crappy paper take forever to dry on it. They also come in books. Most people get used to the dots and never go back.

Clairefontaine: I'm not familiar but people mention them a lot and they seem like a very economical choice. I think they're more popular in Europe as school notebooks.

Midori: The Japanese don't mess around when it comes to writing. While basically naked compared to Leuchtturm or Moleskine, these have buttery smooth paper that while thin, feels fantastic to write on and doesn't bleed. There's a coveted cotton version (important because cotton is archival and good for watercolor) but I've never been able to track one down. It doesn't help that the online american outlets are poorly translated and usually don't know what they're packing since they look the same. See also: Apica

Leuchtturm 1917: A great journal or idea book, basically a Moleskine with better paper and perks. I used this as a daily journal. The pages are thin enough that you get ghosting especially with darker black inks but I write on both sides anyway.

If you're looking for a sketchbook I've spent a little too much time researching them and I think Stillman & Birn are really the one and only choice. Not only are they cheap by a price/sheet ratio but the quality is outstanding - extremely durable binding that tolerates being turned inside-out, thick paper with a variety of finishes so you can make a decision of what suits your medium. Epsilon or Gamma are the way to go for pure line ink work, though I've gotten away with light washes.

Hope this helps, enjoy your pen.

u/bs-scientist · 2 pointsr/labrats

Like the other comment mentioned, I have a notebook that is “my thoughts” basically. It goes where I go. It has random calculations, notes from meetings, notes from seminars, notes of things I want to remember to come back to later, etc. It houses all the stuff that I know I want to have written down, but doesn’t belong in my lab notes or book/article notes.

Books and articles I have on the computer and in some notebooks. I am not too picky on that.

My lab notebook is a little more structured. I use this one and I used to use this one
I really enjoy both. I only stopped using the national brand one because it is not hardback and I am just too rough on it.

When in the lab I do take my lab notebook and my other notebook that is just my thoughts so I have somewhere to write down other stuff without clouding the lab notes.
I feel like clear lab notes are important in the event I ever need to hand an undergrad my notes and tell them to figure it out. I am fortunate to be in a lab with 6 super awesome undergrads that have their shit together better than any others I have seen, but still. Good clear notes go a long long way.

u/MountainManC · 3 pointsr/fountainpens

First, welcome to this sub-Reddit. Fountain pens are a blast! Be prepared for it to become a hobby. So many different color inks to play with that will vary in in different pens and nib sizes.

I'd agree with the recommendations of either a Pilot Metro ($15) or Twisbi Eco ($28.99 US). Does the Twisbi write $14 better? I don't think so but for me the Twisbi is less scratchy than the Pilot AND the Twisbi let's you see the color of your ink. The Twisbi does not look like a "normal" pen like the Pilot. For me, part of owning a pen is to be noticed writing with it. Twisbi does this easily. Also if you go With the Pilot, buy the Con-50 converter. This holds the ink a lot better and is easier to use than the supplied con-30 squeeze converter.

Notebooks - can't go wrong with Black & Red. $5.77 US as a addon item for Amazon. Great fountain pen paper that's perforated, so easy to tear out a clean sheet and turn in.

Ink - Noodler's X-feather is designed to not feather on cheap paper. I've never used it, but my go to black is Noodler's bad black moccasin. Never had a problem with it. If you want to experiment with different inks, Goulet Pens has a sampler of black inks. Why would want to experiment with inks? Because not all blacks are the same and because you can!

Other items you may want to add:

  1. Bulb syringe - makes cleaning your FP a lot faster
  2. Blunt tip syringe - filling ink into the FP is easier.
    You tube video showing bulb syringe

    Lastly, good luck on your RN!

u/ypsm · 2 pointsr/DnD

What kind of mat are you using? You have to specify in order for your question to be answerable.

I've left wet erase markings on my Chessex mat for a week, and it eventually comes off. There's ghosting the first time you wipe it down, but if you give it three or more passes, it eventually comes off. Disclaimer: I take very good care of my Chessex mat. I usually keep wiping it with fresh wet paper towels until there's no more trace of ink. This usually requires 3+ passes. Only then does it go back into its poster tube for storage.

Gaming paper is more expensive than it should be. Try gift wrapping paper that has 1" squares on the back, or try office supply paper. Easel pads are the cheapest solution I've found for disposable maps.

EDIT: Two other problems with gaming paper: (1) wax and (2) curl. The paper is waxy, so you can't draw on it well with, say, a ballpoint pen. It also curls. Easel pad paper has neither of these problems.

Alternatively try Paizo's basic flip-mat. It's more easily erased than Chessex mats. Bonus: it's double-sided, so you can pre-draw both sides, to save even more time.

I hope this helps. Good luck.

u/Lawlzstomp · 7 pointsr/fountainpens

Not sure if you live in an area with Target but I have had a lot of luck with Greenroom notebooks. I got a bunch on clearance for like $.69 a pop or something ridiculous. Check for paper that is smooth, but not too thin at local stores.

Heavily recommended Black N' Red Notebook on Amazon for about $7 a piece. Again, not sure how much paper you run through, but it's good cost per performance.

If you need a lotttt of paper try HP Laserjet Paper on Amazon. Redditors vouching for it. If you need lines/dots, place a lined sheet of paper behind the blank paper to guide yourself and then three hole punch it.

Graph paper composition notebook from Staples posted recently.

Another thing to keep in mind you haven't discussed is what ink you are going to use. Pelikan 4001 comes highly recommended for it's cost while still being a dry ink that works on poor paper.

[[Noodler's X-feather]] can be incredibly useful for writing on cheap paper. It will not spread on cheap paper with a fine/extra-fine nib. I don't know if you are using cartridges or converters yet, but switching to a bottle ink can give you some better performance potentially depending on what ink carts you are currently using.


Some other pens that would be good for you at Uni would be the Platinum Preppy a $3.00 pen that starts as cartridge based but can take a converter or be eyedropper converted (where you fill the whole barrel full of ink). They come in EF, F, M and in a variety of colors.

Wingsung 698 in EF is another great bargain option for high ink capacity, uses the same nib as the Pilot MR line (Metropolitan, Retro Pop, etc.), with good build quality for under $20.


Another big takeaway for beginner fountain pen users is higher cost doesn't mean better functionality. Benefits level off really fast when spending more money when it comes to functionality.

u/Smilingaudibly · 3 pointsr/xxketo

Morning everyone! I thought I would be bummed to get back to work, but I'm actually really glad to be back to a routine. Left to my own devices, I sink into the couch with a knitting project and Netflix and never emerge. I was happy to get up, put on makeup, and feel like a human again.

One of my Christmas gifts was this Rocket Wave Notebook and I'm really liking it for work so far. I'm a huge note taker and list maker, and go through notepads like crazy. This is supposedly erasable and reusable so I'm excited to at least save some trees! :)

I'm glad it's a new year. No resolutions, just keeping on ketoing. I want to be in the 130s (firmly) for my wedding next month. And I'll be glad when that's done too!!! :)

u/funandgames51 · 1 pointr/DMAcademy

I make battle maps because I find that stuff fun - but you can make very simple ones!

I use this paper - it comes out to <50c per map.

Though you could just use butcher paper and a wooden dowel with one inch marks on it for for every 5 feet - that's what I'm doing after I run out of the grid Paper.

For city maps, I use this method.

Again, I spend more time with it because I like to, but less so when I too am pressed for time. You could likely make them very simple, and they would still look good and make sense.

I can post a few pictures of some of my town and battle maps when I get back if you're interested.

I tried to use premade maps to print initially, but it was both very expensive and hard to see. Again, I can post pics later if you want.

I'm trying to get my best friend into DMing, and I've encouraged him to look into these, which are available in many sizes. Wet erase marker for 30 seconds, bam a battle mat.

If you want something in the same vein that's a little more hardcore, there's these, which I may get if I run a less serious campaign in the future.

There's also Matt Coville's video onterrain that is very helpful. All of the stuff he puts out is, really.

Hope that helps!

u/Boohyabuddha · 15 pointsr/college

I'll try to be specific with what I recommend, giving brands and models if I can. Bear in mind, I'm from a STEM major, so some of this is stuff I've used for math and other related classes that you might not need.

  1. Uniball KURU TOGA Mechanical Pencils - These are hands-down the best mechanical pencils I've ever used. It has a mechanism that rotates the lead as you lift up the pencil (I think? or maybe as you write...) so you get a sharp, clean script nearly all the time. My only gripe is I lose the eraser caps a lot, and if you don't have them on it's difficult to click more lead. The "Roulette" model might be different.

  2. TOPS Engineering Computation Pad - I actually take my in-class notes on my Surface Pro (highly recommend it), and use my next recommendation for practice problems, but I use this paper for my hand-in assignments. I don't like ruled paper for any kind of computation work, and with plain paper I tend to veer off and don't get clean lines. With this paper, though, I can see the grid on the backside through the front, allowing me to get a clean look without thick lines muddying up the aesthetics. This isn't necessary, but for me it makes my work easier to read and organize, and it often times is the only green paper in the homework pile so it's easy to pick out as well!

  3. NUboard A4 Dry Erase Notebook - My wife bought this for me for my first semester because I was going through so much paper to do practice problems, and because I hated standing up to do work on a bigger dry erase board. It's the size of a normal notebook with transparent sheets overlapping the dry erase panels, and your notes will (more or less) stay on the board until you erase them. By this I mean that you can do some notes or problems, close the book, shove it in your backpack, and when you open it it will be as you left it. This thing changed my studying habits, and I use a lot less paper now.

    Here's some other random things I didn't think of before I realized I need them in the moment. I try to keep these things in my backpack most of the time:

    Surge Protector - I do all my studying in the library, and if I don't get there early, all the desks with outlets get snatched up quickly (especially near midterms and finals). I ended up picking up a cheap one at Micro Center and keep it in my backpack in case I need to sit somewhere further away. Also, it helps others that aren't close to one either. :)

    Noise-Cancelling Headphones - I study in the "absolute quiet" floors, but even then some people make some noise just shuffling papers, zipping-unzipping stuff, eating lunch, etc. You don't need the Bose fancy ones; anything that keeps the noise out (and, I should mention, your own music IN) will work.

    Chegg/Wolfram Subscription - These saved my academic butt so many times. Wolfram might not be necessary if you're only taking one math course as a GEP requirement, but if you're taking up to Calc2 or 3 it's great. It can solve integrations and derivatives, but, more importantly, it will also show you a step-by-step solution. Chegg, however, I think is worth it for nearly any class. I've only had one or two textbooks whose answers weren't on there, and for the others it was a lifesaver. Professors will sometimes not post solutions or answers to problems in class or on homework, and books will often only have the answer in the back. Chegg, however, not only has the answer, but, more often than not, has step-by-step solutions. I used this all the time for two things specifically: 1) Check my homework before I turn it in to make sure I understood the processes (and got the answers right), and 2) doing practice problems from the book that the professor didn't address or post solutions for.

    Hope this helps!
u/TribalLion · 2 pointsr/OneNote

I just ordered a Rocketbook Everlast. It's rather expensive for a notebook, but it's pretty cool for a few reasons:

  1. The pages are made with a dot grid, a QR code and icons (see below), to be perfectly scanned by the app for upload as an image or pdf.
  2. The icons along the bottom allow you to decide where your page will be scanned to (OneNote, Evernote, Google Drive, Slack, etc) with just a checkmark.
  3. The notebook is completely reusable. You use a Pilot Frixion pen, then when you're done with the page, simply wipe it clean with a moist towel.

    You can see a PDF sample here. You can print it out and try it with the Rocketbook app. I did and it worked nicely. If you didn't want to purchase the notebook, you could use these pages with the app.

    Good luck!
u/MkinItAwkwardSince95 · 1 pointr/Lenovo

I use the Yoga 720 15", and I use every program that you mentioned and overall I love it! Tackles SolidWorks pretty damn well (Really gets going on simulations). BUT I will be honest it is quite awkward to use for notes because of its weight.

Have you ever considered something like this?

You write your notes out then after class you take pictures of them with your phone then upload them to your PC making the pdf. Then you wipe the pages clean and do it again.

I'm not trying to push you away from 2 in 1s I am just giving you my 2 cents. I am also a commuter student (I live an hour away from my school) so I know just how important it is to pack efficiently.

Another thing I recommend is the app called Officelens it allows you to take great pictures of the board during class and upload it to onenote.

u/aspophilia · 2 pointsr/Watercolor

I’m new as well but I’ve done lots (maybe too much) research. What is your budget? From what I understand Windsor & Newton Cotman paints are a good student/hobby grade paint. They sell them in nifty little 12 pan kits that pretty much provide all the colors you need to make good mixes.

Here is a travel set for about $13:
Winsor & Newton Cotman Water Colour Sketchers Pocket Box

If you are willing to spend a little more on paint for artist grade I hear excellent things about these: St Petersburg White Nights Watercolour : NEW 12 Pan Set

I’ve seen these really cool portable brushes: High-end art travel painting brush Synthetic Sable Round Hair Short Handle Brush for Acrylic Oil and watercolor painting 3Pcs

Or you can use a water brush: Pentel Arts Aquash Water Brush Assorted Tips, Pack of 3 (FRHBFMBP3)

As for Paper, I really want one of these myself: Moleskine Watercolor Album Sketchbook - 5"x8" (Spanish Edition)

I hope this helps! :)

u/rastapasta808 · 2 pointsr/pens

Not at all. It smears the writing a bit as it erases, then once you rub it enough, it turns completely clear/invisible.

I use these pens all day, every day and they have stood the test so far. I make a ton of mistakes usually when writing so these are a godsend.

10 Pack, retractable

12-color marker set

Highlighters + Eraser

And to top it off, my favorite: the microwavable 'smart notepad'.

Again, the ink turns clear at 140°, so this notebook allows you to write notes in the notebook with the Frixion pens/markers/highlighters and "reset" it by microwaving it for a few seconds. Best part is, you can scan the pages into perfect PDFs with their app. And you can mark the page to tell it where to save it to (email, Google Drive, Dropbox, local save, etc.) It finally started to break my habit of taking notes and never going back to them with this a couple months ago. I'm super psyched on them and I just wanna spread the gospel of Frixion 😃

u/notathrowaway21347 · 5 pointsr/factorio

This is the kind of engineering paper I use for everything (I picked the first link I saw, which happened to be amazon, but you can probably find it for the same price or cheaper at an office supply store, or for $16 a ream at my university book store).

The grid on this kind of paper is actually printed on the back of the paper; when you have it on the ream, the grid from all the pages sort of adds up and is visible through the sheet, but once you take off the page, you can’t see it anymore. It’s nice for keeping things organized while writing, them when you take it off it looks super clean.

I like this stuff so much that I made a template of it in Krita when I switched to digital.

(If you meant, “where do I get old exam sheets,” then good luck. If you have friends in school, they may be willing to part with some. Your library might have scrap paper too. Or you can go back to college, but short of building your own paper mill, that might be the most expensive way imaginable to get scratch paper).

u/chemousey · 4 pointsr/medlabprofessionals

Specimen management is vital to the flow of lab work. Your role in keeping turn around times down is essential and getting those results out to providers can be life or death.

Never be afraid to ask questions, and ask anyone - just because someone doesn’t share your job title doesnt mean you can’t ask them a question.

If you screw up, and you probably will sooner or later, own it as soon as possible. Covering up a mistake will likely delay lab results for a long, LONG time which could be fatal for a patient and it could also cost you a job. Owning a mistake can be difficult but believe me it’s better, the medical field requires the upmost integrity from everyone involved.

I keep a small notebook:

To be exact. But there are many styles/brands and vendors so shop around for what you like - or they’ll likely have scratch paper in the lab you can take to keep notes as well. Utilize those cheat sheets until you feel comfortable and continue to reference them even when your sure you have it down just to be sure.

Best of luck! Have fun!

u/Dejena · 2 pointsr/fountainpens

You've gotten excellent advice on inks, and some on notebooks. You mentioned being overwhelmed by the choices, but wanting a sturdy notebook that can handle fountain pen ink. There are a few choices mentioned in here, but perhaps I can help summarize this. Key thing you will want is a high gsm (Grams per Square Meter), since a high gsm means thicker paper.

  • Red and Black: 96 sheets, standard ruling, 90gsm, casebound, hardcover. Personally, no experience with this, but I've heard there's no bleed through with fountain pens.

  • Seven Seas "WRITER" A5 Journal: 240 sheets, ruling is 7mm, 52 gsm Tomoe River paper, thread-bound for binding, cover is impregnated cloth (but you can buy a leather cover). Also no experience with this either.

  • Leuchtturm1917 Medium Size Hardcover A5 Notebook: 125 sheets, ruling can be either lined/graph/dot grid, 70 gsm, thread-bound, hardcover with some sort of leather covering. I've been using these since 2013, and in my first notebook, my handwriting hasn't changed from the day I had written in it with Diamine Ancient Copper. You would still want sturdier ink than what I had used. The paper is cream colored, and smooth. Bleed through is rare.

  • Rhodia Webnotebook A5: 80 sheets, ruling can be either lined/graph/dot grid, 90 gsm, thread bound, leatherette hard cover. I've always enjoyed Rhodia paper, and while I haven't used this particular product, the paper is much smoother than the Leuchtturm1917, and there's less ghosting. The paper also appears whiter to me than the Leuchtturm1917.

  • Rhodia Goalbook A5: 112 sheets, ruling is dot grid, 90gsm, thread bound, leatherette hard cover. Throwing this in the options list, since you get a few more sheets. Also wanted to point out that the cover appears to be flexible.

  • Scribbles That Matter, Pro: 100 sheets approx, ruling is dot grid, 100gsm, thread bound, vegan leather hard cover. The sheets are smooth, and a bit brighter than the Leuchtturm1917, but a bit more ivory than the Rhodia. Great paper, and the cover feels more durable and pleasant than the L1917. With fountain pens, I have yet to bleed through this paper, and the ghosting (seeing what is written on the other side of the sheet) is very minimal. If I push you towards any notebook, it'll be this one. It also comes with a penloop that is not useless, unlike the L1917.

  • Lemome Thick Classic Notebook with Pen Loop A5: 90 sheets, ruling is either dot grid or lined, 90 sheets, 125 gsm, thread bound, leatherette cover. Just got this the other day, and the pages are thick and smooth so far. No bleed through or ghosting with fountain pen ink yet.

  • Lemome Hardcover A5 with Pen Holder: 92 sheets, ruling is dot grid, 100g, thread bound, leather hardcover. Just an option to put in here, it has a pen loop, and the paper seems to be slightly less thick than the prior Lemome notebook.

    Wishing you and your daughter the best during these hard times.
u/TheGreatUsername · 1 pointr/AskWomen

I don't user nicer paper for everyday use because frankly, I go too it too much to be constantly buying more, but I do keep a couple of nice notebooks for special purposes.

  1. A Moleskine notebook/journal that I fill with quotes using different nice pens. These quotes can be from famous people or just someone close to me, but they're good to look through for inspiration/motivation when I need it.

  2. For similar purposes as #1, I have a Rhodia notepad where I write down all the milestones I want to achieve and have achieved in my life as a sort of "checklist."

    Here are the links to the aforementioned:

    Rhodia notepad (in hindsight I wish I'd bought the wirebound one, but I got mine from my university bookstore on sale along time ago).

    Moleskine (you could probably get the same quality paper for cheaper btw, Moleskine is definitely nice but usually considered a tad overpriced for what it is).
u/protectedneck · 1 pointr/dndnext

You've got a couple of options. You can scale everything down. I did that with the Temple of Annam fight, since the room in 1-inch to 5-feet scale is almost 5 feet wide. Doing something like "each square is 15/30 feet" works pretty well to reduce the size of the map but still let you use minis. You just have to make sure that the players know about this an are understanding of any potential issues with distances. If you're still using 1inch scale minis then it'll involve handwaving stuff like how characters can't share 30 feet of space.

You can make a giant map. I like this for major locations. For example, the Thane Kayalithica stone giant fight I used foam core board from the dollar store that I cut into 6 18-inch squares and then carved a grid on them and painted it with cheap craft store paint. It took probably three hours to make. Was it necessary? No. But it was cool adding tiles to the table as players explored the darkened room.

Also an option is using large pads of paper with 1-inch squares on them. I wouldn't necessarily go with that one from Amazon since I think it's more expensive due to shipping, but you can pick up something like that from Staples easily. Also you don't necessarily have to get all of the room, just the part of the room the players are in/near.

Also theater of the mind works well for large spaces. I like having a small drawing of the room and the general position of any creatures/features so the players can visualize something. With the exception of the encounters in chapter 2 and the final fight with Iymrith, you aren't usually dealing with a lot of combatants, so it's decently easy to keep track of everything.

I've used a combination of all 4 options, depending on the amount of setup time I have, the relative importance of the encounter, and other factors. For example, one on one fights with creatures work best in the theater of the mind.

u/Vindictive_Turnip · 1 pointr/fountainpens

Hmm. That's interesting that it bleeds so much.

If you're the kind of person who likes individual notebooks for every class/subject, there are a few good choices.
Clairfontaine and Black 'n Red are both very popular. I've tried both, although not extensively. The downside to these is the price. If you are taking 4 or more classes, or even some note taking heavy classes where you may need multiple notebooks, the sticker shock factor grows quick.

For loose leaf/3 ring I'd recommend HP brand Premium Laser Jet paper. Either 22lb or 32lb. 22lb is great, and has handled everything I've thrown at it. The 32lb paper is really nice, and almost as thick as cardstock. A ream costs a fair amount, however. If you want it lined, you can find notebook paper templates on line, and have it printed for pretty cheap if you're providing the paper. You could go further, and have them bind notebooks. You'd have to get quotes though, and see if it's worth it to you.

EDIT: Also, buying those HP brand papers is WAY cheaper at the box of 5 reams level. That could possibly be all of a persons collegiate notes.

If it costs 30$ to buy the paper, then $.07 per page printing(largely the dependant factor, this is a conservative estimate not including price of 3 hole punching), that comes out to be $.08 per page. Compared to a 10 dollar notebook that has 70 pages(black and red. Clairefontaine only has 50) that costs $.20 per page.

Now I'm starting to wish I had bought the paper in bulk! I've bought 3 reams separately so far!

u/DrOCD · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Okay. I will do this later tonight or tomorrow. Looks like fun!

fear cuts deeper than swords

Edit: Here is what I have.

1.) Something that is grey. -Like WL

2.) Something reminiscent of rain. - Because it goes in a shower, which is like rain. -College Needs WL

3.) Something food related that is unusual. - They were unsual the first time I had them! -Want WL

4.) Something on your list that is for someone other than yourself. Tell me who it's for and why. - This is for my girlfriend because she can't afford it and, as a college student, it's sort of an essential. -College Needs WL

5.) A book I should read! - I haven't read it yet, so I don't really know that I have a strong argument for you to read it. :] -Want WL

6.) An item that is less than a dollar, including shipping... that is not jewelry, nail polish, and or hair related!

7.) Something related to cats. I love cats! (keep this SFW, you know who you are...)

8.) Something that is not useful, but so beautiful you must have it. -Want WL

9.) A movie everyone should watch at least once in their life. Why? - The soundtrack for this movie is amazing and I think everyone should be able to relate to the traumatizing death scene. -DVDs WL

10.) Something that would be useful when the zombies attack. Explain. - This is a survival tool, so when you need to escape from your house without advance notice you will (maybe) be able to survive! -Like WL

11.) Something that would have a profound impact on your life and help you to achieve your current goals. I just had surgery on my chest a couple months ago and the scars are building up and I would like to go away so I won't have people staring at me. -Medical Needs WL

12.) One of those pesky Add-On items.

13.) The most expensive thing on your list. Your dream item. Why? - I like to watch a lot of movies and play a lot of video games and right now I have a very small tube TV that cuts off most of the screen. -Like WL

14.) Something bigger than a bread box. -College Needs WL

15.) Something smaller than a golf ball. -Smoking Products WL

16.) Something that smells wonderful. -Smoking Products WL

17.) A (SFW) toy. -Want WL

18.) Something that would be helpful for going back to school. -College Needs WL

19.) Something related to your current obsession, whatever that may be. -Want WL

20.) Something that is just so amazing and awe-inspiring that I simply must see it. Explain why it is so grand.

u/jaderust · 3 pointsr/Journaling

I do the traveler’s notebook system. I bought this cover from Amazon and I have minimal complaints. I think the elastic is a little loose, but it works and if it gets too annoying I can always replace it easily. The cover itself is leather and does mark up, but I like it when my leather does that. I like the look.

I filled the inside with Moleskine Cahier journals, the 3 sets. Only complaint about those is that they don’t seem to sell mixed sets. So they don’t sell a ruled, a dotted, and a blank together in one set, just 3 of one type. They take ink well and are easy to source. I got mine at Target. I put all three in the cover along with a smaller notebook I had kicking around with some additional elastic. Look on YouTube for “Midori traveler journal setup” for tips on how to do that.

I personally like A5 sized journals because they have a good balance of space for writing and overall size, but if that’s too big for you look at Field Notes and find a cover for them. I’ve seen lots of covers for sale for those as well, but found those a bit too small for my needs.

Alternatively you can make your own cover with some leather and an awl to punch holes. Traveler journal covers are just a rectangle of leather with some holes to thread elastic through so if you have the source for some good leather it could be easy to make your own.

u/xiongchiamiov · 2 pointsr/learnpython

I relentlessly bookmark anything I might want to find again. I find Pinboard very well-suited to this because it a) is (optionally) public, so I can share sets of links with others or quickly reference things from another computer, b) is tag-oriented, rather than folder-oriented, so I can spam tags on things to help me find them later, and c) crawls my bookmarks so I can perform a full-text search on them later. There's also nice Android integration so I can save things there as well. It costs 11 USD/year, and is far more useful than, say, eating out once a year at a Thai place, or one movie a year. I'd also recommend reading Don't Be A Free User.

I tend not to save particular snippets of code, because I don't really re-use snippets (or when I do, I build them into a silly little library that I can re-use across all my projects). But when I do, it's easy enough to throw a Stack Overflow page into Pinboard, often with an additional description to help me find it again.

I've lately started to heavily use pen-and-paper at work (specifically, an A5-sized ruled Leuchtturm notebook with a pen quiver and fountain pens - r/fountainpens will lead you down that particular rabbit hole). This usually isn't to reference things much later, but just to help me during the process: while I'm debugging an issue, I can write down the different approaches I've tried and thus not have to remember them. :) It's also useful for helping me to think through architectural approaches and that sort of thing. I sit next to a window, so sometimes I do this with a whiteboard marker there as well, depending on my mood.

In general, I try to move as many things as possible out of my brain and into permanent storage so I can keep only an index of where to find them again.

u/BigStickOSalami · 12 pointsr/EDC

I know this will get buried but I have decided to revamp my whole EDC.

/u/ieatedjesus I have taken the plunge on the Wallet you have recomended. I hate when a product has no reviews or I can't do research about it but whatever. I'm also super stingy with money so this is a huge deal for me lol ($42 with engraving)

As for the pen, I have decided to get a Fisher Space Pen $15. I have 3. Now I will have 4. (also bought a clip $5) ((also bought fieldnotes $10 for the wallet))

/u/odomandr I have decided to go with that knife $16. Nothing sexier than a good stone wash and minimalist design. I also need a knife. No idea about the quality but today I have decided to trust a total stranger on /r/EDC

/u/Ryl4nd99 Thank you for the great idea of a post! I hope to post again when everything comes in. I decided to add/replace my edc with the items above. I also carry a muthafuckin Casio as well as an Olight s2 Baton along with dollar store chapstick. Hopefully I can keep you updated or make a new post when all my goodies come in!

Sorry for the wall of text. Thank you for reading.

u/ConnorOlds · 18 pointsr/AskReddit

You know, I would encourage new adults to keep a little something that I like to call "The Captain's Log." It's not so much what it actually is, but what it's actually for. I originally got the idea a few years ago from the character known as "The Judge," from this book. My Captain's Log has so far led me to figure out calculations for racing yachts, inspired new insights into the nature of humanity (which no doubt came to me while I was at a strip club in Guam), and designed a theoretical hull of a blue water sailboat based on Fibonacci numbers (maybe impractical, but still satisfied my curiosity about relating math to yacht design).

So what is The Captain's Log? It's a small notebook that you keep in your backpack, your camera bag, or even your back pocket. You take it with you wherever you go, as long as it's appropriate. For example, here are some places to take it: work, classes, or commuting/traveling. Here are some places not to take it: first dates (or even second, depending on how the first one goes), work lunches, or out to bars when you plan on drinking to forget. Or maybe that last one would be good... I woke up one morning and I had written down, "Give $1 to every person who GETS IT." What did I mean? Did I give money to a lot of people? And what the hell happened that inspired me to write that down?

Anyway, the point is that you keep it to write down random notes and ideas you have, or to use it as a scratch pad. You might say, "Why not just use a Notes application on your phone? That way you're not being a weirdo carrying around a little diary in your pocket."

And I would say:

  • It's not a diary. A diary is something you write a narrative account of your day in, and while that isn't a bad thing, that's not the purpose of The Captain's Log.

  • Instead of writing a narrative of your day, you simply document notes, sketches, or plans, that you think are significant at that moment in time.

  • The purpose of The Captain's Log is to then look back at earlier pages to see what you considered to be significant thoughts or patterns of thinking in the past. (And of course, yacht design!)

    This then allows you to make some revelations about yourself. You get to see how your mind worked, and how it has developed over time. And you see things that you--at one point in time--thought were significant enough to write in your Captain's Log. It also helps keep your ego in check because it will remind you of problems you used to think were huge, but now no longer matter--and that will imply that the huge problems you have right now, really aren't that big of a deal. And hopefully that will improve your relationships with other people as well.

    It also got me laid once. A girl stole it while at a Brewery and wrote a very alluring message on the next open page.

    Here are some links to sample Captain's Logs:

    The good news is, they're all real cheap!
u/Zvanbez · 6 pointsr/EngineeringStudents

You cannot have enough engineering paper. It is a bit more expensive than normal paper, but it makes drawing free-body diagrams and the like much easier. And the lines make graphing easier as well. And, as a plus, it's easy to get assignments returned in non-engineering courses because your paper is likely the only one that's going to be this shade of green.

And while we're at it. Only use the green paper. Nobody likes that putrid yellow crap.

I should probably add that my statics/solids/dynamics professor loved this shit and I might have been indoctrinated a bit into the Cult of the Paper.

u/Mikona · 21 pointsr/productivity

I prefer digital organization, but I retain information better when I physically write it down. I started using a Rocket Book Everlast and it has given me the best of both worlds. Through the rocket book app you can set it ups so that different symbols at the bottom of the page upload to different programs. It integrates easily with Google drive, Evernote, one note, etc. For instance I have Google drive folders set up for my classes so I can take notes in class and then direct it to upload to my ACC 122 Notes folder without having to browse to it each time. I also have folders for my pets because I take notes during vet visits. I take notes during my own doctor appointments as well - same thing. Then when it gets full I can just wipe the pages off with a wet paper towel and keep going. You do have to use the specific frixion pens but they're pretty common and not terribly expensive.

Rocketbook Erasable, Reusable Wirebound Notebook - Letter Size

u/omgitskedwards · 6 pointsr/bulletjournal

Yeah, I can't use a Moleskine with my fountain pen because it smudges and bleeds through the paper pretty bad. They are great notebooks and so accessible, but I honestly LOVE my Rhodia way more than I've ever loved a Moleskine.

u/Fmradiochick · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Oh hi Mark

I would so suggest taking a small trip with some friends. Three out of my five years in college my friends and I went up to my parent's mountain house in NC and snowboarded. We had so much fun and we drove and split the costs on gas plus the place was free to stay. So it made it affordable for all of us to go. Those were literally some of the best times of my life. :) Make tons of memories while you still have the chance in school :).

[My item] ( I always get really great thoughts and ideas in the shower with no where to write them down.

u/LaTuFu · 1 pointr/stepparents

Wow. I hate to say this, but this is a classic case of why a nobody should ever sign a legal document without a lawyer reading it first. Trust but verify.

The good news is, if you have been doing 50/50 shared since 2011, you can easily get this changed. (at least, in my state you can.)

Get a spiral bound notebook (not looseleaf--spiral bound or a hardback journal like a Moleskine) and begin recording a journal. Write down the dates that you pick her up, the dates that you drop her off with BM. Write down all the events that you attend with SD ("you"= Husband moreso that you specifically in this circumstance) and note if BM was there or not. Don't speculate what she was doing or make any comments about her behavior. Just note if she was there or not.

Build up a document with 6-8 months of documentation (better yet, a year) for the custody, and you can go back to court for an amendment. You can make the case to the judge that this has been the pattern of custody and visitation since 2011. Request a modification of the custody to reflect the default. Most judges will accept that modification because it is already what the two parents are doing.

If you can look back on your calendar and "rebuild" a journal going back 3-4 months or longer, you won't have to wait the full year to accumulate enough documentation.

u/krokodilmannchen · 1 pointr/ethfinance

Sure! How old is she? I highly recommend she start with a dotted Leuchtturm A5 ( and maybe some pocket notebook like the Moleskine ( ones - great for field notes! I use this setup. Also, get her some pencils and stuff to draw! Just the other day I put this in my small notebook: It's about having fun!

I'd love to talk to her about it!

u/ricctp6 · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

I have multiple journals: one for my day-to-day stuff (what people here call a bullet journal), an art journal, a journal for creative writing prompts, and a journal for actual stories that are coming to fruition. These don’t include my field notebooks for work and just random list-making journals I have everywhere! But to start, a daily journal is definitely best because you can literally write whatever you want in it!

The best journal on the planet is the Leuchtturm. Love the quality of the paper and how the cover feels. Extra-fine pens are also my jam.

u/thefaderist · 1 pointr/bulletjournal

I currently use a gridded Moleskine, which has been great so far.

However, I just received a dot grid Confidant from Baron Fig for the coming year and it seems an awful lot like it might permanently replace my Moleskine. Thicker paper, shorter and wider. No pocket or elastic strap, but goddamn it's simple and gorgeous.

The Leuchtturm 1917 is also popular. If I decide I like my Moleskine better than my Confidant, this is probably what I'll switch to. I get the impression that it's quite similar to a Moleskine, but maybe built a bit better, heavier with the pages, and also is available in dot grid.

u/ki77erb · 1 pointr/EDC

Before the list, I would just like to personally thank all of you on the EDC sub. Many of the things I use everyday, I bought after seeing them here and reading your reviews and recommendations. I love seeing the diversity of the tools and stuff you all use. I'm including links to where I got my things just to save anyone the time searching.

Here's my EDC on a budget...

Phone: OnePlus 5t (8GB/128GB). Recently replaced my aging Nexus 5. No phone has ever been perfect in my eyes, but the 5t is awesome and lightning fast, and it doesn't have a bunch of bullcrap and bloatware.

Knife: Gerber Suspension. I have several knives, but this is the one that goes with me everywhere. The pliers, screwdrivers and scissor get used more than the blade.

Watch: Timex Field Chrono. Inexpensive, accurate and reliable. Plus I think it looks cool.

Flashlight: J5 Tactical V1. Got this to replace my Mini-Mag LED that constantly flickers with even the slightest shake or bump. I used to love Mags when they had incandescent bulbs. They really f'ed up their LED tech though.

Field Notes: I also do drone photos for real estate and I use this as a flight log.

Other stuff: Cheap glasses because I lose or break them about every 6 months. Chapstick, Levis wallet, car keys, G2 pen, wallet survival card ($1 at Walmart) comes in handy.

Not pictured: Altoids to cover up the coffee breath. Ringke Fusion phone case.

u/Kr1ss · 7 pointsr/graphic_design

Leuchtturm1917 always left me satisfied. Smooth, great quality paper and subtle dotted matrix on the pages. A nice, hardcover, leathery effect on the outside. Got mine for 15€ back in Germany.

An interesting NY sketchbook company has also caught my eye - Baron Fig, they have pretty cool high-quality notebooks.

A Moleskine is always a safe bet too.

u/rideclick · 2 pointsr/getdisciplined

I've been doing this of a while. I like using the thin cahier journal moleskins along with a collapsible pen. The pen is the key for me. It's weight is a good solid pen in your hand even when pulled to full size. Zebra Tele-scopic pen I've tried others and always had an issue with the point (the cone where the pen comes to a point) breaking off sometimes making a mess. The Zebra has a metal tip. It can come unscrewed so you should check it to keep it snug. LOVE THIS!!!

edit: If you want to pick them up locally you can find the thin Moleskins at any Target or Barnes and Noble in plain page, lined and grid ruled like the Bullet. The pens are harder to find, Office Max was the only place that regularly carried them.

u/unproportionaterice · 2 pointsr/bulletjournal

I'm using a moleskine grid in A5 and it's been working great as a functional bujo for me. Love that it flips open to every page easily, and that the pages are not completely white! Pretty hardy imo. They have dot journals too, like what you're looking for.

I would say Leuchtturm1917 is one of the most popular options for bullet journals though. Here's the link for one A5 dotted I found on Amazon. Link

u/ibapun · 2 pointsr/fountainpens

Great pen choice, I have one in medium and I love it. I've never tried the journal you got and I'm not sure if it's fountain pen friendly--for a starter notebook, I'll add that Black N Red notebooks are fairly inexpensive and rather good.

And congratulations on joining! Enjoy!

u/sleetx · 2 pointsr/Entrepreneur

I'm more of a musician but I agree with OP - I get my best ideas (entrepreneurial or otherwise) either in the shower or while falling asleep. I've read that these are two of the most common activities for getting ideas simply because you're experiencing some sensory loss and your brain compensates in other ways.

If you're getting awesome ideas in the shower, I'd recommend something like this to keep track with:

u/DragonXRose · 2 pointsr/Calligraphy

Well you can still use the notebook, it seems high quality and smooth paper and i don't see any bleeding. If you make the width between 2 lines your x-height, it will work out. A set of 6 lines would then be your guidelines for 1 rule of text. Here is a diagram, based of the scribblers ratio and slant. So just count your lines and add in the remaining guidelines and you're set to go.
(And don't mind my crappy, drawn in letters, again i'm not doing pointed-pen calligraphy.)

If you do want to use other paper in the future then cheap options are Laser printer paper, Marker paper or a Rhodia pad.
These are also smooth surfaced, bleedproof options. You want smooth paper, because your nib is less likely to get snagged or dig in the paper and tear it. Bleedproof, because your ink will stay put and not run out & ruin fine hairlines.

Finally, your nib is also an important factor in writing pointed-pen calligraphy. Each nib is different, some are more flexible than others. Take your nib out off the holder and see if you can find a brandname and number; from what i can see i think it's a Brause Steno 361 (I could be wrong). Other options are A Nikko G, a Nikko G Zebra, Hunt 512, Hunt 101 and 103 (both flexible but very delicate), Brausse 66EF (it's smaller and more flexible) and so many others. Everyone has their own favorite nib, so experiment if you have the chance. And do clean your nib when your finished with writing, then they'll last much longer, otherwise they'll corrode and rust.

That's all i can say, and much of it was picked up here on the subreddit or plucked of the internet. Have Fun!

u/lizzieisrad · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon
hopefully this works THIS The item listed is not under $5 but if I win, pick one within range as a surprise :)

Most Used App: IMDB

Account Balance $17.82


Thanks for the contest!
u/Thjoth · 1 pointr/beards

It's Rhodia dot matrix paper, which is a bit different from just printing out the dots on a piece of printer paper. It's heavier paper, for one, and it bleeds a lot less for really wet-writing pens. I'm not sure if Rhodia makes a proper spiral notebook with that ruling or not, but they do make what are basically legal pads for it.

I wish there were more companies that offered the dot grid ruling, because it's really useful. I have a bunch of little ultra-ruggedized Field Notes Expedition Notebooks that I keep in a shirt pocket with a Space Pen at all times, especially when I'm in the field, and the dot grid is great because you can use it as normal note paper and then switch over to using it to make really legible tables or graphs without it looking like all clusterfucky with the lines everywhere. Plus, that particular notebook is effectively indestructible. Pretty much the only way you're going to lose it is if you set it on fire.

u/stylefunky · 2 pointsr/web_design

First of all, it's great that you even recognize this. Trust me, over time your proportions will improve. This is why I recommend ABS.

But in the meantime, you might find that using graph paper or even better, dot grid paper helps with your proportions. Here are some free templates you can just print out.

Do the boxes that contain your mockup closely match the scale of the device screen you are designing for? If you're having trouble with that, you can also use sketch pads with the actual screen already templated out for you like these. I don't personally use them because I need to design for various screen sizes at a time, but it is very helpful if you know you only need to design for one specific device.

There are also some UI stencils for iPhone that you might also find handy.

Happy sketching!

u/arachnopussy · -4 pointsr/malefashionadvice

todays chino layout (specific items can change daily):

F/L: keys (fob+housekey only), Fenix LD10 (pocket clipped), handkerchief (small 8"x8" from bonobos), Bic mini lighter.

F/R: Galaxy S3, Kersaw Chive (pocket clipped), space pen.

R/L: wallet

R/R: moleskine notebook, earbuds.

I'm completely comfortable. Clips are visible - which much of mfa would probably dislike, but it makes the knife and flashlight fit comfortably without interfering with items lower in the pocket. Only thing that might pass as a bulge is my wallet, which I've been looking for years for the perfect replacement, but it's not a Costanza by any stretch. One can also tell when I have the s3 in my pocket, but since it lays flat and slim without interference with the other items, doesn't constitute a bulge. Currently shopping for a smaller one though.

Everything else you would be hard pressed to even know I had. It helps that all my cars have integrated fob/key and I only need my housekey.

Dress code is tie-optional business casual, no denim/cargo/polo/shorts allowed, no dress down days.

Bag is an all black standard sized Timbuk2 messenger, which doesn't really match my current love affair with leather. Carries laptop, letter sized notebook, MTG cards (haven't played in over a year, but I always have some), aspirin/tylenol, extra pens, leatherman, lunch and thermos, etc.

I wear jackets/blazers regularly in the winter/fall (keys, lighter, handkerchief get offloaded there when available but that's because they belong there and not because of comfort or fit). Can't bring myself to wear that in the spring/summer.

I've found that carrying a pocket knife, flashlight, notebook, and phone is an absolute requirement for my schedule/work/play/lifestyle. Despite that, I've whittled it down to the smallest most dependable items I could find. I could almost ditch the lighter, earbuds, and handkerchief as they are rarely used but when I don't have them I want them.

On the summer weekends, when I dare to wear my "ghastly" slim fit above-the-knee cargo shorts, the wallet and phone each get their own cargo pocket. But otherwise, layout is the same 95% of the time.

u/MoonPrisimPower · 1 pointr/wow

My first BuJo was a cheap lined beauty from the Michaels $1 bin. It served its purpose beautifully.

I struggle so much with perfectionism, and I have an entire box of pretty journals that like you, I didn't want to waste.

This one is a Leuchttuurm 1917 That I swear by now. If it weren't for the pens that I use that have a tendency to bleed through cheaper paper, You better believe I would stick with those cheap journals.

Hell, grab a composition book and start there and work your way back up to a nice journal once you are comfortable.

Progress, not perfection my friend. <3

u/kcunning · 1 pointr/Pathfinder_RPG

When I start a new AP, I'll go back and forth between reading the first book of the AP and looking at forum / blog posts about running it. I won't read the whole path, since it very well may not work for the group. I pay special attention to who the important NPCs are since I like to make sure that they're memorable, even if that book only has one short encounter.

Before a session, I have a list of things I try to get through:

  • Read the material for the current session as well as the next session. Even if I don't plan on running the next encounter, sometimes I'll cap a session that ran too quickly with some prep for the next few scenes.
  • Make an outline of scenes that I can reference during the game, with points I need to hit. I hate it when I accidentally forget to drop a key piece of information and have to work it in later.
  • Load up all of the NPCs and monsters in Hero Lab so that I know that they have no errors and that I don't have to buy any supplements.
  • If I have a complex layout that isn't combat heavy, I set up Roll20 maps
  • For any area that DOES have combat, I draw them out on [](large sheets of grid paper). We have the erasable mats, but I find those harder to draw on because they smudge.
  • Send out any notes to the players and ask for their HL portfolios

    I also tend to work a few sessions ahead, if I can, because I hate rushing stuff the day of the game.

    Back when I did home brew, I tried to think of sessions as very episodic: What's the set-up for this session, what's the pay-off, and how does it move the story forward? I'd write out the first few session in great detail, but be more vague as I planned out the rest of the story, since who knows how the players would effect the world?

    Your best bet to not get mired in world creation is to set a start date for the campaign. Whatever you have by then is what you're going with, and the rest will be improv, or will come to you between sessions. The best campaigns I've run have been ones where the background was fairly easy to grasp for most players. You can even start without a map. In my HBs, I started everyone in a small area and only bothered with mapping things out as they traveled.
u/thomaspayne25 · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

I am digging the fact that you like spicy stuff! I put Sriracha on everything :) It goes amazing on Papa John's Chicken and Olive pizza. I saw a lot of the cute stuff in your office section of your wishlist and I think that you would like Moleskine Notebook. These notebooks are handy and help organize your daily life with notes, ideas, and appointments.

u/da_chicken · 1 pointr/DnD

IMX, you'll also eventually need to clean the whole mat with something stronger than just water. Wet erase works pretty well, but eventually there's a buildup that you need soap and water and some time to clean off. And you absolutely must clean the mat at the end of every session. Never leave it for a week, or you'll never get the marker off cleanly.

I also really wish they would put "Wet erase only" around the edges. I've seen them that have that and I feel like it would result in fewer dry marker triggered murders.

Personally, I still prefer the 1" ruled easel tablets. With a bit of shopping you can find them for about $0.25 per page. You also have the advantage of being able to draw your maps before the game begins and placing them as needed or switching back and forth as needed.

u/robeschi · 3 pointsr/notebooks

You might try a Midori Traveler's Notebook or google any of the cheaper Fauxdori options from various vendors.
This pen loop will fit a pen inside the loop and this pen loop will fit the pen's clip in the loop.

There's also a Passport size that's about half as tall.

Also, I'll second the Leuchtturm1917 it's a great notebook, and the paper is more fountain pen friendly than Moleskine (if you're in to that sort of thing.) Although, the Moleskine sketchbooks come with some nice thick paper.

u/meat_bunny · 1 pointr/DMAcademy

Hey, finally something I can answer from personal experience.

I was in a similar boat where I didn't want to sink a bunch of money into the game for a projector until I was sure the campaign was going to last a while.

You can get set up for months for about $45. If this is a problem see if your players can chip in $5-$10 each or something.

One inch grid paper is your friend. You can get 27x34 sheets of it off Amazon for about 32 cents a sheet ($31.99 for 100 sheets )

For minis you can use paper as well. I recommend getting 1" binder clips and printing off your own minis. You can buy 144 of these off of Amazon for $11

I used Publisher, but there's a free version called Libre Office Draw. Make a bunch of 3x1 squares in it on an normal sheet of paper and put in images from Google for all of your monsters. You'll want to make them double-sided so the paper sticks up (One row right side down and the other right side up).

You can fit a lot on one sheet of paper. Then print them off either at home, work/school if they allow it, or do it at a print store for less than a dollar.

Let me know if you have any questions.

u/Tetchy · 3 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Awesome! I do the same thing >.<

I have a whole wishlist dedicated to items under $5.

I'm going to go peruse your wishlist and see if any of our interests line up...hmmm...

I like your comic and literary interests.

You might like this $6.26 'Moleskine Cahier Journal (Set of 3), Pocket, Ruled, Black, Soft Cover (3.5 x 5.5): Set of 3 Ruled Journals'.

If you strictly want something under 5 bucks, I'd say add some Iron Man stickers.

u/ThexRuminator · 2 pointsr/Minneapolis

Yep. I just finished engineering school this spring, and I've gone through my fair share of pads.

Green Paper is by far the most commonly used engineering paper. It's fairly thin, a little less than printer paper. I mostly used this paper for scratch calculations and everyday homework.

Buff is a bit thicker, but still has the same layout. I liked using this when doing hand calculations that would be included in reports or labs.

For notebooks, look for a Lab Notebook or Engineering Notebook. There are a few options out there, and it depends if you want a spiral or bound book. Computation Notebooks held up very well, and helped preserve my notes.

u/wrdsrindescribable · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Thank you for the contest! Hope your course went well!

I would love this booklet of computation paper which is required for my assignments. It would save me lots of time printing!

u/halcyoncmdr · 15 pointsr/TalesFromRetail

I have a friend whose family owns a dollar store. Nothing in there loses them money, there are no loss-leaders at a dollar store. Heck, most of the items have at least a 250% markup. They make money on quantity sold throughout the store. Each item is super cheap to purchase but has a great markup and sells through quickly to get new product in.

They do carry a few non-dollar items like flowers and some basic convenience store things like milk and such for the neighborhood that don't follow that markup. Everything else though has insane markups. It's cheap, usually chinese-made stuff that works well enough.

Amazon has 100-sheet engineering paper for $6.14, and it has Prime shipping. That 100-sheet pad costs them way less than $1 to purchase in bulk wholesale.

Heck, even Follett sells 500-sheet packages for only $15.49.

u/californiamoonbase · 3 pointsr/bulletjournal

Pilot pens are my favorite. I think the G-2 0.38mm ones write the best, but I also like the Percise V5 .

As far as a notebook, Leuchtturm1917 dotted A5 books are my favorite.

For pens/markers I would recommend going to an arts store and try to test some out. It is such a personal thing in my eyes.

u/ThisIsWhatICarry · 153 pointsr/AskMen

I'll interpret "guy stuff" as "EDC stuff".

u/bettorworse · 1 pointr/Physics

Don't know if this works for you, but I have the Sony Digital Paper - DPT-RP1

It's a little pricey, and it only works with PDFs and is b&w only, but the pen is nice, you can highlight stuff, add notes, etc. It's not the most solid build (a little tape fixes it up nicely), but it's really light and the size of a sheet of paper.

I've had it for 2 years now, probably saved me $1000 in paper and toner.

Boox makes a version, too. Google "Digital Paper" - there might be more now.

If you want to go really cheap, maybe something like this??

Never tried this one, but it's on my shopping list. Don't know if it meets all the requirements, tho.

u/RiteInTheRain_NB · 2 pointsr/notebooks

Depending on what type of science courses you take, I'd recommend our stuff. Our paper is water-resistant, so you can spill on it without consequence. It works great with ballpoint pens, as well.

Let me know if you want a little sample book to try out.

I've also heard good things about these types of notebooks (1, 2, 3). I've tried something very similar to the Scientific Notebook Factory one and liked the feel of the paper.

u/tbtemples97 · 2 pointsr/EngineeringStudents
I don’t know if this is exactly what you’re looking for, but I use it for all of my notes. As long as the piece is left in the pad the lines are pretty visible and once removed it just looks like you write pretty straight

u/ItNeedsMoreFun · 2 pointsr/architecture

Does she like to draw? Would she like to learn to draw? Get her some architect-y drawing supplies!

For example:

u/kOTAT · 1 pointr/DnD

I use a chessex map for on the fly encounters, but pre-draw all my dungeons on 1" gridded easel paper. It's a little more up front but has been working great.

TOPS Standard Easel Pads, 3-Hole Punched, 27 x 34 Inch, 1" Grid, White, 50 Sheets/Pad, Carton of 2 Pads (7902)

u/CorvidaeSF · 1 pointr/dragoncon

HELLO JOURNAL BUDDY, i also have a journal cover from them, albeit it a griffin on it. BECAUSE GRIFFON IS THE OBVIOUS CHOICE.

Anyway, you can use any of the standard “moleskein-size” journal. You can easily get an actual moleskein in lined paper, [like so] ( but they are pretty expensive since they’re the most popular name brand. you also can get knockoff versions that are cheaper and just as good. piccadilly is a perfectly fine brand.

also pro tip, if you get one with an elastic band, no worries, just cut if off. that’s what i did for mine when i put a bullet journal-type book in it.

u/thelazyclimber · 6 pointsr/climbharder

The Power Company has a process journal that could work well for what you are looking for.

I use a black moleskin journal to keep track of my progress, this is the one I bought off amazon.

I write my focus for the day, the drills or workouts that I do, how the session is going, particular things that I noticed while climbing, strength training exercises (sets and reps), my start and end times for my climbing and workouts (It is nice to track how much time you spend at the gym each week, and what portion is time spent climbing vs. strength training).

I don't write the individual climbs/grades that I do. I don't see much of a point to this, as gym grades are not very consistent and they aren't up for that long. When I am outdoors, I write every route that I climb.

I also tried keeping notes in a spreadsheet on my phone, but I like writing better, and it keeps me off of my phone while training.

u/steveXray · 2 pointsr/EDC

Items listed below with links in case anybody is interested:

Persol Sunglasses

Leuchtturm1917 Hardcover Dotted Journal (I try to journal daily)

Distilunion Card Minimalist Card Wallet (This is probably the best slim card wallet i've every had. Hard to beat)

Seiko SKX013

Parker Ink Pen

Leather Journal Cover (I love the smell of this thing! ha)

Explore Notebook (This notebook is more of a to-do list v my daily journal. Helps me stay organized)

Leatherman Squirt (This thing always comes in handy)

Mophie Powerstation

Kershaw Clash

iPad Air 2

iPad Air 2 Keyboard Case

Speck iPhone 7Plus Case

iPhone 7Plus (Not Pictured)

u/Manhigh · 1 pointr/BuyItForLife

I started using this notebook paper in college. I'm now 15 years into my career and still use it, it's fantastic. Make a nice neat binder for every class.

Tops Engineering Pad

For backpacks, I'm loyal to LLBean. They guarantee their products for life.

u/implicitly_bonsai · 2 pointsr/Denver

I remember looking for one a while back, and the only thing I could find was the crappy blue Moleskin that's 3.5" x 5.5".

I ended up ordering a Rhodia Webnotebook from Amazon. They're pretty nice. The pages are a little smooth for my taste but they handle pen and ink pretty well. They've also got a webbed sleeve in the back for holding misc.

The Leuchtturm 1917 is also very popular for dotted notebooks.

u/coffeecoffeecoffeee · 2 pointsr/GradSchool

For notes, I swear by Leuchtturm notebooks. They're like Moleskines, but better. They have a Table of Contents and page numbers so you can mark what you covered in each day of notes, and have stickers for easy archiving at the end. I found them really nice for classes with open-note exams and for documenting research.

u/mimafo · 1 pointr/notebooks

I use Leuchtturm 1917 at work and like them. But I just got a Rhodia Webnotebook for journaling at home (this sub convinced me)... it's amazing. I use a Kaweco Sport M and I just love love love writing every night. It was pricey, but so far I'd say it was worth it. There is also a less expensive Clairefontaine notebook that I hear has comparable paper.

u/ocachimi · 1 pointr/Biochemistry

I agree with those mentioning to take a notebook. This is the one I use in my research.
Observe and listen. then ask. Write everything down.
Your homework for the first few days will be to google anything (technique, equipment, concepts, jargon etc.) that comes up you're not familiar with.
What a great opportunity, have fun!

u/ZombieButch · 1 pointr/learnart

> Do you sketch on the front and back or just one side?

Both sides. I sketch a lot with blue ColErase pencils, which aren't as smudgy as graphite, or in ink or gouache, which won't rub off onto the facing page. Usually I'm not too fussy about my sketchbook stuff but if I've got something I really don't want to get too fucked up, I'll tack a piece of tracing paper onto the page.

> Do you do multiple sketches on a page or just one per page?

Loads. An empty bit of space on a sketchbook page is a place to practice drawing, like, a hand or something like that. It's there to be drawn in.

> Do you have multiple sketchbooks going at once?

Yep. Different sizes; a big one that I keep handy in my studio space, a smaller one for carrying around, one with gray paper, one with tan paper, and a kraft paper scrapbook for doing gouache sketches in so I'll stop wrinkling up my regular sketchbook. (But that one I only use one side of each page, because it would get wrinkly otherwise. The paper's heavy but it's not that heavy.)

On a side note, I always keep one of these Field Notes notebooks handy for writing things down, separate from my sketchbook. Artists I want to look up, notes from a book I'm reading or video I'm watching, color palettes I want to try out, whatever. If it's art related and important enough I want to remember it, I write it down. I've tried using my sketchbook for this in the past, but I've just found it easier to keep the two things separate.

u/PokeyHokie · 7 pointsr/EngineeringStudents

I love engineering paper. I must have 20 pads of the stuff floating around between my apartment, office, and the 5 or so labs. I hated having to use it in undergrad, but it's just so goddamn handy that I ended up getting addicted to it. 1" and 0.2" grid lines, and a nice header space.

I'm also addicted to these things for research work that needs to be properly documented in a bound notebook. I know it's not much different than a standard composition notebook, but the heavyweight paper and cover are durable and just generally awesome.

u/seesoccer · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Happy Birthday

My favorite birthday was my 16th when my mom got my friends and I a party bus. We had so much fun and it's something that we all remember to this day.

If a $10.97 Prime item works then [this] ( or [this] ( if it really needs to be under $10.

u/FantasticMikey · 5 pointsr/Magic

I am a big fan of the messy notebook. I keep a [moleskin cahier notebook] ( on me just about all the time. It's super slim so it's easy to keep in a pocket or in my bag. I divide it into three sections. The first section is for to-do items, the majority is for notes and brain dumps and the last few pages are for book/film/music/trick/video recommendations that I hear about and want to remember to check out later.

In addition to that, I have two folders for notes that are in the cloud and synced between laptop and phone. One is just "notes" and the other is "jokes." Due to the ease of search functionality, I don't find the need to organize them more than this. If I want to remember the joke I thought of about harry potter, I just search for harry potter.

One year I did a show called "Things Are Gonna Get Weird" where I performed a bunch of stuff from my notebooks that would never work in my normal show. Example: Floating Table with a statue of Buddy Jesus with a sparkling birthday candle in his head performed to Richard Cheese's version of Your Own Personal Jesus.

Kevin James talks in his lecture about writing down and keeping ideas that you have that are too big or grand to pull off, because someday you may have the opportunity. A television studio may say to you "we have the budget - what do you have?"

u/Jonathan-Graves · 6 pointsr/fountainpens

My friend, here's a great cheap upgrade in paper. Will totally improve how your pens feel and forgive me if you already have quality paper. *Forgot the link : )

u/chitownaeron · 1 pointr/OneNote

upvoting in hopes others add to this.

Here's mine. As a student i have a courses notebook. each class gets a section. Each semester of classes get a section group. Thats the hierarchy. I too use a surface with the pen. when i get to class i pull out the tablet, launch ON with a click of a pen, if its not already open and add a new page. ill write down what is being taught while simultaneously recording audio for anything i may have missed. after class or at the end of the day ill go back and rename the day's page and might highlight some of the key points from the lecture. if the teacher passes out any papers, ill take a quick snap with Office Lens and file them with ON. I don't like holding on to papers so they get tossed. and thats pretty much it. Every thing just gets either written, sent to, saved in, or printed to ON and filed to the proper notebook to keep for ever.

I'm sure the venue should suffice for your note taking need. your method of note taking is completely yours. whether its web, outline, bullet journal or any of the many other ways. My question is are you using the app or the desktop version of ON? that might be the difference maker for you. and if you do know the difference and use your preferred version, than perhaps it is the device and possibly consider the surface.

And if its how tablet writing feels in general than perhaps you might consider this

its a notebook that you can use with an app to upload to any of your preferred note applications and when you're done with the page, pop it into the microwave and the ink erases like magic.

Best of luck op

u/passwordsdonotmatch · 15 pointsr/AskTrollX

Couple of recommendations based on this comment:

A good laundry basket is essential. I love using a utility tote because it's easier to lug around. They're also completely collapsable.

Rocketbooks combine hand writing notes with digital storage in the cloud. I'm a teacher, and I love mine. I plan to pilot a program using them with students next year.

I'm a big fan of my shower caddy. It dries quickly and holds lots. She'll need shower shoes.

When I went to college, we weren't allowed to have cars on campus. I thought I was all set, but realized about a day after I'd been dropped off that I had no laundry detergent. I'd recommend the pods because she can throw a few in a tupperware and not get her detergent stolen or have to lug around so much. I'd recommend a broom and dust pan, clorox wipes, and other cleaning essentials. In addition to a sheet set, I'd recommend three towels and eight wash cloths depending on her habbits.

u/[deleted] · 1 pointr/dndnext

I don't like this idea, as most of those pads are only going to be good for one or two uses. However, best of luck.

Alternatively, I recommend these guys:

They end up being about $0.30 per page, nice and big, and allows you to draw new maps whenever you need them. I use them for big special battles or dungeons, with a small battlemap for positioning in smaller battles. I don't use maps for towns and cities, and just use descriptions.

u/Rogue_Glory · 2 pointsr/fountainpens

I agree with the other commenters, definitely want to use a fine nib and non-feathering ink. If the paper issue is the only thing holding you back from getting a fountain pen, I'd suggest investing a few extra dollars to buy notebooks with good paper. I'm in college and I really like these notebooks because the paper is bright white and shows absolutely no shadowing or feathering, even with my markers.

u/tim404 · 8 pointsr/notebooks

Mine didn't come until college. I was in school for engineering, and up until that point I'd been just using whatever was handy for notes - composition books, standard-issue spiral bound notebooks, loose-leaf paper in binders. None of it really did it for me.

And then, for my chemistry class, we had to all purchase the ubiquitous lab notebook. What a concept! What an amazing thing! It's... a book, man, like y'know? A book. Cool!

So then, after that gateway notebook, I got myself a Moleskin (back when they didn't suck so much) and went through that, and stuck with using them on and off through the years.

However it was my discovery of Field Notes, and then the pocket notebooks concept in whole, that really got me started down this path. I went from a user to a collector, a snob, and an evangelist.

Welcome to the addiction. My name is Tim. We have a good time around here.

u/Tulioooo · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Thats awesome news!

I really want these field notes notebooks because i've never had these before and they seem very popular amongst people on here.
Thanks for the contest!

u/WorstAdviceNow · 1 pointr/LawSchool

It doesn’t have to be fancy either. I use something like this. Super small and light, I can slip it into the folio I use to hold my surface and take it to and from school. A lot of the 1L classes have a lot of people in them, and we’re crammed in pretty tight, so it actually takes up less room on the desk if you’re using it, which is nice.

I’m also a big fan of the Rocketbook Everlast and the Frixion pens. You can write on it, link a symbol in the app to a specific class/online service, then scan the page using the app. You can set it so that if you check the diamond symbol, the app knows it’s Property your property notes, and the notes go directly to the property folder in Dropbox. But if you check the heart symbol, it’ll be for law review and instead it will send it as an email attachment. Then when the notebook is full, you wipe the pages with a damp cloth, and all the ink is washed away and you can start over with a blank notebook; so one notebook can last you for many many uses. I primarily got it because our property professor didn’t allow computers in class to take notes, but have kept using it in other classes to as a supplement to my typed notes.

u/craders · 3 pointsr/AskAnAmerican

My favorite was engineering paper. It is expensive but gave me the best of both. The front is blank but has a grid printed on the back. You can see the grid enough to draw from but since the front is blank you don't have lines going through any text. The grid is also small which encouraged me to write smaller.

u/maximillianx · 3 pointsr/DMAcademy

Go to Lowe's or Home Depot and pick up a sheet of plexiglass or other transparent sheet to put over it, that helps to deal with the overall flimsy nature of the paper.

Another person mentioned presentation paper - There are some pretty nice pads for about $40. I went to an educational supply store and got essentially the same type of thing for a better price per sheet.


u/mattxb · 1 pointr/Art

Yeah, these are awesome as you can draw or paint in them (or collage etc...). I'd get her one along with some good watercolor pencils and maybe a nice brush and a bottle of india ink.

u/FeebleOldMan · 2 pointsr/bulletjournal

> monthly calendar on one page

I'm currently using a Field Notes Dot Grid, and I do squeeze the monthly calendar on a single page, splitting the dates into 2 columns. I use symbols for things like holidays, and only write in the important appointment for the day.

The key for the symbols takes 2-3 lines below the dates, and I'll have about 7 lines left for the tasks and goals I want to achieve for the month.

If you want to have more space for your monthly calendar, you can rotate the notebook 90 degs CW/CCW and you'll have 1 line per day.

Also, I love LAMYs!

u/Locopollo13 · 2 pointsr/writing

I'm this way as well. I genuinely feel much more efficient in pre-writing when I use paper and pen. I can quickly shuffle between pages, I have all my own symbols and colors/highlights that allow me to put it all together when the time comes.

Even with dual-monitors, it doesn't feel fluid enough for me to switch between screens/programs when writing. That being said, looking at other post's in here, Scrivener seems rather useful.

Also, this could be something you might benefit from:

u/GALACTICA-Actual · 35 pointsr/creepyPMs
  1. I'm ex law enforcement, and I worked in Legal for over 15 years. You can try filing a police report, but he hasn't broken any laws. So there is nothing they can do for you.

  2. Your primary supervisor and your HR department are who you should notify. This should be done in writing, either by email or by typed letter.

    In this report you should include:

  • Times and date of contact.

  • What was said, verbatim. Type out clearly and concisely what was said. Write it in a format that it easy to read/follow.

  • If possible, include hard copies of the text conversation.

  • Retain copies of everything you give them.

    Purchase a notebook. A lot will happen, many conversations, and so-on. You will never keep it all straight in your memory.

  • Record the name, job title, and their relation to you, of each person you give documents to.

  • List what documents you give to who, and the date and time you did so.

  • Keep detailed notes of any discussions with anyone regarding this. HR, supervisors, dept. managers, coworkers. (Make these notes after the meetings/conversations. Not in front people while it's taking place.)

  • Never, never give that notebook to anyone except your attorney. It may sound ridiculous, but if you willing relinquish control/possession of that book, they can keep it. (And yes, there is case precedence for this.) If it comes down to supplying something, make photo copies, and redact from them anything not pertinent to what your providing.

  • Do not tell anyone but your attorney about the notebook.

  • Do not speak to this person in any way. If he approaches you, leave. If he follows you, go to a manager's or HR office. Keep notes of the time and date, and the outcome.

  • A little too late for this one: But never tell anyone what your going to do. You're giving them your game plan. I guarantee you this guy is working on a story, and it's going to make all of this your doing. And believe it or not it often works, or at least muddies the waters enough that they'll do nothing.

    This may seem like a lot of work and trouble to go through. It is. But it's nothing compared to the stress and nightmare you could go through if you don't.
u/NormalAdultMale · 2 pointsr/DungeonMasters

Do you need books? Don't just buy em all willy nilly unless you're gonna run a specific module or setting.

That said, I highly recommend Mordenkainens Tome of Foes and Volo's Guide to Monsters. A lot of great stat blocks in there. Amazon has good prices for D&D books, and they are often on sale for 20~ dollars.

This is perfect if you like to hand-draw maps for your table. Its 200 sheets, will last forever. I bought this like 2 years ago and I'm barely through the 2nd pad. Course 65 bucks for just paper is a hard ask for some. You can certainly find cheaper easel paper, but this is my fave.

You could always use more minis of course, just search around.

u/rickywoo · 1 pointr/LucidDreaming

YES - Save this resource because you will eventually forget. Just writing a few keywords about a dream give you a mental bookmark to go back and retrieve that memory again. I've been using Field Notes notebooks as my non dedicated dream journal.

u/zabblezah · 2 pointsr/bulletjournal

I'm on my first bujo, Rhodia, and I'm loving it so far!

I chose to not get a leuchtterm for the same concerns as you, shadowing and bleeding. There's some ghosting on my Rhodia with mildliners, but it's very faint. I definitely recommend it! The pages feel so silky and high-quality.

u/SgtRawrface · 1 pointr/LucidDreaming

Here ut is. 27$ and then shipping handling etc. I'd have one but I'm still trying to clear the cobwebs out of my wallet. It looks pretty cool.

u/esurrealist · 5 pointsr/fountainpens

I have a few suggestions:

Memo pads:

  • Office Depot Sugarcane Paper (3 for $6.99)
  • Staples Sustainable Earth (12 for $18.99)


  • Black N Red 8 1/4 x 5 7/8 ($3.00 on sale at Office Depot)
  • Black N Red 8.5 x 11 ($6.00 on Amazon)
  • Office Depot Notebooks 8.5 x 11 -CHECK FOR MADE IN VIETNAM!- ($2.00!!!)
    Best bang for your buck. I have personally tried them, but be SURE to get the ones MADE IN VIETNAM. These will have a little bit of tooth but are fountain pen friendly, they don't feather or bleed.

    Edit: Formatting.
u/Hard_Celery · 2 pointsr/Surface

Dunno if this one works with onenote but it's reusable which is nice.

I plastic screen protector might help the feel of the SP3 but it's never going to feel like paper when it's not. You just get used to it.

u/PhysicsMan12 · 1 pointr/engineering

Engineering paper is a light green color. This is to make text and drawings easier on the eyes. In addition the gridded patter doesn’t cover the whole page to leave room for margins and a heading. Finally (and most importantly) engineering paper is only meant to be used from one side. The grid pattern is printed very bold on one side of the paper and it shows through to the other. You write on the non-bolded grid side. This is what an engineering pad looks like:

Tops Engineering Computation Pad (TOPS), Green - 35502

u/bworley90 · 2 pointsr/Dungeons_and_Dragons

I purchased this for my group. It's 1 inch grid paper.

You can draw whatever you want on it and make 1 inch 5 feet. It's pretty large so it's easy to see what's going on, and allows for BIG map design of you increase the moment per inch.

TOPS Standard Easel Pads, 3-Hole Punched, 27 x 34 Inch, 1" Grid, White, 50 Sheets/Pad, Carton of 2 Pads (7902)

u/Evalonne · 3 pointsr/DnD

I used the giant grid paper easel pads for LMOP: It worked really well except for the last map. That place is HUGE. If I were doing it again, I'd do what I'm doing for Storm King's Thunder: I'm drawing sections out on 8.5x11 grid paper and rubber-cementing them to cardstock. This is letting me put them together and take them apart like puzzle pieces, and it's working much better.

u/ThisPostIsPillar · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

this journal would help so much with my hikes... I document Invasive species as a volunteer and having a handy little place to jot down coordinates would be PERFECT

Thanks for the contest

u/GetchoDrank · 2 pointsr/rpg

This past Spring, I was playtesting a Cypher system campaign I've been writing, and I bought a three-pack of those little Moleskin notebooks without planning how they'd be used. I was only running two players through the early content, and it was mostly to tweak the nebulous storyline.

Well, my buddies are both artists, and they also balk at any hint of railroading, so things went to uncharted territory almost immediately. I was coming up with new towns, new characters, and new artifacts/oddities/cyphers on the fly, left and right.

We decided to use those notebooks to chronicle their encounters/progress. I took the first and started it as an in-game/out-of-game primer for travelers to my OC recursion (a fictional world concept from The Strange) called "The Quickened's Guide to Kell." They began adding to it immediately, taking sketches of towns, NPCs, and general plot stuff, adding notes here and there. The second became a Bestiary, starting with the one PC's pet - a wolf/snake hybrid we dubbed a 'capalisk.' (Portmanteau of some canid-related taxonomy term and basilisk.) And the third became a catalogue of artifacts they found or crafted. I gave them a bow that has a random effect (d20 table) that they would fill in as it was used.

All in all, it became a fun addition to the game, and my players took turns chronicling their adventure through the world. Everything we made up and put down has become canon. When I run/playtest this campaign again, the players will be given these books, as they canonically exist outside of time and space. The Strange is great for that sort of thing.

u/d65vid · 1 pointr/notebooks

A5 is my preferred form factor and it seems like there is a definite lacking in that size for good notebooks that aren't lined or blank. I'm currently using some random shitty one I found on clearance at Target that is gridded, which is sort of almost as good as dots or crossfield. Leuchtturm is probably your best bet.

u/stir-thepot · 1 pointr/GiftIdeas

I agree, a nice zipper pouch like this or a nice leather journal

u/Artmarissrm · 2 pointsr/Watercolor

I have to second the good paper recommendation and/or a nice watercolor book. I love these hard cover Moleskine books. My bf got me one for Valentine’s Day this year and I’m almost finished with my second one.

Linkamazon link

u/RvaArchitecture · 2 pointsr/Watercolor

The Moleskine watercolor albumare a good starter notebook. I have also started to use the Stillman & Birn - Beta Series and I really like the paper in that sketch book and prefer the soft cover. Stillman & Birn has more choices when it comes to different papers and binding options in their different Series. Hope this helps!

u/Azheim · 1 pointr/medicalschool

MS4 here. You've asked about note-taking specifically, so I'm going to set aside the other uses for a laptop/tablet+keyboard such as writing papers and watching lectures.

For what it's worth, I've taken the vast majority of my notes using pen and paper. I'm more intentional and thoughtful when I write notes by hand, which in turn helps me remember my notes better. I also find the muscle memory I retain from manual handwriting to be much stronger than from typing on a keyboard.

I know it isn't for everyone, but for me, nothing beats a good Moleskine notebook plus a Pilot G-Tec-C. I use these for note-taking, smartphone for internet at the hospital, and PC for research, writing & gaming. :-)

u/TheEdExperience · 1 pointr/DnD

I don't DM, but I made a whole bunch of tokens for my party using washers and a 1-inch hole punch. The first batch will require some up front cash but once you get going, it'll be cheaper. I've also seen people use Magic cards. If you don't have a printer just get colored construction paper or something.

The edges tend to peel up so either make sure you glue the edges well or get something to protect the token.

Then just get something like:

And use theater of the mind until there is actual battle. If it's not a combat encounter, no point in going through the trouble of tokens and drawing a map. Unless you want your players to think combat is possible.

u/SarcasticOptimist · 2 pointsr/fountainpens

Nemosine Singularity. Bonus points if she does physics. If you want to spend more, this Waterman looks swirly and cool.

Grab this purple sampler.

What kind of subject does she teach? That way I know whether to recommend grid. Dot grid is another option that can work all the time.

u/flushedfish · 9 pointsr/Journaling

Well, the journal I use is a Leuchtturm1917. It's wonderful and I don't mind the ghosting at all :)

u/EphemeralGallbladder · 2 pointsr/ADHD

I think the best way to get into it is to just do it and see how it works out for you.

My suggestions would be:

  1. Watch this video if you haven't already
  2. Buy this notebook
  3. Buy Frixion pens (or some other erasable pen, I make too many mistakes personally)
  4. Receive items
  5. Start trying the bullet journal method

    If you get the pens above, be careful! Don't leave your journal in a hot car (I haven't yet, thank goodness) and if you do you can put it in the freezer for a bit.

    Bullet journaling is not the end-all be-all solution for me, my other primary tool is Habitica. I use Bujo as a calendar and a place to put my ideas down, as well as some important notes.
u/nikiverse · 9 pointsr/blogsnark

Is she tech savvy? My friends really like RocketBooks, they're like $21 on amazon right now.

u/kanst · 1 pointr/AdviceAnimals

Something like that. The best is when I can convince the admin's at work to buy some in their normal ordering. That is rare.

u/Az-21 · 1 pointr/college

Then I recommend this digital notebook. It is expensive, but it fits your requirements perfectly. Amazon Link: Rocketbook

u/ryan9699 · 1 pointr/EngineeringStudents

I ended up using these for work and school these past couple semesters. Has helped a ton!

Plus it also is neat having a bunch of these filled out and dated to see where you've come from and what you've accomplished- cool stuff.

u/CashewGuy · 1 pointr/notebooks

I have no issues with the Moleskine paper, and quite enjoy writing on it. The only product that has some bleed-through is my soft-cover, and even that is negligible.

The Leuchtturm doesn't have a bleed-through problem, but a drying-speed problem. It dries so incredibly slowly that I had to sit for nearly 30 seconds to let some of the ink dry. This isn't a problem the Moleskines have. Writing with the pen turned upside down (finer point) shortens drying time, but is also annoying. I can't write in paragraphs without smudging, a problem I don't have with Moleskine.

These galleries may or may not demonstrate what I'm talking about, I don't have a great place to setup for photos at the moment (plotting for NaNo and some freelance work has my desk full of papers). It's also 3AM and I haven't slept in slightly over 48 hours. I'm adding Amazon links, but only because I have a tough time differentiating, and figure some others might as well. Interestingly, I had to take these pictures on my music table - the notebooks were all laying on "The Ink Spots" album.

Moleskine Classic Large, Ruled A

Moleskine Classic Extra Large, Ruled A

Moleskine Folio A4, Squared A

Leuchtturm1917 Medium, Dots A

I can write in the Leuchtturm (I'll never remember how to spell that) when I hold the pen (Sheaffer Imperial 440 - not my pic) upside down, but I really dislike doing that.

It could be the ink, I use Waterman Intense Black (Encre Noir - so much better that way). I am almost out of my 50mls, so I'll need new ink soon. If anyone wants to recommend a good ink for the Leuchtturm, I'll give it a go.

I will say that I do prefer a rougher texture. I enjoy the sound a rougher paper makes, and I like the feel of it under the pen. If I can't hear or feel the pen, I don't enjoy writing.

I personally find all this talk of "leagues" to be ridiculous. It shouldn't matter how expensive your notebook is. All that matters are these two questions:

  1. Does it cooperate with the pen?
  2. Do you like it?

    For me, Moleskine notebooks are both "Yes." For Leuchtturm, it fails on the first. If it's an ink problem, I'd very likely convert if I found an ink that cooperated.
u/shmi · 14 pointsr/photography

Honestly if you don't know what they need from asking them, a gift card to Amazon. I'd much rather have that and spend it on what I need or whatever G.A.S. tells me I need than to receive a piece of kit that I didn't choose. I don't mean to sound rude, it's just that I rather prefer researching and choosing my own gear.

If you absolutely must, though, I recommend a book.

Or a notebook for taking notes while out shooting, scouting, etc.

u/Tod_Gottes · 2 pointsr/fountainpens

Leuchtturm1917 makes some awesome journals. 125 sheets of paper. A bit more sheets than rhodias webnotebooks, but the rhodia webnotebooks are 90gsm and leuchtturm1917 is only 70gsm. I think I would probably go with the rhodia because its a bit cheaper and if Im gonna be paying $20 for a notebook then I want the higher quality of paper. But who knows. Im pretty new to fountain pens and fancy paper, so I really cant compare 70, 80, or 90 gsm paper.

u/judogirl · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

I have been single my whole life. Never been asked on a date, never been kissed etc. I'm just waiting for the right guy to come along! Without a SO I still accomplished being valedictorian of my high school class and am now on honor roll in my third year of studying Engineering.

Here is something that is helpful in my studies! :)

u/chrisndc · 1 pointr/DMAcademy

I do it a bunch of different ways. If it's a map I am coming up with on the fly, I usually just quickly draw it on a battle mat or dry erase board.

Sometimes I use donjon (like you did) and then draw it out on one inch grid paper. I just cover undiscovered parts of the map with paper.

I just tried out 2.5d for a battle with a vampire, this isn't the video I used to build mine, but it will give you an idea of what I'm talking about.

I've also tried the method of cutting the map into rooms to lay out as the party moves forward. This method makes it more difficult for the party to know the layout of the dungeon, which can be fun.

It's all just trial and error, in my opinion! Have fun!

u/NEKNIM · 7 pointsr/fountainpens

This is what I use and it’s great. It’s been mentioned here before and the general consensus is good.

u/FiercelyFuzzy206 · 3 pointsr/EDC

40oz Hydroflask with straw attachment

Field Notes

GEARWARD duct tape

Cold Steel Recon 1 Micro

Costco eyeglass cleaner kit mini Phillips and flathead screwdriver

Chotech USB C keychain adapter

Magnetic PicoPen

Olight variable flashlight - This things lowest brightness is just as bright if not brighter than my old flashlights ONLY brightness.

Metal USB3.0 flashdrive with USB to Type-C adapter.

Pebble Smartwatch

Leatherman Wave

u/slowpro1211 · 4 pointsr/EDC

OnePlus 5T
OnePlus 5T Case | SUPCASE

Frenchie Wallet

XTACER Tactical Molle Key Ring

Standard Zippo

Benchmade 943

Samsung Gear S3 Frontier Smartwatch (Bluetooth), SM-R760NDAAXAR – US Version with Warranty

Gear S3 Frontier / Classic Watch Band, V-Moro 22mm Solid Stainless Steel Metal Business Replacement Bracelet Strap for Samsung Gear S3 Frontier / S3 C

Craftsman Slide-Locking Utility Knife Model 994877

KONOV 8mm Stainless Steel Mens Ring, Blue Plated Faceted Edges, Blue Silver - Size 11

Smok Alien 220w
Tobeco Mini Super Tank
Tobeco .2 sub ohm coil

Spyderco 2160199 C170GBBKP Kara hawk G-10 Folder Blade Knife, Black, 2.35"

Zebra F-701 Ballpoint Stainless Steel Retractable Pen, Fine Point, 0.7mm, Black Ink, 1-Count

Field Notes Kraft Ruled 3-Pack

Field Notes / Moleskine Pocket Notebook Cover by Metier Life | Canvas with Vegan Leather | Fits Journals 3.5" X 5.5" | With Included Field Notes Notebook and Metier Pen - Stealth Black

SKILCRAFT B3 Aviator Multi-Function Pen Black/Red Ink & Pencil with Stylus (7520-00-NIB-2522)

BRS Barebones 2.0

u/cbroughton80 · 12 pointsr/ZeroWaste

It's neat but it reminded me of this reusable notebook and pens you can buy for $25 on Amazon right now

Gets good reviews but I've never tried it. Ad copy says it can be used 5 times but reviewers have said they've gotten 14 uses.

Using 1 notebook seems better than using a stack of 14 and doesn't look like it would require more resources to produce. Although if you cary a smartphone I guess it's still a waste of resources if we want to go all the way down that rabbit hole.

u/ExplicitInformant · 3 pointsr/ADHD

This waterproof notepad has been living on my wish list for a while now, as well, if you're needing to take notes in moist places :)

u/astronaut5000 · 3 pointsr/Purdue

Just redid the math its $8, 190/24 is 190/24=7.91666666667, and I'm not trying to make a profit I just want people to get cheap engineering books and make sure I don't have 24 of them. On Amazon engineering pads are around $14-15 so around %50 of normal price I thought is cool. I'll edit the post.

u/corezero · 1 pointr/weightroom

>graph paper

Is that like engineering paper? That stuff was the best. I still have some left over from college that I use from time to time.

u/ulzo · 3 pointsr/Calligraphy

The advice that was given to me by /u/GardenofWelcomeLies was to start with a dip pen, so I will pass along the same advice.

Overall, a dip pen and some sumi ink will run you cheaper than an automatic like the pilot parallel's.

edit: Here are the 3 things you can use to start your adventure: 1. Manuscript Student Set 2. Sumi ink - make sure it is NONwaterproof 3. Rhodia dot pad

u/publichobbyaccount · 2 pointsr/LifeProTips

Especially if you get a good flip top notebook (example ) it's really the best way to go.

Before you ask any questions you can just skim through the list of the ones you've already asked.

By putting things you were told unprompted in the 'answers' column, you can really easily review them before each shift by skimming your notebook, because they will have blank spaces in the 'questions' column indicating where they are.

If you do it right you will almost never have to be told anything twice. You'll also have a killer resource for any new employees.

u/trevordbs · 2 pointsr/EngineeringStudents

TOPS Engineering Computation Pad, Quad Rule, Letter Size, Green Tint, 100 Sheets per Pad (35500)

If you can find the white kind I recommend it.

u/Urge_Reddit · 1 pointr/DMAcademy

I recently bought two 1" grid easel pads, which I draw maps on. You can find them on Amazon, or at an office supply store depending on what's available near you, I bought mine from Staples.

As an example of what I'm talking about, here's a link to one from Amazon

For tokens, I use a small collection of D&D miniatures I had from when we last played 3.5 ten or so years so, I don't have much in the way of duplicates and a decent amount are basically impossible to use (My level 3 group ain't fighting Bane any time soon...), so I've been supplementing with some spare dice for the time being, anything will work so long as everyone is clear on what each token represents.

u/Prrrtz · 2 pointsr/notebooks

Yeah, you could use the regular staplebound pads or the wirebound notebooks.

I realized that if you pull the dot grid sheets out of an A5 pad, their size will be less than A5. As I’m picky as hell, I got the A5+ 193439c notebook so that the detached paper size is exactly A5. Also, they are micro perforated, which helps. Note that the dots are bluish though, not sure why they do not use the subtle grey of their notepads.

They have A4+ staplebound pads as well.

Hey, thanks for the offer! So generous! :)

u/anser_penna · 1 pointr/fountainpens

Black 'n Red notebooks are very good, and are about $5.50 each:

Otherwise you could also save your fountain pen for other uses and use conventional ballpoint or gel pen on your cheap notebooks.

u/randomwords42 · 1 pointr/DnD

We have been using something like this and it is working alright until we get a more permanent solution.

u/AircraftPeep · 1 pointr/fountainpens

Yes, I compare the prices per page and not by notebook or weight.

Is this perhaps what you’re talking about? Unfortunately, it seems the product you’re talking about is only available in the UK market... but I’ll keep my eyes peeled for it! Thanks!

u/Daivyjones · 1 pointr/AskReddit

Aqua Notes

Best thing I've ever gotten on Amazon.

u/BassyClastard · 1 pointr/calligraffiti

I will always recommend Rhodia products. I use their dot pads religiously. They're well made, with quality paper and for a fair price.

u/beaverteeth92 · 2 pointsr/college

Seconded. If you have open-book tests or know you're going to look over notes a lot, I highly recommend shelling out money for a Leuchtturm notebook. It has page numbers, a table of contents, and two bookmarks. They've been really helpful for some classes.

u/killbillydeluxe · 2 pointsr/EDC

I am in Canada as well and I just get the Molkeskine notebooks of the same size. I find them a bit better and definitely lower in price.


And now you need to get a Space Pen by Fisher!

u/Rarwkitty · -11 pointsr/BuyItForLife

"mberry" the taste buds changing candies

Microwave Notebook (pretty neat tbh)
Rocketbook Wave Smart Notebook

"Smartplug" (get one of these and you would never have to get up from your bed to turn off the lights)

u/Another_Minor_Threat · 2 pointsr/DnD

I recommend Pilot FriXion highlighters and pens

I use them exclusively at work and on my Rocketbook which I also highly recommend.

u/Drunken_Economist · 3 pointsr/DnD

It depends how much work you want to put into it! Drawing it as you go (or describing it and watching/correcting the players' drawing) is easy and works just fine. I prefer being able to include more details and colors, so I went out and bought a few pads of 1-inch graph easel paper and spend some time drawing out each section of a dungeon. As the players explore, I put a new sheet down and occasionally use some scrap paper to cover up parts they can't see.

u/Achmaddude · 4 pointsr/Wellworn

You should check out Field Notes, my cousin is always going on about how great and durable they are and blah blah blah blah blah. Here's a link Field Notes Kraft Ruled 3-Pack they're pretty cheap too!

u/CreditBewilderment · 4 pointsr/bulletjournal

Here's a few off the top of my head-- I have no idea how available they are in Canada.

Leuchtturm 1917:

Rhodia webnotebook:

Cognitive Surplus dot grid:

Cognitive Surplus line and grid:

If these don't work for you, you'd probably have better luck over at r/notebooks.

u/razgrizMC · 2 pointsr/notebooks

Unfortunately, several companies sell the comp pads with no on-page branding. I'm guessing from the first image that you're looking for a green pad but some companies offer a buff pad using the same paper, tan with a brown grid. Might be an alternate option to use while searching.

If Ampad isn't to your liking, you might also look into

u/isparavanje · 2 pointsr/fountainpens

The only companies that sell 8.5x11 notebooks that tear out nicely are Red&Black and Clairefontaine, afaik.

The issue with the Red and Black notebook is the torn out page is slightly smaller than 8.5x11, as it's the whole paper that's 8.5x11, not the torn out part. The issue with Clairefontaine is just that it's a little pricey for homework/note-taking paper. If you have a printer you could always just get the HP laser papers and print your own grid. 24 or 32 both works but 32 is better

u/mrpeppr1 · 3 pointsr/malefashionadvice

Well obvious plug for /r/EDC

u/AKFlyingFish · 1 pointr/LifeProTips

If you want to be super fancy, you can just buy this green paper called engineering paper.

It's like regular paper but when you layer it, grid lines pop up. My husband uses it for when he's working on his math in college. I've only ever seen it sold in the campus bookstore though.

There's a link for Amazon if people don't understand what I mean.

u/revolution486 · 1 pointr/Journaling

I use This kinda a journal at the moment for digital/ traditional journaling. But I only add it into my phone once in a while probably*

Maybe this helps, also the new thing I keep seeing is called "re-markable" its like an ebook paper you can write on I believe, I dont have one. Its too expensive. But maybe that will accomplish what you're after?

u/b3k · 1 pointr/Reformed

I'm not really sure what the difference is the single column journaling format looks like how I'd imagine a wide margin Bible, but with lines for writing. Do you want lines?

Depending on what you mean by "extensive note-taking" you could also look at an interleaved journaling Bible, or do what I do and find a Bible that you like and put your notes in a notebook.

u/idontcarethatmuch · 1 pointr/bulletjournal

I like the small, simple, and very flat Field Notes books. They are inexpensive, durable enough, and small enough. I began my BuJo-ing with them and would buy again. I am a lefty also and appreciate the thin, flat, small format.

u/langraffe · 3 pointsr/productivity

Have you considered smart notebooks? They are reusable (up until a certain point) so you can invest in a computer for yourself and still have the pen and paper feel you need

u/onlyhelpfulthings · 1 pointr/college

Have you ever heard of the Rocketbook Everlast? I was thinking about getting a tablet for notetaking when I found it, and now it's the only notebook I use. Pages that feel like paper but are completely reusable and quickly scannable with the associated app. You get all the benefits of digital notes with an analog writing experience.

u/LocutusOfBorg17 · 2 pointsr/fountainpens

Recently fell in love with these Black n' Red Twin Wire Poly Cover Notebook, 11" x 8-1/2", Black/Red, 70 Ruled Sheets (K66652)

But also Rhodia paper is great but I feel that the black and red notebooks show more Sheen

u/Deusis · 1 pointr/goodyearwelt

I made it for this notebook actually. I bought one myself to make sure the dimensions would work. I really like the notebook.

u/meimeyselfandi · 1 pointr/notebooks

Have tried out moleskins? There usually hit or miss for most people. I use them for drawing/sketch and they hold up pretty well for both Muji pens and Midliners.

Moleskine Classic Notebook

u/bvalosek · 3 pointsr/gamedev

rhodia dot grid pad

and pilot g2 0.38 pen

Perfect combo for any kinda sketching / brainstorming

u/Badger_23 · 1 pointr/EDC

Sorry for photo quality. First post ever on this so be gentle. Starting from top row, left to right:

u/raspberry-19 · 1 pointr/knitting

I like dot grid notebooks like this Webnotebook.

u/Chance4e · 2 pointsr/DnD

A small journal is all you need. If you want a good one that will last a campaign or three, pick up a moleskine or something of similar quality.

If you're the kind of group that insists on using laptops at the table, Microsoft OneNote is perfect. But you should put the laptops away. They don't solve as many problems as you'd think.