Café Roundup #4

Disclaimer: None of the companies mentioned in this post are sponsoring me. They don’t even know who I am. The views and blunders are my own. Thank you. 

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Instead of spamming social media with things I find, I’ll do a weekly post with some of the things that get tangled up in my brain. Or hair. Really, it has a mind of its own.

 Aperture, shutter speed and ISO infographic. Pretty self explanatory. I got a camera a couple years ago and I really need to explore the ins and outs of it before it grows grey hairs. The site is in German, but the infographic is universal.

13 ways to hack your writing.

There’s a new Good Omens hardcover on the way. I’m so very tempted.

Some years ago, I ran into Hybridworks while looking for interesting computer icons. I’ve used their Japanese set (Yoritsuki and Sakura) on my computer ever since. They also have an iPhone/ipad app called Yoritsuki which simulates the view from a traditional Japanese bathhouse. It’s a paid app and it does not give you points, it’s not a game. It’s just…..downright relaxing. You can set your view as you wish, and enjoy. Setting it on a timer, with their rain mode has helped me unwind many times. Do you have a different set of icons you want to use to change the look of yours? This is how you change them in MacOS.

Have a good week, everyone.

Café Roundup #3

Disclaimer: None of the companies mentioned in this post are sponsoring me. They don’t even know who I am. The views and blunders are my own. Thank you. 

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Instead of spamming social media with things I find, I’ll do a weekly post with some of the things that get tangled up in my brain. Or hair. Really, it has a mind of its own.

Midori Travelers Notebook review from a man’s perspective. I love color, but when it comes to journals, notebooks and planners, I like for them to be plain. I get easily distracted, plus I want the option of decorating vs not decorating a page to my taste. There are so many reviews for the Midori out there that are covered in stickers, washi, scrapbook paper and other paraphernalia, and while they are beautiful, I feel like you can’t really get the bare bones essentials of the notebook from them. I liked this review for that exact reason. It’s to the point, without any sparkles. He also put together a pretty good video with suggestions on how to improve your handwriting. I see many people in the planning/journaling community concerned with their penmanship. 

Questions posted to the NYPL pre-Internet. If you’ve ever been in the business of providing information to others (be it as a teacher, customer service, librarian, etc), I’m sure you have a list of oddballs. While you’re on a roll, look up Richard Lederer’s “Anguished English“. 

Tim Hawkins is one of my favorite comedians. He has a book coming out. In a world where cussing, adult themes and body parts are a source of hilarity (which in general, I have no issues with, though it can get boring when it’s the main source of material), it’s good to find someone who doesn’t need them in order to be awesome. 

Have a great day!

Café Roundup #2

Disclaimer: None of the companies mentioned in this post are sponsoring me. They don’t even know who I am. The views and blunders are my own. Thank you. 

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Instead of spamming social media with things I find, I’ll do a weekly post with some of the things that get tangled up in my brain. Or hair. Really, it has a mind of its own.

Kids can join Camp Google for free! – Brought to you by a collaboration of Khan Academy, National Geographic, NASA, and the National Park Service. My boy is too young to appreciate it yet, but I’m hanging on to this as he slowly relaizes what it means. Growing up, I would’ve loved every second of this. 

Japanese notation to keep a notebook better organized. I loved this idea and plan to implement it on my writing notebooks. 

We were stationed in Okinawa when the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami destroyed part of Japan. It was horrifying to be sitting in front of a TV, watching as a giant wave razed the land, being unable to help. The destruction went beyond just infrastructure. Thousands of lives, so many families…. Amidst the ongoing rebuilding, there are projects that offer services and use proceeds to help their community. Two of these are sister projects Megumi and Nozomi. 
The Megumi Project takes kimono and refashions them into shawls, ties, ribbons, scarves, and book covers. 
The Nozomi Project takes pottery and turns them into jewelry, bookmarks, key chains and other pieces. 

On another part of the world, we have Sudara, which employs Hindu women who have been rescued from the sex trade and gives them the opportunity to make a living on their own terms. Their Punjammies are very comfortable 🙂

There’s going to be a Victorian Sherlock special. It makes me fangirl. Oh, my goodness does it ever make me fangirl. They even tortured us with a teaser.  

Have a good week! See you Friday with a One Book July and Hobodori update!