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    I am a big fan of having a paper notebook and a nice, hefty, metal pen. The ability to rapidly intermix text, drawings, and sketches is underrated.

    EDIT: For the record, I really like Machine Era pens. Solid metal and made in the USA, with easily refillable ink cartridges.

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      After trying multiple systems on my laptop or smartphone, I always fall back to my notebooks and a foutain pen. The only thing that I miss is a way to easily record some url or reference. I thought about creating my own url shortener or find a mini printer to print sticker with QR code.

      Intermixing different kinds of inputs (text,drawings,sketches,ddiagrams) is the really what I miss the most when I tried any numeric system.

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        I recently had the same idea about a link shortener and so I made one! It doesn’t have much in the way of documentation but it was literally a two hour project and it’s only 50 lines of Go so I think you should be able to get it running really quickly. It uses autoincrementing numbers so the links are always very short and easy to write down (also spell out to someone, remember etc.) I hope you find it useful! Here’s the repo: https://github.com/k2l8m11n2/s

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          That’s nice ! What kind of input method do you use? Sending HTTP request via a web interface or CLI? I will definitely look at it longer, thanks!

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            The interface is the simplest one I could think of: you GET (or just enter in your browser) https://shortener.example.com/https://some-cool-link.example.net/fun-link-stuff and you get back a number (starting with 1) that you use like so: https://shortener.example.com/1 which redirects you to https://some-cool-link.example.net/fun-link-stuff! I hope this example was clear enough, feel free to ask if you have any questions.

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        If you like hefty metal pens, but European ones, I cannot recommend enough Caran d’Ache: https://www.carandache.com/us/en/ballpoint-pen/849-popline-metallic-black-ballpoint-pen-with-holder-p-10214.htm

        This kind of pen can go a long way.

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          So once upon a time I spoke French reasonably well and I was trying to translate “Caran d’Ache” and now I have a headache. Turns out it’s actually a French-ish spelling of a Russian version of a Turkish word.

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            Yes! Even for native French speakers, it feels very French, except Caran doesn’t mean anything (Ache could be a city or whatever).

            Fore those wondering the meaning:

            Caran d’Ache means pencil in Russian and has its roots in the Turkish word “kara-tash” which means black stone, in reference to graphite.

            https://www.carandache.com/us/en/content/ch/fr/la_maison/landing/la_maison_-_histoire.cfm

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              Caran d’Ache means pencil in Russian and has its roots in the Turkish word “kara-tash” which means black stone, in reference to graphite.

              Interestingly, I come from a country where fountain pen are mandatory in school. We speak arabic, and everyone called the fountain pen “cartouch”, which means bullet or cartridge. It’s also funny because the cartridge really looks like a bullet. There’s also a close relation with lead. I thought it was an anglicism but now I’m learning it might actually comes from the ottoman era.
              Language is fun.

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                Interestingly enough, in French cartridge is also called “cartouche” which is very similar!

                I’ve tried to find more on the source of the work, but the best I could find was:

                Borrowed from Italian cartuccia, a diminutive of carta, from Latin charta, from Ancient Greek χάρτης (khártēs) — https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/cartouche

                Which is related to the paper that was used for cartridges (in firearms).

                I wonder what’s the link with pens beside the ink cartridge…

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                A “Crayon of ash” perhaps?

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                Oh, right. Карандаш. But it means pencil, so it’s a little bit weird. Does French pronunciation has anything to do with the Russian one? :D

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                  I decided to leam the Cyrillic alphabet a while back because I noticed there are a lot of shared/borrowed French words in Russian and I was going on a visit to Russia. It was really handy. I know a little French, and no Russian, but I could actually read a lot of words on signs. I got the notion from ресторан = restaurant.

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              I like rotring pens.

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                Have you ever had a problem with them leaking? My partner uses those, as the line quality is beautiful but after a while, every one she has had has started to leak and needs to be cleaned out.

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                  No, I haven’t had trouble with mine leaking. I mostly use the ball point pen though. Nothing fancy.

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                In some previous variant of a similar thread, one fellow lobster got me addicted to discbound notebooks [1] [2] [3]. I heartily recommend checking them out for anyone using paper for work notes. They’re an absolutely ingenious invention, I’m surprised they’re not better known and more popular. I mean, I don’t guarantee they’ll fix all your life problems and smooth your wrinkles, but they have many benefits with not many flaws, and I think everyone should know they exist, so that they can choose them as a tool at will.

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                  What type of paper do you use? Ruled? Grid? Some of my physicist coworkers use a dotted grid-style that I’ve been thinking of trying out

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                    I use a dot-grid notebook for a daily bullet journal and all my notes. I can’t go without some horizontal true north or else I start to slant everything downwards, haha. I recommend the Leuchtturm1917 or the Rhodia Dot Web notebooks if you’re curious.

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                      I’ve been using ruled Moleskine notebooks also with my variant of bullet journal. I also have the same slanting problem, but I think dots would be sufficient. I’ll check those out, thanks!

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                        I found out that dotted paper is the more versatile and my newer notebooks all have some. For example, I can easily draw a chess board when I am working on my chess or write straight or diagram almost properly without any rulers when needed.

                        I have some grieves with the quality of paper is my moleskine that vary so much between notebooks especially with foutain pen ink. Some bleeds too easily, some feathers ans some are perfect with the same ink, foutain pen and nib.

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                      I prefer lined since I write more than I draw and I’m not good at writing on unruled or dotted paper.