Wiser Web Wednesday

Wiser Web Wednesday – a semi-regular link to posts of interest from around the web, by those far wiser than myself:


Light & Ink
With one method of export in text editing app Ulysses now DOCX rather than Rich Text Format, some workflows may have suffered a little. Although I don’t often export with either, this workaround might be handy for some.

One that’s new to me is Zoho Writer. I installed it after checking the features page and seeing that it did indeed have RTF export. One nice feature is that it also shows up in Ulysses’ share sheet when exporting as DOCX.

Where there’s a will there’s (usually) a way:
Patching the RTF Hole in Ulysses


Katie Floyd
I’ve listened to the Mac Power Users podcast for long enough to know that if one Katie Floyd is reconsidering her Evernote situation then significant changes have occurred with the app. Of course that is exactly what has occurred with recent pricing increases causing many to rethink whether Evernote still has a place in their monthly subscription outgoings:

I understand the need for subscription pricing and sustainable revenue streams for App developers. But sometimes it feels like we’re being pecked to death by ducks.

I must admit for the first time, I’m seriously looking at other options including either dropping my plan down to the plus level or canceling the service all together.

I’ve mentioned on these pages before my slow migration from Evernote to Apple Notes. This remains incomplete, largely due to my extreme apathy towards sitting down and determining if I even need a lot of what remains inside Evernote.

Interesting times ahead with so many alternate apps which may not be exact Evernote replicas, yet might do the job well enough:
Sad Elephant


Fountain Pen Quest
Although my entire fountain pen collection almost fits into the array of Nock Co. cases I picked up in the original Kickstarter campaign a couple of years ago — that is not to say other options do not appeal.

This offering from Visconti, the subject of Ray’s keen eye, is a nice option if requirements call for a more rigid protective case:
Review: Visconti Dreamtouch Leather 3 Pen Holder


Ed Jelley
Upon seeing the Schon design pen pictured around the Internet, my main concern centred around the weight — simply from a personal preference point of view.

While the form factor is great for EDC, the weight of the stainless is just a bit too much for my taste. It’s fairly noticeable when you’re carrying the pen in pocket, and even more so when using it

I’m sure there are those who love the weight, however as always — each to their own in this hobby. There are plenty of great options for everyone.

A thorough review as always from Ed:
Schon DSGN 01S Stainless Steel Pen Review


Alt. Haven
Although I love my fountain pens, I do enjoy using great ballpoints and rollerballs almost as much.

Having a couple of Lamy 2000 fountain pens in my collection, the multi-pen variant of the 2000 line is certainly never far from the pens I consider as “possibles” in terms of future purchases.

Junee with another great review:
Review: Lamy 2000 Multipen


The Pen Addict
I’m a firm believer in highlighting posts such as these, for you never know when those new to the world of fountain pens enter the neighbourhood.

Although good reference posts exist, as far as I’m concerned the more the merrier, given it only increases the likelihood new users will come across information which is highly relevant and useful to the hobby:
Zen and the Art of Fountain Pen Maintenance


The Gentleman Stationer
As I work my way through the many pen reviews around on the internet each week, I have often wondered both (a) how do the prolific reviewers get through all of the pens they have queued up; and (b) how on earth do those reviewers ever get to use the pens they really enjoy and are favourites?

This might be the nerdiest thing I’ve ever written, but I needed to do something.  I didn’t like the feeling that the idea of testing and using different pens was overriding the joy I should be feeling in using them in the first place

The answer is to create a system such as the one Joe mentions here. A great idea, yet one that also reminds me how thankful I am I don’t have to:
Choosing Pens for the Daily Carry


The Pelikan’s Perch
Generally I’m more likely to add different pens to my collection rather than different colours of the same or similar models.

However, this soon to be released offering from Pelikan certainly tempts me to add to the red and the black M205’s currently in my collection.

Brough to you of course where you find all your Pelikan news:
News: M205 Aquamarine Special Edition Demonstrator


Too Many Inks
If I’m remembering the system correctly, this looks like ink number 355 entering the Too Many Inks stable.

BMW Blue didn’t disappoint, thought the scan below doesn’t do it justice, this ink shades very well with the dark areas having a red highlight just like the best of the shading blues from Sailor or iroshizuku. This is one very nice blue, I look forward to using it at the office this week.

Look, I’m very pleased the BMW Blue is an impressive ink and has gone to a good home, however someone has to do the responsible thing and say it: David – please don’t ink and drive1:
Montblanc for BMW Blue


Crónicas Estilográficas
Now that — is an interesting nib:
East Pen Made in Tokyo


Having been earlier this year diagnosed with Coeliac Disease, I have a new found respect for the importance of accurate and clear labelling on the products we consume.

Ivan Menezes, CEO of Diageo, said: ‘We believe people should have the best possible information to make informed choices about what they drink: this includes alcohol content and nutritional information per typical serve. Johnnie Walker is one of our largest global brands, which means these new labels will arm millions of people around the world with clear information about what’s in their glass and in a way they can understand at a glance.’

Upon looking at the labelling, the benefits of listing kJ/calories and six further zero’s for the remaining nutritional categories may be questionable, though for the reason I’ve mentioned above, I am not complaining about steps taken in labelling standards.

Besides, I don’t really think you’ll find any negatives resulting from such a move inside your usual bottle:
Johnnie Walker to count calories on labels


The struggle to further grow specialty coffee is real.

So here’s the problem: what we perceive as our biggest asset to win and retain customers doesn’t work the way we want it to. Not enough people are interested in upgrading the coffee they drink.

Of course it wouldn’t be a jimseven post without some valid solutions:
A customer conundrum


Although it might be summer in the Northern Hemisphere — it’s always BBQ weather in Brisbane:
Coffee BBQ Rub Is Magically Delicious

  1. Yep. Wow. Not only did I think of that – I actually wrote it. My apologies. ↩︎

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