Ask LazyWeb: Modern-day IRC replacement?

So, there was a time, where if I wanted several someones to get together to chat, I’d find an IRC
server and start a channel, and that would be that. Of course, at that time, pretty much everyone I knew was a reasonably hard-core geek (or was friends with one), and had a shell account.  (more…)

So much potential.

The question is, do we use our powers for good or evil?

Dorky layout realization of the day.

If you’ve paid attention at all over the last n years, you know that one of the things I do is design custom planners. So, I spend a lot of time creating calendars of various sorts. I was working on one today, and I stumbled upon something:

If you’re one of the people whose calendar weeks run Sunday – Saturday, then February 2015 fits exactly into a 4-week spread. I don’t think I’ve encountered that before, or at least, it never stuck out enough to be noticed before.

That’s all. Nothing overly interesting. I said it was a dorky realization, didn’t I? And yet you read on. You have nobody to blame but yourself.

Ask LazyWeb: Calling All Knitters…

I need input (cue Johnny 5 impression).

I have about 1,000 yards of fingering weight yarn that knits up best on US3 needles. Point me to your favorite shawl or scarf pattern that will help me use up this wonderful yarn.

Calling my drawing-enabled friends.

Hey there. Anyone looking for a very small amount of side work? I need a logo for While I’m a fair hand at layout and design, and absolutely useless when it comes to the actual making of the images. If you’re interested, we should talk.

Time keeps on slipping, etc.

I design planners for people. (Think Franklin-Covey, DayPlanner, etc. Except customized to your needs, and the information you want / need to capture, and the way you actually use your planner.) As the end of September is approaching (which had to be pointed out to me, but which I eventually accepted, with minimal kicking and screaming), I fired up InDesign to work on Q4 planner pages.

One of my common designs has a “future planning” section on the last page of each month, with sections blocked out for each of the three following months. So, as I finished working on October, I had to type in January 2013 for the first time, and that’s when it actually hit me that 2012 is more gone than not. Where the hell has this year gone?

A few thoughts on (physical) page layout…

Though I suppose much of this also applies to web page layout as well.

  1. White space matters.
  2. There is only so much room on  a page.
  3. In most cases, there are only so many pages that can reasonably go into a book.
  4. The more things you want to cram onto a page, the less room there is for stylistic flourishes.
  5. White space matters.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’ll go back to banging my head against InDesign.

Polling Paper Planner People

I’m designing a new paper planner (think DayRunner, DayTimer, Franklin Covey, GTD, etc). Yes, there are still lots of people out there who use them, so if all you wanna do is mock, please move along. If you use a paper planner, or have opinions about them (other than the mocking thing), please read on!

I’m pretty well set on my new layout (2 page spread per day, including notes, agenda, to-do list). This means that each month will always have a blank “front cover” and a blank “back cover.” Historically, I have used a monthly calendar for the front cover, except the new layout removes the need for this. What would you like as the cover page for the start of each month? A simple “Month Year” cover page? Monthly goals? Expense tracking? Special dates? Something else?

Also, the “back cover” of my months tends to be “future planning” for the following two months. Any other ideas?

Thanks for helping me brainstorm!

If you use a paper planner and are not happy with the one you use, we should talk. I have a few subscribers to my monthly planners, and they’re pretty happy! 🙂