Out of all the bloggers I have come across I think you may appreciate them most of all. Personalized and perfect. I just paid $200 to watch the Phillies get killed by the Red Sox. I said this trade-off was analogous to walking by a pond and seeing a drowning baby and deciding that one would rather keep their shiny shoes clean rather than jump in and save the baby. Whole new territory for the ACL marketeers! Maybe tomorrow it won’t be here and all that will remain will be a holding page saying “gone to Africa (and not to watch soccer)”, “YOU ARE INTELLECTUALLY COWARDLY AND WEAK! the $109 notebook being so yesterday. Let’s also posit that during your spare time (defined as “those times when you are not taking notes”) you save drowning babies. In addition to having godawful handwriting to begin with, I’m a southpaw (so I drag my hand across the newly-laid ink, smudging it as I go). Love the cover feel and the blue page edges. They have become increasingly popular after being just that little black notebook that was sold in bookstores and other places. I could do without the brand history printed on the inside of the back cover. Let’s supposed that you have found, to your horror, that Shabby Ersatz Notebooks (SENs), when used in the company of people whose money you wish to earn, are regarded as evidence of a certain lack of professional commitment, mental capacity and perhaps even suitable grooming. $303. There’s nothing special about this notebook, except for the fact that saps are paying the stamper’s mortgage at an alarming rate. Relevance. Any bleed through? “NOTES” backwards spells “SETON,” which sounds awfully close to “SATAN.” Coincidence? In a world where there is a, I believe, a moral imperative to help others, isn’t it a bit perverse to spend $100 on a notebook? But you know what’s masculine? Must feel a bit like reading Shakespeare to a horse. I just bought one and had the words “INTELLECTUAL COWARD” stamped into it. Pick a colour, add your initials or a playful motif and make it your own. I just don’t think I could pony up that much more for the leather. How does that not make the other people assholes/ shitheads? Whilst on vacation I came across a Saturday Evening Post from 1960 and shot as many photos of the content as I could. Love the ACL typeface – what is it? At least you could have replaced the paper when it ran out. Next Greg D ( and others) are going to say that spending $300 on shoes is stupid because they can get flip-flops for $10 or my jeans shouldnt cost $200 because they can get a cheaper pair elsewhere. Here's why it's more expensive: Most people are fine with using cheap paper. Smythson is pretty expensive imo. Though one company whose founding predates Smythson is Prantl, and they have Thomas Mann, Richard Strauss, and Royal Bavarians & Austrians. I think I paid $109 for it. I second Aaron’s comments, and would just add that Derek’s attempt at moral mathematics is ridiculous. And if we do we’re even more uncomfortable with what we find. Furthermore, the blogosphere seems decidedly nice and lacking in ego lately, so I may be coming back around to ACL. Your baby in a pond thing isn’t quite right. This post made me open up some desk drawers and look through some old notebooks. Echoing the best comments thread on ACL ever above as well as pointing out this: a) $109 in notebook money does not equal $109 benefit to some destitute person in a far off land. Add to wish list . I hope to see some politically themed covers soon. MW tell us that all this comment traffic has been a good thing for your business, and then at least we’ll know that some monetary profit does in fact, come from social media. just for the record, since I don’t know if anyone else has brought it up…BEST COMMENTS SECTION EVER. Some domain names have fixed wholesale prices negotiated between the registry and a non-profit called the Internet Corporation for … "They feel so durable in your hands and their paper stock has a really nice texture. Is there something in 1001 Rules for My Unborn Son about not being intellectually craven? Now say I decided to not go out drinking and buy an over priced notebook. But those are more like desk books; or rather, you need an attaché case, and not just a jacket, to carry them around. But seriously . I like those rite-in-the-rain notebooks. Far from being the more expensive or the more boring of the two categories, business laptops often shine – in a good way - when you least expect. So the message to me is, that it maters not so much what you pay for your notebook, but what you put in it after you get it. Customer Service Maybe she designed the typeface used for the personalisation with her own fair hand, in which case I’d say she was catching up with her husband in the achievement stakes (and I just KNOW he’s a baby-saving sort of chap). Choose something classic or add some personality with a witty motif. If you wear them 350 times its a buck an outing. An alternative and equally effective argument is that the job of the individual who operates this blog requires the purchase and subsequent display, review and discussion of such relatively inexpensive personal luxuries (inexpensive when compared to watches, pens, shoes, cars, yachts, etc). Just a hunch. .b-category_hero-desc { It is there to reign in on our values and common sense through human vitues like empathy and love. Richard Feynman was a man. We see this a lot in our own office. The real top end is ludicrously expensive – Smythson, for example, has some really gorgeous writing folders in chocolate crocodile skin (sounds tasty, doesn’t it?). Mores aside, it’s idiotic to pay someone $13 per letter to stamp your notebooks and shove some gold leaf in the holes. Those letters are $13 each. Although both types of computers rely on semiconductors to work, the number of similarities start diminishing as you look closer at their internal construction. Our beer club just bought a $100 case of beer. Social commentary is not ‘riding on a high horse’, or about libertarian vs conservative doctrines. Does anyone realise that it isn’nt what note book you write in, but what knowledge that goes in it that counts? Hell, modern artist crap on canvas and sell it for millions!! Sale Capsule: Crossbody and Shoulder Bags. Finally, if you meant to say that wealth is immoral, what the hell are you doing on a computer, in a house, with electricity? I always find that different perspectives is what makes the world go round. It isn’t monogrammed, but now I want to go “borrow” a gold paint marker and make it so. But, if I understand his job correctly, Mr. Williams is an advertising man and this site is in harmony with his profession. It doesn’t change anything for better or worse if he spent $109,000 for the notebook. Your browser's Javascript functionality is currently turned off. Laptops are about to get more expensive, and we have tariffs to thank Laptop buyers will pay the price in the China-U.S. trade war By Jonathan Terrasi June 22, 2019 The leatherwork of the cover is peerless in my opinion. Seriously. 28th July 2014 . Many others just resorted to really immature and cheap mocking. SMYTHSON Portobello grained-leather notebook 26cm x 21cm . If that’s not good enough, let’s try it another way. In many cases, a student can simply walk into their college bookstore, and locate a shelf designated for their course by subject, course number, and professor name, then check out at the counter in a manner of minutes. Unless the goal is to inhabit that look. It is clunky in that I doubt there are many who feel any responsibility for individuals who live there. Each is hand-bound, packed full of our Featherweight paper and stamped with a unique motif. Best ever Hi folks. It’s not that hard of an argument. . That’s at least a drowning baby-arm. So why do people still think the MacBook is so expensive? I'm intrigued by the very thin paper with no bleed-through (is this even possible?). This Notebook would have to be for more than shopping lists and food intake records or gym workouts. } The army notebook ends with plenty of pages to go butactivity is picked up again in Orange Park Ranger pocket notebooks that were issued by the National Park Service for fire fighting. I still think he should have gotten the jotter with replacement pages. And to the fourth, I’m a graduate student studying political economy and development. To answer the question of why are laptops more expensive than desktops, a few basics need to be understood. Talk about a red herring. Tash1 Member. Compared to a I also feel that the old world morality appeal of this blog is completely superficial. then maybe I would splurge on it as birthday gift, maybe. Therefore, I’m able to condense all my thoughts and my schedule in just one book. Every year all manner of wealthy countries, all of which I’m sure who could afford to give more than they do give more none the less. So dead babys aside… A key reason why gaming laptops are so expensive is the lack of standardization. Besides all that, the notebook looks beautiful and I think it’s well worth it to spend any amount of money on things you really like and take pleasure in. And they are made in Tacoma, Washington. I decided to kill two birds with one stone myself, with my latest being the Portobello diary and before that, the Soho one. So cheap paper is cheap to make, and then even more cheap because it's made in such incredible quantities. QED. Fountain pen inks do not bleed through at all. And, unlike Moleskines, they are not made in China. If I saw the drowning baby I would take out my new notebook and write a note to the parents of this baby and say “your baby has drowned.” Also I would write “why is your baby all alone in a pool of water, you need to work on your parenting.” Then I would ask the baby if it is developing abandonment issues over being left alone to drown. It's time to put pen to paper. Oh look! No, but I think that these are true for this world. no big deal. The same reasons provide an answer to why they are so expensive. Some people buy really fancy wine but wear cheapie flip flops, or put all their money in their car and eat mostly fast food. GET OUT OF MY WAR ALCOVE”. As a shameless plug, I have a post coming up this Friday that I think you will like. It is not as if it is a piece of high end clothing, where the skill of tailoring the piece is part of the price, etc. There’s a ton of moralizing on this blog. It’s intellectually cowardly and weak to brush off a moral discussion by using a subtle ad hominem attack and red herring. But they start at £280. That could easily cost me $150. Thanks for the reminder. Sure I have probably spent twice that in thrift shops where I have bought 2$ items over the years that I never wear, is that any better? I have a bar tab with Williams that was almost $300. Hey, whatever floats yer boat y’all, but a fool and his money are easily parted…. College bookstores today make purchasing course textbooks very convenient. Oh, the joys of the search function!!! But I also don’t drop $109 on notebooks. Now let’s say you have been a note taker for a number of years (defined as “more than 1”). Derek — I think you are just taking this too seriously. then the notebook was more than worth it. “That will be $232.68,” the clerk says. I have not seen anything on the site that leads me to believe that there is anything dishonest going on. Derek – what enjoyment could you possibly be deriving from making pronouncements to a group as obsessed with aesthetics as this one? The “Make It Happen” cover is great (it inspired the title for my blog). Trying to find moral equivalencies is no longer attempted by any moral philosopher worth his or her salt. God will punish me for that. Advertising Before I give my reasons, I should say that there are plenty of worthwhile alternatives to Moleskines (but a spiral-bound notebook isn’t one of them — sorry, Charlie! I think not. I recently ordered some “Alwych” notebooks from England. Also you are correct, I am a coward and intellectually weak. But, a coward rich in notebooks. He set himself up really. Which are insanely expensive, because they need to be ordered from places like Ztronics or R&J which resell speciality parts at massive markups. I’m no saint myself, but we should take a step back and get some serious perspective. And have none of you really never dropped that much at a bar in one sitting? Also, just to preempt the obvious asshole who’s going to come at me with some libertarian “to each his own” consumer morality: If you saw a baby drowning in a pond and decided not to jump in because you didn’t want to muddy up your nice pants or shoes, you would be an immoral asshole. I live in Manhattan and shit here is expensive, especially drinks. I also linked Peter Singer’s article, which originally made this argument back in 1972. Let’s say you’re a professional note taker (defined as “someone who takes notes for money”). Eff that. Favorite Answer. Our new collection is here. Also, trying to frame this in terms of “liberal” and “conservative” is par for the course. When you are in your sixties, I can guarantee it will be far more rewarding to flip through those pages than it would be to try and find that old pair of RRL’s or Raleighs that surely won’t last a fraction of the time. I agree with Derek. Healthcare is also a right, not a privilege. This is my last post, as I’ve said all I’ve had to say. To the first, it’s just stupid since the reply would obviously be “well then don’t spend money on either absurd item and lend it out to a poor person in a very poor country so they can have a home instead.” To the second, you haven’t answered why then it’s not unethical for someone to walk by a drowning baby in order to have nice shoes. The 13-inch screen-low MacBook Air price has reached 7788 yuan, while the MacBook Pro with a Retina screen is priced at 9288 yuan. So yeah, dead babies and GNP indexes aside, nice notebook. It’s about the trappings of a life like that. It’s just an exchange between two people. You need a reality check. The gold stamped Smythson notebook. What the $109 was traded for makes no difference to Burkinabe strangers. In effect, they think you’re an amateur note taker, and as a result they take their note-giving custom elsewhere. I”M GONNA BE A BALLER! If you lent or donated it, someone in a poor country could start his or her own business or prevent their child from getting malaria. Your money is your money. We could all make a fortune and would be better off than we started (perhaps the poor could be thrown a few cents). Hell, if you are accessing this website on an iPhone or godforbid an iPad then you should be ashamed of yourself, spending all that money on a oversized and overfeatured calculator that was made in China where people have to work 23.5 hours a day for $1 an hour. Rite in the rain are awesome notebooks. Just booked a ticket to Burkina Faso. The only issue with Smythson that I have is that if you are a heavy writer the pages are so thin it makes writing on the reverse side almost impossible because of the press through. Explore our sale categories, Women’s Bags, Men’s Bags, Women’s Accessories, Men’s Accessories, Books and Stationery, Home Accessories and Scarves. http://www.guardian.co.uk/theguardian/2010/mar/27/ian-jack-smythsons-samantha-cameron. The paper itself is very special feather weight. So you’re free to do whatever you damn well please with what’s left. Again, I’m not saying we should never treat ourselves. How is the paper? I don’t think this the place for moral discussions. Please turn it on to get the best experience on our site. this is magical. It’s not about how one would practice a life of honesty, hard work, sturdiness and respect. Just Manhattans. With a k. Enjoy the notebook. If however you would like to start purchasing children I believe Angelina can get you a good deal.. probably not much more than a couple of these wonderful notebooks. Though, frankly, I have a pretty strong feeling that people who visit this blog like collecting books and displaying them as objects than they do reading them. An archival piece to be handed down. Those are great notebooks, but I have often wondered while fingering them in shops, are they worth the extra over my trusty Moleskins? This comment thread is not yet as good as the comments section on the Jake Davis/Jeremy Kirkland test shot. As long as a notebook has paper, it’s fine by me. In the Kingdom – as I like to call it, for contrast – if a guy in his 20’s or 30’s bought a Smythson notebook he’s be suspected of rather blatant social climbing, rather than just ostentation, as Smythson is the sort of shop one calls at for one’s stationary on the way from White’s club to the gunsmith when preparing for a weekend’s shootin’. Quick shop. Let’s get some junk in perspective. Net gain: $41. 1.Build Quality. From timeless leather bags and accessories to handcrafted notebooks and stationery, discover up to 60% off selected styles. I agree this is the best thread yet. 3. I would like to note that there is another “Mike” commenting and my last comment was re. The argument is incredibly simple – when we buy things, we make choices. I like those rite-in-the-rain notebooks. Dig this interesting observation about Smythson and the cult of notebooks from the Guardian. We hope that Mrs Cameron will not be removing the perforated corners next. Published 11 June 2019. At least MW will get to keep his notebook for years. To each his own. For me, it would be a really expensive way of inducing writer’s block But the facts are that other people exist. Archer and Olive Notebooks currently have a price point of around $30-40 based on size and style. If you’re so high up there with Oxfam, why don’t you unplug your internet and send your monthly broadband access fee to the Red Cross. If a notebook is used properly, it is likely something that you will hold on to for the duration of your life. A printed notebook for every personality. I think his example of a life in Burkina Faso worked to highlight the question of how we spend our money. Perhaps it’s good to be able to laugh about this stuff, but at the same time spending $109 on a notebook is spending $109 on a notebook. Each of our notebooks is hand-bound and packed full of our signature Featherweight paper. Video, 00:01:22 Why is building so slow and expensive? 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