Hullo and welcome! cygnoir.net is a personal website that has existed in some form or another since May 1998. It is written and produced by me, Halsted, a/k/a Cygnoir. It is a place where I share some of the things that matter to me.
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Today I attended a Traveler’s Notebook meetup at Oblation Papers and Press, Portland’s premiere paper boutique and letterpress studio, and one of my favorite places on Earth.
I bought my first Traveler’s Notebook in May 2010. The first words I wrote in it were, “I know, I know — a new notebook, really?” Yes, really, self. And look at me, eight years later, meeting other people who probably wrote similar sentences in their own similar notebooks.
The future, despite the decidedly dystopian trajectory, can still contain glorious moments of geekery.
A certain giddiness engulfs the soul when surrounded by people who express their creativity with the same tools. I get this feeling in a posse of writers and I got the same feeling today. Our host, Kelly, exuded delight as she remarked on the fascinating ways in which each of us had customized our notebooks. I brought some journaling supplies to share and inked some fountain pens too, but I needn’t have over-prepared because Oblation provided inks to try with dip pens, stamps and ink pads, washi tape, stickers, and goodie bags containing paper samples and other ephemera.
And so our version of a group photo contains zero people. Or does it? Here we are: our notebooks as our avatars, blank canvases turned into journals, into sketchbooks, into planners, into endless possibilities.
Forbes published a wildly ill-informed article on replacing public libraries with Amazon. I won’t waste my time on a rebuttal.
Read EveryLibrary’s response instead.
FunkyPlaid and I saw the Mister Rogers documentary tonight and I set a new personal record: I started crying 10 seconds in.
Black and white tortoiseshell. 😻
🎙️ This week’s episode of the “Hidden Brain” podcast explores the idea of studying religion through the lens of evolution. Riveting stuff! Listen here: https://overcast.fm/+Ht3ifvBjM
📺 Watched Hannah Gadsby: Nanette (2018). Don’t read any reviews or think-pieces about this. Just watch it.
FunkyPlaid gave me this beautiful enamel pin. I refuse to sink.
This Petrichor candle from Camp Goodroad is the business.
Recently I have been using Pokémon GO to take more walks (read: drag my patient husband around the block late at night). My Trainer Code is 8105 0156 9090 if you are also inflicting this odd game on someone you love. 🕹️