Misc.

Music Notes

Compose music on your Hipster PDA

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Inspired by John Norris' Hipster PDA forms, Pete Phillips contributed this handy Hipster PDA form for jotting down musical notes.

Nine staves give you plenty of room to compose your next masterpiece, and there's even a bit of space to write down lyrics for your next catchy tune. You can also write guitar chords above the lines.

Far out tip: write down a few songs and laminate the cards. Then you can hit the right notes when you're yodeling in the bathroom! ;)

Paper size: 
Index Card (3 x 5)
License: 
Creative Commons
Applications required: 
PDF Reader (Adobe Reader, Mac OS X Preview)
Language: 
English

Cornell Notes Template

A Cornell Notetaking system template.

Usage advice: 

This is a template I created for using the Cornell Notetaking method, which is explained here.

In general, the shaded area on the left of the page can be used to write questions alongside their corresponding answers. I also use the left area for headings, marginalia and metadata.

In concept, you write "questions" in the left area, and their answers in the right area (as you're taking notes), so like this:

+-----------+ +-------------------------------+
| What are | | - Mercury |
| the names | | - Venus |
| of the | | - Earth |
| planets | | - Mars |
| and their | | - Jupiter |
| order? | | - Saturn |
| | | - Uranus |
| | | - Neptune |
| | | - Pluto |
| | | |

etc. Then, when you're reviewing your notes, you cover up the right area with something and review the questions in the left area, uncovering the right area as needed to check your responses.

At least, that's how the Cornell Notetaking system itself works. I tend to use the left column for things like:

- Questions to myself about things I've written
- Tags and headings to help me find stuff in the page

and other metadata-like things. For example, in a character sketch for my mystery novel, I wrote a long profile of a character named Nancy, and in the midst of the profile I mentioned that she lives next door to her adult son Raymond. Out of nowhere the thought occurred to me that Raymond might end up playing a more significant role in the story than I thought, so I noted that possibility in the left area for future consideration.

Paper size: 
Classic (5.5 x 8.5)
License: 
Creative Commons
Applications required: 
PDF Reader (Adobe Reader, Mac OS X Preview)
Language: 
English

43 Folders

Merlin Mann's 43 Folders site. Lifehacking, Getting Things Done, and general organizational tips. Home of the "Hipster PDA."

Hipster Envelope

A simple cover for your HipsterPDA based upon the cover provided in the D*I*Y Planner Hipster PDA Edition.

Usage advice: 

This came to me after seeing what some really creative people came up with as cases for their HipsterPDA's. Though cases break the basic philosophy of the Hipster PDA, as stated on the Hipster PDA site as "3. There is no step 3".

I know that forms also break the basic philosophy. But I am of the opinion that a form gives structure and in many cases help the data gathering process, so a simple cover or case was needed.

I think this one is simple, can be produced inexpensively, requires no clips or rubber bands or other hardware, and if you already use the D*I*Y forms you have all the skill need to construct one your self.

I have set up my Hipster as follows:

1. An envelope case

2. An index card with the Covey methodology on one side and the GTD methodology on the other. I had this laminated and trimmed it to fit.

3. An index card with the 2005 Calendar on one side and the 2006 Card on the other. This one is laminated and trimmed also.

This makes a case with three sections. In front are those cards I need to deal with when I get home. The middle holds other reference cards - Matrix cards with Blood Pressure, Shopping lists, checklists, whatever I need. In the back I carry lined index cards. I write big and this works well for me.

When I need to write something I pull a card from the back and use the envelope - with the laminated cards inside - to write on. It makes a nice surface to write on and fits in the palm of my hand.

Paper size: 
Index Card (3 x 5)
License: 
Creative Commons
Applications required: 
PDF Reader (Adobe Reader, Mac OS X Preview)
Language: 
English

Sliderule

A real sliderule. Requires a bit of cutting and pasting.

Usage advice: 

Simply cut and paste and you'll have a working slide rule. Slides rules got us to the moon, they ought to get you around town.

I've had one of these in my hipster stack for months and it works as good as new.

Thanks to the work of Charles Kankelborg.

Paper size: 
Letter
License: 
Creative Commons
Applications required: 
PDF Reader
Language: 
English

John Norris Hipster Stack

A series of templates designed to help organize, enhance, and put a little fun in one's life.

Usage advice: 

Print the whole stack, or just part.

Categorization via the Meta-Line Organizer.

Designed for cheap (gray scale) printing.

Economical use of an 8.5 x 11 piece of paper. (Plus more room to write.)

* Blank.
* Grid.
* Checklist.
* Lined.
* Tear-away.
* Fold Up Cards.
* Dictionary.
* Rulers.
* Conversions.
* Star Chart.
* World Map with Time Zones.
* Chess and Checkers.
* Playing Cards.
* Go.
* Battleship.
* Sundial Day Planner.
* Morse Code and Semaphore.
* Staff (Music)
* Do It Yourself Art..
* Full Sheet.

Scribus source also available

Paper size: 
Letter
License: 
Creative Commons
Applications required: 
PDF Reader
Language: 
English

HipsterCover Web App

I whipped up this little webapp to allow me (and you) to change the cover of my HipsterPDA any time I get the urge. It allows you to upload any photo you choose and converts that photo into a cover for your HipsterPDA. Try it out. Get hipper. Tell me how I can improve it.
http://www.eleven21.com/hipster

Usage advice: 

Just fill out the online form for this web app and it will generate a HipsterPDA cover that will allow you to show off a picture of your family, friends, pets, or favorite movie star on the cover of your HipsterPDA. The output is a PDF file in LEGAL format. I recommend you print it on card stock or get it laminated for durability. If you don't, it's no big deal, just create a new one!

This app is given without any warranty whatsoever. You may use it as you wish but any attempt to grab the code is against the rules. If you want to know how I did it, just get in touch and I'll be glad to let you know. My only request . . . let me know how I can make it better.

Enjoy!

Paper size: 
Index Card (3 x 5)
Applications required: 
PDF Reader (Adobe Reader, Mac OS X Preview)
Language: 
English