43 Folders

Back to Work

Merlin’s weekly podcast with Dan Benjamin. We talk about creativity, independence, and making things you love.

Join us via RSS, iTunes, or at 5by5.tv.

”What’s 43 Folders?”
43Folders.com is Merlin Mann’s website about finding the time and attention to do your best creative work.

Call for ideas: The 43 Folders Geek Gift Guide

Reader Jeff Click emailed to re-remind me of an idea I'd meant to act on last holiday season and never did: the 43 Folders Geek Gift Guide. Whee, presents! I'm also thinking of opening the floor to people who want to write mini-reviews of beloved schwag for use in the guide.

So, assuming a bunch of you are geeks or have a cuddly little geek that you love, what would you like to see covered in the guide? So far I'm thinking:

  • neato stuff under $20
  • paper productivity pr0n
  • cool pens
  • gadgets like wifi detectors
  • sexy, expensive, "I promise this will be my only present for five years" stuff like robots and personal submarines
  • timers, scuba boards, and other life-hacks-y brain assisters

Gimme more ideas. What do you want to know about? What kind of comparisons would be useful? What might you want to review yourself? And apart from fresh dungeon dice and a new inhaler case, what's the one thing that will thrill the geek in your life this holiday?

Update 2005-10-25 21:05:35

Disclosure: I will almost certainly end up making a small percentage off readers' purchase of some items reviewed in the Gift Guide. Also, John Wayne wasn’t really a cowboy, your Mom is the tooth fairy, and Bruce Willis was actually dead the whole time. Thanks, and sorry for any confusion.

Paul McCann's picture

About jetpens.com - I'm afraid...

About jetpens.com - I'm afraid I don't understand why that's the least bit interesting.

That may be because I've used HisNibs. http://www.hisnibs.com

They have Hero Pens, which are always a great deal for the price - I've got a 329, which is essentially a Parker 51 - the most popular of all fountain pens. You're lucky to find a used Parker 51 for less than $25, whereas the new Hero 329 is $15.

Also, there's the Uranus 2018 Multifunction pen, which is the coolest pen I know of. If not for my total disdain for ballpoints I would have alread purchased it. Why? One end is a ballpoint, the other is a calligraphy brush. Yes, a calligraphy brush intended for writing Oriental characters. Cost: $25. Currently sold out, but re-orders frequently.

Those are the least of the gems hiding on that website. Take advantage of it and send someone a fountain pen so they can break the hold of the evil ballpoints. §




An Oblique Strategy:
Honor thy error as a hidden intention


Subscribe with Google Reader

Subscribe on Netvibes

Add to Technorati Favorites

Subscribe on Pageflakes

Add RSS feed

The Podcast Feed


Merlin used to crank. He’s not cranking any more.

This is an essay about family, priorities, and Shakey’s Pizza, and it’s probably the best thing he’s written. »

Scared Shitless

Merlin’s scared. You’re scared. Everybody is scared.

This is the video of Merlin’s keynote at Webstock 2011. The one where he cried. You should watch it. »