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== Hipster Accessories == == Hipster Accessories ==
-I have started to add some many index cards to my Hipster PDA that I needed a place to put them when I didn't need them. I looked for an easy way to file them, then I relized that I could just throw them on a cork board. But I didn't want a crappy cork board that was 2 x 2 so I looked online and people are selling cork board by the roll. As long as you want and its only 2.40 a square foot.+I have started to add so many index cards to my Hipster PDA that I needed a place to put them when I didn't need them any longer. I looked for an easy way to file them, then I realized that I could just throw them on a cork board. I didn't want a crappy cork board that was 2 x 2 so I looked online, and found people are selling cork board by the roll. You can pick up a roll as long as you want and its only US$2.40 a square foot.
-* Sites offering cork board+ 
-** http://mantoncork.com/+Sites offering cork board:
-*** Under 100 feet $2.40 sq. ft.+* http://mantoncork.com/
-*** Over 100 feet $1.90 sq. ft.+** Under 100 feet $2.40 sq. ft.
-*** Comes in 3 feet and 4 feet heigh+** Over 100 feet $1.90 sq. ft.
-** http://www.flex-a-chart.com/+** Comes in 3 feet and 4 feet heigh
-*** They sell colored cork board.+* http://www.flex-a-chart.com/
-** http://www.corkstore.com/+** They sell colored cork board.
-** http://bangorcork.com/+* http://www.corkstore.com/
-*** They also sell colored cork board.+* http://bangorcork.com/
 +** They also sell colored cork board.
== See Also == == See Also ==

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Hipster Stage 1
Hipster Stage 1
Hipster Stage 2
Hipster Stage 2
Hipster Stage 3
Hipster Stage 3

Contents

Description

The Hipster PDA (Parietal Disgorgement Aid) is a fully extensible system for coordinating incoming and outgoing data for any aspect of your life and work. It scales brilliantly, degrades gracefully, supports optional categories and “beaming,” and is configurable to an unlimited number of options. Best of all, the Hipster PDA fits into your hip pocket and costs practically nothing to purchase and maintain. -Merlin Mann - Original post: "Introducing the Hipster PDA"

Benefits

There are a number of benefits to a Hipster PDA over a digital PDA:

  • Cards can be arbitrarily resequenced, given away, and writing by hand is freeform and unrestricted
  • Card size encourages concise notes
  • Can be put into a pocket
  • Won't run out of batteries
  • More durable: won't be destroyed by water, coffee, dropping on floor, etc.
  • Cheaper: cents per card compared to hundreds of dollars...
  • Environmental: Use recycled cards, recycle them when you're done, keep batteries/worn out electronics out of landfills

The Hipster is also cheaper and smaller than the traditional planner, making it easier to carry and easier to keep stocked.

A Hipster even has geek value: when everyone whips out their digital PDA, watch what happens when you whip out your Hipster PDA...

Ingredients and Assembly

  • Small stack of cards (3x5 or business cards are most often used), fifteen or so
  • Binder clip, paper clip, or similar holder
  • Writing utensil

How to assemble it:

  • Clip the cards together

With exam season coming up, lots of shops have sales on and handy tools not around the rest of the year for index card storage and retrieval. In WHSmiths (UK) you can get plastic index card sized boxes (hold about 20-30 cards, come in a pack of 4), rings for holding cards and ready punched and bound cards. There are also mini revision card packs (called "crammers" and "flippers") and other stationary goodies.

  • If you use a larger size clip (medium), then you can clip a pen to the Hipster. Put the pen along one side of the cards (assuming portrait orientation), and clip both pen and cards. This puts the clip on the long side of the cards.

Hipster Contents

  • Shopping list - groceries, books, movies, etc.
  • Next actions - things you can do when you're away from your work area.
  • Today - quick schedule to keep yourself where you need to be.
  • Research - notes about interesting ideas you run across, to follow up later.

Hipster Variants

Clipless

Oxford Padded Index Cards
Oxford Padded Index Cards

If you like the Hipster PDA, but find yourself constantly fiddling with the clip, pick up a pack of "padded index cards" from Oxford. (They can be found at Staples.) These puppies are tear-off pads of index cards (goodbye clip) and the lines on the cards are portrait not landscape (odd, but compelling for the moment). If you don't want to carry around a big block of cards you can tear off a hunk at a time.

Another alternative to the clip is the Levenger_Shirt_Pocket_Briefcase.

You can also go to Target and get their $5.95 index card holder from their home office section of the store. Very convenient: one side has corner tabs to hold 1 - 2 cards and the other is a pocket that will hold 5 or more. Fits in pants or coat pocket.

The Ducster

The Ducster is basically a modified duct tape wallet designed for the Hipster PDA and 3x5 cards. There is a complete description on how to make it complete with step by step photos.

Guest Check PDA

  • Recently, server/waiter friends of mine and I have been using Guest Check pads that we take home from work, either accidentally or on purpose, as PDAs in a kind of parallel to the Hipster PDA of 43 Folders fame. Here are some shots of mine: Guest Check PDA photoset. --atduskgreg
  • As another idea along these lines, the guest checks are available with carbon paper in them; this gives you an instant backup of anything and makes "beaming" easier, as you don't lose the document you're beaming. Also, stealing guest checks from a restaraunt can be dangerous, You can purchase them from either Office Depot or Staples.

Hipster Mini

The compact Hipster Mini variant of the Hipster PDA uses business card or flash card blanks instead of full-sized index cards.

  • If you use blank inkjet business card templates—like the ones made by Avery—you might find that your pen will only write on one side of the card. The other side is coated with something that causes normal ink to smear right off.
  • A local print shop may be willing to cut and box business card blanks for you by the thousand, for less money per card than the Avery inkjet sheets.
  • For an "end card", use one of your own printed business cards. This doubles as a way to identify your Hipster if it gets lost.
  • If like me you get issued business cards (usually 500), but don't tend to give many out, and they keep changing the company name, phone number, your job title etc, you'll probably end up with a regular supply of unused obsolete business cards, ideal for your Hipster Mini.
  • Staples carries a "mini-folio" from Wenger that is a perfect size to carry your Hipster Mini. It even includes a writing tablet and a place for a small pen. Perfect place for a Fisher Space Pen.--ACGelwicks 13:33, 13 Jul 2005 (EDT)

Moleskine Hipster

The Moleskine Memo Pocket is just large enough to hold 30-40 index cards (although they're a bit of a squeeze width-wise) plus assorted receipts, Post-Its, business cards, and other scraps of paper. The six pockets allow you to sort your Hipster, and the durable cover keeps your Hipster safe from pocket lint. It's ultra-sexy and portable; ideal for those who love Moleskines but don't really use blank books.

D*I*Y Planner Hipster PDA Edition

The D*I*Y Planner Hipster PDA Edition is a series of 34 organisational and planning templates designed for printing onto index cards (a.k.a., the Hipster PDA). These are a subset of the regular D*I*Y Planner forms, re-designed for the smaller size, and may be used either in conjunction with the full kit or as a stand-alone system. Although chiefly inspired by David Allen’s Getting Things Done, an emphasis has been placed upon tweakability and multiple methodologies. The package include a cover, plenty of calendars and action lists, GTD and Covey reference cards, and various project and notes templates. The kit is available in a number of formats for printing and modifying.

  • The two-up version of this set has got to be the best alternative to buying Day-Timer, Day-Runner, or Franklin Covey inserts. Well designed, flexible, and well thought out, the PDF file occupies a corner of importantance on my computer desktop.--ACGelwicks 13:27, 13 Jul 2005 (EDT)

Pierced Edition

HPDA Pierced Edition
HPDA Pierced Edition

The Pierced Edition of the Hipster uses the same 3x5 index cards, but adds a protective plastic cover and a metal ring through the top corner. The cards can be bound up using the regular binder clip or left "semi-looseleaf" without a clip while still keeping the cards together. Pierced Hipster Description and Pierced Hipster: Construction Documentation --LetterJ 16:00, 20 Jul 2005 (CDT)

Rubber band Edition

Simply wrap your index cards with a rubber band. This is an improvement to the binder clip because it allows you to easily pull out a card without unbinding the whole set. Depending on how tight you wrap the rubber band you can determine how easily you will be able to pull out your index cards.

Hipster Accessories

I have started to add so many index cards to my Hipster PDA that I needed a place to put them when I didn't need them any longer. I looked for an easy way to file them, then I realized that I could just throw them on a cork board. I didn't want a crappy cork board that was 2 x 2 so I looked online, and found people are selling cork board by the roll. You can pick up a roll as long as you want and its only US$2.40 a square foot.

Sites offering cork board:

See Also

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