5 months ago

I've been really trying to get rid of paper in my life since I started college. Instead of taking notes in a notebook, I started taking notes in a notebook app on a laptop or tablet. I just really liked the idea of having everything digital and becoming more technologically savvy. I took this mentality to my jobs if applicable. I just wrote everything down on my computers. It wasn’t really until my current job that I started writing a lot more down than usual. I was using your standard notepad with the binding at the top. It was doing the job, but then I learned about the Panobook.

This is another product I found out about on Studio Neat’s podcast like I did with the Glif. They make a lot of unique and well designed products, so it really intrigued me when they came out with a notebook.

I really liked the idea of having a nice notebook instead of just a generic notepad. It helped that it seemed on trend with this bullet journaling fad that I was starting to take an interest in. I wanted to supplement my digital productivity with something analog.




How I Use It


Freedom of Expression

Having the Panobook enables a freer space for me to express my ideas. There's virtually no restrictions, there are just guide dots and lines that are super helpful. There's something about writing your thoughts down without any restrictions. You can just start writing or drawing without having to worry about conforming your thoughts to fit them in whatever app you’re using.

Page Utilization

I write down my work tasks or more formal personal tasks in landscape on the “left” side of the “right” pages. I also take notes that have to do with those tasks on the “right” side of the “right” pages. I’ve decided to segment each “right” page like this because it works really well for how I do my work. I write down random thoughts or lists that don’t matter as much or draw on the “left” pages. I usually use the “left” page in portrait mode. When I first got my Panobook, I really considered how I was going to use it. I’m glad I figured it out pretty quickly because I don’t know about you, but I really like it when a notebook I’m using is used in a very consistent manner. That’s just me.


The Shape

I really like the “panoramic format” of the Panobook. It fits very nicely below my laptop at work in landscape mode. I can also put it to the right of my laptop if I want to write on it in portrait mode. I’m glad Studio Neat decided to make it in this shape because I believe that enables more versatility for different situations depending on how you want to use it.



I’ve mainly been using my Panobook for daily work tasks and notes associated with those tasks. I’ve also used it for some simple drawings and simple to-do lists for other things. I’m really enjoying this type of notebook. It’s really versatile, and that’s exactly what I want right now. If you’re looking for a notebook, I highly recommend this one.

ReactJS at Work

7 months ago

I’ve been really interested in learning ReactJS for a while now. It’s the new hotness, and everyone wants to do it. Employers are looking for this skill; and to pile onto that, there’s a sort of a peer pressure amongst developers to know this tech now. If you don’t know it, you’re not keeping up with the times. I’ve felt this pressure, and that coupled with ReactJS’ versatility really made me want to learn it. I’ve done some tutorials, but they covered really basic aspects of the framework. Last week I finally got the chance to dive in a little more. It was really fun!

My boss and I were trying to add something to one of our Drupal sites built with ReactJS. We worked together to figure things out. I always enjoy learning something new in code, especially when I’m able to execute it properly. This was definitely a great learning experience. I’m glad we worked on this together because it helped me understand everything more quickly than I would’ve if I would’ve done this on my own. Having someone that you can bounce ideas off and that has solutions you didn’t think of is such an asset. We were both super excited about this particular fix! A day or two later I fixed something small by myself. That was really great because I did this one solo having learned what I did the day before. My understanding has really grown dealing with these fixes, and I’m really excited to learn more about ReactJS!

Writing Update

8 months ago

I’ve written 10 Weekly Artifacts posts. I’ll admit that I’m a little disappointed in myself for the quality of these posts. I feel like the quality has declined slowly every week. I procrastinated taking the pictures, therefore, giving myself less time to write about the artifact. That’s not what I want. I want to dive deeper and explore more about these artifacts. That’s why I’m going to post about artifacts monthly instead. I’ve also been focusing so much more of my time on the artifacts that I’ve ignored other things I want to write about, like personal subjects or tech subjects. I want to do more of those. I’m excited about this writing update, and I’m going to try my best!

Weekly Artifacts | Uniforms of Nurses

5 months ago

Nurses played an extraordinarily important role in World War II. They saved so many lives and helped so many wounded. Often times they worked in the middle of war zones under incredible pressure to help as many soldiers as they could. The bravery these nurses had was outstanding. They had impossible circumstances to overcome. Warfare wasn’t the only setback. There were diseases, unclean water, and sub-par structures to perform medical work. These nurses’ work cannot be praised more highly.

Without them, the death toll would have been far greater than it already was. They went above and beyond the call of duty to help soldiers and their country. I know nurses nowadays have it hard. I can't imagine what it was like for them back then. They must've been at least mentally stable enough to push through all the trauma and horrible scenes they experienced. That's extremely inspiring.





Weekly Artifacts | Heavy Water Barrel and Trinitite

5 months ago

The atomic bomb was the most devastating weapon used during World War II. The United States of America used two. They've never been used again for war in the history of this world. I like how these two artifacts are in the same case. One represents the creation, the other represents the destruction. Let me put it more eloquently. One of these artifacts contained a component that the atomic bomb needed to exist. The other was literally made out of the destructive forces of this brutal weapon.

The atomic bomb is such a divisive topic. On one hand Japan may have never surrendered. On the other, hundreds of thousands died because of it. It’s extremely difficult to think about this day and age. I feel emotionally heavy whenever I walk into the two parts of The Museum that have Atomic Bomb content. I can’t imagine what it must have been like to be a part of making this decision back then.






We need to always remember the absolute tragedy of this situation. This world must not experience something like this ever again. I think it’s good The Museum didn’t overlook anything about this War. We need to know everything so that we hopefully don’t repeat history. The Museum really does provide an excellent and necessary service so we can get educated and never forget what happened.

Weekly Artifacts | Opel Sedan

5 months ago

Both sides needed to make the most of what they had during World War II. This vehicle is a prime example of that. It was a civilian car converted into a military vehicle. Each side did whatever they thought needed to be done to help them in this horrific battle. It makes me think, "Was this car willingly given up to the military? Did the owner actually agree with the Nazi ideals? Or was it forcibly taken?"

There's so much more behind an artifact if you think about it. We can never forget everything that was given for this war; nor can we forget everything that was taken.

Ordinary things became extraordinary. Their original purposes did not matter anymore. Anything goes. Anything could have been used. When they were destroyed, they would just seize more and more. I'm sure this tactic increased resources on either side. I don't know much about war, but I can't imagine what it would be like for my car to be seized to be used by the military.



Weekly Artifacts | Case Outside My Office

5 months ago

These artifacts are in a case literally right outside my office. It’s a collection of items that caused destruction. I pass by these every single day; however, I’ve never really looked at them in detail. I feel neglectful. I should be taking advantage more the opportunities I have to learn about the artifacts in this Museum.

They are huge. I can’t imagine the damage they must’ve inflicted. They’re were so dangerous, and yet they’re right outside my door. I know I’m being dramatic, but it’s a little crazy to think about especially given what they were used for.

They were used for desctruction and devastation. They were used for killing. We're just looking at them, thinking how big and bad they look. Most of us have no experience handling anything like these artifacts, let alone actually using them.







Weekly Artifacts | Finding His Audience

5 months ago

So Ready for Laughter: The Legacy of Bob Hope has officially opened at The National WWII Museum. I saw this exhibit quite full every time I passed by it yesterday. That’s so exciting, and I know the curators and all those involved are really happy about that. I went a couple of times yesterday, and I’m really interested in reading more about the artifacts there. The most prominent object in this exhibit gallery is the stage. It’s the largest thing in there, and it’s the first thing you can see before walking into the actual exhibit gallery.

The stage is designed to mimic what Bob used to perform on for the troops. He was famous for many things including radio, tv, and movies; but he’s also known for being an important source of entertainment for our troops during World War II. He's estimated to have entertained over 11 million troops. That's incredible. The stage has a screen that plays a movie detailing what he did and the kind of effect he had on people.





I really like this exhibit a lot. The details of the stage and the objects around it help put you in that atmosphere that Bob and his team performed in. It helps give a sense of what it was like for these soldiers to enjoy his show. The exhibit really tries to put you in the soldiers’ shoes; it’s important for us to understand their perspective of being in battle and living this life and needing this sort of relaxation and entertainment. It also doesn’t hurt that there’s a good amount of seating.


There’s so many cool things in So Ready for Laughter. I’m really excited to spend more time in here and learn more about what Bob Hope and his team did for our soldiers during this incredibly trying time.

She Will Be Loved (Cover)

10 months ago

Hey, everyone! I recorded another cover, this time being Maroon 5’s “She Will Be Loved.” Please go check it out and let me know what you think!

Weekly Artifacts | Military Strength

5 months ago

When World War II started the United States had a much smaller military in comparison to the Axis powers, especially Japan and Germany. This must not have been a very comforting fact to those soon entering battle. This exhibit displays to scale how much larger Germany’s and Japan’s militaries were—it’s absolutely ridiculous.

When I look at this exhibit, I think to myself, “How did we do it? How did we win the war?” I know how we did it, but it still seems impossible. It must’ve seemed impossible to so many people back then. I can’t imagine what was going through people’s minds, whether they were fighting or helping back home. We were not ready for this war as you can read in the picture. I think this shows 2 things. One, we were really trying to keep peace which is evident by our military not being that large. Two, when we decided to join the war, everyone wanted to join the military.




Japan and Germany each had been building up their militaries. We were still trying to make the peace from World War I last, so we weren’t focused on increasing our numbers. The United Stated didn’t even want to fight in this war, so why would we grow our military? By the time we decided to join, it was too late to be prepared for this.


By the end of the war, we had more than 12 million soldiers in our military. For our military to grow from 335,000 to 12 million is awe-inspiring. Yes, most of these were from the draft, but over 6 million volunteered. That’s 2x’s more than what Germany started with. It shows how many people believed in our cause. It shows how many people wanted to fight for what’s right.

This exhibit does a great job with conveying how much catching up we needed to do with Japan and Germany. We did that and some.

Weekly Artifacts | The Jeep

5 months ago

The Jeep was an integral part of The War. This exhibit goes to great lengths to show some of how they were made. This exhibit has so many parts to it. There's a whole section of an assembly line. There's pretty much 2 Jeeps. There's even an interactive portion. I think this is one of the coolest exhibits in The Museum.

I really enjoy the lengths the curators went to illustrate the process of making the vehicles we used in this war. This exhibit conveys the industrial feeling that was ubiquitous during this time in our country. Fighting in World War II was truly made possible by the population working back home making things like the Jeep to help those fighting win.

This exhibit isn't just about the Jeep. It's also about oil and how it provided a variety of supplies for the Allied Forces. The interactive portion shows a little bit of the actual welding process. There's just so much going on with this exhibit. I think it offers a lot for people to enjoy and learn. That's why I like this exhibit so much. It has so much to offer to help educate us about this aspect of The War.











Weekly Artifacts | The C-47

5 months ago

The C-47 is the largest artifact in the Louisiana Memorial Pavilion. It's one of the largest on campus. It's pretty surreal walking out of the office, and this thing is the view. It's huge, but for me I think it seems bigger when viewing it from below. I catch myself being in awe of it from time to time.

Sometimes I hear people talking about it, and they're so excited and interested in it. It was extremely versatile and used extensively during The War. Think about all the soldiers and all the supplies it carried. I can’t even fathom that. I can’t even imagine what it must’ve been like, what it must’ve felt like to be in this plane flying over the battlefields. I’m so glad this Museum exists. I'm so proud of its mission and what everyone that works for The Museum does to perpetuate it. Even though so many of us will never know what it was truly like back then, we can at least learn about the past so we can make sure this never happens again.