In the last year or so I've become a true believer in Doane Paper's utility notebooks. They're about the same size as a Moleskine Volant or Field Notes notebook, but every page is both lined and gridded. I've found them to be extremely useful for note-taking, sketching, etc. It also doesn't hurt that they come three for $10.
When I need a bigger page for whatever reason, I have one of their larger hardcover notebooks, as I've become super accustomed to that style of page lining.
There are far better kits out there, but here's what I'm working with these days.
I haven't purchased a piece of Mac hardware since my 2009 baseline Macbook Pro, which at nearly 5 years old is starting to show it's age something fierce. With (almost) all of the MBP models not being user upgradable, I'm a bit bewildered by the hardware options.
As someone who does a great deal of intensive photo editing in Lightroom and Photoshop, and occasional video editing in Premiere, the hardcore RAM upgrades are a no-brainer. However, the processor options on the new machines have me a bit confused. Would I be better off going with a high-end dual-core i7 13-inch model, or the base 15-inch models with Quad-core i7 but lower clock speed. Processor speeds with multiple cores and whatnot have always confused me even on the PC-building end of things, so any and all advice would be greatly appreciated.
So my Canon 50D is now permanently out of commission and I'm now back in the market for a new DSLR. I'm torn between the 7D and the 5D Mk. II, as the Mk. III is far out of my price range, and the 6D doesn't interest me. I'm a photojournalism student, so I need to figure out which to buy pretty fast as being without a camera for too long is problematic. I've used a 7D for a while and adore it, but there's something really appealing about the full-frame 5D Mk. II, even though it's autofocus system is ancient and it has a slower burst rate.
Any advice or input would be greatly appreciated.