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Tricks, hacks and organizational heaven.

By Thom Wong 19 Dec 2005 | TheTyee.ca

Thom Wong writes regularly about music for The Tyee. He has also been a teacher and contract specialist. With eight years of education and three bachelor degree, Thom focuses mostly on marketing writing.

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I'm about as organized as a disaster management team run by a horse judge. The helpful crew at 43 Folders feels my disorganized pain and wants to help me, old school.

Every article, link and interesting tidbit (like the tidbit that Thomas Jefferson wrote in a brass notebook with ivory pages) is designed to get you into list-checking heaven. But there's no technology here - unless you count the processing of trees into pieces of paper and the use of Fisher Space Pens. 43 Folders has a definite Luddite bent, although they do feature technology that has met their rigorous style and usefulness criteria.

If there's a quibble (oh, I'll quibble alright) it's with the site's rallying symbol, the Hipster PDA. Basically any type of paper fixed together through any means (paperclips, staples, very thin rocks), is suddenly cool. And instead of calling it "paper fixed together," it's called "the Hipster PDA"; it's cool like the kid at the comic convention with the Star Trek t-shirt AND the Luke Skywalker lunch box. Enough already - we get that paper is cool.

But paper and this site are still cooler than preachy magazines and self-improvement reality TV shows. Don't even get me started on home reno shows. Now, excuse me, I have to go get organized.

Thom Wong is a law student who spends an unreasonable amount of time online. His 40 bLinks column runs every Monday and Thursday on The Tyee. What's he all about? Click here.

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