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Jul. 12th, 2008 | 08:12 pm

Notebooks with dividers in them.

I like notebooks. (Everybody likes notebooks.) Not just Moleskines or ones with fancy covers. I have in my bag here a nice A4 squared notebook, ring-bound, with a purple plastic cover and a stretchy band to keep it closed. Mmm. But recently I have been seeing ones which have built-in differently-coloured dividers in them. Are these sensible purchases? Clearly not - with a fixed number of pages in each section, either you waste a lot of paper or you run out of space, if you are actually using them practically for any real purpose. However, I will probably end up buying at least one at some point.

(I'm trying to find a picture of one but I don't seem to be able to locate any. This is annoying, and actually just increases my chances of buying one, as I can add "oh I must do this so that I can post it on LJ" to the other self-deluding motivations.)

Oddly enough I actually have a piece of software which emulates just this sort of notebook, called, appropriately enough, NoteBook, or Circus Ponies NoteBook, Circus Ponies being the name of the company. In the case of Notebook, the dividers can not only be added and removed as desired, but pages can be inserted and deleted as much as you like, you can add stickers and keywords and indent things easily (it's really a sort of outliner) as well as drop in clippings and files and images with thumbnails. Also, you can put in tick-boxes for to-do lists, sync it with an iPod or iCal, encrypt pages, record voice annotations directly into it, and it's auto-indexing and fully searchable.

Circus Ponies NoteBook - contents page Circus Ponies NoteBook - an individual page

This is a dangerous sort of program for me, given that it combines two different sorts of geekiness - Mac geekery and stationery fetishism. Thank god it's actually quite useful too, otherwise I would be agonising about whether I should be using the fun application or the productive one, and be constantly trying to work out ways that I could shoehorn it into my "workflow".

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from: danaseilhan
date: Jul. 13th, 2008 01:52 am (UTC)

Oh God, you too? I have to avoid the office supplies/stationery aisle.

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from: anonymous
date: Jul. 13th, 2008 05:06 pm (UTC)

You need a Filofax (but not one on a dog lead that fits under your armpit - you know what I mean!). I just happen to have one which needs a good home the only problem being it is bright red leather which might not be everyone's cup of tea. But it has all the things you need and you can personalise it with other stuff (especially if you buy the hole punch you can customise it as much as you like).

Swap it for one of your old Macs .....

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