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Aug. 28th, 2008 | 01:58 pm
location: still at home, but at least I'm wearing clothes

I seem to have lost my pocket Moleskine now (hopefully in the sense of "buried it under half a ton of assorted crap" rather than "dropped or left it somewhere and will never ever find it again"). Particularly irritating as it was getting close to being filled, which is something that rarely happens with me and notebooks, and had been around for two years; I went through a phase of using my Palm and/or the computer instead, but recently I have come to appreciate physical notebooks a lot more. Palms are excellent for managing tasks and calendars and so on but no matter how good you are with Graffiti - and I am good - it just is not nearly as fast to write notes, not nearly as quick to browse those notes, and just not nearly as satisfyingly physical, or physically satisfying. Graffiti has always been a bit of a chore really.

I had only just repaired the inside covers with magic tape too.

I suppose being able to lose them easily is an intrinsic problem with pocket notebooks. I'm unlikely to lose the giant purple ring-bound project book that I have at the moment, because it is giant and purple. (I am rapidly going off the idea of wire-ring-bound notebooks when put into bags, though - I seem to spend more time trying to bend the wire back into shape so that I can turn the damn pages than I do writing on them.)

Incidentally, and this may sound really really obvious but it only just occurred to me yesterday when reading someone else's piece of notebook blogging, I had been worried about not being able to find anything again in the purple monstrosity and thus had avoided using it much - the solution to this is to keep an index. Yes, it is obvious isn't it? Number the pages and every time you write something in it, put a note in the front with what's on that page. It doesn't even have to be in order, so if I write about Project X on pages 11, 12, 17 and 99 I can put all those under the same heading. I was dreading having to go over the pocket notebook and make an index for it, even though it would be a good idea, but I suppose I don't have to now.

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from: anonymous
date: Aug. 28th, 2008 07:45 pm (UTC)

You need a cheap homing device so that you can whistle and it will answer you.

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