Note taking theraputic?

I was reading a post by Steve over at This Space and it got me thinking.

I know that taking notes really increases comprehension for me during spoken events, but what about during reading or, say, watching a video? I’m not thinking that note taking is going make your average movie more enjoyable, but what about a documentary you’re watching for more than just entertainment value?

His comments on how note taking relieving some travel ailments also make sense to me – if taking notes increases concentration, then naturally it will take your mind off things.

Another reason to take a few extra notebooks or Moleskines or memory cards on that next trip!

Recording a thought with a person

We always tend to think of recording our thoughts on a thing, and carry those things around with us. But many thoughts are kept very will with another person.

Rather than write down that idea, call a friend and explain it to them. The conversation will help root the idea in your memeory, and if it’s an idea that will ultimately have to win others over, having your friend be a sounding board will provide valuable feedback.

So rather than reaching for that leather journal and foutain pen, or that digital voice recorder, why not reach for your phone?

The new Moleskine Reporter’s have arrived – first look

I ordered a few of the new Moleskine Reporter’s notebooks and a pack of Cahiers, and they arrived today. I’m thinking these will probably be the last Reporter-style note books I will buy. While I love the vertical format in principal, this implementation of it just doesn’t work very well.

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The Reporters are exactly what the Moleskine web site says they are – regular Moleskine notebooks turned on their sides and bound across the top. The binding doesn’t really encourage flipping the cover back such that you end up with a two-sided writing pad ala a steno pad. To find out, try to do the same thing with a regular notebook, they have the exact same binding 😉 The pocket in the back is the same as well, although it’s shorter than full depth, as it would have to be to keep things from disappearing in there.

I love the vertical format, but I’m a write-on-both-sides-of-each-page kind of guy, and this book doesn’t really encourage that. It’s also a bit wider than it should be – I think 3” would be a better width, and it certainly it would fit into a shirt pocket better. Last but not least, I don’t quite understand why, but having the band across the bottom is a real pain. I don’t know if it’s just my neural programming colliding with reality, or what, but it sure seems awkward.

The quality is perfect, as you’d expect – no complaints there.

The Cahiers

As for the Cahiers, they’re pretty much what I expected: A very utilitarian saddle-stitched booklet with a sort-of pocket flap in the back. Thin, flexible, and a small enough number of pages that it will probably fill up before you can destroy it through abuse. I’ve left them in the shop, but they may migrate to my bag. A vertical format in this style would probably be more useful than the traditional Moleskine binding.

The Postcards

I haven’t bought any new Moleskines in a long time, so this may be terribly old news, but these notebooks came with post cards. One per notebook or pack of book where they come in threes. There distinctive, if not really exciting – you can see #1 of 9 in the photo – it’s orange. 8 of 9 is black. They have a single quote on one side, with the usual black on white postcard stuff on the other side. I’m guessing that numbering them was their attempt to make them collectible.