What is it about a Moleskine?

ms1.jpgIt’s a note­book, plain and simple. A very well-made note­book, to be sure. It is, per­haps, a premi­um note­book (which would jus­ti­fy the price). I know, I have one. And it’s quite nice.

Yet, Mole­skine is also a brand that brings a lot of emo­tion and sen­ti­ment to the humble note­book. Note­books are about remem­ber­ing things, writ­ing them down to have later — and the Mole­skine brand is based around the concept of being the best note­book you can use to remem­ber. Just check out this descrip­tion from the Mole­skine website’s about page:

Mole­skine was cre­ated as a brand in 1997, bring­ing back to life the legendary note­book used by artists and thinkers over the past two cen­tur­ies: among them Vin­cent van Gogh, Pablo Picas­so, Ern­est Hem­ing­way, and Bruce Chatwin. A trus­ted and handy travel com­pan­ion, the name­less black note­book held invalu­able sketches, notes, stor­ies, and ideas that would one day become fam­ous paint­ings or the pages of beloved books.

 

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Today, the name Mole­skine encom­passes a fam­ily of nomad­ic objects: note­books, diar­ies, journ­als, bags, writ­ing instru­ments and read­ing accessor­ies, ded­ic­ated to our mobile iden­tity. Indis­pens­able com­pan­ions to the cre­at­ive  pro­fes­sions and the ima­gin­a­tion of our times: they are intim­ately tied to the digit­al world.

 

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A lot of fam­ous people use(d) Mole­sk­ines, and a lot of people wax elo­quently about the vir­tues of the note­book.

And now, they can do the same about the free offi­cial Mole­skine app, for iPad and iPhone / iPod Touch:

The offi­cial Mole­skine App for iPhone and iPad allows you to express your cre­ativ­ity through text, images and sketches. Pick a clas­sic Mole­skine note­book paper style, cre­ate a new thought and start to type or draw choos­ing amongst dif­fer­ent col­ors and sizes. Once you are done with your thought, you can store it on your device and make edits whenev­er you want.

Fea­tures:

  • Pick a Mole­skine note­book paper style: plain, ruled, squared
  • Write and edit a text note
  • Sketch­ing tool
  • Insert and play with your per­son­al images
  • Cata­logue as many memor­ies as you want with a full range of cat­egor­ies
  • Play with images provided by Mole­skine
  • Geo-tag each note cre­ated and cre­ate a vir­tu­al map of your memor­ies
  • Share your notes with friends through email or social net­works

Of course, the Mole­skine app is also a mar­ket­ing tool to get the Mole­skine name on your iOS device, get you com­fort­able and famil­i­ar with the Mole­skine name, and pre­sum­ably get you curi­ous about the actu­al paper note­book.

Mar­ket­ing aside, the app is a fairly good note­book app, with some inter­est­ing fea­tures. And it’s free, so what have you got to lose — maybe it’ll work for you, as the ori­gin­al note­book worked for Hem­ing­way, back in the day.
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Calling All Scientists — Google Science Fair Entry Deadline Looms


Well there’s only 5 days left (as I write this) for stu­dents world-wide com­plete their exper­i­ments, write-up their sum­mar­ies, and cre­ate their sup­port­ing video (or slide present­a­tion) for entry into the Google Sci­ence Fair (http://google.com/sciencefair).

I’m really look­ing for­ward to see­ing the cre­ativ­ity shown in these entries — espe­cially any that relate to liv­ing in a north­ern cli­mate (yes, winter is going on way too long up here this year).

I’m also kind-of envi­ous, one of the prizes is really awe­some:

The Grand Prize winner(s) plus one par­ent or guard­i­an per win­ner will win an amaz­ing 10 day trip to the Galapa­gos Islands with Nation­al Geo­graph­ic Exped­i­tions. Trav­el­ing aboard the Nation­al Geo­graph­ic Endeav­our the winner(s) will vis­it Darwin’s liv­ing labor­at­ory and exper­i­ence up-close encoun­ters with unique spe­cies such as flight­less cor­mor­ants, mar­ine iguanas, and domed giant tor­toises.

And yes, back in the day, we didn’t have Sci­ence Fairs quite this cool, or tech­no­logy quite this soph­ist­ic­ated to work with.

But just enter­ing this con­test exposes con­test­ants to many of the base con­cepts of mod­ern sci­ence; exper­i­ment­ing, learn­ing, fail­ing, try­ing again, and report­ing on your res­ults, all things that mod­ern sci­ent­ists do today.

Some days, I think i was born too soon. Oh, and check out this video for a bit more inspir­a­tion and inform­a­tion about Google’s Sci­ence Fair.

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The view out my window

Daily I work in a cube, except for today. As you can see, I’m in my ‘away’ office, yet still con­nec­ted.

My 'away' office.

And yes, I am work­ing. Through the won­ders of tech­no­logy, I’m crank­ing out the copy, send­ing the email, edit­ing the text and pho­tos.

This is Life­style Tech­no­logy at work. Wifi enables me to be mobile / port­able. And once you’re online, Skype is an awe­some tool that enables you to call any­one, almost any­where, and not have to pay cel roam­ing or hotel phone fees.

But as I said, I do have a few blog posts to churn out, as well as gath­er some back­ground inform­a­tion on upcom­ing technology…which the reas­on for me being at my ‘away’ office.

No wor­ries though, I’ll be back home later this week. But for now, I think I’m going to enjoy the view 🙂