People sometimes ask me why I don’t use a phone to take notes when I’m ‘out’ in the field. The answer is that phones smash, while notebooks bend. I also like the way that notebooks record where they’ve been not just in terms of what’s written in them, but also in terms of the wear they bear as objects.
Here’s one of my own notebooks, which got soaked while encountering the wilds of my washing machine:
And elsewhere on Twitter, user @bernoid shared their nature journal to much fanfare. (They take a hybrid digital/analog approach: Photos out in the field, drawings later in the notebook.)
— Bernoid (@bernoid) April 26, 2019
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Paper is a woonderful technology.