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Theroc
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Jan 26, 2017
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To me, each format has its own uses, and they are pretty well separated. Anything I do for myself, I do with pen and paper. Solving a problem (you know, formulas and equations), taking notes when reading a paper or book, recipes for Stardew Valey, Hearthstone Arena log, Doodles, To do lists, Purging internal rants.... If I think I don't have enough to fill a notebook per month, I come up with things to do. Not Kidding. Anything that involves collaboration with others or needs to be read by others, I do digitally. The only time there was considerable overlap was when I wrote my thesis. I would write down my notes/ thoughts/ideas in bullet form on notebooks. Plots, 3D rendering and diagrams I did on my PC of course. When I felt I had everything I needed for a chapter I would write it all up on word processor.
Jan 26, 2017
GonzoTGreat
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Jan 29, 2017
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I absolutely agree, here.
For me, and for many I would imagine, it depends on what I'm trying to accomplish with the writing. I can type pretty quickly, so for meetings at which computers are allowed, I might be inclined to go the digital route. Obviously, email is done digitally. And, although this is a discussion in the "writing" section, it's online so it's ... um ... digital. I'll also write digitally (literally and figuratively) if I'm out and about and don't have any handy paper, pen(s) or surface on which to write. I usually have my phone with me and enjoy displaying my adept use of opposable thumbs, especially in the presence of dolphins.
For serious studying, brainstorming, scheduling/planning, brain-dumps, journaling, etc I will default to my pen and paper. I find that I remember things much better when writing. It's a slower process, easier on the eyes, requires more thought and stays in front of me longer. It requires me to be more deliberate. For brain dumps and journaling, this is especially important.
The closest I've gotten to the two modes converging was using a stylus on my tablet. With newer, more advanced products being developed, it's becoming easier to do handwriting on the screen. This enables sharing with others and OCR (if included) in whatever app you're using. Of course, chicken scratch doesn't usually get translated correctly, so this system has limitations as well.
I've been using fountain pens almost exclusively for about 3 years and various kinds of paper, ink and pens (the trifecta) that work well together - for me.
In the past month, I've drifted away from digital writing except when necessary. But it's still integral to my day-to-day.
Cheers.
Jan 29, 2017
Theroc
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>"I find that I remember things much better when writing. It's a slower process, easier on the eyes, requires more thought and stays in front of me longer. It requires me to be more deliberate."<
Couldn't agree more. I can't absorb any but the most basic concepts without writing them out.
Jan 29, 2017
Theroc
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Jan 29, 2017
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>"Of course, chicken scratch doesn't usually get translated correctly, so this system has limitations as well."<
I used a Lenovo X220 tablet notebook for a couple of years. Well before tablets and ipads became mainstream. The X220 has an actual Wacom tablet for a screen with 2K pressure resolution. Its chicken scratch recognition software was very impressive, even back then. And it only got better the more you used it. I tried ArtRage on it once and I was awed by what you can accomplish with it... if you have the talent. I don't. Despite the potential; even though you could undo/redo your hand writing; move, resize and rotate your drawings and equations; change the color of what you just wrote, etc. etc.; Despite it almost merging the best of both worlds, I still preferred keeping the two formats separate.
There just is no substitute for the physical aspect of "the trifecta". And, despite persistent attempts to replace it, the keyboard/mouse combination remains the most efficient means of getting things done.
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