Moleskine Madness


I’ve been a notebook geek for most of my life. Whether it’s spiral bound sketchbooks, crappy little dimestore reporter’s notebooks, or the familiar marbled grade school composition books, no PDA has yet been able to supplant plain old paper notebooks as my tool of choice for orgainizing my thoughts.

Over the last couple of years, my wife has bought me a series of Moleskine notebooks, with the current one called into service to record important Gwendolyn-related information like the titles for each day since her birth. While I think that the Moleskines are great, I’m even more pleased to learn that using them makes me part of an elite, ultra-hip group…there’s a freakishly obsessive Moleskine subculture out there, and they’re very vocal in the blogosphere right now:

Unfortunately, there seem to be limits to my ultra-hipterism. You see, I’m way too cheap to actually use a Moleskine for my workaday thoughts. My notebook of choice is currently Ampad’s Computation Book: quad ruled, numbered pages for easy cross-referencing, big enough (12″ x 9″) for my sprawling, diagram-laden approach to written notes, and cheap as hell — especially when you get them in lots of five or ten.

So maybe that makes me even cooler?

Yeah, I already know the answer to that question…but I can dream, can’t I?

  • Anonymous

    Interesting, have you found a place to buy these (engineering pads) online? I did a quick search and didn’t find anything.

  • Office Max sells them online, though they charge about $16 for them. I know that I ordered a box of ten about two years ago, and I would have said it was direct from Ampad, but doesn’t look like they sell online.

    If I can figure out where I ordered from, I’ll add to the comments.

    – Whit