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A Tablet and Pencil with Life

April 28, 2019

I am working with a new toy: an iPad Pro with an Apple pencil. This will serve as my daily journal. Before, I tried but failed, to write every day. For me this is essential. The process records my thoughts and the new things I learn. It is a mnemonic. Writing in longhand forces me to concentrate on my thoughts, and it helps to fix them in my memory.  But to keep a journal of any length, a problem surfaces. How do you find a specific passage? To be able to do this is critical as it shows the growth of one's viewpoint. Unfortunately, to be able to find a topic, I would have to make it searchable. This is almost impossible with a handwritten journal. But, if one converts the journal to ASCII (American Standard Communication Information Interchange), one can search and find specific topics. But, this requires a machine and can be done in one of two ways. The first is to type in the information on a laptop computer. The second is to write longhand into a journal and then convert the script with a scanner.  Both solutions are cumbersome. 

 

My solution is using a tablet with a pencil for my journal. Many of these devices can, with the right software, convert my writing to ASCII, making it a searchable document. Once done, I can record and file my notes, ensuring that my musings can be readily called up. Carrying a tablet with a small pencil is more convenient than lugging around a laptop computer. No matter where I am,  I can record my thoughts. Finally, my notes can be made more complete by including photographs and diagrams. 

 

Additionally, the iPad will record my microscope and photography sessions. I can keep the tablet next to my photomicrography setup and record my camera and microscope settings. 

 

Additionally, the iPad will record my microscope and photography sessions. I can keep the tablet next to my photomicrography setup and record my camera and microscope settings. 

 

 

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