Wednesday, December 5, 2012
The Perfect Pencil
Faber Castell sells something called "the perfect pencil". As we all know, perfect tools lead to perfect notes, just as a $240.00 pen leads to better writing than a $4.95 pen. This, of course, is nonsense, though the emphasis on reviewing and evaluating note-taking equipment of any sort, may lead one to the belief that there is a transitive relationship between the "quality" of the equipment we use and the quality of the notes. There is no such relation. Some of the best results have been achieved with the crummiest equipment or the crummiest software. While tools are not unimportant, they are not as important as the person who uses them. Let's not forget that!