Making your mind your playground

quinta-feira, 9 de agosto de 2007

What's is a Mind Moleskine after all?


I like definitions. Don't you? Even if you don't like them, theyare so easy to skip. As I said, I'm fond of them, so:

Mind: Mind refers to the joint aspects of intellect and consciousness which are manifest in some combination of thought,perception, emotion, will and imagination.
Moleskine: Although the name may be confused with a generic term (Moleskin), the Moleskine (pronounced /mol-a-skeen'-a) is a brand of notebook manufactured by Moleskine srl, an Italian company. The Moleskine is bound in oilcloth-covered cardboard, with an elastic band to hold the notebook closed and a sewn spine that allows it to lie flat when opened. (wikipedia)Moleskine's most famous endorsement comes from Bruce Chatwin, who used similar notebooks constantly throughout his travels, and wrote about them glowingly. Other luminaries include Hemingway, Picasso and Van Gogh.

Bruce Chatwin - 'Losing my passport was the least of my worries, losing a notebook was a catastrophe'.

I've always been fascinated by other people notes. I'ts like take a peek on their thoughts, always so intersting. When I started searching I found several different and interesting ways to take notes, but I later realized that owning a Moleskine isn't what matters, it's what's in the mind and what comes through the hands of its owner. But later I'd quickly discovered that own a Moleskine doesn't make it intersting because what it matters is the mind and the hand of the owner. As my hands have always been rebellious to my continuous tries to make them more artistically creative like drawing and calligraphy, I came to the conclusion that the really best Moleskine I can produce is in my mind. So this blog is about stuff that I would like to record on my Moleskine, if I had one and if my hands were more cooperative.It's about stuff that I find interesting, including but notrestricted to mind, GTD, mind maps, Moleskines, Zen, art, chess,design, DIY and above all my doubts, since the real opportunities for improvement lie not in the extremes of black and white, but in the gray area in between, don't you agree? I'll try to put a post every two weeks and do it while there is interest andfeedback. As English is not my first language, corrections, amendments, hints and suggestions are most welcome.


Books: The Mind's I - Douglas Hofstadter ed.

Your servant - Luciano Fier

Next - Polishing the brick

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