I decided finally to succumb to the cult's wishes and buy a new notebook? Which cult you ask? One that lamely doesn't have sex as its primary selling point, but which is wrapped up in the larger GTD cult that preaches the art of not fucking things up.
Which notebook, you ask? Why, the Moleskine Ruled Notebook of course. Or, as I call it, "Notebook 2.0".
Last night at 2 AM I looked up 'moleskine vancouver' and found a wiki page for where to buy Moleskine notebooks in Canada, and went with Essence Du Papier on Robson & Granville (inside the Sears building), mostly because buying something from a store with a French name makes me feel snootier than I really am (also because it was close to work).
Darren Barefoot mentioned the Moleskine occasionally (see his article on marketers as liars and his mentioning that he wondered where they are sold locally and the question he posed on AskLocally Vancouver) so he and some people I work with have them and were happy with them. I've written only on one page of it—notes during a meeting—and so far so good. It's a nice-looking notebook with a few cool features (elastic closure, pocket in the inside back cover, and a bookmark), and I'll use it mostly for taking notes about how to do stuff and ideas when I'm not near a computer. For $27 Canadian, it's a lot more than I normally pay for something like this, but then again, for a notebook, it's on the higher end. There's a weblog about Moleskine notebooks and even a weblog about art created in and with Moleskine notebooks, but I plan on not following them, because there's only so much I, a non-artist, am going to do with a ruled notebook.