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Ian Briggs » 2013 » April

The latest with Evernote

Posted by: Ian Briggs on 9th April 2013 at 7:15 pm

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Those who read the stuff I write will know how much of a fan I am of Evernote.

Recently I have tried to go as paperless as possible. I don't think it will ever be possible to go completely paperless as there will always be documents we need to keep…drivers licence, birth certificate etc…but electricity and phone bills and receipts? No way. In addition to putting most of my home office paperwork into Evernote, I have been trying to get my real office paperless too!

Most of my work involves running computer models and writing down endless pages of results. However, when it came to writing papers, I have found it incredibly difficult to find the particular note I wanted to reference in my log book. So now every result or plot I get from my models goes straight into an Evernote note which is titled with something obvious and relevant to the contents. I don't bother putting a date into the title any more as I have learnt how to make use of Evernote's saved searches, as well as other organisational tips thanks largely to Jamie Todd Rubin's excellent Evernote blog, of which I am a big fan.

I have a notebook in Evernote for every aspect of my PhD project I am working on. This keeps all the work I do in separate areas and consequently, it makes it very easy to find when I need to – writing my current paper has been much easier thanks to having results and plots at hand. Having a timeline of work and results has also highlighted the areas I need to work on, so it is really helping to shape and organise my research. If I do write something in my paper logbook, I can take a photo of it with Evernote's page camera which does a reasonable job of scanning the page.

As part of the PhD, there is also a lot of reading to be done. When I started, nearly three years ago, I would print every paper I found online and put it in a box folder on my desk to be read. When I read it, I would write a short view and print this and file it in another folder!! When it came to writing up this research, I had no idea which review belonged to which paper, or what some papers contained at all.

Now, I have all my papers scanned into PDF format in a research notebook in Evernote and at the top of each note, as I read them, I write a few bullet points on each paper. I also write in the reference for each one so when I come to write about the research, I can just open each paper in Evernote and immediately have a few points showing the highlights of the paper, and copy and paste the reference into my bibliography. I have also tagged each paper so I can see related ones together.

I find my use of Evernote has really developed, even over the last few months, and has made writing much more structured, efficient and enjoyable. Using it on the iPad is also incredibly easy. Recently, I have been using it for everything…my film database, blogging ideas, foursquare checkins (which automatically get put into Evernote thanks to IFTTT), and the list goes on.

Today's conference highlighted how much my use of the iPad and Evernote has come on…no more pen and paper to take rushed notes that I can't read after the day's over, but instead, one note with the name of each presenter and a few bullet points about things that are mentioned, and I can take photos of peope's business cards instead of losing them I my bag or desk when I get back to the office! What's better is that Evernote can search the images for text (I've no idea how), so I can find people's contact details very quickly.

Well that's enough evangelical praise…are you using it yet?

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Today at the BFI

Posted by: Ian Briggs on 8th April 2013 at 11:10 pm

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I'm just back from seeing The Place Beyond the Pines at the BFI Southbank. I have to say it contains a lot of what I don't like about cinema…obvious plot, predictable twists and a film that is such fodder that it was barely worth seeing.

Ryan Gosling's performance was solid, but really the film was too long by about an hour as the three strands of the story took forever to finally wind up. It dawns fairly early in the story what is going to happen, and from this point on you are begging for it to end. I think the woman I passed on the way out summed it up well when she screamed with full fury: “I hated every second of it, it was shit!”

Tonight's other film, Point Blank by John Boorman was a much more enjoyable, if slightly confusing film. A very contemporary feel, it had a simple, straight-ahead story, but the almost abstract themes running through it were visually striking and the editing gave the film a tense, unnerving feel.

I'm hoping to get back to the BFI tomorrow night and hope to see more before I head home.

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Airports…

Posted by: Ian Briggs on 8th April 2013 at 1:27 pm

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Isn't it funny who you meet in airports?

After a miserable time queuing to get through security, feeling stressed and fed up, I was sat having a pint to calm the system and a guy sits down beside me and announces to the table that he's desperate for a pint of Harp before he goes back to England…then he puts half a dozen bags of Tayto cheese and onion crisps on the table (“for the misses”).

Lightened an otherwise rubbish time sitting in the departure lounge – there really is nothing to do in Belfast City Airport other than drink!

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