The Chronic Consumer

I buy things — all the time!

Moleskine Pocket Notebook

Screen Shot 2015-09-10 at 4.16.19 PM I’ve been hearing about Moleskine notebooks and how *special* they are for a while now, but had always been too put off by the price to actually try one. I just didn’t feel that I used notebooks enough to justify paying $14 for a pocket-sized notebook when I could just as easily get a pocket notebook at any dollar store. But finally I decided to see what the fuss was about and purchased a soft-cover ruled notebook of the aforementioned size (3 1/2 x 5 1/2).

The notebook comes with 192 ruled, acid-free pages and has a string bookmark, elastic closure, and expandable pocket inside the back cover. I actually didn’t know that Moleskine was famous for this back pocket, so I had no idea what to make of it at first. But the handy enclosure said it was good for receipts, business cards, etc, so that’ exactly what I’m using it for.

I’ve been carrying around my Moleskine and writing in it for a few weeks now, and I do have to admit that it feels kind of good to have it. Like a quietly luxurious item that 99% of other people wouldn’t recognize as such if they saw it. I can’t say that I’ll continue buying Moleskines exclusively, but if I manage to keep going and fill this notebook up, I might go ahead and replace it.

Noise canceling vs. Noise isolating

noise isolating I think I bought the wrong kind of headphones. I wanted to buy noise canceling headphones to replace my old ones that suddenly stopped working. As I was shopping around, I found the pair shown in the picture here and liked the price enough to buy them.

Apparently, I didn’t read the product description carefully enough. These headphones are best noise isolating headphones available, not the best noise canceling headphones.

What’s the difference? I can’t explain it on a technical level, but the headphones here are used by drummers and other musicians so they can listen to their instrument in real time without damaging their hearing. Noise canceling headphones, on the other hand, block out ambient sound to make things more quiet. I wanted the latter.

Back to shopping, I guess!