It’s nice being able to think on a whiteboard.
I’m a visual thinker. It helps to be able to visualise things…

About Invader Xan

Molecular astrophysicist, usually found writing frenziedly, staring at the sky, or drinking mojitos.
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  1. invaderxan says:

    I know just what you mean! It can be just as troublesome when you’re drawing things radiating from a point. :)
    Geeky though it may sound, I’ve been working on my note writing technique since I was an undergrad. Most of my notes are still spider diagrams linking lots of things together. You can fit a frightening amount of information on a single side of A4 that way!

  2. The only time that falls down is when doing any maths… Then things just get messy. :P
    Hahaha. I know how that works — mostly because I do a lot of math on the whiteboard! I think that’s true of chalkboards too!
    I should say that perhaps your notes are more coherent too because everything is nicely spaced out. When I’m trying to draw things like optical arrangements, you’re trying to draw a bunch of things converging into one point, and that’s just messy — even with lots of colored markers!

  3. invaderxan says:

    Aren’t they brilliant? And using a glass door… There’s an idea. Why did I never think of that…?
    Sadly they’re not so good for writing papers, but I’ve seen a few lecture rooms with electronic whiteboards. Like, you can put up powerpoint slides or images and then use a digital pen to write stuff over the top of them. Ahhh technology! :)

  4. invaderxan says:

    Don’t forget to keep a camera handy. I always try and photograph the board when I’m done so people can erase it all (or just draw random pictures) if they need to…

  5. invaderxan says:

    Gotta love the colours. That purple board marker is my newest toy actually. :)
    To be honest, using lots of colours was how I learned to keep things coherent. I just got fed up one day of having to decypher my own notes! The only time that falls down is when doing any maths… Then things just get messy. :P

  6. underwr1tten says:

    Hey I’ve just discovered how fantastically helpful dry-erase markers are, too! Except I prefer to use them on the glass sliding doors to my porch–much more space to work with. Now if only I could have a computer as interactive, writing papers would be so easy.

  7. pax_athena says:

    Mmmm… That’s cool :) I need one (plus maaany colours) in the next room I’ll have to work in!

  8. I wish I had more colorful white-board markers to work with! Also, your notes seem much more… coherent than mine!

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