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But then cliches are cliches because they touch on certain truths. The truth of this photograph being that it’s almost impossible to take a close up with the iPad’s miserably inadequate lens because iPad’s fovea is not the center of the screen but the top left, or bottom left, or top right, or bottom right, depending on which way you’re holding it.

Just as I took this photo the sun came out, so in a half-an-hour the line of droplets along the vein of the leaf will have been gone.

The rain:

Just a quick note that I tried out Noteshelf, based on this review, and I really like it; see above. At some point, I should review Paper, Skitch, and Noteshelf, since I’m using all three of them in the garden, now.

Preliminary thoughts:

1. Clearly, my handwriting really is terrible (except, and only if, I write with a Pilot Finepoint on paper). The Paper app’s pen is out of this world, and a total pleasure to use; Paper makes my handwriting look good. Noteshelf has pens too, but they make my handwriting look like my handwriting. (Then again, it’s better at handwriting than the Newton.*) Although you’re not seeing my handwriting; that’s my printing, which is good compared to my handwriting.

2. Noteshelf integrates the iPad camera, so you can take a picture right onto your Notebook page, and then annotate it. That’s really neat, and would work well for lab notebooks. On the other hand, there is frost damage on the right hand leaf — the leaf tips are curly and burnt looking — but the photo really doesn’t show that. Whether that’s a function of Noteshelf making the iPad camera even worse (hard to believe) or of shrinking the photo down to fit on the page, I don’t know. Experimentation!

3. Noteshelf has fonts! Now, if I want headlines in Bodoni, and who wouldn’t, I can do that!

Noteshelf is an awful lot like an application, instead of an app. It has a seventeen-page manual! The pages are the size of an iPad screen, and the type is pretty big, and there’s a lot of whitespace and plenty of shiny images and diagrams, but still.

NOTE * I loved the Newton: I actually bought a 2000 after the 110. If “intimate computing” isn’t a buzzword, it should be; both the Newton and the iPad accomplished that.

The tenacity of this honeysuckle isn’t shown by its pale pink Summer-in-March buds, but by its intertwining stems.

I planted honeysuckle vines around the fenceposts to attract pollinators, and also because they’re pretty and smell nice.

And I put the fence up to prevent woodchucks from getting into the garden, because a single woodchuck can destroy an entire garden in a day. And at harvest season, too, when they’re fattening themselves up for hibernation. I buried the fence in trench of gravel, because I knew woodchucks could dig, but I only made it a couple of feet tall, because I didn’t know woodchucks can climb.

So, one afternoon last summer, when I caught the woodchuck sunning itself in the clover right by the fence — see the site logo, above — I panicked and bought the makings of an electric fence: Battery, copper grounding pole, tape, clips, and all.

What I didn’t know: If I run the tape along the fence, the honeysuckle can short out the tape. That’s why horse farms — the fence is powerful enough to stop a horse, so I imagine it will deal with a woodchuck — keep the swath of grass under their electric fences cropped and clear of weeds.

So, what to do? Perhaps the best thing to do is nothing. After all, the woodchuck didn’t devour the garden last year; I think it was too busy eating tasty, fresh clover. (Rather like salad greens for us, I imagine.)

Seems early!

I wouldn’t have thought of recording this if I didn’t have an iPad. It’s like having a little view camera — except with no hood, it’s really hard to work in the bright sun. Product concept!