Data generated by scientific research is often subjected to complex analysis with advanced computer systems, producing highly technical results. But even in the 21st century one of the most important laboratory tools is the notebook. Electronic databases and clouds exist for the collection of research results, and these can be run on portable devices that are easily used in the lab. But the widespread use of chemicals and liquids can limit their use in some labs like ours. Instead, we still rely on old fashioned paper notebooks for the recording of data and even for writing down ideas and discoveries as they happen. Experiments don’t always work out, but when they do, there is something satisfying about putting pen to paper and writing these findings in a tattered notebook.