I’ll be on the phone with somebody when suddenly, some vital piece of information—a phone number, an address, a time and date—will come up in the conversation. Naturally, this is when the notepad I keep near the phone decides to go missing, and I wind up scribbling data on the nearest piece of paper—an old newspaper, a napkin, a crumpled up piece of paper.
Scratch-N-Scroll from Quirky can spare me the indignity of writing down a phone number on my hand, like some lovesick middle-schooler. The $15 mousepad also doubles as a writing surface; just use the stylus or, if that’s MIA, your finger to jot down notes on the pad itself. And once you’ve transferred the information to paper, just flip up the semi-transparent top sheet to make your notations disappear.—PHILIP MICHAELS