Black and white photo of two female teens sitting on the far side of a chessboard. Sitting next to the board is a tray about as long as the board which is full index cards.
@GMJuditPolgar, I’m doing some research for a book on note taking traditions, commonplace books, and zettelkasten/card indexes. In watching an interview of you with Christiane Amanpour from 2020 I noticed a photo of you next to a card index while playing chess. Do you have 15-20 minute for a short interview to talk about it and how you compiled and used it?


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I'm a biomedical and electrical engineer with interests in information theory, complexity, evolution, genetics, signal processing, IndieWeb, theoretical mathematics, and big history. I'm also a talent manager-producer-publisher in the entertainment industry with expertise in representation, distribution, finance, production, content delivery, and new media.

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  1. Bernardo says:

    Do you know this book about Zettelkasten?

    1. Chris Aldrich says:

      Thanks for your comment Bernardo and by way of it, providing a link to your own blog which appears to be a wealth of fun. It reminds me a lot of the sites of Dan Allosso and Jillian Hess who have some overlapping work in these areas or note taking, rhetoric, writing, etc.

      I’m aware of Scheper’s booklet as well as his much longer self-published book Antinet Zettelkasten (Greenlamp, 2022) (he thanks me by name in the acknowledgement section). I’ve got Nakládalová in my bibliography, though haven’t read her volume as my Spanish is less than stellar. I have, however, read most of the works of Krajewski, Cevolini, and others (Havens, Blair, Grafton, etc.) who have written extensively on this and related subjects in intellectual history.

      Thanks again! I look forward to delving further into your site.

      1. Bernardo says:

        Thank you for maintaining a blog with so many nutrients. and thank you because you have discovered the concept of indie blogs for me. It’s what I was looking for, tired of the atomization caused by so many social networks, although I’m only on Twitter and Instagram, but I don’t know for how long because I might delete myself. I would like to be able to do it like you have your blog. own the content we publish. It has been a gem to discover you and your blog. I continue reading you with great interest from Spain. A hug!

  2. Bernardo says:

    I guess you know this book about the art of annotating and common books, by Iveta Nakládalová:

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