Early this year I decided to change my default note-taking app from Evernote to OneNote 2013. Much to my surprise OneNote surpassed my expectations, so a next step I wanted to take was to give OneNote a try as a Zettelkasten app too.
In this post I try to dig into the nature of a Zettel. When philosophers speak about the nature of something they refer to its most basic qualities. If you substract one of those you would have something different.
I’ll construct two forms of a Zettel:
The Outer Form
The Inner Form
The outer form refers to entities that are necessary for its existence.
The inner form refers to entities that compose its inner structure. ❧
Annotated on March 23, 2020 at 05:16PM
When I search in my archive for the tag #diet I get really annoying results. I don’t only get notes on diet. I get notes on carbohydrates, insulin sensitivity and many other. “Why is that a problem?”, you might ask. “All the above topics are relevant for diet, aren’t they?” No, and here is why.
There are two different types of tags:
Tags for topics. You use tags to group notes under a topic.
Tags for objects. You use tags to group notes around an object, real or conceptual. ❧
Annotated on March 23, 2020 at 05:06PM
The tags for objects are much more precise and reveal real connections. They narrow down the search way more which is hugely important if your archive grows. They only give you what you want, and not the topic which also contains what you want. ❧
Annotated on March 23, 2020 at 05:07PM
After the awesome discussion of Sascha’s latest blog post, I meditated about all the different kinds of ties between notes. Here’s what I came up with.
You can translate “Folgezettel” (literally: “subsequent note”) as “note sequence”. ❧
Annotated on March 23, 2020 at 04:47PM
Our brain can only hold to so much information at a time. ❧
of course this is why I like mnemonics and specific techniques like the method of loci. We can not only retain more but the memories can be stored in interesting ways that increase their potentially creativity like creating a Zettelkasten in the brain.
Annotated on March 23, 2020 at 04:53PM
As I said in my last post, my reading workflow consists of GTD-like phases: collect, process and write. While I wrote about collecting before, this post is about the three phases of processing notes. In the last section you’ll find a few example Zettels I wrote.
The Process forces us to think critically, categorize ideas, relate them to similar ideas, come up with metaphors/analogies/stories to better convey those ideas. The Process improves Thinking.
Using a Zettelkasten is about optimizing a workflow of learning and producing knowledge. The products are texts, mostly. The categories we find fit the process well at the moment are the following:
Knowledge Management: general information about what it means to work and learn efficiently.
Writing: posts on the production of lasting knowledge, and about sharing it with others through your own texts.
Reading: posts about the process of acquisition of new things and the organization of sources.
Social distancing imposes hardships, but it can save many millions of lives
Bad economic times could lead to deaths of people with low income who are most vulnerable to an economic downturn. ❧
This is the most likely place that governments and the richer ruling elites are likely to fail their societies. Even the United States is like to do this and one need look no further than their response to the hurricane aftermath in Puerto Rico to see this.
Annotated on March 23, 2020 at 03:55PM
The overwhelming majority of funds donated to a super PAC supporting Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s (D-Mass.) presidential bid came from a sole donor, according to new Federal Election Commission filings.
Karla Jurvetson, a wealthy doctor in California, donated an eye-popping $14.6 million to Persist PAC, a group that sought to revive Warren’s faltering campaign in February.
The funds from Jurvetson made up the lion’s share of the roughly $15.1 million the super PAC raised last month in its efforts to boost Warren, who, prior to the group’s formation, had stumbled after third- and fourth-place finishes in Iowa and New Hampshire.
What does the future hold for large Tiddlywikis? What can I do right now to start optimizing my TW to be usable while still huge. I am grateful to the TW contributors and those who made one of my browser engines. This has to be one of the best FOSS communities I've ever had the privilege of participating in. I need the advice of experts.
When did America become polarized? For leading historians Kevin M. Kruse and Julian E. Zelizer, it all starts in 1974 with the Watergate crisis, the OPEC oil embargo, desegregation busing riots in Boston, and the winding down of the Vietnam War.
This last section covered the turmoil of the Supreme Court during the late 80’s Reagan era.
Four day livestream after a cancelled Australian tour - just a sample of the best of making-the-best-of out there.
tl;dr Now that so many are forced to use online media to communicate, let's use this opportunity to create many smaller virtual communities and social networks outside the enclosed world of Facebook.
Node has been updated and I was able to install the latest version of Ghost (3.0.2).
While I wrap up Fraidycat 1.1.3 — which solves the conflict with Firefox’s ‘Strict’ Tracking — here are some kind words from someone who inspired the organizational aspects of Fraidycat, Ton Zijlstra.