There aren't many published copies of annotated books out there, but you can get a limited edition replica of Francis Ford Coppola's prompt book The Godfather Notebook for the movie's 50th anniversary. It includes Coppola's handwritten annotations on Mario Puzo's novel.

Reframing and simplifying the idea of how to keep a Zettelkasten

Given many of the misconceptions I see online of how to keep a zettelkasten, particularly given the focus on the arcane addressing system used by Niklas Luhmann, perhaps it may be helpful to dramatically reframe the question of how to keep a zettelkasten? One page blog posts from people who've only recently seen the idea…

Creating a commonplace book or zettelkasten index from Hypothes.is tags

I thought it might be useful to have a relatively complete list of cross linked topical headings in my digital notebook (currently Obsidian) which is a mélange of wiki, zettelkasten, journal, project management tool, notebook, and productivity tool. First, let's be honest that mélange is too poetic based on what I see of how others…
Tiago, I've started into an advanced copy of your forthcoming book and at the end of the introduction you have a footnote: Other popular terms for such a system include Zettelkasten (meaning “slipbox” in German, coined by influential sociologist Niklas Luhmann), Memex (a word invented by American inventor Vannevar Bush), and digital garden (named by…

Tools for Thought Bibliography

For those who don't want to create a Zotero account for the tools for thought group, here's the list as of 2022-05-07. It doesn't include the tags, folder structure, or related Zotero meta data, but it will give an idea of some of the current contents. We're happy to provide credentials to the group for…
Replied to a tweet by Craig Mod (Twitter)
If iA is getting into physical notebooks, I'm hoping they'll also attach the other leg of the triangle with their app's Micropub support and allow me to publish my handwriting to my website. See: https://boffosocko.com/2021/12/20/55799844/ for details.

Handwriting my Website with a Digital Amanuensis

A Capital User Interface Idea A few weeks ago I saw Ben Stokes' post about PaperWebsite.com and my immediate reaction was, "I have to be able to do that!" I've long enjoyed writing by hand over typing as the tactile feel of of pen or pencil and paper is such an enjoyable one. I particularly…
Replied to The Dawn of Everything – Part 1 by Miriam Ronzoni (Crooked Timber)
I recently finished reading* The Dawn of Everything by David Graeber and David Wengrow; I enjoyed it very much indeed. I thought I’d write a two parts review for CT, and here’s the first – I will p…
I've only begun reading the text for a book club being run by historian Dan Allosso who is also doing an experiment in a communally shared wiki/notebook platform Obsidian, but I'm quite curious about the Neolithic pieces relating to the inhabitants at Stonehenge. In particular, I've recently finished Lynne Kelly's research in Knowledge and Power…

IndieWeb Committment for New Year’s Eve 2021

The annual page for IndieWeb New Year's Commitments is up. I always have trouble with coming up with something new and interesting to work on. (There are really so many things, to be honest, and so many that I ought to do, but which seem so droll... What might be fun!?!) I was recently enamored…

Pen and paper publishing to your website? PaperWebsite is on to something.

Handwriting to Website #​​​FTW While browsing today I ran across an awesome concept called PaperWebsite.com. It allows you to write on paper, take a photo, and then upload it to a website. Your handwritten words published to your website. A tactile writer's dream. My immediate thought—I need to have this now! Articles written by hand…

Mnemonic techniques and language acquisition

Over the years in academic settings I've picked up pieces of Spanish, French, Latin and a few odd and ends of other languages. Six years ago we put our daughter into a dual immersion Japanese program (in the United States) and it has changed some of my view of how we teach and learn languages,…
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Field Notes: Reporter's Notebook from Coudal Partners on Vimeo.

John Dickerson of “Face the Nation” talks about how he uses a Reporter’s Notebook and how he helped Field Notes make one.

Reporter John Dickerson talking about his notebook. While he doesn't mention it, he's capturing the spirit of the commonplace book and the zettelkasten. [...] I see my job as basically helping people see and to grab ahold of what's going on. You can decide to do that the minute you sit down to start writing…
Bookmarked Media and the Mind: Art, Science and Notebooks as Paper Machines, 1700-1830 by Matthew Daniel EddyMatthew Daniel Eddy (University of Chicago Press)
I can't wait to read Media and the Mind: Art, Science and Notebooks as Paper Machines, 1700-1830 (University of Chicago Press, 2022)! I see some bits on annotation hiding in here that may be of interest to Remi Kalir and Antero Garcia. Matthew Daniel Eddy, if you need some additional eyeballs on it prior to…