Biomedical Engineer (he/him)
Usually once a tag on my website has more than a couple hundred entries, I convert it into a category. This one was long overdue. This morning I've converted the "note taking" tag into a category and moved a bunch of material on commonplace book and zettelkasten traditions over to it.
If you've been following this idea here, it's time to update your feed.
I got stuck over the weekend, so I totally missed Kevin Marks' memex demo at IndieWebCamp's Create Day, but it is an interesting little UI experiment.
I'll always maintain that Vannevar Bush really harmed the first few generations of web development by not mentioning the word commonplace book in his conceptualization. Marks heals some of this wound by explicitly tying the idea of memex to that of the zettelkasten however. John Borthwick ev
How to Make Notes and Write, a handbook by Dan Allosso and S.F. Allosso
A new handbook on note making and writing
I wasn't expecting it until next week or shortly thereafter, but just in time for the new academic year, Dan Allosso has finished a major rewrite on his and S.F. Allosso's earlier edition of A Short Handbook for writing essays in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Thi
Is anyone practicing #sketchnotes like patterns in their notes?
Hypothes.is, a web annotation tool, as an off-label zettelkasten?!
It wasn't built specifically to be used as one, but is anyone actively using Hypothes.is as an off-label zettelkasten just by itself?
The platform has most of the basic functionalities one would want for a digital ZK:
Simple note taking,
Notes are editable and update-able,
There's a tag functionality for ind
Where is the generation of singer/songwriters singing about the service economy the way artists like Bruce Springsteen nostalgically covered the blue collar worker or Woody Guthrie on Americana?
I'm curious if anyone has tried building a digital public zettelkasten on WordPress in general or using using the Slippy plugin in particular?
I'm thinking it may be an interesting experiment, particularly using it in combination with the Webmention plugin to get replies/responses for crosslinking with others' ideas on the web. This could allow one not only to communicate with other their own slip box, but slip boxes to communicate with ea
Call for Model Examples of Zettelkasten Output Processes
Perhaps too much of the resurgence of the zettelkasten idea and the online space about it is focused on what a zettelkasten is or how it should be done. After this, descriptions of the process of collecting material for one's zettelkasten is followed by using it to generate new ideas and thought, though this last part is relatively sparce
Economic Models in Social Media and a Better Way Forward
Some thoughts about how services like Mastodon, Cohost, and other startups, for-profits, co-ops, and even non-profits can improve our social media experiences.
I just noticed that my Hypothes.is account has passed the 10,000 annotation mark. I really love the thoughtful, calming pace of their social annotation interface. It's both my favorite social network and sense making tool.
Thoughts about Robin Sloan’s Spring ’83 Experiment
I've been thinking about Robin Sloan's Spring '83 Experiment on and off for a bit.
I too almost immediately thought of Fraidyc.at and its nudge at shifting the importance of content based on time and recency. I'd love to have a social reader with additional affordances for both this time shifting and Ton's idea of reading based on social distance.
I'm struck by the seemingly related id
This is the sort of history that should be more commonplace in our schools. Why was I not taught this? What an excellent little interview. Going to buy Carol Anderson's book in triplicate.
I've fallen way behind on making my listen posts public and hope to remedy the issue, particularly for the better podcasts I listen to. What better way to start than a new short series in Jeremy Cherfas' excellent Eat This Podcast?
[[wikilinks]] and #hashtags as a portal to cross site search
[[wikilinks]] and #hashtags could act as snippets for custom searches on various platforms. I'd like to be able to either click on a link or possibly right click and be presented with the ability to search that term (or nearby terms) on a variety of different platforms or trusted websites. This could be a useful form of personal search
Christine Moskell talks about a professor's final exam design prompting students to go back to annotations and add new commentary (or links to other related knowledge) that they've gained during the length of a course.
This is very similar to the sort of sensemaking and interlinking of information that Sönke Ahrens outlines in his book How to Take Smart Notes though his broader note taking thesis goes a few additional steps for more broadly
Let's say you're in love with Hypothes.is, but you're also an old school pen and paper person. There's definitely a way to add that old school index card/zettelkasten feel to your new digital notes.
Biomedical Engineer (he/him)
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