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  1. Oct 2021
    1. So, I’m going to coin a term, Personal Digital Habitat, for an alternative conceptual model for how we could integrate our personal digital devices.

      Personal Digital Biome?

    1. Synthesis is about describing a clear idea that can be represented in a (atomic) succinct note, with supporting evidence as applicable.

      At the moment, I guess I’m currently doing this in Drafts, but without any real rigour. What I’ve intended to do is host my atomic notes in iThoughts. But maybe this is part of my system that needs closer attention. Maybe there’s legitimate cause for another tool in the stack? Or maybe this just calls for another workspace? I think this is the space I wanted Project Meta to fill…

  2. Sep 2021
    1. it came out, mechanically, just by doing the calculations. (By calculations, I mean: The steps of the notebook system- applying the introspection.)

      Fundamental value(s) of considered note-making = introspection, intellectual synthesis, connection...

  3. Oct 2020
    1. I use all the data I capture online using Hypothes.is to port my annotations, highlights, and notes I make online into my commonplace book.

      Four years after I first found Hypothes.is, I still haven't worked it into my workflow. Posts like this rekindle the early sparks of interest I felt, though. I'm inspired to try it out again and see if anything's changed...

  4. Dec 2018
    1. If we’re willing to surrender our univocal model of intellectual property, we might begin to profit from something that is virtually unpiratable because of its scale and the rapidity of its growth. We might make a new living off of live subscriptions to global networks of digital scholarship and the vast tributaries of metadata they contain. We may yet construct a world in which knowledge can be liberated without requiring scholars to work for free.

      An alternative remunerative model that's based on payment for access to the knowledge network, rather than individual works? Who would then be responsible for paying out to individuals, in this model?

    2. The real question, I realized, was: how can I remember anything if I can only keep it in one place?

      The biggest issue I have with iThoughts right now is the lack of ability to dynamically filter maps based on tags or other properties of nodes. I'd love to be able to view only the nodes I need for a specific query and have everything else dynamically vanish— particularly on large maps, where the existing method of filtering renders the nodes illegible...

      That said, I've come to depend on text searches to return a filtered list of nodes. iThoughts allows for searching within a map and across all maps in the filesystem. It's not a fuzzy search, so search strings have to be constructed in a fixed way which necessitates a robust system of memorable tags, categories or conventions (for example, use of the tag "@due(2019-10-02)" allows me to filter for nodes with due dates, and nodes due within a specific year, month or on a specific date, by parsing incremental fragments of the tag. Simple, but effective.

    3. The citation tree not only forced me to prioritize themes that would easily translate into exam essays, it also required me to justify the inclusion of passages that I felt were important despite their lack of exam relevance.

      A self-regulating system, with a built-in sanity check. The workflow itself contains a mechanism that encourages the question of "why" beyond "what". Useful consideration for workflow design, to guard against cruft...

    4. After I had read and annotated the various PDFs on my list, I would copy-and-paste the citations from the PDFs into a categorical, outline scheme structured around the individual author and the specific work.

      This is akin to what I currently do with notes and references in iThoughts when reading digital documents...

    5. I needed to keep track of texts I only considered reading for just a few moments while skimming and downloading others.

      Sounds familiar... ;)

    6. How much collective mnemonic energy is wasted when every student in a class is simultaneously and independently attempting to transcribe some version of what is being said?

      And the counter-question: how much value is gained from a collaborative process, with efficiently compounded effort and gains from differing perspectives...?

    7. I distinctly recall the sinking feeling I had when I began to question whether I had wasted hundreds of hours writing hundreds of pages of notes.

      The notes likely had value in the process of cementing comprehension, but less so for later recall/review or connectedness...?

  5. Sep 2017
  6. Jan 2017
    1. Office hours. They’re announced broadly every two weeks. Two hours total. 30-minute slots. Google Calendar makes this super easy.  The result: my office hours are filled every time I announce them by the folks who want to talk and have an agenda. These are some of the most interesting meetings that I have with the team on a week to week basis. Random thoughts. Emerging concerns. Criticism. Growth conversations. Deep strategic concerns. Communication that only happens 1:1 and in person on a regular basis.

      This gives me cause to experiment with different models for office hours. I've already tried the hour long model. It would be interesting to try the 30 minute model described here— four x 30 minute meetings, back to back, every two weeks. And to perhaps complement that with a round table meeting every now and then?

    1. The mini lint roller, which folds up into its own case and fits in a handbag so my coat never has errant hair on it.

      Wait, what— Muji sells a mini lint roller?! WANT!!!