On “… the terrible beauty of maps”

This captures so well what I sometimes feel about visual note-taking (basic mind-mapping, as well as more flexible, powerful tools):


I’ve gotten to the point where I generally use outline as my default. The problem I have with maps is that they cue an aesthetic response that overrides other concerns, and I have trouble setting that response aside. A map is either beautiful and this creates a barrier to revision, or it is ugly and making it attractive becomes my priority. If I leave it ugly, then I find it hard to work in the file unless I stop using the map. Outlines short circuits this enormous weak spot in my mental make-up.

(Also, a nice phrase!)

Why u no have footnotes, Medium?

Yuck, footnotes simply don’t render in Medium the way they do in WordPress.

I have no clue why this is so — it seems a terrible limitation in my opinion.

There are notes, which are a poor substitute. I … don’t think I’m going to change my use of footnotes, which means I have to be okay with the crappy way they render in Medium. 🤷‍♂️

Thoughts on WordPress and Medium

I had tried out Medium earlier, perhaps three years ago. At the time, I found it redundant for what I had started doing, which is sharing the curated monthly links. WordPress was a better fit for that, and I left Medium.

Looking at my WordPress usage, I stuck to essentially posting the curated monthly collections, and life updates.

This year, I’ve been reducing my personal “barrier to post” by allowing more of a sort of “micro-blogging” to happen. For me, this is “my Facebook”; I don’t mind sharing tidbits from my life, but I want to own the content.

More recently, I’ve been challenging myself to write longer pieces, and for these I think it might be useful to give Medium a try again.

P.S. I will cross-post these longer posts on both WordPress and Medium. I don’t want to think about this sort of stuff more than a couple of times a year, so I won’t change my mind till about the middle of next year 🙂

Some thoughts on notes, with DevonThink

I should write about my opinions on “artisanal software” separately, but I have mentioned some of the tools I use, and DevonThink is pretty central to a lot of ways I “augment myself”.

So, here’s a series1 of posts with some ideas on using notes, that mention DevonThink (and OmniFocus):

  1. by Kourosh Dini, and if you liked this, he has a book on more of this. ↩︎