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!)
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. 🤷♂️
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 🙂
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 series of posts with some ideas on using notes, that mention DevonThink (and OmniFocus):
Realized it’s been two decades since I first saw this scene.
I realized, after writing my earlier post, that merely talking about this doesn’t quite convey my point, so (as I read through these with my daughter) I’ll take a few pics when I remember, of these … I don’t even know what to call them: easter eggs? anomalous pop-culture references? … and share them here.
I remember it was about sixteen years ago now, that someone introduced me to the spaghetti western genre.
This is how I came across the “dynamic duo“ of Sergio Leone and Ennio Morricone. I had watched fragments of them, but hadn’t quite seen them as movies that had anything in common, and I certainly never knew that these were Italian movies, not Hollywood ones (!)
Having seen one I had to see more, but what stuck with me more was their music, and since then, of these movies, I’ve heard more soundtracks than seen the movies.
It’s a distinctive sound, and I keep going back to a few favorites every few months. In his memory, then, here are some of them:
Doing the Sudoku solver made me want to play some myself.
I ended up getting this app.
It’s fun, the ads don’t bother me, it has levels (easy, medium, difficult, hard, and … evil), and keeps track of how long I spent on a given puzzle.
One of my favorite shows for Tara is Peg Cat. There is a glut of “kid-oriented shows”, and this is very refreshing.
The “drawing quality” is similar to Pete the Cat (crayon-cartoon-ish), with grid paper in the background. I came for the “oh, a show that tries to make Math fun”, and stayed for the whacky characters.
It is not without … references for cough … discerning adults … cough, as I realized when watching ”The Highlight Zone”, where everything turns black and white, and Peg and the eponymous Cat must find things out of whack to return to “the normal world” (or do they? Lol).
Anyway, all round good fun, easily recommend.