topic: note-taking

Everything I’ve written on the subject, from the beginning of this version of the site.

I may also have written on this on earlier versions of my website:

  1. 2006 – 2011 (link coming soon!)
  2. did not have a blog!
  3. 2012 – 2013 (link coming soon!)
  4. 2014 – 2019
  • 2019

    • Dec

      • 19

        • Writing Implements — JOURNAL

          Sheer delight — by way of writing in a Pano Totebook with a Uniball Signo RT1 0.38mm.

  • 2020

    • Jan

    • Mar

      • 08

        • 10:34 — NOTES

          Wanted: something like The Archive, but for iOS. Bear is beautiful and I love it, but I want my notes on disk because then I can do anything with them from anywhere — not just what one app can come up from. (And yes, a document object model like people dreamt of in the 90s would also solve this well, but for today I’ll take what I can get.)

          And yes, this is what I’m working on with rewrite.

    • Apr

      • 26

        • 09:00 — NOTES

          Between my new This Week I Learned entries, an interest in having all my notes in one place, and a desire to actually use my notes system more effectively I’m trying something new with my reading: notable things I read (and my comments on them) will now live in Bear instead of Pinboard. I expect this will help a lot with active review of my reading notes. (I may go ahead and do something I’ve thought about for a while and pull all of my Pinboard notes over to Bear, too!)

    • May

    • Nov

      • 26

        • 15:58 — NOTES

          Playing around with Dendron a bit as an interesting note-taking tool. Not my thing, but it strikes me that the hierarchical” approach it takes could actually work very well with a traditional Luhmann-style Zettelkasten.

  • 2021

    • Aug

      • 09

        • 09:58 — NOTES

          A weekend into using Obsidian, the thing I like best about it by far is that it uses plain text files on disk… which means that I can use all my other tools with it. Until vendors actually make new interoperable, open document formats, this will be the winning approach.

      • 10

        • 08:07 — NOTES

          As I’m slowly working through my notes — recently exported from Bear and into Obsidian — I see three issues:

          • not enough links and connective tissue
          • too much collection” (esp. from books) without analysis or synthesis
          • too many tags!
      • 18

        • 22:10 — NOTES

          I have spent some time actively working with” my notes in first Bear and now Obsidian over the past few months. A thing I have concluded: tags are overrated; links are much more useful.

    • Sep

    • Oct

      • 23

        • 14:40 — NOTES

          One of my favorite features Obsidian offers is a very small extension to basic Markdown: the ability to embed other notes. This lets individual notes be atomic” while letting a root note integrate them not just as links but as content. Incredibly useful.