Posts from 2021
This is a little workflow how I use my spare time when am forced to create YouTube videos and notes. I train from 1pm to 2pm. It is fairly similar to Crossfit and Rosstraining. So I need to take a couple of minutes to cool down and let the sweating stop.
In case you missed this on our YouTube channel, here’s a 15min video explaining how to process empirical studies and the three layers of evidence: (Link to the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UkA6ymlDLtA)
Dear Zettlers, There will be a live Zettelkasten session, scheduled for Sep 10th, 2021, 19:00-21:00 CEST. On that day, you can tune in right here: (Link to the video: https://youtu.be/5aMnBKQST0I) Live long and prosper,
Dear Zettlers, There will be a live Zettelkasten session, scheduled for Aug 27th, 2021, 19:00-21:00 CEST. On that day, you can tune in right here: (Link to the video: https://youtu.be/CqTSIA8bYYE) Live long and prosper,
On Friday, David Wilson of System Crafters hosted a 2 hour live-stream about Emacs org-roam to answer viewer questions after his previous org-roam v2 video demo and talk about the Zettelkasten Method in general. Sascha and I joined the chat, too, and overall we had a good time and interesting things were discussed with the nice folk in the chat. David’s recapture of the Zettelkasten basics is spot-on, and his pragmatic thinking promises good things to come from him!
Dear Zettlers, There will be a live Zettelkasten session, scheduled for Aug 13th, 2021, 19:00–21:00 CEST. On that day, you can tune in right here: (Link to the video: https://youtu.be/2_MJYtWr1vE) It is a casual session of me working with a Zettelkasten. It will be especially valuable for beginner and intermediate users since I am starting a new Zettelkasten in English that I will use for demonstration purposes. I am working with it as a serious Zettelkasten and not a mock example.
Last week, free and open source knowledge management package
org-roam was updated to version 2.
org-roam is an Emacs package (or “plug-in” as we normies would call it) that adds Zettelkasten features to connect small pieces of knowledge.
Jared Gorski wrote a response to my article “Backlinks are bad links”. Since it’s a short and concise response, a re-response is warranted. He summarised my point fairly and sufficiently, so I don’t need to repeat myself here. If you are not familiar, please read the article linked above. I’ll reply to Jared’s post point by point.
Stephan Bogner (@st_phan in the forums) shared a neat and free web tool with the community the other day, a link preview generator. It creates image previews of a website from a link. The result is optimized to be embedded into your notes without taking up too much space.
My research area is machine learning. My first zettel was created on 02/23/2020 and most of them focus on my research area or research in general. This mostly consists of extra the key ideas in short 4-10 page article. Throughout my life I have read many books, but I remember little about them. For instance, I say books like “The Double Helix” or “The Art of Learning” made a big impact on me, but outside of a few anecdotes, I remember nothing. More than that, I have no notes to go back and refer to. My plan this year was to change this and systematically process any book I read.
It is not difficult to find articles that herald the benefits of using a Zettelkasten and because of this, a dose of skepticism is perhaps healthy. Do you really get magically productive? Produce world-class research? Uncover secret connections for elevated understanding? Write 10 books spontaneously?
Forum legend @Will showcased another Keyboard Maestro macro this week that does a particularly interesting thing: from anywhere you are in your web of notes, his macro ties a new Zettel into the web. Check out the GIF teaser for Will’s 10-minute YouTube demo: Wills’ demonstration basically goes like this:
The user @wanderley opened a thread in the forum. He basically wrote that whenever he creates a Zettel, he goes into a research frenzy to make the Zettel “worthy” of his Zettelkasten. In his example, he transformed a report based on experience into a claim supported by quite some evidence.
@lucaschultz on the forums shared an alternative icon for The Archive for free for everyone to use. This came out of nowhere and was a pleasant surprise: It’s really cool that Luca poured in the time and work to create “fan art” for our app! Luca even published the
.sketch source files, so you can generate and tweak the icon further! The icon set is published under a CC-BY-4.0 license, so you can do what you want with it, provided you mention the original author.
I am not an investment professional. I do invest in stock and some other assets to create passive income through dividends and to build a safety net. I don’t make the time-commitment for in-depth research. I merely want to avoid dumb decisions. So I created a table of conditions that a company needs to meet before I buy stock. This is a snapshot in time. It is a work in progress of course:
This week marks 3rd year of The Archive being available in public. In March 2018 we published the final release. To celebrate this anniversary, we have a special treat for you to share the joy with friends! We asked ourselves what there is that we could give back to show our appreciation of the community. What is even better than receiving a gift from someone? Well, giving a gift!
In this video, Sascha demonstrates how you can get stuff from the physical world into the digital: by capturing images of sketches on paper with The Archive, and turning on our shiny new inline image preview function to see the sketches inside his notes.
Someone recently reached out to us and sent us a Chinese translation of the Introduction to the Zettelkasten Method: This generous person is Zhixiang Cai, Ph.D in Oil and Gas Well Engineering. He is a programmer and loves knowledge management and did an amazing job translating the article. We happily publish the translation on our page, so check it out!
You can use
[[wiki links]] in The Archive as a clickable shortcut to searches, which support complex logical operators to form very specific expressions. People on the forums seem to enjoy the discovery of clickable complex search expressions in The Archive, so here’s a short explanation of how you can use links like
[[#Gardening soil NOT fertilizer]] to create a stored search.