In this week’s episode, Sascha pulled out the digital pen and visualizes the notes from the archive that grew over the past couple of episodes. You’ll see how local structures turn into entry points of new topics and how note sequences (“Folgezettel”) can be created from a messy start.
We discussed weak ties (tags) and strong ties (links) and note sequences (“Folgezettel”) in a post about Different Kinds of Ties in more detail, so if you feel you need to catch up with the jargon first, read that post and make sure to have a look at the awesome comments.
Also, if you agree that I am much prettier with facial hair, don’t hesitate to offer suggestions in the comments. Every input is welcome, as always.
In this week’s episode … lots of things have happened. There was no clear outline this time, but we further talked about the dangers of automatization and how clever apps can dumb you down.
- Our ““business”” plans: get rid of money and do this here for fun & create a community around all this knowledge work stuff.
- Ulysses (the popular writing app for Mac) was ripped off 😱 Danger lies everywhere for businesses and users alike. Pick your tools wisely – and as a dev, create software that doesn’t suffer from replicas.
Also, check out this book:
Matthew B. Crawford (2010): Shop Class as Soulcraft. An inquiry into the value of work, Penguin Books. (Affiliate link)
– it’s not going very deep, and the bad rep it gets on GoodReads has a point, but the inspiration for the work we do was huge! The book pointed out a lot of concepts that I can use in my Zettelkasten work and to make the upcoming Archive app great. Crawford’s models and historical interpretations are very fruitful to understand the work we all do and what’s going on in out professional lives.
In this week’s episode we talked about the dangers of automatization. In short, the computer may help you find stuff, but if you rely on its power 100%, you will end up with a homogenous mush of notes. That’s when we also mentioned Nassim Taleb’s notion of the “barbell method” to antifragilize your life .
Thanks to our long term question asker Mr. Andersen, Sascha demoed branching of notes from two directions: top-down and bottom-up. You can find that in the last 15 minutes or so. (More precise annotations are always welcome in the comments!)
In today’s episode we used our crappy English (I don’t know what went wrong today) to talk about misconceptions when using the Zettelkasten: you cannot automate yourself away. The archive always needs an intelligent (!) user to help generate ideas, and you need to take note of them for later retrieval.
Also, Mr. Andersen was with us again and this asked about a proper reading workflow. (Answers about 55mins into the video.) Our response was pragmatic:
- If you think the text is something you want to refer to as a unit later, create a structure Zettel note that resembles the text’s outline or table of contents.
- If you only need parts of the text, take what you need and add proper citation. Don’t worry about being thorough for the sake of being thorough.
- All in all, strict rules like “you always have to create a book note that resembles the book’s structure” don’t take you far. Go with the flow and experiment. Different things works best at different times.
In today’s episode we had a lot of interaction with you, dear readers and listeners and watchers. Thanks for being great! Here are some show highlights:
- Peter K. asked: How do you use your Zettelkasten setup for collaborative work? (That’s roughly the first 30 minutes.)
- At 37:45, you see a demo of creating and maintaining structures, based on Tanya’s question: “Can you go over what goes into a single zettel? And also how do you make the Zettels ‘talk’ to each other? How do you manage not to get lost in all the Zettels?”
- At 1:01:00, you’ll see an epic demo of how to write a long Zettel, then splitting it into multiple notes.
Mr. Andersen asked if we have daily Zettelkasten routines. I don’t have any knowledge work routine at the moment, but Sascha reveals his twice-weekly routine (55:00).
We mentioned a few posts along the way:
If you watch the video and find note-worthy topics, drop us a comment on YouTube or in the comment section of this post with the times. (On YouTube, you can type
30:00 to denote “30 mins into the video” and it’ll be clickable by default!)
We’ll be on air today – Thursday, January 12th, 3:00 p.m. UTC. Go to our live stream page on YouTube to see the countdown and localized times.
I have to get this “Live” page up here, soon, so all of you can see the calendar with ease.
In this episode, we respond to Peter’s question: What do we not put into our archives? Here are a few links for stuff we discussed in the video. Shoot questions at us here, below the video, or e-mail for the next episode. We’ll be on air again in January. Watch this space for an announcement.
Sorry, folks, but this week’s episode recording didn’t take place. On Wednesday night I was struck hard by spontaneous and annoying bowel-emptying and I still couldn’t think straight when the scheduled recording would have taken place. I’m feeling a lot better already and we’ll try again next Thursday, Dec. 15th, same time: 16:00 UTC+01.
As always, just shoot your questions and demo requests at us!
We’ll be on air this Thursday, 3:00 p.m. UTC. Go to our live stream page on YouTube to see the countdown and localized times.
You’re all welcome to chat with us there on Thursday or leave questions here in advance if you can’t make it.
I set up a public Google Calendar you can look at subscribe to, if you want, although it updates super slow:
Useful resources to subscribe to announcements:
- Our YouTube Live page
- iCal Google Calendar file link
The actual calendar source for you to copy and subscribe to in your native calendar apps is this:
Hello dear friends of knowledge work and knowledge management! – Today we’re thrilled to tell you that our video experiments did bear fruit. We hereby announce the Zettelkasten Live channel.
Watch our 10min intro on YouTube.
We’ll announce the next recording time a few days ahead so you can tune in for the true live experience. If you want to suggest a topic, then leave a comment here or below the video.
Our videos will be heavy on live demonstrations, so if you want to see how we create and integrate new Zettel into our archive, this is the time to find out!
The videos will not be webinars or lectures. We’re going to chat about topics and see where the conversation is leading and demonstrate the workflow. But as Sascha announced in the intro, we’re working on a video project to make up on the lack of an English Zettelkasten Method book.
If you want to schedule a live participation with us, suggest a time and topic via e-mail and we’ll see if that fits out schedule. We’re based in Germany (UTC+01), so we may not always be live in your time-zone.