1 2020-11-30

  • Enjoying the TV show at the moment, and feeling tempted to reread the His Dark Materialsbooks again. I read it many years ago now, I guess when I was a teenager - I think there's a lot of subtlety there (and less subtlety perhaps!) about religion and science.
  • Also I've had another recommendation for the Murderbot series (the first one being from Ton's list), so I think I'll read those at some point too.

2 2020-11-29

  • After adding the logo, the header section doesn't look so hot on the garden on my mobile - the logo doesn't adapt so adds too much width. It looks fine in the browser dev tools in Firefox on on small screens, but not in the Chrome dev tools.
    • Fix: it needed wrapping in an anchor tag.
  • Seems like my backlinks in Flockdon't publish when I run make republish, but they do if I do org-publish-current-file. Why?
    • Ah it was because I'd left the org-roamDB setting org-roam-db-location pointing at the wrong place in publish.el.
  • Why do I have to keep restart syncthingon my mobile in order to sync files to my laptop?

3 2020-11-28

4 2020-11-15

  • We started playing Myst(realMyst edition) last night and really enjoyed it.
  • Read a little bit about Karrotand how they make their software.
  • Reading Informatics of the Oppressed. Looking at historic experiments in informatics from Cuban socialismand liberation theologyfor redistribution of informational wealth. Think I came across it via Panda.
  • Had a quick look at kinopio.club for weeknote diagrams. I don't think it was working properly? The how to thing seemed to be missing a bunch of cards.
  • Spiderwiki: "Spiders appear to offload cognitive tasks to their webs, making them one of a number of species with a mind that isn’t fully confined within the head." https://www.quantamagazine.org/the-thoughts-of-a-spiderweb-20170523/

5 2020-11-14

  • Reading more of Capital is Dead. Finished Chapter 1.
    • I like the idea of détournementas a means of interpreting Marx for the current times.
    • feels like there is some relationship between Glitchand détournement.
    • really liked reading Wark say how that to understand the current informatics-based forces of production, comrades with technical knowledge are needed to collaborate with those with the theoretical knowledge. I feel like I sit in the space between theoretical and technical where I could have something to contribute here.
  • my reflowed PDF scan of Capital is Dead has its own pleasing glitches that I'm rather enjoying

6 2020-11-13

  • Interesting question: What happens if your org gets locked out of Google? How likely is it to happen?
  • Interesting question: How do you explain the importance to spend time on 'invisible' things like backups, disaster recovery, security patching etc to non-technical peeps?
  • MINDFLAYER are on Bandcamp, this is good
  • I was thinking how Agoracould be useful for a team knowledge base. Each person maintains their own, and Agora rolls it up in to one space.
    • Relies on everyone being happy using markdown files and wikilinks, etc., though. Might need to bridge between various systems, as usually people have their own favourite personal tool, especially when it comes to knowledge management.
  • Discussed pipelines and WIP a bit.
    • Can definitely see how reducing context switching is important. That's a massive problem for me.
  • Enjoyed listening to The Stooges.
  • The idea of a digital gardening practicecame up in the DG telegram group. I don't really have one at the moment, but I'm getting in to a better 'daily log' habit. I tend to start in a private journal and add bits from that in to the public daily log as and when it makes sense to share. I'm starting to pop a few more work-related notes in during the workday, too.
  • the Ness LabsCollector to Creatorcourse is starting on Monday. It's at 4pm for me, so can't attend as I'm at work. But I'll try to follow along with the assignments anyway.

7 2020-11-08

  • I've been reading through Ton's articles on his PKM system. Ton's PKM. It's of great interest to me because I really respect Ton's views, and I'm keen to see where it might help me reflect on my own system. Ton tries to avoid silos and lock-in, and has recently been able to move much of his system to plain-text and Obsidian, and I think many of the methods would translate to org-mode, if I wanted them to. Thanks Ton for sharing it in such detail. https://www.zylstra.org/blog/2020/10/100-days-in-obsidian-pt-1/
    • Will take me a while to read and digest all of it, but I think there's many tips I can pick up.
  • I want to rekindle my graphical weeknotes, after Kicksmade a mention of them. I really liked the end result of those. It was just hard work keeping it up.
    • I either need to streamline the process, or make it a dedicated labour of love. I don't have much time for labours of love right now, so streamlining the process might be needed.
    • Pipeline: recent changes, day logs -> textual week log -> diagram.
    • For the diagram, I'm thinking I might try to use something like PlantUML or mermaid.
      • Cons: It'll look kind of shitty, regimented and not so fun.
      • Pros: It'll (probably) be quicker than mucking about in LibreOffice.
        • PlantUML is something that'll be useful for me to get familiar with for work.
    • Something like impress.js might be alright too.
  • I kind of see something like Ton's public sharing of the details of his PKMas part of a body of artifacts for the Hacker class.
  • Glitch Feminismsounds good. "Our software and our wetware are constantly glitching. How could it be otherwise? Rather than try for perfect order, let’s embrace the glitch and find out how else it all could play out." https://www.versobooks.com/books/3668-glitch-feminism
  • I like Ton's terminology of notes and notions. Notes being a bit more reference/factual, notions being ones own personal ideas. 100 Days in Obsidian Pt 4: Writing Notes – Interdependent Thoughts
    • for reading through articles and taking literature notes, I think I will have a subfolder.
  • Also the idea of emergent outlinesfor creating new content. (Speculative outlines in Sonke Ahrens terminology).

8 2020-11-07

  • Thinking about my music listening strategya bit today. Finding and listening to music in a way that supports artists gives the finger to the big corps. What's yours?
  • If I wanted to convert my org-roam files for use in Agora, I think the main issue would be lack of wikilinks for internal links. I could make use of a filter function on links to resolve that, I imagine. (I've already got a script for converting a whole folder of org files to markdown).
  • I think I like the bulleted day log style that for example Flancianuses. A bullet for each log, not a new heading. I will try this for a while. To be determined however, how this maps up to the IndieWebnotion of notes and which ones I publish on my stream.
  • I have both a private journal and wiki, as well as this public one. They are two completely separate org-roamdatabases. There's a slight disconnect between the two, which introduces some friction when I'm thinking about where I should be writing something.
  • Tonmentions that he does not like the idea of publishing his notes to the web. "To me that is unthinkable: my notes are an extension of my thinking and a personal tool. They are part of my inner space. Publishing is a very different thing, meant for a different audience (you, not me), more product than internal process". This is very interesting, I'd like to spend some time to reflect on it.
  • Also trying out Flancian's method of tagging people as person. Not sure where that will get me, but interested to see.
  • I watched the webinar The Indie Researcher: Tools for thought and internet academia yesterday. It was interesting, more discursive than really actionable advice, but a few takeaways that I liked:
    • being an indie researchershould be about being curious in public - not necessarily being an expert in some domain with a position to defend (I think Anne-Lauresaid this)
    • being 'indie' doesn't mean you just do it all yourself - it's very much about discussion and community, too
    • it might free you to do some things that might not happen in an academic environment
  • Feeling really happy that Trump lost / Biden won. Biden might not be about to bring in a socialist revolution, but holy fuck at least he's not Trump. It feels good for there to be a positive piece of news for once.
  • Experimenting with placing my daily logs in a journal subfolder. They would then be ready for being incorporated in to an Agora. I think it'll be nicer that way just from a general tidyness perspective, too.

9 2020-11-02

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