Notes & Writings

The weekly newsletter is the main output of my ideas curation / sense making practice, each issue appears in the newsletter section, just as it was sent. Everything else that’s publicly available, including notes from the issues, articles and Dispatches, can be found here in this “library.”

Basically, this section is a digital garden. Which Tom Critchlow describes as “a space to nurture, edit in real time and evolve my thinking”. To learn more on the concept, see the link above but also have a look at Mike Tannenbaum’s great longer description and expansive garden.

I broke up each issue of the weekly newsletter into its constituent parts, which I call Notes. Each is tagged and not only linked with previous issues’ relevant parts but also with incoming additional notes that I’m writing on an ongoing basis. The goal is to have a living collection that evolves, instead of a static archive. Since I don’t consider that a “true” digital garden or a simple archive, I tend to use the word “library.”

 

New Notes

Articles

  • DIY Research Studio — Article

    Over the last couple of months, there have been a few discussions and proposed ideas around fellowships, and indie research labs. For a few years, I’ve had the idea of a “consortium” where a few partners would support a yearlong research effort with some public outputs and some private reports, workshops, and the like.
  • Attention OS — Article

    As I wrote about last week, I aim to work by focused time blocks. There are a lot of apps and settings in MacOS to manage notifications, timers, snooze, etc. However it would be a pain to setup everything, if even possible, to properly work by blocking-out hours. You can turn off all notifications and go to airplane mode but that’s pretty radical. I already have barely any notifications enabled and I need the internet for references in most of what I write.
  • Four Fours — Article

    How do you work? I think productivity gets somewhat of a bad rap, some people talk and write about it nonstop, for some it’s a way to optimize their workaholic tendencies, and sometimes it leads to too much focus on details, not enough on what you are actually trying to get done.

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Public Dispatches

  • The Practice

    Although I use various topic names to describe the newsletter, tweaking once in a while, re-framing how I present it, basically it’s always “here’s stuff I found interesting.” And yet I’m also always trying to determine (guess) what readers might enjoy, how each issue can make sense, and to find the overlap of where my curiosity leads and what might be more generally engaging.
  • A Personal Book Cellar

    This month’s topic was all researched and ready to be written, even though I was finding it hard to line things up in an interesting manner. Then I happened on a tweet, quoted below, and decided to write about what that brought to mind, and ended up going more personal than usual at the same time.
  • Just Enough

    I’ve recently come to realize that a good number of the articles I’ve shared in the last year could, when contemplated from a certain angle, be grouped together in a way I hadn’t planned on. I noticed that there’s definitely a “just enough” aspect to many of them.

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