Favorited Sketch noting for PKM by Zsolt Viczián

Multiple elegant ideas (and practices) in that post, about the use of Excalidraw within Obsidian (which I previously described):
1) creating icons from basic forms (such as sketch noting teaches as well) and iterate each time you use them
2) keep your icons in a library in Excalidraw for various forms of re-use and for iteration
3) add #keywords to your icon, because in Excalidraw/Obsidian these behave as active searches for those keywords just like regular # in a text.

I came across this post by Zsolt Viczián through a list of PKM system examples by Elizabeth Butler, in which she also linked to my PKM description. Naturally I explored the other examples in that list, and this one stood out for me.

Because I couldn’t even get past the level of drawing stick figures, I have always felt intimidated by friends who could draw well. The idea of developing my visual vocabulary was a game-changer for me…… I added hashtags to each icon because, this way, if you add them to your sketch in the Obsidian-Excalidraw plugin, your drawing will be tagged with the relevant keywords.

Zsolt Viczián

Bookmarked Dust Rising: Machine learning and the ontology of the real (by David Weinberger)

I am looking forward to reading this. Will need to put aside some time to be able to really focus, given the author, and the amount of time taken to write it.

…an article I worked on for a couple of years. It’s only 2,200 words, but they were hard words to find because the ideas were, and are, hard for me. … The article argues, roughly, that the sorts of generalizations that machine learning models embody are very different from the sort of generalizations the West has taken as the truths that matter.

David Weinberger

Favorited Personal Taxonomy (Part 2) by Joost Plattel

Joost Plattel is writing about his note making routines. I’m always interested in seeing the routines of others, to see how I can tweak mine. Timely as well, as I hope he’ll be at the Dutch language Obsidian meet-up coming weekend.

In the previous part I highlighted how I managed my notes in folders. In this part I would like to explain a bit more on how I make the decision between tags & a linked note.

Joost Plattel

Bookmarked Obsidian Outlining (video by Nick Milo)

While watching the bookmarked video Nick Milo’s remark about being a left-handed keyboard ninja stood out. He has the mouse in his right hand, and so wants his hotkeys best positioned for his left hand. Using the keyboard without needing to leave the mouse speeds up your usage. This is akin to how I increased my gaming skills in the early PC era, keys optimised for one hand, mouse in the other. I have a Wacom pen tablet on the left hand side, yet do most keyboard shortcuts also with my left hand (perhaps a holdover from when I had the mouse on the right, but I also had the mouse on the left longtime). I now mapped some hotkeys also to combinations on the right hand side (some are already mapped to both sides, as they rely on things like shift, command and option keys), and started practicing them. Let’s see how long it takes for me to train the other hand, and I become a right-handed keyboard ninja!

it’s important to become a left-handed keyboard ninja

Nick Milo