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Personal automation for augmenting intelligence: A shortcut to stay on task Some ideas on how to use personal automation for augmenting intelligence—with an example using Shortcuts. Nov 3, 2021 articles & automation & augmented intelligence & Shortcuts
Personal automation for augmenting intelligence: A shortcut to stay on task Nov 3, 2021 articles, automation, augmented intelligence & Shortcuts Some ideas on how to use personal automation for augmenting intelligence—with an example using Shortcuts. ⟐
An Obsidian Homescreen for iPhone and iPad Oct 13, 2021 shortcuts, automation, Obsidian & articles Here's a set of shortcuts and widgets based on Obsidian that create a functional, dynamic, data-driven homescreen for iPhone and iPad. ⟐
Obsidian, Roam, and the rise of Integrated Thinking Environments—what they are, what they do, and what’s next Aug 9, 2021 articles, Integrated Thinking Environments, Obsidian, knowledge innovation, information systems & data What do Obsidian, Roam, DEVONthink, and Notion have in common? No, it's not hype—these apps are all Integrated Thinking Environments. Here's what that means. ⟐
An Integrated Qualitative Analysis Environment with Obsidian Aug 8, 2021 articles, research, qualitative analysis, data, Obsidian, Integrated Thinking Environments & projects Use this downloadable Obsidian vault to conduct Grounded Field Theory-based analysis of qualitative data. ⟐
Your Notes are an Information System: Lessons from Information Systems for Personal Knowledge Management Aug 8, 2021 articles, personal knowledge management, productivity, Information Systems, research & projects A presentation at the MUN Graduate Students' Union's 2021 Aldrich Conference. ⟐
DEVONlink - Integrate Obsidian and DEVONthink Mar 16, 2021 Obsidian, DEVONthink & PKM Use this Obsidian plugin and an AppleScript to integrate Obsidian and DEVONthink ⟐
DEVONsave v3: A shortcut to help you clip articles to clean PDFs in DEVONthink To Go 3 (and DEVONthink 3) Feb 11, 2021 shortcuts, DEVONthink, automation & reading An update to my perhaps-popular shortcut for getting nice PDFs of articles on the web into DEVONthink. ⟐
Connect DEVONthink PDFs, Bookends references, and Obsidian summary notes with this script Jan 27, 2021 automation, note-taking, pkm, apps, guide, articles & Obsidian Extract annotations/highlights from PDFs and link DEVONthink and Bookends items, all in one script. ⟐
 → Cross-post: Intuition is confident abductive-inferential thinking Nov 7, 2020 creativity & logic & philosophy & highlights

Intuition is really just confident, logical thinking.

 → Note titles as API calls Oct 30, 2020 highlights & knowledge management

i saw someone say that note titles should be like API names (from @davestridsr on the Obsidian Discord)

It was Andy Matuschak.

An app adds an API when its developers want other developers to be able to extend and work with the app’s functions, e.g., to develop other features or to let services interact with one another.

Some “good” features of an API in software development might be that the API is: (1) deep (you can get at as many functions of the underlying app as are useful), (2) expressive (you can fine-tune interactions between your extension and the app), and (3) intuitive (by looking at an API function’s title and parameters, it’s pretty easy to guess what it allows you to do).

Andy’s saying that a good note title fits those parameters too. The metaphor goes: you “extend” an atomic evergreen note by invoking its title in a new note. By doing so (and if done right), you can grasp the details of that note easily while, at the same time, you can reinterpret it in its new context.

Why and how to use Obsidian and NotePlan together Oct 27, 2020 Obsidian, NotePlan, PKM, apps, guide & articles A quick tutorial on using Obsidian and NotePlan 3 together. ⟐
The best of both worlds: One-click reference metadata for Bookends with Zotero Oct 22, 2020 automation, apps, academia, Zotero & Bookends Use Zotero as a speedy reference "inbox" for Bookends. ⟐
Distraction Deterrent Apr 18, 2020 shortcuts & productivity Use this simple automation to defend against the distraction of infinite-content apps. ⟐
Today’s Plan: A shortcut for planning your day with a text-based list and Fantastical Apr 12, 2020 shortcuts, planning & productivity The Today's Plan shortcut converts a list of items and tasks to a daily plan in your calendar and reminders. ⟐
DEVONsave: A shortcut to help you clip websites to DEVONthink To Go quickly and cleanly Apr 4, 2020 shortcuts, DEVONthink, automation & reading Use these shortcuts to quickly get references found on the web into DEVONthink in a clean HTML or PDF format. ⟐
Fulcra → A turn of events Mar 30, 2020 meta & highlights

Welcome to Axle.

I probably don’t need two blogs, but I have found myself hesitating to publish a variety of ideas on Fulcra because I wasn’t sure that those who read that blog for the systems/design thinking or social change focus would care about my thoughts on productivity, practice, and personal development.

So that’s what this place is for.

While my writing on Fulcra will (continue to) explore how the world changes, Axle is about how we change. In particular, I’m interested in “augmenting cognition”: how information systems and systemic design can help us think, do, and be better. I’ll also be writing about the different techniques and tools I use in my own work, as well as publishing resources that you might find useful.

What’s in the name? Well, while Fulcra emphasizes the search for leverage points in complex systems change, Axle is centred on the core of that change. That’s us—the people driving it. We try our best to amplify the forces of the world in order to shift something that matters to us. We roll with our changing worlds—and we are also in constant motion (and transformation) ourselves.

Welcome!

Systemics and design principles in support of Tiago Forte’s PARA framework Mar 30, 2020 articles, personal knowledge management, productivity, systemics & design Tiago Forte's PARA system is a popular new approach to organizing your digital materials. I explain its usefulness with reference to some principles from systemic design. ⟐