A note on note-taking

Yes, I admit, I take notes. Being a geek-of-all-trades I read a lot of books at the same time on different subjects and my blogroll is so huge, that the next chunk of feeds is coming in while I’m still halfway busy reading.

The fun is in the reading, but especially in gathering the information. The world is full of interesting information, so I write down everything I read to read it over after a while and to recall it when necessary, or simply just to brag on being a know-all, a polymath or, just a geek.

My favorite means of note-taking is the classical way: making notes in a note-book (of course: a moleskine).

But, since I spend a lot of time @computer I am also open to digital ways of note-taking.

At first Google’s Notebook appeared to be the thing. Then I tried Tiddlywiki, which was a non-linear way of note-taking. Here is mine, but it hasn’t been updated for a very long time. Incidently, you can only use it from a USB-drive.

Tiddlywiki brought me back to a system I hadn’t been using for years: Mind-Mapping. I prefer FreeMind, that runs also from my USB drive.

And now there is Evernote.

I found it reading Lifehacker, that great blog on everything geek. So I signed up to give it a try. It promises to sync with every other way of note-taking, including my horrible handwriting 🙂

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  • The Aesthetics and Beauty of Knowledge

    Shih was the opposite of facts and raw information; shih was the elegance of knowledge, the insight and skill to organize knowledge into meaningful patterns. As an artist chooses colours or light to make her pictures, a master of shih chooses textures of knowledge – various ideas, myths, abstractions, and theories – to create a way of seeing the world. The aesthetics and beauty of knowledge – this was shih.

    – David Zindell, The Broken God, 1993

  • Geek Attitude

    The attitude thing is about flexibility, portability, creativity, sociability and jamming (ran out of suitable “ity” words!). It’s about improvising – in the practical and musical senses of the word; not getting tangled in boundaries and the “right” way to do things.
    Definitely the only way to travel.
    Martin Delaney – “Laptop Music”.