Another Web-Based MindMap apllication, and again it is Collaborative, Mind42:

Isn’t 42 the answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything? Well, in this case it means FOR TWO and indicates the collaborative character of mind42. Manage all your ideas, whether alone, twosome or working together with the whole world – collaborative, browser-based and for free.

Mind42: Introduction from Stefan Schuster on Vimeo.

The best way to make a MindMap is still by hand. Plain Treeware and a pencil or rather: a set of pencils. Here you see a SketchNote – not quite a Mindmap – by Esther Gons as published in “De Volkskrant” of 21 april 2009. It is an impression of the “TheNetWeb2009-Conference“.

More MindMap-style work by Esther Gons is at her website, especially the sketches she made for The nextWeb conference.
As mentioned in another article, a very special MindMap-tool is TheBrain. But, this application has now a free and a “pro”-edition. In the free edition they removed some of their most interesting features – so that made me moving away from The Brain experience.
An interesting attempt to replace the Brain and integrate MindMapping with another great non-linear tool for note-taking, TiddlyWiki, is VismoWiki by Jon Robson. Still Work in Progress, but it looks very promising – a really exciting development.

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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”.