A great system for learning, especially “cramming” or “drilling”, to memorize facts by way of spaced repetition. For more information on flashcards visit this great website with learning skill handouts; I mentioned it earlier.

Of course, you can use old-fashioned treeware-flashcards, but software is better and usually offers some extra features, like storing your results, and popping up cards with information that is hard for you to remember more often.

My preferred flashcard-program is Mnemosyne, that runs from my portable drive,but there is also Ankie and Math Flashcards, that promises to make a math genius of you. Here is a list of more software.

Now there is also a flashcard web 2.0 app, Popling. I signed up and every eight minutes a flashcard shows up in Firefox. Hm, I don’t know if that is exactly what I want, but for now, I’ll give it a try.

Popling Screencast from rob rhyne on Vimeo.

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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”.