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Bigger Ideas

Platform agnostic ideas that may help your PKM process. They may feature a software, but I think they apply to more than a single platform

Keep taking your notes and writing because AI isn’t going to take all the content spots. (web)

How to find Scientific Literature faster. (youtube)

RIP: The External. (web) CJ Chilvers says we don’t need external brains, because we barely use our first brain to it’s full extent. I agree on many levels, how much time do you spend thinking about your notes vs collecting new crap? Most people I talk to focus on collecting crap, not thinking about what they already have.

If you use an online tool that works with Zapier, they did a blog post on automation for your notes. (web)

The Tower of Knowledge problem is interesting. (substack) This is something my company is currently dealing with, in part because I’m the only developer though I try to write lots of documentation.

Making flashcards with AI. (youtube)

Greg shares his morning writing routine. (web)

Stream of Consciousness to Atomic Notes. (medium)

Vulture Premium talks about the importance of taking notes when making his leather products. (youtube)

The ultimate guide to information management. (youtube)

How to read books effectively for beginners. (youtube)

TfTHacker released an update to the Cornell Notes Learning Vault. (medium/free)

What to do if you’re caught plagiarizing, intentionally or not. (web) I especially like the final footnote about writing something real…which is not social media.

Tiago explains the P in PARA. (youtube)

Carl says Apple Notes is the perfect note application. (youtube)

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Something Interesting

Because we’re all looking to expand our minds a bit.

Goodbye Reminders again. (web) I also like not having technology around.

Poverty, by America looks like an interesting book. Here is an interview with the author. (web/video)

Inside the world of a professional D&D YouTuber. (youtube) Just fun, though the income stream breakdown is interesting.

I’m not so hot on AI. (web)


Last week I missed The Verge taking a look at Bear 2. (web) Thanks Epiphanic Sychronicity for pointing it out.

For those that love Vim and command line tools, plaintext journalling. (web)

William took a look at Bear 2.0. (youtube)

Here is a love letter to the Bear 2.0 revision from a 1.0 lover. (web)

How to get your Instapaper articles in RSS form. (web) Yes it tells you how to put that RSS feed in DEVONthink but you could put that feed in any RSS application.

Some love for Anytype. (youtube)

Is ClickUp better than Notion for note-taking? (youtube)

Google launched a new AI powered note app. (web) I still think that AI is mostly hype and you should almost always stick with what you have and take notes and make connections.

DEVONthink To Go 3.7.3 released and brings improvements to working with groups. (web)


I did a video showing you how to use Graph Analysis to make note connections. (youtube/web)

A detailed walkthrough of the Excalidraw-Obsidian Slideshow 3.0 script. (youtube)

Can you help the OP with a Dataview query for a reminder? (lemmy)

Should you keep tasks in Obsidian? (lemmy) I don’t.

Tracking movies in Obsidian. (youtube)

Callouts and Templates in Obsidian. (youtube)

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2 responses to “PKM Weekly July 23 2023 – Issue 079”

  1. Yaaqoub Eliyyahu Avatar
    Yaaqoub Eliyyahu

    Hi Curtis: With organizing files, projects, information, etc. Do you suggest the PARA Method by Tiago Forte??? Thank you for all that you do.

    1. Curtis McHale Avatar
      Curtis McHale

      If his method works…go for it. I do think that a lot of his content was just putting fancy names on standard stuff so he could have intellectual property to sell people in courses. I think he’s trying to be the modern GTD style guy for productivity and note-making.