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Sept 22, 2020

  • September 22, 2020

End of day notes and article links

Thanks @elty and @expede for deep meaningful conversations today. Pointers to some of the links and articles we talked about:

  • I’m still working on my Garden and the GazeboGarden and the Gazebo
    My current setup for this site I’m calling the Garden and the Gazebo.1
    The Garden is what you’re looking at and browsing: inter-linked notes, the portion of my Second BrainSecond Brain
    The concept of wikis goes back to an earlier era of the web. With the advent of blogging (and I would say, RSS feeds to subscribe and follow content from all over), wikis went away for a while.
    Wikis probably also get a bad rap from their early incarnation inside company intranets. Aside from a bad editing interface, bad search is the big thing that kills company intranets of all kinds. More on the [[Wiki]] page.
    Currently, in 2020, personal and company note repositories are experiencing a re...
    that I keep public.
    The Gazebo is where I keep my private notes. A day-to-day [[Worklog]], TODOs, notes from meetings, and various notes to self.
    Garden
    I haven’t used my root bmannconsulting domain for things for a while. The [[Archive]] has 12 years of lightly pruned blog posts. I ran a separate wiki for a while, mos...
    post here talking about public / private notes. My Second BrainSecond Brain
    The concept of wikis goes back to an earlier era of the web. With the advent of blogging (and I would say, RSS feeds to subscribe and follow content from all over), wikis went away for a while.
    Wikis probably also get a bad rap from their early incarnation inside company intranets. Aside from a bad editing interface, bad search is the big thing that kills company intranets of all kinds. More on the [[Wiki]] page.
    Currently, in 2020, personal and company note repositories are experiencing a re...
    explanation is also WIP
  • I was importing old posts and looked at Tomi Ahonen: app stores are tiny compared to global telecom revenueTomi Ahonen: app stores are tiny compared to global telecom revenue

    In 2009, Portio Research counted the global value of ‘non messaging’ premium content (music, gaming, news, etc) downloaded or consumed on phones and sold to them worldwide, to be worth 85 Billion dollars. Yes, 250 times bigger opportunity for any content owner like say a Disney or TimeWarner or Turner etc to make money today, on ALL phones, not those few iPhones that are in pockets of some 4% of Americans and less than half of one percent of the rest of the world. Understand how enormous thi...
    . My takeaway from that was The future is Internet + identity + payment, and app stores will figure heavily in that future – and now this is the direction that FissionFission
    Fission is the company I founded in June [[2019]] with [[Brooklyn Zelenka]].

    https://fission.codes
    twitter @fissioncodes
    Discord chat https://fission.codes/discord
    [[Discourse]] forum https://talk.fission.codes

    is pointed: a web native app store that connects people with the apps they use and the developers that make them
  • I’m going to start collecting Movement Marketing concepts, like David Sacks’ Your Startup is a Movement article
  • I mentioned Cobuying Property with FriendsCobuying Property with Friends
    By [[Phil Levin]], https://supernuclear.substack.com/p/co-buying-property-with-friends. Found via the [[Embassy Network]] Slack.
    The entire Supernuclear Substack is a guide to [[coliving]]:

    Supernuclear is a guide for people starting coliving communities for their chosen tribe. It’s a 100% free and earnest attempt to help people live their best life with their favorite people.

    This article was a really comprehensive overview. Some of it is US centric – both corporate structures and real-est...
    for a second time, so I made a dedicated page for it. It’s an example of an article that made my knowledge about something go from 0 to 80%, and I feel equipped to do further exploring from there
  • Exit to Community is relevant relating to the MEC Co-op sale to private equity in Canada, to governance tokens in crypto around SushiSwap https://sushiswap.org (this Decrypt article has some background context) and yearn.finance (I don’t even know how to summarize that)
  • AthensAthens

    Website https://athensresearch.github.io/athens/ (this is the live app)
    Github https://github.com/athensresearch/athens
    [[Open Collective]] https://opencollective.com/athens
    Twitter @athensresearch

    [[Open Source]] using [[Eclipse Public License]]
    Written in [[ClojureScript]] and [[DataScript]], same as Roam ResearchRoam Research
    “A note-taking tool for networked thought. As easy to use as a document. As powerful as a graph database. Roam helps you organize your research for the long haul.”
    website: https://roamresearch.com/
    .
    Updates
    July 2020: MVP Update, Funding, and Why I Started Athens

    We are creating and will create vast amounts of value, and we should capture value proportionally. Being o...
    seems like the best candidate to deeply integrate Fission’s WNFS with, and we could also be a source of revenue for hosting them. They have an open issue to pick a backend architecture. I’m still interested in integrating Fission with Roam ResearchRoam Research
    “A note-taking tool for networked thought. As easy to use as a document. As powerful as a graph database. Roam helps you organize your research for the long haul.”
    website: https://roamresearch.com/
    (maybe apply for their grant / investment program?) – and I think the WNFS / IPFS file graph, unique, permanent links will be interesting to many of these Second BrainSecond Brain
    The concept of wikis goes back to an earlier era of the web. With the advent of blogging (and I would say, RSS feeds to subscribe and follow content from all over), wikis went away for a while.
    Wikis probably also get a bad rap from their early incarnation inside company intranets. Aside from a bad editing interface, bad search is the big thing that kills company intranets of all kinds. More on the [[Wiki]] page.
    Currently, in 2020, personal and company note repositories are experiencing a re...
    tools.

Yes, sending people links / notes motivates me to curate and add to the things I have here.

Coffee with Bob in Dunbar

Met up with @BobSummerwill who took a picture of me next to my Radrunner:

Primeflow and Market Networks

I had a call with Daniel from Primeflow yesterday. He left a comment on LinkedIn pointing out that we covered a lot of the ground discussed in NFX’s The Next 10 Years Will Be About “Market Networks”. My ProcessingProcessing
A place to stash links for further processing

Do I need this relative links filter for [[Jekyll]]? https://github.com/benbalter/jekyll-relative-links

[[MuseApp]] Podcast with [[Andy Matuschak]]
https://museapp.com/podcast/12-growing-ideas


Making “tools for thought” into a field
Apple‘s human interface lab
How we form memories
The idea collider



The Linux Foundation became a force in enterprise tech. Is that a problem?
What started as a means of protecting an open-source operating system...
page is getting too long.

Fission Web Native iOS App

I saw a tweet that Apple is recruiting for an interesting role – “you’d contribute to Cloud File Providers and work with adopters to get their cloud storage systems integrated across the OSes”. I’ve noticed for a while that Apple has been very careful to make storage an API – it works with iCloud and your local file system by default, but you can set it to Dropbox or Google Drive or others if you have those apps installed. This operating system stickiness through superior integrations at a very low system level.

For us at FissionFission
Fission is the company I founded in June [[2019]] with [[Brooklyn Zelenka]].

https://fission.codes
twitter @fissioncodes
Discord chat https://fission.codes/discord
[[Discourse]] forum https://talk.fission.codes

, I discussed a couple of ideas with Brooke today. One, a native mobile app for Fission is key – it means that any other app on iOS that can share files we can use Fission both as a storage system, and as a target to share / copy files into.

The second idea I came up with was how, by having a native app, we can in fact pass on that ability to ALL the other apps built on the Fission webnative framework to automatically have native integration. Sign in with your Fission account, which knows all the apps that it has connected to, and then you can “Share to Fission”, and select which app you want to share to.

Here’s a screenshot of how you can pick between different Discord servers as an example of how existing native apps handle multi-target share sheets:

Discord server selection in iOS share sheet

This is a whole other layer of network effects in giving a ton of apps native mobile integration. Need to talk to the Expo folks about this.

Small Business Peer Roundtable

I ran some small business / entrepreneur peer sessions in Comox that continued on as WeAreYQQ. I did something similar over lunch with folks at Input Cowork when we went for a visit last summer.

I’ve decided, especially as we get into the winter months, and as we continue to think about this pandemic as a way to think differently and make change happen, to do at least one mini roundtable with some small businesses and interesting people. Talked to one of the businesses today and they said yes. Thinking about whether to connect this with Venture ScoutsVenture Scouts
Growing the next generation of founders and funders in [[Canada]]
One of my current [[Projects]]. There is a [[Discourse]] forum at https://venturescouts.ca which anyone can join.
There are a variety of members-only groups on the site as well, including Pitch Deck Review.
To Do

[[TODO]] Kick off peer mentoring: get members to post a peer profile with the topics that they’re interested in providing peer mentorship on, as well as how to get in touch / book some time (e.g. [[Calendly]] link)
[[...
– feels like it would be a fit, but I’m also OK with it just being a one off.

I guess I’ll make a placeholder for this: SMB PeersSMB Peers
aka Small Business Peer Roundtable.
Updates
I have a “yes” from one business, and just need to ask another if they want to participate. I have a couple of people in mind to be peers. Still thinking about whether to connect this into [[Venture Scouts]] or not. Feels like it would be a fit.

Done with LogSeq?

I think I’m done with LogSeqLogSeq
https://logseq.com
From the Github README:

Logseq is a local-first, non-linear, outliner notebook for organizing and sharing your personal knowledge base.
Use it to organize your todo list, to write your journals, or to record your unique life.
The server will never store or analyze your private notes. Your data are plain text files and we currently support both Markdown and Emacs Org mode (more to be added soon).
In the unlikely event that the website is down or cannot be maintained, your d...
. It isn’t currently syncing with Github reliably. It has indexed the contents of this public notes Garden as well as just basic files, and that is very interesting to me, but it doesn’t work at all on mobile, and has real trouble with the amount of files that I have in this repo. Inspecting it in the browser it looks like it’s storing 1.1GB.

Maybe if I split public Garden / private Gazebo into separate repos that would help.

But I think more time with Roam ResearchRoam Research
“A note-taking tool for networked thought. As easy to use as a document. As powerful as a graph database. Roam helps you organize your research for the long haul.”
website: https://roamresearch.com/
for private notes makes sense. This was working for me before, but I just went on this epic journey of looking for something that was open source / could be self hosted.

It will be interesting to see if I can import the markdown files into other systems. LogSeqLogSeq
https://logseq.com
From the Github README:

Logseq is a local-first, non-linear, outliner notebook for organizing and sharing your personal knowledge base.
Use it to organize your todo list, to write your journals, or to record your unique life.
The server will never store or analyze your private notes. Your data are plain text files and we currently support both Markdown and Emacs Org mode (more to be added soon).
In the unlikely event that the website is down or cannot be maintained, your d...
uses multiple levels of hashes – which in default markdown are headings – which makes it look weird in every other system. Also, Roam can only handle 10 pages at a time.