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  • Last Edit: September 28, 2020

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 WorklogWorklog
Daily and/or weekly notes, often quite detailed, of what you’re doing.
This can be part of a 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...
, or just a basic log to keep you on track.
Especially for people that are doing a lot of tasks, often many of them small and with context switching, it can be hard to get to the end of a day and feel like you really haven’t accomplished anything.
I’m experimenting with a [[Yearlog]] since I’ve got 20 years of content to play with :)
, TODOs, notes from meetings, and various notes to self.

Garden

I haven’t used my root bmannconsulting domain for things for a while. The ArchiveArchive
has 12 years of lightly pruned blog posts. I ran a separate wiki for a while, mostly about food and travel, but it was very useful for notes on ChromeOSChromeOS
ChromeOSChromeOS
ChromeOSChromeOS
[[ChromeOS]] is the operating system, based on Gentoo Linux, that runs on Chromebooks.
Since I’ve been using Chromebooks since before they supported Linux natively, there are a variety of notes here related to using ChromeOS “natively” by putting your Chromebook into developer mode.
Today, you should use [[ChromeOS Linux Support]] instead. This is similar to how [[WSL]] works on Windows.
is the operating system, based on Gentoo Linux, that runs on Chromebooks.
Since I’ve been using Chromebooks since before they supported Linux natively, there are a variety of notes here related to using ChromeOS “natively” by putting your Chromebook into developer mode.
Today, you should use [[ChromeOS Linux Support]] instead. This is similar to how [[WSL]] works on Windows.
is the operating system, based on Gentoo Linux, that runs on Chromebooks.
Since I’ve been using Chromebooks since before they supported Linux natively, there are a variety of notes here related to using ChromeOS “natively” by putting your Chromebook into developer mode.
Today, you should use ChromeOS Linux Support instead. This is similar to how WSL works on Windows.
and other non-food things, so the Garden is back to being a wiki-like interface for notes, concepts, and other snippets that aren’t blog posts.

Calling it a garden because it’s organic, messy, sprawling, and where things grow. It’s also an area that people can “walk around in”, much like a physical garden.

Wikis have fallen out of fashion these days, although their concepts in tools like Notion are perhaps bigger than ever. “wiki gardening” is a term that I’ve used and an activity I’ve practiced in the past, so that fits, too.

Ton Zijlstra wrote about his own digital notes on his blog as Planting the Garden of Forking Paths.2

ProcessingProcessing
A place to stash links for further processing

Do I need this relative links filter for JekyllJekyll
Set env variable PAGES_REPO_NWO to build on [[Netlify]]
Set the environment variable PAGES_REPO_NWO to a repo such as spadebuilders/EIPs if you want to have Jekyll sites build on Netlify.
Posts by Year
{% raw %}
{% for post in site.posts %}
{% capture current_year %}{{ post.date | date: "%Y" }}{% endcapture %}
{% if current_year != previous_year %}
{% unless forloop.first %}
</ul>
{% endunless %}
<h2>{{ current_year }}</h2>
<ul>
...
? 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...
is where I’m stashing articles I intend to quote and keep and other snippets of information. I’ve got Working Copy on my phone, so I can copy / paste information and check it in. Right now, I have to get back to my computer to publish it, which isn’t ideal.

Gazebo

Maybe locked garden shed would be another analogy, but Gazebo is what popped into my mind and what I’m running with.

I am mostly in the Gazebo, using 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...
, day-to-day.

I can’t seamlessly move from private to public.

Blog posts vs Notes

What’s the difference between a blog post and a note? When I say it like that, it seems simple. But, this note is a great example. I’m writing it for myself – to figure out what I think – and I’m writing it in public, so I can share it and point people at it when they ask about my setup.

But a blog post would never make it public in this shape. I’m playing with using the WIPWIP
Work-in-Progress
tag – for myself, so I can know which notes need some more work. Which is kind of like the ProcessingProcessing
A place to stash links for further processing

Do I need this relative links filter for JekyllJekyll
Set env variable PAGES_REPO_NWO to build on [[Netlify]]
Set the environment variable PAGES_REPO_NWO to a repo such as spadebuilders/EIPs if you want to have Jekyll sites build on Netlify.
Posts by Year
{% raw %}
{% for post in site.posts %}
{% capture current_year %}{{ post.date | date: "%Y" }}{% endcapture %}
{% if current_year != previous_year %}
{% unless forloop.first %}
</ul>
{% endunless %}
<h2>{{ current_year }}</h2>
<ul>
...
? 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, too. Lots of loose ends, but in a good way.

WIPWIP
Work-in-Progress

  1. The ColophonColophon
    Historically, a Colophon was “a statement at the end of a book, typically with a printer’s emblem, giving information about its authorship and printing” (via Google Dictionary).[[This site was last built: October 10, 2020::lmn]]
    So, I keep notes on what software and other tools I use, in part as notes to myself.
    My Blog ColophonBlog Colophon
    It’s archives all the way down! The long(er) form content from the (original) blog.bmannconsulting.com has all been imported here. I swapped the domain to Micro.blogMicro.blog
    https://micro.blog
    A hosted microblogging service that uses [[Hugo]] static site generator underneath. Supports [[IndieWeb]], [[Micropub]], [[ActivityPub]] and more independent and open web protocols.
    Founded by Manton Reece

    I pay for an account to run my microblog.
    [[Recommended]] for people who want to run a blog on their own domain, while still being able to cross post to Twitter, LinkedIn, Medium, and other platform spaces.
    , and that’s where I post photos and short content. The ColophonColophon
    Historically, a Colophon was “a statement at the end of a book, typically with a printer’s emblem, giving information about its authorship and printing” (via Google Dictionary).[[This site was last built: October 10, 2020::lmn]]
    So, I keep notes on what software and other tools I use, in part as notes to myself.
    My Blog ColophonBlog Colophon
    It’s archives all the way down! The long(er) form content from the (original) blog.bmannconsulting.com has all been imported here. I swapped the domain to [[Micro.blog]], and that’s where I post photos and short content. The ColophonColophon
    Historically, a Colophon was “a statement at the end of a book, typically with a printer’s emblem, giving information about its authorship and printing” (via Google Dictionary).[[This site was last built: October 10, 2020::lmn]]
    So, I keep notes on what software and other tools I use, in part as notes to myself.
    My [[Blog Colophon]] documents software & changes all the way to 2001.
    bmannconsulting garden & gazebo (Sept 2020)
    Well, WikiJS didn’t last long. The public site is back to ru...
    page covers “this” site.
    May 2020 - current
    This blog is currently powered by Jekyll 4 hosted on Netlify. Netlify builds the site from a private git repo on Github.
    I write short social posts on my phone via micropub. There are a variety of micropub clients y...
    documents software & changes all the way to 2001.
    bmannconsulting garden & gazebo (Sept 2020)
    Well, WikiJS didn’t last long. The public site is back to ru...
    page covers “this” site.
    May 2020 - current
    This blog is currently powered by Jekyll 4 hosted on Netlify. Netlify builds the site from a private git repo on Github.
    I write short social posts on my phone via micropub. There are a variety of micropub clients y...
    documents software & changes all the way to 2001.
    bmannconsulting garden & gazebo (Sept 2020)
    Well, WikiJS didn’t last long. The public site is back to ru...
    has the history of the site and some other setup details, for which the TLDR really is Digital Garden Jekyll TemplateDigital Garden Jekyll Template
    This site started with this JekyllJekyll
    Set env variable PAGES_REPO_NWO to build on [[Netlify]]
    Set the environment variable PAGES_REPO_NWO to a repo such as spadebuilders/EIPs if you want to have Jekyll sites build on Netlify.
    Posts by Year
    {% raw %}
    {% for post in site.posts %}
    {% capture current_year %}{{ post.date | date: "%Y" }}{% endcapture %}
    {% if current_year != previous_year %}
    {% unless forloop.first %}
    </ul>
    {% endunless %}
    <h2>{{ current_year }}</h2>
    <ul>
    ...
    template, created by Maxime VaillancourtMaxime Vaillancourt
    Creator of the Digital Garden Jekyll TemplateDigital Garden Jekyll Template
    This site started with this [[Jekyll]] template, created by [[Maxime Vaillancourt]]. The [[Colophon]] has more details about how it has evolved.
    Below, the contents of the original “Your first seed” note, which I deleted along with cats and consistency:

    Welcome!
    This is your first note. You’ll find it in the notes/ directory.
    Link syntax
    To link to another note, you can use regular Markdown syntax for links, with a relative link to the other note, like this: this is a link to a note about ca...
    https://github.com/maximevaillancourt/digital-garden-jekyll-template that runs this site.

    https://maximevaillancourt.com/
    Twitter @vaillancourtmax
    Github https://github.com/maximevaillancourt/

    . The ColophonColophon
    Historically, a Colophon was “a statement at the end of a book, typically with a printer’s emblem, giving information about its authorship and printing” (via Google Dictionary).[[This site was last built: October 10, 2020::lmn]]
    So, I keep notes on what software and other tools I use, in part as notes to myself.
    My [[Blog Colophon]] documents software & changes all the way to 2001.
    bmannconsulting garden & gazebo (Sept 2020)
    Well, WikiJS didn’t last long. The public site is back to ru...
    has more details about how it has evolved.
    Below, the contents of the original “Your first seed” note, which I deleted along with cats and consistency:

    Welcome!
    This is your first note. You’ll find it in the notes/ directory.
    Link syntax
    To link to another note, you can use regular Markdown syntax for links, with a relative link to the other note, like this: this is a link to a note about ca...
    for the public portion, and 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...
    for the private portion.

  2. Yes, that refers to the short story by Borges (Wikipedia).