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Sept 30th, 2020

  • September 30, 2020

Reading Zeynep Tufekci’s article in The Atlantic This Overlooked Variable Is the Key to the Pandemic - It’s not R.


Finally actually read some of the FoamFoam
Foam is a personal knowledge management and sharing system inspired by 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/
, built on [[Visual Studio Code]] and [[GitHub]].
You can use Foam for organising your research, keeping re-discoverable notes, writing long-form content and, optionally, publishing it to the web.
Foam is free, open source, and extremely extensible to suit your personal workflow. You own the information you create with Foam, and you’re free to share it, and collaborate on it with anyone you want.
website: ...
stuff, which I did have installed in my VSCode. The Markdown NotesMarkdown Notes
Markdown Notes is one of the [[Foam]] recommended extensions for [[VSCode]].
For reference, my settings. These are kept in .vscode/settings.json.
"vscodeMarkdownNotes.newNoteDirectory": "_notes",
"vscodeMarkdownNotes.newNoteTemplate": "---\ntitle: ${noteName}\n---\n"

Which results in front matter being created that looks like:
---
title: Full Note Name
---
extension I’ve now configured to properly create new notes, which is great.

Ironically, the way the actual Foam extension generates Link References at the bottom of each file, doesn’t work for me at all. Simply JekyllSimply Jekyll
Highly customized [[Jekyll]] template that supports both posts and custom notes, with everything able to be linked together with [[backlinks]] and other features.
Found via @bopuc on Ton’s post.

By Raghuveer S, [[@raghuveerdotnet on Github::https://github.com/raghuveerdotnet]].
Preview / example https://simply-jekyll.netlify.app/, available on Github https://github.com/raghuveerdotnet/simply-jekyll.
Tutorial [[How to setup Simply Jekyll]], which is basically clone the repo, connect to [[Netl...
takes care of that, because I can just use a wiki link and it takes care of looking up the file and matching it. Of course, the concern I have with SJ is that it has some unique syntax which is very much tied up into the theme, thus making it not portable. I guess that means that technically the Foam link definitions would make a lot of it portable, using just plain markdown links.


Aside from notes here, I’m on a roll with my private notes in 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/
. That really just mean getting things done, as I fill out a WorklogWorklog
Daily and/or weekly notes, often quite detailed, of what you’re doing.
This can be part of a [[Second Brain]], 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 :)
to stay on track. I installed Roam as a PWA yesterday, when I noticed that option was available. Being able to alt-tab to it rather than just being lost in a sea of Chrome tabs definitely is a good thing.


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 WorklogWorklog
Daily and/or weekly notes, often quite detailed, of what you’re doing.
This can be part of a [[Second Brain]], 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 [[Archive]] has 12 years of lightly pruned blog posts. I ran a separate wiki for a while, mos...
is definitely going to need to get rewritten, and I’m probably feeling more comfortable with making this site a public git repo. Or at least, extracting the way I have things configured theme-wise and sharing that.


I wanted local links to stand out, so I added CSS styles .tooltip a::before and after to show the links in square brackets.I originally included the full CSS as a code snippet, but the way linkifying works with SJ it turns them into links! 😜

Maybe 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: {{ site.time | date: ‘%B %e, %Y’}}::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 [[Colophon]] 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 ...
here can just be generated with backlinks now.


Continued massaging of content from OG blog and imported Medium posts that made it into Micro.blog, that make more sense here.

The 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 [[Colophon]] 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...
is here now. Swapped out Archive for a new Blog listing. Needs more work to actually highlight latest blog posts. And I guess I should write long form personal posts at some point!


Upgraded 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.
Premium. The new Bookmarking feature is a pretty good non-silo “read it later” feature, plus it will have reblogging built in. It’s convenient to have my articles to read next to my blog-small-snippets, so looking forward to testing this. Here’s Manton Reece doing a screencast of how it works.

I’m trying to mostly stop using YouTube until November, so I’ve created a new Vimeo account to host videos about Micro.blog. Here’s a 3-minute screencast tour of the Micro.blog 2.0 bookmarks and highlighting interface, launching next week.


twitter is garbage follow me on neocities https://neocities.org/site/substack @substack

I reset my NeocitiesNeocities
Neocities https://neocities.org/ is a reboot of Geocities. The entire site is [[Open Source]], you can send a pull request on their [[Github::https://github.com/neocities/neocities]].
I have an empty placeholder site there https://bmann.neocities.org/
As I [found out]({% link _posts/journal/2020-09-30-journal.md %}), Neocities experiments with [[IPFS]]: you can enable IPFS archiving, and they blogged about it in 2015.

From the about page:
Our goal: to enable you to harness the creativity, be...
account, that I had never really done anything with. Turns out, you can enable IPFS archiving, and they blogged about it in 2015.