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The Science of Stuck (YANSS 230)
youarenotsosmart.com
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"Feeling stuck?" This YANSS podcast is with "professor, author, therapist, and speaker Britt Frank, a trauma specialist who ... helps clients to get out of the feeling of being stuck."This was well-timed, because stuck is something I've been feeling for a while now. Perhaps unjustifiably, but nevertheless her book's d…

The Future of Search Is Boutique | Future
future.a16z.com
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Basically this piece starts to unpack for me my ideas of what millions of Hubs networked together and processed by AI would offer the world in terms of content discovery:With "tools like Notion, Airtable, and Readwise ... people are aggregating content ... reviving the curated web. But at the moment these are mostly solo affairs... fragmented…

Obsidian, Roam, and the rise of Integrated Thinking Environments
austingovella.medium.com

Covers "a new class of apps called “Integrated Thinking Environments (ITEs)”... [and] NOTE framework, used to describe the specific feature sets ITEs provide... examples and some future directions".The term ITE riffs off "Integrated Development Environments... provide developers a comprehensive set of tools ... a kind of augmented c…

12/05/2022
Why it’s hard to get started with Obsidian | Medium
austingovella.medium.com
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Really good but short piece on how most "Note-taking apps have ways they want you to work, a grain you should follow. Except Obsidian... an Integrated Development Environment (IDE) for text files ... [not] a note-taking app... an integrated thinking environment. ".Hence you have to set it up to support the way you want to work, rather …

Three protocols and a future of the decentralized internet
blog.datproject.org
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An overview of three protocols - ActivityPub, Scuttlebutt and Dat - and their complementary roles in helping redistribute power from "large centralized corporate interests and back into the hands of individual people and small groups... No one protocol [is enough] ... each protocol has its strengths and weaknesses". We need "develo…

decentralized-social-networks
tinysubversions.com

Pretty good explanation of ActivityPub from Darius Kazemi: "ActivityPub describes ways for social network sites to talk to each other... [from] sites like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Snapchat... [to] New York Times ... Spotify. Basically any site where individual "users" create content and other people can subscribe to it could be A…

Roaming through contexts with Roam: How I use it - strategic structures
www.strategicstructures.com
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A "How I use it" from Ivo. "Roam changed the game [by] ... treating the data as a graph ... [and] allowing blocks to quickly be nested, referred to, embedded, created from a piece of text in a block, appear in the sidebar, being searched and queried".Ivo developed a way of ontologising his Roam graph: "In the context of a…

Personal Knowledge Management is Bullshit
www.otherlife.co
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"the underlying problem is stubbornly intractable"Great piece, although I'm unsure that "a great proportion of the variance in “knowledge management” effectiveness across individuals is genetic", it is true that:productivity geeks exist, develop their system and then try to sell it.speaking from experience, it is really, r…

Open-sourcing Twitter's algorithms is more complex than Musk implies
thenextweb.com
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"it's a start... Musk argued that disclosing what amplifies or downranks tweets would reduce the risk of “behind the scenes manipulation.” [but] algorithms alone offer limited insights" because it's not just an algorithm that defines what you see: it's a huge dataset - "content that enters the platform, each user’s p…

How should Knowledge for policy evolve?
knowledge4policy.ec.europa.eu

"Hitting “publish” on this, my first blog post on Knowledge4Policy (K4P), is a special moment for me. I’ve helped create a few online communities for the European Commission (I launched my first in February 2002, so I just missed that particular anniversary), but K4P may be the most important."

Timeline of World History – UsefulCharts
usefulcharts.com
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To everyone who's ever asked "what's that poster to your left of your desk?", I bring you UsefulCharts' Timeline of World History, which came embedded in their eponymous book, received last Christmas."covering 3300 BCE - present... displays all the major empires, kingdoms, and civilizations throughout history in a sid…

What is web3? - The New York Times
www.nytimes.com
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Like most guides, this one wrongly includes 'blogs' in web1.0, with "people creating and posting their own content" happening later, in an era dominated by big companies. It's as if bloggers weren't posting content before 2005.“the internet owned by the builders and users, orchestrated with tokens... including decentr…

22/03/2022
What are NFTs?
www.nytimes.com
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"NFT stands for nonfungible token. But what does it actually mean? an uncopyable digital asset linked to a JPEG, which can be used to mark that particular copy of the JPEG as the “real” one... like the certificate of authenticity you might get if you bought an expensive sculpture. community or pfp (profile picture) NFTs... a series of uniqu…

21/03/2022
The Latecomer’s Guide to Crypto - The New York Times
www.nytimes.com
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"for nearly a decade... my own views have whipsawed between extreme skepticism and cautious optimism. These days... a crypto moderate... much of the crypto market consists of overvalued, overhyped and possibly fraudulent assets ... [but] it isn’t all a cynical money-grab, and that there are things of actual substance being built" Most …

21/03/2022
Oracles: The Invisible Backbone Of DeFi And Applied Blockchain Apps
www.forbes.com
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the vast majority of defi apps rely heavily on oracles, middleware entities that connect smart contracts to resources outside of their native blockchains. Without oracles, blockchains are like computers without internet access... Often referred to as hybrid smart contracts ... [oracles enable] smart contracts that can react to real-world events a…

Visual tools for transforming information into knowledge - YouTube
www.youtube.com
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A video presentation "based on David Hyerle's book Visual Tools for Transforming Information into Knowledge". Some key points:written notes and verbal information present knowledge linearlymismatch with our brain, which must convert this linear stream into a mental map - major effort. images are fast to convey, but low on detail mix…

Visualize Your Roam Research Notes to Generate New Ideas
www.youtube.com
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Video demonstration of using infranodus to visualize your thinking tool notes and explore connections between them, (hopefully) getting "a good overview of someone else's or of your own ideas, identify the potentially new interesting ideas... compare different notes to one another".I first came across these ideas in an earlier infra…

Coda vs. Notion
coda.io

An overview by Coda, with 20 more resources, on Coda & Notion, which both take "a modular approach to digital documentation. You can do traditional docs ... but you never have to leave the tool to build more complex workflows and processes".

Peripheral vision | A reading inbox to capture possibly-useful references | Beware automatic import into the reading inbox
notes.andymatuschak.org

Interesting colection of notes from Andy Matuschak:Peripheral vision: "My physical workspace is full of subtle cues... together give me a kind of “peripheral vision”: when I’m doing one thing, it’s easy for me to fluidly notice other nearby things... Software systems, by contrast, often lack this kind of peripheral vision.". I started he…

Chatting with glue - a comic on possible future of chat interfaces
a9.io
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Great example of the use of comics to explain some of the more arcane aspects of information and interaction design,

05/12/2021
Roam — If You Want To. My time with Roam Research
stevenmichels.medium.com
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Captures my ambivalence about Roam: it's a great tool to create a complete personal knowledge graph, but is the result really that useful? And if it's only for taking notes that are unlikely to be useful in the future, isn't it expensive?"Roam is an amazing tool for a certain type of person ... If you like to wander off down in…

04/12/2021
Welcome | DAOhaus
daohaus.club
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"DAOhaus is a no-code platform for launching and running DAOs. It is owned and operated by the community. All DAOs on the platform utilize the glorious open-source code of Moloch".Also see their glossary: https://daohaus.club/docs/users/glossary

23/11/2021
A Prehistory of DAOs — Mirror
gnosisguild.mirror.xyz
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tokens Trojan horse principles of cooperatives directly into highly financialized spaces... [but] as tokens that double as governance rights can be sold on secondary markets... DAOs can learn from cooperatives’ emphasis on long termism... DAOs could introduce more forms of decentralized governance into cooperatives.

Inventories, Not Identities. Why multisigs are the future of online… | by Kei Kreutler | Gnosis
blog.gnosis.pm
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The Identity Stack ... Traditional online bank accounts represent balances as numbers stored in a centralized database... requires placing trust in a banking institution. Blockchain protocols plus private key cryptography ...introduce ... full possession of digital assets, without having to trust a third party. Hence the terms “self-custodial” or …

Exclusive clubs called ‘DAOs’ are popping up online. What’s it all about? | Geoffrey Mak | The Guardian
www.theguardian.com
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"Not every DAO mints its own currency, but ... Friends With Benefits,,, [has] $FWB... minted on the Ethereum blockchain... Membership: 75 $FWB... only one million $FWB tokens... When I first heard about Friends With Benefits this year, membership was already valued at $350. Today, it’s over $9,000."... like most DAOs, grants one vote per…

20/11/2021
Olympus DAO | The Decentralized Reserve Currency
www.olympusdao.finance
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"Olympus is building a community-owned decentralized financial infrastructure to bring more stability and transparency for the world.... Olympus was ideated by Zeus and built by a distributed pseudo-anonymous team."Sees itself a a "store of value: ... Stablecoins are vulnerable to inflationary policies, while Bitcoin or Ethereum su…

FingerprintsDAO Collection
www.fingerprintsdao.xyz
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"The Fingerprints DAO collection is composed of NFTs that revolutionized the use of smart contracts as art.". Includes:"26 Autoglyphs, the first ... “on-chain” generative art pieces on the Ethereum blockchain... the event data contains the full output of the generator - codified instructions, in a character art pattern, to the artwo…

20/11/2021
OP Games - OP Games
opgames.org
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OP Arcade is:HTML5 game platform, with tournament competitionsgame developers contribute games which are transformed into fractionalized NFTs buyers collect nfts, co-own gamesplayers can play for free (?)DAO for "game owners to make proposals, vote for game updates, fund additional development"The community: "players, game owners an…

20/11/2021
Crypto Is Cool. Now Get on the Yacht. - The New York Times
www.nytimes.com
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Starts by covering the first IRL NFT/crypto conference, before seguing: "smart investors are not buying seven-figure JPEGs these days... looking past NFT artwork entirely... to Web3... decentralized internet service [running] on public blockchains, with token-based reward systems that allow users to profit from their online activities."e…

19/11/2021
Will the craze for crypto startups ever produce the next tech giant? | The Economist
www.economist.com
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"In the first nine months of 2021 crypto startups, especially those that are creating the tools to build a blockchain-based future, raised $15bn in venture capital", triggered in part by "retail speculators... Investors are also betting that, as regulation becomes clearer, institutions will take it more seriously, stirring demand f…

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