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  • 31 May 2024

    Naming tagnotes

    The pros and cons between title-case and lower-case tag note names are fairly even. Title-case is a clear indication of a concept, but lower-case reads better when text is copied from this system into another. For that reason I’ve decided to go with lower-case. In cases where there is a constant mix of case around a particular note I can use the alias function.

    • 31 May 2024

      To be useful backlinks must be automatically generated

      Creating backlinks by hand gets old, very quickly. There two primary reasons for this are: Interrupting the Flow of Work has a Tax and the mechanical act of linking pulls you out of your thinking. That disjoint and shift of focus means it takes a moment to get back into the groove. If you change the name of a note you have to find all the backlinks from other pages and rename them.

      • 31 May 2024

        Backlinks are not hierarchical

        If TopicA links to TopicB, it may not be obvious that there is a connection when looking at TopicB particularly as content in a Digital garden is almost always non-hierarchical. Instead of: flowchart TD TopicA --> TopicB TopicB --> TopicC TopicB --> TopicD we have: flowchart TD TopicA --> TopicB TopicB --> TopicA TopicA --> TopicC TopicC --> TopicB TopicD --> TopicB TopicC --> TopicD It’s a lot of work to create and maintain all these backlinks and secondly, by simply writing and linking pages, the list of automatically generated backlinks can highlight connections between pages in unexpected ways which generate new ideas and relationships.

        • 31 May 2024


          Backlinks are links on a web page/note that list other web pages/notes which refer to it. Within my Digital garden, backlinks are critical in making connections between ideas. They are important because content does not always flow in one direction and knowing what links to a particular page can create a more informative context or open up new avenues of learning.

          • 26 May 2024

            Permanent note

            A permanent note is a note that will remain in my Digital garden. It is not inviolate and may be modified, but it should not be deleted12. When modifications are material, either update the note with an explanation of the change, or create a second note referring to the first. The term is used widely when discussing Zettelkasten but has more broad implications.

            • 26 May 2024

              unrequited note

              An unrequited note in Obsidian is a note where backlinks exist, but the notes are only linked in one direction. When dealing with Map of content, this is an indicator the MOC can be further improved. I first heard the term from Nick Milo in one of his regular newsletter mailouts. He provided code for the Dataview (Obsidian Plugin), but this can be just as easily done by referring to backlinks in a document.

              • 26 May 2024

                Main note

                A Main note is a central concept or idea in a Zettelkasten system. It is formed by the thoughtful conjunction of multiple notes (including other main notes) into something new. Linking to existing notes, along with avoidance of duplication, comes from going slowly and recalling Main notes that may already exist1.

                • 26 May 2024

                  Literature note

                  Literature notes are a key note product within a Zettelkasten system[^1]. There are differing points of view on exactly what makes a literature note. The note should be written from memory, and not simply copied from the source. Literature notes are permanent.

                  • 26 May 2024

                    Literature notes are permanent

                    Literature notes are permanent notes. They are connective tissue between source material and main notes to be current and sources of future inspiration.

                    • 26 May 2024

                      One Literature Note Per Idea

                      Ahrens1, and others2, prefer to create a separate Literature note for each idea they find relevant in the source. This dramatically slows up the initial reading process and offloads the reference note function to fleeting notes and confuses their function. Footnotes Ahrens (2017) — How to Take Smart Notes ↩ Williams (2020) — The Zettelkasten Method - Examples to help you get started ↩ .

                      • 26 May 2024

                        One Literature Note Per Source

                        Bob Doto argues the Literature note, better called a “reference note”1 is a summary of the information found in a source[^3]. The literature note serves as a list of the key points the author found interesting and needs a reference back to. It can also serve as a placeholder for thoughts that arise during reading/watching.

                        • 25 May 2024

                          The value of growth maturity in a digital garden is marginal

                          For some time I used Seedling, Budding and Evergreen as markers of note maturity. The idea was to inform an external reader of how advanced or stable a published note was. After six months it became apparent to me the value of tagging notes in this manner is marginal. I wasn’t getting value from it personally as an author, so I am sure there was even less value for those one more degree distant from the notes than myself.

                          • 23 May 2024


                            Move and rename Command to organise and rename from SD card to IMatch import. & 'C:\Program Files\\imatch6\exiftool.exe' -r -o . -d S:/memories/import/%Y/%m/%Y-%m-%d/%Y-%m-%d_%H.%M.%Se "-filename<datetimeoriginal" E:\ Copy and file, keep original in place & 'C:\Program Files\\imatch6\exiftool.exe' -r -o .

                            • 18 May 2024

                              The NoMa Method

                              The NoMa Method reminds me of the framework of questions used in a coaching conversation. ”NoMa” stands for Note Making, contrasted to Note Taking. I learned of it from Nick Milo. It’s similar because it is structured to pull out Distinctions and a way forward. It’s different because the focus is on note making and not inquiry into Way of Being.

                            • 17 May 2024

                              The Quantum Garden

                              The Quantum Garden means two things. It refers to my Obisidan vault where I write and journal, and the online version of my Digital garden at For more on what that’s all about see Designing The Quantum Garden. is historical and mapped to the same site. I may not renew it.

                              • 17 May 2024

                                We Need Space to Think

                                This seems intuitive but what do we mean by it? What is Space? Space is the distance between one thing and another. Space is the distance between one time and another. The space can reduce the effect of noise. It raises the Signal to Noise Ratio. The more space the more distant the signal that can be heard.

                                • 14 May 2024

                                  Cities Skylines II

                                  I’ve just begun playing the successor to Cities Skylines after building a PC that’s capable of playing it. I had been waiting for the PlayStation 5 version (still delayed) but won’t bother. My first city is a real mess. That’s deliberate. I’ve been learning the tools and mechanics. There are improvements; roads especially that make everything smoother to play with.

                                • 14 May 2024

                                  Cities Skylines

                                  I got into Cities Skylines during COVID and i played a lot of it. Something like 200 hours which puts it second behind Elite - Dangerous for overall game time. There is something I find compelling in layout out roads, zoning areas of development and then fixing all the problems I created.

                                • 4 May 2024

                                  IMatch to Socials

                                  The IMatch to Socials system automates the addition, update and deletion of images between IMatch and flickr or pixelfed. I created it to reduce the time taken updating and managing photos across all three platforms. Features Uses metadata directly from the IMatch database and formats it (to my liking) for sharing with others.

                                  • 4 May 2024

                                    My Spotify Setup

                                    The whole family is on Spotify for our music streaming1 Mobile Play of Out-of-Catalogue Items I have some old CDs and some which will never be on a streaming service. Playing them in the house via the desktop app is not a problem. The CDs have been ripped to flac format using fre:ac and are stored in my Windows Music folder for easy access and recognition by Spotify.

                                    • 8 April 2024


                                      Mediabank is the name given to our family Photography and video archive. It collects all digital media assets (hereafter media) into a single location managed by IMatch. As of March 2024 there are close to 38,000 items being catalogued and managed consuming 525GB. Storage LocationPurposeS:\memories\assetsFinal storage location for media in YYYY\mm -MMMM\ folders.S:\memories\databaseLocation of the Mediabank.imd5 file.S:\memories\database\Pack & GoPeriodic backups of the Mediabank environment using IMatch Pack & Go1.S:\memories\home videosVideos from when we had a video camera.

                                    • 30 March 2024


                                      IMatch is the software used to manage our family library of photos and videos called Mediabank. It has supported the family’s Photography in all forms for many years. I’ve owned every version since IMatch 3 over many years. It is a powerful digital asset management application. During that time the built-in features of the application have become more powerful and what I once needed scripting for, is now built-in.

                                    • 11 March 2024


                                      For sure this page is a bit of a mess. Instructional guides Astrophotography 101: A Lesson Series on Photographing the Milky Way – Lonely Speck - large MOC with multiple articles to work through on all topics Planning Light Pollution Light Pollution Map for Bendigo - I have this app on my mobile phone.

                                    • 11 March 2024


                                      Calibre is a cross-platform eBook management tool. It allows you to manage the metadata present in your eBooks. I use Calibre because Digital Rights Management is Unhealthy and share the database with calibre-web because I like its interface better.

                                    • 11 March 2024

                                      Organising digital knowledge across multiple systems

                                      Digital knowledge comes at us in all forms and it can be a challenge to manage. This note describes how I manage information in my Personal knowledge management system. My system works when.. I am easily able to find something I’ve saved I am confident nothing important is missing Knowledge and Records It has taken many iterations of many systems to realise there is a difference between knowledge and records.

                                      • 11 March 2024

                                        Personal knowledge management

                                        Personal knowledge management or PKM is the art of taking personal responsibility for the knowledge that you need to refer to in going about your daily life. It is a skill and discipline similar to what a librarian or museum curator may perform in their role, but differs because personal knowledge management has to reflect your personal view of the world.

                                        • 11 March 2024

                                          Tags are not knowledge

                                          Tags, or other similar metadata, added to resources in a Personal knowledge management system are not content. They are best used to help you curate resources and can answer questions such as: What was written in July 2023? (add a date) Where are all the references to books? (add #book) What am I currently working on? (add #to-develop) When used as markers for the content of a resource - exactly like keywords - an issue arises where one tag can mean multiple things.

                                          • 11 March 2024


                                            calibre-web provides a web interface into Calibre. I prefer it for quickly reviewing my library and marking books as read. This software is installed on my Synology DiskStation DS920+.

                                          • 10 March 2024

                                            Property Guidelines

                                            By convention, as there is no way to enforce this, the properties added to file should be in this order. As I read them, this puts the most important information at the top. RankNameCommentMultiple Values1.aliasesNote link aliases within Obsidian.Y2.css-classesNote formatting changes within Obsidian.Y3.tagsNote tags.

                                            • 10 March 2024

                                              Heading Level Guidelines

                                              Within a note, headings start at Heading 2. This is because, when displaying notes using Quartz 4, the title of the note is set to Heading 1 and to have a second Heading 1 breaks the structure of the document. Use CSS styling to distinguish headings from the displayed Title of a document.

                                              • 10 March 2024

                                                Maps of Contents Guidelines

                                                The Library of Congress Classification is used as a guide for the Map of content naming strategy used here. Map of content can take any form necessary to assist with the organisation of data. The default storage location for Map of content is \Atlas\Maps in accordance with the design principles of the ACE Framework.

                                                • 10 March 2024

                                                  Obsidian Sync

                                                  Obsidian Sync is a paid sync service from the developers of Obsidian. It is the most reliable sync solution I've found. Fix Uninitialized Sync Error This caused me all sorts of hell syncing across 3 systems. Each time I restarted Obsidian the sync was lost. The fix worked for me on Windows 10. This seems to be a rare error that we haven’t yet nailed down a pattern for.

                                                  • 10 March 2024

                                                    Personal knowledge management systems must be flexible

                                                    Any Personal knowledge management system must be flexible. It needs to accommodate: changes in taxonomy - knowledge is not fixed, and certainly our interpretation of knowledge is open to change. That comes from Being a learner. changes in document format - knowledge comes in many forms and it’s frequently a low-value activity to convert from one format to another, unless converting into a searchable format from one that is not searchable.

                                                  • 10 March 2024

                                                    Tagging Journal Entries

                                                    These are the tags I apply to Journal entries. They are a means of quickly bringing related entries together so that I can see themes. Journals can have more than one tag. These tags follow the Tag Guidelines. I'm slowly working through all past entries checking they are correctly tagged and doing things like adding a photo when I know there is one of relevance.

                                                    • 10 March 2024

                                                      The Quantum Operating System

                                                      ‘Quantum OS is my operating system which in no way suggests I am a computer. Rather, it is a set of notes that describe the rules and standards I have determined are best to manage my digital information as I see fit. CORE CONCEPT Organising Digital Knowledge Across Multiple Systems describes in detail where I store documents and how I organise them.

                                                    • 27 February 2024

                                                      Astro's Playroom

                                                      A great little PlayStation 5 game that really showed off what the system and new controller could do. Fastest Platinum Trophy I’ve ever completed.

                                                    • 27 February 2024

                                                      Donkey Kong Jr.

                                                      This has to go down as my first computer game. A perfect Christmas present when Game and Watch devices were all the rage. Craig and Jamie got a game as well. I always thought mine was the best. At 999 points the game started again, but faster. This was called “clocking it”. My best was to clock it 3 times in the one game.

                                                    • 27 February 2024


                                                      Maquette is a recursive puzzle game was free as part of March 2021’s PlayStation Plus game subscription. It was clear right from the start this game has somethng unique to offer - starting with a song and teasers about a relationship. At present the story is involving me in recollections about the initial stage of the relationship.

                                                    • 3 February 2024


                                                      The Johnny.Decimal system helps to manage information across multiple systems. It use a central index to reduce the question of, “Where do I store this?” to one of clearly identified locations. More information can be found at the

                                                      • 21 January 2024

                                                        Transplanting my Brain to Roam to Obsidian

                                                        In mid-2020 I was introduced to the exciting new note-taking application Roam Research and I transferred my notes and tasks into the database, making use of the powerful backlinking and cross-referencing features of the database. Prior to that I had been using a mix of TheBrain (notes and links), Omnifocus (tasks and projects) and OneNote (mobile and synced notes).

                                                        • 8 January 2024

                                                          The Goodies

                                                          Where do I start explaining how much Tim, Graeme and Bill mean to me. The Goodies was a staple of my childhood, airing regularly during the early-80s around tea time. I was drawn to the use of language and witty banter that was a hallmark of the show. Only on later viewings did I come to appreciate the slapstick routines set to music in the middle of each episode.

                                                        • 3 January 2024

                                                          My Camera History

                                                          My earliest memories of Photography come from my Dad and the 35mm SLR camera he had when I was young. The detachable lens, film canister and dust blower all fascinated me. I’m pretty sure it was a Canon as I’ve always associated that with cameras. See My Photography Gear for gear I'm currently using.

                                                          • 3 January 2024

                                                            My Camera Lenses

                                                            Lenses for my Canon R50 and Canon 400D Photography. LensMin. FocusFilterLens HoodCanon RF-S 18-45mm f/4.5-6.3IS STM0.20m @18mm (AF)0.15M @ 18mm (MF)ø49mmEW-53Canon RF-S 55-210mm f/5-7.1 IS STM0.73m at 210ø55mmET-60BCanon EF-S 17–85mm f4-f5.6 USM)0.35m @macroø67mmEW73BCanon EF 50mm f1.8 STM0.35mø49mmES68.

                                                          • 3 January 2024

                                                            My First Steps as a Philosopher

                                                            Whenever I’m asked what I would do if I didn’t have to work, I’ve answered, “I’d be a philosopher.” Those who know me nod in agreement and don’t question it. Although I know deeply intuitively this it the correct answer, I haven’t been able to articulate why. My Mission Statement defines me as a scholar of life seeking wisdom.

                                                          • 3 January 2024

                                                            My Photography Gear

                                                            A summary of my current photography gear (cameras, lenses and accessories). With a bit of a wishlist as well 😉.

                                                          • 21 December 2023

                                                            My Photo Dating Strategy for Uncertain Dates

                                                            Digital photos have the date and time taken embedded. Scanned prints, negatives and slides do not. This is a problem in Photography when the original non-digital image is scanned and there is no record alongside it of the date the photo was made. Digital Asset Management software such as IMatch or Lightroom requires a date.

                                                          • 3 December 2023

                                                            My Backup Strategy

                                                            I value backups of my data and systems. Having them means a level of security if something is lost, damaged, hacked, breaks. I may be over-compensating in some areas with multiple on-site and off-site backups. Where I do that, I’m also considering the other aspect of backups which is speed of restoration.

                                                          • 28 November 2023

                                                            My Photography Teachers

                                                            There is a growing list of people I’m following on YouTube who are my go-to for learning about Photography. They are all people I can imagine spending the day with. PhotographerWhat I’m LearningHenry TurnerMore than anything Henry provides enthusiasm for photography. His tips are always set against the background of joy for what he’s doing.Ian WorthIan has a lot of practical “in the field” tips.Mike SmithMike has taught me a lot about taking panoramas.Joshua PegJoshua provides reflection on his own learnings in a relatable way.Mark DenneyThough I don’t like the results of Mark’s editing tutorials (his creative choices result in picture that look unreal to me), his other videos are full of practical advice.Simon d’EntremontA Canadian wildlife photographer with many years of experience on the finer detail.Alex KilbeeAlex has a strong photographic art background and the non-landscape lens is another way for me to understand the concepts.Nigel DansonA good balance of in the field and after tips.

                                                            • 25 November 2023

                                                              Babylon 5

                                                              I only ever saw a few episodes of Babylon 5 on TV when it first aired so my first full watch through was on DVD. Smart science-fiction with a planned arc over 5 seasons is still rare in TV even now.

                                                            • 25 November 2023

                                                              Band of Brothers

                                                              I first saw Band of Brothers on TV, then DVD, then Blu-ray. A 4K version would be visually amazing. This is a TV series I could watch all day long. It is engaging and scary at the same time. Episode 7, “The Breaking Point” is the most outstanding commentary on leadership failure I’ve ever seen. Sadly, The Pacific, as a sister series was not as good.

                                                            • 25 November 2023

                                                              The Watch

                                                              tv_The Watch.webp A dramatisation of Discworld’s Night Watch. It took me a long time to get through this series and I would tackle only a couple of episodes at a time. It’s nice to be in Terry Pratchett’s world even if it’s not a 1:1 match to the books. Vimes was my favourite character.

                                                            • 25 November 2023

                                                              Trek to Yomi

                                                              Artistic, black and white, side-scrolling, button-mashing, samurai fighter. Short at about 5 hours to play. That’s enough. Here’s a screeshot.

                                                            • 9 November 2023

                                                              Commodore Amiga

                                                              During my time at University, I owned a Commodore Amiga. I can’t remember exactly where I got the money (may have been selling the family Commodore 64). Mum drove me down to Geelong one afternoon to pick it up. I had an Amiga 1000 which was much more exciting than the later Amiga 500. At some point I wanted to get chips upgraded and put some more money into a program that was going to do that, but it never eventuated.

                                                            • 9 November 2023

                                                              Getting Things Done with Obsidian

                                                              This article is about how I have implemented the Getting Things Done Methodology (GTD) within the Obsidian note taking application. It is not commentary on how to follow the GTD methodology, nor will it necessarily reflect the methodology in its pure form^[Those familiar with GTD no there is no such thing as a pure implementation.].

                                                            • 9 November 2023

                                                              Ontological Shift

                                                              A long lasting change in someone’s Way of Being.

                                                            • 9 November 2023

                                                              R U OK at Christmas?

                                                              I posted this to my work colleagues in December 2022. It was as much for me to set myself up for a break as it was for others. My 18 days until I can fully rest was something I directed at myself. Then, in February 2023 I had time off due to burnout. Day 1 - Permission This is the first in a series of posts leading up to the Christmas Break designed to help you get the most of your time out of the office.

                                                            • 30 October 2023

                                                              RAW Photo Developing

                                                              The workflow I use to develop RAW photos.

                                                              • 25 October 2023

                                                                Tag Guidelines

                                                                These are guidelines, not rules. They recogise that Personal knowledge management systems must be flexible. When to tag Tags are used for: State tracking Throughout the life of a note it may change state multiple times, across multiple areas. Within a parent/child tag, it should only have one state at a time.

                                                                • 25 October 2023

                                                                  Telescopes I May Want to Buy

                                                                  Alongside my Celestron SkyMaster 20x80 Binoculars I’m will keep an eye on telescopes with a view to purchasing one in the future more suitable to my needs. That could be for deep sky viewing with my eyes or Astrophotography. Celestron Edge HD 8 review Best Affordable Telescope to Start Astrophotography in 2021 Best telescope mount to start astrophotography in 2021 Five tips to polar align your telescope mount like a pro – AstroForum .

                                                                • 22 October 2023

                                                                  Darkside by Tom Stoppard

                                                                  Commissioned by the BBC for the 40th Anniversary of Dark Side of the Moon, I first heard this radio play around 2015 and only the once. It was pulled from Spotify not long after. Every now and then I’d look for it on streaming to no avail. So, I finally ponied up the money and ordered a copy from Discogs where I’ve had success finding some Dodo & the Dodos CDs.

                                                                • 22 October 2023


                                                                  General info on panorama Photography. Tips to Shooting Panoramas Ideally use a tripod, but can be done handheld. Get the exposure right Set to shutter priority so that ISO and aperture don’t change Set white balance to anything other than AW Focus Set focus to manual so it doesn’t change Shoot with plenty of overlap .

                                                                  • 19 October 2023

                                                                    A font of google fonts

                                                                    Instructions on how I added Google Fonts to Obsidian Publish.

                                                                  • 14 October 2023

                                                                    Don't duplicate public knowledge

                                                                    Within a Digital garden it’s very easy to get caught in the trap of duplicating public knowledge that can be found elsewhere, or is otherwise known. For example, The Lord of the Rings is made up of Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers and The Return of the King. There is no benefit in me re-creating that structure here.

                                                                  • 12 October 2023

                                                                    Business has a soul

                                                                    A business has a soul just as people do. Souls on a plane. Should we ask how many souls rather than employees work in a business?.

                                                                  • 12 October 2023

                                                                    Generation effect

                                                                    This reminds me of the common theme I’ve heard from Personal knowledge management over the last 2 years. That is, make notes in your own words. Research has shown you remember better your own notes. I’ve experienced that this week in how I’ve slowly approached The Ontology of the Human Observer and created my own definitions.

                                                                  • 12 October 2023

                                                                    How I Apply Ratings

                                                                    There are as many systems to apply ratings as there are things which can be rated. Ratings are applied as keywords beginning with #rating/ Anything can be rated. This Digital garden uses a 5-star scale applied as follows: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ — Life defining. Part of my identity. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ — I am certain to recommend this enthusiastically to people I think would be interested.

                                                                    • 12 October 2023

                                                                      The Map is Not the Terrritory

                                                                      This concept is an attempt to get people to remember there is more than just the map. Yet, maps show relationships. In the case of a road map, it’s the relationships between A and B and importantly how to get there. Concept mapping and Map of content do the same thing. Provide an abstraction level across the territory of knowledge.

                                                                    • 11 October 2023

                                                                      Amazon and Kindle ebooks DRM

                                                                      Books purchased through Amazon are protected against copying and distribution by a level of digital rights management that can no longer be bypassed. This prevents people who have purchased a digital book from reading it on non-Amazon devices. It’s equivalent to Amazon selling you a physical book that can only be read by the glasses they provide.

                                                                      • 11 October 2023

                                                                        Digital Rights Management is Unhealthy

                                                                        I read an article many years ago, that I can no longer find, which discussed the fear of blank videotape and how it would destroy the home-video market. Instead it created a market that was of a size unforeseen. Bottom line, digital rights management (DRM) is more of a hindrance than a protector. Don’t use the word “purchase” when you mean “rent”.

                                                                        • 11 October 2023

                                                                          The Nightclub Model of Privacy

                                                                          Too many businesses collect personal information from individuals for their benefit. Under the guise of “providing better service” private data is held, often insecurely, well beyond it’s need. If it was ever really needed at all. I’d like to see business subscribe to the “Nightclub Model of Privacy”. Check credentials at the door and allow or deny entry.

                                                                        • 8 October 2023

                                                                          List of my favourite TV

                                                                          This is a list of the TV shows that I would watch any day of the week if put before me. Most have some link to my identity and/or a fond place in my heart.

                                                                        • 8 October 2023

                                                                          List of my favourite music

                                                                          This is a list of the albums or artists I come back to time and again. You can pretty much guarantee that if artists release new music, I’ll be listening to it. Albums Tubular Bells .

                                                                        • 7 October 2023

                                                                          Middle Earth - Shadow of Mordor

                                                                          It’s fair to say that the Lord of the RIngs spin-off, Shadow of Mordor will always hold a special place in my gaming heart. Not only did I throroughly enjoy the game and appreciate the mechanics, but it’s the first game for which I ever achieved a Platinum Trophy something I never thought I’d be able to do.

                                                                        • 3 October 2023

                                                                          The Indicators of my Impending Burnout

                                                                          In October 2016 I attended a session for HR professionals where the topic of the day was mental wellness. The idea was someone could be mentally unwell but not necessarily mentally ill. The audience were asked to call out signs which could indicate a person was mentally unwell. I had 11/14 and found another 5 when I got home.

                                                                        • 2 October 2023

                                                                          Comparing Digital Gardens to Blogging

                                                                          A Different Audience I am the primary audience of my Digital garden. When I’m blogging, the audience is primarily an external reader. Writing for myself means I’m happy leaving something half-baked knowing I may come back it later. When I blogged, there was a different pressure and everything needed to be done before publishing.

                                                                        • 29 September 2023

                                                                          Designing The Quantum Garden

                                                                          Background I have referred to my personal knowledge management system as a Digital garden for several years now and it makes sense this online presence reflects that. Originally I used the term to mean tending the noise of digital records, but have now moved towards a place for the growing of ideas. My evolution is not uncommon as explained in this Maggie Appleton article, A Brief History & Ethos of the Digital Garden.

                                                                          • 29 September 2023


                                                                            Obsidian is primarily a note-taking tool that uses Markdown files for speed and flexibility. The official site is Within Obsidian I document and link: Personal journal entries Digital garden notes My consumption of books, movies and TV shows This website is published directly from Obsidian using Quartz 4.

                                                                          • 28 September 2023

                                                                            A Plague Tale: Innocence

                                                                            Synopsis In A Plague Tale: Innocence you play Amicia, a teenage girl who goes on a journey to save her little brother Hugo from an unknown affliction and the power hungry Church. It’s a supernatural story set against the background of 14th Century France. Review When a game’s name keeps popping up over time, that is usually a sign it’s worth playing and I’m very glad I listened to that advice.

                                                                          • 28 September 2023

                                                                            The True Scale of a Billion

                                                                            I watched Avatar today, in preparation for a likely weekend trip to see Avatar 2: The Way of Water at the weekend. Both films have now taken over US$2 billion dollars. As making over a billion at the box office is now commonplace, it’s worth considering the difference in scale between 1 million and 1 billion and from there to 1 trillion.

                                                                          • 28 September 2023

                                                                            Video Games

                                                                            All things video games and the platforms I play on.

                                                                          • 27 September 2023

                                                                            Roam Research

                                                                            Roam Research is a Personal knowledge management tool that gained significantly in popularity by word-of-mouth in 2020. The key benefit comes from the way it treats blocks of text and Backlinks are important. In January 2021 I moved from Roam to Obsidian. Training resources I found useful - information hub How to Use Roam Research: A Complete Guide [Complete list of keywords and markdown]( What is a block in Roam Research (and what are block embeds)? Block reference - creates copy, edit original updates copy, but not vice-versa, click to go to original Block embed - creates a copy, edit any updates all, can’t click to go to original Query language How to query in roam Roam as a task manager Lesson 6 - Queries .

                                                                          • 26 September 2023


                                                                            DUST is a wonderful and wide-ranging collection of short science-fiction stories on YouTube.

                                                                          • 21 September 2023

                                                                            List of my favourite lists

                                                                            These are all of my favourite things.

                                                                          • 21 September 2023

                                                                            List of my favourite authors

                                                                            The authors on this list are those whose books I come back to time and again. You can pretty much guarantee that if a new title is published, I’ll be reading it. Brandon Sanderson Stephen King Mark Lawrence .

                                                                          • 20 September 2023

                                                                            The Five Love Languages

                                                                            The Five Love Languages is a model that says we have a preference for how we mark love as received and how we prefer to show our love to others. The languages are: Words of Affirmation Gift Giving Acts of Service Physical Touch Quality Time Relationships may break down when two people show their love in a language that is not preferred by the other.

                                                                          • 19 September 2023

                                                                            Map of content

                                                                            Maps are ways to access notes quickly, in a context. Much more than just an index, they organise and relate, include searches/tags even for quick access. Maps of content are structure. TIP Visit this site’s List of maps of content. The three phases of Map of content creation are are: Assembling ideas together in one place Colliding ideas.

                                                                            • 18 September 2023

                                                                              My Decision to Stop Blogging

                                                                              I have blogged on-and-off since 2002, always with the purpose of sharing. As a model of writing, there was pressure to perform and write something of value. My style has been to freely share what I know but there were times when I couldn’t write because the topic was too close to work life. Blogging is inherently date bound.

                                                                            • 17 September 2023

                                                                              Digital garden

                                                                              A digital garden is a form of website where the author creates and curates ideas in public. As they collect information and write, notes are published in various stages of completeness (tagged Seedling, Budding or Evergreen) so that others can benefit from what’s there and then, without the burden of having to finish an article.

                                                                              • 17 September 2023


                                                                                Seedling is a Digital garden concept, used to mark articles that are published publicly for the purpose of sharing learning online, and where the author knows the article is in an early form. After receiving some care, seedlings should transition to Budding status and eventually become Evergreen, but we know from experience that not all seedlings survive.

                                                                                • 17 September 2023


                                                                                  Budding is a Digital garden concept, used to mark articles that are published publicly as being more than a Seedling but not yet Evergreen. Articles with this maturity are candidates for further development into one or more evergreen notes. See The value of growth maturity in a digital garden is marginal for a discussion of why notes are not marked Budding in this Digital garden.

                                                                                  • 17 September 2023


                                                                                    Evergreen is a Digital garden concept, used to mark articles that are published publicly as being complete with an expected long-term life of relevancy. Articles can begin as seedlings, Budding, or even in their final status dependent on how much development work is done in private vs public. The term is also used in marketing to categorise articles which are expected to, or have, relevance over the long term.

                                                                                    • 14 September 2023

                                                                                      Gaming Teaches

                                                                                      There is a lot computer gaming can teach us if we step back from the gaming and take a look at what is really going on. Gaming Teaches - Perspective Gaming Teaches - Learn From Others .

                                                                                    • 14 September 2023


                                                                                      Jumping off point for all things LEGO.

                                                                                    • 14 September 2023

                                                                                      My Mission Statement

                                                                                      The behaviour and decisions in my life are made in accordance with this mission statement; the essence of which is grounded in the principles of truth, beauty, goodness and unity. I help people take powerful action to enrich their lives. I am responsible for my feelings, attitude and actions at all times.

                                                                                    • 14 September 2023

                                                                                      My Platinum Trophies

                                                                                      To achieve a Platinum Trophy on a PlayStation means completing a set of trophies representative of fully completing the game.

                                                                                    • 2 September 2023


                                                                                      I'm listening to the complete discworld series of audiobooks. All 40 were released across 2022-23 and it will take me much, much longer to listen to them all.

                                                                                    • 1 September 2023

                                                                                      Quartz 4

                                                                                      Overview of how I use Quartz to display this digital garden. Includes a list of customisations I've made.

                                                                                    • 1 September 2023

                                                                                      Wordpress to Quartz

                                                                                      For the last year or so I’ve been publishing my blog on Wordpress. I began using to write in Markdown and publish to Wordpress, then about March this year I started publishing directly from Obsidian. Either way, there was practical and cognitive friction in the process. Multiple steps to go though, and writing was sitting somewhat external to Obsidian.

                                                                                    • 30 August 2023


                                                                                      Welcome to The Quantum Garden, a site where I share what interests me in the hope you’ll find it interesting as well. Time spent in the garden is all about cultivating possibilities in life. Often the possibility is already there and waiting to be seen. My name is David Buchan and if you need to contact me, send a message using one of the links at the bottom of this page.

                                                                                      • 24 August 2023

                                                                                        Tap Water or Rust

                                                                                        Tomorrow I take delivery of my CPAP machine and have been researching what water I should use in the humidifier. The prevailing wisdom for CPAP machines is that one must use distilled water. From my research tonight I put this in the same category as “You must drink 2 litres of water a day”. Sounds good, but is incorrect.

                                                                                      • 13 August 2023

                                                                                        Rescuing DNG Files

                                                                                        This afternoon, as I was importing DNG files into Lightroom, I found way too many that it won’t import. There is some kind of corruption in the DNG file. Likely caused by something I’ve done in the past converting from one format to another (and quite possibly back again). Thankfully, IMatch is able to read the files - or at least appears to do so.

                                                                                      • 2 August 2023

                                                                                        Scripting Templates in Obsidian

                                                                                        Here be some dragons. This is a quick post to explain how Javascript can be used eliminate the need to update multiple pages if the structure of your metadata changes. Using Javascript comes with risks. Enter at your own peril. dd Within Obsidian, the combination of the Dataview and Templater plugins can make for a powerful way to access and organise your notes using metadata.

                                                                                      • 11 July 2023

                                                                                        Will sleep come?

                                                                                        The Apnea-Hypopnea Index (AHI) is an average measure of how many times you have a full or partial loss of breath for more than 10 seconds. It’s not hard to imagine this is not a good thing if it occurs too often. We all know that sleep is very important to our health. My recent sleep study resulted in a AHI value of 45.1.

                                                                                      • 9 July 2023

                                                                                        Through the Viewfinder Again

                                                                                        This week I pulled my Canon 400D DSLR out of the cupboard and clicked the shutter button a few times. I’m through my camera gear and familiarising myself with everything Photography again. Emotions say I need to upgrade. Brain says no. There are a few features that would be nice to have but all the controls I need are there.

                                                                                        • 2 July 2023

                                                                                          A model of trust

                                                                                          Trust involves making a ongoing series of Assessments that you will take action which takes care of me, including not taking action to harm me. That someone “can be trusted” is not a matter of fact. Otherwise we would not have the situation where I believe someone is trustworthy, but you don’t. If trust were fact, this situation could not exist.

                                                                                          • 2 July 2023

                                                                                            Letters with Jason

                                                                                            In June I took part in a social experiment with Jason Becker as part of his Letters Project. He has been corresponding with people using email, in letter form, for many months now. We each posted our letters online. How I First Learned About the Project - 29 January 2023 This morning I read a series of letters between Robb Knight and Jason Becker.

                                                                                          • 1 July 2023

                                                                                            Looking into Logseq

                                                                                            +/inherited/logseq has been appearing a lot in my Mastodon feed lately as a Personal knowledge management solution. Many sing its praises over Obsidian so with a slow afternoon at work yesterday I thought to take a look. My first impression is that Logseq is the offline version of Roam Research; the tool I used before migrating to Obsidian.

                                                                                          • 24 June 2023

                                                                                            The Problem Behind the Three-Body Problem

                                                                                            With notice that Netflix has made a series of The Three-Body Problem I’m revisiting the novel as an audiobook. Though I read it first only 18 months ago, I only have the barest memory of the story. Written by Chinese author Liu Cixin, the first two chapters of the book are heavily influenced by the Cultural Revolution and its immediate aftermath.

                                                                                          • 10 June 2023

                                                                                            Sure Doesn't Feel Like a Year Off

                                                                                            Monday will be the first King’s Birthday public holiday. It’s not feeling like a typical long weekend for me. Maybe I’ve had too many public holidays and they are all the same. That got me thinking… From the start of my professional working career up until 2013, I had 10 public holidays a year. From 2014, that increased to 11.

                                                                                          • 5 June 2023

                                                                                            Thoughts on my Habits

                                                                                            I’m reading Self-Discipline: a guide to taking control of your mind, your time, and your life by Mark Manson and it’s given me cause to think about my habits. Following on from The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg, he reminds us that habits are built from flowchart LR cue --> routine routine --> reward and attaching routine to a cue is the way to build rewarding habits.

                                                                                          • 17 May 2023

                                                                                            Reputational Reliability

                                                                                            A cornerstone of my career reputation has been built on my reliability. When others learn that I deliver what I say I will, on time and to the standard expected, they form a positive opinion of my work practices. In turn, that contributes to their assessment that I can be trusted. I take very seriously the promises I make to others and my ability to meet them.

                                                                                          • 14 May 2023

                                                                                            Gaming Teaches - Learn From Others

                                                                                            This note is part of the Gaming Teaches series of observations about what gaming can teach me when its use as a lens on life. So this is interesting. I watched a video a week ago about “How to Get Faster as a Sim Racing Beginner”. One single comment stood out to me. Set the wheel degree of rotation in the PC control panel and then set Assetto Corsa Competizione’s (ACC) setting to match.

                                                                                          • 25 April 2023

                                                                                            My Fight With Metadata

                                                                                            For the last 2 weeks I’ve been working with metadata and the information that I want to track in Obsidian. As my Digital garden, keeping information about the books I read, the movies I watch and the games I play, creates a full picture of my life (hey, maybe one day someone will be interested). Two factors triggered this latest dive into an all to familiar rabbit hole.

                                                                                          • 16 April 2023

                                                                                            Replacing Goodreads With Obsidian

                                                                                            I have been a Goodreads user for many, many years. It has provided me the means to track my reading activity alongside a list of books I want to read. The past few years I’ve been an avid Kindle reader, topping 20,000 pages read each year. Goodreads integration with the Kindle has made it very easy to mark a book started and finished.

                                                                                          • 10 April 2023

                                                                                            Mastodon is Broken. There are no Ads.

                                                                                            Clearly Mastodon is broken as a social media platform 😄 PlatformConstant nagging adsFacebookYesTwitterXYesInstagramYesYouTubreYesMastodon (and other Fediverse platforms)NO 🎉 And it gets worse. The lack of ads make it possible to actually read what other people are writing. Even to respond back and forth to each other.

                                                                                          • 2 April 2023

                                                                                            Gaming Teaches - Perspective

                                                                                            Gaming teaches us the usefulness of chasing our perspective if what we are doing isn’t working for us. I use sim-racing to help explain.

                                                                                          • 13 March 2023

                                                                                            You Know What I Mean?

                                                                                            My daughter and her friend have started a podcast called “You Know What I Mean?”. Two new adults who have just started university, chatting and laughing about finding their way in the world. If you need some lightheartedness in your day, you can’t go wrong. Check out the first 3 episodes.

                                                                                          • 12 March 2023

                                                                                            I’m replacing Instapaper with Omnivore

                                                                                            I have been an Instapaper user for many years. From the time it was free, to paid, and then free and paid. For a while I was feeding Instapaper articles through Readwise to Obsidian. I couldn’t get Readwise to pull in comments from Instapaper articles that I’d archived. From memory I’m not even sure it could see them.

                                                                                          • 7 March 2023

                                                                                            The Muscle Memory of Conversations

                                                                                            This week I’ve returned to playing Elden Ring. Movement, combat and management of weapons, armour and spells, is all handled by a “controller”1. Games will generally ease you into which button to press when but after a while you end up not having to think about what to do and you just do it. The thing is, every game is different.

                                                                                          • 4 March 2023

                                                                                            The Resident Evil Experience

                                                                                            Today I spent some time playing the original Resident Evil. Games have evolved since 1996 in many more ways than graphics alone. To me it felt a lot like the text adventure Zork I with graphics. The storytelling structure and gameplay is highly similar between the two. There isn’t enough there to keep me going and I’ve already deleted it.

                                                                                          • 2 March 2023

                                                                                            Holding Yourself to the Right Standard

                                                                                            Let’s say I’m measuring my behaviour, success, etc. and I fail to meet the ideals of the standard I’m comparing to. I will either: Feel inadequate because I am not good enough. Put unrealistic pressure on myself to close the gap. There is a third choice. Almost always overlooked. Adjust the standard to something that’s realistic for me at this point in time.

                                                                                          • 24 February 2023


                                                                                            This game got a lot of negative press just before release. It was a game I’d been looking forward to since it was first announced at around the time of the PlayStation 5 launch. I thoroughly enjoyed it and achieved the Platinum Trophy on 24 February 2023.

                                                                                          • 20 February 2023

                                                                                            My Document Toolkit

                                                                                            I curate a lot of digital documentation for myself and my family. Within this Personal knowledge management it is important to remove as much friction from the system. There are so many demands on our time, that the smallest resistance can easily provide an excuse to switch on Australian Idol or Survivor and do nothing.

                                                                                          • 20 February 2023

                                                                                            The Search for Clarity

                                                                                            More and more, I’m finding my role in conversation is to help others reach clarity. Despite their best attempts to avoid it at all costs.

                                                                                          • 19 February 2023

                                                                                            Rabbit Holes

                                                                                            Earlier this week I received notice was being shut down (since taken over by someone else so staying). That lead me to thinking: Am I now on the best Mastodon server I can be ( Should I stand-up my own server? Hosted and I have to pay for it? Self-hosted and I can I deal with all I have to learn? Should I return to Then today, something similar with bookwyrm as an alternative to Goodreads.

                                                                                          • 16 February 2023

                                                                                            My Mission Statement Teardown

                                                                                            Early 2000 and I was in London and a newly promoted manager within Arthur Andersen, Business Consulting division. During some new-manager training, we were encouraged to develop our own personal mission statement. I’d never considered such a thing before then. Business mission statements have always felt hollow to me (still do - more about marketing than actual values).

                                                                                          • 12 February 2023

                                                                                            Dads Are Human First

                                                                                            I regularly see posts in the Life of Dad Facebook group that inadvertently suggest you’re not a real dad unless you are always putting your family ahead of your own needs, and making large sacrifices for your family. I know they are trying to be supportive. I believe these kind of posts set unrealistic and unhealthy expectations.

                                                                                          • 11 February 2023

                                                                                            Everything, Everywhere, is Too Much

                                                                                            Last night I watched Everything Everywhere All at Once and this morning followed up with a The Terror of Everything Everywhere All at Once, a commentary on the movie by Thomas Flight on YouTube. Listening to Thomas I realised I’m suffering the same malaise the movie puts forward. That is, overwhelm from multiple shifting fragmented and widely different cognitive responsibilities all crying for my attention.

                                                                                          • 6 February 2023

                                                                                            Don't Just Communicate, Converse

                                                                                            When employees in the workplace complain about a lack of communication, what they really mean is a lack of conversation with a capital C. Conversation is Collaborative; requiring people to come together with an openness to joint mutual benefit. Controlled; focussed to achieve outcomes in the world. Continuous; we are almost always in some form of conversation, be that internal or external.

                                                                                          • 3 February 2023

                                                                                            Building the Batman Tumbler in LEGO

                                                                                            This is a record of my effort building the LEGO DC Batman Batmobile Tumbler (76240). It has a total 2049 pieces. Finished it is sized 16 cm (6”) high, 45 cm (17”) long and 25 cm (9”) wide.

                                                                                          • 3 February 2023


                                                                                            A game where I get to play as a cat. With 2 cats in the house, have to say it’s animated very realistically. Catinum Trophy I have the Platinum Trophy on Stray. It took an effective three play throughs. I finished the main story a little over a week ago and have spent a couple of evenings and some time today cleaning up the remainder of the trophies.

                                                                                          • 2 February 2023

                                                                                            Carrie Versus Carrie

                                                                                            This morning I finished Carrie the book and this afternoon I watched the 1976 movie. Book Carrie is by far the stronger of the two. She has a purpose and drive that isn’t in the movie. She also has an awareness and control of her telekinesis power not at all evident in the movie. The book interposes the Carrie timeline with observations of friends, police and scientists.

                                                                                          • 2 February 2023

                                                                                            Why Have All the Backups Failed?

                                                                                            I woke this morning to a slew of emails informing me of backups that had failed due to insufficient space on the target drive. Why had they all failed? Well, it was because one had succeeded. I use Macrium Reflect to image the main home PC each night. One the first day of the month a full backup is taken and throughout the month there is a rolling series of differential and incremental backups.

                                                                                          • 1 February 2023

                                                                                            How Covered is the Earth?

                                                                                            When I find myself waiting in the car to pick someone up, I often play a mental game of working out how high the Earth would be covered if everything humankind has made were flattened and spread out. In a sense, melted. My estimate is less than 10cm covering the land and I would not be surprised if it was way less.

                                                                                          • 25 January 2023


                                                                                            Blogging is a timeline of shared information. It is a conversation between one person and a wider, unknown audience. It is just as valid if the audience is the blogger alone. Link to this site's blog Online reading Subscribe to RSS feed in your Newsreader My Relationship with Blogging I began blogging in the early 2000’s using Radioland.

                                                                                          • 25 January 2023

                                                                                            Do you ever get distracted?

                                                                                            Me, earlier this evening… “I’ll go to the supermarket and get bread while you’re out” Ah, my Amazon order of Forspoken hasn’t arrived yet. I want to be home when it comes. I’ll play Stray instead while I wait. Start up Playstation. Alarm goes off. It’s bin night. Take bins out. Green waste bin almost empty.

                                                                                            • 24 January 2023

                                                                                              Is Forspoken Spoken For?

                                                                                              This week sees the release of Forspoken, a new RPG for the PlayStation 5 and PC. My copy should arrive in a few days and I’ve been looking forward to it since I saw the trailer alongside the original PS5 release. If you read the press, Forspoken is anything mixed quality at best to the worst game of 2023! I played the demo, which apparently was full of issues that I didn’t note, and am still looking forward to the game.

                                                                                            • 18 December 2022

                                                                                              Under the Dome

                                                                                              I’ve been a fan of Stephen King since I first read The Bachman Books and IT in 1988. Under the Dome is the darkest of them all. It’s not the supernatural horror but the human greed that brings about the downfall of so many people and places them in horrible situations. Many times I had to put the book down.

                                                                                            • 11 December 2022

                                                                                              It's (Not) Beginning to Look a lot Like Christmas

                                                                                              Around this time each year people start to say how the Christmas/New Year break is just what they need as a holiday. This year it’s different. Everyone I speak too who is working is completely tapped out mentally. It isn’t the usual “end of year” slowdown, but something deeper. I’m not sure a couple of week’s break is going to be enough.

                                                                                            • 22 November 2022

                                                                                              The Perfect Mail Merge

                                                                                              We have a state election on Saturday. One local candidate sent a letter to our household today. We have four that will be voting. They could have sent a letter each. They could have sent it to “Dear voter” Instead, they sent one letter to all four of us, by name and the address had “The Buchan Family”. That is the best mail merge I have ever seen.

                                                                                            • 20 November 2022

                                                                                              Half Way To Go

                                                                                              Each time I hear the Sun is 50% through its life and only has 5 billion years to go, I feel sad. If we’re not off Earth and into the Milky Way Galaxy by then it’s all over. Colonising the Solar System is not enough. For humanity it’s less time than 5 billion years. The Future of Earth, gives us a billion years to get the job done at best before the Sun has expanded its influence and engulfs us.

                                                                                            • 18 November 2022

                                                                                              What’s the Real Concern?

                                                                                              I once heard the suggestion that a gravestone is more reflective of the people that commission it than the person who has died. It’s similar to you buying a present for someone that you’d really like to receive yourself. And that’s similar to pet owners more concerned with discussing the breed of their pet rather than how their pet is part of their life.

                                                                                            • 2 November 2022

                                                                                              Observe the Music

                                                                                              Changing how we observe our world by becoming a different observer is powerful. A power that gives us more choice. If you ever need reminding that observing differently can make a difference to how you feel in your soul you can: Listen to a favourite piece of music in a different location, on better headphones, or in a dark room.

                                                                                            • 2 November 2022

                                                                                              The Last Third?

                                                                                              Board members are elected for three terms, on a rolling basis. The first term… to learn The second term… to be productive The third term… to mentor the new first years. … My sense is I’m now beginning the third term of my career. I’m looking forward to it.

                                                                                            • 1 November 2022

                                                                                              Missing the Big Picture

                                                                                              Today I recalled the tendency for my early career performance reviews to be positive, “but David, you need to learn to see the Big Picture.” I always left feeling a little stupid because I didn’t know what to do about it. I also felt frustrated because those telling me I needed to see the big picture couldn’t even explain what it was, let alone how I should get there.”You just need to learn how.” At every moment we are limited to observing only what our Way of Being allows us to observe - even if it is objectively there for another to see.

                                                                                            • 29 October 2022

                                                                                              RSS Remains an Important Technology

                                                                                              I’ve written several times over the past 20 years that RSS feeds are important yet can be a hinderance as much as a help. RSS Gathers News and Audio to Me I use them extensively in my news reader (currently News Explorer) to go out to websites that offer a RSS feed and pull the news to me. I don’t have the time to visit every site and see if there is something new to read.

                                                                                            • 29 October 2022

                                                                                              Unfinished Tales

                                                                                              Every now and then I use Amazon/Audible’s Matchmaker tool to see if there are any Kindle books for which I’d like to purchase the audiobook cheaply. Today I picked up Leadership and Self-Deception and The Anatomy of Peace for $9 total. I realised I need to make a list of all the book series I’ve begun and enjoyed but have not yet finished - either because I move onto something else, or because new books have been released.

                                                                                            • 25 October 2022

                                                                                              Crazy Coincidence

                                                                                              I have a relatively new car. It’s done just over 3,000km. Here is a crazy coincidence from earlier today. The odometer read 3,000km while I was stopped at traffic lights. The odometer read 2,000km while I was stopped at traffic lights. There are not so many traffic lights where I live that this would be at all likely.

                                                                                            • 23 October 2022

                                                                                              Fear of Missing Out

                                                                                              FOMO generates extra dollars for the gaming industry, both PC/console gaming and board/tabletop games. Two words. DLC and Expansion. Both represent additions to the base game. The call is strong. After a conversation last night with a friend about this very point I learned there is an expansion to SmallWorld I didn’t know about, and there are some expansions for Sid Meier’s Civilization VI that I don’t have.

                                                                                            • 22 October 2022

                                                                                              Friendly Local Game Stores

                                                                                              At the edge of your consciousness you may be aware that over the past few years there has been a resurgence in board games, tabletop role-playing games such as Dungeons & Dragons, and tabletop wargaming like Warhammer. These games, which have always been situated in the home, also take place in public at your friendly local game store.

                                                                                            • 22 October 2022

                                                                                              Writing is a Concernful Activity

                                                                                              Sometimes, we don’t know what is important, and blogging, journalling and writing in general are ways to discover that. To go meta, these are all forms of conversation and without conversation figuring out anything is impossible.

                                                                                            • 16 October 2022

                                                                                              Workflow for Importing my Old Blog Entries

                                                                                              Since discovering my old blog entries I’ve been developing a workflow to import them into my current Wordpress blog. Spanning 2002–2012 there is value in bringing it all together, even if it takes some time. There are a lot of ideas in there which were valuable at the time, and are still valuable now.

                                                                                            • 11 October 2022

                                                                                              Expanding my Comfort Zone

                                                                                              I have never liked the phrase “Step outside your comfort zone”. Why do that uncomfortable or scary thing? An implication of stepping outside is that I can’t step back inside when I may need to. I have had to commit to something I don’t yet understand. I prefer to engage in being a learner and take the steps necessary to “expand my comfort zone”.

                                                                                            • 8 October 2022

                                                                                              A moment for tea

                                                                                              One of those small pieces of advice I picked up years ago was “pause and savour the first sip of tea or coffee.” Every time I remember to do so it’s a moment of quiet in the day. It would do me good to find more of those moments.

                                                                                            • 8 October 2022

                                                                                              Can't, Won't and Shouldn't

                                                                                              The other day a friend was saying to me that he’d been involved in an investigation at work, and colleagues were asking him for details (gossip). He said he’d been telling them, “I can’t say anything.” Got me to thinking of the difference between “can’t” and “won’t”. Can’t is more, “I’d like to, but I don’t have a choice in keeping quiet.” It’s a way of keeping social care of those who have asked, even if they should know better.

                                                                                            • 8 October 2022

                                                                                              Digital Overwhelm

                                                                                              Euan Semple posted about the digital overwhelm we are facing more and more as online systems become ever more dictated yet poor interface design makes them unusable. If you’re waving at someone to get their attention for assistance, and they continually ignore you, you will submit and put up with the pain.

                                                                                            • 6 October 2022

                                                                                              Tubular Bells

                                                                                              Tubular Bells 2003 I listened to Tubular Bells 2003 properly for the first time on 6 October 2022. I had thought it was more of a remaster until I learned it was a complete new recording. He [Mike Oldfield] had always been uncomfortable with the original recording because he had only a few weeks to record it and the technology at the time was unable to cope with all of his requirements.

                                                                                            • 5 October 2022

                                                                                              Ideas are Better in Bed

                                                                                              Conversations such as blog posts that I write in my head lying in bed or when walking are always better than they end up when I type them. I wonder if it’s because typing is simply physical and there is less emotion accessible in the moment.

                                                                                            • 1 October 2022

                                                                                              From Audible to my Ears

                                                                                              This is the process each audiobook transitions through on the way from Audible to my listening ears. Purchase more books on Audible than I possibly have time to listen to. Download and convert to .mdb format using OpenAudible. Automatically import into my “Audiobook” library (as Music) using Plex. Add to a series playlist if relevant.

                                                                                            • 30 September 2022

                                                                                              Benefits of audiobooks

                                                                                              I love to read, and I read a lot. In recent years however I’ve come to recognise the value in audiobooks as well. I normally only listen to audiobooks of authors I like, or books I’ve read before. There is too much time investment to do otherwise. A 1,000-page book is 40-50 hours. Audiobooks tell the same story at a slower pace and so it’s quite a different experience.

                                                                                              • 5 September 2022

                                                                                                Learn Through Humility

                                                                                                What a great quote this is. A reminder that learning is the responsibility of each of us. You will learn quickly if you ask for feedback from a position of humility for that will let you listen to the response without being harmed.

                                                                                              • 31 August 2022

                                                                                                Just Forget It

                                                                                                I’ve become conscious that “just” has crept into my email vocabulary. ”I’m just writing to ask…" "I just need to know…” When used this way, it’s apologetic and has no place in making solid requests. Contrast with the significantly stronger examples below. ”I’m writing to ask…" "I need to know…” .

                                                                                              • 29 August 2022

                                                                                                Training and Education

                                                                                                Yesterday I was musing on the difference between training and education, wondering why training in the workplace is usually ineffective. This is my stream of consciousness on the question. Many people consider training and education the same, however they have several distinct differences. Training is the process of learning something with a goal of performing a specific skill or behaviour.

                                                                                              • 11 August 2022

                                                                                                Keeping My Cool

                                                                                                Over the years I’ve learned to keep my cool when working on DIY projects. I’m apt to lose my cool when, despite my best amateur efforts, something doesn’t go as planned. It could be a cut in the wrong place, an unlevel hanging, the wrong screw… Our mood predisposes us to see the world in a way. With DIY that can mean everything is the target of a hammer! Saturday I was putting up a shelf in the laundry.

                                                                                              • 8 August 2022

                                                                                                Measure Once, Cut Twice

                                                                                                Have you ever carefully considered a purchase from a store then when you got home realised there was an aspect you’d missed that made it completely unsuitable? I do it frequently with trips to the hardware store for screws where somehow I’ve managed to get the wrong diameter or length. Once, I bought the extended edition of the Belinda Carlisle Runaway Horses CD, after I already had the original version.

                                                                                              • 4 August 2022

                                                                                                Do you over-aside?

                                                                                                I’ve noticed recently a tendency in myself and others to add layer upon layer of explanation when we are talking. Once I saw it, I realised how counter-productive it is. We think we are helping, but we’re not. Piling up information faster than the recipient can process it. I park my car a few hundred meters from where I work.

                                                                                              • 24 July 2022

                                                                                                Knowledge or a Tractor?

                                                                                                A group of farmers was asked what they would do if they woke up in the morning to find their $100,000 tractor had been stolen from the shed. They indicated a rush of activity around police, insurance and other such matters. If all else failed they would seek to buy a new tractor. As soon as possible. When asked has a senior manager with an equivalent salary recently left the organisation - the group said yes.

                                                                                              • 10 July 2022

                                                                                                Interrupting the Flow of Work has a Tax

                                                                                                Nobody likes interruptions (unless they are good news) but regardless, each interruption that occurs takes not only the time of the interruption itself but a little longer as you strive to get back to where you were beforehand. If you are in a flow state, this can take a long time and there is a risk you may not regain your previous level of thinking.

                                                                                              • 15 June 2022

                                                                                                Backlinks are important

                                                                                                Transclude of backlink The backlinks I create assist my Personal knowledge management and do a lot of heavy lifting in a Zettelkasten. Transclude of backlinks-are-not-hierarchical Transclude of to-be-useful-backlinks-must-be-automatically-generated.

                                                                                                • 9 April 2022

                                                                                                  Building R2-D2 in LEGO

                                                                                                  This is a record of my effort building the R2-D2 in (73508). It has a total 2314 pieces. Finished it is over 31cm (13”) high, 19cm (8”) wide and 15cm (6”) deep.

                                                                                                • 27 January 2022

                                                                                                  Types of bloggers

                                                                                                  Observational - people who observe the world and make comment on it through their experience as a way to prompt thinking in others. A great example is The Obvious? – Euan Semple’s Weblog. I’d put PostSecret - in this group as well. News aggregators - people with interest in a field, company or product who bring scan for the latest news of interest.

                                                                                                  • 6 September 2021

                                                                                                    Painting Nagash


                                                                                                  • 30 May 2021

                                                                                                    Building the Millennium Falcon in LEGO

                                                                                                    This is a record of my effort building the LEGO Millenniuum Falcon (75192). It has a total 7541 pieces. Finished it is over 21cm (8”) high, 84cm (33”) long and 56cm (22”) wide.

                                                                                                  • 20 May 2012

                                                                                                    Unexpected Nostalgia

                                                                                                    I love things that make me feel a strong sense of nostalgia. Many of us do. Yesterday I watched The Muppets after missing it in the cinema earlier this year (twice in fact). My post on Facebook said it all. I laughed. I cried. I spent most of the movie doing both. A can of TaB took me back to my uncle’s house when my brother and I would holiday there.

                                                                                                  • 12 January 2012

                                                                                                    Why We Like Things

                                                                                                    I’m a couple of chapters into “Start with Why” by Simon Sinek and he’s already solved a problem I’ve been pondering. Well, not so much pondering as noting with curiosity. That is, why I love my new Macbook Pro. For years I’ve been a user of PC’s. Until July last year I’d never used a Macintosh ‘in anger’ and the last time I sat at one was in the mid-80’s.

                                                                                                  • 27 October 2004

                                                                                                    What Dads Can't Do

                                                                                                    My daughter is an avid reader and loves the library. This week she brought home a copy of “What Dad’s Can’t Do” by Douglas Wood. Here’s a summary from the website. There are lots of things that regular people can do but dads can’t. Dads can’t cross the street without holding hands. They can push, but they can’t swing.

                                                                                                  • 7 July 2003

                                                                                                    Who is the Quantum Gardener?

                                                                                                    I set my self-consciousness a task as I went to bed. To come up with a title for myself by the morning. I awoke as the Quantum Gardener. Mary Mary, Quite contrary, How do your quantums grow? With chance and opportunity, And your futures all in a row. For a while now I’ve known the Ontological Poet, the Holistiic Detective and the Electronic Janitor.

                                                                                                    • 22 August 2002

                                                                                                      How to Trial Software Before you Buy

                                                                                                      These days it is possible to trial most computer software before you buy it. But what does ‘trial’ actually mean. For me, trial once meant install, play around a bit and then forget. Now trial means use in anger. I’ve found in order to really try software I must put myself in a position of reliance. That is, rely on the software as if I had bought it and used it every day.

                                                                                                    • 29 July 2002

                                                                                                      Coaching in Action Review

                                                                                                      I walked to the middle of the circle holding my name tag in my hands. Turning around to face the other course participants I held up my name tag and declared in a voice from the centre of my being, “This is my name tag but this is me and I am legitimate!” It was late Sunday afternoon^[2002] and I had just completed Newfield Institute’s Coaching in Action program.