Windows

Inquiry I admire it. My window has an audience. A picture frame of a poem gifted as an off-to-college present from my mother; a duet of flasks, one tall and skinny, the other short but wide; a metal cup with a handle, perfect for tea and water; my ivy plant, whose leaves number more than seven times the initial five it started with when I brought it to Brown. Behind the main characters of the stage—the foreground—is the unsuspecting setting....

August 10, 2021 · 8 min · Kristoffer Balintona

On Zettelkasten purism and the misdirection of backlinks

TL;DR Don’t be distracted by the allure of backlinks; a good knowledge management practice provides more value. Luhmann’s Zettelkasten isn’t law; your needs should instruct the directives you follow. I disagree with ‘backlink exceptionalism’ The commonly understood novelty of the Zettelkasten tool is its non-hierarchical organization composed of hyperlinks. Backlinks generate interconnected networks of thought which mirror the associative nature of our brains. It is a departure from traditional hierarchical note-taking practices....

July 27, 2021 · 6 min · Kristoffer Balintona

An Amazing Marvin Starter Pack

TL;DR Read this if you are either 1) interested in and want to try out Amazing Marvin, 2) just started using Amazing Marvin but feel overwhelmed, or 3) don’t know what Amazing Marvin is but want to read about a few of its features. This post goes over the peculiarities of Amazing Marvin—namely the Master List, Main View, and Strategies. Understanding these concepts is the first step to leveraging the strengths of Amazing Marvin to create your own workflow....

June 24, 2021 · 5 min · Kristoffer Balintona