A test of cross linking
I am so pumped for this site. I can finally author content with a low barrier to publication, and keep accruing knowledge like Andy Matuschak told me to.
As a summary, his ideal version of "evergreen notes" follow these principles:
- Evergreen notes should be atomic
- Evergreen notes should be concept-oriented
- Evergreen notes should be densely linked
- Prefer associative ontologies to hierarchical taxonomies
- Write notes for yourself by default, disregarding audience
I can now densely link my thought by flowing entries together as links into my sentences. I can talk about how Cradle to Cradle and The Death and Life of Great American Cities both say something about slowness while remaining tepid on pointing the finger at the burn-down gluttony of capitalism, leaving them to fizzle out at the end and gesture vaguely at a better way, even though I love those books with everything and I do believe that small changes in behavior can lead to a big change in outcome.
I can talk about how my vision for Interoperable Libraries is a combination of the thoughtful systems thinking of A Philosophy of Software Design and an anticapitalist action in the spirit of Disassembly Required, how a thin line traces between it and my wish that we could Incentivized deconstruction and documentation in building.
The link dump of paragraphs above goes overboard on point 1, but look how much conceptual richness I can embed in my thoughts for points 2 and 3! And it really lets me play the game I love, associative ontologies (point 4), which I thought of as conceptual cross-eyedness until I learned that term today. I can write fluidly enough to alienate an audience and have to dial it back later: that's what I'm looking for, to live up to point 5 so hard that I publish first and refine later.