Nick Blackbourn: Your notes are the record of your lifetime of learning and thinking

Recorded on March 9th, 2018

Nick Blackbourn on Digital Note Taking:

Your notes can be the greatest asset in your working life. This is no exaggeration. Your notes are the record of your lifetime of learning and thinking.

You are what you pay attention to. Read great books, absorb fascinating ideas, and look to make connections between them. Taking notes is how you do this. (When I say ‘read’, I also mean watch, listen, etc.) Notes are an aid for your mind as you seek to know more, acquire wisdom, and prevent important concepts slipping from your consciousness.

How to use local CSS with Markdown in DEVONthink To Go on iOS

Recorded on February 25th, 2018

It’s a gross process, and I probably won’t use it if it stays this way. You have to create a CSS file (like “devon.css”) somewhere in the database you’re using, and then in each Markdown file, you include this line:

<link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="devon.css">

I’ve emailed them to see if they’d enhance the app to allow all Markdown files to render with a specific style sheet without having to insert that line of HTML in every Markdown file.

Favorite Tracks Released in 2017

Recorded on January 9th, 2018

Many of the songs/pieces I loved this past year were released way before 2017 and came to me by way of my fellow music-obsessives @squealermusic, @fuzzsonic and @KingTritonStow. That full list is long and not shown here. The list below is limited to the stuff that was released (or re-released) in 2017. In no particular order, of course!

Marvin Pontiac (actually John Lurie) – “I Hope She Is Okay
John Lurie. Still crazy and great.

Elder – “Sanctuary
New riffs announce themselves at just the right time, every time.

Khan Jamal Creative Arts Ensemble – “Breath of Life
Oh god YES. Originally released in 1973, re-released in 2017 by Eremite Records. @tywilc caught my attention (via @squealermusic, naturally) by pointing out this accurate assessment from the liner notes: “There’s not another record on the planet that sounds even remotely like vibraphonist Khan Jamal’s eccentric, one-of-a-kind masterpiece, Drum Dance To The Motherland.” The whole album is astounding.

Jax Deluca and Phong Tran – “Tardigrade Soul
Well worth 32 minutes and 24 seconds.

Mosquitos – “Mexican Dust
Heard on the WCVE World Music show with Ian Stewart.

Alex Cuba – “Chekere
Also from WCVE World Music. I don’t love this whole album, but this song grabbed me.

Molly Burch – “Wrong for You
What a little womb-universe she creates.

Ryuichi Sakamoto – “fullmoon
Embarrassed to admit I’d never heard the Paul Bowles quote from “The Sheltering Sky” that starts this off.

Alvvays – “Archie, Marry Me
Wise beyond their years. Not a wasted note. Swoon.

Priests – “Nothing Feels Natural
Goodness, it’s like I’m staying up from midnight to 2am to watch “120 Minutes” in 1990 when I should be studying.