Open Journal

February 22, 2023

Fifth day of meditation/contemplation. Recommendation by Christian to start with 20min really helped last two days. I would have failed beyond 10min. Christian also sent me an invite for Balance, which he recommends. Will give it a try this week.

Been using Center which has a great minimal iPhone app, with Health integration. But the Apple Watch app seems get lost in the background, and doesn’t notify when session is done — I’m leaving the iPhone far away when meditating. Going to try Zenitizer also, which is still in beta.

February 19, 2023

Attempting to start meditation” practice yet again. 20min, focus on breathing. After the mind calms down, awareness of where it pulls towards, but not following. Return to breathing. Like a push-up, the exercise is in coming back to the starting position.

While the benefits are clear every time I start, never been able to create the habit. Always return to it when my mental alarms start ringing.

February 13, 2023

The leaked announcement of Github switching to Teams gets me on the same nostalgic mindset as Friday’s post. Corporations maximize value. At least in the current day and age — that’s their prime objective. At leadership level, it makes perfect sense for Github stop using a competitors tool like Slack. On the bottom of the org-chart, the pain of moving to a worst tool is real and it will have impact. Not sure how it would be quantifiable, but I’m sure it’s there.

February 7, 2023

Went all in today, can’t believe I posted about damp towels.

February 7, 2023

Open journal is going to be the digital garden. Atomic notes that can grow. None of this social status updates. That goes on mastodon. Small notes like this one that can be updated and brought back on top. That’s why it doesn’t have a RSS feed. But, their atomicity also means it can be linked to from the main blog.

February 6, 2023

This page is becoming a microblog of sorts. Not the intent. The idea was longish form post (500 chars) without much filter. Thinking of today’s either the collaboration question expanded or the the glyph one should have gone long, or continually updated throughout the day.

Why note a microblog? well, that’s mastodon really.

February 5, 2023

Giving some thought to the idea of Intermediate Packets on the personal areas. Thinking in terms of: monthly personal review should generate an update to the /now page on website. Weekly review also some sort of post.

February 5, 2023

Classic architecture” questions: what’s the source of truth for the daily posting files? Until Obsidian is not the main application on both desktop and mobile, file needs to be dumb. Which is a good practice as I’ve learned over the years from Gerardo.

What does this mean? Well, on the Mac I can have it create the file if it doesn’t exist. Not so on the workarounds I’m thinking on iOS. Many long overthought solutions… or just create 10 days of text files for now a revisit.

February 4, 2023

Ok, start of a new experiment. From the clear fail of February’s write everyday comes the OJ, aka the open journal. What the hell is it? Some of the ingredients:

  • Daily log.
  • not hidden, but unlisted.
  • Unrefined.
  • Free-flow.
  • No title.
  • Append as I go.

The practice is to write. The hypothesis is that even unlisted on the blog, I will still get the rush from posting. It will also be something I can link to from main page posts. Any content that might be something is surface-able. Going after perfect is the enemy of the good, and anything is good enough.

Need to first setup the homepage, rss and actual 🍊 OJ page on the blog. Know how to do it, must not get distracted on the (lack of) elegance of the setup.

Haven’t figured out how to do the mobile part. Desktop is easy with Obsidian.

Some unanswered questions:

  • Why this and not Mastodon?
  • Why this and not
  • Why unlisted? Is not like many people visit or care.