September 14th, 2004


Два года Ра

С днём рождения, feelstation. Я тебя очень люблю, и ты самая волшебная, вне зависимости от того, публикуешься ли ты в открытом режиме или продолжаешь проецирование счастливых картин тихо и тайком. Я не представляю, какой ты будешь через год, но точно знаю, что много лучше, чем сегодня и вчера. Также точно, как знаю и то, что то, что твои ведущие уже написали — это лишь весьма небольшая часть айсберга.

Обнимаю. Проявляйся.


  • Current Music
    Sonic winds (SEBA & Lotek) — SEBA

[ L ] LIQUID: Idea as Interface // Concentric Navigation


With the Liquid software, produced by Karl Scherer, thecrystalweb° is attempting to integrate the contemporary version of this old idea of the museum into the global search engine of the internet. Liquid is an alternative experimental approach to collections of various objects, stories and myths, an attempt to allow the muses, the nine goddesses of the arts and sciences, to move back into the museum.

Liquid is an invitation to extended rambling through the multi-media knowledge landscape, to frequent visits where the surprising and unknown can always be anticipated. You find things you were perhaps not even looking for, blaze new trails and follow your associations. The individual exhibits always appear in a new light in a network of their relationships and light up in the flashes of inspiration of the viewer.


LIQUID: Idea as Interface

Тонкими линиями очень напоминает, во-первых, I/O/D, а во-вторых TheBrain и Visual Thesaurus.


Блокноты умерли, да здравствуют блокноты: Focus Journal // Кимбро наносит ответный удар

После написания своей знаменитой нерд-поэмы „Как расписать каждую свою мысль“, Лайен Кимбро успешно пришёл к выводу „нафиг надо такое“, и вывел отличную и более ориентированную на эффективность концепцию: Фокус-журнал.


The NoteBook is a standard journal. That is, it is a dated, chronological, sequence of entries.

The journal is for a purpose.

Here's what you do:

  • Keep track of progress towards some aim. Monitor your focus, monitor your results.
  • Write objects of fixation for reflection.

Conventions you follow:

  • Write for yourself, not your biographer.
    • That is, use acronyms that you are familiar with.
    • Assume your own knowledge. Don't explain things for "the reader."
  • Draw diagrams.
    • You should have a roughly 50-80% ratio of diagrams to words. That is, about 80% of your page mass should be diagram.
    • Study VisualLanguage, so that you can make high InformationDensity MultiVariate diagrams that empower thought and attract attention.
    • Learn to Draw, Learn to Diagram, Learn to Map, Learn to Cartoon.
      • I recommend MichaelErickson's tutorial, which takes all of about 30 minutes to complete.
  • Write clearly.
    • Work by scratch paper to collect thoughts & write fast & ugly.
    • Then transcribe key diagrams and notes.
    • Do it nicely. Write nice.
    • Throw away the scratch paper.

No-No admonishments:

  • Don't keep anything that has low InformationDensity.
  • Don't keep anything that distracts the attention.
  • No "LabNotes"- lengthy notes on projects, details.
  • No DailyToDoLists
  • Don't be overly concerned with dates. Pointless.
  • It's not an AddressBook.
    • You want a real address book or pocket computer for that.
    • Part of the whole purpose of the focus notebook is to build focus. As such, we want to seperate it from the more mundane things in our life.
    • That said, you can tolerate a bit of carrying names and numbers in the book; It's inevitable that you'd want to do so, since you'd be carrying this book around with you everywhere you go.
  • Absolutely not: "I'm bored." "I ate a sandwich." ... & other unimportant stuff.
  • Don't write everything because you're afraid you'll "lose" it. Stick with main ideas. The reconstructive power of the human mind is extraordinary.

The No-No admonishments are just as important as the affirmative statements.


  • Current Music
    Various Artists - Pekka Streng - Puutarhassa (Mika Snickars