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Beck is Back: Turning Reading Notes into a Tinderbox Map

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Posted by Paul Korm
Feb 9, 2019 at 08:27 PM


Interesting ctonversation.

The analog world is full of “purposeful purposeless” context: a kitchen, a woodworker’s workshop, an artist studio—- even a WeWork space, perhaps.

We don’t walk into the kitchen and ask the chef “ok, show me how to make food”, or the woodworker “let’s make furniture”.

We have to explore the cabinets and drawers, read the labels, fiddle with the tools.  On day 1 in the kitchen, banoffee pie is not in our skill set.  Maybe we start with toast.

There are lots of drawers and cabinets and odd-shaped tools in Tinderbox or Curio or DEVONthink or Scrivener.  (Not intending to be Mac centric.)  It takes a while to play around.  PLAYing is the best way to discover purposes.

Unfortunately, lots of folks are told “go get Tinderbox, it’s terrific” and skip a few movie nights with their partner to afford the cost of Tinderbox.  We shouldn’t hope to move into George Nakashima’s workshop a few days after picking up our first screwdriver.  Take a long while to play, first.