My daily readings 02/04/2012

  • tags: Book

  • tags: Writing tool

  • tags: reading Learning

    • Ever had the experience of reading a book and not feeling like you’re learning anything useful? What about realizing a week later you don’t even remember what the book was about?


      What’s the use in reading if you don’t understand and don’t remember what you read?


      You’re not alone… many people have difficulties fully comprehending and remembering written material. Fortunately, it’s easy to improve your reading comprehension and retention. Here are three simple techniques to get you started…

        1. WHY am I reading this?
        2. WHAT might I need this information for?


        These questions are immensely important for two reasons:


        First, asking why you’re choosing to read a particular piece of material helps determine your purpose: what you ultimately want to accomplish by spending your time reading. Setting your purpose is the best way to factor in the opportunity cost of your time and attention… if you don’t believe what you’re about to read will be useful, you can choose to do something different.


        Second, asking why you might need this information primes your brain to make connections between what you’re reading and what you want to achieve. Our minds work primarily via pattern recognition – by reminding yourself of your areas of responsibility before you read, you’ll make many more connections than you would otherwise. (Be sure to keep a notebook and pen close at hand to capture your thoughts and ideas without breaking the flow of your reading.)

    • The grid is simple: using any word processing software you like, make a table with two columns. In the first column, capture a summary of a key concept or idea from the text. In the second column, record your personal reactions, ideas, and plans to put the concept into practice. When you’re finished with the book, you’ll have a archive-ready summary and action plan ready for use!
  • tags: Timeline

  • tags: Writing Markdown

  • tags: Note

      • It’s not complicated. Notational, as many of you might know, is a lightweight program that does something very simple:


        • It allows you to write text.
        • It saves these texts automatically — you never have to press Save.
        • It lets you find these texts very easily through a search bar that displays matches as you type the search, very similar to Google Instant.
    • I also have it synchronizing with Simplenote’s online service. I don’t use Simplenote as I don’t have an iPhone (if I did I would) but I like having all my notes backed up and accessible online. You can do this under Preferences/Notes/Synchronization. It’s free.
      • It would be nice if you could write in full-screen mode in NV, but instead I will just paste a file into WriteRoom or Ommwriter and enjoy the full-screen focused glory, and then paste back into NV when I’m done, where it’s instantly saved. I love instant save — why isn’t this done always in every program?
      • I have a todo list in NV that I don’t refer to very often. I don’t use todo lists much anymore, except as a dumping ground for things I might need to remember later. Most days I know what I want to work on — whatever I’m excited about at the moment.
    • Instead of keeping a list of ideas for posts for my blogs, I just start a new post (with the prefix I mentioned above). It’ll have notes for the post. Then when I want to look at my post ideas, I just type in the prefix (like “zh” or “mnml”) and I’ll see the list of post ideas.
    • I love NV for its lightness, its simplicity, its speed. It does everything I need with a minimum of fuss, which is basically perfect.
    • As for what’s mentioned in the blurb, that seems to be an Aero Radio Balistique.


      Here is someone on YouTube with a failed engineering experiment of some of the work that would lead to developing a replica:

    • How could someone who was an actual engineer be so obscure and forgotten to the point that even Wikipedia — which contains just about everything — doesn’t even have an entry for him?


      Here is the full page on which the blurb appears:

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