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Apr 15, 2020 17 tweets 6 min read Read on X
Nerding hard on digital gardens, personal wikis, and experimental knowledge systems with @_jonesian today.

We have an epic collection going, check these out...

1. @tomcritchlow's Wikifolders:
@_jonesian @tomcritchlow 2. Buster Benson's "Piles" and "Codex" @buster Image
@_jonesian @tomcritchlow @buster 3. @nateliason 's Notes and Book Summaries Image
@_jonesian @tomcritchlow @buster @nateliason 4. @chrisbiscardi 's Digital Garden (rainbow style!) Image
@_jonesian @tomcritchlow @buster @nateliason @chrisbiscardi 5. @andy_matuschak 's layered, bi-directionally linked system of "Evergreen notes" Image
@_jonesian @tomcritchlow @buster @nateliason @chrisbiscardi @andy_matuschak 6. The Open Transclude UX pattern from @tobyshorin -…
7. @aengusmcmillin 's @RoamResearch -like experiment with bidirectional links implemented in @gatsbyjs

@aengusmcmillin @RoamResearch @gatsbyjs 8. @wynlim 's thoughts on Designing a Self-directed Learning Network:…
9. @jhooks manifesto on Digital gardens > blogs:
@jhooks 10. @gwern's sprawling, info-packed wiki with hover previews, TOCs, and a public change log Image
@jhooks @gwern 11. Speaking of hover previews, @JoshWComeau's experiment with Tippy.js this week is a fanstastic example of adding contextual layers to links -
@jhooks @gwern @JoshWComeau 12. Also related, @swyx's writing on Webmentions and Twitter as a "meta-commentary layer to the internet" follows this same vibe of bi-directional densely-linked knowledge across platforms -…
13. To come back to @tomcritchlow for a moment, as far as I can tell from internet-history-digging they OG coined the term "digital garden" 🌱 and have a wonderful series of reflections on the concept here:…
14. Update on the historical origin!
Thanks to @tomcritchlow and @BillSeitz for the backstory insights

The linkbacks flow through Mike Caufield's "The Garden and the Stream: A Technopastoral"

Which leads back…
15. Mark Bernstein's 1998 essay / explorative experience "Hypertext Gardens" -

"Unplanned hypertext sprawl is wilderness: complex and interesting, but uninviting. Interesting things await us in the thickets."

❤️ This design aesthetic
16. Overdue addition to the list, but @swyx has an entire 'Digital Garden Terms of Service' agreement!

A beautifully reflection on what we should expect as readers and gardeners - Epistemic disclosure, proper attribution, and the right to be…
@swyx 17. This collection has now matured into a full grown essay documenting the history of "digital gardening" as an ethos 🌲

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Sep 30, 2023
Hosted the latest edition of Future of Code here in London on Thursday. So many bangers.

Delayed thread with snaps and demo videos!
Oscar (@ocuatrecasas) from @fermat_app built a node and wire interface for chaining language model calls + image identification + multiplayer user inputs
Crowd favourite @MathigonOrg by @PhilippLegner

The shock and awe just kept building and building...
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I have a bunch of sketchy interface ideas for using language models as epistemic rubber ducks, aka. reflective thinking partners🐥

They've been sitting in Figma for 8 months gathering dust! They all felt too obvious to me to be worth sharing...
...but I showed some folks recently who disagreed. Maybe they'll spark some novel ideas for others.

First is called Daemons and has a cast of characters who sit in the background while you write and suggest edits or improvements.

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Second is a lot simpler. Called Branches and just creates trees of causes and consequences for a given claim or statement.

Does one thing well, nothing else.
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Jun 10, 2023
Did yet another glorious, playful, irreverent edition of the London Future of Coding meeting last night.

We’re low key, impractical, and not trying to invent the future of anything. Confused? That sounds about right.

Featuring talks by @Paul_Rony @TodePond @genmon… ImageImageImageImage
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Good news, there's a whole website!

And a whole podcast! (best education on the history of computing you'll find anywhere).

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1/ You show up at a discussion group where you’ve all read an article.

Everyone has their own highlights and notes.

You all “dump” your notes from your phones into the centre of the table. Everyone is looking at the same pile of ideas.

They start to self-organise into groups…
2/ You can then point at them, move them, discard them.

Some people’s notes merge together - they’re almost the same.

With a gesture you can make the notes arrange themselves along various axes: radical/conservative, emotional/logical…
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Fancy self-organising notes bit is easy with language models.

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New @tana_inc folks seem hungry for in-depth books on ontologies & schemas.
Initial reaction was... books are overkill? There's not much to know? Just google it? But then tried googling. And it is *noisy* and poorly curated out there.

A few recommendations:
Original semantic web/structured data content does a good job of explaining ontologies in an accessible way.

This paper "Ontology Development 101: A Guide to Creating Your First Ontology" (2001) covers almost all the essentials in ~23 pages…
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Simple, visual explanations


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1/ We've been working a new protocol at @hashintel

It's called the block protocol (but NOT about blockchain or NFTs!)

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