1/ iOS Shortcuts

I have been doing some work to integrate my iOS devices with Obsidian. the iOS Shortcuts tools is amazingly powerful and well designed.

Many in TfT community are using this to integrate workflows with @obsdmd and @RoamResearch, and probably other tools.
2/ If you haven’t used it before, it is a tool for non-developers and developers to build commands that automate various workflows. For example, in my current Shortcut, I am extracting all my calendar agenda items for today and dumping them out to Obsidian in my DNP.
3/ Though I have to say on iOS 15 the Shortcut building tool is super buggy. Constantly constantly crashing. I think @viticci mentioned this during the 15 beta…. Seems its not better.

But ok, you can make it work with patience.
4/ I think iOS shortcuts is a model for a plugin for Roam or Obsidian, building on SmartBlocks. Instead of writing code, having a builder tool that enables drag and drop action steps.

What do you think, would this make building workflows in TfT tools easier?
5/ Obsidian has a plugin called QuickAdd which is a good first start.

But I think for mass adoption (non-devs building smart workflows), a UI like iOS Shortcuts is needed long-term.

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1/ In today’s Twitter Spaces discussion between myself, @rroudt & @JessicaShieh, @readwiseio got a lot of deserved praise.

ReadWise is a “Stealth Tool for Thought”, under the surface at periscope level, working away at their ideas & steadily bringing great tools to the surface.
2/ Reader which is currently in private beta is proof.

I use “stealth” because they are perhaps underrated and overlooked since they seem niche.

Reader will change that. We are getting a set of tools that help us with our workflows from capture to reuse of what we read.
3/ They are not stealth though in community engagement. The opposite! They are proving to be partners in the Tool for Thought community.

Partnership is crucial while TfT space develops.

Partnership should be a criteria in any tool we choose to put into your TfT toolbox.
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1/ FLEXIBLE SYSTEMS - Structure with the rewards and not the pain.

So many of us when starting our PKM journey want the perfect tool & perfect system for how we will take notes, resurface / reuse knowledge.

Sorry to tell you, there is no perfect tool and no perfect system.
2/ We should not expect perfection, rather be in the pursuit of a good, flexible & adaptive system.

The fact is our lives change, interests, priorities, needs & desires. If we had a perfect system, it would require freezing our lives into a period of time. None of us want that.
3/ Therefore, a long time ago I got over the illusion that there is a perfect system and embraced the concept of a flexible system.

A flexible system should help us to accomplish our PKM needs, but not lock us into a rigid way of doing things.
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1/ I am super happy to announce that the “Obsidian42 - Text Transporter” plugin was released to the @obsdmd community plugin list and is available for general download.

Text Transporter is the Swiss Army Knife of text manipulation plugins.

#obsidianmd #TfT #PKM
2/ Text Transporter has commands for Block Reference copying and replacing
3/ Text Transporter has commands for Copy/Push/Pull operations - make life easier, think at the level of your vault, not just the file.

If you are a roam42 user, this is workBench.
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1/ 1st Impressions of the @readwiseio Reader Beta.

I have been testing the Reader Beta for about 2 weeks and I have to say I am super satisfied. It is just a beta, but has already entered deep into my psyche & something I see myself using for years to come.
2/ Reader is a new tool for all those passionate for reading and retaining the value of what you read.

Reader can be compared to tools like Pocket & Instapaper. I love those tools, but they fall short.

ReadWise delivers and I can’t wait for you all to get it.
3/ Reader when combined with the other ReadWise services delivers the features that a lot of us for a LONG time have been search for.

Acquiring knowledge and wisdom from reading is a more complex process than it appears on the surface.
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Some of my #roaman friends (@beauhaan) preach the gospel of Blocks. And I agree, blocks are the best unit for work. Craft supports them natively
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1/ Tools for Thought (TfT) are by their nature complex beasts.

Complex things require deep thinking and hard work.

Embrace the complexity, rejoice in the complexity. Then you will be constantly rewarded.

We have to put in the effort for the returns. No shortcuts.

2/ The word "Complex" sounds negative, but is not.

TfT tools enable new possibilities, but they require effort and commitment.

Is is not just about learning new software & features, but learning new things about ourselves.

We are the tool of thought, software is the helper.
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We become the algorithm (or set of algorithms)
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