Saturday, December 29, 2012
Are you thinking of keeping a journal in 2013? Would you like to look back over all those memories from times past, read what you were thinking five or ten years ago? Sounds great, but how many New Year's Resolutions last beyond January? You forget to write something down. Your word processor is awkward to use as a daily journal. One excuse leads to another and before you know it, it's the end of June and you haven't written an entry since January. That's where All My Journals comes in. Simple, clutter free journal software for Windows, from the makers of PageFour. You create as many journals as you wish, and they're always there, a click away. Download it here and try it out >> All My Journals opens at today's date so you can get typing straight away. No files, no folders, no frustrations. It takes care of the days, months and years for you, and best of all, you can set a password so that your private thoughts stay private. We're running a 25% Off offer until January 12th. So, if you were thinking of keeping a journal this year, and if you appreciate software that does one thing really well, give All My Journals a try. A fully featured, 15 day trial is available to download, and you have until January 12th to take advantage of the discount. Happy New Year. Darren Devitt Bad Wolf SoftwareIt looks interesting, and I will try (though I doubt it will persuade me to move my journal from ConnectedText. There are two versions: one free, the other paid. The paid version will allow you to keep more than one journal. If you download the paid version, it will devolve into the free version after 15 days.
Have upon your study table, always accessible, a good-sized substantially bound blank book. whenever a germinant thought comes seize your pen and write it down. Such thoughts will come out of your special course of literary reading, out of your cursory scanning of current fiction, even out of the five-minute glance given to the morning paper, out of nowhere and from manywhere (p. 728).Such "thought-compelling suggestions" may be foreign to the sermon a minister may write, but they may serve as inspiration nevertheless. This is not the end of the advice:
Have also a special vest-pocket notebook and let nothing escape you. Besides your notebooks have a generous file of long narrow cards. Place on the end of the card in plain letters the name of any subject on which you find any thought worth recurring to in any book you read. Jot down the name or the initial of the volume, together with the page; and if the book is your own, mark the line or paragraph. Gradually your cards will get heads, and you can arrange them so that all the heads can be seen at a glance. You can pick out any subject you desire, either for adding new memoranda or finding something needed on that particular theme. Everywhere, and all the time, gather and store up material (pp. 728f.)The mere collection of the material will enrich the mind and give "increased facility." Scissors for clipping papers are also essential. To store these, one need no expensive cabinets: an arrangement "of large envelopes ... will meet every requirement." When time comes to write the sermon, "proceed to make a rough draught of an outline" (p. 733). If you must write the last part of the sermon, before the first is 'perfectly sketched, by all means do so. "Be not bound by any hard-and-fast system of rules' for writing. "Be yourself. Work in your own harness. Avoid coming inot bondage to any one method of working," but don't be different from anybody else "for the sake of singularity" either (p. 734). Talk about non-linear writing and note-taking! The advice is just as valid as it was a hundred years ago, even though "good-sized substantially bound blank" books and "special vest-pocket books" may no longer be so necessary and electronic equivalents may have taken their place. But let's remember that they are equivalents and not something radically new. They bring new affordances, but they are also "more of the same."
Thursday, December 27, 2012
Monday, December 24, 2012
I keep notebooks because all my writing is a translation into a narrative sequence of things that come to me aphoristically. All my work consists in translating involuntarily acquired aphorisms into a pattern of continuity. The former has something to do with listening for a Word, the ear being the involuntary sense, the latter with the spread-out performance of the eye. The main difficulty in my writing, as I've often said, is in translating discontinuous aphorisms into continuous argument. Continuity, in writing as in physics, is probabilistic, and every sequence is a choice among possibilities. Invariable sequence is illusory, & especially in logic, where, just as q is always by u, so 'rigor' is always followed by 'mortis.'He thought that the fragmentation in knowledge and experience he experienced was characteristic of the new age. It appears to me, however, that he read just too much Jung. 1. Cited according to David Boyd and Imre Saluszinsky, Rereading Frye. The Published and Unpublished Works (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1999), pp. 10, 18.
Saturday, December 22, 2012
Monday, December 17, 2012
My method of study, from my first beginning the work of the ministry, has been very much by writing; applying myself in this way, to improve every important hint; pursuing the clue to my utmost, when anything in reading, meditation or conversation, has been suggested to my mind, that seemed to promise light in any weighty point. Thus penning what appeared to me my best thoughts, on innumerable subjects for my own benefit. The longer I prosecuted my studies in this method, the more habitual it became, and the more pleasant and profitable I found it. The further I traveled in this way, the more and wider the field opened, which has occasioned my laying out many things, in my mind, to do in this manner.Like other intellectuals in the eighteenth century, he used an interleaved copy of a text central in his profession. For Edwards this was the Bible, for Immanuel Kant, who followed the same practice, it was Baumgarten's Metaphysica for his reflections on metaphysics that ultimately led to the Critique of Pure Reason of 1781. For other subjects, he used interleaved copies of other works by Baumgarten and others. But he did not use separate notebooks to the extent Edwards did. 1. Wilson H. Kimnach and Kenneth P. Minkema, "The Material and Social Practices of Intellectual Work: Jonathan Edwards’s Study." The William and Mary Quarterly 69 (2012), pp. 683-670, 713. 2. Quoted in accordance with Kimach and Minkema, "The Material and Social Practices," p. 684. 3. See also Blumenbach's system on this blog.
Sunday, December 16, 2012
Saturday, December 15, 2012
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Monday, November 26, 2012
Why not an outline? Well, for my taste outlines are useless, fettering, imbecile. Sometimes, when you find yourself writing in circles, it may help to write down a sketch outline of the topics (or in a story, of the phases) so far covered. You outline, in short, something that already exists in written form., and this may help to show where you started backstitching. To be sure, a memorandum listing haphazardly what belongs to a particular project is useful. In fact, if you would be a"full" man as you undertake a new piece of work, you should have before you a little stack of slips bearing the ideas that have occurred to you since the subject first came to life in your mind. ... It is jottings of this sort that fill the "Notebooks" at the end of "The works." When I say slips or notebooks, I mean the any congenial form of memorandum, for I doubt whether a self-respecting man with a lively flow of ideas can constrain himself to a uniform style and form of note taking until the sacred fires have begun to cool—say around the age of fifty-oneI have always felt bad that I did not begin settling on a certain method of note-taking before I was 48 and on the final version at around 55. If I were to believe Barzun, I should stop feeling bad. But I don't. I am also more of an outliner than he ever seems to have been. Though I must say that I am more prone to using flat outlines nowadays. The hierarchical structure arise only slowly as I work out the memoranda collected in my "Notebooks" or ConnectedText Projects by explicitly writing about a certain subject matter in a focused way. The essay in which these musings can be found is called: "A Writer's Discipline." I recommend it, even if I often have the reactions he also describes: "What an idea! Why, it's just the opposite.
Sunday, November 25, 2012
The major cautions would be not to do things externally that the database isn't aware of, e.g., deleting or renaming files stored within the database, or directly adding files from outside (in which case the database doesn't "know" about such additions and can't list or search them). All those things can be done manually by using the Show Package Contents command, and should be avoided. Direct editing/saving of a file stored in the database from outside may be OK, although the database may not be aware of the changes until the Synchronize command is used.This opens up even more possibilities of integrating the Mac with Windows! Please stay tuned.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
- Program Launch
- Abbreviations of all sorts
- Clipboard manipulation
- Date insertion
- Special Symbols
Monday, November 19, 2012
Windows" no longer supports multiple windows on the screen. Win8 does have an option to temporarily show a second area in a small part of the screen, but none of our test users were able to make this work. Also, the main UI restricts users to a single window, so the product ought to be renamed "Microsoft Window."The article goes on to say: "That lack of multiple window support forced Nielsen to dub it 'one of the worst aspects of Windows 8 for power users.'" I would agree! In fact, this decision by Microsoft seems to be breathtakingly reckless and stupid! In fact, so much so that I can't believe they made it. 1. See Design guru Nielsen: Windows 8 UI 'smothers usability'.
Sunday, November 4, 2012
Saturday, October 27, 2012
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
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Sunday, October 7, 2012
A. The highest good is to live in accordance with nature
- Those who think it involves virtue
- Old Academy and Peripatetics
- Calipho, added nothing but pleasure to virtue
- Diodorus, added nothing but freedom from pain to virtue
- Those who think it consists of just pleasure
- Aristippus, pleasure and pain, pure and simple
- Those who think it is virtue plus some other thing, i.e. not pleasure
- Those who think it is just decency or morality and non-complex
- Zeno or the Stoics
After giving this account, he "narrows down the competition," that is, he tries to show which theory is actually true. The details of this argument shall not concern us here. All that interests me in this context is pointing out that he proposes what we might call an outline, though he does not, of course, present in the form of an outline. All we have in a modern translation is two paragraphs, in which he states this classification. It is by the way not unambiguous (and my particular reconstruction can be criticized).
But even the organization into two paragraphs was probably not there when Cicero wrote this. In fact, there was no mark for the paragraph or even spacing between different words. It was all jumbled together as one continues string of letters.
There is no doubt in my mind that the convention of putting spaces between words, starting new paragraphs with a new line and indicating clearly the different headings of the classification are making it easier for us to read and understand what is said. They also make it easier for us to think about the matter at hand. But it cannot be denied that they are not absolutely necessary either. Clearly, Cicero (and Cicero's contemporaries) could do without these conventions. But outliners, in the end, are based on a convention that is similar in kind to the convention of putting spaces between words when writing. It's a kind of microformat. This microformat is superior to the lack of format in Cicero, but it represents in no way a new way of thinking.
I do not claim that this "outline" by Cicero is anything special. Such passages can be found everywhere in ancient texts that discuss systematic matters.