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I need your help with finding a system for note taking

🎧 Listened to: Cortex #33: Cortek

I’ve been taken a lot of notes lately, for my masters studies. I take notes in class and, most importantly, I highlight passages in the books I read and also take notes around the reading. Some of those notes relates directly to the highlighted passages, other notes are more general thoughts as I’m trying to work things out.

As I was reading, highlighting and writing last week I realised that over the course of two years these notes and highlights would grow to a big mess of assorted thoughts that I could never have any hope of organising in my final thesis, or any written exams either for that matter. So I need a better system.

I recalled having heard one or more podcasts where CGP Grey talked about how he handled similar tasks around his research for videos so I googled and found this old episode of Cortex. Around the 44:00 marker he describes his main workflow. Here’s the gist of it

Read ebooks -> Highlight passages -> When done, screen shot the pages with highlights -> import screenshots into Evernote -> Make notes in Evernote

I need to do something similar, but two things

  1. I prefer to read paper books for this. Not a huge problem, but a small change.
  2. Evernote seems like the wrong way to go.

Grey (and Myke) was already upset with Evernote when makes this podcast (in July 2016) and in later episodes that has been mentioned again and again, so it seems like it would be dumb to actually start taking these kind of notes in Evernote today.

So basically what I need is

I’m thinking of maybe some kind of combination of Microsoft OfficeLens for the scan and Apple Notes for everything else, or maybe just Microsoft OneNote for the whole thing. Or maybe save the notes as flat text files (preferably in Dropbox or iCloud Drive) together with PDF scans from something like OfficeLens. In this later case I might not need the OCR on the phone since instead I can use PDFPen on my Mac.

What do you think? Any suggestions?

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🎧 Listened to: Episode 21 – Banning Mobile Phones in School – Fragmentum

This is some interesting food for thought for me, because I do think that banning phones in the classroom of kids can be a totally reasonable thing to do.

Thanks for your perspective Adam!

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🎧 Listened to: Micro Monday – Micro Monday Extra: Late Night In The Airstream with @aaronpk at XOXO

Aaron brings up some interesting points and I wholeheartedly agree with him that the most important thing about the indieweb and owning your content is to own your domain name.

My personal site (where you might read this) has lived on at least three different web hosts but the domain has always been mine. In my particular case there are probably some broken permalinks in old posts that I will need to fix some day but most things are easily findable on the site.

It’s also nice that Aaron points out that the indieweb is not like the web of yore, it is so much more with webmentions and similar tools.

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🎧 Listened to: Episode 22: On the Road Again – Percolator

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🎧 Listened to: This Week in the IndieWeb Audio Edition • September 1st – 7th, 2018

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🎧 Listened to: H.I. #59: Consumed by Donkey Kong — Hello Internet

Brady and Grey discusses follow up from their previous discussion on Guns, Germs and Steel and while the discussion itself is interesting, I think the main point can be found around the 39:50 mark.

If you here about a persons opinion and arguments and want to argue against them, make sure to go back to the source and check that the person actually thinks and argues what you’ve been told he/she is arguing. Don’t argue against someone else’s straw man of a person.

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Before I started to logg my podcast listening on my blog my ”system” for keeping track of important episodes and their content was to screen shot Overcast whenever I listened to something particularly interesting. I will use some of those screenshots to back-fill some data.

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Listened to 🎧: H.I. #107: One Year of Weird — Hello Internet

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🎧 Listened to: Cortex #74: The Biggest Challenge of Being a Human

Some interesting elaborations from CGP Grey on his decision to more or less leave social media for the rest of the year.

While I will not take as extreme actions as Grey, I do agree with him regarding the problem with screens everywhere, algorithms everywhere and the attention deficit society that it might lead to.

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Tracking my podcast listening

I’m going to try an experiment. From now and some time ahead I’m going to be tracking my podcast listening (scrobbling, if you prefer) on my blog. Every episode of every show that I listen to will be a blog post in my Listen-of category. Some posts will be nothing but the title of the podcast and episodes, others will contain short comments from me and some might even have really long comments.

The idea behind this is that I, like many other people, listen to a lot of podcasts. I often find food for thought in these and often find myself wanting to have a way of cataloging what I’ve listened to and what was interesting in the episodes. Up until now I haven’t had a good system for that and now, I have a system. Whether it’s a good one or not, time will tell.

For now I’ll let these posts syndicate to Micro.blog but if I feel like they fill my timeline there with noise I might make some tweaks to the backend on my blog to stop them from syndicating.

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🎧 Food in prison – Eat This Podcast

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🎧 The Incomparable | Congratulations! You’re Dead in Space (Episode 425)

I know I’ve watched Dark City and I know I liked it, but there are so many things they talk about that I have no recollection of actually seeing. I do know I was quite tired when I watched it, but it seems like I was almost half asleep from how little I remember. Anyway, I think I’ll have to rewatch this movie.

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Today seems to be a perfect day to listen to Christian Gabel’s magnificent Krater album, the soundtrack to a Swedish post-apocalyptic 80’s movie that was never made.

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Two great songs combined into something just as great. Nice! Depeche Mode Ft The Cure – It’s No Good On Fascination Street (Glezpik’s First Mix)

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Based on the current iPhone prices, once my SE breaks I’m no longer going to be an iPhone customer.

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I just had to google how to wrap lines in a cell in the latest version of Excel. Either I’m getting worse at figuring out GUIs, or Excel gets even worse in terms of useability.

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Spatial Workstation User Guide

I always have a problem finding this, so I’ll leave a link to it here.

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Unorganized thoughts and workflows from mixing for VR

This post is much more of a way for me to store my thoughts that to actually communicate anything to anybody else.

Checklist

Other random tidbits

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Microcast: In which I’m giddy about mixing ambisonics

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FB360 Spatial Workstation

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Pro Tools | Loudness 4 Years On. Has Loudness Compliance Worked Or Caused More Problems Than It Has Solved?

From my point of view, it’s important to understand that a mix needs to be produced for a typical listening environment.

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De tre följeslagarna by Stephen King
Henrik Carlsson
is 49% done with <a href="/book/show/33972264-de-tre-f-ljeslagarna">De tre följeslagarna</a>.

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De tre följeslagarna by Stephen King
Henrik Carlsson
is 49% done with <a href="/book/show/33972264-de-tre-f-ljeslagarna">De tre följeslagarna</a>.

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On the most recent Hello Internet CGP Grey voices some interesting concerns about how we spend out attention and he lists podcasts as one of the ways he unintentionally fills all downtime for his brain.

And yes, it is off course a bit ironic to hear this on a podcast but I never the less agree with him. I’m in the middle of listening to their discussion now, so maybe I’ll re-evaluate some of my own media consumption afterwards.

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An Old Fashioned cocktail

Judging by my drinking habits, I should probably have a lot more tattoos and facial hair.

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It seems like the correct way to get spatial audio to work on the Oculus Go is to encode your video as a ”Facebook 360 Video” in the FB360 Encoder.

A screen shot of the FB360 Encoder

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Important note to self: If I want to change the max upload to php on a web server, just changing upload_max_filesize in php.ini might not be enough, since there is also a post_max_size value.

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Microcast: Ambisonics and Binaural

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Example of ”Spatial Audio on YouTube”

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Turns out Android File Transfer works with the Oculus Go if you want to transfer/sideload files from your Mac.

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Microcast: An interesting Ambisonics/VR/360-project at work

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The box of an Oculus Go

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Surround Sound Apple Compressor 4 i broken. :(

One of the sad collateral damages to updating to macOS High Sierra was my beloved1 Apple Compressor 3. Today I bought and installed Compressor 4 instead. I did that for the same reason that I years ago started using Compressor 3; to batch encode surround sound mixes from PCM (wave, most of the time) to Dolby Digital (AC3).

In Compressor 4, this no longer work.

It’s not that it is a deprecated feature, it is that the feature is broken. If I use AIFF files, it does work, if I use WAVE it doesn’t.

I’ve dug around a bit and it seems to be either a problem with Compressor 4.4.1, and it wasn’t a problem in 4.4.0, or it is a problem with High Sierra. The error message says

I’m not a developer but to me that seems like an SDK problem, so maybe it is High Sierra (in my case 10.13.5) that is the problem.

The silver lining is that there is an update to 10.13.6 available, so I guess I’ll do that update and hope for the best. See you on the other side.


  1. Well, maybe not beloved. It actually drove me crazy most of the time but it did get the job done. 

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De tre följeslagarna by Stephen King
Henrik Carlsson
is 46% done with <a href="/book/show/33972264-de-tre-f-ljeslagarna">De tre följeslagarna</a>.

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De tre följeslagarna by Stephen King
Henrik Carlsson
is 40% done with <a href="/book/show/33972264-de-tre-f-ljeslagarna">De tre följeslagarna</a>.

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I agree completely.

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I just realized why the web was suddenly so ugly and full of ads, I had forgotten to install Ghostery on my new machine. Problem solved and the web looks decent gain.

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De tre följeslagarna by Stephen King
Henrik Carlsson
is 32% done with <a href="/book/show/33972264-de-tre-f-ljeslagarna">De tre följeslagarna</a>.

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26 day streak! 😊

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De tre följeslagarna by Stephen King
Henrik Carlsson
is 28% done with <a href="/book/show/33972264-de-tre-f-ljeslagarna">De tre följeslagarna</a>.

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Just finished watching Thelma & Louise for the first time and I really liked it.

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De tre följeslagarna by Stephen King
Henrik Carlsson
is 22% done with <a href="/book/show/33972264-de-tre-f-ljeslagarna">De tre följeslagarna</a>.

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The first Dark Tower book had a lot of interesting ideas but it was quite a slow read. The second one so far appears to be much more of a page turner.

Also a full-sized iPad, even an Air, is a bit on the heavy side for reading in bed.

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