Bible study with Obsidian

It's been a long journey for me in finding the right mix of tools to aid my study of scripture. It started with Olive Tree's Bible Study app, eventually moved to Ulysses, and now, thanks to my exposure to the Zettelkasten system, Obsidian is now the home of my notes. This is one of those topics where each individual could have a slightly different setup than the next person. But tools like Roam Research and Obsidian are the perfect for taking your study to a deeper level. Steps to set upThe first thing to do with either tool is get…

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Moving to a 4-day workweek

It's been interesting to watch Buffer move to a four-day workweek and share their results. The four-day work week resulted in sustained productivity levels and a better sense of work-life balance. These were the exact results we’d hoped to see, and they helped us challenge the notion that we need to work the typical ‘nine-to-five,’ five days a week. It’s worth noting that though we’ve seen sustained productivity levels, we’ve been gauging that based on teammate feedback and not company-wide goals, that is changing in 2021.As a team that is coming up on our fourth…

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Using tags in Obsidian

In a tool like Obsidian, direct, manually created links are the best way to connect your thinking across notes. This is the default behaviour of the Zettelkasten, and I appreciate the emphasis it's given by the folks at Zettelkasten.de. However, I'm also not against using other forms of linking notes together. There's value to being able to see connections across topics, and for that use case, tags work well. But I was a little surprised with how tags worked in Obsidian after coming from Roam. The Roam approach Roam treats a tag just like any other note (or page…

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The Wheel of Time entry on Wikipedia

Yeah, I don't normally link to Wikipedia here. But I came across this recently when looking something up and it really sucked me in. Having spent 25+ years of my life reading this series, some of the books 5–10 times, I consider myself to have a fairly intimate knowledge of the story. But the Wikipedia entry introduced some concepts that were new to me right from the start: The series is set in an unnamed world that, due to the cyclical nature of time as depicted in the series, is simultaneously the distant past and the distant future Earth.…

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The Last Word on Bitcoin's Energy Consumption

Here's a a topic that make me feel old. Despite the title (we're likely nowhere near the "last word" on Bitcoin), this article challenges a few of the ideas I've had about cryptocurrencies. I've long held the view that anything related to blockchain technology is negative — the environmental impact is simply too high. But I confess I barely understand how this stuff all works. Nic Carter makes a few points that challenge the common assumptions and got me thinking about this once more: Another common mistake energy detractors make is to naively extrapolate Bitcoin’s energy consumption to the equivalent…

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The Compounding Effect of Small Leaks

I enjoyed this article from Zakk Fleischmann. In it, he talks about how spending $5 for a Starbucks coffee is a "leak" and how this trickles into other areas of life. Poker players have this concept called a leak: a blind spot that causes you to consistently make an error. As an example, a very common rookie leak is to only raise (put in more money) when you have a good hand. You can see why this would be problematic: after a few rounds, an observant opponent will be able to tell when you have a good hand and when…

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How to get started with tools like Obsidian

How to get started with tools like Obsidian

As the year has rolled along and the days are starting to get a little longer up here in the north, I've been enjoying my use of Obsidian more and more. As I mentioned in the past about Roam, these tools are additive. The more you use them, the more valuable they feel. This isn't by accident — you have to make meaningful connections between your notes (as I mentioned here). But as you make those connections,you experience the feeling of building. Your base of knowledge matures a little more. Obsidian illustrates this in lovely fashion with its graph view.…

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