Node idea: Specifics of my blog post authoring process with emacs, org-mode, ox-hugo, and org-roam.

Node idea: Thoughts on productivity, guilt, and free time as an illusion.

Node idea: My process for managing my Anki cards in Emacs.

Node idea: Future impact of climate change on USA with focus on picking a place to live

Tag nodes with concept

Tag nodes with reference

Tag nodes with person

Tag nodes with quote

Node idea: Akido/etc as a metaphor for redirecting unhelpful thoughts. “I must be productive at all times” can become helpful by redefining what it means to be productive and the types of activities which are productive.

Node idea: Hard truths I’ve learned and (hopefully) internalized - or - things I read when I was young and just started “getting” recently; tacit knowledge

Node idea: I’m not good at keepting habits; techinquest to improve the likelyhood of success; the hardest thing I’ve ever done is establish and maintain habits; the most impactful things I’ve ever done have been in establishing and maintaining habits

Node idea: Do small experiments; Time yourself for a few minutes to extrapolate for a whole task

Node idea: Preference falsification; broader than virtue signaling

Node idea: Steelman (as opposed to strawman)

Acting in line with my values requires occassional disagreement or broaching uncomfortable topics or cutting people out of my life. I have found those actions to be worthwhile in 100% of cases.

Node idea: Try to proactively solve problems; fix things before they’re even problems. Avoid war by removing the conditions that give rise to war.

Node idea: “If you face reality too much, it kills you. ~ Woody Allen”

Node idea: Overall workflow for roam notes is to have individual ideas that build up connections over time. These connections form groups from which synthesized ideas can be extracted. The roam notes aren’t meant to be read by others on their own – other should start with the synthesis.

Node idea: Be curious; implies a growth mindset; implies humbleness and “I don’t know everything”; required careful listening and attention rather than “waiting for you to finish so I can say my thing”

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Node idea: Butlarian Jihad

Node idea: Don’t go back to sleep (; Learn from experiences and don’t just revert to prior behaviors

Node idea: Consume media/essays/etc using RSS or another non-intrusive “background”-type process

Node idea: Focus on topics/areas for some amount of time; analogous to multi-tasking. Don’t read a lisp article, then a farming article, then a political article (or books, etc). Dive into lisp for a little while, say a week of focus, summarize what you’ve taken away, then move to another topic. Work to synthesize later.

Node idea: You think the way you practice. To think with a long term perspective it isn’t sufficient to know a long term perspective exists – you must cultivate a regular practice of long term thinking. Perhaps take up bonsai or another hobby/etc which forces a long term perspective.

Things you’re allowed to do

Things you are allowed to do, academic edition

Things You’re Allowed to Do

Things You’re Allowed to Do, academic edition

Atomic habits, tiny habits, power of habit: Habits

Node idea: Stating the basics is a good starting point. It’s easy to assume your audience has already heard X so you omit it. Try including it nonetheless

Use to identify unconnected nodes

Node idea: Concept, not sure of name, things like litany against fear, serenity prayer, etc, are phrases (better word?) that are used to bring about a particular state of mind

Term ideas:

  • perspective bridges


Node idea: “Keep a Code” Keep to a code of ethics that you define. The “lawful” alignment in the old d&d grids

Node idea: Habits I keep, or am trying to keep

Remove customized attachment dir properties from all nodes

Node idea: Org-mode as a personal relationship management platform. org-roam, nodes-as-contacts, Google Drive as storage

Node idea: Simple things are hard, simple things are true

Learn about Edith Health

Node idea: Parenting / Interacting with Children

Node idea: Writing good software / Software patterns I like

  • Pure Functions
  • “Bad programmers worry about the code. Good programmers worry about data structures and their relationships.” - Linus Torvalds
  • (Smith n.d.)


matthewsaltz. 2020. “Understand First, Critique Later.” Ø$\Delta$.
Potter, Brian. 2021a. “How to Design a House to Last 1000 Years (Part I).” Substack Newsletter. Construction Physics.
———. 2021b. “How to Design a House to Last 1000 Years (Part II).” Substack Newsletter. Construction Physics.
———. 2022. “How to Design a House to Last for 1000 Years (Part III).” Substack Newsletter. Construction Physics.
Smith, Brandon. n.d. “Write Code. Not Too Much. Mostly Functions.” Accessed March 15, 2022.

Node idea: Understand Before Building


Node idea: Picking a place to live based on climate change

Node idea: Designing a home


Node idea: My dear boy, why don’t you try acting?

Node idea: How I use Anki, create/edit cards, backup cards

Node idea: Things you can do in Emacs besides editing text

  • Email (text, but more!)
  • Browse the web
  • Calculator

Node idea: The unbearable lightness of being

Node idea: This is water

Node idea: Sapir-Worph hypothesis, Linguistic relativity; this is water as an illustration

Node idea: Tips for writing emails/communication; brevity, above the fold, clear action items, etc

Node idea: Healthspan extension; supplements, techniques or exercises, etc

Node idea: Male life-long supplementation

Node idea: Female life-long supplementation

Node idea: Passive houses; air quality, principles, advantages, properties

Node idea: This is the dreamtime. Rapid, explosive, technological development which shines light into all of the dark places. Elimination of privacy. Moloch. Optimizing away the “human”-ness of humanity. The proliferation of existential threats through technologic progression; first we’re not capable of destroying ourselves, then governments are capable, then well-funded groups are capable, then groups are capable, then individuals are capable – nuclear, biologic, technologic.

Reconsider the types/tags for nodes; remove them altogether? Is such a taxonomy useless?

Remove explicit :DIR: property