I didn’t get as much time as I would’ve liked to read this week, as I’m putting a lot of work into converting my pkm system from Notion to Emacs and org-mode.
Notion has been amazing, and has some great features, but I’m still on a quest to reduce friction as much as possible in the process of communicating my thoughts and ideas.
The context switching between IDE and Notion can be somewhat cumbersome, and there’s still manual work in converting to Frontmatter-valid Markdown for Hugo to consume.
Emacs Org-mode has some amazing note taking plugins, as well as a plugin for working with Hugo. Since I already work out of an IDE/text-editor, why not integrate them into one application? I’m aiming to have this wrapped by next week, and perhaps will write a post about it.
Everyone have a great weekend!
Shout out to https://blog.jethro.dev/posts/how_to_take_smart_notes_org/ for the inspiration to finally take the plunge.
- Chris Lattner: Compilers, LLVM, Swift, TPU, and ML Accelerators - Really found this conversation interesting, and it made me realize how little I understand about the compiler ecosystem. I’d like to take some time to learn more about it. I’m also interested in toying with the Swift language, as I hear it mentioned more frequently.
- Gary Marcus: Toward a Hybrid of Deep Learning and Symbolic AI - Deep-dive discussion on deep-learning and Symbolic AI. Is it cheating to teach the AI before it learns? I put a couple of his books on my list.
- Great Expectations: Data Pipeline Testing with Abe Gong - Software Engineering Daily - Even though data engineering isn’t in my wheel house, I really enjoyed the conversation. An underlying theme that I often see repeated elsewhere is the idea of a service/time-based consultant who identifies a consistent need and pivots to a productized service.
- Episode 375: Gabriel Gonzalez on Configuration - Configuration and operations definitely are in my wheelhouse. I think there are some concepts worth exploring here in terms of functional languages and immutable infrastructure.
- Telemetry and the art of measuring what matters with Dave Blakey - Discussion with Dave Blakey of Snapt around metrics, telemetry, and observability, in the context of Go. Knowing what to measure is hugely important.
- How to Use Roam to Outline a New Article in Under 20 Minutes - Shows the power of the note-taking style that Roam allows. As I mentioned before, I’m going to make a serious go at implementing this in org-mode. Even if you don’t use Roam or org-mode, the video is an impressive display of someone using a PKM to quickly outline an in-depth article. If you create any kind of content, I highly suggest watching.
- What 8 years of side projects has taught me - SWE reminiscing on 8 years of side projects, his own struggles with keeping ideas/notes. Wrote his own system to handle them using C#, then Go/Lua. For anyone that does knowledge work and has side projects, this is a good(and short!) read.
- Blogging with org-mode and ox-hugo - Solid tutorial on using ox-hugo in org-mode to handle blogging on a Hugo site. This blog runs on Hugo, so my plan is to use this as my workflow by next week’s posts.