Tell us what ideas you're grappling with this week. April 14, 2023
How has your week been? What are your plans for the coming week? Tell us about the state of your zettelkasting journey.
My week has been wonderful. I got my Python programming project to a stage where I could release it. I've slowly restarted working in the woodshop. My health is starting to stabilize. I'm getting back in the gym with regularity. I guess you all didn't want to hear all that personal stuff.
Zettelkasting has been slow, and life is distracting. My seminar is wrapping up. Only 2 more classes, a larger writing project, and a public reading left. This will take up much of my time over the next 3 weeks. My seven-day zettel production reflects my zettelkasting speed. Most of the content is ENGL501 Traditions of Food Writing related.
The exception is a podcast I captured into my ZK. From time to time, we get asked how to capture various content. Reading a book or article has its methods and challenges, but other forms of content exist. Yesterday I captured a podcast and would like to share how I did it. This is one way, not the only way or even the best way, but its how I did it.
The podcast was This Is Your Brain on ‘Deep Reading.’ It’s Pretty Magnificent. - The Ezra Klein Show (sorry, behind paywall) interview of Maryann Wolf
Maryanne Wolf is a professor at U.C.L.A. School of Education and Information Studies, and she’s one of the world’s leading experts on how reading works in and — even more importantly — how it works on the brain, how it changes the brain. She’s the author of “Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of a Reading Brain,” and of “Reader, Come Home: The Reading Brain in a Digital World,” among other books.
In this particular case, I had access to the transcripts. I captured a copy of the transcript and read along with the podcast highlighting the parts that sparked my attention. I paused the podcast to make quick notes in the transcript and highlighted them. I used a Keyboard Maestro script to capture all the highlights into one big zettel 1119 words and almost all direct quotes. I'll now process the zettel reframing the quotes, checking sources, deleting, atomizing, arguing, and linking deeply with the ideas already in my ZK.
I was lucky to have a transcript to follow. The podcast was an hour long, and capturing it to its initial stage probably took 1 ½ hours. I likely will joyfully spend more hours thinking about the topic and integrating the ideas.
My seven day zettel production
I must keep doing my best even though I'm a failure. My peak cognition is behind me. One day soon I will read my last book, write my last note, eat my last meal, and kiss my sweetie for the last time.
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