What kinds of notes do you have in your archive?
Not every note in my archive is the same in kind. I did a quick review of the different types of notes I’m currently using:
- General “Idea” notes
- Bibliographical review/annotation (#ƒ)
- Summaries (#ƒ, loc: 0)
- Quotes (#ƒ, #cit)
- Primary source commentary (#λ)
- Bibliography lists (#bib, .taskpaper)
- Journal (#diário, 12-digit timestamp numbering)
- Course planning (#aula)
- Outlines (#ø)
One type of note I created but then completely forgot to use:
- Person/contact note
I’ll try to briefly comment on my usage of each kind of notes, describing their particular anatomy.
The most general kind are what in Umberto Eco’s terminology would be “Idea” notes. They have my personal reflections on the subjects I study. I use the YAML header format to store metadata. I number the notes sequentially and I use Keyboard Maestro macros to create “descendants”, and the macros also keep a navigation element conecting anscestors and child notes.
So my most general kind of notes begin like this:
--- title: 'nomina' id: Φ1668 tags: #platão ... △[]
For bibliographical review, I also add the references to the metadata (keys correspond to a bibliographical database in BibLaTeX format, managed with BibDesk). E. g.:
--- title: 'The theory of recollection' id: Φ1755 citekey: Fine1992 loc: 213-215 tags: #ƒ #epistêmê #platão #anamnêsis ...
When I’m reading an extensive work (a book, for example), sometimes it’s practical to create a summary note linking the individual chapter/topic annotations. This also works as a planning tool to control my reading:
--- title: 'Sattler, B. M. (2020) The Concept of Motion in Ancient Greek Thought: Foundations in Logic, Method, and Mathematics' citekey: Sattler2020 loc: 0 id: Φ1820 tags: #_arist #kinêsis #ƒ ... △[] ▽[] ▽[] Cap. 1 - Conceptual Foundations [].
Some notes just contain direct quotes:
--- title: 'Descosmologização da Física' id: Φ1731 citekey: Menn2019 loc: 27 tags: #ƒ #cit #kinêsis #epistêmê #_arist ... △[] > So *Physics* I will deal with ἀρχαί of natural things, not in the sense of things temporally prior to the cosmos which contains all natural things, but with ἀρχαί that are 'first' in some more abstract (causal?) sense; and, rather than numerically single things presupposed by one great original process of coming-to-be, they will be universal types of things presupposed by the many small individual comings-to-be.
--- id: Φ1779 origin: 'tinderbox://TLG/Aristotelis%20Physica/Physica%20I?view=outline+select=1597775921;' tags: #λ ... ##### ἐκ τῶν καθόλου ἐπὶ τὰ καθ' ἕκαστα 184a24 []: A. não pode estar dizendo que o geral é mais cognoscível pela percepção. O contraste não pode ser…
Bibliography lists constitute an important kind of notes. They are actually a tool for controlling a research project. I have recently adapted them to be managed with the old and good TaskPaper:
--- title: 'Bibliografia Parmênides e Aristóteles' id: Φ1470 tags: #_parm #bib #_arist ... △[] Identificado: - Wieland, W. (1992) Die aristotelische Physik @started Phys. I não parece pressupor perspectiva especificamente aristotélica sobre o que é um princípio, causa ou elemento, p. 62 []. - Crubellier, M. (2019) Looking for a Starting Point—The Eleatic Paradox Put to Good Use: Physics I 2
Journaling is something I’m experiment with. I’ve described in another post some tricks for journaling using The Archive and BitBar. This is how a journal entry looks like:
Date: 20 December 2020 16:45 Tags: #diário Bye, bye, Day One
Another very useful kind of note are course planning notes. I love to use Curio for visual planning, and I can synchronize items on a list with the class dates on my calendar. But I keep a copy of the syllabus in a note in my archive (with links to notes for the individual lectures), what is very convenient. (In the pre-pandemic non-virtual world I had all my lecture notes with me on my phone or iPad, which I accessed with 1Writer).
--- title: 'Curso POSFIL Aristóteles 2020-2' id: Φ1713 tags: #aula #puc ... ○ [💡](curio://Users/brunoc/Google%20Drive/Curio/Cursos/Curso%20POSFIL%202020-2%20Aristo%CC%81teles.curio?ideaspace=D6FBF843-BB28-4FAA-B78F-BB6D0DB10604) 1. Os Analíticos Posteriores 2. O silogismo científico [] 3. Conhecimento pela demonstração [] [] 4. APo. Apo I 4
I would be very interested in learning what other kinds of notes are being used out there! I hope my account may inspire you.
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