January 7, 2008

January – Chapter 7: Taking Notes

January 7, 2008 - Categories: emacs

For January 2008, my assignment is to write a chapter on taking notes
with Emacs. Here are the blog posts that I plan to write, each around
1000-2000 words long. This should give me plenty of material to edit,
if I don’t go mad first. ;)

 - [ ] Keeping Notes in Emacs
       Structured vs Unstructured (outline, free-form)
       Flat vs Hyperlinked
       Private vs Public
       File structure (one file, daily, snippets)
 - [ ] Outline Notes with Org, Blorg
 - [ ] Daily Notes with Planner
 - [ ] Hyperlinked Notes and Muse
 - [ ] Publishing Muse
 - [ ] Publishing Planner, RSS
 - [ ] Remember: quick note entry
 - [ ] Snippets with Howm
 - [ ] Blogging from Emacs - WordPress, LJ, Blogger,Muse-Blosxom, EmacsAtomAPI
 - [ ] Encrypted Notes (full file, segments) - MOSTLY WRITTEN

I find that thinking of a book as a collection of articles works out
well for me. Starting with a rough outline like this, I’ll write
2000-word articles of the kind that I’d write for Linux Journal or
LinuxWorld, and then I’d put them into my outline and add transitions.
After I write all the pieces, then I can write the introduction and
the wrap-up sections.

Slowly getting the hang of this writing thing… =)

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Random Emacs symbol: message-narrow-to-headers-or-head – Function: Narrow the buffer to the head of the message.

Book triage

January 7, 2008 - Categories: reading

Okay. 31 books. 15 days. Plus all the writing I still need to do. I
may have made a bit of a miscalculation. No problem, it’s the library,
I can always renew or request books.

The only books I probably won’t be able to renew are

  • Open an Online Business in 10 Days
  • Money Can Buy Happiness
  • The Mid-Career Success Guide
  • Make Your Contacts Count (2nd ed)
  • How to Photograph Absolutely Everything

(Yes, I wander all over…)

I can do that. =)

One of these days, I’m going to revise my OPAC reminder script to also
automatically deactivate all of my requests once I go over a certain
number of books… ;)

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Random Emacs symbol: table-narrow-cell – Command: Narrow the current cell by N columns and shrink the cell horizontally.

You have received a painting from Sacha

January 7, 2008 - Categories: sketches