Alex's Notes

A collection of notes organized in the Zettelkästen style to foster creative thinking.

  • Citizen Developer

    A term of art describing a non-developer that takes the initiative to solve a business problem, often hacking together a set of tools to make it work.

  • No-Code

    A category of products and tools that enable users to create things that previously required developers to do.

  • Power Law

    An exponential plot where the 80% of Y comes from 20% of X.

  • Performance Management

    This note does not have a description yet. Links to this note The Gervais Principle There are three groups of people within an organization: Sociopaths (tend to be at the top running the company, characterized by self-interest and need to control), Clueless (tend to be middle management, characterized by misplaced loyalty to the organization), and Losers (tend to be at the bottom, characterized by striking a bad economic bargain).

  • Peter Principle

    A theory of management in which employees in a company are promoted until they are at a level of incompetence.

  • WebAssembly

    A compilation target for executing in a virtual machine supported by web browsers and servers (via tools like wasmtime).

  • The Gervais Principle

    There are three groups of people within an organization: Sociopaths (tend to be at the top running the company, characterized by self-interest and need to control), Clueless (tend to be middle management, characterized by misplaced loyalty to the organization), and Losers (tend to be at the bottom, characterized by striking a bad economic bargain).

  • Entrepreneur in Residence

    A role at a VC firm where you get paid to work on your next startup and help vet deals or give advice to portfolio companies.

  • Shape of Stories

    A lecture from Kurt Vonnegut about how to analyze and critique fictional stories.

  • Kurt Vonnegut

    This note does not have a description yet. Links to this note We Don’t Know What the Good News Is and What the Bad News Is In Shape of Stories, Kurt Vonnegut discusses story arcs as peaks and valleys from good to bad.

  • Querying Stats From Org-Roam

    You can run queries directly on the org-roam database (it’s just a sqlite database) to get interesting stats about your Zettelkasten.

  • Reverse Chronological Content Took Over the Web

    The majority of websites of the ‘old web’ (1990’s) were hand crafted, highly customized places where creators acted more as librarians—carefully maintaining a table of contents and some evergreen content.

  • The Garden and the Stream

    Streams are a metaphor for the majority of the Internet we interact with today characterized by time-ordered events that require context to understand.

  • Examples of Digital Gardens

    Examples of digital gardens I’ve come across: Maggie Appleton’s digital garden Tom Critchlow’s digital garden Neil Mather’s digital garden Links to this note The Garden and the Stream Streams are a metaphor for the majority of the Internet we interact with today characterized by time-ordered events that require context to understand.

  • Digital Gardening

    This note does not have a description yet. Links to this note Digital Gardening Is a Grander Vision of Zettelkasten Digital gardening is a superset of Zettelkasten principles applied to public content.