Alex's Notes

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

  • Social Cooling

    The idea that, as a result of mass surveillance, data collection and social media are leading to behavioral changes.

  • Neglected UX

    Parts of the user experience that are not quite broken, but subtly in incongruous.

  • Studio Ghibli

    Famed animated film studio that created such popular films as Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke, and much more.

  • 7 Powers

    A book about business strategy by Hamilton Helmer which outlines seven ‘powers’ that are the cause of successful companies.

  • Small Tech

    Technology companies that are small and private, writing software on their own terms.

  • Embedded Tweets and Videos Includes Ad Tracking

    The scripts used to embed media such as tweets and YouTube videos include a full complement of ad tracking and third-party cookies which are used to follow visitors around the internet to serve them ads and collect more data.

  • Bane's Rule

    You don’t understand a distributed computing problem until you get it to fit on a single machine first.

  • Brewarrina Fish Traps

    Stone fish traps in use over the last 40,000 years located in the Barwon River that some believe are the earliest human construction in the world.

  • Struggle Switch

    A metaphor for how we respond to negative emotions such as anxiety, anger, sadness.

  • Panspermia Theory

    The idea that life originated on another planet and was transported to Earth.

  • Friend Catcher

    An activity or action one can do regularly that draws people to you because you are providing something of value.

  • Programmable Music Environment

    Converts code into generated music on-the-fly. There’s a sub-genre of electronic music that uses programming tools at live shows where the musician grows the program by writing and reinterpreting code as the audience watches and listens.

  • Note Blogging

    A blog of working notes that other can read and follow along with to learn about interesting ideas and things you are coming across.

  • Finite State Machine

    A model of computation where there is exactly one state at a time of a fixed number states.