Alex's Notes

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

  • 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 Examples of Digital Gardens Examples of digital gardens I’ve come across:

  • Convenience Is King

    People tend to take the path that requires the least effort to satisfy a need or want.

  • Looking at the Screen Versus Watching the Movie

    A metaphor for mindfulness, we can get caught up in the moment and swept up in our emotions and impulses (watching the movie), but if you can step back and recognize that it’s all light and shadow on a screen you can be reminded that everything arises in consciousness (looking at the screen).

  • Heterarchical Note Taking

    Notes can be organized and structured into heterarchies (nodes with multiple relationships without a strict hierarchy) by creating an entry note that encompasses other notes (a note of notes).

  • Performance Snapshot Packet

    Prior to perfomance management calibrations, each manager writes a document that briefly summarizes the performance of each person they managed during the review period.

  • Perfomance Management Calibrations

    A process for managers and senior leaders to discuss the performance across the organization with the goal of consistently and fairly applying expectations for all roles and levels.

  • Tech Debt

    Accumulated short-term compromises and hacks in a codebase that must be paid down over time.

  • Loss Aversion

    People find it more painful to lose something than to gain something equivalent.

  • Kelly Criterion

    A formula for figuring out how much you should bet to maximize the outcome.

  • Gate's Law

    People are bad at understanding exponential growth. They over estimate short term results and under estimate long term results.