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The Tinderbox Way

by: Mark Bernstein

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    The importance of making, analyzing, and sharing notes
    linkNote: Read with a pen in hand.
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    What were you reading, this time last year?
    linkNote: That's the problem with my booknotes and journals. I rarely go back and review them. It's easier, more desirable to move onwards. There is no motivation for me to review. That's why I'm hopeful about Zettelkasten - adding a note forces you to review old notes to find appropriate links.
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    years.Tinderbox can sometimes be handy for short and small projects, but it is at its best with projects that last months or years, projects that are likely to grow or change over time.
    linkNote: Maybe for littlereads and the community librarian project?
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    Tinderbox was designed and implemented by a person—not by a committee, a corporation, or a focus group. That person is me: Mark Bernstein. I designed Tinderbox, and wrote just about every line of the tens of thousands of lines that make Tinderbox run.
    linkNote: Wow!
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    Tinderbox is an argument for artisanal, hand-crafted software. Artisanal software is opinionated. It may be unpolished. It may have fingerprints or rough edges. But it expresses the views of someone who thought about it and crafted it, not those an investment team has
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    Tinderbox is an argument for artisanal, hand-crafted software. Artisanal software is opinionated. It may be unpolished. It may have fingerprints or rough edges. But it expresses the views of someone who thought about it and crafted it, not those an investment team has convinced itself to find in a focus group2.
    linkNote: New concept - artisanal software.
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    the first lessons of software design is that real people use real software in really astonishing ways. “The street finds its use for things,” William Gibson wrote in Neuromancer. This
    linkNote: Wow! #eq
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    In particular, a focus on rich visual media— video, animation, digital photography, and personal music studios —had led to a general neglect of tools for working with ideas and an undue emphasis on tools for polishing presentations.
    linkNote: True. Trying to formulate a question aroubd the best way to take notes, to articulate and to use those notes - that itself is super hard at this time.
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    Keeping work organized is a continuing commitment.
    linkNote: The work of maintanence. J.K. Glei podcast, Jenny Odell in 'How to do Nothing'
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    Containers hold notes; any note can be made into a container by dragging another note inside it.
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    Aliases let the same note appear in several different containers to reflect a multiple or uncertain classification.
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    Knowledge representation is a branch of artificial intelligence research that focuses on efficient ways to record or represent concepts and ideas.
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    Tinderbox adopted an unusual form of inheritance—prototype inheritance—to help users experiment with and understand inheritance.
    linkNote: Functional programming!!!!!
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    Actions and rules form implicit linkage that can connect notes in patterns dictated by underlying ideas.
    Note: Explore this more
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    Tinderbox uses containers to focus attention because, without them, you could be lost in a sea
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    one view, since there is less to show; Tinderbox uses containers to focus attention because, without them, you could be lost in a sea
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    An early lesson in management, one learned in the construction of the pyramids (if not before) is that vast projects can be undertaken by coordinating lots of people, each doing a modest amount of work.12
    linkNote: Insight. But why? How? Something that sounds true. What evidence to believe this?
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    Some years later, Brooks observed that certain software tools inspired enthusiastic engagement with a community of users, and that these tools almost always arose from very small teams.
    linkNote: Hope for Littlereads, for community librarian....
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    Committees can find consensus, but individual passion inspires commitment.
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    Theodor Holm Nelson, the man who coined the term “hypertext” and whose 1974 book Computer Lib/Dream Machines had inspired most of the researchers in the audience13.
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    Tools are always designed for an ideal user, and the ideal user for many of those tools was an expert. That
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    Both believed that the software interfaces of the 1980s, often inconsistent and sometimes baroque, demonstrated that technical personnel could not be trusted to design user interfaces. A generation later, these ideas continue to dominate the field. In truth, those early interfaces weren’t that bad. Tools are always designed for an ideal user, and the ideal user for many of those tools was an expert.
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    I wanted to make those connections visible, not to untangle them but in the hope that seeing the tangles will lead to new understanding. I wanted to listen to the notes.
    linkNote: Again, zettelkasten. Notes are your external memory. They are your conversation partner. They will help visuaize the patterns in your thinking. They wil help bring clarity and move you forward.
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    but the primary audience of a note is almost always our future self.
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    Notes are records, reminding us of ideas and observations
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    • Notes are records, reminding us of ideas and observations that we might otherwise forget.
    linkNote: #Todo, bullet #journal
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    Shared notes are a medium, an efficient communication channel between colleagues and collaborators.
    linkNote: Email. Blogs. Booknotes.
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    Shared notes are a medium, an efficient communication channel between colleagues and collaborators. Notes
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    Notes are a process for clarifying thinking and for refining inchoate ideas. Understanding often emerges gradually from the accumulation of factual detail and from our growing comprehension of the relationships among isolated details. Only after examining the data, laying it out and handling it, can we feel comfortable
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    For example, consider notes that you make in order to remind yourself to do something. You may be tempted, once you’ve finished the task, to delete the note. Don’t! Instead, keep a container that holds a list of tasks you’ve finished. If the container is someday filled with old tasks, just copy the container and paste it into an archive document. In
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    As we acquire new information, we may gradually learn how it relates to what we already know. Perceiving the structure of our problems and tasks more clearly, we may also come to see what information we are missing.
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    Kumiyo Nakakoji (now at the Kyoto University Design School) calls this representational talkback.17
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    In this way note-taking can be like sketching, a private exercise to improve the acuity of our perception and to focus our understanding.
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    If our notes are compact—if, say, each note is written on an index card—then what comes next is a new card, the next card (at least in this reading, at least for us). The card is a separate note, a thought, a chunk, an atom of argument. We move from one to the next, appreciating each in turn, and the writer constructs a larger argument from these atomic segments.
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    Jeff Raskin called one faction card sharks and their rivals holy scrollers21.
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    Shorter notes are more specific, and so they are easier to grasp when we refer to them later. Links—either explicit or implied— can provide context and detail when needed, but shorter and more focused notes are Tinderbox’s native idiom.
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    In map view, composites group several adjacent notes together, so you can move them as a unit and read their combined text.
    linkNote: Try this for the index.
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    linkNote: Try this for the index. OR, can the index move to its own document?
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    We can supplement or replace the viewport with a summary table that lists pertinent attributes of the container’s children, or with a plot that graphs some particularly interesting attribute of the contents.
    linkNote: Possibly interesting once i have critical mass
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    For example, we may have a list of tasks we want to do—either a master list for all our activities,
    linkNote: Projects document
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    Most significantly, containers can sort their contents.
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    Agents are specialized containers that constantly scan your document, looking for notes that match the agent’s query.
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    When the agent finds a note that satisfies its criteria, it creates
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    Containers act on a note when the note is created in or added to the container, while adornments perform actions when a note is moved onto the adornment.
    linkNote: How about adding an agent to coor the notes ids refereeed to in the index container a different color:
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    Repetitive chores are tedious and prone to error. You have important things to do; let your Tinderbox document assist
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    Once
    linkNote: Strt a new ynab fresh. Whht woukd you look forf? Fields?
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    true hypertext
    linkNote: What is the definition of hypertext?
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    Whatever happens, Tinderbox will always find some value for any attribute about which it inquires.
    linkNote: Everything is defined - even if it is defined as nul
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    Attributes aren’t simply names; each attribute is an object that knows how to read and to write its values. Different kinds of attributes have different rules for finding and recording their values.
    linkNote: Software design principle
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    Note: Prototypes (chapter 6) offer another way to automatically assign consistent values. Prototypes are ideal where a single note can serve as an exemplar for an entire class of notes; a prototypical Student, for example, might set a host of attributes that would serve as default values for all individual students. Actions (and stamps) are ideal when you want to set some initial values without establishing a permanent connection.
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    Tinderbox always sets the Created timestamp when a new note is added to a document computed from the note’s properties.
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    Indirection replaces a chunk of information with a pointer to a place where the information may be found.
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    A dictionary of attributes catalogs a computational object for each attribute. That object, in turn, knows how to get the value of one particular attribute.
    linkNote: Understand this?
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    The definition of “Width” is an Attribute object—an object that knows how to find out things about that particular attribute.
    linkNote: An object with getters and setters. The actual storage is different.
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    linkNote: The object will have type ddefinitions - which mmy have ots ownn setters and getters. Or getters and setters for this.
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    informative HoverExpression to reveal additional information about the note when the mouse hovers above it.
    linkNote: Explore this. For the index cards , and the cards the index cards point to.
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    Occasionally,
    linkNote: Great book - a solid example on software architecture - what and why and how. A great window ijnto a real application.
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    Tip: Many Tinderbox users keep their prototypes in a separate top-level container. This is often convenient, since it gathers all prototypes in one place. If you use any of the built-in prototypes, they are created in a toplevel container named Prototypes; you can use this for your own prototypes, too.
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    Prototype inheritance blurs the distinction between class and instance, because any instance can define a new class. Every note can be a prototype, every note can use a prototype, and you can change prototypes whenever you like.
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    Prototype inheritance was proposed in reaction to the conceptual complication that classes represent. Instead of building separate class objects, we allow any object to inherit from any other object.
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    explore varieties of prototype inheritance; I had (fairly ineptly) reinvented this wheel on my own, and was delighted to stumble upon an actual research literature dedicated to the topic28.
    linkNote: To-read
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    In time, groups of clusters (metaclusters) often emerge to represent broad themes.
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    In time, groups of clusters (metaclusters) often emerge to represent broad themes.
    linkNote: The point of zettelkasten.
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    together. In time, groups of clusters (metaclusters) often emerge to represent broad themes. At other times, the linkage is important but extrinsic; the two clusters are not, in fact, closely related beyond this common element. Links are often ideal for representing these connections. Finally, the same item might appear separately in two or more different contexts. This is an ideal opportunity to use aliases. On occasion, conceptual clustering breaks down. The clusters we have formed sometimes come to seem arbitrary or excessively rigid, or we may find ourselves with a single amorphous cluster and numerous isolated outliers. The best approach in such situations is sometimes to shuffle the cards and start over. How
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    We want our notes to capture ideas quickly, because the flow of ideas always outruns our ability to write them down.
    linkNote: The idea with ZK is to make thye notes count. But for literature notes, oh yeah....
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    Yet we are interested in the relationship among ideas, not only the ideas themselves. Discovering connections can be difficult, and overcoming that difficulty often marks the difference between a novice and an expert.
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    The spatial hypertext approach discarded that: if two things are connected, it proposed, we will simply place their notes near each other. If two things are similar, we’ll place them near each other and make them visually similar. If two things contrast with each other, we’ll place them together and make them visually distinct. If a few notes should stand out for some exceptional quality, we will give those notes a distinct visual quality—a unique color, or shape.
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    Tinderbox maps with thousands of notes are possible, but would likely prove unwieldy on the screen.
    linkNote: This goes directly against ZK. Or does it? Is it a limitation of Tindermap? No.... As I use it, wil find out.
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    As you develop a Tinderbox project you implicitly define a visual language, assigning meaning to visual symbols and conventions. We
    linkNote: Like the color of links.
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    The core idea of spatial hypertext is that we often want to capture the possibility that two items are related, even though we may not yet fully understand their relationship.
    linkNote: Core of ZK as well.
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    Tinderbox’s “tag” and “leaf” shapes are designed to express balance in interesting and pleasing ways. Both symmetry and antisymmetry suggest balance.
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    Annotation pairs a note with a subsidiary note that comments on it or responds to it. Entire hypertexts and elaborate Tinderbox documents may be built almost entirely of annotation. Christiane Paul’s pioneering Unreal City, for example, is an extensive commentary on Eliot’s The Waste Land, and George P. Landow’s In Memoriam Web is a commentary on Tennyson’s influential poem. But annotation appears throughout other kinds of hypertexts, whenever we want a to modify, explain, or elaborate upon an existing note without changing the note itself. On paper, annotation frequently connects a note with its source. In Tinderbox, links are a better choice for this because links remain connected as you reorganize your map. The Tinderbox “cloud” and “bubble” shapes are useful for annotation. The
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    Annotation pairs a note with a subsidiary
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    Annotation pairs a note with a subsidiary note that comments on it or responds to it.
    linkNote: WHat to do wwith this? Think bout what this means in thee ZK context
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    But annotation appears throughout other kinds of hypertexts, whenever we want a to modify, explain, or elaborate upon an existing note without changing the note itself.
    linkNote: In ZK this woukd bee a note itself, with forward, back nd index links.
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    The Tinderbox “cloud” and “bubble” shapes are useful for annotation. The “cloud” might be reserved for personal reflection and response, while the comic-style “word bubble” can represent commentary, discussion, or counter-argument from other sources.
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    Conflicts express the possibility of choice, the existence of multiple options or different interpretations.
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    The alias lets one note appear in two or more places.
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    The indicator extracts important information from one or more notes and presents it to us in a different place.
    linkNote: Use this for referencee?
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    An indicator note gathers information from your document and presents it in a convenient place. Indicators do not add information to your Tinderbox map, but instead gather and present information you might otherwise overlook.
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    A collection of indicators is a dashboard;
    linkNote: Can this be used for the index?
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    the threats of premature formalization, arising from the desire to organize information we do not yet entirely understand.
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    discovery of emergent structure through incremental refinement
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    Neutral, low-contrast color schemes can help ensure that distinction will be visible, while reserving saturated colors and bright values for notes that demand immediate attention.
    linkNote: Why behind the color scheme
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    Moving critical information from your memory into Tinderbox text, and from unstructured text into attributes, is often the key to more
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    Moving critical information from your memory into Tinderbox text, and from unstructured text into attributes, is often the key to more effective research and more cogent analysis.
    linkNote: The first pprt, ZK. Second part - not so much. But maybe the logical extension?
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    A more effective process begins by examining the subject matter and getting down to work, gradually extracting detail while clarifying what you already know and identifying gaps in your knowledge.
    linkNote: ZK
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    As you learn, plans change—including your plans for learning
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    As you learn, plans change—including your plans for learning from, analyzing, and sharing your data.
    linkNote: Word. Learning, doing is super messy
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    Usually, the fault lies not the design of the user interface or the weight of the laptop, but in the mismatch between the natural and volatile organization of the information and our artificial and rigid preconceptions.
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    The first problem is just to get everything written down. Any systematic approach to note taking is better than simply trying to remember. The simplest thing that could possibly work is, for this, just fine.
    linkNote: Remember
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    Reserve a place in your repository for meta notes—notes about your notes, your process for making and analyzing them, and your reflections on them.
    linkNote: Great idea.
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    Over time, actions became more flexible and more varied. At first, notes could only refer to their own attributes; later, they gained the power to refer to attributes of other notes.
    linkNote: Way to link from zettel to refereces
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    The first automatic pattern recognition system in a hypertext environment was Marshall and Shipman’s VIKI, the system that most directly inspired Tinderbox.36 VIKI called this a spatial parser,
    linkNote: Look it up.
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    OnRemove actions are uncommon. Tinderbox agents are updated in the order in which they appear in the document outline.
    linkNote: Can use this to aautomate remmovalnof index aliases
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    The agent creates aliases for each note that matches its query, and arranges each alias in the outline in an order determined by the agent’s sort attributes. In map views, the agent cleans up the notes into a convenient grid.
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    Automatic cleanup in agents is controlled by the attribute $CleanupAction.
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    Changing a property of an alias typically changes the property of the original note.
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    aliases are now exported as well as original notes. (For agents that should not export their aliases, simply turn off $HTMLExportChildren.)
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    The Tinderbox action runCommand(command,input) gives Tinderbox access to the wide range of scripts and programs accessible from your computer’s command line.
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    In addition to built-in tools like curl and pbpaste, runCommand works well with AppleScripts, Automator actions, and with programs written in ruby, perl, python, and other popular languages. If your Tinderbox actions are becoming very complicated, you may be better off writing a small program in another language and calling it through runCommand. When Things Go Wrong Occasionally, actions and agents do not behave exactly as you expect. A natural temptation is to try to fix the entire problem at once. Sometimes this works, but sometimes the problem seems complex—or Tinderbox seems to be doing the wrong thing entirely. Getting to the bottom of the matter is seldom difficult if you work carefully and incrementally, taking small
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    In addition to built-in tools like curl and pbpaste, runCommand works well with AppleScripts, Automator actions, and with programs written in ruby, perl, python, and other popular languages. If
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    Additional tests drive additional development until the system becomes capable of real work; a tenet of test-driven development holds that, in practice, no large program is ever likely to be finished, that there is always more work to do.
    linkNote: The real deal behind TDD
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    Links are the distinctive feature of hypertext, but there exists today no clear consensus of opinion, no body of scientific observation, to show how links ought to be used.
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    Add links between notes that must stay connected.
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    Text links are anchored to specific passages of the text. Basic links do not depend on the text, connecting one note in its entirety to another.
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    Use verbs (and adjectives) as link anchors;
    linkNote: Update ZK prooject. But whhy? Why use verbs?
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    Trigg went to Xerox PARC where he worked with Frank Halasz on NoteCards47, a sophisticated early hypertext tool that, along with its successor Aquanet (“A hypertext tool to hold your knowledge in place”, is one of the inspirations of Tinderbox.48
    linkNote: Toread, ook it up
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    Links, in this view, say nothing about what their endpoints are or what their relationship may be; they offer an opportunity to go from one place to another.
    linkNote: Whqt do vthe links in zk do? Wht re they?
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    When we follow a navigation link from here to there, we naturally inquire why the link was made as it was. What did the link’s label suggest we would find at its destination? How does this explanation refract our encounter with the destination text? The link situates the meaning of its source and destination while carrying its own interstitial meaning in the
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    The process of linking notes together forces us to reflect on their relationship and can lead us to discover ideas and connections that were not initially evident.
    linkNote: Why link
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    Lindsay’s experiences working in her computer web appeared to provide her a comfortable space to begin thinking and challenging the artwork that she studied and her ideas about herself.… It is impossible to overlook the fact that Lindsay viewed her study and life differently after her hypertextual experience. She no longer simply absorbed whatever information was delivered by her teachers, textbooks, or friends. Through the self-directed exploration made possible by her work in her computer web, Lindsay began to assert her voice as a student, an artist, and a young woman. She carried this newfound voice from the computer, into the art class and her life.
    linkNote: Whoa! I want that insight.
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    The Web, for example, indicates a link anchor by adding some special text inside the page: Eastgate This is an internal link, and it has one cardinal advantage: if we need to edit the text inside the link, we can insert or delete characters as we wish without invalidating the link.59
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    This table is separate from the text; it might be stored elsewhere in the same file, or it might be stored in a separate file entirely. This is an external link, and it, too, has a cardinal advantage: if links are stored separately, we can easily add additional links—or even replace one network of links with a completely new network— whenever
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    maintaining a consistent terminology can help to make your notes clear, helps you find things, and helps you organize and reorganize more easily.
    linkNote: Create your own languaage. Ike tage #todo, to-read, look-up, your owwn keywords etc....
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    so its OnAdd action can set the new note’s prototype.
    linkNote: Can i automte updting the zkid of new notes?
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    Among the most significant Tinderbox tasks is the job of keeping track of research projects, investigations where we consult sources and seek the opinion of experts.
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    Research notes are a record of outside sources you have consulted in order to improve your understanding of a problem.
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    Before departure, sketch out a fresh Tinderbox framework for your notes, either in a new Tinderbox document or in a dedicated container.
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    When adding notes to a mature research project in an area you understand well, it may be tempting to place your new notes directly into the established conceptual framework. Give thought instead to putting new notes in a separate place dedicated to the specific conference, library visit.
    linkNote: Literature notes, before Zk
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    Conceptual overview of a conference map. Reserve space in advance for thinking about the big picture (top-right) and for noting questions you want to discuss and tasks you want to undertake during the conference
    linkNote: Try thia dor research
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    It is useful to take a moment at the outset to make this project look different, if only to avoid making notes in the wrong place.
    linkNote: Different ook and feel for different rojects
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    Composites, introduced in Tinderbox 7, are bundles of related notes adjacent to each other and that you can move as a unit.
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    If an adornment is sticky, moving the adornment also moves all the notes that lie on it.
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    When drafting a trip report, try to avoid a narrowly chronological account. After the conference is over, nobody cares what happened on Thursday morning. Instead, focus on important results and notable ideas, using these to introduce specific details.
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    After the meeting, you may also find it useful to reorganize your notes. Looking back at the entire conference, you will likely perceive new relationships and fresh associations. Record these now, because these relations may be less clear to you later.
    linkNote: Write just cafter the thought or cexperience. Later you wil forgrt
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    Until recent years, thoughtful people usually kept a small and handy book with them when they read, a place to record interesting ideas and memorable passages. These commonplace books grew less important as access to books grew easier.
    linkNote: Types of notes - commonplace books
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    Take notes to learn. Many people find that note-taking gives them an opportunity to reflect and to fix new ideas in their mind. Making notes helps you focus and concentrate.
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    Take notes to remember. Time flies: someday, you’ll want to remember this. Your notes become a record of ideas and moods, of goals and accomplishments.
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    Take notes to explore. It’s a big world, a world that’s more open to your exploration than ever before. As you travel about town or across the globe, you’ll want to record your impressions—both to get the most out of every day, and then to look back.
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    Take notes to create. Doodle. Sketch. Try out different styles, and new voices.
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    You need two places to write. One should be ready-to-hand all the time.
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    You also need a permanent repository for your notes—a place where all your notes
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    You also need a permanent repository for your notes—a place where all your notes
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    Every day or every week, you’ll want to move your quick jottings from your pocket notebook into your repository. A good journal makes a fine repository. A powerful content assistant like Tinderbox works well, too.
    linkNote: Why journal
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    And the more durable, enjoyable, and attractive your notes may be, the better the chance that you’ll continue to find them useful—and that your biographer or
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    discard your journal. If investing in good paper and a good cover help you enjoy your notes, you’ll be more likely to keep them.
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    Sweep all your paper notes into your Tinderbox file periodically— every morning, or once a week.
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    The purpose of the weekly sweep
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    One purpose of writing things down is to remember, to make the information and ideas available to you later. The weekly sweep lets you reflect on your recent ideas and decide which ideas need t