I’ve always pushed myself ruthlessly to achieve the mission stated in the Lord’s Prayer: “Thy Kingdom come, Thy Will be done, on Earth as it is in Heaven.” One such action was a calculated risk to take Accutane in college (around 2004) to improve my charisma by eliminating my moderate acne. That was a mistake. I gradually lost the ability to eat most foods over the following years, and developed severe fatigue, sometimes to the point of being unable to stand without dizziness and tunnel vision.
I was already interested in personal productivity, but the brain fog and intermittent energy forced me to find something that worked very well. Thus (after many failures) Textmind was born.
***** Lifelog in plain text first
The best medium for lifelogging is plain text. Text is cheap; binaries are expensive. The total cost of ownership of text is much cheaper than that of binary files such as audio and video.
Quantitative information is useless without a qualitative context. Math is true but not real; there are no numbers in nature.
Text is qualitative; data is quantitative. Therefore lifelogging precedes self-quantification. Without Qualified Self, Quantified Self is an overloaded affordance. The qualitative can embrace the quantitative, but not the reverse. Many metrics can be extracted from a qualitative lifelog.
***** Textmind | purpose | scale
Emacs Treefactor makes a Textmind possible. Textmind is a combination lifelog and GTD system. My personal Textmind holds 1/3 of a gigabyte of plain text. I add anywhere from 500 to 20k words per day to it; 2.5k is a typical number. It is processed to reflect the structure of my mind. It solves complex problems through a simple algorithm. I think with my fingers to spare my brain.
***** Textmind | publications | link
I’ll teach others to use Textmind. So far I’ve written the Treefactor manual, and started recording a silent Textmind demo focused on roguelikes. I plan to make a Textmind documentation website next. My published work is summarized here:
***** Textmind | demo | videos | silent first | Alien
A silent video demo isn’t appealing, but it’s a first step. I need a large public Textmind to show how to manage one at realistic scale. Rather than audio commentating now, it’s better that I type the commentary so that it’s available in the git repo. Later I’ll produce teaching videos with audio, using the demo git repo and silent footage to illustrate each point.
A few years ago, with a much earlier version of Textmind, I tried to do all the above steps simultaneously. I used the movie Alien as the subject, and took Ripley’s PoV. I demonstrated Textmind’s ability to improve Ripley’s decisions while simultaneously audio commentating on how to use Textmind. As a teaching tool, it was a failure. However, I leave the video up as a tribute to the movie Alien.