About once a week, I look at all my clippings and see which ones I actually want to read and move them into a reading app. This cooling-off period is critical! Otherwise I overwhelm myself with information — it's hard to resist the temptation to be a digital hoarder.
Read two or more books at the same time, always. Reject the closed-universe-on-rails nature of every single film ever made, and when possible, use the Wikipedia-while-watching technique to keep connecting the dots as I go. Always encourage myself to follow footnotes into rabbit-hole oblivion.
— Ed Urcades
So many platforms can be viewed as note-taking tools with varying degrees of certain qualities.
But Are.na functions the same way! You can collect things in threads (channels), people can leave comments, it grows over time, etc.
Same with Tumblr! There's that old meme that you can just find <anything>.tumblr.com. Tumblr's comment and publication structure is odd, but it's there!
What's the difference between these systems? Why do they attract such different audiences and kinds of notes?
I suppose what this reveals is that the web is actually one of the best note-taking tools out there. URLs, hyperlinks, embeds… it's all the structures needed to take good notes.
Forgetting as a knowledge practice
Write it all down, leave it for a week. What do you remember? What still sticks? That stuff is probably more important
> Many people falsely believe that I have some sort of crazy memory for clips and movies. Not really. I just keep everything organized. I’m an editor; this was beaten into me … For “Vancouver Never Plays Itself” we used footage from 85 different films, but there were actually over 200 films in the project file. Keeping everything organized and annotated was the only way I could find anything.
> The first time I watch something, I watch it with a notebook. The second time I watch it, I use FCPX and keyword anything that interests me.
> Keywords group everything in a really simple, visual way. This is how I figured out to cut from West Side Story to Transformers. From Godzilla to I, Robot. From Jackie Chan to Marvel films.