- Music for Programming – a nice collection of tunes to program, study, or write to. I’ve found a small number of them to be sort of distracting, but overall great collection. They also provide a torrent file to download them for offline consumption.
- OneTab Browser Extension – I don’t know how this extension didn’t come under my radar before. It takes all of your open tabs and makes a list of links, this list being in a tab itself. You can then reorganize these lists and even share them with people. Totally recommended.
- Wikipedia – Random Featured Article – Wikipedia’s ‘random’ function is great to discover novelties, but most of the times you’ll just get a maybe paragraph-long, underdeveloped article. With this link, you make sure your random query only picks from featured articles. Here’s also a link for good articles.
- David Seah’s Compact Calendar – I’ve been using this calendar for four years. As the new year comes around, you need a calendar. And sure, the one on our computers is great for day-to-day business, but you also need (I think) a holistic view of the year to come. This is where this calendar comes into play. It fits in a letter-size/A4 piece of paper, and it’s a great way to take a look at the year as a whole.
In this post I will go through some of the thoughts I have about keeping and organizing knowledge in my Zettelkasten.
Occasionally, you come across an app which does exactly what it promises, and does it so well you don’t feel like it should improve in pretty much any way. For me, right now, that app is Zero. It’s free, for iOS and Android.
Here’s some more cool stuff from the Internet.
- GTD in 15 minutes. The world of productivity on the internet is full of snake oil. There is a method, however, which is simple and has found success with many, me included. This website explains David Allen’s Getting Things Done method quickly, for free, with no tricks or things to sell you.
- SankeyMATIC Beta. Sankeys are these graphs, like the one on the right. This website allows you to create one in a relatively quick and easy manner. They’re a good way to confirm your suspicions about where your money went this month.
- The TeX FAQ List. I had a lot of fun a little ago writing this post about how to get started with LaTeX for beginners. This link is right up that alley, as the TeX FAQ List is, as you might surmise, a rather comprehensive list of all questions a (La)TeX user might have, answered in a clear and easy to understand way.
- I Love PDF is a website I come back to time and time again. Anything you might want or need to do with PDF files, such as splitting, merging, or converting them, you can do there, for free. Sure, there are offline solutions, but this is pretty convenient.
- OmniAtlas. I love maps. I love history. For people like me, OmniAtlas is a feast for the eyes, with plenty (currently 747!) of historical maps. Get on it.
I would normally be against the idea of writing a whole post for a single macOS feature but this is a banger.
Are you a complete LaTeX beginner? This post will arm you with the very basic knowledge you need to get started.
A collection of interesting things I find around the Internet.
- nanoc, a simple, lightweight, open-source, extensible framework for small static sites and blogs
- miraheze.org. Ever wished you could have your own Wikipedia? You can easily and for free at Miraheze, with no catch and no ads.
- keybr. Touch typing is arguably among the must-have skills in the modern age. Keybr teaches you how to do that and provides you with a way to practice your speed, at any level. I’ve used it for literally hours. (proof)
- Our World in Data, in-depth research about our world (literally!) using data. Their blog is immensely insightful and one I highly recommend following.
- Books by People at Edge.org. Unsure about what to read next? This is a constantly-updated list of books written by people at Edge.org, researchers who are leaders in their field. (including Richard Dawkins, Jared Diamond, Steven Pinker, and more.)