Learning by writing #

I've been learning about the mathematical modeling of predator-prey relationships. The idea is that as the population of a prey animal (like mice) increases, the population of a predator animal (like foxes) will increase because they have lots of food. But then the mice will be eaten so their population will decrease, and then the population of foxes will decrease, and the cycle will start over again.

This blog post isn't about predator-prey though. It's a peek at how I learn things with note taking (see my previous blog post) and small projects. You might have seen some of my many lightweight explanation pages (examples: noise, hexagons on a sphere, organic cave maps) but they often don't start out that way.

My personal information workflow, part 2 #

In part one I described the kinds of things I asked myself when deciding on how to manage my personal information — bookmarks, references, notes, tasks, contacts, etc. The answer is: I don't have a single consistent system that I use for everything. I use many incompatible systems depending on where I am and what my goal is.

My personal information workflow, part 1 #

Several people have asked me how I organize my projects. There are various systems out there like David Allen's Getting Things Done, Taiichi Ohno's Kanban boards (e.g. Trello), Ryder Carroll's Bullet journal, Niklas Luhmann's zettlekasten (e.g. Roam Research), Dave Seah's Emergent Task Planner, and many more.

There's a danger in spending too much time organizing my projects instead of working on my projects. Questions I asked myself:

Hex diagram labels #

A few weeks ago a reader suggested the labels on my hex diagrams for the "cube" coordinate system could be improved. I took a look at what I had:

Old labels on the pointy hex grid Old labels on the flat hex grid
Old labels are inconsistent across grid rotations

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