top of mind

Taken from Andy Matuschak: Sort of like a /now page, but with a broader time horizon and focused on what I’m thinking about. aesthetics and aesthetics of information cyborgs, but in the assemblages sense Portrayals of information sources, seeking, and transmission in books and film rhizomes and Deleuze in general sensuality in response to information and tools spirituality and information

June 21, 2022 · 1 min · jay l. colbert

til 2022-06-19 001

Instead of putting a query in my daily template, I can generate a running list of fleeting notes via a default query. I can do the same for a running list of drafts to work on. In the default query section of config.edn: {:title "💡 FLEETING" :query (and (property type fleeting) (not (property tags templates)) (not (task done))) :result-transform (fn [result] (sort-by (fn [h] (get h :block/created-at)) result)) :collapsed? true :breadcrumb-show?...

June 19, 2022 · 1 min · jay l. colbert

5b We need an erotics of metadata

Much of contemporary metadata scholarship focuses on the ethics of descriptive metadata, particularly classification systems. Rightly so. However, like Susan Sontag argues in her essay “Against Interpretation,” I think the focus on ethics and its effects on end users has become more important than the metadata and the labor of the library worker. Instead of purely focusing on ethics, we if we focused on aesthetics. What insights will the open up about the nature of metadata work?...

June 17, 2022 · 1 min · jay l. colbert

6 Trusting our tools means trusting the people who built those tools

Our digital tools and systems, like note-taking apps and search algorithms, are created by people. Our biases and ideologies are built into the tools. John M. Culkin follows this line of thought when giving a brief explanation of The Medium is the Message. Life imitates art. We shape our tools and thereafter they shape us.1 So, when we trust tools built by other people, we are also trusting their biases and ideologies to shape us and our ideas....

June 16, 2022 · 1 min · jay l. colbert

6a Using a tool creates a sensual relationship between its user(s) and its creator(s)

The aesthetics of a tool can bring us joy, discomfort, peace, or any number of emotional responses. People made the decisions about the user interface, the possible workflows, the graphics and design, etc. with, one would hope, the end-user in mind. These emotional responses happen in the body and have various sensual responses. Culkin, making a pun on message, likens our tools to massages because of how they affect our sensual experience....

June 16, 2022 · 1 min · jay l. colbert

6a1 The mind is also a tool which we trust and with which we have a sensual relationship

Do we count our mind as a tool we created? Or is our mind a creator whom we must trust? Either way, the mind is embodied in our somatic responses to tools. Jon Greenaway explores this fact through the films of [[David Cronenberg]], stressing how the mind is not just embodied but extends beyond the body which contains it. When we trust the creators of tools, we are, at the core, trusting how their minds are embodied in and alter the physical world....

June 16, 2022 · 1 min · jay l. colbert

til 2022-06-13 001

When viewing a query in table view in Logseq, you can order the properties by toggling them off and toggling them back on in the order you want them to appear.

June 13, 2022 · 1 min · jay l. colbert

spirituality and information

🌱 seedling I first started thinking about the relationship between spirituality and information when Kyle Courtney, the copyright librarian at Harvard, told me about an interaction he had with a Buddhist monk. Some monks were collaborating with Harvard to give texts to the library, I think. These texts go back to the Middle Ages, so of course they’re in the public domain, ready to be digitized. Until one Monk said, “I wrote this one....

June 5, 2022 · 2 min · jay l. colbert

5a The aesthetics of information affects our relationships to it

The visual components of both information and how we interact with information (such as using arrows to draw connections in the quotation below) reinforce the sensual aspect of working with information, knowledge, and metadata. In particular, this person’s statement that they make their “thoughts hold hands” brings a physical and almost erotic element to how they visualize the network of their thinking. i love arrows -> and drawing connections -> noticing patterns -> making my thoughts hold hands ->1...

May 29, 2022 · 1 min · jay l. colbert

longing release

I made this piece as part of the “Concentrated Creativity” BASB alumni sprint. It is a piece of generative art made with the Clojure programming language and the Quil and genartlib libraries. The base code is inspired by the Golden Ratio Flower by Jack Rusher. The part of my code that actually draws the above is: (def palette (cycle [[326 100 61] [0 0 0] [0 0 100]])) (def PHI (/ (+ 1 (Math/sqrt 5)) 2)) (defn gauss [mean variance] (+ mean (* variance (q/random-gaussian)))) (defn actual-draw [] ; art goes here (q/frame-rate 10) (q/no-stroke) (q/background 0 0 60) (q/with-translation [(w 0....

May 28, 2022 · 2 min · jay l. colbert