Pedro Arantesrose
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Welcome to my Digital Garden

Photo by Nagesh Badu on Unsplash

Photo by Nagesh Badu on Unsplash

I like to think that this site is my "digital garden," not a blog. I use this term because I use it here to write about some thoughts and ideas I have and want to share with the world. And like a garden, a place where things grow, here is a site where I "seed" my ideas little by little.

There are two kinds of posts here: articles and Zettelkasten. Articles are texts that I put more creative effort into writing, share some ideas, and create some correlation among different topics. Zettelkasten are notes that I write when I'm doing some research. Articles use these notes to give more credibility to the posts.

Features

There were many reasons I started this project. Creating a second memory, retain more knowledge, learn design, to name a few. As I was working more and more, I've built more features along the way. I listed them below in the chronological order in which I've created them.

Now

Instead of creating an "about me" page, I've decided to make the now page. This page shows what I'm focusing on right now at this point in my life. If you want to know more about it, you can check the page nownownow.com.

All

I can find any posts by searching a specific keyword on all page. This feature comes in handy because sometimes I forget about some topic I've written, but I know that there are some notes about it in some post.

Contact

It's my contact page that I send to other people to share my social media profiles. It's my business card.

Network

The main idea of Zettelkasten is connecting the notes through references and tags. To see the connections between my posts, I've created the Network. With this feature, I can check my cluster of notes, how they're connected, how they grow over time. I can also discover paths between any topics.

Revue

I post every week a digest, using Revue, of the posts I created in the past seven days. This feature shows the posts I should add to my digest. If you're curious about it, you can check it on the Revue page.

Questions

I ask myself some questions that I don't know how to answer yet, but I register them to remind me to find the answer someday and write notes about them.

Flashcard

It shows posts that were 1, 2, 4, 8... weeks old to remember the topic. I've created this feature to apply the Spacing Effect, which states that more information is retained in your long-term memory by multiple spaced-out study sessions.

Open Source

I've open-sourced all posts and codebase of this website under CC BY 4.0 license on GitHub. I believe this may encourage others to create a blog too and create more value for the world.

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Until some point, the project was manageable, but after some feature requests and bug reports, it became unfeasible. In addition, almost every bug fix or feature implementation broke other "uncorrelated" parts of the application. That slowed us down a lot because our client and his customers were using the software, and we had to rush to fix the new bugs (yes, we didn't have testing at that time).
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Articles,June 16, 2021
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A Letter to My Friend - Create

I like writing because it's timeless. It's telepathy. Maybe what you write now will reach someone that will need to read it, in another time, whether days or decades from now, in another space across the world. You'll be connecting your mind with theirs.
Articles,June 13, 2021
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Five Habits for the Next Five Years

Habits are the less spent energy strategy that we can use to achieve goals in our life. Habits require more time to complete the objectives, require more consistency, but it lasts forever.
Articles,January 02, 2021
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Last Mile in a Software Project

These final adjustments can have fewer tasks compared with the core, but it is the laborious part, then the time to finish it is almost as the core time implementation.
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No B.S. Time Management for Entrepreneurs

This book is expressively for entrepreneurs and business owners who wear many hats—those who can't resist piling more responsibility onto his own shoulders, who has more great ideas that time and resources to take advantage of them, who runs (not walks) through each day. Your time is incredibly valuable to you, and you are constantly 'running out of it.'
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My Story - The Dance Teacher

The worse was that I was not being the owner of my life and it was being ruled by others, not by me. So, I asked myself, "How long won't I live my life and I'll let others live it for me?" Trust me, that question turns my life upside down, in the best of sights.
Articles,May 09, 2021
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Mental Models

Mental models are frameworks, worldviews, representations, or explanations of how something works. They're how we understand the world.
Zettelkasten,April 06, 2021