2022 Feb 02


@February 2, 2022 8:13 AM (EDT)

The spectrum of capturing:

  1. Dump: it feels good to write things down and never look at them. It's cathartic. (ie: Julia Cameron's Artists Way)
  2. Reflect: it feels good to look back to the past and remember what happened (ie: a 3-year journal)
  3. Share: it feels good to share my inputs with others and have conversations around them (ie: Twitter)
  4. Create: it feels good to synthesize my inputs into a polished output (ie: writing essays)

@February 2, 2022 8:13 AM (EDT)

“Ambient capture” is the process of taking note of ideas, thoughts, or conversations that are already happening. This is a Write of Passage principle taught at the scale of the individual. It’s about scribbling down shower thoughts, or saving a link when you happen to come across it.

But what does this look like at the community scale?

Within a Write of Passage cohort, there is an ocean of valuable thinking across many mediums that basically disappears when the cohort is over. Think of all of the original ideas that are emerging: within Circle, the Mentors, the Community Stewards, in breakout rooms, through the live session chat.. What would it look like if we captured everything?

The whole thing could be organized in Notion. Is it possible to refine these captured insights into short essays around the writing process that are valuable to current and future students?

@February 2, 2022 8:37 AM (EDT)

What if a thought needs to be private for 24 hours before you post it? So basically you have a capture flow, and your dumping as much as you can throughout the day; but then these ideas re-emerge on the carousal tomorrow, where you decide [archive, edit, share]

@February 2, 2022 8:39 AM (EDT)

Momentum on “specific constraints” is harder to maintain than momentum to just show up and publish.

@February 2, 2022 8:43 AM (EDT)

It’s worth getting back into the practice of “active imagination,” a type of meditation that goes beyond breathe focus. It really reminds me of a kind of biological virtual reality. You feel like your “presence” is transported to a place. The neat part about the Own Your Magic course was understanding that these environments are actually a field for you to “summon” symbols from the subconscious, interact with them, and “edit” them.

That’s some ninja shit and I’m rusty. But what did I try just now? (worth documenting the process of rebooting):

  • 3 deep breathes, sink into darkness, block incoming thoughts
  • Engage touch; imagine moving your hand over a cold railing
  • Engage sound; you’re on a beach and you hear the ocean
  • Engage perspective; turn your “astral” head left/right, close/far
  • Move your “astral” toes, within your shoes, so you can feel your socks

All these micro-moves, when mastered, basically trick the mind into thinking it’s actually in another place. Carl Jung mastered this. He did it for 30 years, and wrote much of it in his “Red Book.” It got intense for him, he’d encounter recurring “entities,” and it pushed him to the edge of his sanity. But in the end he found it massively rewarding, and even argued that active imagination is one of the best methods towards “individuation: the process of surfacing complexes within the subconscious and synthesizing them into a harmonic whole.

@February 2, 2022 8:46 AM (EDT)

Behavioral design of the self, example 1: Place objects in obvious places that you want your future self to interact with.

@February 2, 2022 9:04 AM (EDT)

Maintenance comes from messy process (cutting corners)

@February 2, 2022 9:29 AM (EDT)

Culture and amnesia collaborate to turn works of peak human achievement into Spongebob memes.. Sorry Simon and Garfunkle

@February 2, 2022 9:37 AM (EDT)

@February 2, 2022 9:42 AM (EDT)

Amazon is an example of an app that "loops"... it re-surfaces past activity. It will take things you previously looked it, and then re-surface it to you X days later, because chances are, it's still relevant to you.

@February 2, 2022 10:09 AM (EDT)

Principles for memo-writing (take 1)

  • Keep them short (500-750 words)
  • Open with a short paragraph
  • Break it into 2-3 clear sections, each with a header question
  • Use bullet points frequently; make it skimmable
  • Use paragraphs to explain necessary detail, but give each a header
  • Use external links to connect to other docs/videos with detail

@February 2, 2022 10:41 AM (EDT)

Inspiration is perishable. At one point two weeks, I was doing a David Whyte impression for 30 minute straight while driving. Now, I sort of dread showing up to do this impression. Catch it while it’s hot.

@February 2, 2022 10:43 AM (EDT)

What will the average video quality be in 15 years from now? and better question: will photo-realistic avatars become normal in remote communication? I’ve signed into Google Hangouts as a Nintendo-64 looking avatar, and it threw the others off. It’s abnormal. It’s a point for conversation. But in 15 years, these avatars could be indistinguishable from ourselves. When the difference is negligible, will there be reasons for it to be normalized?

@February 2, 2022 10:48 AM (EDT)



@February 2, 2022 10:53 AM (EDT)

@Ducky: worth nothing— it was a pain in the ass to get a simple picture of my sketchbook pasted into logloglog on Notion.

  • I first tried it through Notion’s photo-capture
  • It came in 90 degrees.. there is no tool to rotate
  • I opened camera app and took it again
  • It didn’t upload into iCloud fast enough
  • I had to send the photo from mobile to desktop
  • I manually copied it from desktop into logloglog

It took 1-2 minutes for what should take 1-2 seconds. I know in the past you’ve mentioned, “why compete with Instragram’s camera?” I think I’d argue that filters and photo-editing aren’t important for Captain’s Log. All we need is shoot & rotate. More important than photo-editing tools is instant capture, and the ability to have sketches in the context of the rest of my thinking.

@February 2, 2022 11:01 AM (EDT)


hoping to have the new site up this weekend

excited to make the log experiment public - https://michael-dean.super.site/log/archive


Cool! I love how you organized this. Mine is a sprawling list and hard to understand - this reduces that mess. Two areas twitter is better (and I wonder how to add into a notion system) 1. Searching and finding old writings/thoughts 2. Threads of thought. A tagging system adds friction. But maybe it's worthwhile?

I started taking time like which normally I listen to audiobooks and instead using it as "writing time". So now when I cook breakfast or go on walks, I write with logloglog. So far I'd love it.

Random note, I love your comparison from poker “cheatsheets” to football players and steroids - I've said it a few times in conversations. It’s a perfect match.


I'm going to paste your comment into my logloglog lol

FWIW - I'm working with 2 friends to build a version of logloglog that automates much of this process (grouping blocks into dates) - also audio capture included


omg I need that

@February 2, 2022 11:07 AM (EDT)

Markdown moron

@February 2, 2022 11:10 AM (EDT)

It looks like I’m skipping another daily writing gym, BUT, at least I’ve created 17 posts already today. At least I’m writing something (even if I’m resisting formal outputs).

@February 2, 2022 12:06 PM (EDT)

Post-it capture: Explaining “capture” to Danielle. Throughout the day, there are certain “peaks” of interest, motivation, emotion, or awe. It’s worth catching this stuff before it fades and gets forgotten. It’s powerful when you can look back on a day or week, and remember all of the things that bubbled up and triggered an “I-should-remember-that” moment. This is powerful fuel for a kind of vision/planning session. Shaping actions based on the things you capture is the kind of process that can change the direction of your life (in subtle but significant ways).


@February 2, 2022 12:10 PM (EDT)

“I got sucked down your logloglog rabbit hole. just ordered the Red Book for my ski trip this weekend...” Pretty neat. It’s shows how opening up your head, unfiltered, online, can be a social act.

@February 2, 2022 2:35 PM (EDT)

I hope to one day pioneer a style of vocals based on the untrained shifts, nasally squeals, and high-pitch scratchy yodels. It will land somewhere between terrible and unforgettable. As long as the lyrics are good, and the melodies are ear-worms, it’ll stick.

@February 2, 2022 2:43 PM (EDT)


Fungus Man, he calls the shots,

He makes the plan, and tells you not,

Making little sculptures out of wood,

In the middle of a forest fire,

That’s no good, that’s back-door Chungus,

Mucky little fingers like Dead Columbus,

Holy smokes, I’m on the ropes,

Maybe in another life, I could have another shot at this,

[I’m in over my head, oh no] (1/2x)

[I’m in over my head, over my bed, oh!] (x)

@February 2, 2022 3:38 PM (EDT)

“I'm writing this book because we're all going to die.” Kerouac

@February 2, 2022 7:09 PM (EDT)

One skill is having the discipline to write things down for your future self to do, but another skill is learning how to ignore and defy instructions between your past self.

@February 2, 2022 7:10 PM (EDT)

My morning routine has been unsuccessful this week. The theory is that I can do a quick boot-up, go through task-stacks, and then boot into writing. Hasn’t worked yet. There’s some weird avoidance or kink in the pipeline. To my credit, I probably did write over 1,000 words this morning, but my challenge is in expanding and having “expression cycles” run concurrently. How can I post a daily log, a daily essay, an imitation, a sketch, and a demo, EVERY day? Is that possible? Is that insane? (yes).. Perhaps it’s possible, but only by layering on one thing at a time, and only once a system is shock-resistant.

@February 2, 2022 8:46 PM (EDT)

Ideas to re-focus the morning routine:

1) Go to bed at 11pm (not 12:45-1:00 am) ((failed))

2) Around 10:30pm, see if you have energy to knock out morning stuff