My Ideal Writing Tool 2: Electric Boogaloo

So a while ago I wrote a post bemoaning what I felt was a lack of writing tools that truly fit my workflow. However, I have recently found one that finally feels right to me. It is called Dendron and it has helped me immensely. It is a hierarchal note taking tool, that also allows easy linking to other notes and other content that you put into it. It has the ability to add metadata to the notes using something called Frontmatter. It is built on top of VS Code so it feels comfortable for me to hop into it to write, and perhaps most importantly it is built on a directory of local markdown files.

This last feature is increasingly important to me as I see a variety of cloud services shut down, or sunset old products. An open source note taking tool that works on widely accepted file types is built with longevity in mind, and for writing projects, and especially for research I want that long last ability.

Features I am still missing:

  • Better mobile editing experience: Because it is text files, I use Gitlab to track them, and so can edit and refer to them while on the go, but it does lose the ability to easily follow links
  • Automatic citation generation: I would love to write a script where I could add metadata to a file, and then when I link to it on ‘chapter’ documents, I would be able to automatically generate a citation
  • Automatic generation of ‘final’ products. Scrivener and other tools provide ways to take your text with all of your footnotes, and endnotes and everything and ‘finish’ it down to a variety of formats. This lacks that.

This tool has a bit of a learning curve, but despite that it was deeply integrated into my workflow within the space of a single day.

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Scientific Nutrition Update 21: Reishi Mushrooms

This one was weird for me.  I am immensely skeptical of any alternative treatments or medications, but there is some really interesting evidence that reishi mushrooms could help prevent cancer, and that they may help your immune system.  Also if you want to purchase some FourSigmatic mushroom products and support this website, use this link. You’ll get 10% off and I get a very small commision which helps me support this website. Continue reading “Scientific Nutrition Update 21: Reishi Mushrooms”

Scientific Nutrition Update 4: Trend Line Dieting

In this episode we discuss a tool I discussed in yesterday’s episode and a couple times before.  It is a technique I call trend line dieting, that helps you figure out how your weight is actually changing.  It was first introduced to me in The Hacker’s Diet by John Walker and is a way to take control of your weight.  This is a really interesting episode you should listen to. Just click the read more button to hear this one.

Could a Sauna Help you Run Farther and Lift More?

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I AM NOT A DOCTOR.  PEOPLE HAVE DIED IN SAUNAS.  THIS IS INFORMATIONAL ONLY.  ALWAYS CONSULT WITH A MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL.

Occasionally I’ll come across a piece of health or fitness advice that sets my bullshit detector off hard.  I was reading Tools of Titans by Tim Ferriss (a book I highly recommend) when a couple of the people profiled in the book suggested that one of their secrets to health was using a sauna.

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Quick Tip: Make Fluffier Eggs

 

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In this video I discuss how to get fluffier scrambled eggs.  All you have to do is add about 1 tablespoon of club soda per egg and scramble it into the eggs.  The evaporation of the water combined with the carbonation gives you fantastically fluffy eggs, and if you cook them on low heat they turn out fantastic.