While looking around at note-taking apps, I came across Obsidian and Andy Matuschak’s evergreen notes. Many of us develop strategies for takes notes of lectures, meetings, or readings. Evergreen notes, on the other hand, are a synthesis of others’ ideas, filtered by the way you perceive and express the world. Matuschak identifies four main characteristics for these notes: atomic, concept-oriented, densely linked, and associative.

But what does that even mean? I had to think about it—for a couple weeks, at least. What clicked for me is that there’s a reason Obsidian markets itself as a second brain. Each note is like a neuron, notes are usually clustered, synapses connect them with varying strength, and this results in a web of activity rather than an hierarchy.

This brain analogy works well because it emphasizes the importance of linking. It is well established that “when we look at memory function and other thinking skills, that synapses reflect loss of function.” I like how Obsidian surfaces these connections via both graph view and backlinks. It might be an interesting challenge to do something similar on this site. 🤔

App Store Connect Help:

Note: App transfers are not allowed while participating in the new App Store Small Business Program. If you initiate an app transfer after December 31, 2020, or accept a transfer of an app that was initiated after December 31, 2020, you will no longer be eligible to participate in the program.

So, even if you take over a small, defunct app, you cannot reap the benefits of the Small Business Program.

Starlit black leopard by Will Burrard-Lewis

What a beautifully surreal image of a rare African black leopard this is. Wildlife photographer Will Burrard-Lewis spent six months working to capture this photo, which I initially thought was a rendering or painting for how perfect the lighting and composition are. You can read more about his process here.