Home Automation with Belkin Wemo, Twilio, and Siri
December 31, 2013 – 2:57 am | No Comment

Ultimate Hack Mashup – Belkin Wemo + Twilio + Siri
 

A quick note: For another home automation trick and those interested in finding out about the earlier Twillio callbox+TV popup/notification hack check out STEM (https://github.com/ericblue/STEM).  Certain …

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Increasing number of articles dealing with philosophy and psychology. Topics include Integral philosophy, consciousness, and age old advice on how to live “the good life”.

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Learn tips and tricks on GTD (Getting Things Done), goal setting, time management, and increasing your personal power.

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Put mind mapping to use in your personal and professional life. Learn tips and techniques on enhancing creativity, accelerating learning, and increasing productivity.

Knowledge Management

My latest discoveries on personal knowledge management. Discover what PKM is all about, learn about the Semantic Web, and find out how to use Wikis to help track all of your important information.

Quantified Self

Quantified Self is a collaboration of users and tool makers who share an interest in self knowledge through self-tracking. There are number of posts on my device “hacking”, open source development, and my own quantified experiments.

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Firefox Scrapbook Hacks – Viewing and Saving Webpages from Anywhere!
April 3, 2011 – 1:12 pm | 5 Comments
Firefox Scrapbook Hacks – Viewing and Saving Webpages from Anywhere!

This weekend I decided to wrap up a couple cool knowledge management “hacks” and share some code on GitHub.  I primarily use the Firefox Scrapbook plugin to save all web pages of interest and use …

Learning Faster – Automatically Extract Highlighted Text from PDF Documents
December 17, 2010 – 12:46 am | 39 Comments
Learning Faster – Automatically Extract Highlighted Text from PDF Documents

Overview
I never really considered myself a “highlighter” until a couple years ago.  Back in school I would, on occasion, highlight some interesting passages while doing homework or reading books and jot them down later. …

Knowledge To Go: Put Your Wiki On Your IPhone
December 13, 2009 – 10:39 pm | 8 Comments
Knowledge To Go: Put Your Wiki On Your IPhone

Building my own personal knowlege manager has been quite a journey. Over the last couple years I’ve taken a “piece meal” approach and slowly built up the features of my system one component at a time. One major feature that has always been on my mind is data portability. Last week I wrote an article on how to sync your digial scrapbook between multiple computers and even sync to your wiki. This feature had me thinking about how I could take portability to the next level.

How to Synchronize Your Digital Scrapbook
December 7, 2009 – 12:18 am | 11 Comments
How to Synchronize Your Digital Scrapbook

I had originally planned on calling this article ‘How to Use Cloud Computing to Synchronize Your Digital Scrapbook For Research and Integrate Into Your Personal Knowledge Management Wiki for Extra Credit’

Freebase Parallax: Set-based Browsing Interface
May 23, 2009 – 9:02 am | No Comment

I found a very interesting project from David François Huynh, developer of some impressive projects over at Simile. Parallax offers a new way to browse and explore data on Freebase, one of the largest open …

The MasterMind Matrix
May 17, 2009 – 12:33 pm | No Comment

I’ve been meaning to blog about this for some time, and thought that now is a good time to share.  A few months ago I came across an amazing mindmap at the IQ Matrix called …

15 Effective Tools for Visual Knowledge Management
May 10, 2009 – 2:13 pm | 59 Comments
15 Effective Tools for Visual Knowledge Management

I’ve discovered a number of interesting applications that help people efficiently organize information. There certainly is no shortage of solutions for this problem domain. Many tools exist that offer the ability to discover, save, organize, search, and retrieve information.

How to Create Stunning 3D Timelines
April 14, 2009 – 11:49 pm | One Comment
How to Create Stunning 3D Timelines

I have to admit, when I first came across this software last week I was instantly impressed. I’ve had a fascination with software that allow you to visualize and comprehend information in different and exciting ways. Bee Docs Timeline, an application for Mac OS X (sorry Windows and Linux fans), is a great example of how to create and present smooth, professional looking timelines in a relatively easy fashion.

1.5 Million Books in Your Pocket
February 5, 2009 – 10:33 pm | One Comment

Great news for mobile/cell owners and those who love learning:

“One of the great things about an iPhone or Android phone is being able to play Pacman while stuck in line at the post office. Sometimes …

Contextualized Knowledge Acquisition in a Personal Semantic Wiki
January 31, 2009 – 8:08 pm | One Comment

Discovered this while Googling for Semantic Wikis and Personal Knowledge Management (PKM)
Abstract. The use of semantic representations in document-oriented
environments – as formal annotations or embedded instances of a formal
knowledge base – is seen as an …