Friday, November 13, 2015

Just found the following post by Steve Zeoli:

Using TheBrain as digital bullet journal

"For the past 14 months or so I’ve been keeping a journal using the bullet journal method, which I wrote about here and here. During this time, I’ve found using a paper notebook quite fun and effective. I’ve been curious about how these same methods could be used with software on a computer and/or iPad. I’ve considered many apps for this, but none seemed to come close to matching the facility of pen and paper. However, I think I’ve finally found an option that could work very well for me.

The following discussion is a bit of a thought experiment on my part, rather than a report on my successful use of TheBrain for bullet journaling. That is, I’ve still only dabbled with TheBrain for this purpose, but I see real promise and wanted to share my thoughts."

Read more at -- many interesting ideas here, including "36 Broken Spokes" -- a log of cross country bicycling.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Update on TheBrain, Workflow, Mohiomap and Other Apps

The biggest news since I last posted to this blog is the release of TheBrain for iOS devices, the iPhone and the iPad.  This opens up new possibilities not available with the desktop version of TB, in particular, interactivity with other iOS apps. See .

Unfortunately, this interactivity, at present, is somewhat round-about, using other apps, particularly the new WorkFlow app. See .

Mohiomap has expanded from mindmapping Evernotes to include files from Dropbox and Google Drive.   See .

I am re-posting here some commentary I wrote today in TheBrain Forums regarding these developments:

". . . thanks for the excellent outline of the problem of connection and interchange between TB and the many other useful information repositories.  I've been searching for the golden solution for decades now, back to the days of DOS Lotus Agenda and before.  In October 2013, I posted a diagram of My Knowledge Network at .  

Much progress has been made, particularly thanks to Evernote, and to a degree, TB, but the current state is still short of the ideal IT brain.

I am appreciative of Zenrain's bringing the iOS Workflow app to my attention, and to the custom workflows he's developed for adding to TB iOS app inbox.  Look forward to even more.

One other app to mention is Mohiomap, which has expanded from mapping EN notes, to now include Dropbox files and Google Drive files.  They are doing some interesting things with auto-linking of tags and Wikipedia articles.  I am hoping they will expand to include other repositories, such as Instapaper, Pocket, and maybe email.

Cloze is also doing some interesting combinations of calendar, email, social, contacts and saved articles, both in a web site, and in iOS apps.

p.s. Another hope I had in October 2013 was for a project between David Allen and Charles Simmonyi that sounded like had a lot of promise; unfortunately, I haven't been able to find any sign of progress or further mention since I posted the following to a LinkedIn group:

"I came across Charles Simonyi today -- billionaire, two times in space in the Soyuz, author of the word processor that became Microsoft Word, and an early MS employee, and much more.

The "more" includes being chairman of a company, named Intentional Software, in Bellevue, WA, A year ago, they partnered with David Allen, author of "Getting Things Done" aka GTD, (GTD® and Getting Things Done® are registered trademarks of the David Allen Company.) The problem they seek to fix is that "Many GTD Enthusiasts today are constantly looking for new ways to incorporate applications and their numerous computing devices into their workflow." That's me, and maybe you too.

Unfortunately, they don't have the solution yet -- at least, I couldn't find it. So, I did a Tweet to the CEO, and hope I will be able to report some interesting things later. The tie-in here is to TheBrain software that I mentioned yesterday, which has the new version 8 beta now available for free download. (I can't stress enough that you need to take a look at TheBrain -- it could change the way you handle information for the rest of your life!)

Read more about Charles Simonyi and the GTD project at Intentional Software, TheBrain, and knowledge management at these locations: ; ; ;"

p.p.s:  See for a current link to Intentional and the GTD project, which appears to have not gotten off the ground; the above links are through LinkedIn or may no longer be available, but currently, this one is."