I'm Kevin. I'm a software engineer that's been obsessed with PKM for the last decade - mostly for personal reasons as I needed a tool that could help me make use of my own corpus of +30K notes.
After a decade of experimenting, I found that existing workflows and tools (sometimes) made it easy to create notes but past the 1K note threshold, made it impossible to find again
This led me to create my own workflow - A Hierarchy First Approach to Note Taking. This workflow, combined with custom tooling I created to facilitate it, completely solved information overload for myself, allowing me to easily create, organize and reference my own knowledge.
Dendron helps humans organize, reference, and work with any amount of knowledge.
We provide an open-source, local-first, markdown-based note-taking tool that helps developers work with notes like they do with code.
Dendron borrows heavily from prior work in programming languages and developer tooling (which help developers organize and reference millions of lines of code) and applies the same principles to general knowledge.
"We are overwhelmed with information and we don't have the tools to properly index and filter through it. [The development of these tools, which] will give society access to and command over the inherited knowledge of the ages [should] be the first objective of our scientist" - Vannevar Bush, 1945
Vannevar Bush - originator of the memex
We are on a journey to help humans take command over the inherited knowledge of the ages. We invite you to be part of the journey!
Navigating the Garden
Kevin's Digital Garden is loosely structured around the PARA method which organizes all information along a few top level categories.
Things I'm working on
Things that I'm maintaining over time
Public portion of my daily journals
Things I'm reading about
Things that I reference
This is a section dedicated to topics I'm currently interested in
This is a collection of books I've read and notes I've taken on them. It was originally written without the goal of publication. It therefore might contains:
- non sequitur thinking
- idyllic fantasies
- ideas that might be harmful to people between the ages of 1-100
You have been warned 😇
Books I want to read
- The Death of Ivan Ilych (source: Bad wizards podcast)
Podcasts that I listen to
About the Garden
Dendron is not just for storing knowledge but also for sharing it. This is why publishing is a first class feature in Dendron (this site that you're reading is published using Dendron).
Dendron makes it easy to publish any subset of your notes using a custom open source nextjs template that compiles everything down to static HTML which you can host anywhere.
You can find and contact me in the following places (sorted by frequency of use):
Working in the Open
Except where otherwise noted, content on this site is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.
Code for this blog is available on github.
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