This is the essential feature of the memex. The process of tying two items together is the most important part. - Vannevar Bush
Memex is a hypothetical invention described in Vannevar Bush's 1945 article "As We May Think". Bush envisioned the memex as a device in which individuals would compress and store all of their books, records, and communications, "mechanized so that it may be consulted with exceeding speed and flexibility".
Currently I use wiki.vim to manage my memex. Many other notetaking tools would probably work. The key detail is being able to quickly links files together, full text search all files, and have a light weight markup format to assist with document structure. I wrote a program gemgen with the goal of being able to port my wiki from markdown to gemtext. Later, I created a second program simply called "memex" which ports it to html.
- Be subjective.
- Don't overthink adding new things. It can be organized later.
- Prefer many short pages over few long pages.
- Keep page names short and exact. Rename when conflicts arise.
- Create "empty" links if you may later create a page.
useful vim settings
<leader>ww for wiki.vim
nmap <leader>ww <plug>(wiki-index)\|:cd ~/docs/memex<cr>