Weekly #1: Returning to a Regular Life

Hi~ This is liuyuxin, and this is my first weekly report. Two weeks ago, I migrated my knowledge management system from Obsidian to Logseq and started writing Daily Notes. At the same time, I plan to start a project that I have been thinking about for a long time: writing and publishing weekly reports!

Through the weekly report, I summarize my project progress and reading thoughts from the past week, aiming to "Read in public, think in public, build in public."

My weekly report will be updated every Monday through WeChat Official Account and personal blog. You are welcome to subscribe via RSS:

Here is the main content.

Migration: Why I chose Logseq

When it comes to note-taking software, current note enthusiasts often compare Obsidian and Logseq. I am an Obsidian Catalyst user and have also purchased their official sync service. However, after using Obsidian extensively for three months, I decided to choose Logseq to build my personal knowledge management system (PKM). Here are a few reasons for my decision:

  • Compared to Obsidian's traditional folder management mode, Logseq's non-folder management mode is more suitable for me. I don't need to deliberately organize file structures. By using bidirectional links, properties, and Daily Notes, I can effectively connect my notes.
  • Logseq has lower granularity, where each block can be seen as a file, and bidirectional links can be specified to a block.
  • Logseq has built-in database queries without the need for plugins.
  • With the help of Daily Notes and a comprehensive TODO system, I can now uninstall TickTick.
  • Logseq's official sync is cheaper than Obsidian ($5/month vs $10/month).

Of course, Logseq also has some areas that are not as satisfactory for me and require adaptation:

  • Performance optimization is not as good as Obsidian. It often occupies more than 2GB of memory on the PC side, does not support plugins on the Android side, and has several bugs that need to be fixed (such as the inability to automatically switch theme modes).
  • The outline writing mode is suitable for writing Daily Notes and card notes, but considering formatting and publishing, it is not suitable for writing long articles (especially since Logseq currently cannot directly export md files without the outline structure).
  • Sync speed is slower than online documents.

My PKM system is modified based on the PARA system according to my habits and needs. It is still in the exploration stage, and once it stabilizes, I will write an article to share it.

Development: MeRead releases version 0.5.0

MeRead (Chinese name "悦读") is an RSS reader that I developed. It is built using Flutter and Material You design, and is open-source on GitHub under the GUN GPL-3.0 license. I just released version 0.5.0.

After the new version was released, I started promoting MeRead on WeChat Official Account, Xiaohongshu, Jike, Coolapk, and Twitter, and received some feedback. I found that Twitter had the highest number of views (1200+), and Coolapk had the most feedback, but I don't have many followers on these two social media platforms.

Based on user feedback, I adjusted the following development plans:

  • Optimize full-text retrieval
  • Full-text search
  • Categorized reading
  • Text-to-speech
  • Page flipping (for e-ink devices)
  • More language support

Everyone is welcome to star the project and provide issues and pull requests.

Reading: Your fate is not to be a fly swatter

《Thus Spoke Zarathustra: A Book for All and None》

I have been intermittently reading "Thus Spoke Zarathustra" for four months, and I haven't finished the first part yet. The main reason is that I seem to understand but not really understand when reading it. Many parts puzzled me for a long time, so I didn't deliberately study it and only read a section or two when I remembered.

As one of Nietzsche's most famous works, "Thus Spoke Zarathustra" has received widespread acclaim. I thought I had a certain philosophical foundation, and I have also read Zhou Guoping's "Nietzsche: At the Turning Point of the Century" and "Nietzsche and Metaphysics." So, I thought I shouldn't have any problems reading this philosophical novel. In fact, I overestimated myself. In this book, Nietzsche used too many metaphors. In the early stages, combined with the notes and annotations of many readers on WeChat Reading, I was misled in many places. Later, I realized that the annotations of other readers may not be correct, and even if they are correct, they may not be suitable for me. So, I decided to hide other people's thoughts while reading and slowly ponder on my own.

The most thought-provoking section I read in the past week was "The Market of Flies," where Nietzsche wrote:

My friend, flee into your solitude: I see you stung by poisonous flies. Flee into your solitude! You have lived too closely to the small and the pitiable. Flee from their hidden revenge! They are nothing but revenge. Do not raise your arm against them! They are many, and being a fly swatter is not your fate.

After reading this, I immediately thought, isn't the "flies" referring to internet trolls? When baseless accusations and malicious speculations come, reasoning alone is always powerless because "the poisonous flies, in their pure ignorance, want to suck your blood, their soulless bloodsuckers—thus they sting you in their pure ignorance." So, don't try to reason with trolls!

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