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 the progress of my projects and reading reflections over 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 my 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 for note enthusiasts, they always like to 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 a 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 need adaptation for me:

  • The performance optimization is not as good as Obsidian. It often occupies more than 2GB of memory on the PC, and the Android version does not support plugins. There are also some 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 flashcards, 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).
  • The 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 I will write an article to share it once it stabilizes.

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 follows the Material You design. It is open-source on GitHub under the GUN GPL-3.0 license, and I have 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 most views (1200+), and Coolapk had the most feedback, but I don't have many followers on these two social media platforms.

MeRead in Jike

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

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

Everyone is welcome to star and contribute by raising issues or submitting pull requests.

Reading: Your fate is not to be a fly swatter#

Excerpt from "Thus Spoke Zarathustra: Part One: The Market's Fly"

I have been reading "Thus Spoke Zarathustra" on and off for four months, and I haven't even finished the first part. The main reason is that I sometimes understand it and sometimes don't. Many parts took me a long time to comprehend, so I didn't deliberately study it. I would 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, reading this philosophical novel shouldn't be a problem. In fact, I overestimated myself. In this book, Nietzsche uses 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 contemplate it myself.

The most thought-provoking section I read this week was "The Market's Fly." Nietzsche wrote:

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

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

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