Thinking beyond words

I use a tool called Obsidian to facilitate my thinking.

For the most part so far, this has largely taken the form of writing. I write my blog posts and newsletter issues in Obsidian. I also keep track of my notes from books, articles, movies, etc (and my associated thoughts) in Obsidian.

However, words aren’t always the most effective way to convey certain thoughts.

For example, I spend quite a bit of time playing volleyball each week. It only makes sense I’d also be doing some thinking about that.

So earlier this week, I made a couple notes on volleyball court positioning. This sort of thinking is best represented/aided with the use of diagrams.

I could use a program to create an image to represent this, but those files tend to be relatively large and can be difficult to correct or iterate over time.

So instead, I incorporated SVGs into my notes.

In editor mode, this looks something like this:

<svg width="300" height="300" style="background: white">
    <line x1="0" x2="300" y1="100" y2="100" style="stroke: red" aria-label="attack line" />
    <circle cx="50" cy="20" r="10" aria-label="OH" />
    <circle cx="150" cy="20" r="10" aria-label="MB" />
    <circle cx="250" cy="20" r="10" aria-label="S" />
    <circle cx="50" cy="175" r="10" aria-label="OH" />
    <circle cx="150" cy="275" r="10" aria-label="MB" />
    <circle cx="250" cy="175" r="10" aria-label="O" />
</svg>

But in preview mode, this gets rendered as:

I thought this was a neat addition to my notes.

I’m curious what else I will incorporate into my notes for other types of thinking in the future.

For instance, I anticipate that I will eventually have some notes on various board game strategies. I know that other people already use Obsidian for things such as tabletop role playing games, so I may have the opportunity to stand on the shoulders of some giants.

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