The idea was to have information in the shape you were looking for, which often means augmenting data already out there
- links to good explanations if they exist already
- details if most resources are summaries
- summaries if most people only discuss details
- "why do this in the first place" if people only have details
- a "technically ..." alongside a "and usually this means..."
- intuitive bootstraps, like how a friend might explain it
- ...also in a “if you can’t explain it, you probably don’t understand it” sort of way.
It very much has also become a more messy general personal notebook for things like:
- distillation when searches don't details in one place, like common plugs and connectors, or lightbulbs, or common symbols around you or all those symbols on electronics, staple sizes
- refreshing things I've forgotten since high school, like ions and ionizing radiation
- research and summaries for hobby projects, like overviews of analog audio voltage levels, or video formats, electronics notes in general, dyes
- attempted research like whether rust is bad for you, how lava lamps work, the difference between doughs, batters, leaveners, the difference between distilled and demineralized water, how people see colors and why the sky is blue and whether that may be different on other planets, what happens when you get thrown out an airlock, etc.
- attempted summaries for larger topics, like code licenses
- write-ups of specific hobby projects, e.g. notes made making an DIY electonic drumkit, DIY internet radio
Wide interest and easy distraction means there are a bunch of messy first versions. I distill over time.
...sometimes lots of time, because there's a lot of text here and I'm usually distracted by some other interesting thing ^-^
...so I've started taking out things that have stayed at "a few lines of summary, just organizing my thoughts" level for longer times.
Also note that some of the entries are more opinionated than neutral.