the commonplace book

I hadn't heard the term "commonplace book" before, but it sounds like a perfect description of the "outboard brain" - the main reason I started blogging. It wasn't about publishing anything, or discussing or commenting or connecting. It was documenting a flow of ideas and contexts. Steven Berlin Johnson gave a talk back in April, describing the history of the commonplace book. He was using it as an introduction and context for the need to be able to remix content - as an argument against locked down electronic books that implement DRM to prevent copy and paste - and it nicely describes both the need to remix, and the need to document. [Read More]