Sun setting on Nijo castle
Sunday morning. I hear the calling of Buddhist monks on alms round as they walk down the narrow street in front of my house. I give some dana.
I had always lived in apartments in Kyoto, so never had this experience before. Anumodana! 🙏📿
After using Logseq for a solid week, I thought I would capture some observations if anyone else is considering the app, or Obsidian, which is my main tool for thought.
I started using Obsidian at the end of 2020, switching from a couple of months working on my zettelkasten in Roam. My Obsidian is pretty tricked out with a bunch of plugins. I use it on my computer, iPad, and iPhone. When I secured a new job I set up a second vault to keep track of things for work.
The Tools For Thought community is advancing quickly. I thought I would try out another popular PKM app that is popular with my coworkers: Logseq. (Our company are deep into note-taking. My coworkers run the https://toolsforthought.rocks community!)
For daily work I switched to Logseq to keep track of my Daily Notes, meeting notes, tasks, and week-planning. I used it exclusively throughout the day. It is a pretty app with some very useful features. Even though it could not unseat Obsidian, even when I switched back, I changed my Obsidian usage to adopt things I learned from Logseq’s paradigm.
Here are some pluses and minuses of Logseq from my perspective — keeping in mind that my minuses might not be minuses for you, and everyone has a slightly different use case/workflow:
- I found the sync a little flaky. I use iCloud for both Obs and LS, but Obs is super snappy, where there was lag in LS when I put something on my phone and checked on my computer later.
- Mobile version doesn’t include the plugins. The great thing about an Electron app is you can store all the settings and plugins inside, so whatever device it opens on it acts the same. Love this aspect of Obs. Not sure why LS can’t do it?
- Breaks some of the macOS keybindings. LS is block based, where as Obs is just text.
- Another TODO format!? I think
- [ ]is pretty much the convention now.
- Seems pretty mouse-driven? Maybe I just haven’t learned all the shortcuts yet. (there are a ton here and you can add your own here so this criticism is probably more about discovery.)
- Forces bullets. This is one thing I love about Obsidian: I am not forced into structuring everything into a bulleted list. I have the freedom to write anywhere on the canvas. In fact, I got rid of Ulysses and use Obs not just as a TFT, but also as a writing tool. Loqseq is more like Roam in this respect.
Logseq is very structured, not as free and open as Obsidian, but with that tradeoff is you get some great stuff:
- easily clicking a bullet point to get the reference and pasting into another document is great. (The fact that it seems to fail when I open the iOS app sucks…).
- Query language is amazing!
- Slash commands!
- TODO time tracking!
I can replicate some of these features in Obsidian with community plugins, but the integration is very nice in Logseq.
A couple of weeks after moving back to Obsidian, I am still thinking about my Logseq experiment.Because of how it forces you into its structure, for a task-oriented person like me, I just feel more organized and productive in Logseq. They are obviously doing some things right. The app is still coming along. Sync will get ironed out and the plugin library is sure to expand. I will take a look again in a while. Basically, if you don’t need a writing app, and are just looking to link knowledge and be productive, especially if you are just on a single device, I would recommend you check out Logseq.
After 2 years of covid and travel-induced delays, we finally interred my mother-in-law’s ashes at Otani-byo ☸️ cemetery, where the family grave is, in a 納骨 (nōkotsu) ceremony. I don’t have photos of the proceedings, but I can share pics of the meal afterwards 😊🍱🇯🇵
44 years old today. Took the kids to see the terracotta warrior exhibition at the Kyoto City Kyocera Art Museum
The past two weeks in Kyoto have been pretty hectic. I have yet to meet anyone other than family, for obvious reasons. With the kids not in school, we have been going on walks around the neighbourhood so I can get them off of YouTube and TikTok. Other than those short explorations we have been greeting neighbours, running errands, unpacking boxes, settling in.
It is strange to me to be back in Kyoto full-time since my last 3 year stint ending in 2005. I am looking forward to seeing the city with fresh eyes.
Today, while walking home I was thinking about how often I have shifted locations, and how I envy people who really know their city, who feel part of their city. I stopped in a little coffee shop that I had on my list, and ruminated. Below are the notes I took on my phone while enjoying the java.
Look what arrived today! 📚
Kyoto: An Urban History of Japan’s Premodern Capital by @matthew_stavros
Been on my list for a while, so as soon as I found out we were relocating back to Kyoto I ordered it so I can read and visit some of the locations IRL. 🙌
Higashi Hongan-ji and Kyoto Tower, day and night
Nice hidden coffee joint ☕️🇯🇵
Kyoto alley cat