Earlier this month, the latest CogSci Apps invention, Hook productivity app for macOS, exited “public beta” and became an official release. It is now at version 1.1.1. You can read the announcement on the Hook productivity blog.
The response to Hook has been quite favorable. Early adopters recognize it as a very original and useful Mac app which has a simple but powerful user interface. For example, Cult of Mac wrote: Continue reading Hook Mac App Hit “Golden Master”—About Hook’s Past, Present and Future
CBC Radio host, Mireille Langlois, will interview me and a clinical psychologist live on Radio-Canada (CBC Radio French) about the quality of sleep. We will focus particularly on seasonal (summer) challenges and issues.
The interview will be broadcast live throughout Western Canada on Saturday morning at 8:25 AM Pacific. But if you do sleep in, you can catch a podcast of the interview later or listen from Radio-Canada’s website.
Continue reading Francophone Sleep Lovers! Don’t Sleep in on Saturday: Tune into Radio-Canada Interview About Sleep
When they think about note-taking, most people think about textual notes. But it’s also often important to take graphical notes. It’s tricky to develop cognitively productive workflows for note-taking in general, and graphical note taking in particular. An example of the latter point is the following topic on the Mac Power Users forum:
Adding diagrams to Zettelkastens: (Luhmann) Note-taking App that can form a Quick Access Knowledge Base.
This blog post sheds some light on the importance of diagramming from a cognitive science perspective. It discusses problems in understanding mental representations underlying the interpretation and production of diagrams. It explains why people don’t take as many graphical notes as they should, and what they can do about it. And then it goes (or you go) to sleep.
That’s a lot of ground to cover in a brief blog post. However, the post contains links to some extremely interesting articles. If you read the source materials, I’m sure you will find they stretch your imagination.
Continue reading Drawing Diagrams in the Head and with Technology: Benefits, Cognitive Mechanisms, Artificial Intelligence, Apps, and Sleep Onset Dreaming
Our friends, Huguette Lacourse and Michèle Desponts, blessed us at home on Saturday with their wonderful performance of wonderful (mostly French) music.
Edith Piaf’s La vie en rose
Here Huguette sings Edith Piaf’s, “La vie en rose”, accompanied by Michèle:
Continue reading A Musical Celebration of Spring and Love Chez Nous
I claim that people don’t take as many notes as they should, and that this interferes with their cognitive productivity. This article elaborates on the claim, and points to a CogSci Apps® invention my colleagues and I developed to address these issues. Continue reading Why Most People Don’t Take as Many Notes as They Should, and What They Can Do About It
Samedi le 18 mai, nous célébrerons le printemps (cette verdeur qui nous entoure!) et l’art, dans toutes ses formes. Le jour, nous serons imprésario (ou au moins hôtes) d’un événement musical français. Le soir, on ira à un spectacle musical du Vancouver Symphony Orchestra: Mozart, Morlock et autres.
Entre temps, CogSci Apps et CogZest s’apprêtent à lancer de nouveaux produits.
Continue reading Un samedi printanier musical: Oeuvres de Piaf et autres (chez nous); de Mozart, Morlock et autres (à l’annexe)
I was interviewed by Len Epp on the Leanpub Front Matter Podcast. Leanpub is the main bookstore on which my first two Cognitive Productivity books were published. Continue reading Front Matter Podcast Interview about Cognitive Productivity with macOS and Hook
The Guardian recently published an excellent article by Frans de Waal, What animals can teach us about politics. In the spirit of cognitive productivity, I’d like to relate this to a couple of theories of human nature that lend credence to de Waal’s analysis.
Continue reading On The Relationship-building Proclivities of Human Nature
I tweeted the poem below today, minus “‘s”. I’d draw a cartoon to go with this, one to do with a teapot. However, although I quite enjoyed Crystal Pite’s recent Revisor, I don’t want to risk needing to issue a retraction, as even professional cartoonists have had to on this subject. So, I will leave it up to your imagination. As for the poem, there are a couple of clues in the tags.
Continue reading Poetweet for Canadian Company
We have published another deeply original, easy to use, and we think potent, CogSci Apps Invention. Hook: productivity for macOS. It is currently in public beta and free to try.
Continue reading Hook Productivity: A New CogSci Apps Invention for Mac