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Eleanor Konik

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The Difficulties of Teaching Notetaking

During my interview for Obsidian Office Hours, Anthony asked me whether or not I would ever consider using Obsidian.md for teaching notetaking to my students; my answer was, in short, no. At...

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Using Obsidian For Writing Fiction & Notes

I was recently interviewed on the “Office Hours” channel for a markdown-based notetaking app (its main virtues are that it’s locally-hosted, i.e. not cloud-based, although you can back it up...

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Worldbuilding Harsh Conditions

My article Civilizations Thrive in Adverse Environments, written for Worldbuilding Magazine, has been syndicated to Nerdolopedia, Mythic Scribes, and the Campfire blog. Campfire also used it as a prominent reference...

CDC Building 17 in Atlanta, Georgia, as seen from Emory University
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Contextualizing COVID-19

One of the problems with the news summaries I read hammering home the point that 200,000 people have died of COVID-19 is that most people can’t put that into context,...

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Genesis by Ken Lozito

As I mentioned in my review of Earth 2, I books like Anne McCaffrey’s Dragonfall and television shows like Terra Nova inevitably catch my eye. As a teacher of history...