DeveloPassion's Newsletter #127 - Ideal trajectory

Edition 127 of my newsletter, discussing Knowledge Management, Knowledge Work, Zen Productivity, Personal Organization, and more!

DeveloPassion's Newsletter #127 - Ideal trajectory


Another week, another newsletter! I hope that you all had a great one 🤩

It's HOT in here this week! ☀️. As temperatures rise here in Belgium, my productivity hits rock bottom. It's hard to focus and remain productive when the environment is uncool (to say the least!).

This week, I've taken some time to learn more about what alcohol does to our body. And I've been horrified. There's so little we all know about the risks for health, even with very low consumption! I've shared my notes in the articles section.

Alright, let's gooooo 🚀

The lab 🧪

The lab is almost on fire. It has almost hit a new record thanks to the success of my PKM coaching sessions, and to the sales of the Obsidian Starter Kit and PKM Library combined. In the last 30 days, it has generated ~$1.1K. It's far from what Pieter Levels does in a day, but I'm still happy with that outcome!

The monthly recurring revenue for this newsletter has also increased a bit, after the promotion I've launched during the week. I'm really thankful for those of you who actually support my work and try to give me an opportunity to do more for you all!

Meanwhile, my stats on Medium are far below what they were last year. I feel like I'm being punished by their algorithm for not publishing regularly enough. I went down from 30K views per month to about 7.5 now. I don't worry too much as I'm trying to combine different sources of income, but it's pretty frustrating now to know exactly which button to push (apart the publish one :p) to improve the situation and go back to where I was before. One thing I thought about is that I should find and join a popular publication discussion personal development, as I like writing about that topic too.

As frustrating as it is, Knowii is still not receiving much love from me. I've been struggling with a client project for a while, and the situation is getting more and more difficult, so I need to focus on that for a while. And I also want to record and launch my Obsidian Starter Kit video course as soon as possible.

New articles

As I've mentioned in the intro, I've published an article about a topic that I know very little about. I've spent some time watching a few videos, including a particularly interesting one from Andrew Huberman. Those are the notes I took:

Summary of what alcohol does to your body, brain and health
No level of alcohol consumption is safe for our health. Here’s why.

Quotes of the week

  • "A calm mind can handle every storm"
  • "90 percent of success is not getting distracted"

Thinking and learning

Why Tacit Knowledge is More Important Than Deliberate Practice
What tacit knowledge is, and why it is the most interesting topic in the study of expertise today.

A free course about mathematical thinking:

Introduction to Mathematical Thinking
Offered by Stanford University. Learn how to think the way mathematicians do – a powerful cognitive process developed over thousands of ... Enroll for free.

An interesting piece on creative burnout:

Creative burnout: when the creativity tap runs dry
Creative burnout is a state of emotional, physical, and mental exhaustion around creative work. The symptoms can be hard to pinpoint, and the potential causes are many.

It's well known, but well worth thinking about:

A daytime nap is good for the brain
Those prone to napping had brains that looked up to six years younger than everyone else.

Indie Hacking and bootstrapping

Generating income from open source
Ink has been getting some good traction lately and it’s already being used by some well-known companies for a while. Like most other open so…
4 mistakes to avoid to build a better 1-person business
Choosing the right markets and the pitfalls to avoid


Write Free Software
Announcing Svelte 4
Updated performance, developer experience, and site
XML is the future
Okay, campers, rise and shine…
The Collaborative API Development Platform
Leading Open Source API Development Platform for HTTP, REST, GraphQL, gRPC, SOAP, and WebSockets
GitHub - joaocarvalhoopen/How_to_learn_modern_Rust: A guide to the adventurer.
A guide to the adventurer. Contribute to joaocarvalhoopen/How_to_learn_modern_Rust development by creating an account on GitHub.


Evolutions of prompting techniques:

Pascal Biese on LinkedIn: #ai #llms #graphs #genai
⚡ It's a chain... it's a tree... it's a graph! ⚡ Prompting in a year from now will not be what it is today: we're still trying to figure out how to…
GitHub - bentoml/OpenLLM: An open platform for operating large language models (LLMs) in production. Fine-tune, serve, deploy, and monitor any LLMs with ease.
An open platform for operating large language models (LLMs) in production. Fine-tune, serve, deploy, and monitor any LLMs with ease. - GitHub - bentoml/OpenLLM: An open platform for operating large…

An interesting "expert prompting" technique: