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Maggie Appleton

Creates visual explanations of technology, anthropology, and programming.

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The Digital Garden

A consistently tended collection of half-baked notes, research, and sketches.

The Pattern Language of Project Xanadu

Learnable, Visual Programming Patterns

A Brief History & Ethos of the Digital Garden

Pink, Soft, Glittering Developers

Fetishism & Mechanical Keyboards

A Short History of Bi-Directional Links

Visit the Garden

Illustrated Essays

How to Draw Invisible Programming Concepts - Part One

Meat Planet: The Illustrated Notes

Building a Second Brain: The Illustrated Notes

Illustrated notes on the Building A Second Brain system by Tiago Forte

A Shelfish Starter Guide to Databases

The absolute minimum you need to know about data storage.
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Illustration Projects

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Library Notes

A past and present reading collection. Complete with very loose and opinionated notes.

Browse the Library

Sand Talk

Tyson Yunkaporta
Mar 28, 2021


James Suzman
Mar 25, 2021

Gods of the Upper Air

Charles King
Mar 22, 2021

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