commonplace book

I've been reading some of the notes on the Notes about Notes blog (written by a guy who works for Eastgate who make Tinderbox and the site is made using Tinderbox, so perhaps a touch biased? but interesting anyway). The note about commonplace books touched base with me.

Today, if we want to refer to a book we once borrowed, we can generally count on finding it again in a library or a bookstore. In the 18th and 19th centuries, though, bookstores and libraries were far smaller; though a good book might cost (as it does now) no more than a good restaurant meal, stores and libraries were orders of magnitude smaller.

As a result, readers habitually copied out passages they wished to remember in a personal journal or commonplace book. The custom had the advantage of calling the reader's attention into intimate contact with those passages that appealed to them most intensely. By copying passages longhand, the reader gains time to reflect both on the meaning and the construction of their favorite works.

this is what this blog / site is! at least some parts of it anyway. as well as being a collection of ephemera on music & arts projects & events.

anyway, this year I'd like to get into the habit of posting links to the sites I visit each night, an online copy of my history file of sorts. ... nice idea but so far I haven't found an easy way to export my firefox history file! still googling. attached is my home laptop firefox rss opml file (different to the site incoming feeds) plus my home firefox bookmarks (don't use them as often though) apart from the sage feeds.

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