On the surface you might look at things like Instagram as a time wasting folly. But I’ve come to realize that as superficial as my scanning of photos may seem, it also provides me with idea-seeds.
My problem seems to be cataloging or having a tidy way to tie all of my idea-threads together. For a while I used Evernote. But there is something that I just don’t like about it. Lately I’ve been using Slack to digitally collect random snippets. I find it a nice way to collect, categorize and search things. Plus, I can just share stuff directly to a channel through iOS which seems to be half the battle.
All these “systems” I have in place to remember things…::sigh::… I’m not sure they really help. They’re probably just ways to feed my addiction to information. But at least they reallocate enough mental drive space to the functional part of my brain that I need to ride my bike.
When I scroll through my digital notes and make the move to write something down on paper? That’s when I know I’ll be visiting it. Paper seems to be the thing that sets something in stone. Funny, isn’t it? Why don’t I just stick with writing things down on paper, you ask? Well, I’ll tell you! I have no idea.
One of my more recent scribble-downs was the Marie Antionette Overlook along Route 6 near Wyalusing. It’s just a hop skip and a jump from the Giant Chicken Army, actually. I’d seen a photo of the stone turret-like structure looking out across the valley and over French Azilum and decided I should probably go and take a look at that one day when I was in the neighborhood. So… I did 🙂