Intertwingularity Mapping Defined (foundational thoughts)

Since my 2020-03-13 Intertwingularity Mapping Defined (alpha version 0.1?) blog entry, I haven't yet sorted out all of my intertwingled thoughts to formulate a clear and concise definition/explanation.

Happily, my "ADHD Slice'n Dice" project (thinking about Intertwingularity Mapping as part of writing, and organizing, information about ADHD) has somehow inspired some ideas (a "vision?) for defining Intertwingularity Mapping (still a work in progress.)

Here's what I recently came up with:


For the last few years, all of these swirling thoughts about Intertwingularity Mapping have been more focused, more coherent after seeing these bits copied from the "Intertwingularity" Wikipedia article:

  • Ted Nelson wrote: "EVERYTHING IS DEEPLY INTERTWINGLED. In an important sense there are no "subjects" at all; there is only all knowledge, since the cross-connections among the myriad topics of this world simply cannot be divided up neatly."
  • He added the following comment: "Hierarchical and sequential structures, especially popular since Gutenberg, are usually forced and artificial. Intertwingularity is not generally acknowledged—people keep pretending they can make things hierarchical, categorizable and sequential when they can't."

From there, I've got a ridiculously intertwingled mess of notions, in particular:

  • Everything is indeed deeply intertwingled
  • There are always a myriad of cross-connected topics and sub-topics and super-topics, and, although not easy, there is a way of componentizing every little thing into fragmental and elemental information components (Tiddlers in TiddlyWiki, Pages in other Wikis) that can be combined into all/any aggregations (complex topic, sub-topic, and super-topic)
    • Tell me something is impossible, and I will hyperfocus on that to either prove that it is indeed impossible, or actually do the impossible thing; stubborn me ...
    • Although I may be very humbly disagreeing here with Ted Nelson, I'm pretty sure this is just contextual apples and oranges.
  • Each topic/sub-topic/super-topic can certainly be presented in various alternative aggregations, each aggregation being a "living/dynamic" hierarchical/sequential/linear perspective of the topic/sub-topic/super-topic
    • (Living/dynamic in the sense that everything is ever-evolving: every information component, every aggregation, interconnections...)
    • Ditto re: contextual apples and oranges!
  • Every topic/sub-topic/super-topic, and every aggregation can definitely be categorized in however many useful (i.e. of information value) ways
  • All of the information components (fragmental and elemental), all of the aggregations (every topic/sub-topic/super-topic), all of the categories, all of the connections between each one of those things ... together they are the intertwingularity within whatever unlimited or narrow scope that matters

Slowly and surely, I may be getting "somewhere" ...


Side-tracked again: Puffins !!!

Edit Start:  Quoting (imperfectly!) a later part of the documentary:

Puffins are telling us
about the health of our oceans

It is a reoccurring theme:

Everything is deeply intertwingled

Edit End.

Original Post:


I just happened to click on the tv in time to catch the "Nature of Things" (CBC) documentary starting:

Hidden cameras uncover the lives of Newfoundland's Puffins


Just in case you are interested in this (or other documentary videos on the CBC Docs YouTube Channel):



Me being easily distracted and finding everything interesting, I can see my Sunday turning into a CBC Docs day.

Cheers !

Side-tracked by a classic comedy bit: That is not my dog

With a sudden flashback of Inspector Clouseau, I thought it worth highlighting the "That is not my dog" scene for anybody who has never seen it (and for those who want to reminisce a little.)

Of course, because everything is intertwingled, I had to search for comedy styles, and found this nice article on Wikipedia:   Comedic genres.

Now for a little dose of classic Peter Sellers as Inspector Clouseau:



Cheers !

An Intertwingularity Mapping Project with TiddlyWiki: ADHD Slice'n Dice

I had been thinking about making this entry about "malleability of content and structure", but I need to chew on that a bit longer in the context of this new project.

For the last several years, I've had this concept in my head I call "Intertwingularity Mapping": a wiki-centric process of recording and organizing information without losing "intertwingularity" (i.e. the deep interconnections between/with everything.

Organizing deeply intertwingled information/concepts/you-name-it, I enjoy doing that something silly, I enjoy immersing myself in that challenge, and I feel like I'm pretty good at it. (Well, maybe not particularly fast, but as I always say: "to look at me, you may think the hamster is dead, but the wheel is always spinning!)

Explaining "Intertwingularity Mapping", after a year of trying unsuccessfully, feels like an overwhelming problem that, I think, can happen best by example. Yet, as creative as I believe myself to be, inventing something for me to map has been a frustrating endeavor.

Then I got smacked by an ah-ha moment: "map that old sponge of yours, you silly silly critter."

After a lifetime of feeling really functionally different from everybody, and somehow managing fine until recently overwhelmed by increasing communications/meetings at work along with increasing health problems, I got recently diagnosed with ADHD (attention deficiency) and suddenly everything throughout my existence (particularly the last few years) made sense.

I've since been, as per my nature, dissecting every little bit of this intertwingularity which is my brain: how I function, when I go into dysfunction, how I cannot focus and shutdown when there are too many distractions, how I can manage to hyperfocus to get things done, etc. etc. etc. All things I've experienced or done (without knowing why) my entire adulthood.

That is a practical/tangible thing for me to map (which I've already been doing privately for the last two years, but am "rebooting" publicly as an "Intertwingularity Mapping" case study and, simultaneously, an ongoing case study of TiddlyWiki usage.

Three bird's with one stone!!!

  • Describing Intertwingularity Mapping, a huge challenge for me that I really want to tackle
  • Further learning and showcasing TiddlyWiki in the context of Intertwingularity Mapping and in general
  • Exploring this huge intertwingularity that is my ADHD diagnosis, symptoms, challenges, impacts, etc. etc. etc.
  • (Who knows how many other birds will roost in this project ...)


I've got the stage set for this multi-faceted project in the TiddlyWiki instance CJ's ADHD Slice'n Dice, and will blog about TiddlyWiki usage/tips/features/etc. along with blogging about Intertwingularity Mapping my ADHD experience.

Stay tuned !

Product Review Web Site: a TiddlyWiki Use Case

Within the last several months, I have treated myself with a few really wonderful purchases, most of which belonging to a category I'd call "products for small-scale electric grid independence in an urban setting."  These are all items I really enjoy (or plan to soon enjoy), and I've found myself wanting to write about them.

TiddlyWiki being my preferred choice for writing, I started thinking: "how would I go about creating a product review website, one which showcases not just the products, but also showcases TiddlyWiki and transclusion to organize the content?"

Why do I prefer TiddlyWiki?

I am no fan of "big design up front" (see related article on Wikipedia).  How can I design both a plan of content (what will I write about for each reviewed product?) and, more importantly, a plan of organization/presentation of that content before starting the actual work?  To me, I only discover my plan (content and organization/presentation) as I dive into requirements elicitation via the writing process.

Not knowing everything (or at least all of the critical things) I need at the start of a task becomes an impediment to getting started at all.  So I am easily drawn to a "rapid application development" (see related article on Wikipedia) approach with just about any task.

That's where TiddlyWiki comes in.  TiddlyWiki facilitates rapid:
  • componentization of information into tidy chunks
  • aggregation (via transclusion) of those tidy information chunks
  • adjustments as needs/requirements evolve and/or get discovered

Some will describe TiddlyWiki as software (wiki software, or note-taking software, or a GTD solution, or PIM), but I much prefer describe it as a platform for evolutionary and non-linear creation and organization of content.

Although I am just a humble "white belt" (possibly "yellow belt") user of TiddlyWiki, I am working my way up to another belt with some pretty fancy footwork transclusion-wise.  I intend to present "how to" TiddlyWiki transclusion magic, via a product review TiddlyWiki instance, in future posts

In the meantime and for your immediate consumption, I present to you the very early beginning of CJ's Product Reviews built with TiddlyWiki.

Cheers !