When I’m standing at my desk on my PC I’m working within Obsidian.

I start a new note, then I talk for a little while about the topic using the Audio Notes plugin. That sends it off to Deepgram for transcription within the app.

Then I use the Text Generator plugin, to think it through and process it a little in conversation with GPT4 before I share with y’all. This sends my transcription plus a prompt to GPT4, initially to clarify my thinking using prompt-1. Then after another bit of talking, prompt-2 starts a conversation to help solidify my thinking and make sure I’m on-board with the implications. Finally, prompt-3 writes it up in something close to my own verbal style, I lightly edit and then am done.

I’ll also add the odd note on my mobile from within the Android ChatGPT app. Same process, really, except I use Texpander to provide the explicit prompts while talking. Then copy and paste the essay into Obsidian. This is actually an easier interface, so maybe my phone should come off its shelf more often.

Syncthing keeps the ‘content’ folder between my desktop, laptop and android mobile in-line. This works offline, and is totally private, so I use it for everything.

Then whenever I want to update this site I head over to Github and press “commit”, then “push”. Vercel deploys it automagically and you see it here.

That’s thanks to the magic of Quartz 4, by Jacky Zhao, which makes publishing websites from markdown files (like those made by Obsidian) very easy indeed. I’ve toyed around with the CSS a little, but not much.