December 24, 2003
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Tinderbox and LeCarre

Pat Delaney understands why linking is so important. "First kudo to Tinderbox: It is liberating to be OFF the net while still able to link....And I don't mean within the hive. Not even within the community. Before anything else, linking within the writing, before the publication." He goes on to observe that it's not just linking that makes Tinderbox so nice for writing, but all the different ways Tinderbox lets you structure and restructure.

You can organize both hierarchically and in less tightly top-down fashion. This is all complemented by (the anticipated) ease of promotion to public viewing. (Otherwise known as blogging.) Check it out: 'Aliases are one of the most powerful tools in Tinderbox, and one of the most flexible ways for organizing your notes in ways that a hierarchy doesn’t permit. A note can have many aliases, or none.' A note, then, is a little like a le Carre character.

He wraps up with an eloquent plea for Tinderbox training.

I think Mark Bernstein offered to do a 'how to' Tinderbox session at edBlogger SF. Why, oh why why why,  didn't I take him up on it? Mark, if you come back to SF in late spring or early summer, we'll put you and yours up for free, find you workshop participants and a free workspace get you tickets to ALL the city musuems, lend you a car (or a truck) for the duration, and take you to a Bernal Heights bar that has Duval on tap. If that doesn't work, are you (or anyone else) doing Eastgate trainings anywhere anytime soon?

This is very flattering, of course, and we hear it a lot, and yes, next month we're going to announce some Tinderbox workshops. But we won't tell you the Right Way to use Tinderbox. There isn't one. And we won't tell you all the Tinderbox secrets, because they're still being discovered. Tinderbox is right at the edge of research, but it's also easy to get and easy to use.