Build YOUR Life Operating System (BYLOS)

BYLOS is the website describing the instantiation of an environment to aid integrating my values with my actions - my Life Operating System. My LOS has developed incrementally over the last couple of years and is currently called VACAR and implemented in . BYLOS is a work-in-progress describing VACAR , discussing the concepts, the tool Obsidian and provides an example of the pairing.

My journey is being captured by blog entries and musings. My goal is to offer a view into the trials and tribulations of wrestling with belief systems, thought processes, methods and tools. It is meant to suggest that experiencing difficulties while developing a system and tool for your own use is not uncommon and to provide one example of working through the (a) process to get there.

The blog provides specific information I’m presenting to keep you informed of my specific changes. My musings provide a longer form capture of my questions, my wrestling with the questions and general philosophy on life - observing it, managing it and sometimes just surviving it.

The previous version, FAKRA, was superseded in late 2023. As one of my goals is to expose changes to my LOS, I have forked the original site which can be accessed HERE.

Latest Blog Post(s)

2024-06-30_Incorporating LATCH

LATCH (Location, Alphabet, Time, Category, Hierarchy) was proposed by Wurman in “Information Anxiety”, 1989 as the minimum necessary and sufficient organizational technique of data/information (although his term for hierarchy was continuum, related more to ranking-on-a-scale vs. parent, children and relations). I thought I could make use of a necessary and sufficient mechanism so I started thinking about how to embed this in my note templates properties.

I found I was already using these ideas, although not with those specific terms, and not consistently.

  • LOCATION is used in my people/organizations/events notes.
  • ALPHABET is the basis for my virtual File Cabinet: fc-divider (which I will retire), fc-pendaflex, fc-folder
  • TIME is covered by a number of entries: created, completed, due, reminders, released
  • CATEGORY is used in my FIle Cabinet (fc-catefory) and randomly elsewhere
  • HIERARCHY is captured in “up”/“related” and “rank”

Turns out I’m off to good start. I need to be more mindful in application, consolidate inconsistencies and work to enhance my discovery, recovery and colliding tools.

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2024-06-19_Driving a new habit

This is the first post of a new habit suggested by Nick Milo in the Linking Your Thinking “Writing Original Works” course held in June 2024. “Lower the Bar” supports building new habits using small wins. My proposed habit is posting to and expanding this site on a consistent basis. Can’t get much shorter than this so here goes.

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2024-06-12_A DIKW Guy

(in response to a naming poll in the LYT community)

I’m a DIKW guy: the Data- Information-Knowledge-Wisdom progression. I picture D&I as ‘static’ and K&W as ‘dynamic’. All of it can be Linked. Data is linked and evaluated to become Information (data in a context). Knowledge is knowing that Information exists, which can be applied and some concept of when. Wisdom is having broad knowledge and insight to the 2nd, 3rd, etc. effects of applying knowledge at specific times and the EQ to select among them.

Thinking is an activity that moves us from data to wisdom (at least knowledge, as I don’t think I’ve made it to wisdom anywhere, but I am extrapolating the process). Since we are applying linking/connecting to move up the DIKW hierarchy, I can easily apply the term ‘Linking’ with thinking or secondly ‘Connected’. Much like linking and connected, “Relational” is pretty obvious but not specifically associated with the tools. After working through this explanation and a bit of added thought, I will probably start using “Kinetic Thinking”. It means what I want to say: motive, lively, impelling, sparky, operative and isn’t a typically used phrase.

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