"Every perception is to some degree an act of creation, and every act of memory is to some degree an act of imagination."

-- Gerald Edelman, Second Nature: Brain Science and Human Knowledge
6 More patterns of Anki use8 More patterns of Anki useMore patterns of Anki usePart I: How to remember almost anything: the Anki systemAugmenting Long-term Memory2020-09-24JournalUse one big deck: Anki allows you to organize cards into decks and subdecks. Some people use this to create a complicated organizational structure. I used to do this, but I've gradually\\ It's gradual because questions sometimes need to be rewritten due to the changed context. For instance, both my Emacs and Unix command line decks had very similar questions, along the lines of: “How to delete a word?” Those questions need to be rewritten, e.g. as: “In Emacs, how to delete a word?” (This, by the way, may seem a strange question for a long-time Emacs user such as myself. In fact, I've used Anki to help me change the way I delete words in Emacs, which is why I have an Anki question on the subject. I have made many improvements to my Emacs workflow this way.) merged my decks and subdecks into one big deck. The world isn't divided up into neatly separated components, and I believe it's good to collide very different types of questions. One moment Anki is asking me a question about the temperature chicken should be cooked to. The next: a question about the JavaScript API. Is this mixing doing me any real good? I'm not sure. I have not, as yet, found any reason to use JavaScript to control the cooking of a chicken. But I don't think this mixing does any harm, and hope it is creatively stimulating, and helps me apply my knowledge in unusual contexts.