Obsidian October 2022 daily progress and learnings

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Link to event details: Obsidian October 2022 - Obsidian Hub - Obsidian Publish

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Preface

I started journaling in obsidian and that got me back into writing. Now I wanted to start writing posts on my dead developer blog, but didn’t want to leave the editor experience of obsidian behind. I saw there were a few blog publishing plugins, but they’re all for specific platforms and none of them would work for a git-based blog, so I’m trying to fill that niche and more with my plugin.

The plugin

My plugin will allow me to Publish/update/delete blog posts from within obsidian and will support a number of platforms (dev.to, medium, hashnode, ghost, git/github, etc). The plugin will also support additional preprocessing for images and links. Images will simply be uploaded to imgur meanwhile the outgoing internal links (to other notes) will be converted to live URL versions of those notes if those notes have also been previously published via the plugin.

I also want to support cross-posting and maintaining the canonical urls.

The result will be similar to obsidian publish, but instead of having a web version of obsidian you’d have whatever blogging platform you’re used to but gaining obsidian-like features. Effectively turning obsidian into THE best editorial tool for markdown enthusiasts. (Combined with the Vale plugin (for writing style suggestions), it should really be a nice experience.)


This is the first serious (but second) plugin that I’m making and I’m quite enjoying it as a side project.

After this project is complete, I’m probably going to make a custom view for roll20 character sheets. That way I can have sexy sheets along side my session notes & zettels.

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Interactive Medical Terminology Dictionary (An Obsidian Vault with a demonstration video)

If you’re studying medicine (or if you’re a patient who gets worried that your doctor may be possessed by Beelzebub), you may have struggled to understand and memorize all of the crazy medical terms. Given that this community is learning-adjacent, you’re probably aware that it’s more beneficial and also easier to understand the rationale and the system that produces an outcome rather than simply memorizing that outcome. That’s where this obsidian medical dictionary vault comes in.

I made a dictionary (inspired by Dunmore and Fleischer’s Medical Terminology: Exercises in Etymology textbook) that defines and links most of the 600+ “high yield” medical Latin and Greek roots (the prefixes, the combining forms, suffixes, and suffix forms). Each root is a note, so if you’re able to break down a medical term and search those roots, you will be able to figure out what a term means. Further, each root uses a dataview query to find all other medical terms that derive from it, so you can learn that root in context. After all, we don’t learn our native languages through flashcards; we learn them by hearing them used in relation to different words and stimuli. There are a lot of other cool applications for this dictionary, like finding synonyms and partial synonyms. There’s also a table that compares and contrasts similar roots, and another that aggregates them into a more traditional alphabetical database style.

Being familiar with even a portion of the roots in the dictionary will drastically improve your ability to parse through odd-sounding medical terms, and hopefully the method I used to link everything within its context will help you find what you’re looking for, enable you to learn about it quickly, and use that knowledge even when you don’t have your computer on hand.

Here is the video I made demonstrating the uses for this vault. The vault itself is downloadable from this link.

Here is an alternative article I wrote about the dictionary, with a real-life example: What is nephrolithiasis? (Hint, drink some water my dudes)

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I am new to software development and have almost no idea what I am doing :grin::+1:

The plan is to create lots of small, probably useless plugins, to help me understand what is possible.

Then I will look to develop a plugin that might be useful.

My journey will be on YouTube and shared here

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I’m on a mission to allow people in academia and students to use Obsidian as a daily driver. I’ve been using Obsidian for a bit and have learned lots of tips and tricks.

The first one is a more general on using Obsidian to boost productivity for scientific research: How to Boost your Productivity for Scientific Research | by Leonardo Castorina | Medium | Better Humans

The second one is more specific getting the basic workflow with Zotero - Obsidian and writing together and more practical for academic writing: Obsidian Tutorial for Academic Writing | by Leonardo Castorina | Better Humans

My plan is to soon make a video on a practical way I used Obsidian to write a blog and a paper.

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glad to see some other videos about doing plugins. I will see this. I was surprised to only find one video until now (on Obsidian channel). It’s a good start, but not specific enough, if e.g you encounter issues when you have to publish. But even at this step I wonder if a feature like duplicate a line (like ctrl d in some editor, or ctrl shift ↓ in VSC) shouldn’t be directly in the source code? Where is this source code, in fact? and if I change my title in gitub (adding -obisidian at the end) is my plugin still submited? and so on… a lot of beginner questions… I did some little plugins in Blender, and there were a lot of videos about making add-ons, by users.

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Yeah, there are so many small things I am learning as I go.
I am trying to share what I can but there will be errors some face that I wont, and things I do that work but I wont know why.