PearlTrees Hack

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PearlTrees changed things and the mind map type layout no longer appears.

This is a hack that needs PearlTrees to be visible (open in another tab, or window) to work. The map shows the structure of PearlTrees, and can be used for navigation, and adding additional content.

The nature of mind-maps is that they should be kept simple, and thus the above picture is complexbut it is like a well-traveled backbone for PearlTrees. The standard mind-maps (that could have picture as well) are probably closer to the ideas of keeping the details simple are listed below.

Mind maps are a way of laying out content in a relational way that the current PearlTrees and Pinterest do not. Drawings shown here try to produce the structure that once existed in the older style (mind map) PearlTrees.

It does need art tools to use, and the current drawing is blurred for some reason during editing (unknown why this is so), but clears up when displayed in the page form. Other drawings added by a more professional tool seems to work better (at font sizes of 10 to 12). Those pictures are shown below.

There are programs that produce great mind maps, but they appear to be annoying to use, and are nothing like PearlTrees, or WordPress.

The sharing of information (or promotion), might need to be reconsidered, as a Pinterest look to PearlTrees means that it must be presented to the audience in a different way; especially since the (mind-map) links no longer exist or have any meaning.



Gharr (extended)


Pure Technical Expanded


Another way to do PearlTrees is to think of them as directories, or lists.

  1. Pure technical
    1. Programming
      1. Computer Language
    2. Maths
      1. Mathematical Works
      2. Maths software
      3. Numerical Software
      4. Other Maths Topics
      5. Probability

This has the advantage of being easy to create here. Pictures can be added whenever it is desired (but is not required as PearlTrees has pictures also). PearlTrees already uses a directory like structure on the side bar, so it is easy to check if design changes have been made on the fly. Cut and past is possible. Small lists allow for links to other small lists in a similar fashion that exists in PearlTrees. Possibly the concept here is to show the core backbone of the pearltree, and important links that give a picture of what things are about.

One thing that PearlTrees showed was the order of connections did count, and in a list form that is possible to keep here also. Movement through the tree is an experience that sort of works to keep the shape of the tree in memory. This can be done by providing links here to other places. Links to other places would occur when expansions of the tree was required.

A mind map picture does make a lot of difference.

Spacer-Pearls: circle with four colors in it.

This particular mind-map does not exist in PearlTrees (yet Jan 2018), but seems like it could be quite useful. It tries to keep topics that are related as close to one and other as possible.

Rapid (quick) Transit is really the PearlTree re-arranged in a different way. sometimes it’s just to get to locations quickly, and in other times it is to make a different mind map from the existing mind-map-tree. This sort of thing creates a more real free-form mind maps that gives greater meanings to huge amounts of information, it is sort of holographic in many ways, as information is re-used to give meaning to a new topic. It wastes space, but the original tree did not contain this particular meaning, or purpose. For some reason this holographic organizing is pleasing to the mind, perhaps we like to think like this… and a huge single reference mind map can become overwhelming, if rearranged into focused topics, it can make this large mind-map seem smaller for some reason.

Rapid transit maps also help when creating new topic based mind maps, as they provide alternative paths through the existing large Pearltree (existing mind-map), and help with the creative impulses.

The above image shows the use of spacer Pearls. Space-Pearls don’t have any meaning, although they can help group stuff, or to simply space things out in a pleasing manner—a drawing area has limited space, so spacer-pearls can help with keeping things compact, and looking good.

In the above picture the spacer-pearl is mostly for layout, on a area with limited space. Some grouping of possibly similar things does occur. The mind always finds patterns in things. The grey lines indicate a possible pattern, that allows for grouping of some items.

Lists don’t tend to have this property of layout, and looking pleasing as pictures do. But if a pearl has a lot of content, then the list could be very long, so splitting it up might be useful. Since this list uses hyperlinks, a yellow highlighter is used here for the grey lined grouped topics.

  1. Gharr
    1. Quick (rapid) Transit
      1. Media & Entertainment
      2. Art
      3. Website Hosts
      4. Collaboration
      5. Diaspora
      6. Vocaloids
      7. Temp Tree of Interest
      8. Search engines
      9. Events

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