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今日推荐开源项目:《数独答案生成器AI_Sudoku》
今日推荐英文原文:《Should You Use The Most Dangerous Writing App?》
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推荐理由:该项目能从照片中提取数独难题并解决。我们可能理所当然地认为这就是计算机的工作,或许称不上人工智能,但是,更重要的是我们能看到它的算法,它的实现逻辑总不会是若干个简单的循环判断吧?
今日推荐英文原文:《Should You Use The Most Dangerous Writing App?》作者:Mathias Barra
原文链接:https://medium.com/@barra.mathias/should-you-use-the-most-dangerous-writing-app-983c873419af
推荐理由:这篇文章介绍了一个“最危险”的文字编辑应用,如果短时间停止书写,文本将开始消失,并在5秒钟后被完全擦除。如果使用得当,此工具将非常有用,在开始写作时,这是进入正确思维方式的绝佳工具。它是面向作者人群的,那试试用它敲代码会如何?
网站链接:https://www.squibler.io/writing-prompt-generator

Should You Use The Most Dangerous Writing App?

If you have never heard of it, The Most Dangerous Writing App is a simple website for which the motto is:

Don’t stop typing, or all progress will be lost.

If you stop writing for a short while, the text starts to fade away and will be entirely erased after 5 seconds. At that point, everything written will be lost without hope to get it back. You can choose the limit by which you can download or copy the text based on two settings: time or amount of words.

The time limit goes from 3 to 60 minutes while the word limit goes from 75 to 1667 (god only knows why he chose such a weird number as a limit).

There is also a hardcore mode in which only the letter which just got typed can be seen for a split second. This allows you to focus on the content directly, not correcting typos and such. This tool can be incredibly useful if properly used but there are some risks as well.

1. Advantages


Obviously, the first reason to use it is to enter a flow at the beginning of a writing session. Every writer has had at one point difficulties entering a state of mind in which words are flowing like a cascade without stop. Having an idea for an article, book, etc. is a start but we often find ourselves stuck with the very beginning.

Thoughts are present but you cannot seem to find in which order they should come nor how to connect them. In such cases, this website forces you to keep writing.

Your mind gets pushed to think and find on the spot a following to whatever you have already written.

As a result, while the text may not be perfect, you have at least created a basis on which you can build and then turn everything in a proper piece of writing as you originally had in mind. This website can also be a great way to find new ideas.

It can be used as some sort of blank page on which you can write words or expressions that are somehow connected to the previous ones you have written.

Doing this for even just 5 minutes can create an array of ideas which are originally supposed to be all connected together.

However, if you look at the first ideas with the last keywords you have entered, you will usually find a distance between them. This exercise indeed forces your brain to make connections which you probably wouldn’t have made.

This is a sort of musculation exercise for your brain, your thought process. Taking the time to train to make unconventional connections will allow you to think on your feet more easily in daily life, but also to discover new ways to organize your text and new article ideas even!

2. Risks


The first and obvious risk is to just use a text created on it directly as is. While important not to overthink your text, it is also crucial to not let it become too plain.

Processing an article based on the first draft created will only make it be of poor quality. While it is a good idea to force your brain to think quickly so you don’t lose your text, it can also create unnatural connections only you could follow due to your past experiences.

This is why you need to think about those clearly, taking the time to edit your text the right way.

Furthermore, if you already have a clear idea of how you plan on setting your text, it is better to avoid using this website. It is greatly useful to get you started but in the midst of the rush your brain gets in, you may forget one important aspect and have trouble putting it back in later on.

All in all, The Most Dangerous Writing App is an incredible tool if well used. Most of my articles were originally started on it and even after finishing my 5 minutes session, I would just keep on writing there, enjoying the blank surroundings, free of distractions.

When starting a writing session, this is a great tool to get into the right mindset and as the creator says on his website:
  • Because ’tis better to have written and lost, than never to have written at all.

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