You second brain fools want the first brain only for processing and the second for storage. But I ask you, what would a computer be without caches? With no way to quickly retrieve often used and prioritiesed information.

Zach Faddis

Such is the wisdom of Anki. To build a local(first brain) cache for info we want retrieved without having to query the second. To better induce and invite a state of flow.

Ive been using anki primarily to memorize the syntax and functions of various programming languages. It is hard to think of a solution in code when you are constantly having to pause and look up how to do basic things. This is especially frustrating when you are switching between multiple languages regularly. Imagine trying to read when you only knew the definition for half the words. Anki helps me remember core syntax and libraries. Also use it for memorizing commands in Emacs

@zacharius Interesting, yeah I friend who mentioned that he used it for programming too. It's a good idea, maybe one I'll take up.

@zacharius Do you have a meta-pattern for determining a batch of info will benefit from Anki cacheing, or is it always obvious from your workflow?

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