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Slow brain and memory useage

This observation may be one of correlation rather than cause, but I was building out a brain that was flying along until I went back and started associating URLs with some of the thoughts I had created previously. Once I had about 30 URLs pasted into thoughts of a plex, things became significantly slower. I believe that the time difference I am seeing is being spent attempting to render icons for the thoughts. Especially when the URL is from a site that has an icon associated with it like red herring or such.

BHTML (Brain HTML)

The embedded html would be kind of like a server side include in the note. You could have one bit of HTML that could be repeated in every note just by adding a tag to the note and when you change that one bit of HTML and republish, that HTML is updated.

Comma Trick
I've always been a special user, it seems, as I follow the scenario you describe and get the full thought displayed beneath the parent instead of just the abbreviated name. (So where you type in "parent, child1" and see "child1," I see "parent, child1," unless I physically click on "parent" in the quick list and then type a comma.)

I'm sure, like when you take your car to the mechanic, I'll try it again after an update and it will just work.

But the point of the first post I would like to emphasize is I feel it would be a time-saver if I could just type ", thoughtname" and it would work just as if I'd entered "parentthought, thoughtname." Since the comma is already a special character being dealt with in the name, it wouldn't seem to be too much extra effort to deal with it if it's the first position in the name.
Summary Thought

zenrain wrote: Why wouldn't you just select the thoughts, either by ctrl clicking the gate, or using the brain crawl function, choose Edit > Copy as Text, and then paste it in the parent notes?

Yes, it's not automatic, but I'm not seeing why all that coding would need to be done when it can be done in just a few steps

Copy as text didn't exist until a short while ago, and, to your point, 'all that coding' is actually partially done with just that feature.

All that's left is to give a thought the ability to know the context of text it is copying (children only, notes and thought name, thought name, notes) and to associate it's trigger with either a sitebrain publish or the note for a summary thought being activated :-)

I am primarily interested in the feature because of a sitebrain... I'd like to have a sitebrain of "summary thoughts" while the information that makes up the details of the summary thoughts (the actual knowledge behind the summary) changes.
Force Unique Thought Names
I seem to remember this from earlier versions of the Brain, but in 4.0.9.1 I can easily create multiple thoughts with the same name (hence the exploration of the 'comma trick' in other forums).

I would like to have an option in preferences to the effect of "force unique thought names" so that if I type the name of a thought with which to link from a gate, it links to the thought that matches what was typed rather than creating a new thought.
Comma Trick
Nah, the 'comma trick' is different. From the help documentation:

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PersonalBrain offers a timesaver (affectionately known as the "comma trick") for helping you manage Thoughts that should appear to have the same name, and are children of separate Thoughts. Here's an example of when this might occur. Say you have Thoughts for each of your clients, each of which has a billing department. You'd like a child Thought named "Billing Info" for each of your client Thoughts. However, you may not want to have duplicate Thought names. Why? Because later, when you're looking at these Thoughts you won't be able to tell them apart without looking at their parents.

Here's how to remedy this potential dilemma when you create the new Thought:

When you type a new thought name, first type the name of its parent, then type a comma, then type the name of the new thought.

The thought will display its full name when it is active. When its parent Thought is active, you'll see only the portion of the name that does not preat the parent's name. Ensuring that each of your thoughts has a unique name will help find and identify them more easily.

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In my testing, it only seems to work properly when one starts typing the name of the parent, selects the parent from the list, then add the comma and the child thought name. Just typing the name of the parent manually, adding a comma and the child thought name doesn't seem to work. This is what makes creating multiple children using the 'comma trick' and the semi-colon at the same time fail. 
Pharmaceutical Brain
With four hours of experience on this forum under my belt I now know I should have posted this under Personal Brain Uses instead of Personal Brain Examples. Perhaps a moderator would be kind enough to move it.

If not, yeah, joke only. (Although I'm sure a pharmaceutical brain would be of great use to some.)
How to deal with orphaned thoughts?

Many thanks! I already am old enough that I suffer from orphaned thoughts personally... I couldn't bear knowing that my digital supplement would have the same problem :-)

How to deal with orphaned thoughts?

Thanks, but still a mystery to me... I click on the reports tab, but the only choice I have in the first drop down box is All Types... the second box is related to time filters, and the third box is sort order. I wonder why Orphans isn't a choice for me on Personal Brain Pro 4.0.9.1?

How to deal with orphaned thoughts?
I can see how to recover or delete forgotten thoughts, but no provision for finding orphaned thoughts. As an example, I made three thoughts

[The Top Thought]
   |
[Forget Me]
   |
[Forget Me Not]

Then I right-clicked on the middle thought ([Forget Me]) and chose to forget it. Now I can find no way to navigate or surface [Forget Me Not] without explicitly searching for it.

So how does one know how many orphaned thoughts they have floating around once a brain gets big? I'm sure I'm just missing some obvious thing.
Comma Trick
The 'comma trick' is nice, but it would be a real time-saver if just starting a child thought with a comma automatically pulled down the gated thought once the child thought was created.

Also, it doesn't appear that there's a way to use the 'comma trick' when re-naming a thought as the renaming dialog box doesn't have the same quick thought feature as the create dialog box.

Finally, I can't find a way to use the 'comma trick' when trying to make multiple children of a thought simultaneously.
Summary Thought
A predefined thought type called a Summary thought that automatically aggregates either:

the children's thought names as a hierarchy in the notes field,
the notes from all children thougths,
the combination of the children thought names as a header and then the children notes as paragraphs beneath each header.


So, for example, if I have a thought structure like...

Object
--Properties
----Color
----Type
----Size
--Methods
----setColor
----getColor
----setType
----getType
----setSize
----getSize

In the summary note, I get a tree that looks like what is above, or I get a summary of the contents of the child notes fields.

Shirt
--
----Red
----Polo
----XL
--

Or I get

Object

..Shirt

--Properties

----Color

..Red

----Type

..Polo

----Size

..XL

--Methods

----setColor

----getColor

----setType

----getType

----setSize

----getSize


A contrived example... but hopefully enough to get the concept across.

This allows you to essentially see a mini-report on a cluster of thoughts by glancing at the parent thought alone.
Pharmaceutical Brain

Common drugs linked by ingredients, dosages, side effects, and interaction. (I really just put this in here so I could say, "And this is your Brain on drugs."

Brain as an RSS Reader

A Brain type that basically let you create RSS channels as thoughts and then updated those thoughts with articles as children. Common categorizations (current events, technology, etc) could then be used as linking thoughts to connect feed items from dozens of sources.

BHTML (Brain HTML)
It would be useful within a thought to be able to embed a few basic Brain specific HTML commands:

Embedded Thought Link - Keeps the thought ID in a note and dynamically generates a link to the thought (even if it is renamed or moved).

Embedded HTML - Allows you to toss a bit of embedded HTML into a note that is then published with the thought whenever a Sitebrain is generated.

This makes publishing a Sitebrain much more usable in that one can make some basic formatting within a note, and in particular, create multiple links on a note to other thoughts. These links (because of the extremely flexible nature of the BHTML you created :-) would then automatically be kept up to date when a new site brain is published.
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