Archived Notes by Jack Baty
Notes from the old site


November 2015

November 23

Monday November 23, 2015
  • Working on some software/workflow changes in anticipation of the

    new iPad Pro. Will need better access to notes, etc. on mobile. Tinderbox, for example. I'm archiving older Tinderbox project files as OPML and converting to Org Mode files, which are plain text. Still struggling with how to handle current project files. Hard for me to actually work in anything other than Tinderbox.

November 14

Saturday November 14, 2015
  • I'd like to turn this site into a

    Liveblog per what Dave Winer is doing. Waiting to see if he makes whatever he is working on available.

November 8

Sunday November 08, 2015
  • ❖ It's not burnout I suffer from. More like fadeout.
  • ❖ Time Machine was failing for some reason on my iMac. Instead of

    dealing with that I installed and ran SuperDuper!, which has never failed me. Not sure why I hadn't installed it sooner.

  • ❖ There comes a point in life when nothing is worth waiting in

    line for.

November 7

Saturday November 07, 2015
  • ❖ Installed Carrot's Ship

    utility for making my static deployments to S3 easier. Handy

  • ❖ Running the native version of I hope this means I

    can stop bookmarking sites I don't care much about but want to remember just in case.

  • ❖ I'm a little disappointed that I prefer Reeder over the new


  • ❖ Looking forward to seeing the new blogging tool Dave Winer is

    creating. He's using it for his liveblog now and it looks like something that could replace Fargo nicely.

November 6

Friday November 06, 2015
  • ❖ I'm betting on static sites. Things like,,, etc are compelling and getting better. Moved to netlify and this site ( to Amazon S3.

October 2015

October 21

Wednesday October 21, 2015
  • ❖ I saw the first Star Wars movie shortly after it was released in
    1. I was 13, which is the perfect age for that sort of movie. I saw

    it seven times in the theater. That took a whole lot of begging, but was worth it. I'm really looking forward to The Force Awakens.

October 10

Saturday October 10, 2015
  • ❖ I see Marco's update to Overcast uses a "patronage" payment

    model. While $1/month is a totally fair price, I'm beginning to suffer from what I think of as "patronage fatigue".

October 9

Friday October 09, 2015
  • ❖ Twitter doesn't work very well as a feed source. When reading

    Twitter I'm not in the mood for clicking links. I rarely click the links, and I'm pretty sure I'm not alone. While in my RSS reader, on the other hand…

October 8

Thursday October 08, 2015
  • ❖ Switched from BusyCal to Fantastical. Mostly just as a change of

    pace, but also because Fantastical feels like it's improving quickly, and it a direction that makes sense to me

  • ❖ I like Medium but wish there were more not-so-serious writing

    there. It's like everyone is trying to be so very important.

Slack and IRC
  • ❖ People keep comparing Slack with IRC, saying things like "Isn't

    Slack just IRC with…?" I find it hard to believe any of those people have used both in earnest. I've used IRC for years and still do, but Slack kicks IRC's ass in every way but "openness". The experience of using Slack is so much better than that of IRC I can forgive it not being wide open.

October 3

Saturday October 03, 2015
  • ❖ I am unbelievably unproductive on the iPhone. It's a ridiculous

    device to use for anything at all significant. People who claim otherwise are apologists who are kidding themselves. Either that or their "work" doesn't require much work.

September 2015

September 27

Notes - Sunday September 27, 2015
  • ❖ Every morning I wake up hoping they've discovered a long-lost

    AC/DC album featuring Bon Scott. Every evening I go to bed disappointed.

  • ❖ I've moved all of my tasks into one giant Org Mode file in hopes

    that I'll stop farting around with my "system" for the thousandth time this year.

September 24

Notes - Thursday September 24, 2015
  • ❖ I don't love iTunes, but I do love the "For You" play lists by

    Apple Music.

September 23

Notes - Wednesday September 23, 2015
  • ❖ I've been using Slack as a place for family and friends for

    about a month now and it works very well for that. Hoping to get more people involved.

September 15

Notes - Tuesday September 15, 2015
  • ❖ Koken has been acquired by NetObjects. Doesn't give me good

    feelings but it's only fair to withhold judgement for now.

September 12

Notes - Saturday September 12, 2015
  • ❖ Decided to go back to BitTorrent Sync (from SpiderOak) for files

    I'd like to keep private. I'd rather not have them on a cloud server at all, encrypted or not. BTSync keeps getting better and the new licensing for personal users is now fair.

September 10

Notes - Thursday September 10, 2015
  • ❖ Renewed my SaneBox account. I've started getting a lot more

    service notifications and would prefer to have them automatically filed. SaneBox does this well.

September 9

Notes - Wednesday September 09, 2015
  • ❖ During lunch I said that I had no interest in a new iPad. Now

    the odds are 90% that I'll be getting an iPad Pro.

  • ❖ Apple TV looks pretty sweet. I'm in.
  • ❖ Don't need a new iPhone yet.
  • ❖ I've never heard of One Republic.

September 8

Notes - Tuesday September 08, 2015
  • ❖ Setting up memacs because

    it's neat.

September 7

Notes - Monday September 07, 2015
  • ❖ If Twitter bumps the 140-character limit significantly the

    service will be of no use to me.

  • ❖ Does anyone else feel like we're overthinking everything now?

September 6

Notes - Sunday September 06, 2015
  • ❖ When web/app/game designers "learn to code" it helps them

    understand the limitations of the medium in which they operate. This then causes their thinking to become hindered by those very limitations. This is not an improvement.

September 5

Notes - Saturday September 05, 2015
  • ❖ I was very excited to see the NetNewsWire 4 announcement. I used

    it for years. After trying it for a couple of days I'm back to Reeder on my Mac. Too bad.

  • ❖ Archiving all of my client email and deleting it from Gmail.

    Hope I don't regret this.

September 3

Notes - Thursday September 03, 2015

September 2

Notes - Wednesday September 02, 2015
  • ❖ I'll always stop reading your article when I hit the word


September 1

Notes - Tuesday September 01, 2015
  • ❖ Disappointed that AwayFind is shutting down. I've been a happy

    user for years. IFTTT is not a suitable replacement.

August 2015

August 31

Notes - Monday August 31, 2015
  • ✿ I'm experimenting with Slack as a shared communication tool with

    family and friends. It's meant for work teams but I think it could work for personal "teams" as well.

August 30

Notes - Sunday August 30, 2015
  • ✿ I almost forgot that Fargo is dependent upon Dropbox. I

    remembered when Dropbox went down for a while today. I dislike dependencies.

  • ✿ Goddammit stop complaining about email. It's still the best

    thing we've got by far. If you want to complain, complain about badly-written or unnecessary email. It's not the mechanism at fault.

August 29

Notes - Saturday August 29, 2015
  • ✿ I'm not interested in what anyone thinks the new Apple TV will

    be. I only care about what is shipped. Speculation is boring.

  • ✿ I still love

    BBEdit. Always have and probably always will.

  • ✿ TIL: To match the end of a file in a RegEx search, use \Z. Of

    course then the beginning of the file is found using \A.

August 28

Notes - Friday August 28, 2015
  • ✿ I've been thinking about this for a while, and I predict

    Go will be the next thing.

August 27

Notes - Thursday August 27, 2015

August 25

Notes - Tuesday August 25, 2015
  • ✿ I still don't like Dr. Who. After many attempts to watch and

    enjoy Dr. Who, I've concluded that it is a dumb, unconvincing, uninteresting show that does not warrant even a small fraction of the love it gets from people I otherwise respect.

August 24

Notes - Monday August 24, 2015
  • ✿ People would rather work on naming a project than work on the

    project itself

  • ✿ I am now using Chronosync to manage my DEVONthink databases

    between computers. The built-in sync is unreliable. This means I have to remember to sync->launch->work->quit->sync twice a day. We'll see if it becomes a burden.

August 19

Notes - Wednesday August 19, 2015
  • ✿ I'm conflicted. My idealist self wants a completely static

    website. My realist self hates the extra work and loves the convenience of Wordpress. I feel like static will win, but it's going to take a stronger position on longevity to make it happen.

  • ✿ Passwords should only require uppercase and symbols if they are

    fewer than, say, 10 characters. Long, lowercase passphrases should be allowed.

  • ✿ I want to set up a Slack team for family and friends. Like a

    mini-Facebook without all the Facebook.

August 18

Notes - Tuesday August 18, 2015
  • ✿ I've been using on my Mac for a couple of days. It's

    been a while. I always feel somehow refreshed when using it, but then the novelty wears off. Not sure why.

August 17

Notes - Monday August 17, 2015
  • ✿ So Amazon employees work really hard. Big whoop. Oh, and it

    turns out most of the NYT article may have been slightly exaggerated.

  • ✿ I'm just going to say it: The Pilot G2 is a mediocre pen at

    best. Nothing special at all.

  • ✿ People sure do get upset about things that are really only minor


August 16

It only looks like blogging
  • Too many of my RSS feeds look like this…
    • [sponsor] …
    • [podcast] …
    • [podcast] …
    • [sponsor] …

August 15

Technology keeps letting me down
  • I hate to act like an old but this shit is getting out of hand.

    Here are the first few that come to mind over the past few days.

    • Apple Music, which I loved at first, seems to be doing all sorts

      of random things I can't understand

    • My iPhone's volume has a mind of its own.
    • My iPad won't sync with iCloud
    • Don't get me started on the foolishness that is trying to use the

      Apple Watch consistently

    • "Netflix is not currently available"

August 14

Carpenters banging on stuff with hammers about how difficult

carpentry is

  • If writing is so difficult then maybe don't spend so much time

    writing about how difficult it is.

August 13

Text file fatigue
  • I've spent years, on and off, using Vim and more recently

    Emacs/Spacemacs. When I go text, I go all text. This makes me feel great for a while. It's portable! It's future-proof! It's flexible!

  • Then I realize a few other things about my text-only workflow:

    it's ugly! It's limited! It doesn't need to be future-proof! That's when I start wishing things could be a little more fancy. First thing I try is usually a different theme in my editor. That helps for a little while, but I long for \_pretty not just "not ugly".

  • So today I'm taking notes in my long-time favorite, Tinderbox and

    I adding tasks in OmniFocus. Sure is easy.

My Apple Watch is unreliable
  • Today, the watch couldn't see my iPhone. Had to reset both the

    phone and Watch and re-pair. Basically had to start over.

August 12

The Internet of Things is a Terrible Idea
  • James Mickens is pretty entertaining, but

    his message is clear: The Internet of Things is a disaster waiting to happen.

  • I'm against automatically adding a network chip to every single

    thing. We don't need it and it's not worth the risk.

Fargo is back
  • I know I know. This site changes engines way too often. This is

    fine, since the engine is sort of the whole reason exists so keep up.


November 2014

November 1

Fresh Mac Installs - November 2014
  • I just replaced my 5-year old 27" iMac with a beautiful new 27"

    Retina iMac. Normally it would be best to restore from a Time Machine backup but I decided that with 5 years of crud built up I would start from scratch. I'm sure I'll hate myself later.

  • It's fun to rethink what software I need every now and then.

    Here's the list of things I've installed so far.

    • 1Password
    • Dropbox
    • PopClip
    • TextExpander
    • Bittorrent Sync
    • Hazel
    • Xcode
    • Homebrew
    • zsh (and oh-my-zsh)
    • Mutt
    • tmux
    • Skitch
    • iTerm2
    • Vim
    • Better Rename 9
    • Acorn
    • Tinderbox
    • DEVONthink Pro Office
    • TheBrain (and so also Java)
    • Day One
    • Clarify
    • Evernote
    • Reeder
    • Slack
    • Lightroom
    • Photoshop CC
    • Capture One Pro
    • Photo Mechanic
    • BBEdit
    • Taskwarrior
    • ScanSnap Manager
    • Sonos
    • YNAB
    • Final Cut Pro
  • It's all mostly the usual suspects. No surprise there. I was

    surprised by Mutt and Vim, since I swore off terminal apps again recently. Also, Evernote is taking a more prominent spot in my workflow lately. Or I should say, again.

  • It feels great to start fresh, even though it eats up a couple of


October 2014

October 26

Testing from Fargo
  • Testing the markdown settings when posting here from Fargo.
  • These should be paragraphs and not simply delimited by break tags.
  • Yes?

October 25

Evernote keeps sucking me back in
  • I have a built-in aversion to using Evernote. I'm not a fan of how

    it looks and I dislike how difficult it is to get things out in the same format I added them. I can't fathom why the currently-selected notebook is not indicated in the sidebar. And so on.

  • But, Evernote makes keeping and finding stuff really easy. It's

    everywhere, all the time. Most other software I use integrates with it in some way. And it's always improving, which is important.

  • Each time I quit using Evernote I import everything into

    DEVONthink and swear to never go back. Then I get frustrated with DEVONthink (weak mobile, flakey and complicated sync) and Evernote sucks me back in. The latest update makes Evernote faster and it feels smoother overall.

  • Now if I could just get over the "lock-in" issue I could stick

    with Evernote and be reasonably happy.

September 2014

September 19

September 18

Casting a wider social net
  • I thought I wanted to be the quiet guy in the corner. I'd like to

    just create things, post them without fanfare, and hey, if you find them you find them. Or maybe I should never post anything at all. I could just make stuff that ends up in a cardboard box in my basement until I'm dead. That would be neat, but it's not likely. You see, I've fallen into the same trap as everyone else; I love validation. Even a simple but meaningless Facebook "Like" feels good and I'm just as vulnerable to that feeling as the rest of you. I certainly don't want to be one of those hand-waving-look-at-me! types that are so common, but I don't always enjoy sitting here talking to myself either.

  • I've tried not cross-posting to

    Twitter, Tumblr, and Facebook but it's more fun to share. This blog doesn't get a lot of visitors, so if I want someone to read something I've written or see something I've photographed – and I do – it's gotta get posted to other places. Bear with my while I work this all out.

September 15

The Bullet Journal Kickstarter
  • I've been keeping notes and todos in one notebook or another for

    years. I prefer it that way, but it can be difficult to find things later and sometimes I can't decide what goes in the notebook and what goes elsewhere and why. Ryder Carroll recently solved those issues for me by created a wonderful and slightly more structured system called The Bullet Journal. It's simple and flexible but contains enough process to make it the first paper-based "system" I've ever stuck with for any length of time.

  • He's now started a

    Kickstarter project so I backed it immediately.

  • > This Kickstarter campaign will fund development of the next

    version of a stronger, smarter, more intuitive platform that will make it easy for users to find and contribute new methods to make the Bullet Journal system even more useful and effective. The new site will serve as a free library for the ever-growing catalog of productivity methods. The revamped site will also feature fresh tutorials, videos, reviews, resources, and so much more!

  • Including a Leuchtturm1917 notebook makes it worth the price of

    admission. I like them much better than the typical Moleskine.

  • Here's hoping it gets funded!
The Apple Store Experience
  • At some point over the past couple of years I began to dread going

    to the Apple Store. That's a shame, since for a long time I couldn't wait to go there. I'd go just to browse around (and usually end up buying something). It was smooth, clean, relatively quiet, and a completely pleasent experience.

  • Now, it's sort of a clusterfuck. They pass me from one associate

    to another. I stand in one line waiting to stand in another. Today someone basically just pointed me at a computer to "easily take care of that online" then left me to wait for about 20 minutes. I could've done that from my comfy chair at home. I probably should have.

September 14

  • I dread going to family reunions, yet every time I attend one I'm

    glad I did. I have a pretty cool extended family. Everyone is funny and nice and we all get along famously. I'm not sure why I don't look forward to going, but I sure enjoy looking back on having gone.

Re-evaluating Fargo
  • Fargo is a darn nice outliner and Dave wants

    it to hook into everything. I'm a fan of that idea so I'm taking another look.

March 2014

March 21

What is Apple risking by not producing a "smart" watch?
  • I'd say they're risking nothing, because no one wants a smart

    watch. Ask around.

March 14

Materials matter
  • Mmmm: Leather and canvas
  • Blech: Vinyl and ballistic nylon

March 12

Why Photography Matters
  • ![cover](why-photography-matters.jpg)
  • I really didn't understand what Mr. Thompson was getting at in

    "Why Photography Matters" and wasn't interested enough to find out. Skip this one unless you're just dying to read someone beat up on Susan Sontag

March 9

A perfect weekend
  • Have you ever had one of those weekends where everything was

    completely awesome? I just had one of those. The details don't matter, but I'll remember this one for quite some time. I'm thankful for times like this.

March 8

David Rees Artisanal Pencil Sharpening
  • ![](david-rees.jpg)
  • Some months ago I read "How to Sharpen a Pencil" by David Rees.

    This was naturally followed up with the purchase of a genuine David-Rees-Sharpened Pencil. Yes, it's a bit silly. That's sort of the point. (the POINT, ha!)

  • There's now a short film with Mr. Rees called "[How to Sharpen

    Pencils](" and it's great fun.

March 6

  • ![cover](influx-cover.jpg)
  • The latest Daniel Suarez book, "Influx", is much like his others.

    That means full of tech thriller fun. I liked it.

March 5

  • Remember when we thought that Bittorrent was going to have

    legitimate uses?

March 2

  • I'm finding Node to be more complete and useful than I originally

    expected, even though everyone told me I should expect it to be complete and useful. Sometimes I just need to see for myself.

Now that we've been using Node.js for a few

new projects at Fusionary, I thought I should dig in a little deeper

Catching up with JavaScript
  • The last time I wrote anything remotely complex in JavaScript was

    back in 1997. It's still around.

  • Since then, everything has gotten better but me. I try to keep up

    on what's going on but never actually get to writing code. This weekend I decided that it was time to catch up.

  • I've ordered some books, read some tutorials, and made a plan to

    dig in.

February 2014

February 22
  • It's true, I try every blogging platform. Including
Fargo templates
  • Still working on getting the templates working correctly when

    rendering the Fargo outlines. It's currently not seeing my #menu directives so I must be doing something wrong. Again.

February 21

Fargo 2 is good to go.
  • Fargo 2

    is available today. Keeps getting better.

  • I would love to blog with Fargo. Keeping an

    eye on development

February 8


September 2013

September 10

Notes - 2013-09-10
  • Phone upgrades for me are now mostly about getting a new camera

July 2013

July 23

Notes - July 23, 2013
  • With search-only storage, you can only answer a specific question.

    There is little chance of serendipity. This is why I prefer a hierarchical organization system; there's always context.

July 19

Notes - July 19, 2013
  • I can't think of too many things worse than surviving a plane

    crash only to be hit and killed by an ambulance.

  • Shooting 4x5 film is such a pain in the ass that I can't explain

    why I find it so much fun.

July 18

Notes - July 18, 2013
  • When talking to people, I mostly just nod and wait for my turn to

    speak. It must be terribly annoying for all of you. All of my previous attempts to correct that behavior have failed, but I'll keep trying.

July 16

Notes - July 16, 2013
  • Pretty much done with blog posts beginning with "Why I quit…"

July 15

Notes - July 15, 2013
  • It seems that if a photograph contains at least a small portion of

    bare boob, the rest of the image falls right into place, artistically I mean.

July 14

Notes - July 14, 2013
  • It's like extra-reductionism day

July 12

Notes - July 12, 2013
  • Twenty seconds of introductory music on your video is 19 seconds

    too many

  • I love paper and digital notes equally but I wish I didn't.

July 7

Notes - July 07, 2013
  • The best opportunities for photojournalism are given to the people

    already there.

  • I can't wait to go digital full time because that likely means the

    images have become more important to me than the process of making them. Either that, or all of it has become less important.

  • Fountain pens and notebooks are more fun to collect and use than

    writing apps.

July 5

Notes - July 05, 2013
  • Enjoying the moment and photographing that moment are not mutually


  • There's nothing more annoying than someone else's fireworks.
  • akrasia |əˈkrāZH(ē)ə| noun meaning the state of mind in which

    someone acts against their better judgment through weakness of will.

July 4

Notes - July 04, 2013
  • I have articles about reducing clutter lying around all over the


  • Skeumorphism in digital design is the unfortunate victim of a

    design community suddenly deciding it has become bored.

  • Do people just sit around looking for things to suddenly become

    indignant about?

  • Your snarky 4th of July comments are hilarious.

July 3

Notes - July 03, 2013
  • Moving non-essential notes and files back into Evernote because I

    hate myself. This is something I do at least once a year and then decide against 2 months later. Awareness is the first step to recovery, right?

  • I'm beginning to think the 140 character limit is bullshit. (he

    says, in 60 characters)

  • A web UI is nice to have, but totally unnecessary. Am I the last

    person to feel that way?

  • I've now added some styles here so that each paragraph in a notes

    entry is separated by a horizontal line. I think this better indicates that each is a stand-alone thought and not just another paragraph.

July 2

Notes - July 02, 2013
  • Over the holiday weekend I'm going to try and do nothing but read

    and take photos.

July 1

Notes - July 01, 2013
  • My decision to skip breakfast was faulty.
  • For me, if it doesn't work in Safari, it doesn't work.
  • I'll never understand how to print out of Excel
  • The level of lust a person holds for photography gear is not

    indicative of their creative abilities. There is no correlation.

June 2013

June 30

Notes - June 30, 2013
  • I still don't see why I should use
  • It's more about the camera than the photograph. More about the

    record player than the music. More about the typewriter than the story.

  • Holy shit I'm excited about seeing Rush tonight. Last time was in
  • The only thing I seem to be learning in the darkroom is respect

    for those who do it well

  • The problem with most things is that they are somebody's job.

    That person inevitably ruins them.

June 29

Notes - June 29, 2013
  • Well of course I love talking about myself. The alternative is

    talking about you.

  • "I am testing your software and I like what I see so far, but…"
  • So help me if I spend all day just dicking around on the computer

    I'm going to be pissed.

  • You can call it "Scheduled Maintenance" all you want, but if you

    didn't mention it ahead of time it's still an unplanned outage.

June 28

Notes - June 28, 2013
  • There are so many people I admire and try to emulate that I've

    become no one.

  • Are motorized paper towel dispensers the dumbest thing ever

    invented or is there something else?

  • Over-sharing and bragging about not over-sharing are two sides

    of the same coin.

  • Continuing my search for a unified theory of not coming to a


  • When I should film I don't even think about when I'll see the

    images. When I shoot digital I always want to see them RIGHT NOW.

June 27

Notes - June 27, 2013
  • The anticipation of receiving a new camera ties up all my

    processes. A cardboard cutout of me would be more useful at the office today.

  • Listening to Kanye West's "Yeezus" is weird and fascinating. I

    don't know yet if I'm enjoying it. "Black Skinhead" is my favorite so far.

  • I'd rather make software that does new and useful things for

    people doing actual work than software that looks good out of the box but is otherwise useless. Not even sure what that means, but everything I've worked on that looks like crap is more loved by clients than the stuff I spent too much time "designing" for visual impact. Haven't figured out how best to combine the two.

  • Nobody sounds like Black Sabbath more than Black Sabbath. My

    expectations were tempered, and I'm not at all disappointed.

  • The OmniFocus 2 beta is still unusable for me. Not just slow and

    buggy but I don't care for the direction it's going. I've still not gotten the hang of the new sidebar. Back to 1.x for the time being.

  • Thought of a new name for this blog - "Snark Crossing" - (domain


June 26

Notes - June 26, 2013
  • I'm not sure I buy the argument that if you photograph an event

    you've somehow not "lived" that event. At the same time, put down your damn phone for 5 seconds, would you?

  • Is it weird that I'm put off when iOS 7 updates my apps without

    asking, but when a web app suddenly changes I just say "oooh, shiny!"

  • Started filling out a file:///profile page for Fargo blog
  • Arguments against gay marriage are indefensible
  • Capture One's raw conversions are better than those of Lightroom.

    This means if I start shooting more digital I'll have to add that to my process.

  • I dislike corporate greed as much as anyone, but gloating about

    Adobe's Cloud software being hacked shows a resentful, possibly criminal tendency that I like even less.

  • The idea that successful people became successful at least in part

    by saying "no" to almost everything is probably completely untrue. I'd bet that instead, the only people who say "no" to almost everything are those who are already successful. There's a causation issue here.

  • Why does every article about SnapChat include a photo of young

    girls taking selfies?

  • Icons are about the only thing about an app that truly don't

    matter to the user of the app. So many of us have convinced ourselves otherwise.

June 25

Notes - June 25, 2013
  • Miscellaneous notes from today. I think "Notes" is a less catchy

    but more accurate title than "Things not suitable for tweeting."

    • Using the left turn signal in my car causes the front left and

      rear right lights to flash. No wonder I've been getting angry stares from other drivers.

    • I prefer the rain.
    • BBEdit just crashed. I can't even remember the last time that


    • This morning I told a co-worker he was crazy for taking is car to

      the dealer to have brakes fixed. "Dealerships are a waste of money!" I said. This afternoon I scheduled an appointment at the Jeep dealer to have my Jeep fixed. I learned that they offer a free shuttle service. "Dealerships are great!" I said. Same day.

    • Giving Skitch another try. The Evernote folks initially ruined

      it, but seem to have recovered somewhat.

    • I just ordered a Fuji X-E1 and lenses. This was due to the

      combination of a whole lot of thought and almost no planning. I'm clever that way.

    • If you have to explain why you made

      something before showing it to me, I'm already suspicious

June 24

Things not suitable for tweeting - 2013-06-24
  • Many times during the day I think I'd like to tweet something,

    then think better of it. Instead, I'm just going to collect them randomly and post them here.

    • If Hazel is a crucial part of your workflow, you've

      overcomplicated things already.

    • Plain text only is a red herring
    • If you aren't already heavily invested in HTML/CSS development,

      mobile development tools like PhoneGap and Titanium don't make as much sense.

    • What makes someone look worse, retweeting heavy praise or

      retweeting harsh criticism? (hint, it's a tie)

    • I'm in agreement with both the NSA and Snowden. Not sure how

      that's possible, but there we are.

    • Is there a job that would let me just download software and read

      release notes all day? I'd totally do that.

June 23

Blogging with Fargo
  • +I still don't quite see how I can make a blog out of this

    outline. Still working on it.+

  • UPDATE: It's revealing to see someone else's working example, so I

    opened Kyle Shank's outline (by choosing File->Open by name… in Fargo) and stole borrowed from his work. I hope he doesn't mind!

  • At first I was enamored with Fargo because I

    love outliners. Then one day I could post an outline to a Wordpress blog and that was cool. I'd tried Workflowy but Fargo won.

  • And now, with running Trex, I don't have to

    "publish" at all. I just create a new headline (node) in Fargo and it is magically made available on the web. I poked around a bit in the Trex documentation and figured out I can point any domain to any node and have a new site just like that. Very cool, so I created a CNAME for pointing to and it just worked.

  • Dave Winer's earlier server-based outlining tools never really

    clicked for me, but mostly because I found the setup to be daunting. Now, with Trex and Fargo, things make much more sense and work very smoothly. This is a great sign, especially considering how new all of this stuff is. I can only imagine what's in store.

  • So, I'm just happily typing away at this post in my new favorite

    outliner, and everything is automatically available at Neat.

June 18

An Experiment Using Fargo
  • This is getting interesting. With Trex and Fargo, Dave has removed

    all of my pain points with using online outlining/publishing tools. Fantastic!

Author: Jack Baty
Last update : 2016-02-10 Wed 13:09