The Punctuation Guide [Link]
The Punctuation Guide [Link]

Now, this is a lovely little guide to punctuation.

Notwithstanding its versatility, the em dash is best limited to two appearances per sentence. Otherwise, confusion rather than clarity is likely to result

By way of Lifehacker
blog  Link  Writing 
11 hours ago
The Website Blinder
The Website Blinder

Surely you've seen HeckYesMarkdown before. It's a project from Brett Terpstra that accepts a URL and chokes out a Markdown translation of the page content. I've used it on occasion for easily extracting links on a page.

Yesterday I followed a CNN link on Twitter that immediately started playing a video. I was so annoyed that I spent the 5 seconds it took to create a new Alfred workflow. Here's the page after processing. Nothing but text in my face, the way I like it.

Here's the ridiculously simple Alfred workflow.

This extension sends a URL to HeckYesMarkdown for viewing. I bring up Alfred, type mark, space, and then paste in the URL. There's an entire API to HeckYesMarkdown but this works exactly as I need it to.

Sure, I could use the bookmarklet. But why reward them with two clicks.
blog  Mac 
yesterday
Tough Times on the Road to StarCraft [Link]
Tough Times on the Road to StarCraft [Link]

I played the heck out of StarCraft. I'm not sure this essay by Patrick Wyatt makes me feel better about all the crashes, but it does make me feel empathetic toward the developers.

Working these long hours made people groggy, and that’s bad when trying to accomplish knowledge-based tasks requiring an excess of creativity, so there should have been no surprises about the number of mistakes, misfeatures and outright bugs.

That's something that you only learn with significant experience with both your work and yourself. I've pulled too many all-nighters to count and they always produced inferior work when compared to well rested periods of productivity.

If you loved StarCraft (or the RTS genre in general) then bookmark Patrick's post for the nostalgia. If you program or otherwise make your living with your intellect, then definitely read his post today.
blog  Link  Programming 
yesterday
What should I do about Youtube?
What should I do about Youtube? My Google Youtube rep contacted me the other day. They were nice and took time to explain everything clearly to me, but the message was firm: I have to decide. I need...
2 days ago
furbo.org · Fear China
The weblog of Craig Hockenberry
2 days ago
Hollywood vs. the App Store [Link]
Hollywood vs. the App Store [Link]

I'm not sure this Asymco piece makes a point I find relevant. It sounds like there's a lot of money going through both Hollywood and the App Store. The amount of money accessible to any new entrant is unknowable and probably pretty small on average. It sure is a lot of detailed data but comparing it to Hollywood seems as irrelevant as comparing what kind of cars bloggers and proctologists drive.

If this is the conclusion, I also have to disagree:

The curious thing is that even though the medium of apps is swamping other forms of entertainment in all measurable ways, comprehension of the phenomenon is lagging.

Whenever I mention to someone that I have an app in the AppStore, they generally think that's a done deal for making money. In my experience there is absolutely a perception that each app developer makes a lot of money off of their products. Which, I suppose, is similar to people that think working in Hollywood makes you rich. It's a bad comparison from every angle I look.
blog  Link 
2 days ago
Infamous, Thoughtless, Careless [Link]
Infamous, Thoughtless, Careless [Link]

the whole team launches constant COMPLAINTS against their opponents in order to remove opposition. Here’s where the Boss is most critical. Pals are expendable, and the Provocateur can be sacrificed at need - even if he’s banned, he can start a new account and become a Pal, or borrow someone else’s disused account and return as a new Provocateur. From the beginning, a major GamerGate goal was to get rid of five specific editors - a goal which the draft decision granted them wholesale.

What an incredible and grotesque look at Wikipedia. I've often wondered when we'd see the end of a "community" index of knowledge. I think this article accurately describes the defects that will bring down Wikipedia. If you regularly reference Wikipedia in your own life, read Mark Bernstein's essays carefully. My only hope is that if Wikipedia is going to disappear, it happens dramatically, publicly and instantaneously. The worst possible scenario is that it slowly decays and putrefies with falsehoods and misdirections.

By way of inessential
blog  Link 
3 days ago
Journalist Barrett Brown sentenced to 63 months in federal prison, must pay $890K in restitution
The intelligence and security journalist has already served more than two years in prison for charges related to his proximity to sources within the hacktivist entity known as Anonymous.
3 days ago
New Senate Environment Chair Gets His Gavel, Goes On Rant Arguing Climate Science Is A Hoax
Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) chairs the Senate committee overseeing the environment.
science  politics 
3 days ago
Mastermind, Dark Penance and Recommendations [Link]
Mastermind, Dark Penance and Recommendations [Link]

Who do you trust for recommendations about anything? Jeff and I talk about user ratings, recommendations and avoiding buyer's remorse. We also shared a bunch of our favorite beer-related podcasts, YouTube channels and blogs.

We drank Mastermind by Fiddlehead Brewing and Dark Penance by Founders. It was a very good day.
blog  NOD  Link  Zymurgy 
3 days ago
Mastermind, Dark Pennance and Recommendations [Link]
Mastermind, Dark Pennance and Recommendations [Link]

Who do you trust for recommendations about anything? Jeff and I talk about user ratings, recommendations and avoiding buyer's remorse. We also shared a bunch of our favorite beer-related podcasts, YouTube channels and blogs.

We drank Mastermind by Fiddlehead Brewing and Dark Penance by Founders. It was a very good day.
blog  NOD  Link  Zymurgy 
3 days ago
Sofa King and Swearing [Link]
Sofa King and Swearing [Link]

Sofa King. Say it quickly. Now say it quickly when you're mad.

When used judiciously, swear words are the most effective form of emotional communication. Unfortunately, there are few artists working in profanity now. They're mostly just link-bait bloggers.

I mostly just wanted to link to a blog about swearing.
blog  Link  Humor  Language 
3 days ago
Keyboard Shortcuts for 2015-01-21: Sublime Text Lines and Folding
Keyboard Shortcuts for 2015-01-21: Sublime Text Lines and Folding

Let's try an experiment. Rather than post a huge number of keyboard shortcuts all at once, I'll let you follow along as I wear new patterns into my brain. Sounds gross, right? It is.

This week's set of keyboard shortcuts are for Sublime Text and code folding. First, if you are using Sublime Text, go get the Filter Lines package.

Here's the lesson plan for this week:

Habituate a few of the more generally useful Sublime Text keyboard shortcuts like selecting, moving and folding lines.

Basic Line Moving

Select Line: ⌘+L

Move Line: ⌘+ctrl+↑/↓

Super Awesome Selective Folding

Fold all: ctrl+k, ctrl+1

Unfold current: ctrl+shift+]

Unfold all: ⌘+k, ⌘+j

Fold with string: ⌘+k, ⌘+f

That last one needs to be set up. Add this line to your User Keybinding file:

{ "keys": ["super+k", "super+f"], "command": "prompt_fold_to_lines", "args": { "search_type": "string" } }

The Fold with String shortcut is pretty powerful and does as it says. Enter a string and it folds everything except lines that contain that string. You can keep editing right there in the document too.

These all work on Windows, if that's your affliction.
blog  Sublime  Keyboard 
4 days ago
Rocket Podcast [Link]
Rocket Podcast [Link]

Relay.fm has a new gaming and tech podcast named Rocket that really has my interest. Smart people talking about stuff I like. It's an instant subscribe.
blog  Link  Podcast 
5 days ago
The Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe [Link]
The Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe [Link]

You'll probably skip right past this link. But then you'd miss Christopher Walken reading The Raven.
blog  Link 
5 days ago
Custom Functions in Google Sheets [Link]
Custom Functions in Google Sheets [Link]

I had no idea that I could create my own Google sheet functions using JavaScript. That's just nuts.
blog  Link 
5 days ago
Adventure Time's Chinese Knock-Off [Link]
Adventure Time's Chinese Knock-Off [Link]

This is so wonderful. I have little more idea about what's going on in this version than in the original. I still love them both. There's a link to the english dubbed version but I really don't want to watch it.

By way of @CesarQuintero
blog  Link 
6 days ago
Failure Rates [Link]
Failure Rates [Link]

These two posts are such a nice discussion of failure. It's amazing that we are able to even keep ourselves alive.

Probability of Failure by Dr. Drang

Failure State by Eddie Smith

Three take home points for my everyday work:

It's easy to annoy an engineer.

Sociologists are our best defense against engineers.

I don't use the expression "woodshedding" enough.
blog  Link 
6 days ago
Beans and Noses
Over the years, I’ve received a lot of great advice. One piece of advice I keep coming back to is about managing expecta…
workflow 
9 days ago
Founders Brewing Announces KBS Week - March 9-14, 2015 • thefullpint.com
(GRAND RAPIDS, MI) – Founders Brewing Co. is happy to announce the second annual KBS Week, in honor of the release of Kentucky Breakfast Stout (KBS)
Zymurgy 
9 days ago
Pandoctor: An Alfred GUI for Pandoc - Share your Workflows
Pandoctor: An Alfred GUI for Pandoc - posted in Share your Workflows: PandoctorAn Alfred GUI for PandocVersion: 1.0.5Download from PackalView on GitHubRead a slightly fuller version on my blogIntroductionPandoctor is a relatively simple, easy-to-use way to bring the high-powered functionality of Pandoc to you. For those new to Pandoc, Pandoc is the universal document converter. It is an amazingly powerful utility that allows you to convert structured text from a ton of possible input forma...
markdown 
12 days ago
Nerds on Draft: Avec Les Bon Voeux and Digital Data Hoarding [Link]
Nerds on Draft: Avec Les Bon Voeux and Digital Data Hoarding [Link]

Do you collect a lot of digital debris? Do you like terrific beer? Then the latest episode of Nerds on Draft might be perfect for you.

Jeff and I talked about how we store and cull our ones and zeros while drinking one of the best Saisons on the market.
blog  NOD  Link 
12 days ago
Quinnspiracy Blog - August Never Ends
August Never Ends It’s a head splitting cognitive dissonance to be fielding requests for help from friends who have just gotten swatted at the same time as giving someone else numbers on the...
13 days ago
nvALT Quick Search in the Finder
nvALT Quick Search in the Finder

You'll either think this is dumb and boring or surprising and awesome. Good luck.

You can use the Finder just like the nvALT quick search and you can use it from anywhere you have a Finder window.1

Finder searches parse both the file name and the file contents. If you can get a Quick Look preview of it, the Finder can probably search it. I've had luck with all Omni, Curio, iThoughts and PDFs as well as any plain text file types. It even searches sub-folders.

First, open the folder you want to search. In this example, I'm searching the folder that contains all of my notes. Enter some generic search term and hit enter. Now delete the search term and click the "Save" button.2

This adds a saved search to your finder sidebar. Any time you want to search that folder, just click the Finder sidebar item to start a new search. Sure, there's no two line preview match highlighting like in nvALT, but quick look works and it's a lot more flexible than the nvALT search.3

That's still too much work. Let's make a Keyboard Maestro macro to open the search from anywhere with one hotkey combo.

In Keyboard Maestro, create a new macro with a "File Open" action. Saved searches are all located in the user Library folder with the path ~/Library/Saved Searches/. Just browse to the saved search definition and select it in the action. Set a hotkey, and you're done.4

Alfred and Launchbar are nice and quick but neither does a good (or easy) job searching file contents. The Finder's pretty nice sometimes.

Unfortunately you can't create a new file like you can in nvALT. ↩

Don't click the clear icon. Manually delte it one character at a time until the box is empty. ↩

Don't forget that you can use the Finder advanced filters too. Like typing "date:previous week" to limit by file creation date. If you have a very large file collection you can also add a date filter before you create the saved search so that it's always limited to files from the past month (for example). ↩

I suppose it would be easy enough to also create a KM macro to create a new file from the search string. Select all, copy, and then use a shell command to create a new file with that name.  ↩
blog  Mac 
16 days ago
PlainTasks for Sublime Text Adds Relative Due Dates
PlainTasks for Sublime Text Adds Relative Due Dates

The PlainTasks plugin for Sublime Text is a terrific tool for working with plain text task management. It supports many aspects of the TaskPaper format and now adds relative due date parsing.

On any task, type d then ⇥ to insert an @due() tag with the cursor ready to enter a date. Type +3 and then ⇥ to set the due date to three days in the future.

The fun doesn't stop there. It supports lots of shortcuts like @due(+5) for 5 days in the future or @due(+3w) for 3 weeks in the future. You can also use shorthand for dates like @due(5) for the fifth of the current month (or the next month if the date has passed for this month).

There's also support for @started and @created tags with dates. What an impressive package for a text editor.
blog  Sublime  TaskPaper 
16 days ago
The First Sandman Sketch [Link]
The First Sandman Sketch [Link]

Following Neil Gaiman on Twitter is such a joy.
blog  Link 
17 days ago
A Teenager's View of Social Media [Link]
A Teenager's View of Social Media [Link]

This is a pretty interesting read for us old people.

In short, many have nailed this on the head. It’s dead to us. Facebook is something we all got in middle school because it was cool but now is seen as an awkward family dinner party we can't really leave. ... That being said, if you don't have Facebook, that’s even more weird and annoying.

What I find most interesting are how people manage the glut of social outlets. Previously we had three ways to communicate: Write a letter, make a call, meet in person. Now we have a hundred different ways. I think I still prefer email.
blog  Link 
17 days ago
Personal Training Sprints
Personal Training Sprints

I've come to grips with the disconnect between my aspirations and my available free time. There's so many things I want to get better at but so few hours in the day to work on them all. I'm experimenting with a new approach to scheduling my personal improvement by creating small tasks to learn very small amounts throughout the week. These aren't monumental topics, like quantum mechanics or Facebook privacy settings. This week my training sprints are:

Practice Sublime Text keyboard shortcuts for line editing

Learn about the lxml XMLParser for Python

Memorize all node management keyboard shortcuts for MindNode, iThoughts and MindMeister

That's a pretty manageable list. It's a bit of Yak Shaving but each pays future dividends for bigger projects later in the year.
blog  Tips 
17 days ago
Nerds on Draft: Yang and Side Projects [Link]
Nerds on Draft: Yang and Side Projects [Link]

On the recent episode (15) of Nerds on Draft Jeff and I crack open a Yang from Evil Twin Brewing and talk about the joy, dread, and guilt of side projects. We're not fans of using energy levels for scheduling work but we are fans of planning our leisure time.

Check out the show notes for links to Yang. It's super bitter.
blog  NOD  Link 
18 days ago
1913 Dictionary for Terminology
1913 Dictionary for Terminology

Terminology is nice customizable dictionary app for iOS. Here's an action for it that uses the 1913 Webster's Dictionary, which is often supperior to other sources.
blog  iOS 
18 days ago
Podcasts for Your Brain
Podcasts for Your Brain

Just a few podcasts I like. These seem to always get reprioritized to the top of my podcast list as soon as they come out. In no particular order:

You Are Not So Smart

Every episode is amazing. This week's episode discusses the potential primal origins of our value system. Each minute is like a revelation.

The Partially Examined Life

The best of philosophy. The topics are hard and the discussion is dense. It's much too smart for me. I recommend the Henry David Thoreau episode.

Still Untitled: The Adam Savage Project

It's round table of experts talking about what they are care about. There's usually some talk of movie production mixed with science and shop work. The shop episode was one of my favorites.

Criminal

Each episode is a mini-documentary about one criminal or crime. It's not anything like Serial. It's not a serialized crime novel but each episode is still compelling and well produced. Episode 11 was particularly good.

99% Invisible

This show is almost indescribable but I'll try. It's like when I was a kid and would randomly open a volume of the encyclopedia and pick one topic to research at length and for no purpose. The latest episode examines the history of the hash symbol all the kids are using.

I discovered several of these through personal and Twitter recommendations. Thanks to everyone and keep them coming.
blog  Podcast 
19 days ago
Mike Cernovich: Based Lawyer of Gamergate
Two days prior to New Years’ 2015, the Gamergate movement had its first major personality debate streamed online between…
19 days ago
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