1. Podcasting about Podcasting on Pulling the String [Link]

    April 01, 2014 by Gabe | [mmd] | ℳ↫

    Erik, my Technical Difficulties co-host, and I were interviewed on Pulling the String with Ben Alexander. Good title. I like the analogies in the show notes too:

    These guys went the other way. They built a little boat. Caught some fish. And then they burned that first boat on the ...

  2. Zen and the Art of Appreciating Beer [Link]

    April 01, 2014 by Gabe | [mmd] | ℳ↫

    This article is about more than beer:

    The true apex of appreciation is the ability to locate the sublime in any style (not, of course, any beer).  This means being able to pick up a glass of helles--or English mild or Belgian bière de table or even a characterful ...

  3. Launchbar 6 Public Beta [Link]

    March 31, 2014 by Gabe | [mmd] | ℳ↫

    Launchbar 6 is coming soon and they are gearing up for a public beta. Version 6 is a long time coming but I'm pretty excited to see what they do with it. There's stiff competition for keyboard navigators these days but there's also some really creative solutions ...

  4. My Father the Drug Lord [Link]

    March 31, 2014 by Gabe | [mmd] | ℳ↫

    I thought this Esquire story was compelling, not because of the extraordinary situations, but because of the painfully common and ordinary story of a father with a terrible job:

    Anthony Edward Dokoupil was known for his on-the-job sanity. If he was working, he was happy and healthy, drug-free, focused, flowing ...

  5. Nebulous Notes Updated for iOS 7 [Link]

    March 31, 2014 by Gabe | [mmd] | ℳ↫

    One of my long time favorite iOS text editors for iOS, Nebulous Notes, just received a design refresh. It's nice to see it getting updates. It's been around for over 3 years now and was my app of choice for a long time. The macro system is great ...

  6. Scott Hanselman's Productivity Tips [Link]

    March 29, 2014 by Gabe | [mmd] | ℳ↫

    I really enjoyed this post about Scott Hanselman's methods for productivity. It's kind of like the CliffsNotes of GTD. But, as with any "tricks", the ideas are more clever than practical for some environments:

    Changing how emails are displayed in your inbox, Hanselman says, will "fundamentally change how ...

  7. The Political Weight of Fonts [Link]

    March 29, 2014 by Gabe | [mmd] | ℳ↫

    Thomas Phinney takes a logical walk through the spurious claims that changing fonts will save the US government $400M per year.

    There is a different way an effectively smaller font will definitely save money: by allowing multi-​​page documents, especially long ones, to take fewer pages! So maybe it all ...

  8. Keyboard Maestro 6.4 Now with Mavericks Tags [Link]

    March 26, 2014 by Gabe | [mmd] | ℳ↫

    A great update to Keyboard Maestro. Version 6.4 adds support for reading and writing tags on files.

    The new asynchronous macro execution has some nice potential for chaining macros without holding up the current macro. It fires off sub macros without waiting for them to complete.

    It's great ...

  9. Temporarily Permanent

    March 24, 2014 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    Dr. Drang and David Sparks have both written recently about creating temporary throw away tools. This conversation tickles me because it's about a key aspect of tinkering that I think squashes a lot of creativity: these little tools are not precious. If a tool performs well, even once, then ...

  10. Understanding URL Encoding for URL Schemes [Link]

    March 24, 2014 by Gabe | [mmd] | ℳ↫

    Phillip is pretty clever with URL schemes on iOS. He's probably the best person to explain URL encoding with actions:

    I’ll explain each one of the elements with analogies that would make Scott Forstall proud. First, there is the CALL, which can be interpreted as a phone number ...