Fixxxer: AppleScript to Set and Clear Prefixes in OmniFocus

Another nifty script for OmniFocus. It’s called Fixxxer. It does two things. If you run it with no arguments, it will remove colonized prefixes from task names. If you pass it an argument, it will add that argument as a prefix to selected tasks. It’s LaunchBar-ready. If you want to turn off the confirmation dialog, set nagMePlease to false.

use AppleScript version "2.4" -- Yosemite (10.10) or later
use scripting additions
use O : script "omnifocus"
use OmniFocus : application "OmniFocus"
-- If you want to play it safe, set nagMePlease to true
property nagMePlease : true

on run
    if nagMePlease then
        set question to display dialog "Do you want to remove all prefixes?"
        if button returned of question is "OK" then
            removePrefixes()
        end if
    else
        removePrefixes()
    end if
end run

on handle_string(argv)
    tell O to setPrefix(selectedItems(), argv)
end handle_string

on removePrefixes()
    tell O to clearPrefixAll(selectedItems())
    display notification ¬
        "All prefixes removed." with title "Fixxxer"
end removePrefixes

Published on June 30, 2016


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Considered: AppleScript to Wrangle Considered Tasks in OmniFocus

I wrote another cool little tool using my AppleScript library. It’s called Considered. It also handles things having to do with colons and prefixes, but specifically the Consider: prefix. If you’re unfamiliar with considered tasks, read all about them here. Instead of trying to set task names to something like “Consider reviewing” with the ing, I opted for Kourosh Dini’s prefix-style considered tasks where you just add Consider: as a prefix. It’s simpler and easier to script. Here’s the code (using my OmniFocus library, of course.)

use AppleScript version "2.4" -- Yosemite (10.10) or later
use scripting additions
use O : script "omnifocus"
use OmniFocus : application "OmniFocus"

on run
    tell O to toggleConsider(selectedItems())
end run

on handle_string(argv)
    if argv is "set" then
        tell O to setConsider(selectedItems())
    else if argv is "clear" then
        tell O to clearConsider(selectedItems())
    end if
end handle_string

It’s a pretty nifty script that will toggle consider prefixes on and off. It’s set up to accept an argument with LaunchBar (either “set” or “clear”) to flip the considered switch one way or the other no matter what the current state.

Published on June 30, 2016


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Colonize: AppleScript to Wrangle Prefixed Tasks in OmniFocus

I just whipped up a neat little script that uses the latest version of my OmniFocus Library. It’s called Colonize. You can use it to select some tasks in OmniFocus, and then if you run Colonize.scpt, it’ll switch the first word of the task name into a prefix or into a bare word if the first word is already a prefix. This makes handling tasks like Review daily logs and Review: daily logs easy.

Here’s the code:

use AppleScript version "2.4" -- Yosemite (10.10) or later
use scripting additions
use O : script "omnifocus"
use OmniFocus : application "OmniFocus"

on run
    tell O to toggleColon(selectedItems())
end run

on handle_string(argv)
    if argv is "set" then
        O's setColon(selectedItems() of O)
    else if argv is "clear" then
        O's clearColon(selectedItems() of O)
    end if
end handle_string

You will, of course, need my library installed first. This script is set up to work with LaunchBar already. If you pass “set” or “clear” to the script (or on the command line), instead of toggling, it’ll blank set or clear colons.

Published on June 30, 2016


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Tom Bihn Daylight Backpack

Daylight Backpack

The last bag on my list of Tom Bihn bags to write about is the Daylight Backpack (DLBP). Like its cousin the Daylight Briefcase, it’s cheap, lightweight and lacking a lot of the niceities of its more expensive brethren. That’s not to say it’s a bad bag though. In fact, since I purchased the DLBP, I’ve used it more than all my other previously purchases—and more expensive—backpacks. The main reason being, because it lacks a lot of the heavier parts of the more expensive bags and because it is 99% made of Dyneema, the DLBP is really lightweight.

The DLBP has a diagonal zip on the front of the bag and inside the main compartment, there are two staggered pockets of shallow to medium depth and one main area that goes all the way down the bag. Aaaaaaand that’s it. You’re done. No more organization. The backpack straps are plain nylon webbing. There’s no mesh back panel. No hooks for chest or waist straps. It’s as barebones as it can be. But that’s okay. Because it’s light and if purchased in Dyneema, you can roll it up and stick it inside a larger bag and make it purely a day pack. The lack of bulk and weight, which could only be achieved by removing all the fancy schmancy parts of most Tom Bihn, is key to the DLBP’s utility. Don’t buy it as your only bag. Don’t buy it to be a laptop backpack, because it doesn’t use the Cache/Rails system. But it’s perfect when you need an extra bag just in case you need one, but don’t want to carry another bag because you might not need one. It’s an awesome “backup bag”. And it’s only $80 bucks.

Published on February 5, 2016


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Going Primal

I started trying to live by the Primal Blueprint since last week. If you haven’t heard of the Primal Blueprint, the crux of it is simple.

  • No grains
  • No processed sugars
  • Eat lots of plants and animals
  • Move frequently at a slow pace (walking and hiking)
  • Sprint once in a while (every 7–10 days)
  • Lift heavy things twice a week

It’s as simple as that. We’ve known for a while that cutting carbs will cause you to lose weight, but Mark Sisson also made that claim that grains are pro-inflammatory. While that seemed hard to fathom at first, I noticed after 4 or 5 days of eating Primally, the eczema on the palms of my hands went away. It was a huge change. I’ve been fighting that for about 18 months. I got creams from a doctor, used lots of lotion and used bath salts in hopes of making it better to no avail. After a few days of carbohydrate restriction, it cleared up. I continue to see improvement on other parts of my body where I’ve had eczema for longer and over the next few days, those body parts started to clear up as well.

Also due to carb restriction, I’ve lost a little bit of weight and my body fat percentage has gone down about 1%. That’s not a huge change, but my clothes are looser and my belt is getting cinched up tighter than before. My love handles are visibly smaller.

I’ve also noticed I don’t get as hungry as quickly as I used to. As your body gets used to fewer carbs, it gets better at using your existing fat reserves and that’s why you’re losing weight. Fat burns more slowly than sugar, so I don’t feel the need to eat as much as I used to. I’ve found I wake up less hungry in the mornings after a high protein/high fat dinner.

It’s been a little annoying trying to eat around other people, especially at work. In Japan, rice is a part of life. Everyone expects you to eat it. While rice isn’t as bad as wheat-based foods, it’s still a lot of carbs that your body doesn’t really need. It’s even harder because at the schools where I teach, the children are told they have to eat at least a little of everything, and apparently, if their teachers don’t eat rice, they’re going to start questioning authority. So, I’m expected to eat rice, potatoes, beans and corn all in the same meal even if I don’t want to. It’s definitely making me think hard about packing my lunch. I have to explain on a daily basis why I’m not eating the rice, soy beans, corn, noodles or bread that’s being stuffed down everyone’s throats. Everyone asks if I’m “on a diet”. It’s more like I’ve changed my lifestyle. At first, I looked into the Primal Blueprint as a diet, but after seeing my eczema disappear and seeing how you can feel satiated longer on a low-carb diet, I’m a real believer in the Primal Blueprint. Just need to start doing more rigorous exercise bits of it!

Further reading

Check out Mark’s Daily Apple for almost daily recipe ideas and tidbits about living Primally.

Published on February 5, 2016

Tom Bihn Daylight Briefcase

DLBC

The Daylight Briefcase is the cheapest Tom Bihn briefcase-style bag available. It’s a mere $80. While the Cadet is a much more expensive bag, don’t overlook its much cheaper—but surprisingly good—counterpart. One of the biggest reasons I love the DLBC as much as I do is that it can be had in Dyneema, which I love dearly. This makes the DLBC an ultralight bag with lots of organiztional tricks up its sleeve.

The DLBC has a lot of pockets to help you organize your gear. On the front of the bag, there’s a great side-loading pocket that’s perfect for airplane tickets or other small documents. Above that is a zipper that runs the width of the bag and house two equally sized pockets that I use for keeping my pocket Wi-Fi router, assorted cables and my iPhone. On the back of the bag, there’s another wide pocket that is good for more documents or books—assuming they aren’t too bulky. The main compartment in the middle is big enough for a 13-inch Macbook and is Cache ready. There’s a small, unzippered pocket inside this compartment that’s useful for separating documents or accessories. There are also O-rings for attaching organizer pouches.

The only things I don’t like about the DLBC are its handles. It has nylon webbing handles instead of the bulkier ones you’ll find on more expensive Tom Bihn bags. Surely, this was to keep the cost down, but I’d have rather paid a couple bucks more and had nicer handles, because if you do choose to hand-carry the DLBC, the handles can get a little uncomfortable after a little while.

I still think the DLBC is a fantastic briefcase and if you wanna save some cash or just want a lighter briefcase than the Cadet, the DLBC is a great choice.

Published on February 4, 2016


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The Tom Bihn Cadet

Tom Bihn Cadet

The Tom Bihn Cadet is the best briefcase I’ve ever used. The reason it’s so great is that it’s slim. Most briefcases are far too fat for my tastes. While this means you can’t always carry as much as you might expect you should be able to after owning almost any other briefcase on the market, it will force you to cut back on what you carry and possibly reevaluate what you’re carrying to work on a daily basis. If you’re only looking to carry your laptop, a few files and some basic essentials — you can’t beat the Cadet.

So what’s the build of the Cadet like? It’s rather minimalist. There are three zippered compartments and one open pocket (that unzips to slide over rolling luggage handles). That’s it. It makes for a slim and minimalist-looking profile. Starting with the front of the bag, there’s a small softly-lined and zippered compartment that’s just big enough for an iPhone 6(s) even in one of Apple’s leather cases. Although designed when when the iPhone 5 was the current iPhone, the Cadet’s front pocket just fits.

Tom Bihn Cadet

Above that is a much larger zippered compartment that runs the length of the bag. Inside you’ll find the expected organizational features of Tom Bihn’s other bags. There are open pockets that will fit a Field Notes, some pens and pencils and other small but handy items. You’ll also find two O-rings that you can use to clip in organizer pouches. Nothing surprising, but it’s just what you need and nothing else.

Lastly, in the main zippered compartment, you’ll find the original Cache system. Instead of the rails being on the Cache like the current iteration of Tom Bihn bags with “rails”, the rails are sewn into the lining of the bag itself. I find this older style to be worse than the current implementation, but to my knowledge, the Cadet still uses its original configuration to this day. (Mine is a few years old.) There is a divider inside this compartment to help you organize some documents and more O-rings for attaching organizers.

Tom Bihn Cadet

Something that I’m unsatisfied with is the back pocket that unzips to slide over rolled luggage. I’d rather have a slightly thicker bag that had another zippered pocket (like the Daylight Briefcase) or no pocket at all. When Tom Bihn’s thing seems to be “give me no rolled luggage or give me death” it seems weird to make these accommodations to the evil rollers out there. Even with that though, I still think that There’s not another bag in the Tom Bihn product line that is as good as the Cadet for carrying a laptop and keeping the load you carry to a minimum.

Published on January 27, 2016


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What I Learned in 2015

Well, it’s 2016, and it’s time to share all the things I learned in 2015. I recorded all these things using my Ruby gem nikki. It lets you record one thing you learned everyday.

2015-01-01
There’s going to be a remake of [Kickboxer](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kickboxer_(2015_film)) in 2015.
2015-01-02
Vilnius is the capital of Lithuania.
2015-01-03
Mario Cuomo died on New Years Day this year.
2015-01-04
Emperor Justinian was inflicted by the bubonic plague.
2015-01-05
Kraken Rum is imported by a company in Lawrenceburg, Indiana near my hometown.
2015-01-06
The thickness of a lime’s rind contributes to its bitterness.
2015-01-07
There were three Punic wars.
2015-01-08
Ivan the Terrible murdered his own son.
2015-01-09
There are six races in Dragon Quest X.
2015-01-10
A flock of birds landed on a hand of Big Ben in 1949 and set the time back five minutes.
2015-01-11
Oda Nobunaga had a [castle](http://ja.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E5%8F%A4%E6%B8%A1%E5%9F%8E) near my apartment.
2015-01-12
Maithripala Sirisena was elected President of Sri Lanka.
2015-01-13
There are more ancient Egyptian obelisks in Rome than in Egypt.
2015-01-14
Marc Rubio’s dad was a bartender.
2015-01-15
On 11 January 2015, authorities in Mozambique reported that 69 people had died and nearly 200 were hospitalized after drinking contaminated beer at a funeral two days earlier.
2015-01-16
Nabana no Sato brews its own beer.
2015-01-17
Facebook made an open-source file watcher called ‘watchman’.
2015-01-18
Cloud Atlas consists of six different stories taking place over six different times.
2015-01-19
Computers were made by Honeywell, Burroughs, General Electric, RCA, and NCR. Within a decade, eight companies came to dominate the growing computer market, but with IBM so far ahead of the others in revenues, they were often referred to as Snow White (IBM) and the Seven Dwarfs.
2015-01-20
The Ada programming language was named after Augusta Ada Byron, daughter of Lord Byron.
2015-01-21
You can use l, r, d and u in OmniFocus to move tasks in the outline.
2015-01-22
The term spam for unwanted email comes from a [Monty Python skit](http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=anwy2MPT5RE).
2015-01-23
The largest rainbow trout grow to be up to 5 pounds.
2015-01-24
Frogs have blurry vision.
2015-01-25
Mont-Saint Michel was built in 709.
2015-01-26
Most of the world drives on the right side of the road.
2015-01-27
The Yemini president resigned after a coup d'etat by Shia insurgents.
2015-01-28
The king of Saudi Arabia, King Abdullah, died on 2015-01-23.
2015-01-29
Ernie Banks died on 2015-01-23.
2015-01-30
Tesla cars have autopilot.
2015-01-31
The French word for dick is feminine.
2015-02-01
Ireland imports most of its potatos from Spain.
2015-02-02
Philip Seymour Hoffman was 46 when he died last year.
2015-02-03
Bald Bryan went to high school with Tom Brady.
2015-02-04
Stonehenge was once on private property and then gifted to the government.
2015-02-05
Stilton cheese is named after the area it was first sold, not manufactured.
2015-02-06
Goats were once used as wet nurses.
2015-02-07
Most Kingfishers don’t live near water.
2015-02-08
There were seven kings of Rome.
2015-02-09
The last German pope’s parents met through a lonely heart’s ad.
2015-02-10
There are official international symbols for different types of clouds.
2015-02-11
Japan has nursing scholarships you don’t have to pay back if you work at the hospital that gave you the money.
2015-02-12
Alabama has a law about wearing a fake mustache that induces laughter in a church.
2015-02-13
The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King won a Best Picture Oscar.
2015-02-14
There was a plan during World War I to train sea gulls to poo on the periscopes of enemy submarines.
2015-02-15
The first jukeboxes required you to call an operator who’d play a tune for you.
2015-02-16
Lobsters communicate with each other by urinating.
2015-02-17
A frustum is a pyramid with a flat top.
2015-02-18
A bus driver jumped the Tower Bridge in London in 1952.
2015-02-19
Napoleon preferred an unwashed lady.
2015-02-20
Geraldo was hit with a chair by a white supremacist.
2015-02-21
The word orange for the fruit came before the word for the color.
2015-02-22
Sloths have been known to enter latrines and eat human feces.
2015-02-23
Perrier hosts a comedy festival in the UK.
2015-02-24
Queen Victoria gave the empress of France a locket of her hair.
2015-02-25
Ember.js has alternate directory structures available.
2015-02-26
The average graphite pencil can write for 35 miles.
2015-02-27
The Gerber baby is from Texas.
2015-02-28
The British bees all died out after WWI.
2015-03-01
The Kingdom of Bhutan first got TV in 1999.
2015-03-02
Sitting Bull’s mother’s name was 'Her Holy Door’.
2015-03-03
The first man to swim the English Channel later died while trying to swim at the bottom of Niagara Falls.
2015-03-04
Spiders given LSD created more symmetrically shaped webs.
2015-03-05
Sperm can smell scents.
2015-03-06
The first recorded use of the word 'crap’ was in 1846.
2015-03-07
You’re more likely to die at work than at war.
2015-03-08
Annie Taylor was the first person to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel.
2015-03-09
Fanta was created in Nazi Germany.
2015-03-10
Crabs have 10 legs. Genital crabs have 6 legs.
2015-03-11
Coffee beans are not actually beans.
2015-03-12
The torpedo is named after a fish.
2015-03-13
Ember’s sortProperties setting only works with ArrayController, not generic Controller.
2015-03-14
Blood sausage is called 'budin’ in French.
2015-03-15
Clive Barker was paid just $21,000 for the Hellraiser movie.
2015-03-16
The Lake District in England only has one actual lake.
2015-03-17
Twitter and Facebook use different versions of OAuth.
2015-03-18
Between 1400 and 1600, English boot makers didn’t make different left and right boots.
2015-03-19
Americans used to cover piano legs because they thought they were lewd.
2015-03-20
The Japanese embassy in Paris has a 24 hour help line for Japanese nationals suffering from 'Paris Syndrome’.
2015-03-21
Steve Jobs unveiled the 'Think Different’ campaign in 1997.
2015-03-22
Humans started wearing clothes 70,000 years ago.
2015-03-23
Oktoberfest in Munich starts in September.
2015-03-24
Echolalia is the automatic repetition of vocalizations made by another person.
2015-03-25
The automatic gearbox was invented in Hungary.
2015-03-26
Due to blinking, you’ve never seen a movie in its entirety.
2015-03-27
Bonnie and Clyde Syndrome is when you’re attracted to violent criminals.
2015-03-28
The slipping on a banana peel gag was originally slipping on horse manure.
2015-03-29
Freud didn’t believe Shakespeare wrote the plays attributed to him.
2015-03-30
Elephants only have two knees.
2015-03-31
The only two mammals with chins are humans and elephants.
2015-04-01
The Gravemind from Halo was once a Precursor.
2015-04-02
Stephen Fry was part of a comedy duo with Hugh Laurie.
2015-04-03
The Tetsugakumichi in Kyoto is lined with cherry blossoms.
2015-04-04
Just pay for everything with women. It’s easier that way.
2015-04-05
All the painted screens in Nijo Castle are kept at a separate museum.
2015-04-06
You can scale the walls in a lot of Halo missions and skip entire levels.
2015-04-07
Birdman was shot in 30 days.
2015-04-08
Steve Jobs freaked out when he found out the guy building the OS X dock lived in Ireland.
2015-04-09
The same guy directed Super Mario World and A Link to the Past.
2015-04-10
Daikatana was made by John Romero.
2015-04-11
Thousands of Americans moved to Canada after the Revolutionary War because they were loyal to the crown.
2015-04-12
The GameBoy Advance’s code name was Project Atlantis.
2015-04-13
NEC released a special version of the PC Engine called the SuperGrafx.
2015-04-14
The NeoGeo Pocket came out the same year as the GameBoy Color.
2015-04-15
ES6 was changed to ES2015.
2015-04-16
Angkor Wat was built in the 12th century.
2015-04-17
The new Guitar Hero guitars will pair with a mobile phone.
2015-04-18
NASA released a 4 GB photo of the galaxy.
2015-04-19
The Goldstar electronics brand became LG.
2015-04-20
Jon Stewart’s been doing The Daily Show for 16 years.
2015-04-21
The word for 'salty’ in Japanese is しょっぱい.
2015-04-22
Jon Stewart’s last episode of The Daily Show will be August 8th.
2015-04-23
The U.S.’s nuclear codes used to be '00000000’.
2015-04-24
The Apple Watch is surprisingly light.
2015-04-25
Leffe beers are 6.5% alcohol.
2015-04-26
Kirkland is Costco’s house brand.
2015-04-27
Ezio had a Chinese apprentice.
2015-04-28
More than 5,100 people died after a magnitude-7.8 earthquake struck Nepal this week.
2015-04-29
The L0 Series maglev train broke the world speed record and became the first train to run at more than 600 km/h (375 mph).
2015-04-30
Suzanne Vega was raised a Buddhist.
2015-05-01
Costco’s house brand is called Kirkland.
2015-05-02
A pica is a 12 point type that has 10 characters per inch.
2015-05-03
Flemmish is spoken in the North of Belgium while French is spoken in the South.
2015-05-04
The Chinese for 5 is 'wu’.
2015-05-05
The population of Belgium is about eleven million.
2015-05-06
Belgium’s Independence Day is October 4th.
2015-05-07
Adam Carolla’s grandpa died at 2:30 AM.
2015-05-08
Magners is the sponsor of Glasgow Celtic F.C.
2015-05-09
Activity for even 15 seconds can help increase metabolism.
2015-05-10
Paul Walker was digitally added to the end of Fast and Furious 7.
2015-05-11
A liter is one thousandth of a cubic meter.
2015-05-12
Physical activity can prevent the onset of dementia.
2015-05-13
Smalltalk came out in 1980.
2015-05-14
The Dutch surrendered to the Nazis on 1940-05-14.
2015-05-15
7.4 million people live in Aichi.
2015-05-16
Alan Turing committed suicide after a year of forced chemical castration.
2015-05-17
Gary Oldman is British.
2015-05-18
The Boeing 757 was first built in 1981.
2015-05-19
Blink 182 was from San Diego.
2015-05-20
Duncan Sheik’s first record only sold 400 copies in the first month.
2015-05-21
In the Hebrew system of measurements, a palm is equal to four finger-breadths.
2015-05-22
The third E3 was in Atlanta.
2015-05-23
Ireland became the first country in the world to legalise same-sex marriage by constitutional referendum.
2015-05-24
Claritin is a second-generation antihistamine.
2015-05-25
The 1996 Playmate of the Year won $100,000 and a Porsche Boxster.
2015-05-26
Benedict Arnold was commissioned into the British Army as a brigadier general after defecting.
2015-05-27
Dolomite gives the smell of petroleum when rubbed.
2015-05-28
Kent Beck is a funny guy.
2015-05-29
Nagoya has a Ruby meetup.
2015-05-30
Lucent Tower has 40 floors.
2015-05-31
CostCo only takes American Express.
2015-06-01
Adidas makes a golden winged sneaker.
2015-06-02
Ruby has a sample method to grab a random item from an array.
2015-06-03
Magic mushrooms were first recorded as being used in 1799.
2015-06-04
Emacs can display images.
2015-06-05
Richard Stallman handed over the reigns of Emacs to other maintainers.
2015-06-06
PGP was written by Phil Zimmerman.
2015-06-07
The Chunichi Dragons are one win away from their 5000th win.
2015-06-08
The mechanisms inside a watch are called complications.
2015-06-09
The BSD license allows you to use software even for profit.
2015-06-10
Pinboard makes about $200,000 a year.
2015-06-11
There were about 7,000 Lisp machines sold.
2015-06-12
Firefox is composed of between 7 and 8 million lines of C++.
2015-06-13
Charlie Manson is from Cincinnati.
2015-06-14
Christopher Lee was knighted in 2009.
2015-06-15
Emacs can do multiple cursors.
2015-06-16
Eric Clapton had performed at the Royal Albert Hall in London more than anyone else.
2015-06-17
Zen Buddhism’s connection with martial arts didn’t come until the end of the 19th century.
2015-06-18
Jeb Bush speaks Spanish fluently.
2015-06-19
Tony Hawk gets final word on games with his name on it.
2015-06-20
Japanese yakiniku restaurants have toothbrushes in the restrooms.
2015-06-21
Part of Max Max: Fury Road was filmed in South Africa.
2015-06-22
Claudia Black is the voice of Nathan Drake’s woman.
2015-06-23
It requires a 2/3 majority to get the Confederate flag taken down in front of the South Carolina state house.
2015-06-24
Tarsnap is from Canada.
2015-06-25
Byobu can display how much battery is left.
2015-06-26
Scoville is a unit for measuring heat from food.
2015-06-27
The Strand in Dublin is the smallest pub in the world.
2015-06-28
Dyneema was invented by Albert Pennings in 1963 but made commercially available by DSM in 1990.
2015-06-29
An outhouse is a microbarn, a unit of area equal to 10^-34 m^2.
2015-06-30
Radium glows green.
2015-07-01
Garth Brooks isn’t on iTunes.
2015-07-02
Fastscripts and FlexTime have their own display message commands in AppleScript
2015-07-03
Ricky Martin hosted a golf tournament with Donald Trump.
2015-07-04
Tom Yum crisps tasted like a cleaning product.
2015-07-05
Tao has their own training facility called Grandioso.
2015-07-06
OmniGroup started off as a NextStep developer and wanted to make a game
2015-07-07
Dogs were being used to sniff out cancer in 1997. called 'Omni’.
2015-07-08
A millihelen is a unit of measure of pulchritude, corresponding to the amount of beauty required to launch one ship.
2015-07-09
There’s a type of shorthand called [Pitman shorthand](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pitman_shorthand).
2015-07-10
There’s a single weight that is the basis for the weight of a kilogram.
2015-07-11
Capsaicin is the chemical that makes chili peppers hot.
2015-07-12
Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within cost $137 million to make, but only made $85 million back.
2015-07-13
Iwata Satoru started off as programmer, not just a businessman.
2015-07-14
Capsaicin is what gives chili pepepers their heat.
2015-07-15
The Turbo CD came out in 1989.
2015-07-17
Arkham Origins was developed by WB Montreal.
2015-07-16
Uncharted 2 was released in 2009.
2015-07-18
Sheep live in 'hoop houses’.
2015-07-19
Call of Duty 4 came out in 2007.
2015-07-20
The Mongols are purported to have killed up to 70 million people during their reign of terror.
2015-07-21
The inventor of the potato chip was a traveling salesman.
2015-07-22
Wrigley’s gum started off as a door opener when he was a door-to-door salesman.
2015-07-23
Bats roost.
2015-07-24
The plural of mother-in-law is mothers-in-law.
2015-07-25
Ready SIM has shitty customer service.
2015-07-26
Titanium isn’t magnetic.
2015-07-27
Aluminum isn’t magnetic.
2015-07-28
Samuel Adams makes special 9% beers.
2015-07-29
'Disavow’ is used a lot in every Mission: Impossible film.
2015-07-30
Matsui plays for an amateur baseball team in New York called the Matsuis.
2015-07-31
Anson Mount from Hell on Wheels’ real name is Anson Adams Mount IV.
2015-08-01
The Space Needle was built for the 1962 World’s Fair.
2015-08-02
Mullah Omar died in 2013.
2015-08-03
Beijing will host the 2022 Winter Olympics.
2015-08-04
Ostriches run at 40 MPH.
2015-08-05
The U.S. meat and poultry industry spent four times as much on anti-biotics as humans did in 2011.
2015-08-06
A new 35 km (22 mi)-long bypass channel of Egypt’s Suez Canal is officially opened, approximately doubling the canal’s capacity.
2015-08-07
The Taliban confirms that its former leader, Mohammed Omar, died in April 2013.
2015-08-08
Ginger can help reduce muscle pain by 25%.
2015-08-09
You unconsciously consume a pound of insects every year.
2015-08-10
An octopus can lay up to 100,000 eggs over the course of several days.
2015-08-11
A 20 ounce bottle of Coke has more sugar than a Cinnabon.
2015-08-12
Neil Armstrong died in Cincinnati, OH.
2015-08-13
A butt is a measurement of wine used with barrels.
2015-08-14
The Space Needle was built in 1962.
2015-08-15
The Space Needle is the 7th tallest building in Seattle.
2015-08-16
Sur la Table is from Seattle.
2015-08-17
The Cincinnati Zoo was established in 1983.
2015-08-18
Seattle is in King County.
2015-08-19
The Man from U.N.C.L.E. was based on a tv show.
2015-08-20
The Republican guard armor from Episode 1 changed to red when the Empire was formed.
2015-08-21
The Beatles fished from the balcony of their hotel room at the Edgewater Hotel in Seattle.
2015-08-22
The Columbia Building is the tallest building in Seattle.
2015-08-23
The Seattle Seahawks play at Century Link Field.
2015-08-24
There is a gift shop on the 8th floor of Starbucks HQ.
2015-08-25
Cincinnati was once called 'Porkopolis’.
2015-08-26
Cold brew coffee leaves less acid in the coffee than brewing with hot water.
2015-08-27
You can sync Workflow.app workflows now.
2015-08-28
A Newton is the SI unit of force.
2015-08-29
A pascal (Pa) is a unit of pressure. 1 Pa = 1 N/m^2.
2015-08-30
Metal Gear Solid V is broken up into 'episodes’.
2015-08-31
Starbucks doesn’t have an app in Japan but it does in China and the United States.
2015-09-01
Master Miller’s first name is 'Benedict’.
2015-09-02
Hideo Kojima took over the MSX Metal Gear partway through the project.
2015-09-03
The United States announced the renaming of Mount McKinley in Alaska to its traditional name of Denali.
2015-09-04
Many current Chinese characters have been traced back to the Shang Dynasty about 1200–1050 BC.
2015-09-05
Guatemalan President Otto Pérez Molina is arrested after resigning amid charges of customs fraud.
2015-09-06
Wes Craven died on 2015-08-31.
2015-09-07
Germany has a population of about 80 million.
2015-09-08
Ricky Gervais worked initially in the music industry, attempting a career as a pop star in the 1980s.
2015-09-09
We breathe between 12 and 18 times a minute.
2015-09-10
The original specification for the File Transfer Protocol was written by Abhay Bhushan.
2015-09-11
The Phantom Pain trailer was first shown off at the Spike Video Game Awards.
2015-09-12
MGS V started off as 'Project Ogre’.
2015-09-13
Tears won’t flow in space.
2015-09-14
The Famicom and the Sega SG-1000 launched the same day.
2015-09-15
Konan in Japanese and Gangnam in Korean use the same Chinese characters.
2015-09-16
Japan has three 'Housewife Holidays’ on 1/25, 5/25 and 9/25.
2015-09-17
The location from the end of 'The Last Crusade’ is called Petra.
2015-09-18
You can bungee jump off a nuclear plant’s cooling tower in Soweto in South Africa.
2015-09-19
Bungee jumping was originally called 'land diving’.
2015-09-20
Tatsumi Kimishima was elected president of Nintendo.
2015-09-21
Goats have yellow eyes.
2015-09-22
Red light has the lowest amount of energy.
2015-09-23
The Milky Way and Andromeda will eventually merge.
2015-09-24
The entire universe was compressed down to the size of a marble before The Big Bang.
2015-09-25
Hodophobia is the fear of travel.
2015-09-26
Trees first appeared 350 million years ago.
2015-09-27
There’s a more powerful explosion than a supernova called a 'hypernova’.
2015-09-28
The Marianas Trench was discovered by a woman.
2015-09-29
The iPhone 6s has two gigs of RAM.
2015-09-30
Leo Laporte named his dog 'Ozzy’.
2015-10-01
AC/DC sells flashing devil horns for 30 bucks.
2015-10-02
Y. Market beer is cheaper at Early Birds than it is at Y. Market.
2015-10-03
A U.S. airstrike hit a hospital run by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), killing nine of its staff members at 2:15 a.m. local time on 3 October.
2015-10-04
Golden Child’s french toast was voted one of the 30 best in Japan.
2015-10-05
Ruby can do in-place replacements a la 'sed’ using the same `-i` flag.
2015-10-06
The girl who plays Alicia on 'Fear the Walking Dead’ is Australian.
2015-10-07
Seth Rogan spent time with Woz while getting ready for his role in 'Steve Jobs’.
2015-10-08
Quiet could speak Navajo.
2015-10-09
The Patriots was an AI created to replace Major Zero.
2015-10-10
You didn’t play as the real Big Boss in MGS V.
2015-10-11
Reye’s Syndrome is linked to the use of aspirin.
2015-10-12
The ship in Assassin’s Creed: Rogue is called 'The Morrigan’.
2015-10-13
The Latin 'C’ was always pronounced as a 'k’.
2015-10-14
'Mac’ means 'son of’ in Gaelic.
2015-10-15
Bernie Sanders is the junior senator from Vermont.
2015-10-16
William Shakespeare died at 52.
2015-10-17
William Shakespeare was married to a woman named Anne Hathaway.
2015-10-18
The word 'alphabet’ comes from the letters alpha and beta.
2015-10-19
The first true Ancient Greek is referred to as 'Linear B’.
2015-10-20
Martin Luther did his translation of The Bible from Greek, not Latin.
2015-10-21
The Flame was originally white.
2015-10-22
The new Magic Mouse gets a 9 hour charge in just two minutes.
2015-10-23
The Falcon is becoming the new Captain America.
2015-10-24
The pope has one lung.
2015-10-25
A punt gun was used to kill up to 50 mallards at a time.
2015-10-26
Friday is named after the goddess Frigg.
2015-10-27
The French had around fourteen cats in training (such as a centrifuge and a compression chamber) in 1963.
2015-10-28
The word 'companion’ originally meant 'someone to share bread with’ in Latin.
2015-10-29
The word 'thousand’ is of Germanic descent but the word 'million’ is of Latin descent.
2015-10-30
*The Intern* is called *My Intern* in Japan.
2015-10-31
A Chinese man was executed for besmirching Mao Tse Dong’s mangoes.
2015-11-01
Mozart was born in Salzburg.
2015-11-02
Darth Vader ran for mayor in the most recent elections in Ukraine.
2015-11-03
Andrew Lloyd Weber is in the House of Lords.
2015-11-04
In 1377, the first movable metallic types were invented in Goryeo Dynasty in Korea.
2015-11-05
The interrobang ligature was invented in 1962.
2015-11-06
The oversized first letter at the start of a paragraph is called a drop cap.
2015-11-07
There was a children’s science kit in 1951 that came with uranium.
2015-11-08
The extinction event that killed off the dinosaurs is called the K/T extinction.
2015-11-09
Brandon is the second-largest city in the province of Manitoba, Canada.
2015-11-10
jQuery was created by John Resig and released on August 26, 2006.
2015-11-11
In 1991, Adobe Systems’ co-founder John Warnock outlined a system called Camelot that evolved into PDF.
2015-11-12
Java is home to 51 percent of the Indonesian population, and is the most populous island on Earth.
2015-11-13
'A bird in the hand is better than two in the bush’ is a proverb saying that it is better to stick with something you already have, rather than pursuing something you may never get.
2015-11-14
The 10:20 position is a signal to wait staff to clear your plate.
2015-11-15
Hell comes from the Germanic goddess of the same name.
2015-11-16
TCBY stands for The Country’s Best Yogurt.
2015-11-17
The 'Ye’ in 'Ye Old Shoppe’ was pronounced 'The’.
2015-11-18
The word 'vandal’ came from the name of a Germanic tribe.
2015-11-19
The clothes hanger was invented in 1868.
2015-11-20
A hagfish can produce enough mucus in a minute to fill a bucket.
2015-11-21
vi started off as a mode in 'ed’.
2015-11-22
R is the open source internals of Microsoft Office.
2015-11-23
The story of King Arthur came from a Celtic tale.
2015-11-24
The most famous version of King Arthur was penned by a Frenchman.
2015-11-25
English is the official language of almost 60 sovereign states.
2015-11-26
Operation Downfall was the codename for the Allied plan for the invasion of Japan near the end of World War II.
2015-11-27
The former Pope was made an honorary Harlem Globetrotter.
2015-11-28
An owl can hear a rat four feet underground.
2015-11-29
The French often shifted Germanic W words to start with Gs.
2015-11-30
The term guitar is descended from the Latin word 'cithara’.
2015-12-01
The Jeddah Tower in Saudi Arabia will be 3,280 feet tall when it’s completed in 2018.
2015-12-02
Destiny cost million to produce.
2015-12-03
Winemaking is also known as vinification.
2015-12-04
Taco Bell opened in 1962.
2015-12-05
Nagoya has a basketball team called the Diamond Dolphins.
2015-12-06
German has masculine and feminine nouns.
2015-12-07
Marmite has ads about how everyone hates it or loves it.
2015-12-08
Koreatown in LA has the largest concentration of Koreans outside of Seoul.
2015-12-09
There’s a giant clock tower at the Port of San Francisco.
2015-12-10
tcsh was first distributed in 1978.
2015-12-11
Ampersand is a modification of the phrase 'and per se and’.
2015-12-12
There was a widely-held belief that standing in a whale carcass cured rheumatism.
2015-12-13
David Duchovny was born in 1960.
2015-12-14
Tom Kapinos who wrote Californication also wrote for Dawson’s Creek.
2015-12-15
All the swans in England belong to the Queen.
2015-12-16
The ~ key changes the case of the character under the cursor in Vim.
2015-12-17
Super Hans is played by a guy named Matt King.
2015-12-18
Ireland is written 'Éire’ in Irish.
2015-12-19
The nine men convicted of the Sydney gang rapes in 2000 were sentenced to a total of more than 240 years in jail.
2015-12-20
Dominion was created by Donald X. Vaccarino.
2015-12-21
False Morels are the world’s most toxic mushrooms.
2015-12-22
A league is a hour’s walk.
2015-12-23
The Polish recreated the German Enigma Machines and passed them to Britain.
2015-12-24
Leningrad became St. Petersburg.
2015-12-25
Melissophobia is the fear of bees.
2015-12-26
CNC stands for 'Computer Numerical Control’.
2015-12-27
Larry David’s wife produced An Incovenient Truth.
2015-12-28
VHS was introduced in Japan by JVC in October 1976.
2015-12-29
Halo’s halos would spin at 7 kilometer per second to maintain gravity.
2015-12-30
Larry David has two daughters.
2015-12-31
Zouni in Shizuoka has no leafy greens.

Published on January 12, 2016


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Dealing with Waiting in OmniFocus

I’ve been rereading Kourosh Dini’s Creating Flow With OmniFocus and I was thinking about his TextExpander snippets that create task titles like:

(2015-11-19 → CALL) Waiting for response from Ken Case

I wanted to automate the process of creating these tasks, so with a little bit of AppleScript(JXA) I’ve got the process of taking a task like:

Call Ken Case

…and turned it into this:

(2015-11-19 → CALL) Waiting for response from Ken Case

…with its context set to “Waiting”.

Here’s the script: convertToWaiting.js

How to use it?

If your selected tasks are formatted like, Call Ken Case or Email Ken Case, and you run the script with the argument 3, the script will format the title to be like the Waiting for response titles above. The date will be set to three days from now. You can also pass a string like next Monday and it will do as expected. You can also switch to a DROP title by passing something like drop 3 or drop next Monday. It’s a special case. You will need the Chrono, Moment, String and OmniFocus libraries. Check my Github.

So, what about processing all these Waiting tasks when their times come?

I’ve written another script called processWaiting.js that’ll take care of setting them back for you. Just set up the script to run with a Launch Agent once a day and you’re set. The script will run through your Waiting tasks and if any of them have the meta date in their title, it will grab the “CALL” or “EMAIL” tasks and set the context of the tasks to either “Calls” or “Email”. Any “DROP” tasks will be deleted. You’ll need the OmniFocus, String and Moment libraries again.

Published on November 18, 2015


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The Western Flyer

The Western Flyer occupies a weird space in the Tom Bihn product line. It’s not a member of the Aeronaut line, which I believe Tom Bihn is most known for, it’s the same size as a few of Tom Bihn’s backpacks (coming in at 26 liters in capacity) and it’s not as big as the flagship travel bag, the Tri-Star. It’s a mid-sized travel bag that has a layout similar to the Tri-Star with the same capacity as a Smart Alec. It looks like a briefcase and yet you can hand-carry it, sling it over your shoulder or slap it on your back. I have a special place in my heart for the Western Flyer — even though I don’t use it very often.

I like the Western Flyer because it’s sized perfectly as a 1–2 night bag and it looks business-y to be taken into a work situation. The Aeronaut would not look good in a boardroom. The Western Flyer has large compartments for clothing and/or a laptop and smaller compartments and pockets suited well to organizing the bits and bobs you need whether at work or while traveling. The Western Flyer does a great job at keeping everything organized.

So why don’t I use it more? I don’t use it as an everyday bag because if you want to use a Brain Cell, you have to have a horizontal Brain Cell and since I already bought a vertical Brain Cell for use with my Smart Alec, I’m not keen to spend another $60 for a horizontal one. Also, there are no Cache rails in the Western Flyer, so even if I went with the lighter (and probably sufficient) Cache, it wouldn’t be tied down anywhere. Also, because the Western Flyer is meant to be a travel bag, the zippers go all the way around the bag — which is great for packing clothes — but not so great for putting away and pulling out your computer every day.

The front of the bag is split into two equally sized compartments and there’s a clever bit of Dyneema and a zipper in the middle so that you can make one large compartment if you need it. This is my favorite bit about the bag. The front of the bag has three large pockets that will fit knick knacks, iPad minis and travel documents. Sadly, the Western Flyer wastes a lot of space by putting crescent-shaped water bottle pocket on the right side of the front. It doesn’t really accommodate a bottle when the inside of the bag is stuffed so it’s not useful for its intended purpose. The handle and the stowaway backpack straps are comfortable — making the Western Flyer an easy carry.

While I wouldn’t recommend the Western Flyer as a briefcase, it can do in a pinch while traveling. The Western Flyer really shines as a lightweight travel bag that will fit under the seat in front of you. I actually use it as my personal item — along with an Aeronaut 45 when flying between Japan and the United States. If you need a great travel bag and require more built-in organization than the Aeronaut 30 provides, check out the Western Flyer.

Published on November 12, 2015


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