[Warning: productivity geekery incoming. Duck and cover.]
Soon after I got the MacBook Pro up and running again, I migrated from Things to TaskPaper. In case you’re not familiar with it, Things is a rather beautiful application for managing the things you have to do. I’ve been using Things for… wow. I actually can’t remember, which is a testament to deeply embedded it has been in my workflow. Looking back at the blog, it’s been about two and a half years. I have Things on my desktop and Things on my iPod Touch - I’d held back from the iPad version, simply because (at time of writing) it lacks some of the features that the other versions share.
As pretty as Things is, I’ve noticed myself spending too much time managing tasks, as opposed to actually getting them done - pushing tasks from one list to another, adjusting due dates, dumping tasks in the “Someday/Maybe” pile. And I found it scarily easy to accumulate items without actually doing anything about them. The really important tasks moved quickly like the surface of a river, while everything else dropped to the riverbed. Fair enough, I’d work through the tasks that really needed to be done, but there was a hell of a lot of riverbed - lots of stale stuff that either didn’t need to be there, or that I needed to be more discipline about pulling into focus, even if the roof wouldn’t cave in for not doing them. Problem is, I felt the weight of all that stuff every time I opened the application. I lived in a “today” view, but I always knew there was a lot of orphaned and neglected stuff waiting for me to sift through. All that psychic baggage made the process of regular reviews a real chore, a process to grudgingly drag myself through. That probably says more about my working mind than it does about Things as an application, but TaskPaper’s proving to be a refreshing change.
Since migrating, my active projects live in a TaskPaper document, which syncs via the cloud to all of my iOS devices. Typographically, TaskPaper on the Mac is beautiful, though it could do with a little tweaking for iOS. Coupled with a map of everything I’m doing and want to be doing (rendered as a mindmap in an iPad app), and although it’s early days yet, it looks like TaskPaper could be my task manager for the next few years to come.
Forgot to say – now that I’ve installed TweetNest, my Twitter stream is archived to http://twitter.jsamlarose.com. +1 to geek-cred.
Just installed TweetNest (by @graulund) – offsite archive of Tweets. Took about 5 minutes. Nice work, Andy… http://ow.ly/2HVgm
"I think a lot of the problems we’ve been experiencing come from the fact that no one embraces the…"
- Patton Oswalt (via viafrank)
I’ve got rolls of 120 to process. It’s been a while since I passed by West End Cameras…
In other news, I’ve tweaked my Tumblr theme for bigger images. Those of you who view me in your dashboard, take note.
Continuing my thinking along the lines of projects - I’ll have two to focus on over the next few weeks. As part of my role as writer in residence for two different festivals, I’ll be embedded on Exmouth Market, and in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. Hoping for plenty to point a camera at…
So as writer-in-residence for the #RBKC festival, I’m hosting a lecture with Linton Kwesi Johnson. Anybody got any questions for the Q&A?
1: Dear Tumblr: is there any good reason for the fact that none of the posts in my queue have been posted over the past few days? The Tumblr community feels a lot more responsive that many of the other content platforms I’ve played with, but the sometimes the system just doesn’t work the way it seems it should…
2: Where do all the Tumblr theme developers hang out? Seriously. I’m thinking about rolling my own theme (you know, just because), and it’d be great to chat code with people who know what they’re doing. Anybody?
3: Just to balance the first two web-based points, did I mention that I’ve got two writer-in-residence gigs up and coming over the next few weeks? And that the piece I’ve been commissioned to write with composer Luke Styles is coming together nicely? And that I’m working on my next book for publishing next year? More on those later…
Super Soft Ice!
Speaking of “projects” - I guess the Southbank is one of mine. When I think of it like that, I wonder if I’m really capturing the spirit of the place…
Not much to say this week. A little mad that Tumblr fail-whaled on my queued posts. I know I’ve been away from my laptop, but that’s no excuse for sleeping on the job, queue. WYEP stands for the Prosody radio show and podcast - poetry and prose - been listening to a lot of that recently. The Douglas Kearney episode is particularly inspiring. And The Invisible makes a welcome return.
Just installed TotalFinder from @binaryage – one of those "why doesn’t OS X do this already?" apps… http://bit.ly/aRWf5u #osx
Hm. I think I’ve shot my way through my “falling in love with the Yashica” phase. It makes photographs, and they’re square, and if you point the glass in the right direction and twiddle the knobs until the red line meets the yellow line and press the shutter release at the right time, then you’ll get something that looks pretty neat. Great.
Lust over - let the real hard love begin. I am, by no stretch of the imagination, a virtuoso of this particular instrument yet, but I think I’m in the market for a filter to help refine my eye.
In other words, I need a project.
[And in other news, the built-in light meter has failed. Time to send it in for repair, subject to the next influx of disposable income…)
Life’s missing white space by Leo Babauta.
Yep. Amen indeed.
Just finished leading a four hour performance poetry workshop for a group of poets from Bournemouth. Sheet 1 of 7: http://ow.ly/i/3Sqm
This is the Hand Drawn Map Association. Wow. I’m sure there’s a poem in there somewhere… http://ow.ly/2EaQ6
"…there are stars inside your thumb, your breath, and how you say yes or no is how they shine or burn out." – Bob Hicok, In These Times
Awright. You’ll have noticed the tumbleweed rolling through silence here over the past ten days or so. Two reasons: a) my MacBook Pro caught another bad case of “gammy logic board” (I can cough up the lingua technica when I need to, can’t I?) and died quite suddenly, and b) that gave me the excuse I needed to immerse myself in my (other) writing. Working on my next collection as best as I can. Got the MBP back at the weekend, and my working habits have instantly slipped back into bad. Spent 7 hours upgrading a Vanilla forum for The Vineyard poets last night, not to mention catching up on email etc etc.
And as far as the listening stats go? In truth, more than anything else, I’ve been listening to WYEP’s Prosody, back to back episodes drawn from their archives. I don’t remember listening to that much Shed, but hey, the Last.fm/Tumblr pipe by JoeLaz doesn’t lie. At least, I don’t think it does.
MacBook Pro went down again on Sunday, hence the radio silence. Just dropped it in for repair; diagnosis: not good.
"Is pursuit of clarity technique? Maybe. I hope so. I want to make sense. I want to be clear and say…"
- How a Poem Happens: Lori Jakiela