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A Castle Made Of…

I should be starting the post with the usual it’s that time of the year again, but then again, you already know that. Following the tradition of the previous years my wife made another great Gingerbread house again.

Since we had villages, Haunted Houses a Tardis and more it was time for a castle:

Apparently there is some sugar involved.

Oh my, OF!

It took me about a week after returning to OmniFocus to realize why I stopped using it in the first place. That didn’t last long. Makes exporting tasks that much faster.

For the time being I will go back to Things, even it that means I have to adjust the way I organize my stuff. I hope to figure out a system that fits into the app and allows to me to sort stuff the way I want. I’m not very optimistic, but let’s see.

I might even try Goodtask. This article from on Nahumck.me makes a good argument for it. Eventually though, I’m sure I will go back to Todoist. It always served me well.

iA Writer’s new font

The post In Search of the Perfect Writing Font from the folks behind iAWriter popped up in my RSS reader the other ago and sadly turned into a case of TL’DR. Then, I didn’t had enough time or energy to finish reading it. In hindsight this was stupid, since it wasn’t until I read the linkpost on MacStories that I learned that iA Writer’s new font is available on GitHub!

I’m glad I didn’t miss this, since this is fantastic news!

Despite really liking Nitti (maybe even a little too much), I never could justify purchasing it. This new font looks and feels great and I installed it already in Ulysses.

As a bonus, the font it is based on, IBM’s new font, IBM Plex, is available on GitHub as well which is probably worth having a look at as well.

Thanks to the fine folks a iA for sharing.

And back to OmniFocus (again, like for the hundreth time)

After re-animating my 6plus the other week I also started to give Things 3 try and naturally I have some thoughts about it and learned something about myself. While it is visually without doubt the most beautiful, and well designed task-manager around I found it, besides all it’s simplicity too cumbersome to use.

Most frustating was1 that I seemingly can’t organize the tasks the way I want. I couldn’t find a easy way to, say, list all items in an area that have a due date. If the tasks were tagged though, I could see them in the Upcoming list filtered by that tag, but that easily get’s annoying once that task is far ahead into the future, and involved a lot of scrolling.

In short: there is no way to build up anything at least resembling perspectives. I didn’t know that I rely on them so much, but I had a few in Todoist and also in OmniFocus, which is what I am now using again.

However I hard I tried to use someting else, OF is the app I always come back to.


  1. And I’m not even going in now and talk about the lack of Spotlight/Siri -search or location based reminders. 

Back to Plus

Over the weekend I pulled the plug and switched back to my now 4 year old (or is actually 5) 6 Plus. This weird bug tested my patience one time too much. I guess I try to wait it out and see if the upcoming Oreo-update might fix that.

In the meanwhile I’m glad to see that the 6 Plus still is able to run, albeit a bit slow, the latest OS. On a postive note: I get to play with a lot of apps that I missed over the year.

The question is: should I try Things 3 or not?

Things Watched and Listened: October 2017

A couple of podcasts and series that I watched during the last month

There are a lot of things going on and I usually don't have much time to watch TV-series' at all anymore. I gave up on Walking Dead a while ago and am so far behind on Game Of Thrones that I'm sure the last book will be published long before I manage to watch the second season for starters. 

By pure chance though I found some great and occasional, strange things (shitty pun I know) and some time to watch and listen them too during the last month. It did cost me a couple hours of sleep though but I managed. Hey, one can't have everything.

As a bonus I also found some nice podcasts, which are much easier to listen to for me. Usually on the way to work.

  • Dirk Gently's Hollistic Detective Agency I had the book in my books-that-I-downloaded-the-sample-yet-never-came-around-to-read-list and was happily surprised when I read on Tor.com that there is a series on Netflix. This is fun and as quirky as one would expect from Douglas Adams
  • Star Trek Discovery This was all over the place, so there's no surprise that series is fun and exciting. Looking forward to the rest of the season.
  • Stranger Things Season 2 Season 1 was one of the best series that I have seen in a long time and the second season doesn't disappoint. But then again, you already know that.

The Podcasts

  • Steal The Stars: I just finished with this show the other day. This is very good audiodrama. But don't only take my word for it. Here's a post on Tor.com telling you more.
  • Deadly Manners This is as old-timey-radio-mystery as it gets featuring the voice of LeVar Burton
  • Spooked Spooky stories. Seriously, there's not much that can go wrong here.

I have no idea what I might want to watch next, but at least Star Trek is still going on. And of course there is still Game Of Thrones

… a pumpkin instead

I planned to publish a short-story but all you get is a picture of a pumpkin.

  Happy Halloween!

What’s coming up in my Reading List – Edition #2

Since I finished my previous list, I had to make a new one.

I have made very good progress with my last reading list and the books from my last post are all done already (all? Well, the comic still isn’t. I guess I’m not much of comic-guy) and in between I also finished, in fact just now, John Scalzi’s “The Ghost Brigades”, the second book in the “Old Man’s War” series.

Since I read and enjoyed now two books in the “Old Man’s War” series it is a given that I will continue with the next book, but over the last few weeks I already started to collect a few books, or took advantage of a few sales to get something new to read.

Long story short, here’s what I plan to read next in no particular order:

Austin Kleon once wrote in his post How To Read More that one should “have another book ready before you finish the one that you’re reading“. I guess things are fine then.

Finished: The Lego Millennium Falcon

This awesome Lego set had been a gift from my wife to our wedding anniversary and it took me almost a year to get it done.

Naturally I haven’t been working on this all the time, but it took surprisingly long to find the time to get it done. And it was worth it. There is a lot of nice detail in this set.

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Reading Stats Progress

My latest statistics from Goodreads came in today and they are looking a lot less bad than I thought.

ReadingChallengeStatus

That looks like a lot of pages and I actually had to check which books are on the read-list. Interestingly I thought that I read most of the in the last year. Obviously (or luckily for the stats) I didn’t.

The email also reminded me of the challenge, which in the meanwhile I have totally forgotten about. Considered that I am about 42% into my current read, John Scalzi’s The Ghost Brigades, chances are that I will manage until the end of the year.

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