Inferno

The other day we finally came around watching Inferno, and even though I enjoyed the movie, I found myself frequently confused on differences between movie and book. Among other things, it struck me that the movie ended so fundamentally different.

Since I couldn’t remember every detail about the book anymore, I did some research and quickly found this overview of all the differences on Stack Overflow.

Needless to say, the ending in the book is much better.

A Duo-Lingual Communication Issue

I was surprised to figure out that Google Now had learned to speak finnish.

Me: (speaking through the headphones while driving on the bike, at minus whatever degrees, to work) What’s the time?
GN: En ole varma miten voin vastan (some gooblygoob it understood)
Me: Paljonko kello on?
GN: I’m not sure how to help you with (some gooblygoob it understood)
Me: What’s the time?
GN:En ole varma miten voin vastan (some gooblygoob it understood)
Get’s off the bike and checks the time.

A reminder to set a preferred language in the Google app.

Distraction

I needed some distraction, and it turns out fiddling with themes is rather soothing.

The last few weeks had been incredibly busy, but now that the majority of the projects are done I finally have some, albeit not much, downtime. To get some distraction from the current global garbage-show I decided to give this blog a little facelift, and with it returned to a rather classic design.

I would have like to use Twenty Seventeen, but it is still not released on WordPress.com (not that I’m bitter) but I grew a bit tired of all the whitespace in themes that I have been using for the past few years and was looking for something else. Eventually went for this one. Looks nice on mobile and is even a bit more colourful than usual.

Anyway, switching to a new theme was again a reminder on how inconsistent features are implemented in themes. Mostly this boils down on how post-types and featured images are implemented but also includes the kind-of subtitle-ly feature which was introduced in the Twenty Sixteen theme, which uses the Post-Summary to create subtitles. This is included only in a handful of themes that found.

This made it obvious to me that one, or better I, should not rely on post-types, but rather make sure, the posts work as-is. If that makes any sense.

Having all the ingredients, for example the link, subtitle, for a post in the actual content is the only may to ensure that the presentation thereof is consistent, on the blog and in the RSS reader. Or at least, everything is there.

I guess I still will keep featured images around, well, because looks nice, but will otherwise target the categories with CSS to re-create the design of a post-type. This way, changing themes is simple, and merely requires a bit of copy/paste and some minor adjustments of the CSS to get to the result that I am looking for.

Now I have only come to grips, whether or not I should set up a landing-page, or use the post-slider, or both. This should give me some distraction for a little while.

UPDATE:

It took me exactly nine days before I got bored by the somewhat claustrophobic design and I changed back to a much more minimal one.

OmniFocus’s Spotlight integration

OmniFocus is an essential part in my daily work and thanks it’s Spotlight integration it is a joy to use on iOS

I really like OmniFocus’s Spotlight integration on iOS. I enjoy it how I can search and jump to projects, contexts, perspectives and even tasks from the Spotlight search. It some ways it is even superior to CMD+O on the desktop, as the app doesn’t have to be in the foreground and I can jump directly to a task.

Paired with an external keyboard on the iPad I get even faster to where I want to go in the app.

Bummer

Yesterday was update-day and for the first time ever my main machine didn’t play the startup sound. It turned out that its too old and doesn’t qualify for macOS Sierra anymore. Which is a bummer since the MacBook Pro still works well. I guess I’m still fine as long as my main apps support El Capitan. Though bugging me, it is. Luckily my lesser used, and way less portable iMac though was able to update.

Now that I have digested the keynote a few thoughts:

  1. iWork: I’m frequently using iWork and any update is great, especially collaboration. Would be even better if I would collaborate.
  2. Mario!
  3. Apple Watch: Great feature set and waterproof. Very likely to get one. I don’t think anyone said anything about battery life, or?
  4. Headphone Jack: I can’t get away from cables fast enough. Not sure though would I want to go with those.
  5. iPhone 7: Water resistance and the camera are a compelling reason to upgrade. An upgrade that I will have to debate about 1029 times with myself.

Finally ‘got’ Start Dates

2Do is a great task manager which lets me work the way I want to. So far I have not run into something that I need or want, that it doesn’t do. In fact, there are many useful features in the app which are a bit hidden and not obvious in the first place.

While trying to learn some tricks about the app I listened to Episode 66 of Nerds on Draft and in return not only got to know the app a bit better but also learned something and even more useful: I finally got how to use Start Dates.

I have been familiar with the concept of Start Dates in GTD, but it never really made sense to me, hence never used them.
After listening to Gabe and Jeff talk about it’s implementaion in 2DO1 it finally clicked. Seeing them more as a In Progress makes a lot sense to me.

I already wonder how I could be doing without so far.


  1. I’m not sure at which point of development the app was when the podcast weas recorded, but I like the current implementation of Start Dates in 2Do and will certainly make a lot of use of them in the future.