Here’s a simple way to cultivate the state of mind that meditation techniques are designed to help you achieve: pretend the environment around you is actually a virtual reality simulation. Continue reading “Meditation Technique: Virtual Reality”
If you ever try to deep clean your mini blinds, as a bonus you will also learn how to repair one of the slats. It will be one near the top, of course.
But as an added bonus, it will also help you reach enlightenment. Continue reading “The Zen Of Fixing Mini-Blinds”
One of my current “overthink” topics is the distinction between the dabbler and the exclusionary. Or the “jack of all trades, master of none” versus the “master of one”.
It occurred to me that perhaps the dabbler mindset is yet another camouflaged appearance of perfectionism. Continue reading “Dabblers and Perfectionism”
I don’t know how I stuck with the super annoying default notification sound for a successfully expanded Text Expander snippet for all these years, but I finally got around to finding a suitable and non-intrusive replacement.
Notifications sounds on macOS have to be in .aif format, and it’s a bit convoluted to do it with iTunes.
So if you’ve been using my macOS tip to append a text file using Automator and shell scripts, you’ve no doubt run into two frustrations: the window is not brought to front focus, allowing immediate typing, and the OK button isn’t accessible via the keyboard (typing Return only inserts a line break, attempting to Tab to the button just inserts a tab character in the text field).
The OK button is a simple keyboard shortcut: the Function key (fn) + the Return key.
I’ve updated the above post to include the simple AppleScript step in Automator that will bring the window to front-most focus.
Here’s a simple AppleScript which can be used with a TextExpander snippet, or as a Service via the macOS Automator app, that when invoked will insert the title and URL of the frontmost Safari tab, formatted as a Markdown link. Continue reading “AppleScript to Insert Markdown Link for Current Safari Tab via TextExpander”
After working in the awesome Atom text editor for some time now, and getting spoiled with the awesome keyboard-focused text manipulation tools available, I wanted to find something for working in nvALT to solve a couple of tedious and incessant activities:
- Moving chunks of text up and down in the document
- Moving a chunk of text to the end of a document
The first need is mostly for organizing information, primarily task/to-do lists.
The second is to bump completed tasks to the end of the text document.
Initially, I expected to find some sort of macOS Service I could assign a keyboard shortcut to. But then I stumbled across Brett Terpstra’s post on custom KeyBindings in macOS. Continue reading “Advanced Text Manipulation via Custom KeyBindings in macOS”
If you are looking to set up a condition in a spreadsheet function in a situation where you want to include everything but one thing, you need to use the following:
Turns out the “less-than/greater-than” combo sign means “not equal to”, and it applies to text strings in addition to number strings.
I wasn’t sure what terms to search for initially, and relevant results for “is not”, and “is not equal to” were not giving me the answer I needed. Including terms such as “spreadsheet”, “Apple Numbers”, “function” and “formula” didn’t help either.
I discovered the perfect solution to keeping a digital daily journal: one plain text file, with one line per day that sums up the most significant event(s) of that day.
Read on to learn how I use it, and how it fits into my plain-text journaling system.
As a followup to my earlier post about how to create a macOS Service (or a Text Expander snippet) to quickly append a text file using Hazel, Automator and Shell Scripts, here’s a way to instead prepend text to a text file using the same tools.
Why would you want to do this?
My core interest in setting this up is for plain-text journaling. In a way, I am cobbling together the functionality I find extraordinarily useful in the iOS app Drafts for use on macOS.
I like to capture ideas, thoughts, errands, links, apps, articles, tasks and todos quickly, and I use a plain-text document system I’ve put together over the years. These automation setups remove friction in doing so, which make it more likely I will maintain the behavior.
With this setup and the companion append text automation setup, I can hit a keyboard combo, have a small window pop up where I type what I want to capture, hit OK and the automation goes and appends it to the right .txt file, in the right location, behind the scenes.
I will be writing about my plain-text journaling system in a future post. For now, read on to learn how to set this journaling automation up for yourself.