Category Archives: #hacks


This Writer’s 2012 New Years Blogging Resolutions

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I’ve begun to feel a convergence lately—of tools and motivation, of desire and actual potentials toward reality, of wherewithal and professional and personal need, of hubris and humility. I ain’t all that good at this social media thing—and I need to be. And so I’ve determined to more directly invoke my editorial calendar and focus on the task at hand: writing productivity. Continue reading


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Profusion Delivers

A few of my regular web stops don’t publish newsletters, push feeds, or acknowledge my existence whatsoever, so I have Profusion send me an e-mail when these pages are updated. I get an html page in my inbox with any changes highlighted for me. I have an Alert Me! button on my toolbar between Blog Me! and… er… Define Me!. How much would you pay for all this convenience? How’s nada?


Outing a Mailwasher

In commenting on a New York Times article on the subject, Steve Outing (at Poynter) speaks promisingly of a “new” spam-fighting trend of filtering in good content and trashing the rest (as opposed to the traditional scan-for-bad appoach). You know, I’ve been doing this with Mailwasher for nearly a year now. Set up a filter to delete everything. Scan the list (while it’s still on the server!) and drag the good stuff to your friends list. Then download. The process takes a minute and works flawlessly.

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From the folks at comes this comprehensive tutorial on search techniques. Without getting over-technical, this tutorial gives just the right amount of detail to help you find what you need from search engines (even Alta Vista!). Did you know, for instance that by typing “” you can see a list of sites out there that link to yours? Good stuff here.


From the Archives: David Allen, Guru of Weird Time


English: David Allen, creator of the Getting T...

English: David Allen, creator of the Getting Things Done. Polski: David Allen, twórca Getting Things Done. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

David Allen: Here’s a bright man who wrote a bright book (consider the audio version, and listen in the car!) of bright ideas: not the least of which is the concept of levels. Allen says we could view daily projects and grinds at 10,000 feet. At 20,000 we view roles; at 30,000 the near future and 40,000 the further out. Finally, we wax philosophical at around 50,000 feet and weigh our very existence. So when prioritizing what’s on your plate, ask yourself at what level you want to answer that question—even weigh your 10,000 foot answer against your 50,000 foot underpinnings. Are they reconciled?