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Nerds on Draft 026 - Alfred Workflow Follow-up

I have gotten a few questions from listeners about my Alfred workflows in reference to episode 026 of Nerds on Draft. For those curious and intrepid souls, here is how I set them up.

For quick entry of Home-related tasks, I created an Alfred workflow that looks like this:

Then I added the following python code.

with file('/Users/<username>/Dropbox/<folder>/tpHomeProjects.taskpaper', 'r') as original:    data = original.read() 

with file('/Users/<username>/Dropbox/<folder>/tpHomeProjects.taskpaper', 'w') as modified:
modified.write("    - {query}\n" + data)

The home and work workflows are very similar. Just change the file names and the Alfred trigger.

To use these, just activate Alfred and type “wtodo” or “htodo” (or whatever you set to your default trigger work) and follow that with the text you want to add to your taskpaper file. It takes less than a second to run and I use it all day long.

Good luck and keep the questions coming!

Nerds on Draft 026 - A Task Management Discussion

Gabe and a few friends went to Asheville, North Carolina last weekend for a brewery tour trip and we ended up releasing the latest episode of Nerds on Draft a little late. Sorry about that.

I think this episode was worth the wait because it is a topic that I have been thinking a ton about for the last few years.

Gabe and I dip into productivity porn, going deep with task management touching on how we use Sublime Text, PlainTasks, Drafts and some of the scripts we use to manage the things we have to do. All of these disparate parts have come together to craft fully-functioning workflows that are very different from the more-self-contained OmniFocus workflows we have been using for years.

It has been an interesting system to play with but I like the whole Taskpaper/Sublime Text thing a lot. The beer was great in this episode too.

Tap-Utils for TapCellar is Available

Terrence Dorsey blogged about his release of Tap-utils on github this week. If you’re a TapCellar user (and why aren’t you?!) and a nerd, this collection of ruby scripts is a no-brainer.

Tap-utils use your TapCellar backup file as the source to do some really cool stuff and give you insights into your beer drinking that can be enlightening. Grab these and play around with them. It will be well worth your time.

William Gibson on Authenticity

Eventually I received a baffled letter from Buzz Rickson, asking why I’d put their name on something they’d never made. I explained it as best I could, apologetically, and they told they really wanted to make that jacket. They’d been getting letters from people, asking where they could buy one. So the black MA-1 was our first jacket. I had them make it a few inches longer than the original pattern, though, because most MA-1s are a little too short for me.

I forget where I ran across this link but I enjoyed reading it.

William Gibson is one of my favorite writers and his book Pattern Recognition’s Cayce Pollard was one of his more interesting characters. The book was about trends, authenticity and how we are seen by brands and how we see them ourselves.

As Gabe and I discussed in Episode 012 of the Nerds on Draft podcast, buying higher quality things but fewer things is something I have been thinking about in the last few years. Gibson’s discussion about things worth hanging on to and objects that change over time without falling apart is something he pays attention to rings true for me.