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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.

Nerds on Draft 022 - J.A.W.N and the Joy of Home Ownership

This winter has been cold here in Pennsylvania but lacked the snow from last year. Gabe Weatherhead over at Macdrifter, and my partner over at Nerds On Draft, has had a terrible winter in Boston and it has made dealing with owning a house quite a challenge.

That contrast is why we had a fun time recording this week’s Nerds on Draft where we talked about the challenges and joys of owning a house. The conversation ranged far and wide but we anchored our discussion with the bitter twang of Neshaminy Creek Brewing’s J.A.W.N.

Hope you have as much fun listening to it as we had recording it.

Nerds on Draft Episode 021 — White Oak and the Dilemma of Simple Living

I moved out to what is considered “horse country” last winter. I’ve posted about it here and there on this blog and my wife has a site we call “The Windhorse Way” that talks about things we 1 are doing now that we have moved here.

Everything we do in life involves choices whether we make them consciously or not. If you buy eggs from a big factory farm or if you don’t know what “GMO” stands for, it doesn’t mean you aren’t making a choice. You are making the choice that you don’t care about those things. That said, being “informed” isn’t easy either and not all choices are easy to identify as the “right” one. As with judging beer, there is a lot of gray area.

In the latest episode of Nerds on Draft, Gabe asks a ton of questions about my choices to move out Chester County among the farms, tractors and gun nuts. We dig into what was harder than I thought it would be, what was easier, and what choices lived up to the expectations I had of them. A lot of what he asked made me think and, honestly, some of it I didn’t feel like I had a good answer for. That’s not a bad thing. We have to keep asking ourselves if we are doing the right thing every day because one thing is certain — the only constant is change.

To add to the complexity2, we drank a beer called “White Oak” by The Bruery which was an incredible beer worthy of the high price tag and high opinions on the internet.


  1. (OK… mostly she is doing!) 

  2. Maybe I was the only one that thought it was complex. It certainly made me think, that’s for sure. 

Nerds on Draft — Yang and Side Projects

The latest Nerds on Draft podcast is up. Evil Twin’s Yang is a fantastic beer – one of my top IPAs at this point — and I liked kicking around ideas about how we tackle side projects. I also tried a new audio production technique so it sounds pretty good technically even though it is still unfortunately our actual voices. Sorry about that.

This week’s podcast is brought to you by TapCellar.

Nerds on Draft - Piraat and Glassware

Gabe and I talked about beer glassware in the latest episode of Nerds on Draft along with the usual miscellaneous meanderings. The glasses were used in our testing of Piraat, a fantastic Belgian beer.

I have been having a lot of fun with the Nerds on Draft podcast and I hope listeners are liking what they hear. It’s always one of the highlights of my week.

Nerds on Draft — Episode 12 - EDC

Gabe and I talked about “every day carry” stuff on this week’s Nerds on Draft podcast.

The topic wasn’t just about what kind of keychain we hang on our belts but it went into what it means to buy things that last, how we fetishize objects and childhood knife mishaps.

Here’s what I have been carrying around for about a year.

Nerds on Draft — Episode 080 - Collaboration Tools and Beer

TapCellar has been taking up a lot of my free time for the last twenty months but one thing that involves beer that isn’t TapCellar-related1 is Nerds on Draft. Nerds on Draft is a huge amount of fun and I have a blast sitting down with Gabe every week with a great beer and talking about whatever topic strikes our fancy.

This week we discussed the long chain of collaboration tools we used when creating TapCellar while drinking a Brooklyn Brewery-created Sorachi Ace. It was a lot of fun to record. I hope you all like it.


  1. Ok, maybe tangentially. 

Nerds on Draft - Episode 006

After one of the most hectic weeks I have had in ages, here’s the latest installment of Nerds on Draft. It’s called “Southern Tier Unearthly and the Purists” and Gabe and I talk about what it is like to be purist or what it is like dealing with purists or one stripe or another.

Hope you enjoy it as much as I did to record it. The Unearthly was a tasty beer too!

Nerds on Draft Episode 003

Nerds on Draft continues rolling along with each week bringing new opportunities for tasting good beer and saying stupid things in public. Episode 003 is an exploration of Belgian beer and an examination of how you get to a place where you can comfortably say a project is “done”.

“Focus on the details” has become a meme lately and so has “say no in order to say yes to the right things”. Both have their merits but neither address the discomfort of putting something you are excited about into the world. The thing you made is the conglomeration of thousands of choices. Once you ship, each one of those choices is there to be judged and pored over by anyone with a comment box or Twitter account.

The conversation this week is circuitous and rambling but at least we have the Orval and the Rochefort 8 to keep us somewhat on track.