Oregon’s a shithole
I like to troll my British friends by insisting that places in England don’t exist.
And that the French went extinct years ago.
When it works, they don’t know if I’m joking or ignorant.
Suck it, Monday. I win.
Twitter still has its place. It’s a place for celebrities to promote their fame. It’s a place for normal people to pretend they are celebrities. And it’s a place for Twitter to sell you to advertisers.
The up volume button on an iPhone can be used to snap a photo. With gloves on all the time (unless you’re living in SF), if you need to snap a quick photo, you still can without freezing your fingers off.
I always forget about this feature.
I try to keep myself using as few apps as I can and as few web services as I can. I don’t experiment with them. I don’t try out new things nearly as much as I used to. As I’ve gotten older, I’m less inclined to want to change the way I’m doing things. I’m also less inclined to start up on something that’s new because I have a sense that things that are new are not going to get old. Very few new things end up getting old. They just don’t last long enough. If I’d gotten myself in the habit of using Product A and Product A goes away, then I’m screwed. And I’m tired of that. That’s happened plenty of times over the years.
Working from home is weird. You don’t leave in the morning, and you don’t pack up and head home in the evening. There’s no commute. These things that we typically punctuate the start and end of our work days with don’t exist. As a result, it can be hard to switch off. When your work computer is your home computer and you use the same machine for everything, it can be tricky to form an adequate disconnect.
Being a nerd, I’m using a couple of AppleScripts to add a little structure to starting and stopping my day. They are appropriately named
Stop.scpt. Here’s what they look like:
Go script launches everything in my Dock and logs me into the Google Talk account that I use for work. The
Stop script shuts down every work-related app and logs me out of my Google Talk account.1 I launch them with Alfred, which will index your AppleScripts if you check the right box in the app’s preferences.2
So, when I start work in the morning:
Return, and I’m at work. At the end of the day,
Return, and my connection to work is severed. It’s shorter than a commute (hooray!), but it’s enough to help me switch gears mentally.