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Friday remainders, 2005-02-11

  • Cool new TextMate iconTextMate - TextMate’s 1.1 beta5 release has lots of good stuff, including support for Subversion tag highlighting, invisible character display, and improved integration with Xcode. My favorite new thing? Preeeeetty new icon; so much nicer than that disturbing little space creature. He freaks me out.
  • FutureMail - Its developer, Ben Sinclair, emailed me about FutureMail, a web app which purports to let you send text messages to your (or someone else’s) phone at some future time. Has RSS, too. Sounds neat and potentially quite useful. Email me if you try it and like it.
  • Free Ringtones - Although it’s been way too overloaded to do much with each time I tried, smashTheTONES looks amazing—turns any mp3 into a ringtone. Gotta try that again; I’ve been craving a “Faster Gun” ringtone for months.
  • Just buy two - Not to say this is anything out of personal exprience, because, as you know, I’m without flaw. But if you have an item in your life that keeps getting lost (and is a pain to replace without having the original), buy two. One could, for example, keep an extra gas cap in the car in the event they’re the sort of person who absentmindedly leaves the original at the gas pump occasionally. Just saying.
  • Cahier NotebookCahier Notebooks - Our friends at MoleskineUS point us to their new Cahier notebook page. It looks like these guys are similar to the soft-cover Volants favored by tastemakers like Veen—except these have 16 perforated/removable pages in the back, plus a pocket. They’re sending me one to check out, so more then. “Developing,” as Mr. Drudge would say.
  • Four Ws & an H - Had a bit of a breakthrough this week with using Entourage 2004 for task management; Categories are the “How,” “Where,” and “When” of a task (the context); Projects are the “Who” and the “Why” (the reason or desired result). Each time I tag an item, it should be to answer one of those questions as precisely as possible. (And, yes, OCD sufferers: the task itself is the “What,” so you can stop washing your hands now.)
  • Better Name - I need a better name for this leftovers feature. On my LiveJournal, I call pointless, bulleted goulash posts “Hipster Larry King.” What should I call them on 43 Folders, and how would the titles reveal the date it was posted (and differentiate from old editions)? Some kind of phony-baloney prize and a link to whoever comes up with the best new name for my “remainders.” (Why do I always want to just call them “Merlin’s Leavings?”)
  • Rabbits & Focus - Our closing quote this time around comes from what purports to be a Chinese proverb, and I think it’s just one of the most cunning things I’ve ever heard: “If you chase two rabbits, both will escape.” Awesome.

Kung Hei Fat Choi, everybody.

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Merlin Mann is an independent writer, speaker, and broadcaster. He’s best known for being the guy who created the website you’re reading right now. He lives in San Francisco, does lots of public speaking, and helps make cool things like You Look Nice Today, Back to Work, and Kung Fu Grippe. Also? He’s writing this book, he lives with this face, he suffers from this hair, he answers these questions, and he’s had this life. So far.

Merlin’s favorite thing he’s written in the past few years is an essay entitled, “Cranking.”




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