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Merlin Mann | Mar 17 2006
David Weinberger has a short, funny commentary on the explosion of blogs -- and of the expectation by anyone who starts a blog that everyone they know should be keeping up with every word they post.
Very funny and true, but this wonderful sentence in particular jumped out as the best summation of modern media bloat I've heard in a while:read more »
Merlin Mann | Mar 2 2006
Metroactive Features | Techsploits ["Attention!"]
Annalee on overstimulation, bad soccer calls, and the new currencies that comprise "the attention economy:"
Nicely put. Someday I hope to serve honorably on the Federal Attention Reserve Board.
Merlin Mann | Feb 20 2006
Tim Gaden's been doing a series on various Mac folks' usage of Mail.app. He's talked with folks like John Gruber, Mathowie, and Ethan Schoonover about what they like (and don't) about OS X's default mail application, as well as the ways they'd like to see it improve.
Tim was kind enough to ask me as well, and the results are up at Hawk Wings:read more »
Merlin Mann | Feb 9 2006
A few good links and snippets on Flow -- a topic that's come a couple times before here and on the group, but which seems more germane than ever given a lot of what [the royal] we have been talking about lately. More deets on buying the book at the end, although there seem to be plenty of chewy resources on the web if you just want an introduction.
Online places to pick up a copy of Csikszentmihalyi's book, Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience:
Merlin Mann | Feb 8 2006
Over the last six months or so, I've gotten a lot of requests via email from people looking for (yes, thanks, more than one person called it this) "the 43 Folders of (health|exercise|fitness) sites."
Naturally I set my Google fu in motion, fully expecting to turn up dozens of excellent sites on how to stay motivated about workouts, how to eat properly, and how to psych (or "hack," if you prefer) yourself into straightening out, losing weight, and getting that fat ass in motion.
Funny thing: I came up pretty thin -- and not in that good, healthy, slender kind of thin way. In at least three sittings of searching over the past few months, I just did not turn up more than a couple of independent sites that really blew me away. Really surprising, and maybe I was just looking in the wrong places. Like under a 12-pack of beer and a rib roast.
BUT. I'm sure they're out there, and I can't think of smarter people to ask than you, so you tell me: what's your favorite website or blog about getting healthy? What are your favorite apps for tracking progress and watching a diet? Who's got the best "health hacks?"
Post your faves in comments and help your geeky friends get as theoretically fit as they are theoretically organized.
Merlin Mann | Feb 8 2006
Washington Post on the growing amount of crap people carry around (present company very much included).
So what should you carry, hmmm?
If you're looking to shed (or, perhaps, more efficiently augment) your on-board crap pile, check out these fun pages from the 43F wiki:
Merlin Mann | Feb 6 2006
Dang, these Mac-o-phillic Firefox themes are yummy. I've actually been using "GrApple Eos Pro" for some time now, but I'd never realized just how many subtle variations were available.
I'm not sure if it's just a Mac thing -- or even whether it's necessarily always a good thing -- but I really believe the chance of a product's wider adoption amongst Mac users is greatly enhanced when it looks like something we're used to using. Thanks to the broad range of talented hands contributing to open source projects these days, we're starting to see more top-notch work like this from people like Aronnax; stuff that keep us snooty 5ish% very happy and visually dazzled. Good on you. (And a tip of the Mac to Jon for supplying their hosting and cool domain name.)
Merlin Mann | Feb 3 2006
Getting Things Done has occasionally been criticized for lacking a focus on what I call Capital Letter Nouns -- as an action-based, tactical toolset for managing life's verbs, it was never intended as a top-down treatise on generating Big Life Decisions. I happen to think that's a big part of what makes it so appealing to people (esp. the techies who crave "actionable items") -- it takes you as you are and says "Okay, let's get to work."
But, funny thing: the folks who stick with GTD past the experimental try-on phase often discover it gives them sharper insight into their goals and values than some of the theoretically more lofty systems that are out there.
Get those verbs under control, folks, and it's a shitload easier to even see the big nouns.
Merlin Mann | Feb 3 2006
Berkeley's Christopher Alexander -- author of A Pattern Language -- talks with Chron art critic Kenneth Baker in a 2-part feature discussing his career and his 4-volume collection, The Nature of Order (official book site)read more »
Merlin Mann | Feb 2 2006
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