Missing my notebooks

I sometimes drift away from using a paper notebook for taking notes. This usually happens when I become infatuated with some new computer workflow or app and decide that paper is just too much work and too inconvenient.

Then something happens that makes me miss my notebooks.

Today, for example, I was trying to remember something about the sale of my house and even though I took lots of notes on my computer, I couldn’t seem to find what I was looking for. I had originally started taking notes about the process of selling the house in my paper notebook, so I pulled that out, opened to the page with the “Moving” topic, and quickly spotted what I needed.

It’s easy to write off immutability as a negative aspect of paper, but I believe it is one of its greatest strengths. Even though I can’t search my notebooks, I can usually find what I’m looking for by sight and it’s always right where I left it.

I then sat for an hour and just wrote, scribbled, and flipped through my current notebooks and was reminded how very relaxing and pleasant writing on paper can be.

The new Palm is a tiny phone to keep you away from your phone – The Verge

The Verge:

So to review: it’s a tiny phone to keep you from using your big phone, but it could do all the things your big one can do if you wanted (but you shouldn’t because the whole idea is to get you to be a little less obsessed with your phone). It’s like a phone for your phone. And Steph Curry helped design cases for it so you can strap it to your forearm during workouts. There are Kate Spade clutches for it, too.

Like I said: weird. But also: fascinating.

This is not the one for me, but I think they’re on to something.

The Math behind Project Scheduling, Bug Tracking, and Triage – Avery Pennarun

Avery Pennarun | USENIX:

Many projects have poorly defined (and often overridden) priorities, hopelessly optimistic schedules, and overflowing bug trackers that are occasionally purged out of frustration in a mysterious process called “bug bankruptcy.” But a few projects seem to get everything right. What’s the difference? Avery collected the best advice from the best-running teams at Google, then tried to break down why that advice works—using math, psychology, an ad-hoc engineer simulator (SimSWE), and pages torn out of Agile Project Management textbooks.

(Via Michael Tsai)

I’m always disappointed when clicking a link and finding it’s only a podcast or video. It’s instantly “Nope, I don’t have time for that right now.” and I’m out.

Transcript or it didn’t happen.

I just finished closing on my house. I’ve lived here since 2001 and it feels a little weird, but I’m also very excited about what’s next.

I kind of want Webmentions to show up on my blog posts. I’ve been fighting them on my Hugo blog and they’re winning. Put this one in the “Pluses” column for WordPress.

The thing about carrying an auto-everything camera is that I can hand it to someone and they can take my photo without needing a camera lesson. Thanks Gail!


I’m already numb to the automation prompts in the Mojave betas. I now just click “Allow” without reading the whole message, even though I know it’s a bad idea. This feels less secure to me.