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  • May 7, 2021 -

    @manton Bravo! Looking forward to that.

  • May 2, 2021 -

    @patrickrhone Magical!

  • May 2, 2021 -

    @manton @baldur This is the clearest breakdown of the storyline and future of this I’ve seen. It is a teachable moment for small business owners like me.

  • Apr 30, 2021 -

    @zorn Brilliant!

  • Apr 30, 2021 -

    @manton I'm a fan of Jason, certainly for his boldness and clarity. I can't shake the feeling that something is wrong here and they aren't doing enough about it. Simply telling everyone to stop talking about trouble doesn't make the trouble go away.

  • Apr 25, 2021 -

    @pimoore I use an iPad pretty often for writing and for a second screen. I have a stand that puts it at eye level. Makes a huge difference. I’m only good for short use times by itself, even with a keyboard.

  • Apr 16, 2021 -

    @jean Yes: Notebooks, mostly Leuchtturn. A German pen called a Schneider (only becasue it's named after me.) Mostly pencils, though. Staedtler, Tombow Mono100, Mitsu-Bishi Hi Uni.

  • Apr 15, 2021 -

    @jack I hear you. I like Wordpress for the ethos and philosophy but it has gotten too complicated as a true blogging platform. I restarted my old blot account and am liking it. Especially when I need to fiddle with a word or two and can fix it on Dropbox.

  • Apr 15, 2021 -

    @zorn wow 😳 twice what I’m getting with Spectrum.

  • Apr 14, 2021 -

    @hutaffe heh heh perfect analysis.

  • Apr 13, 2021 -

    @jean Best of luck with the move. We did something similar a few years ago and it was a great opportunity to simplify.

  • Apr 11, 2021 -

    @twweaver Thought it was pretty fascinating when I read it a few months ago. Spare and masterly.

  • Apr 9, 2021 -

    @twweaver Kirby brings a soothing consistency to the time line. Thank you.

  • Apr 4, 2021 -

    @de Thanks. :)

  • Apr 4, 2021 -

    @pratik I don’t remember where I saw it, but there is research around sleep apps adversely affecting sleep. I know it did mine when I used them!

  • Mar 29, 2021 -

    @MDonaldson :) the revolution will not be televised.

  • Mar 28, 2021 -

    @MDonaldson 8-Sided is mentioned in this one. Enjoying your blog! www.universalstoryengine.com/2021/03/2...

  • Mar 28, 2021 -

    @alongtheray I want to move on from Lightroom ... don't want to pay Adobe's rent. But it looks like I will have to pay just to get it running enough to expert into Mylio?

  • Mar 25, 2021 -

    @nitinkhanna Would never use Venmo because of privacy issues. Public visibility of transactions benefits them, not me.

  • Mar 24, 2021 -

    @crossingthethreshold Sure! They are only appliances but they have transformed my writing. Also pencils.

  • Mar 23, 2021 -

    @crossingthethreshold I’m constantly amazed — even delighted — using Scrivener. I left Ulysses for Scrivener a few years ago. It’s great for long form projects like novels and non-fiction books. You can organize by character, by scene, and with different layouts. I color code character storylines, for example. You can view outlines on virtual index cards and move them around. I can view in a format that shows me what I might want to write next, with word counts displayed if I want them. When writing podcast scripts, I tag themes in the session transcripts so when I need somebody talking about “storytelling” I can find them easily.

    It syncs using Dropbox between IOS and desktop and for backups. Scriv files can be imported into ProWritingAid for style and grammar checking. There are local files, not as easy to read as IA Writer’s, but still accessible. There is a way to write in Markdown (say in IA Writer) and have it sync with Scrivener. I wrote a podcast series this way. Wrote the scenes using Markdown in IA Writer and the larger architecture synced with Scrivener for more advanced edits. I do most of my everyday writing in Markdown.

    So I’m a fan of the platform. :) Downsides? It can be complex. There’s a learning curve. Sometimes the help desk is slow to respond. Files for novels and large projects can get big.

  • Mar 22, 2021 -

    @crossingthethreshold Couldn't resist jumping on about Markdown. I love writing in Markdown. For blogs, I use mostly IA Writer and some Bear.app. Both work so well. Bear makes it a little easier to keep track of things. IA Writer gives me a local copy of everything which is reassuring. For longer form, I don't use Markdown and go with Scrivener.

  • Mar 15, 2021 -

    @MDonaldson In case you missed it ... NY Times ran a piece about music surviving the pandemic. I liked “WE COULDN’T TOUR. SO WE STARTED A UNION. BY DAMON KRUKOWSKI” the best. It's #5 on this page. www.nytimes.com/interacti...

  • Mar 14, 2021 -

    @patrickrhone Our Sunday morning process is remarkably similar! <img src="https://www.universalstoryengine.com/uploads/2021/bc9e592b3c.jpg" />

  • Mar 13, 2021 -

    @bsag Beautiful writing. Keep going!

  • Mar 11, 2021 -

    @gpittman Smells Like a Weird Coincidence (the germ of a good song title there)

  • Mar 10, 2021 -

    @jack IA Writer is my favorite writing app for blogs and articles. It publishes directly to micro.blog, as you probably know. I’ve asked the guys at Substack if they would set up publishing directly from IA Writer to their platform. That would be Nirvana and I don’t mean the band.

  • Mar 9, 2021 -

    @sp I’ll check it out! I’ve been liking Reeder for feeds.

  • Mar 8, 2021 -

    @amit Plus one on The Magic Treehouse series. My eight year old has read almost every one.

  • Mar 7, 2021 -

    @gpittman Good luck with it! It is an adjustment. One thing I’ve learned through all this is how malleable and changeable vision is. “Seeing clearly” is so changeable and relative. (Philosophically and physiologically.)

  • Mar 6, 2021 -

    @gpittman When I had super strong mono vision contacts I would read for long periods. Then one day my eyes rejected them. My not so strong mono vision contacts now are okay for reading — sometimes I use readers (glasses ) if I want to read for a while. But I would agree with you - reading for the day at work, especially on a computer, is not great. Great for tennis and sports!

  • Mar 6, 2021 -

    @gpittman Yes. What is your question?

  • Mar 5, 2021 -

    @manton I made a reading page on my microblog. It helped me read more and actually finish the books! Something about the public accountability...

  • Mar 1, 2021 -

    @herself Go for it!

  • Mar 1, 2021 -

    @davidrmunson “In the right circumstances, riding a bicycle may become trancelike.” This is beautiful. Big fan of the single speed track bike myself. Nice work!

  • Feb 20, 2021 -

    @BestofTimes 😳 didn’t know that about disabling it. Pinboard has been my unglamorous standby for years.

  • Feb 20, 2021 -

    @pratik Ach! Hang in there. Funny the things we just assume will be there for us. After we had the fires here, I became very grateful for clean air.

  • Feb 20, 2021 -

    @pratik Good luck out there. Sounds like a rough go.

  • Feb 20, 2021 -

    @BestofTimes And what would those alternatives be? I have a thousand articles saved, file folders, etc.

  • Feb 17, 2021 -

    @patrickrhone Well said and so true.

  • Feb 7, 2021 -

    @purisubzi 👌🏻

  • Feb 7, 2021 -

    @purisubzi Then you might like this. I use Todoist for the chatter and brain dump. Sunsama is for the architecture of my work days.

  • Feb 7, 2021 -

    @purisubzi It has a mindfulness sort of mindset that has helped me.

  • Feb 7, 2021 -

    @purisubzi I’ve been having a good go with Sunsama. It combines task list stuff with a Trello-like feel. It will also suck in tasks from gmail, Todoist, and a few others.

  • Feb 7, 2021 -

    @brentsimmons Great post. You really captured some moments.

  • Feb 4, 2021 -

    @samgrover Nice shot!

  • Feb 4, 2021 -

    @cm 😀 great 👍

  • Feb 3, 2021 -

    @cm Good topic for a blog :) Analog and Digital Note Taking - One Method

  • Feb 3, 2021 -

    @cm Yes, I'll post something later today.

  • Feb 3, 2021 -

    @jessekelber She got a MacBook Pro M1 pretty much stock (500 gig storage). She uses it for heavy Zooms, teaching, webinars, conducting interviews, recording, consulting sessions, and Microsoft Office, and the usual Google suite. Basically, running her business on it. It doesn't get hot and goes fast. Battery life is good. I'm running a similar MacBook Pro setup -- though not M1 -- and I do teaching on Zoom, image processing, podcasting, audio and video editing, running Bear, Scrivener, IA Writer, Word, the usual Google suite and sometimes pairing an iPad for "sidecar.” I can tell if I had her M1, things would have a little extra snap in render times and load times. A noticeable difference; not enough for me to make any changes right now however!

  • Feb 3, 2021 -

    @jessekelber Did you land your M1 question? My wife just got one and it's pretty great.

  • Feb 3, 2021 -

    @cm I keep handwritten daybooks also (Leuchtturn) and make daybook Wikis for them in Bear so they, too, are searchable. I lose less stuff that way and get the mnemonic benefit of handwriting.

  • Feb 3, 2021 -

    @jemostrom For me, Bear has the most flexibility. I use the tags or organize notes, calls, meetings, and make indexes and Wikis. Linking one note to another is a game changer. Notes are easy to export out where I need them. It captures PDFs and photos. Lots of style choices. I like using Markdown. I’ve used it to replace Evernote entirely. For some writing I use IA Writer because it seamlessly exports to micro.blog, Medium, and Wordpress. It’s also Markdown.

  • Feb 1, 2021 -

    @odd We are learning many life “best practices” from Snoopy. He watched all the tv episodes that we could find.

  • Feb 1, 2021 -

    @davidrmunson When my teacher showed us how we didn’t have to follow the instructions on the box it was like learning magic.

  • Feb 1, 2021 -

    @davidrmunson I always liked HP5. I used to shoot Tri-X at 250 to get it to look the way I wanted.

  • Jan 31, 2021 -

    @hutaffe So true.

  • Jan 27, 2021 -

    @adders Subscribed. Looks interesting.

  • Jan 24, 2021 -

    @richText I have a podcasting app that I use for clients and have to tell all guests before the recording “It only works in Chrome.” I feel the shame every time to send that email.

  • Jan 23, 2021 -

    @BestofTimes I did that a few years ago, with a Rollei 6x6, a few backs, and set of Zeiss Schneider lenses. I was sad to see it all go, but had a happy surprise when the buyer came to my door. He was from Japan, worked for a camera company, and was buying the kit for one of their retired engineers to study. At least it was all going to a good home!

  • Jan 23, 2021 -

    @jack I can’t remember it either. You just reminded me to log in. :)

  • Jan 22, 2021 -

    @ronguest Have had this problem on my MacBook Pro. Never have found a solution other than reconnecting or sometimes needing a restart.

  • Jan 15, 2021 -

    @gpittman I’ve used both quite a lot and also an app called Ginger. I work in IA Writer and Scrivener and ProWritingAid can grab those files, help with corrections, and pop them right back into IA Writer or Scrivener. Magic. It also has a style checker that can save me from myself — helping me craft better sentences.

  • Jan 14, 2021 -

    @Munish Using ProWriting Aid. In my experience, it's a little smarter than Grammarly. Has an interface with Word, Google Docs, and works with IA Writer and Scrivener. It's not correcting this note - so look out for typos!

  • Dec 31, 2020 -

    @patrickrhone Happy new year. Best wishes to you and yours.

  • Dec 30, 2020 -

    @Omrrc I have a hand-crank-Hario grinder. The time it takes for the water to boil is exactly the same time it takes to grind the coffee.

  • Dec 26, 2020 -

    @jack Curio! That was my go-to for a long time.

  • Dec 26, 2020 -

    @jack I use a similar system to yours. One thing I’ve added is creating a searchable catalog for my handwritten notes. The Leuchtturm notebooks I use already have a table of contents at the beginning. It’s a good exercise to fill those out at the end of a day or week so I can see where I’ve been and what I thought. When it’s a conversation I’m taking notes on, I also use agenda.com or Bear to link the notes to a date. You could also build the catalog in IA Writer and then when you searched, all the notes and conversations about “1970 Corvette” would come up together. I’m not entirely sold on Agenda, but it works well for this: I can pull up the meeting or call in my calendar and link it to a note like “Notebook 8, page 97” and I later I can search by date, notebook, or topic. Agenda works with Reminders so I often add a reminder to follow up on something. I like referring back to my notes from conversations on specific dates but hate searching for them. This solved that problem. I can do the same thing with Bear, organized by date or project. Handwritten notes in the original notebook (not scans) really do more to bring me back to the moment that I made them.

  • Dec 24, 2020 -

    @V_ the freedom of the blank page!

  • Dec 24, 2020 -

    @V_ great colors! 👍

  • Dec 20, 2020 -

    @jessekelber I had a 13” Air a few years back. Probably my favorite for ease of use and portability. Switched to the MacBook Pro and haven't looked back. Heavier, yes, but the processing speed for my (light) photo editing and (heavy) audio editing has been really worth it. I don't really need all that power for the writing I do, but it's nice to have. I use an iPad for note-taking, scribbles, and writing in bed and on the porch when I don't want to cart the MacBook around. The combo has served me well.

  • Dec 20, 2020 -

    @adders haha you’ve struck a nerve.

  • Dec 14, 2020 -

    @canion Sorry for your loss.

  • Dec 9, 2020 -

    @macgenie Plus one on that. Pens. Pencils. I've seen some notebook posts also.

  • Dec 7, 2020 -

    @hutaffe yep, email is a pretty “leaky” medium. My understanding of runbox is that if both parties are using it and encrypting you are good. It’s the “both parties” thing that is the snag. I couldn’t even get my accountant to use ProtonMail and he’d never heard of Tutanota and so didn’t trust it. Getting hung up in the webmail universe is a blocker for most casual users.

  • Dec 7, 2020 -

    @hutaffe I tried Tutanota using their Mac OS app and it wasn’t bad. They had some server issues a while back. I’ve also tried proton mail. I settled on runbox.com. They make the set up very easy and it has many of the security features of proton mail without the hype.

  • Dec 4, 2020 -

    @davidrmunson That is very beautiful.

  • Nov 27, 2020 -

    @BestofTimes plus one on Bear. I abandoned Evernote a few years ago. It became bloated and over engineered. Bear has strong search, lots of flexibility, good connection with the rest of the Mac universe. It has become my go-to archive.

  • Nov 22, 2020 -

    @Burk That looks awesome!

  • Oct 29, 2020 -

    @pratik Agree.

  • Oct 24, 2020 -

    @rnv It’s a great feeling to shove those Field Notes notebooks in your back pocket and be able to get them all bent up. It always makes me feel like I’m really working hard on something. :)

  • Oct 24, 2020 -

    @rnv Love Field Notes. Used them for years until I got hooked on Leuchtturm 1917 notebooks. The table of contents feature is a winner.

  • Oct 22, 2020 -

    @jack actually a cool photo!

  • Sep 22, 2020 -

    @manton looking forward to it. Looks like a great feature set.

  • Sep 20, 2020 -

    @patrickrhone Very moving. Well described. It is a day-to-day focus, that’s for sure.

  • Sep 9, 2020 -

    @odd They are still hilarious and weird.

  • Sep 1, 2020 -

    @rnv 👍

  • Aug 31, 2020 -

    @LJPUK also good!

  • Aug 26, 2020 -

    @LJPUK Todoist is worth a look. I have gone from Reminders (rarely use) to Things 3 (liked, interesting, beautiful to look at) to Todoist (best integration, never silos the info in the to do’s, can organize projects well).

  • Aug 22, 2020 -

    @Eggfreckles@mastodon.mit.edu I imagine you set a good pace.

  • Aug 18, 2020 -

    @samgrover Winner!!!!!

  • Aug 13, 2020 -

    @brecht Big fan of good ol RSS.

  • Aug 13, 2020 -

    @brecht agree. We need some next steps.

  • Aug 6, 2020 -

    @manton congrats. This is a wonderful community. Glad to be part if it.

  • Jul 31, 2020 -

    @davidrmunson I miss light meters. :)

  • Jul 29, 2020 -

    @V\_ Rose is amazing. There is really nobody else doing that kind of storytelling in podcasting.

  • Jul 29, 2020 -

    @V\_ a very good podcast.

  • Jul 21, 2020 -

    @rnv used to go there all the time when I lived in nyc

  • Jul 15, 2020 -

    @patrickrhone Admirable discipline. I had to switch to tea on orders of acupuncturist. But I sneak an espresso now and again

  • Jul 15, 2020 -

    @patrickrhone when you grind your own, it cuts down on the coffee you drink— in a good way! It takes far longer to make the coffee than to drink it.

  • Jul 8, 2020 -

    @pratik I’ve disabled that function because I have enough interruptions already! Also I work at a standing desk most of the day.

  • Jun 21, 2020 -

    @cyan Nailed it.

  • Jun 20, 2020 -

    @pgkr Murakami 🔥🔥

  • Jun 5, 2020 -

    @kordumb ha. It’s a great newsletter. I look forward to receiving it every weekend.

  • Jun 5, 2020 -

    @kordumb I love Bandcamp. I first discovered it while reading Warren Ellis’s newsletter. He was always recommend great stuff and got me hooked.

  • Jun 5, 2020 -

    @Aleen I am reading The End of Policing which I got as a free e-book. It’s pretty fascinating. Explains a lot.

(c) Lee Schneider 2021. Made in Santa Monica, CA. Take care of each other.