Field Notes are Good for Field Notes

February 3, 2012

Late in 2011, I started doing something I hadn’t done for at least seven years. I started keeping an analog journal. I’ve always been an erratic journaler, more streaky than the tears of a clown. I have seasons of daily scribbles, followed by months of silence. But one thing was consistent for the last seven […]

If Knowledge is Power, I May Have Just Gone Nuclear

September 7, 2011

As much as I like to dabble with new apps and imagine the possibilities that they might offer me, I tend to stick with the apps that are tried and true, that I know will get the job done for me. They sustain a system that works for me, and it’s not a system I […]

The Creative Loop: Stages

July 7, 2011

A year ago, I scratched out a drawing in Penultimate. It was an idea I dubbed The Creative Loop as an attempt to visualize how my creative process works itself out. (At the time, I think it was mostly an excuse to try out Penultimate. An app I love, even though The Creative Loop scrawl […]

First Impressions: Yojimbo for iPad

October 22, 2010

I was thrilled to find an email in my inbox Tuesday about Yojimbo for iPad (iTunes) and Yojimbo 3.0. I didn’t have any expectations for it, and it was a nice surprise. As I wrote about a few weeks ago, I’ve reworked how I use Yojimbo so that it is really only a resource for […]

The Thing About Kindle You Might Not Know

September 16, 2010

In some of the discussions weighing the pros and cons of ebooks, there is one significant point that I think is often overlooked. For my use, it is one of the most important. And Kindle ebooks do it best. I capture digital notes from most books that I read. That might be underlined passages, or […]

The Quest for the Perfect Pocket Notebook

September 9, 2010

I do a lot of my notetaking and capture digitally. Everything worth keeping ends up being stored digitally, so I prefer not having to capture information twice — even if it’s as simple as taking a picture of handwritten notes… However, there are times when it is best to go with pen and paper. I […]

the inspiration archive

September 29, 2009

As I promised a few weeks ago, I have a few posts in the works with some tips on managing my workflow for web design. This would be the first of those… I’ve been building websites for about 15 years, mostly for personal projects like this one. There have been some side jobs here and […]

hands on with shovebox

May 21, 2009

A few months ago, I mentioned that I was using Shovebox — one of the endless number of Mac apps to organize notes, photos and more. At the time, I mentioned that it was not going to replace Yojimbo for me. Still true. But I found that it worked well as a means of storing […]

the evernote to curio double whack pack

February 17, 2009

(Before I get into this post, an aside: Is my memory of the Double Whack Pack an example of good advertising by Tic Tac, or wasted memory cells on my part?) Curio and Evernote are two of the most popular search terms that lead people here. So when I got an email last week about […]

quicksilver + scrivener = carpal bliss

September 9, 2008

My use of Scrivener has been increasing of late. I’ve had a few different projects that require the ongoing collection and shaping of ideas. Yojimbo is my general idea bucket, but when I am focusing in on a specific project, Scrivener works much better for collecting, arranging and developing ideas and research in one place. […]