The Evolution of a Digital Hoarder

May 22, 2012

I’m a hoarder of bits, a collector of info, an accumulator of concepts. I have no shame about this, and it certainly isn’t a secret if you’ve followed along here for any period of time. I launched this blog with a series called Capture Everything, and I’m still at it. In that early series, I […]

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 […]

Capturing Ideas Revisited – Text Files

July 19, 2010

As I described in the intro to this series, I have split my ideas bucket into two separate systems. It was a decision I didn’t take lightly as it violated my principle that one app is better than two for the sake of reliability and simplicity. In a later post, I’ll explain why Yojimbo is […]

Capturing Ideas Revisited — Intro

July 8, 2010

I kicked off this blog over two years ago with a series called Capture Everything. It was influenced by David Allen’s GTD system merged with my desire to have a reliable digital workflow to not lose a single task or idea. The system I described was one I’d already had in place, and it must […]

Book Review: Making Ideas Happen

May 25, 2010

With a title like Making Ideas Happen, I expected Scott Belsky’s first book would be of great interest to me, and many other Creativityist regulars as well. Belsky is the founder of Behance and the 99%, a conference built around helping creative people execute their ideas. In the opening chapter, Belsky sums up the content […]

podcasts: engaging ideas

May 29, 2009

I don’t spend much time in my car these days. But when I am behind the wheel, my iPhone is usually pumping out a podcast. Here are some of my favorite podcasts that revolve around engaging with or expressing ideas: The Accidental Creative (iTunes/website) This podcast was a recent recommendation by my friend Blaine Hogan. […]

scratch when you don't itch [the creative habit]

May 18, 2009

This post is part of an ongoing series of reflections on The Creative Habit, by Twyla Tharp. It is a guest post by my friend Blaine Hogan. Blaine is an actor, a visual artist. He’s great at making stuff, and he does it for a living as an Experience Engineer at Willow Creek Community Church. […]

review: curio by zengobi software

December 17, 2008

This is a guest post by Tom Borowski. Tom is the owner of macsteps, where you can find tutorials, reviews and tips for Mac OS X and Mac software. You can also follow him on Twitter at http://twitter.com/macsteps. There’s something about note taking and data collection apps on the Mac that makes me want to […]

the thing about austin

November 13, 2008

As we’ve been getting settled in Austin, I’m trying to learn about the city through its history. While I’ve yet to find a thorough book with the history of the city, I’ve been able to pick up bits and pieces here and there. Inherent to the culture of Austin is a long rivalry with Houston. […]

reading journal

June 6, 2008

I’m an avid reader. I set a goal each year to read an average of a book a week. I enjoy reading, but it is also a discipline of creative work. Ideas rarely initiate out of nowhere. Some of my most creative thoughts cascade out of other ideas, and reading provides me with a torrent […]

evaluating evernote

April 14, 2008

I’ve been evaluating Evernote for the last few weeks. I like it. A lot. So much that I’m tempted to change over from Yojimbo. But not yet. Here’s what I like: Without a doubt, my favorite feature is Evernote’s ability to recognize text in an image and make it searchable. I can snap a picture […]

capture everything revisited: jott

April 9, 2008

This is part six of a five(!) part series on capturing everything. Previous entries: capture everything: buckets capture everything: tasks capture everything: ideas capture everything: out and about capture everything: the incubator Jott is a handy little service that lets you call a toll-free number and speak a message. Jott will transcribe and deliver that […]

capture everything: the incubator

February 24, 2008

This is last post in a series on capturing everything. Previous entries: capture everything: buckets capture everything: tasks capture everything: ideas capture everything: out and about capture everything revisited: jott In a time of growing self awareness a few years ago, I quietly proclaimed myself to be a content creator. I had awakened to the […]

capture everything: out and about

February 11, 2008

This is part 4 of 5 in a series on capturing everything. Other entries: capture everything: buckets capture everything: tasks capture everything: ideas capture everything: the incubator capture everything revisited: jott As I’ve disclosed my processes to capture every worthwhile thought, discerning readers (or Luddite sympathizers) might have noticed that it seems as if I […]

capture everything: ideas

February 4, 2008

This is part 3 of 5 in a series on capturing everything. Other entries: capture everything: buckets capture everything: tasks capture everything: out and about capture everything: the incubator capture everything revisited: jott Once you start to really get serious about capturing every thought of value (and some that aren’t), you’ll quickly realize there are […]