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: Yojimbo

September 30, 2010

This summer, I started a series on my renewed capture system to supplement my original Capture Everything series. The first part was an intro. The second described how I had added the combination of Simple Note and Notational Velocity for text-based information I wanted to tuck away. But in adding those, I didn’t let go […]

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 […]

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 […]

the box [the creative habit]

September 22, 2009

This post is the last of an ongoing series of reflections on my reading of The Creative Habit, by Twyla Tharp. Today, our seven month, irregularly recurring series on The Creative Habit comes to an end. But, in the interest of being trite, last certainly does not mean least. I think I’ve saved the best […]

workflow review

September 4, 2009

Every week or two, I get a kind note from someone who has stumbled on the site and pillaged the archives. This is usually a Mac switcher or someone who is just trying to get their workflow in order. Some of the posts where I describe my workflow, especially the Capture Everything series, are now […]

creative tools: backend

February 27, 2009

This is part of a short series on Creative Tools. Other posts in the series (so far) include: Creative Tools: Hardware. When I ran the workflow tools series last year, I had one post for my software tools. It seemed better this year to break it into two parts, this post on my backend tools, […]

contexts: writing

February 9, 2009

“It’s not the writing part that’s hard. What’s hard is sitting down to write.” – Steven Pressfield in The War of Art Sometimes ideas are pressing on my finger tips, demanding that I allow them to burst out into written words. Usually not. Most of the time, ideas form inside, where I guard them until […]


October 6, 2008

Maybe I need to temper my recent ravings about Slife. Why you ask? Because according to Slife, I can type at about 1326 words per minute. I’m a decent typer…but not that decent. This morning I was working on a project in Scrivener. I wrote 7 paragraphs, and according to Scrivener, 420 words. Later in […]

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. […]

the blinder workstation (or, the poor man's macbook air)

September 2, 2008

This is part of an ongoing series called Blinders where I explore some of the ways I streamline my computer workflows to minimize distractions. I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for the old 12″ G4 PowerBook. (That’s a guilt-free way of saying that I coveted one every time I saw one in […]

evernote for iphone: early impressions

July 14, 2008

I’m deeply committed to Yojimbo, but I’ve been flirting with Evernote for about three months now. Last week, Evernote rolled out a beautiful new iPhone app with the launch of the app store. Here are a few early impressions of the iPhone app: It looks fantastic. It is fun to look at, and easy to […]

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 […]


June 2, 2008

Yesterday, Lifehacker linked to a post on MacApper highlighting a few Quicksilver interfaces. Now, before I rave about my new Quicksilver interface, let me give a little love to MacApper — I’m now a subscriber. Now, on to SilverFlow. This is a lovely plugin that is modeled after, well, CoverFlow. The icons whiz past as […]

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 […]

evernote preview

April 2, 2008

I think it is pretty clear around here how important Yojimbo is in my workflow. However, Evernote looks promising. They have both a Mac and Windows client that syncs notes to a server so they can be viewed online or on a mobile device. Plus, there is text recognition for finding words in images. I’m […]

some love for my kindle

March 10, 2008

While traveling the past few weeks, I read The Starfish and the Spider for a research project I have due later this month. I read it on my Amazon Kindle. The Kindle experience is turning out to be all I hoped it would — other than having to turn it off for takeoff and landing. […]

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 […]