Finding Untagged Items in TaskPaper

Recorded on February 4th, 2017

I just found an answer to a question on the TaskPaper forums with an answer by Jesse Grosjean (of course). If you need to find all the untagged items in a TaskPaper file, save this as a search in the sidebar:

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David Frum on Trump’s Authoritarian Tendencies

Recorded on February 1st, 2017

If you think David Frum is being alarmist or hysterical about authoritarianism, ask yourself this: If this weren’t Trump and we were talking about some other would-be authoritarian who had the goal of seizing control of the U.S. government for their own enrichment, how would their maneuvers look different than what Trump and his advisors have orchestrated over the past few months, weeks and days?

Do not be lulled into apathy or fatigued by the series of shock-and-awe distractions of this administration. This is real.

No More Obligatory Daily Blogging

Recorded on February 1st, 2017


I’m done for now, stepping off the hamster wheel. If you ignore the random day or two that I skipped, I’ve been posting at least once a day since 1/31/2016. I’ve written a few thoughtful posts that still make some sense and might stand on their own in the future, and I’ve written a whole lot of short, crappy posts when it got too late at night and it was more important to sleep than set the world on fire with my prose. In the process, I got a pretty slick iOS-based publishing system going, which allows me to create and edit from anywhere entirely on the iPhone.

I also learned what it’s like to have a daily creative obligation (not always great!). The most energized I felt was early in the process, when I was still ironing out workflows and sharing info about process and tools, and I was doing the majority of the writing in the wee hours before work. It’s a good feeling knowing that you’ve created something and put it out into the world before you even leave the house in the morning. But as the obligations of the year weighed me down and the U.S. election started to come into depressing focus, my energy dipped and then crashed. A whole lot of evenings ended up with me literally falling asleep on the couch, typing into Drafts or Editorial until I couldn’t hold the iPhone up anymore. Doing anything creative every day kind of sucks when you’re doing it just to be doing it.

I don’t know if I’ve gotten any better at writing, but I think I’ve gotten faster at it. I now think much less about the structure of posts and can just dive in and see where an idea takes me. Sometimes those turn out to be the best pieces. They say the best way to find out what you think is by writing about it.

I’ll keep the blog online for the foreseeable future. I look forward to posting with far less frequency and hopefully more length and quality. What a luxury to only write when I feel compelled to, and use some of that extra energy for other creative pursuits. Thanks for following along. And now…