This was pretty much my reaction when I saw the Israeli Defense Force’s blog last night.
I was shocked — SHOCKED, I tell you!!! — to learn today that Skitch (the once-amazing screen-capture and image sharing app that is almost worth ditching Windows for Mac just to be able to use) no longer lets you do timed screenshots. What??? I was so upset, I had to do some digging and learned that you can do this with a built-in Mac app called Grab — which has virtually no GUI whatsoever — or you can do it in Preview. Both of those require me to open an app that I don’t already have open and that’s an extra step. So I created this simple Alfred extension that will do a timed screenshot within Alfred that will save in your /Pictures directory.
This doesn’t solve all of my problems — I still need to open the image, for example, if I want to crop it or add annotations — but for what it does, it gets it done, and doesn’t mean leaving Preview open 24/7 (I hate leaving apps I’m not using open).
I said a long time ago that I would never use another theme framework now that I have Museum Core. Well, unfortunately for me, WordCamp SLC — particularly the presentations of Jake Spurlock, George Ortiz and Patrick Cox, as well as working on the theme which was based on _s — changed my mind on that. I now think that the best solution for jumpstarting a new theme project is a combination of Twitter Bootstrap and _s.
Close to 8,000 words on my story-thing…when I hit 30k or so, I’ll stop calling it a “thing”…
I'm 38, getting fatter and uglier. I think it's time to go back to Goth.
— Festive Monolith (@InfiniteChicken) August 4, 2012
A while ago I wrote about slowing down. What could be slower than a few days camping in the desert? No internet, the phones died our second night there, nothing to actively distract or divert. In my last post, I wrote that I hoped the process of slowing down my internet (and media) consumption would spark some creative juices. Well, this post is to say that it worked.
While we were there, I started developing an idea for a story unlike any other story I’ve ever tried to write. I’ve always written contemporary, urban fiction or else sci-fi tinged stories — this would be a fantasy story/novel/whatever. I have a lot of ideas going into it that are unlike anything I’ve ever seen in most fiction, let alone fantasy stories. And it features a character I know I can write about because it’s based on someone about as near and dear to me as anyone can be without being me — my wife. It’s still pretty rough, and I’m just getting started, but I’m pretty excited and I’ve been making it a point to write at least a little each day.