The balance I try to maintain, between doing things and writing about doing things, has swung too far in the doing direction. Sure, there are good reasons, like wanting to get the new theme for this site up and running before Friday, but I've got so many little notes scribbled that really wouldn't take much more than half an hour if I put my mind to it in the moment. Onward

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I don't know what I don't need

A trim, probably

Most of my "free" time for the past six weeks or so has been devoted to how this site works, on screen and behind the scenes, rather than what it contains. I've enjoyed it a lot, but now that I am almost ready to roll out the new look, which will be very like the old look, I have an odd problem. What don't I need?

man having his beard trimmed

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Seeking satisfaction in statistics

But not just yet

Of course I like the idea of people visiting my website(s), but I am not a slave to any kind of analysis. I seldom look at the numbers I gather from the stats package provided by my host, and even more rarely at Google Analytics (which this site does not have). And the only changes I make as a result of looking at those stats is, occasionally, to fix a broken internal link.

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Bashing onwards

Inspired by the latest episode of the Automators podcast, I did two things. First, I started listening to the Taming the Terminal series that they recommended. So far so good. More practically, I created a bash alias for a couple of commands that I use almost every day. They use rsync to save...

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One of the reasons I subscribe to Uses This is that every so often I learn something incredibly useful that I had no idea existed. So it was today. Frank Rausch casually mentioned an Alfred workflow (which he wrote) to access special characters. Less than a minute later, all my troubles seemed s...

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