Mandaris Moore


Today, I thought I'd document something simple like how I created an alias to render the blog and then port it to my website. I'm writing it out in hopes that something will pop up and say "There is an easier way of doing it!"

The first thing I do for most posts is I open up Byword to write the words that you are seeing before you. If it's something a little more complicated, I might start off in MindNode1 and export to Markdown.

I use a TextExpander snippet to set the header and then just start writing and save the file in dropbox.

The popup window for the TextExpander header for my website.
The popup window for the TextExpander header for my website.

The part that I feel needs improvement is finishing the draft. I have a virtual environment set up for pelican that has all the templates and plugins that I've been tweaking to make the site look and behave in the way that I want. This means that any extra syntax or themes don't show up unless I process the markdown2.

To solve this, I've set up a hazel rule3 to copy over all the files.

Hazel rule to clone over all the posts and images for the blog
Hazel rule to clone over all the posts and images for the blog

After that, I can run a local server to see what the post looks like after being processed.

An iTerm window with the commands that I use to run the development server
An iTerm window with the commands that I use to run the development server

Which leads us to the thing that I created. An alias in my environment to rsync the finished website and push it to github to host.

alias pub="pelican; rsync -r /Users/mandaris/Projects/quotidian/output/* ~/Projects/mandaris.github.com"

Well, that was a longer explanation that I was thinking it would be.


  1. I do have iThoughts as well, but MindNode is better looking. 

  2. Although, I do use Marked.app to look at the post as I'm writing it. I haven't commited myself to making the my theme and processors work in the appplication. 

  3. To be honest, this hasn't been working like I want it to. I have to manually run the rule. I'll make it a OmniFocus project to get the rules to work properly. I tried using rsync, but got some weird errors when I attempted to put the configuration into github. 


I think this is it. This is what the Apple App Store should look and feel like going forward. It's easy to install with all the possible apps just living in a folder until you double click to install.

The Setapp menue looks like a regular folder of application. They are really just small applications that show a preview of what the app is.
The Setapp menue looks like a regular folder of application. They are really just small applications that show a preview of what the app is.

Honestly, I don't know how to put it into words because it was so, so simple and it had all the little applications that I wanted but couldn't bring myself to buy because of the price1.

A preview of the TaskPaper app in Setapp
A preview of the TaskPaper app in Setapp

The super sad part about this is that I've taken on a new job where I have to use Windows all day. When I get home, it's family time. Coupled with that is this would be another subscription that I have to keep track of.

For the developers, I hope this works out that they get the money they deserve from all of those people who are sitting on the side lines.


  1. How am I going to tell my wife that I spent $45 on a text editor when I've got to worry about rent almost every month. 


I did a little more animating with CrazyTalk Animator 2. I just wish I could create more more characters but it seems like something like that takes time.


Well, I've been wanting do something with CrazyTalk Animator for a while and I thought that this was a great time to look into it because the latest version has come out.


A small montage of a pink pedal carToday, I spent some time making a picture of something that I'm planning on selling on Craig's list. I took some pictures with my iphone, but didn't know how to remove the exif data.

I think the picture came out really great and it gave me something to create.


I'm lucky enough to have an imac. Unfortantely, I've been having some trouble keeping space free on the machine. So, I took some time to check it how much disk space that I had left when I saw this!

Disk Utility in macOS Sierra showing only disk usage, purgable data and free space.
Disk Utility in macOS Sierra showing only disk usage, purgable data and free space.

Yes, it does show me that I have some free space, but it doesn't give me anything related to how much of that data I could get rid of or revaluate. One my laptop, I'm still running El Capitan and it gives me a really nice overview1.

Disk Utility in macOS El Capitan showing disk usage of apps, photos, audio, movies and more as well as free space.
Disk Utility in macOS El Capitan showing disk usage of apps, photos, audio, movies and more as well as free space.

I guess this is connected to Apple's new push to have people store their information in the crowd; maybe illustrated how much purgable spaces was in each individual category would have been too complicated.

Still, I miss the old view...


  1. Earlier versions of the OS had better control of what you could do with the disks and partitions. 


So this post is more of a follow up to explain my logic for what I'm doing. Sometimes, it's just good to write out your thoughts.

I find myself putting more and more of my thoughts into mindmaps. I will have to come up with a way to put them into better drafts.

Why?

What would making something every day do for me? That was the question that I asked myself. I've been missing something for months if not years and it was the satisfaction that I was creating something meaningful outside of being a parent. I was feeling helpless and I was slowly seeing things not getting done.

I was losing control.

I feel that this will allow me a jump start into taking some control.

As opposed to learning to control my body via exercise and meditation1.

What Counts

The last two are things that I've never made before and I'd like to make it part of my challenge to get something in front of other people. Honestly, I don't know how many people read my blog anyway.

  • Blog Entries
  • Tutorials
  • Code
  • Examples
  • Animations
  • Vlog

What doesn’t count

These are things that I was doing anyway and I don't want to make it part of the challenge.

  • Journal Entries
  • Tweets

  1. I'm also doing those things as well, but I'm not going to focus on those changes. 


Creation Challenge: Enable linked-list post

The first thing that I'd like to work on is getting the article header that I'm using to be more capable of handing meta data for individual entries. Currently, it points to the specific url for the article but I'd like it to take my current header.

title: Where to put the maybe-someday  
date: 2016-09-05 22:10:08  
category: personal  
tags: tech, notes, evernote  
status: published    

and add the link attribute

title: Where to put the maybe-someday  
date: 2016-09-05 22:10:08  
category: personal  
tags: tech, notes, evernote  
status: published    
link: some_other_place.com

I started off with the following jinja heading.

<h1>
<a rel="bookmark"
   href="{{ article.url }}"
   title="{{ article.title|striptags }} «{{ SITENAME }}»">
   {{ article.title}}
</a>
</h1>

To be honest, I don't do development on the blog that often so I used my own code to look up how to do an if statement in jinja and wrote a little test line to see if it worked.

{{ article.title}} {% if article.link %} {{ article.link}} {% endif %}

After editing the page a number of times and doing more research that I should have into which kind of rel tag I should use for book marks versus external links, I finished up with this.

{% if article.link %}
<a rel="external"
   title="{{ article.title|striptags }} «{{ SITENAME }}»"
   href="{{ article.link }}">
   {{ article.title}}
</a>
{% else %}
<a rel="bookmark"
   title="{{ article.title|striptags }} «{{ SITENAME }}»"
   href="{{ article.url }}">
   {{ article.title}}
</a>
{% endif %}


So, I'm making a commitment to myself to create something every day until Christmas without the limitation/structure of saying what I'm going to be making during this period of time. I suspect that it will mostly be blog posts and tutorials but I think I'll make a push to clean up the code for this blog and add a number of things that I've been putting on the back burner.


I felt I needed to unplug so I printed out what is in Omnifocus

Today, I did a review of my projects in OmniFocus. And thought about if I really, really wanted to keep certain things in there. The key to any good productivity system is having trust in that it is working correctly. If I have things in the system that I'm not going to do, then a part of me is going to subconsciencely fight against it.

So, why are things in omnifocus in the first place?

Well, these were things that I wanted to do at some point in time and it has become very easy to add things to the inbox. Anything that I put into reminders1 or send directly from Safari or the mail drop.

When I attempt to get organized, I typically try to use omnifocus because a lot of people in my circle of influence use it when they are feeling overwhelmed. I like it because I'm somewhat familiar with it. Also, when I feel like going back to pencil and paper, I can print out everything to act as a starting point.

So, where am I going to put all this stuff than?

I've been thinking about it a lot recently. For a while, I was keeping a couple text files that would have information about different projects that I would like to do. I'd access them via nvAlt.

A small sample of some of the notes that I keep

This allowed them to be saved in dropbox so that I could access them on different computers. The only problem is that a majority of the things that I was interested in starting would something that I found on the web (an article or how to).

I've thought about moving everything to evernote. It's a service that allows me to connect to my mac and also allows me to use windows as well. In fact, I've been using it more and more this year in order to help me track all the job applications that I submitted to the state government.

With Evernote, I am able to keep track of all the applications I put in so that I can review and follow up.
.

The reason that I'm not a fan of this is because I don't know what is going to happen with the future of the business. Although I have a premium membership, I don't think the new price is worth it for what I use it for. Nor do I think I can afford it the next time that renewal is up.

This leaves, me with Apple's Notes.app. It has really been making the rounds as far as praise from a lot of the people that I respect and has been fairly easy to use. The only problems that I'm worried about going forward with this the ability to add something to a pre-existing note when the list of notes starts to get longer. I like the fact that everything I put in it gets pushed to the server and is then on my device. I also like the idea of being able to have an easy way of sharing notes with my wife and look forward to more features in the future.

In conclusion, where am I going to put my notes.

Evernote allows me a place to sort things that I do not want to see in my review
Evernote allows me a place to sort things that I do not want to see in my review
I think I'll be giving evernote another chance for being the place that I keep my maybe-someday list for projects. Although there is some uncertainty in the future of the service, it still works at this point and I don't imagine that it will be difficult to leave it in the future. I even went back and tried linking some notes together and I think I can come up with some really nice uses for that going forward.


  1. This actually works too well because sometimes, I put geo location and times with the reminders and this doesn't get translated when it makes the move to omnifocus. I think this is just a training issue of me applying that information later on.