A ChiaPost* – Saturday, September 14, 2013


Link: Wow! A new Web Clipper (for Chrome) from Evernote (Evernote Blog post via CNET)

  • My 2¢: This update of the most used extension of my Chrome browser (and one of the reasons I use Chrome most of the time) completes the mashup of another of my go-to tools, Skitch. While I’ve whined about the ways Evernote has gone backwards in developing Skitch’s desktop tool (like, the missing paint bucket tool and the way you can use any font as long as it’s the only font they have), this version of Web Clipper demonstrates what Evernote saw in Skitch.


Link: Zoter0 – “Zotero [zoh-TAIR-oh] is a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources.

  • Tip: If you need to create citations for anything from an Wikipedia entry to a professional white paper to your magnum opus non-fiction, the aircraft carrier of web citation tools is the free tool, Zotera. (I like it so much, I’ll give the following “thank you” shout out: Zotero is a project of the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, and was initially funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.)


Link: (From TheAtlantic.com) So Putin Wants to Make a Difference in Syria? Here’s How He Can Do It

  • My 2¢: Because of the nuanced and tail-chasing revolving logic of the Syria air strike issue, I’ve decided that there are times when everything that needs to be said, has already been shouted. I know, however, that even if I agreed 100% with the words in Putin’s op-ed, I’d find it impossible take seriously knowing its source. This essay puts into intelligent reasoning what I have neither the time, knowledge nor inclination to write.


*I’m experimenting with a posting format I’m calling ChiaPost (a satirical reference to the As Seen on TV plants). These posts are a collection of related (by timeframe or topic) links, thoughts, tweets and other media I want to briefly share and annotate. The reference to “Chia” indicates they are not finished until I note they are finished.

I am using the web-app outliner Fargo.io to manage these posts.

Chiapost – Thursday, August 29, 2013

The post that grows.*

Video: Nike :90 second commercial – Just Do It: Possibilities

  • My 2¢: Either I’m officially “get-off-my-lawn” old or I’m just not getting this Nike ad /video. I love the production value, direction, editing and the attitude. But I don’t get the message. It’s “just do it…more.” I liked it when the message was just “just do it.” Or, maybe I’m reading too much into it. Maybe it’s just the same old, “just buy our shoes and pretend you are great.”

Observation: I just opened my spam folder as is my custom once every month or so. Google Apps for Business does a great job of filtering out most of the spam, but once in a while there will be some false positives (or whatever one may call a non-spam email that gets filtered to spam, or vice versa). Anyway, I’m glad I checked my spam filter as a Bank in Hong Kong that is called Bank of America informed me they had $10 million to deposit in my account. Wow. And to think I could have missed that email if I hadn’t checked my spam folder.


Link: The Verge: Instapaper gets a Redesign

  • new-instapaper
  • My 2¢: I like it. Nice responsive design that works across all screens. Don’t know why they’d need a native app with this web-app design, but during founder Marco Arment’s era, Instapaper was a trendsetter for simple media native-app design, so it will be worth watching.

*I am experimenting with a post format I’m calling a “ChiaPost.” I’m envisioning these posts as tweet-like — mostly links with comments. However, I may also use them during live events or breaking news. Why such a format? I often want to say more than the 140 characters of a tweet and would like to capture and archive these items on my blog to make searching for them later easier. I’m using the web-app outliner Fargo.io to manage these posts.