I am a writer. It is the best possible description of what I do for a living. More words just confuses it. So when people corner me (at synagogue, wherever) and ask, “… and what do you do?” in that way Baby Boomers do, why do I have such trouble saying it???

Jon Mitchell

Writer and musician based in Los Angeles, CA. Author of In Real Life: Searching for Connection in High-Tech Times. Publisher at Burning Man. I like portals.

Thanks to @rosemaryorchard, I made a Drafts 5 action for encoding TaskPaper text as an OmniFocus URL. That lets you generate a template project or task list on demand via a launcher app, or even the notes field in an OmniFocus task.

The description explains why you’d want that.

This Peter Kafka interview with Lyor Cohen really did get me excited for the music business again, but he did not get all the way to saying what I need to hear. He said the smartphone as record store is “sexy,” true. But he did not say “music requires brilliant UI design.”

Jon Mitchell

Writer and musician based in Los Angeles, CA. Author of In Real Life: Searching for Connection in High-Tech Times. Publisher at Burning Man. I like portals.

God, Laura Veirs is such a monster. Makes me miss Portland something fierce. Also, that viola with an octave pedal, though.

Jon Mitchell

Writer and musician based in Los Angeles, CA. Author of In Real Life: Searching for Connection in High-Tech Times. Publisher at Burning Man. I like portals.

I have once again reached the quit-coffee part of the cycle. Using matcha for the drawdown. I’d really like to stop swinging back and forth and just settle into a low-caffeine life, but history gives me doubts.

Jon Mitchell

Writer and musician based in Los Angeles, CA. Author of In Real Life: Searching for Connection in High-Tech Times. Publisher at Burning Man. I like portals.

Hey, wait a sec. Is the idea that a password should have a mix of upper and lower case letters, numbers and symbols a fallacy? As long as it isn’t made of real words, aren’t all password characters equally likely?

Jon Mitchell

Writer and musician based in Los Angeles, CA. Author of In Real Life: Searching for Connection in High-Tech Times. Publisher at Burning Man. I like portals.

Okay, I’m ready to give a full-throated endorsement to News Explorer. It handled five days off the grid and ~300 new RSS items like a true champ. Best feature: one tap to scrape and download the full content from truncated feeds.

Jon Mitchell

Writer and musician based in Los Angeles, CA. Author of In Real Life: Searching for Connection in High-Tech Times. Publisher at Burning Man. I like portals.