Monday, January 04, 2010

And We're Off -- Welcome to 2010 & Stuff I Use

Happy New Year!

First day back in the Leverage offices. Spent the day a.) on the phone not hiring writers and b.) staring at the highly improbably Season 3 writing schedule created by our Script Coordinator. "#301 outline done by Jan 14th"? Madness, that.

This is year five of Kung Fu Monkey. The blog began as a research-link dump, but now it's my connection to a community of strangers who never cease delighting me, informing me, and occasionally just pissing me off. Over the years it's slowly evolved a specific purpose (often independent of my intentions).

If there's any theme to this blog other than me succumbing to the bad idea: "Hmm, that's too clever to keep to myself" at three am, it's that I like to watch people share useful things.

In that spirit, I'll try to lay bare my writing process a bit more this year. I actually have a notebook titled "workflow". I've been doing this 13 years now (christ ...) and there's still always room to, well, suck less. Or, suck less ... more. You know what I mean. Unlike the film school folks I backed into this career, and lately the old physicist in me has gotten cranky about my lack of, ahhh -- "creative protocol". As I've mentioned before, its all about building the toolbox. This year I'm going to try to hang a few of the blasted things on the pegboard. I'm currently checking into the putting some Leverage scripts out as pdf's for educational purposes, so keep an eye out for that.

This is also the year we finally pretty the blog up a bit. Not outrageously so, but I wouldn't mind getting a proper Kung Fu Monkey logo image. One of the inspirations for the blog title was the great Dial M for Monkey character from Dexter's Laboratory, btw. It may be time for an artist's contest ...

Mike Nelson's Guitar Fridays are back, starting with reruns this Friday, leading into new material and other writing by him. I'm a thorn in all my friends' sides about self-branding, and Mike Nelson's the worst. He's done my favorite supernatural crime comic with Hexed, his novel Dingo was one of my favorite first novels( he's now adapting it into a graphic novel), he's writing 28 Days Later for BOOM! ... all that talent and no proper sense of self-promotion. "Come on, man," I bellowed at him over lunch, "I've five spent years building a temple to my narcissism. Come skim off the ego space!"

Now, so this post isn't ALL just blog-business:

STUFF I USE

I admit I was a bit stumped for this first post of the year -- I didn't want to do a Top 10 list of 2009.

2009 was a bitch of a year. Some years you send off, waving fondly. The year 2009 ... I've got the image of myself and four friends, bloody knuckles and splintered shovels, standing over a shallow grave at a crossroads at midnight. "We will never speak of this again," says Old Pete, and we drink to it.

Instead, I think I'd like to pass on some tools for moving forward into 2010. Things I bought or found that've become everyday tools. "Tools for what job, exactly?" Err, the job of being a geek, I'd say. In no particular order:

1.) Dropbox

This. Changes. Everything. A synched folder is installed on all your computers. Drop a file in, it appears everywhere else within seconds. I save my script files to it, we passed around pdf submissions, I dump all my downloaded game materials on it, so I can access the pdfs oneither my iMac or laptop.

Last season I was in Portland, finished a rewrite, dumped the file into Dropbox, my Script Coordinator re-formatted it, dropped it back in, and then I continued to make changes, generating Blues and A pages. She then printed them out as I saved each revision. Seriously, even if you're not backing up everything off-site like you should, you should at least have a single place where your data is off your computer and accessible from any web-connected computer? You can find a gazillion hacks for it online, too. Get it here. Free version will do for 99% of you.

2.) Red Oxx

Yes, this services my One Bag fetish. But mock as you will, I pulled off multiple nine-day trips to the set doing nothing but carry-on. The Sky Train is bottomless if you learn to fold properly (I actually prefer the dry-cleaning flat fold to the rolled style or bundle suggested at most travel sites). I've packed a full day of clothes plus my laptop in my briefcase, and even the little shoulder bag Gator fits an Airbook. The Mac Airbook (or standard netbook, for those not of the Jobs Cult) packed in the Gator, with all the power cords, hard drives & bullshit plus notebooks and pens (oh, we'll get to the pens) was my default briefcase for most of Season One and Two. It's made of parachute rigging. Trust me, yours will last forever.

3.) The Uniball Vision RT pen

Some people like @bergopolis would argue for the Pilot G-2 07 (she favors the 10's). Hey, I have a fistful of those, don't get me wrong. But this is the Uniball Vision, people, and what's more it's got a little nub in the clip that automatically retracts the point when you clip it to your pocket. Very, very geek friendly. Get a three-pack Leatherman 830850 Skeletool CX Multitoolhere. If you don't get why this is important, just ... trust us.

I write the Leverage development notes in a Moleskine 8 1/4" by 5" softback, generally with this Cross pen. The Moleskine's absolutely unnecessary, but that size softback is big enough to feel substantial (less likely to be lost) but small enough to be crammed into a bag side-pocket. Something about the softback makes it feel very pulp 30's adventurer journal.

The scripts themselves, at least for me, are written through a multi-stage process involving colored uniball pens (the thicker points), fine-point Sharpies, three-hole punch paper and a three-ring binder. We'll probably talk our way though one of those at some point. Speaking of which ...

4.) Movie Magic Screenwriter

We get about three emails a week asking what software we use. Movie Magic has formats for screenplays, both popular forms of comic book scripts, sitcoms, novels, but two things recommend it. a.) rock solid production stability and b.) the outlining function. It was Mrs. Glenn who discovered you could take a Word doc outline, cut and paste it into the outlining pane of the software, and create a scene-breakdown rough document just through that. Again, if you don't know whay that's important, trust us. Also, it has the least finicky pdf export of all the programs I've seen.

Arguably you can use one of the free alternatives or Word templates out on the web if you're just speccing. But end of day you will rewrite that spec, and with the revision tracking, formatting, exporting ... if you're serious, this is the program you get. Screenplays exist in a particular physical form, and anything that allows you to work within that form seamlessly helps keep you in your creative space.

Oh, and don't fuck around with the fonts. Courier New. Seriously, somebody sent me a movie sample in, I don't know, Garibaldi Sans Serif or something last month, and it made me want to punch his agent. This may seem petty and trivial compared with the hurricane force of your ideas. It's not.

5.) John Scalzi's "Big Idea" Blog Posts

Yes, Scalzi's main blog is thoroughly enjoyable, and he's a great scifi writer. But this series of blog posts, where he interviews authors about what inspired them to create their novel -- what was the single crystalline seed of each book? -- has allowed me to discover more fine new fiction in a year than all the online reviews I've plowed through in the five previous.

6.) Leatherman 830850 Skeletool CX Multitool

Light, with a built-in clip. One rides on the steel strap-ring on my briefcase, one on my pants belt-loop. It's light enough you forget it's there. So you get the geek comfort of a multitool without the clunky horror of the belt-clip. Hey, I know it's particular. But I use mine every single day. Get it at: Leatherman 830850 Skeletool CX Multitool

7.) Rivet

Streaming media from your computer to Where The Television Is. Many people favor Connect 360, but having played with both I find Rivet's interface a little cleaner and the program itself easier to use. If you're using Handbrake or VLC to rip your personal DVD's, then you can dump them pretty much anywhere on your network and Rivet will make sure your console sees them.

8.) Evernote

I just started using this. As far as I'm concerned, the only missing feature in this program is the option for me to have sex with it. I've e-mailed the devs, and they promise to tackle that in 2010. Grab the free version here. Careful, the latest iPhone iteration looks like it may be buggy.

9.)Belkin Mini Surge 3OUT Wall Mount 75K 918J with USB Charger

Just ... just look at it. It is very small. Smaller than you'd think.



If you plug shit in for a living -- and often do so at strange locations -- you must have this. This will make you the most popular person at Starbucks, or on a TV location, or ... like I said, this is the Stuff I Use. And I use this every day.

10.) Netflix Instant Streaming.

Seriously, I don't know what more I can do to talk you into this. Get movies and TV on your computer, your Xbox, your PS3, your ... whatever. Hell, pretty soon you'll be able to use this on your iSlate. This is the future of broadcasting, whether we like it or not. Look, learn, adapt.

Right, off to bed. I have a day job again. In the Comments, toss in the Stuff You Use. And not just for the Writing/Creative life. Whatever that THING is you keep foisting off on your friends, toss it in.

56 comments:

Village-of-Bjorgvin said...

Definitely have to agree with a lot of your software choices. I use Dropbox, Rivet, and Netflix Streaming. I love them. I have Evernote, but haven't really used it much. Perhaps it deserves a second look.

Bardic Lady said...

For me, I could not live right without Photoshop (it's why I don't run a Linux box. I couldn't get used to GIMP. And I tried.) and a flash drive on my key ring. But when it comes to foisting things on friends, it's books and movies and TV. Pamela Dean's Tam Lin, Ken Branagh's Much Ado About Nothing, Leverage, and Slings and Arrows. I consider it my duty to spread them through the populace.

(Speaking of Berg, is anyone ever going to confirm or deny her return for season 3? P.S. The correct answer is confirm.)

Rogers said...

The nice folks at EUREKA kind of insist the person running their writing room BE in the writing room while writing the season. Berg got the big chair on another show. To be fair, I expect to soon be working FOR her, and will get my just rewards.

Rob Pugh said...

Awesome post - but every Amazon link I clicked was bad. Not sure if it's your link-fu or mine. How do you get that awesome Leatherman through airport security what with all your travel and using it every day?

Bardic Lady said...

While I couldn't be happier for her, I will sorely miss her writing on Leverage.

kimshum said...

I love this post so much I want to roll around in it.

If there's any theme to this blog other than me succumbing to the bad idea: "Hmm, that's too clever to keep to myself" at three am, it's that I like to watch people share useful things.

...both for the cleverness and sentiment.

"Come on, man," I bellowed at him over lunch, "I've five spent years building a temple to my narcissism. Come skim off the ego space!"

Seriously, we should all be so lucky.

But what really made me laugh is that you recommend the Leatherman, AKA the go-to tool of the United States Marine Corps. Hey, if anyone needed convincing of its utility...(Though a working link may help sales.)

Leverage scripts for educational purposes would be fantastic.

Suggestions? For sheer annoyance, I offer Write or Die. Only works with certain personality types, I'd wager. And for my fellow novices, here are a great many TV Scripts and Bibles.

Rebecca said...

USB Internet. Using ATT right now, will likely switch when the contract is up. But I will *always* have mobile broadband from now on, and without tethering my phone. My brother and my sister each have one, too, and I cannot tell you how unusual it is for all three of us to have adopted something like this.

Flash drives. I've saved my old small ones to use the way we used to use floppies. To give/lend others to transfer files. I have now received TWO free ones as promotions that are wayyyyy larger than the first few I bought - 1GB. Gave one to my nephew and the other to my daughter. Use my newest for backup.

KINDLE! After fighting against it for 2 years, I finally gave in and got one. Kicking myself now for wasting two years. Will get my daughter one soon so we can share books.

Have been showing off my tiny little netbook to everyone since I got it. One of the 8.9" display models. It's not much bigger than half a sheet of paper. And it's RED! Not quite perfect, but I got a super cheap refurb, so I've no regrets.

My most constant companion, which I adore to the point of worship, is my HTC TouchPro 2. The tilting screen on this QWERTY phone makes it like a tiny laptop. It came with an Opera browser already installed, and I'm loving the ability to do almost anything I can do on my netbook with it.

Being able to fit all of my tech - netbook, Kindle, smartphone, USB data card, flash drive - in a medium sized handbag takes traveling light to a whole new level. There's even room to add my camera, if I want better photos than my phone will give me.

It's a lot lighter than carrying my old 15" 7 lb. laptop in the big computer bag. But...

It's still a little too heavy. Particularly when the AC adapters are added to it. So both the netbook and the phone need to lose some weight. Time to bring the netbook down to about 1.5 lbs from 2.5 lbs and the phone at least 25% lighter. The Kindle could use some improvements, but they got the size and weight right.

I leave on Saturday for my first trip of the new year, and the first trip with all my new tech in place. All of which I'd been accumulating with exactly this in mind. 6 days, just easy carry on. Soooo looking forward to it.

Alanna said...

Wordtabs: http://lifehacker.com/5345338/officetab-adds-tabs-to-microsoft-office

Navin Chandran said...

Hey, I've been thinking about this ever since S2 started, and to put it simply, is it just me, or is Sophie really really really OOC this season?

In S1 she was always the one in control of herself, always setting up the mark for the con, but I feel that's kind of disappeared in S2. She's a lot chirpier now, and makes very awkward, jerky gestures with her body. Plus, she also has some really weird expressions, like the doeful-eyed face she gives sometimes. In fact, she seems to me like a toned-down version of Parker now.

It also seems like Sophie is no longer one of the front-runners in the team, whereas in S1 I always saw her and Nate as the two "leaders". She hardly seems to use her skillset anymore, there's hardly any REAL grifting, I feel, but this might be borne from the fact that I miss all her accents and direct involvement from S1.

She seems to be really going out of it this season, and I'm kind of really missing the old Sophie, and I'm wondering where the new one's going. I see hints of S1-Sophie, in Beantown Bailout, where she's cavorting with the mob, and in Two Live Crew, when she walks up to Nate and Stark near the end of the episode and the ensuing conversation, for example, but why is she no longer around all the time?

I know Sophie in S1 was rather serious all the time, and sometimes a little uptight, but I always saw that as Sophie Devereaux, not what she's like now in S2.

Any explanation for this, or am I just being a little too nit-picky?

Thanks and cheers =)

Navin Chandran said...

Oh, just to add on, S1-Sophie was also present at the end of Two Live Crew, at the cemetary in front of her own grave...

Harlan said...

I will own that USB wall plug. Oh yes, it will be mine. I've been giving MMS the sexy eyes for a while now too and will likely take the plunge. I dig CELTX, I dig a pulpy workflow but I also dig programs that make my life easier.

By the way, don't name a pet after a Leverage character. We named our Beagle/Mutt "Parker" and she's since proven the ability to escape harnesses, fences and her crate. She is also fearless, will leap from virtually any height and is downright crazy.

GreyDuck said...

Dropbox: Absolutely. As much as I'm un-fond of "the cloud" hyped as "the greatest solution to all our problems, ever" I admit that Dropbox just, plain, works. I use it to keep an archive of finished comics on various machines for backup/reworking purposes, and my in-progress materials handy wherever I may find the time/urge to work on 'em.

Evernote: The main thing this does for me? I can DM to it via Twitter, so whenever I get a comic idea, wherever I am (as long as I have SMS service) I can tell Evernote about the idea for later retrieval. A simple use, perhaps, but absolutely golden for me.

Andrew Bellware said...

Normally I prefer Gerber to Leatherman, you can open them one-handed and they're easier to open and close in general.

http://www.amazon.com/b/qid=1262703165/ref=sr_tc_2_2?ie=UTF8&node=381527011

And sugarsync doesn't make you rearrange your folders in order to sync them to the cloud! I find that works better for my file management.

But that's just me...

Aaron M said...

Dropbox indeed; I use it to move things around between three different computers, using different OSes, in separate locations. Fantastically handy.

Blackberry. It's not exactly that I love it, but I use it pretty constantly. I'm considering making the move to iPhone this year, now that they've got proper Exchange integration.

Pen: you were close, Rogers, but the Uniball Jetstream is the superior pen, and I'm amazed to be saying it as someone who has been prejudiced against ballpoints for years.

XBox 360. Between Netflix streaming and Last.fm integration, this has actually become a digital media device for me. Also, Borderlands.

Steve Burnett said...

I carry a Leatherman Skeletool CX and have found it consistently excellent. A friend of mine almost got one, but he's left-handed and the knife blade isn't set up for lefties which was his deal-breaker.

Stuff I carry all the time:
With a digital camera, a Gorillapod works great to extend its usefulness.

Portable audio recorder for interviews, data gathering, field recordings:
Marantz PMD620 - best fidelity and featureset in the "pack of cigarettes" size I've found.

For writing I've found Ommwriter a great way to blank out the rest of the desktop and reduce distractions (Mac OS X only).

Mike said...

I seriously miss my old Palm III. Screen broke when it fell out of my shirt pocket when I bent over to pet a cat outside (awwww.). I was a wizard with Graffiti and the experience was fast and smooth. The CLIE S320 that replaced it wasn't as good, really. And the LifeDrive (with Classic Graffiti borked into it), is just Teh Suck.

My long way of asking if you ever used one of those things. I see you mentioned Evernote but don't recall you saying you use an iPhone.

Benticore said...

The things I always have on my computer and cannot live without?

Digsby - Awesome, free, multi-protocl chat thingy that hits facebook, twitter, gmail and everything inbetween. I'd pay for a mobile version of this wihotu hesitation.

Rocketdock - I love having an independent app-launcher that I can manipulate how I want, use custom images and icons, and create fanning drop-folders for easy perusal. I'm on Win7 and I still prefer RocketDock.

Mary Sue said...

Lessee, Netflix Watch Instantly, already done...

Write or Die, already mentioned, even though I'm using it less for any kind of creative writing and more as a timer for writing memos at my healthcare job these days, oddly enough about pens (I prefer Pentel R.S.V.P myself, but have you ever tried to get 150 doctors to agree on a pen? Oy)...

Google is just too easy, but boy is it saving my life lately with the Docs and the Readers and the Waves and the stuffs and the things...

This is probably not the right forum to mention the amazingness of Thread Heaven, unless you get a lot of undercover needleworkers here, in which case OMG you will not believe how smoothly embroidery flows when you use this stuff...

The only thing I can think of that I use daily that I think more people should know about is BookofJoe.com. Joe posts pretty much anything that strikes his fancy, from gift ideas to modern art to historical articles to critiques and explanations of the latest medical research to hit the mass media (did I mention he's an anesthesiologist? )

Harry Connolly said...

I use Dropbox, too, mainly so a day's work done on my laptop will copy over to my desktop at home. Once there, Mozy.com backs it up every day.

Mozy is a terrific system for me, because I have a lot of files (pictures and home movies) to back up, but I don't want Dropbox copying them all onto my laptop.

I also love Scalzi's Big Idea essays ( esp. since I wrote one and have heard from a lot of readers who tried my book because of it).

Simon Underwood said...

Say hello to my little friend

This. Is. Awesome. I've worked recording sound on everything from cassette to minidisc, but I've never had things be so simple and the results be so good. It'll go for as long as you need and more off two AA's and will plug in to wall or PC just as easy.

The sound clarity is outstanding in any mode and I've never had it let me down whether recording a meeting, voiceover, a commentary track or indeed bootlegging a concert (it was just once and was never going to have an official release alright?)

If you ever have to record sound in your life, this will be your best friend forever.

Rob Donoghue said...

Red Oxx is going to bankrupt me, but those are some nice looking bags. And "Amen" on dropbox.

On the pen front, I was a Pilot G-2 loyalist, but I've made the switch over the the new Sharpie pens. I was skeptical at first, but the line is great, there's no bleed through or feathering, and they seem to write almost anywhere. Worth keeping on hand.

I'll put in another vote for the kindle. I love it so much that I feel like an absolute traitor to the books I love so much, but the ability to just have a stack of books on hand without tying up bag space is amazing. it's reached the point where I get a little annoyed when I need to pack a physical book.

I've fallen in love with fullscreen writing programs, the ones that just take over your entire desktop and give you a simple interface for doing nothing at all but write. On the mac, I use WriteRoom and on windows I use Writemonkey (which also can make typewriter sounds).

I also keep a Dyno Kwick Pick in with my pens. I have yet to actually NEED to use it to pick a lock, but I admit it's kind of cool to just know I have it.

And now excuse me, I need to stare thoughtfully at that Belkin charger.

-Rob D.

John Paxton said...

I think the link to the pen is screwed up, as it's now the link to the Leatherman tool. I presume you mean this: http://www.uniball-na.com/main.taf?p=2,3,10 Personally, after many years of pockets lost to retractable pens, I've sworn the damn things off. Caps only for me.

Regarding the Leatherman tool and the pair of carry-ons: how do you deal with these and air travel? I can't imagine that the Leatherman tool gets through airport security unchecked. (Ok, actually, I can, but I can't imagine it gets through unchecked _multiple times_.) And, don't they hassle you about carrying a pair of carry-ons? I know one might fit the "personal item" category, but that's likely to be gone soon, right?

I guess the short version of the above is: how do you deal with airport/airplane security?

Rogers said...

The Skeletool opens one handed, btw. That's why I recommend it.

@JohnPaxton: I simply don't take the Leatherman when I fly, although I've accidentally travelled with it multiple times. TSA FTW.

The Red Oxx bag plus my briefcase have gone through many trips as the carry-on plus one. Despite the original panic, I can;t imagine the "personal item" is going away for good, and already seems to be settled.

Casey Moore said...

Always love seeing what you use Rogers.

For me I use Pilot Precise V5 Rolling Ball Extra Fine for my pen.

I love the Moleskin softback notebooks. Perfect for fitting into a jacket pocket or the back of my jeans or a cargo pant pocket. Although in the office and still at night when writing I use legal size legal pads.

My wife though for the anniversary got me a very nice Kenneth Cole leather laptop bag. So nice and lots of room for everything.

Using Final Draft right now since I had a production by it for me. Need to actually update on the next gig, but for anyone working in production offices,, I recommend having it. I can't tell you how many times I have been in offices and heard the question/shout: Who has Final Draft?! I will have to add Movie Magic as well next gig.

I use the Leatherman Wave. Buddy in the Army told me that is what is recommended for his unit and since they back up Special Forces I figured I would go with what he said. And I don't mind the belt holster/clip. Although might be time to get a new one since I chipped off the end of the main blade stabbing a printer (I could and should have stabbed others on that show, but then there is the whole relocating to a non-extradition country).

Alright, back to looking for the next gig and e-mailing stuff to the last one.

berg said...

Actually, this is my latest obsession:

http://www.officedepot.com/a/products/255464/Pilot-V-Ball-Grip-Liquid-Ink/

Asta said...

I'd love to read some of the Leverage scripts. Jeff Eastin posted the White Collar pilot script online and I found it fascinating to see how much changed - and how much didn't - from script to screen.

kkisser said...

Looking forward to your posts on your writing process. I eat this stuff up! I've started writing about my own process on my blog, following my novel-in-progress.

What I like the most about writing about writing is the feedback loop, how it solidifies ideas that were just previously kinda vague floaty bits. It helps you nail down your thoughts.

sparky-ca said...

I use this USB drive

http://tinyurl.com/ykw3thk
to carry around my stories on. And in case the computer I am working on doesn't have Word (gasp, I know but it does happen), I also keep this program on it.
http://teamviewer.com/index.aspx

You can remotely access your computer, from home for free, and run the program off the USB drive without installing it on the guest computer.

I use some of the other geek stuff like Netflix streaming, and I stream iTunes and Pandora in my house.

Doc Nebula said...

This is year five of Kung Fu Monkey. The blog began as a research-link dump, but now it's my connection to a community of strangers who never cease delighting me, informing me, and occasionally just pissing me off.

The most beneficial thing in all that mess is not the delighting, nor even (sadly) the informing. You know what it is. And I... I... am your MVP, sir.

And proud to be so.

Kimmie said...

Oh man. I really, really want that Red Oxx bag. I have a bit of a luggage fetish and I think I might have to have that.

Also, Uniball Vision==the BEST! PEN! EVER! I also use G2s, but they seem to skip, where the Vision never does. As much as I love my computer, I'm still a paper and pen girl at heart. And the Vision makes that heart skip a beat.

Great post!

Jeff Tidball said...

Coffee.

The indispensable item, used every day, foisted on others, about which I will not fucking shut up, is coffee.

Richard Jensen said...

My Canon HV10 and 1Movie 08. The camera takes a great picture and the iMovie (For all the wonkyness of a click and drag interface.) gives my stuff a sheen of semi-professionalism. This will come in handy once I start shooting comedy shorts again this year.
And on the topic of fonts: Courier New? Really? There's now love out there for Times New Roman?

Richard Jensen said...

I meant iMovie. (Note to self. Don't leave comments until second cup of coffee is done.)

medjai-trowa said...

If Eliot can punch someone "so hard that people that look like him bleed" why didn't you just point him at 2009 and then get the rest of the team to make sure the body disappeared? XD

CanadianSarah said...

Personally...I have a soft spot for Veranda as a font...all my 200+ word docs are in V.

What do I pimp? Besides Leverage? Books mostly. I love anything by Diana Gabaldon, Laurell K Hamilton and Sherillyn Kenyon (if you were wondering) Probably not YOUR taste though!

I concur on Movie Madness and Dropbox as they are LIFESAVING when used correctly.

Is it March yet?

Scott Edwards said...

Pen-wise I prefer the Rite-in-Rain Pen. Sure, it's pricey, but all the time I spent underway was a guarantee that most of my writing/signing was spent against a wall, and sometimes upside down.

Software-wise, I have to throw out my love for
Xmarks
, a bookmark syncing solution. With this, Google-sync for contacts and email, and dropbox; I pretty much don't even have to take a computer with me if I know one is waiting for me.

Gordon said...

Off topic: are we ever going to know your thoughts on the last of The Doctor #10?

Lauren said...

Hi Rogers,

I'm Lauren from Springpad. Since I saw that you were posting about your experience using Evernote, I thought I'd let you know about Springpad (http://springpadit.com) which is similar to Evernote in that you can upload any notes or clip websites and access all your stuff online or on your phone. But, we take it a step further by putting all the info you store to work for you in our free apps. For example, you can keep a list of restaurants you want to try (http://springpadit.com/appdirectory/aboutapp/restauranttracker) or easily store all your travel plans like confirmation numbers, maps, places to go, etc (http://springpadit.com/appdirectory/aboutapp/tripplanner). You can also set alarms to send emails or text reminders. Other great apps include a budget tracker, a meeting notebook, a holiday gift planner, a date night planner, and other useful tools to help people get organized. Overall, we think it;s a little more user friendly than Evernote. Would love to get your feedback or do a demo for you!

Chris said...

Oh, man, that Red Oxx rucksack is starting to look like a really good use of my hard-earned dollars right now.

briddie said...

Hmm..Can that Belkin charger work with an adaptor for 220 outlets? I need something for travel to the UK.

Brian said...

I would like to suggest everyone make a small 'event survival kit'. Take a small zipper case, like a 6-pocket flash drive carrier.

Into it, place: Your pain killers of choice, Tumes/Rolaids, breath strips, bandaids, Shout clean-up wipes, a moist towlette, a small sewing kit you get from hotels, earplugs (I have individually-wrapped ones), Immodium AD, some memory cards, and maybe even a flash drive. Or anything else you can think of.

Take it everywhere with you.

--B.

GinaFan said...

>delighting me, informing me, and occasionally just pissing me off.

Uh oh. That's the second negative comment you've thrown our way. What's wrong?

Michael the G said...

That Oxx is one sweet piece of luggage. I will be putting that on the "near-future purchase" list. (That list has prevented me from blowing money on things like tattoos for over a decade now)

Dropbox is super sweet and I think you mentioned it before but Doctorow turned me onto it.

Have been looking to upgrade the multi-tool (Leatherman Wave that's BEAT all to hell) I am a lefty though and sometimes those clips spoil the deal.

Der Google has most of my workflow functionality covered adequately (wave is super sweet once you get used to it's quirks) but I like the idea of being able to continually view/review different drafts without screwing around with files.

I commute on my bike as often as the weather will allow so an Alien
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My Rooted G1. While there are some flashy new options for Android + real keyboard, I am not yet impressed enough to sink the cash for another one. (For the casual grade nerds, a "rooted" phone means one in which the firmware has been changed to allow the end user direct or "root" access. This has many advantages, not the least of which for me is "pinching" or multi-touch. I have to admit the new Nexus1 is an insanely attractive handset.

Oh, and I am currently looking at a new netbook. Storage and media playback being the two most important things. Thoughts?

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