Sunday Sep 20, 2009

Spicy vegetarian chili from scratch

Just made an excellent spicy vegetarian chili from scratch.
Have water, bread and kleenex handy.

  • 3 tbl Olive oil
  • 1 diced red pepper
  • 1 diced medium onion
  • 6 crushed cloves of garlic
  • 2 diced large carrots
  • 2 tbl chili powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne
  • 2 tsp italian seasoning
  • 1 14 oz can of black beans
  • 1 14 oz can of white beans
  • 1 14 oz can of pinquito beans
  • 1 28 oz can of roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1 packet of frozen corn
  • 1 4 oz can of jalapeno chilies
  • 3 tbl of tomato paste
  • 3 chopped large mushrooms

  • Heat oil in large saucepan until hot.
  • Add red pepper, onion, garlic and carrot to pan and heat (medium to hot) for 8 minutes.
  • Add spices to pan, stir and heat for 2 minutes.
  • Add beans, tomatoes, corn, jalapeno chilies and tomato paste to pan and simmer for 15 minutes.
  • Add mushroom to pan, stir in, and simmer for another 15 minutes.

Serves 6-8 (depending how hungry you are).

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Wednesday Oct 26, 2005

My Hipster PDA

When I first saw this post from the 43Folders web site, I chuckled. I then read it again and slept on it (so to speak), and now I'm a big fan.

I retired my Palm Pilot PDA, 2-3 years ago, and just gave it to my sister-in-law. My main problems with it were the input method, the constant need to sync and keep it recharged.

A couple of weeks ago, I started carrying around my own Hipster PDA, with about 15 blank 3x5 index cards (of different colors) held together with a binder clip and stored in my bum bag. I've mostly been using them to remember TODO items and various ideas I want to explore further.

Then I read all the comments to the Hipster PDA post. All 155 of them. Via a couple of intermediate links [1] [2], I arrived at an entry in Jeff's Knowledge Base, that contains various page styles in PDF format.

I've downloaded and printed out (on plain white paper) various of these formats. My Hipster PDA is now backed up a 3x5 piece of cardboard to stiffen it up a bit and give me something to easily write on. I still keep some blank 3x5 index card in my pile, just in case I have to pass something on to someone else, (I hate ripping pages out of a notebook).

Backing up is as easy as your nearest photo-copier.

Other notable links:

  • The Redneck Palm Pilot [link].
  • The Paper Palm [link]
  • Ta-Da Lists. Make Lists and Get Stuff Done. Tada! [link]
  • Cool cases for your Hipster [link]
  • The Research Notebooks of Linus Pauling [link]
  • Thomas Jefferson's Hipster PDA (there's always prior art) [link]

I've noticed that Merlin has a couple of followup posts on the Hipster PDA further along in the monthly archives, so no doubt I'll get some more ideas when I fully read them.

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Thursday Oct 20, 2005

A Read That Later PDF Folder

I started with a 43Folders post on how to archive your receipts and account informations as PDF's and ended up with a way cool Mac OS X feature that automatically lets me archive web pages as PDF's so that I can read them later.

Bill Bumgarner is the person who blogged about this.

Yes, you can always save a web page as an HTML file, with a set of files associated with it, but this is just so much cleaner. No need to specify each time where the document should be saved. It's all automatic. And you get a single file.

And the PDF Workflow feature can do so much more. Thanks Bill!

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Wednesday Oct 19, 2005

Printing Your Amazon Wish List

Like Merlin and others, I find it useful to have a printed copy of my Amazon Wish List with me, in case I visit a local store and want to buy something from it.

I started with the 43Folders post related to this, and followed the instructions that Merlin gave, using Firefox as my browser. My printout didn't look anything like the one in the picture. It was sort of long and thin and I had to tape two strips together. Ugh. I then looked at the comments to the post to see if there was a better solution. There was a pointer to Leonard Richardson's Pocker Wisherman, which I downloaded. This is a set of Python scripts, that use PyAmazon to get at your Amazon Wish List. PyAmazon is a Python wrapper to the Amazon web API. I also downloaded and installed the Report Lab library, which allows for PDF formatting.

The documentation for Pocket Wisherman is skimpy, but by looking at the source code, I could see that I needed to get my Amazon Wish List ID. Leonard clued me in here (thanks!). The easiest way is to go to the Amazon web site, click on the "Wish List" link near the top of the page. When you have your wish list displayed, you'll see an "About this List" area on the right side of the web page. Click on the "Edit this information" link. When that web page displays, look at the URL. Part of it will be "id=XXXXXXXXXXXX" where XXXXXXXXXXXX is your ID.

I had to make one change to the pocket-wisherman.py script. There is a check in there to make sure that your ID is 13 characters long. Mine was only 12.

Now I have a nice PDF printout of my Amazon Wish List, which I've cut out and put in the accordion section at the back of my Moleskine Pocket Ruled Notebook (also available at Barnes and Noble stores), which I carry around in my fanny pack bum bag.

I only have one gripe. It's included some entries from my Wish List that I'd deleted days/weeks ago. Those entries don't show up visibly when I go to my Amazon Wish List web page, so I'm not sure where it's getting them from.

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Tuesday Oct 18, 2005

Favorite 43 Folders Links (Summary)

I've been through all the complete months of the posts in the 43 Folders archives, and pulled out the links that I think will be of interest to me.

These are summarized here:

1994 Sep Oct Nov/Dec
1995 Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul/Aug Sep

So what was the purpose of this? Well, I want to get more organized and try to be more productive. For all the projects I'm working on, I want to know exactly what I'm doing, where I currently am, and what my next action should be. It looks like Merlin Mann's 43 Folders blog has a lot of stuff that will help me achieve this.

The first thing to do is separate the wheat from the chaff. Not everything is of interest to me there, and not everything is going to be the way I want to do something. So I've culled the blog down to a set of posts/links that I want to explore further (including reading all the comments for each post). From this I'll then generate a set of my own posts that describe things I've tried and how successful they were.

I'm also looking for a system that's operating system agnostic. Preferably even something that I can get access to from anywhere (i.e. web based). Some of this stuff will also go into a small notebook that I'll carry everywhere with me (I tend not to carry my laptop everywhere when I'm not working).

I've bought David Allen's Getting Things Done and I've read the first part. This has given me enough information to understand the system that Allen uses. If you rather just get a quick 1-2 page summary of this, then check out M Vance's notes, and also printout the 1 page PDF of the Getting Things Done workflow, created to Scott Moehring.

The rest of the book helps you better understand the system and how to use it. I think I'm going to need to do that, because after a week of using it, I'm finding I'm spending way too much time on keeping the projects state information correct, shuffling items from one state file to another. I do have an empty inbox most of the time now though (or as near as I can get it given how quickly new emails arrive), so I am making some progress.

More reports as I get my head around useful productivity and organisational tools and tips.

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Favorite 43 Folders Links (September 2005)

  • Building a Smarter To-Do List [part 1] [part 2]
  • Geoffrey Litwack: Tactical advice, observations on GTD implementation [l ink]
  • Using Thunderbird to Get Things Done [link]
  • Harnessing your interstitial time [link]
  • 11 Tips to surviving a day job with your creativity intact [link]
  • How do you get creative with your phonecam? [link]
  • Kick procrastination’s ass: Run a dash [link]
  • Jeff Covey: Running a Progressive Dash [link]
  • Lifehacker features (and craving more) [link]
  • Working Smart: Automated Email Follow-up [link]
  • PigPogPDA [link]
  • Remainders: The Multiple Self, OS X plugs, a year of 43F, and Grandpa’s crappy art [link]
  • the Scarlet Letters: Notes on Making Art [link]
  • Stack of index card links [link]
  • Textpander: a utility that helps you type more efficiently and more accurately. [link]
  • Writing sensible email messages [link]
  • 52 Projects: A Not-To-Do List [link]
  • Subvert from Within: a user-focused employee guide [link]

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Sunday Oct 16, 2005

Favorite 43 Folders Links (July/August 2005)

  • Good tips from the wiki [link]
  • Stephanie Burns: Installing a new habit and breaking an old one [link]
  • nextaction: GTD task-tracking app [link]
  • c|net: Driven to distraction by technology [link]
  • Site: Language is a Virus [link]
  • Productivity tarbabies and dark nights of the geek soul [link]
  • Cleaning and Stain Removal [link]
  • C.J. Cherryh: Writerisms and other Sins: A Writer's Shortcut to Stronger Writing [link]
  • Zipster - A Hipster clone [link]
  • WIRED interview: extended 12-inch version [link]
  • David Allen: Handy lists to maintain [link]
  • Eno on the Microsoft Sound: “Here’s a specific problem — solve it.” [link]
  • One Year into GTD: My report [link]
  • Ye Olde Hipster [link]
  • Idea Generation Methods [link]
  • Life inside one big text file [link]
  • Sending short email messages from within Quicksilver [link]
  • To-Done: Scheduling tasks [link]

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Friday Oct 14, 2005

Favorite 43 Folders Links (June 2005)

  • Beginner’s Mind, Metropolis, and all our unnecessary parts [link]
  • Martin Ternouth: The Anxiety of Getting Things Done [link]
  • Robert Daeley: Zen Pockets [link]
  • John Norris: More Hipster PDA templates and “the Meta Line Organizer” [link]
  • Douglas Johnston: D\*I\*Y Planner Hipster PDA Edition [link]
  • Hipster PDA - Index Card Printer Review: Canon Pixma iP3000 [link]
  • Mail Act-On: Invoke Mail.app rules with custom commands [link]
  • Quicksilver: The Comma Trick [link]
  • More Quicksilver Power Tips [link]
  • Personal Mantras: Got one? [link]
  • Psyching yourself out [link]
  • Solid tactics for understanding (and beating) procrastination [link]

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Thursday Oct 13, 2005

Favorite 43 Folders Links (May 2005)

  • Ask MetaFilter on Macs and Getting Organized [link]
  • Because buying new running shoes is more fun than actually running [link]
  • Converting “waiting on” items [link]
  • Cringe-Busting your TODO list [link]
  • How are you using GTDTiddlyWiki? [link]
  • Impressive paper-based project management workflow [link]
  • New Scientist - 11 Steps to a Better Brain [link]
  • Real Simple: 19-minute daily cleanup [link]
  • Tips on maintaining concentration [link]

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Wednesday Oct 12, 2005

Favorite 43 Folders Links (April 2005)

  • April Power Hacks! [link]
  • Quicksilver - What is Quicksilver? [link]
  • Tricking out the Hipster [link]
  • Let us now praise Post-it notes [link]
  • high octane moron - Revolving workflow strategies [link]
  • The Inbox Makeover - Secrets of Mac superheroes [link]
  • Podcasts of non-commercial and public radio shows [link]
  • Book Recommendations from Merlin Mann
    • On Writing Well - William Zinsser [link]
    • Writing Down The Bones - Natalie Goldberg [link]
    • Bird by Bird - Anne Lamott [link]
  • Remainders: Notebooks, NextBus, the Wiki, and more [link]

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Monday Oct 10, 2005

Favorite 43 Folders Links (March 2005)

  • Found: Rules of Thumb 2 [link]
  • Mark Taw on GTD contexts and next actions [link]
  • Getting Things Done with Your Mac - Giles Turnbull [link]
  • Tips for Mastering E-mail Overload - Stever Robbins [link]
  • 43 Folders Wiki Page [link]
  • Greasemonkey Firefox extension [link]
  • Remainders: Sick box, subject lines, phone hacks, and 6 months of 43F [link]
  • Remainders: Vim, The One-Fork Rule, dashes, and ETech, ho! [link]

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Sunday Oct 09, 2005

Favorite 43 Folders Links (February 2005)

(Be sure to read the comments of these entries for extra tasty goodness).

  • Systems, ciphers, and the dirty little secret of self-improvement [link]
  • html2text - THE ASCIINATOR [link]
  • Five fast email productivity tips [link]
  • Quick tips on processing your email inbox [link]
  • Merlin Mann's - What's a Weblog? [link]
  • 21 Rules of Thumb – How Microsoft develops its Software [link]
  • Color Design Rules [link]
  • Ten Usability Heuristics - Jakob Nielsen [link]
  • Using Categories & Tasks in Entourage [link]
  • Guest: Mike Harris looks at "Remind" [link]
  • QuickSilver - A Better OS X In Just 10 Minutes - Dan Dickinson [link]
  • Quicksilver: From A Better OS X To Even More - Dan Dickinson [link]
  • Friday night remainders, 2005-02-04 [link]
  • Friday remainders, 2005-02-11 [link]
  • Remainders: Coin envelopes, sprints, binder clipping & more [link]
  • Remainders: Capturing, saving, next next actions, and that damned Kelly Clarkson song [link]

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Thursday Oct 06, 2005

Favorite 43 Folders Links (January 2005)

  • I Want a Pony: Snapshots of a Dream Productivity App [link]
  • LazyWeb: Library Book RSS Feed? [link]
  • RSS of Public Library Check-outs and Requests Available for SF [link]
  • Quicksilver: Arrow Into Web Pages [link]
  • 50 Strategies For Making Yourself Work [link]
  • Organizing Your Hipster PDA [link]
  • Getting Back To Work: A Personal Productivity Toolkit [link]
  • More cool searches for Sogudi & Quicksilver [link]

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Wednesday Oct 05, 2005

Favorite 43 Folders Links (November / December 2004)

  • Quicksilver: Setup & Troubleshooting [link]
  • Quicksilver: Me & My Arrow [link]
  • More Moleskine Hacks [link]
  • Hack Yourself [link]
  • Sciral Consistency: Track Fuzzy Interval Tasks [link]
  • A Year of Getting Things Done: Part 1, The Good Stuff [link]
  • A Year of Getting Things Done: Part 2, The Stuff I Wish I Were Better At [link]
  • A Year of Getting Things Done: Part 3, The Future of GTD? [link]
  • Links to GTD Apps, Templates, & Scripts [link]

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Tuesday Oct 04, 2005

Favorite 43 Folders Links (October 2004)

  • TextMate: The Missing Editor [link]
  • TextMate parking lot [link]
  • What are you "waiting on"? [link]
  • SubEthaEdit for meeting notes and light project management [link]
  • Small milestones and some Friday remainders [link]
  • OSXCon apps [link]
  • Beautify Instiki (even more) with custom CSS [link]

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