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Welp, that's it.

The last person I knew on here is moving over to DreamWidth. When I load my friends list (without her) I literally get one private post from me and nothing else recent enough to show up.

I think that officially counts as the last blowing tumbleweed I have left here.
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Moved all my RSS feeds over...

It looks like DreamWidth also supports creating unlimited RSS feeds for various stuff... I've moved all mine over. Okay, *now* my friends list looks like a ghost town. Of course, I'm also unsubbing here from anybody who moved to DreamWidth once I'm subscribed to them there. So that definitely increases the feel of tumbleweeds blowing by...
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It's easy for me to forget why I was so impressed with Terry Pratchett. And then I read things like this:

Death: Humans need fantasy to *be* human. To be the place where the falling angel meets the rising ape.
Susan: With tooth fairies? Hogfathers?
Death: Yes. As practice, you have to start out learning to believe the little lies.
Susan: So we can believe the big ones?
Death: Yes. Justice, mercy, duty. That sort of thing.
Susan: They're not the same at all.
Death: You think so? Then take the universe and grind it down to the finest powder, and sieve it through the finest sieve, and then show me one atom of justice, one molecule of mercy. And yet, you try to act as if there is some ideal order in the world. As if there is some, some rightness in the universe, by which it may be judged.
Susan: But people have got to believe that, or what's the point?
Death: You need to believe in things that aren't true. How else can they become?
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LJ and Echoes

Sounds like the new TOS may be the start of a final wave of LJ diaspora. We're down low enough on people that it won't make sense to stay here longer if we lose another, oh, say 30-50% of 'em. It's already kind of a ghost town.

(ETA: looks like a lot of folks are going to DreamWidth, and the migration path is pretty painless. Don't know what I'm doing yet, but that's a possibility.)
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Really feeling this quote today...

The hell of being a practitioner is the state in which we begin to see through our neuroses, and yet we continue to afflict ourselves with them.

It can only stop through clarity and, to have clarity develop, we need humour. We have to accept that we are both the dyed-in-the-wool neurotic and the practitioner who is trying to let neuroses go. That is comical and we have to be fairly light-hearted about it. With sufficient humour, we can simply be the space that lets these two lunatics dance.

from "Emailing the Lamas from Afar," Ngakpa Chögyam and Khandro Déchen
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This started out as a reply, but...

I thought I should post it here too. Lucky you :-)

Oof, termites. We live in a notoriously termite-prone area of Fremont. We've been lucky (ish?) because our specific house is so overrun with ants that they eat all the termites. No sign of termites in our house at all!

And we have spiders, to keep the ants from overpopulating. And we're feeding a lot of birds lately, to cut down on spiders. We already *have* neighborhood cats to keep the birds in line. Plus roses and blackberries to put thorns in the food plants to keep the cats back. And a possum family that loves our yard to chase off any excess of cats. Now, what eats possums?
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Organizer Programs...

I think I get a sort of mental block when my scheduling program gets busy enough and/or has enough items due. I kind of go into OMG overload mode and stop adding many tasks.

This is kind of a problem when I arrange everything right and check off a bunch of tasks. It means I start adding tasks willy-nilly (not in overload mode! So much time available!) and suddenly feel overloaded again.

This OmniFocus thing has been going on for nearly a year now, and it's still awesome. It's not as long as I used LifeBalance.

Man. I miss LifeBalance. "Balanced" on the iPhone is several kinds of not-a-real-replacement for that. Like, "Balanced" plus multiple categories with hierarchical importance management would *be* all of LifeBalance that I used. But I'll bet there's no way to make that gorgeous, ultra-simple, obvious interface expand to do that. UI for hierarchies is hard.
Skull chimes from the Craft Berserker

I love userpics far more than I should...

One of the joys of reading a lot of webcomics: there's never a shortage of good userpics.

You can't quite see in this version of the picture, but the skulls on his windchime are covered in glitter.

(Also, if you track down that image? The comic generally is very Not Safe For Work. Though the specific "craft berserker" comics aren't unusually naughty.)
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Organizer Programs

I found OmniFocus awhile back, and have been using it heavily. Last week, the last time I actually counted, I completed an average of ten OmniFocus tasks per day. I also have hundreds of semi-idle tasks in six (I think?) major top-level categories... So, y'know, still actually using it.

(Also, Siri's ability to set reminders means I can just magically say something like "reminder: buy shoes" and have "buy shoes" show up in my OF inbox. The future is friggin' here already, is what I'm saying.)

OF is one of those scary Neil-Stephenson-style power tools (see "In The Beginning Was The Command Line") where you really have to adapt to it a small subsystem at a time. I'd hate to be the programmer who wrote a real onboarding system for OF, but they'd make an absolute mint if they added one.

Having adapted to OF over the last year or so, I'm now looking for how to keep messing with my workflow. Naturally :-)

Have other people used Balanced or Productive for iOS? Specifically, anybody know how I might sync that sort of information with my laptop? Or know a similar program that syncs? One of OF's strong points is Mac/iPhone sync. Having only iPhone support, even for a relatively simple subset of my tasks, is sounding unreasonably realistic, like something a Luddite would have to do because his computers don't magically do his bidding perfectly.

What I'm really looking for is a replacement for the now-defunct LifeBalance, which I used so long ago that it was on my Palm. The Balanced app is... about 30% of LifeBalance, but with a really pretty interface. It makes me want to reimplement something similar for myself, which is (naturally) a really bad idea :-)