In an attempt to prevent additional
git (or maybe just
git-svn?) induced PTSD,
Asheesh kindly created a git
phrasebook. If you,
too, are a
deserter and want to figure out how the whole branching thing works in
git, this may be useful to you.
Someday I’ll write up my thoughts on distributed version control and
“convention versus configuration”, which seem to overlap in this
deployment. But not today.
|tags:||cc, git, ptsd
I really love task lists — especially the crossing off part — but lately
they haven’t really been helping me out. Between the day job, consulting
work, dating, and a more active social life than I had in Indiana, it
seems like I never quite get to the crossing off part. This has become
particularly clear at work where I use two simple labels for email:
action and reply. I’m a little ashamed to admit that the
action queue currently has 196 items in it, the oldest dating to
August of last year. My CC inbox has 404 messages in it right now, of
which 182 are starred. Starring is supposed to indicate something that
needs my attention. Somehow this doesn’t seem productive. Mike, if
you’re reading this, I’m sorry. Believe me, I’m sorry.
So I’m trying something a little different. This evening I watched the
by Merlin Mann on Inbox Zero. While the second
half played I managed to clear out my yergler.net inbox.
Tomorrow I’m planning to create an email
DMZ and begin at zero
with my work inbox. Just keeping the flow of information to a reasonable
level is just the first step, though.
I’ve had a Remember the Milk (RTM)
account for quite a while but never got in the habit of using it. After
to Tasque, I decided to look again.
Tasque is a simple task list application for Gnome, in the same vein as
Tomboy for notes. I love
Tomboy. I think I’ll love Tasque, too.
I don’t know if the RTM elves have been hacking away at the site since I
last looked or if I just never really dug in, but it actually seems to
have the features I want in a task list. And there’s even a handy blog
on how you can use RTM to GTD (get things done).
Finally, the piece that ties both sides together: their Firefox
workflow this evening looked like this:
- Go to the next email
- Decide that had some action associated with it
- Add the action label to it, which also created it as a task to
- Later, when skimming through the action list I saw one I could
knock out in a few minutes. And when I finished and removed the
action label, the task in RTM was marked as complete. Sweet.
|tags:||cc, gtd, inbox zero, rtm
slides for my OpenWeb talk, Deploying the Semantic Web with ccREL and
And while we’re talking about the Semantic Web, note that the slide
is using another low barrier Semantic Web tool, Semantic
|tags:||cc, conference, openweb, smw, vancouver
I’m in Canada (O! Canada!)
for the OpenWeb Vancouver 2008
conference today and tomorrow. I’ll be speaking tomorrow morning on
Creative Commons licenses and the Semantic Web — specifically about how
things like ccREL and
RDFa allow us to build a real life, scalable,
extensible Semantic Web deployment without really thinking about it
(“It’s SemWeb! And I helped!”)
OpenWeb Vancouver is a community run conference, much like
PyCon. And much like PyCon it looks like it has
a really great value proposition (unfortunately much like PyCon it also
seems to have crappy
I’ll post slides soon (read: when I actually write them).
|tags:||cc, ccrel, conference, vancouver
If you don’t read the Creative Commons
blog, you missed the
announcement that the
deadline for applying to be a CC intern this summer has been extended
until March 21 (a week from Friday). On the tech side we’re looking for
computer science/software engineering students who want to help us build
tools to support the CC license ecology. Questions? I’m happy to answer
|tags:||cc, intern, summer
So we (Creative Commons) just launched our new
TechBlog. Posts about what I’m
doing at CC, and CC-related tech/geek info will appear there.
On Monday I gave a talk at the University of Michigan School of
Information on what it’s like to run an open source project and things
to think about it you’re going to do it as part of a business. They sort
of got the shaft — Jon
Phillips is CC’s resident
expert on community building and open source management. But Jon doesn’t
like “in the middle”. So they got me.
I thought the talk went well. For once even though I talked too fast I
had enough content to fill the time. Usually I talk too fast and run way
under. And it felt like I had a good idea what the “story” was I was
trying to tell, so that made it easier to put everything together.
Putting the talk together reminded me that I’ve been really insanely
lucky; for the past six years of my life, I’ve been at jobs where I’m
paid to either consume or develop (or both) open source software. That
beats the hell out of MCSE bullshit_.
Slides, links, etc available
|category:||cc, michigan, open source, talks