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  • ✚ My First Baron Fig

    10:02am By Shawn Blanc
    It was the middle of March that I began my first Baron Fig notebook. About 255 days later, I’ve now hit the end of its 192 pages. About one page every 32 hours. I ordered the Dot Grid, of course. As … (More)
  • Knowing Where Our Best Creative Work Comes From

    Tue 10:26pm By Shawn Blanc
    This week I’m publishing an early episode of The Weekly Briefly because it’s Thanksgiving week. On today’s show I talk about the glories and the perils of running your own business. Why showing up every day is important for building … (More)✚
  • On Sale: Delight is in the Details

    Mon 1:29pm By Shawn Blanc
    It’s Thanksgiving week, and my book, Delight is in the Details, is on sale for 25-percent off. For you, hopefully the holiday season will include a little bit of down time to do some extra reading as well as some … (More)✚
  • TOM BIHN — world-class travel bags, backpacks, and messengers (Sponsor)

    Mon 12:19pm By Shawn Blanc
    TOM BIHN has been designing and making backpacks and travel bags since 1972 — it’s what we know. We use the best materials, innovative design and superior construction techniques to build a better bag. * * * My thanks to … (More)✚
  • Treating Push Notifications as Sacred

    Mon 12:00pm By Shawn Blanc
    Owen Williams (via The Tech Block): When trimming down your notifications, ask yourself these questions: Am I willing to let this interrupt me at any given moment during my day? Is this information critical to my life? Glancing in my … (More)✚
  • The Sweet Mac Setup of Faith Korpi

    Mon 11:34am By Shawn Blanc
    This week’s setup interview is with Faith Korpi, writer, ballet teacher, and co-host of the IRL Talk Podcast. I loved this bit at the end of Faith’s interview: Well, my ideal setup would be a tree house high up in … (More)✚
  • Odell Beckham’s One-Handed Catch

    Mon 11:27am By Shawn Blanc
    Absolutely amazing. And, turns out, Beckham practices making one-handed catches. ✚✚
  • Hiring help: Why, When, and How

    Fri 5:34pm By Shawn Blanc
    On this week’s episode of The Weekly Briefly, I talk about hiring help and how it should be seen as an investment. I share about the people I’ve hired to help me with Tools & Toys and The Sweet Setup, … (More)✚
  • Our Favorite App for Tracking Deliveries

    Fri 3:22pm By Shawn Blanc
    Over on the Sweet Setup we compared Delivery Tracking Apps. Just in time for the holidays! Many of us have been using Deliveries for years and it’s still the best one out there (though there are some other great options … (More)✚
  • Yours Truly Speaking at Coffee & Design Tomorrow

    Thu 11:42am By Shawn Blanc
    Just a reminder to those of you in the Kansas City area: tomorrow (Friday) morning I’ll be speaking at this month’s Coffee & Design meet-up. It’s free, and it’ll be fun. You should come. Update: A huge thanks to all … (More)✚
  • Jason Snell’s iPad Air 2 Review

    Thu 11:38am By Shawn Blanc
    An excellent review: [T]he most impressive thing about the iPad Air 2 is not its screen or its thinness or its camera, though those are all quite lovely. It’s the speed, and the extra RAM. Using the iPad Air 2 … (More)✚
  • Review of the Rain Design mStand

    Nov 19, 2014, 12:04 pm By Shawn Blanc
    Josh Ginter wrote an excellent review of a seemingly mundane product: a laptop stand. The Rain Design mStand hoists your laptop up to a height that promotes better posture and viewing angles. Combine excellent utility with a solid aluminum design … (More)✚
  • Flashlight

    Nov 19, 2014, 9:39 am By Shawn Blanc
    Speaking of Spotlight add-ons, Nate Parrott has a workaround/hack/plugin system that extends the functionality of Spotlight in Yosemite to include Wolfram Alpha searches, weather reports, and more. Via Federico Viticci, who stumbled across a few bugs when…
  • Spotlight Tools

    Nov 19, 2014, 9:21 am By Shawn Blanc
    Here’s a clever way to increase the functionality of Spotlight in Yosemite. Sam Soffes and Louie Mantia wrote 7 simple applications: Screen Saver, Empty Trash, Lock, Log Out, Sleep, Restart, and Shut Down. You drop the apps into your Applications ……
  • The Sweet Setup Turns One

    Nov 18, 2014, 4:50 pm By Shawn Blanc
    Time flies when you’re having fun. ✚✚
  • David Smith’s Initial Impressions for WatchKit

    Nov 18, 2014, 4:49 pm By Shawn Blanc
    Mr. Underscore: Apple took a clever approach to handling the extremely constrained power environment of the Watch (at least initially). To start with 3rd Party apps will run in a split mode. The Watch itself handling the UI parts of … (More)✚
  • WatchKit

    Nov 18, 2014, 4:32 pm By Shawn Blanc
    Exciting Apple news of the day is that WatchKit is out. After reading through the HIG and watching the Getting Started video, I’m simultaneously more excited and less interested about Apple Watch than I was before. I mean, of course … (More)✚
  • TextExpander touch 3, now with custom keyboard (Sponsor)

    Nov 17, 2014, 11:44 am By Shawn Blanc
    TextExpander touch from Smile saves you time and effort by expanding short abbreviations into frequently-used text. Whether it’s a simple email signature or several paragraphs of a standard response, you’ll love how easy it is to use TextExpander to avoid…
  • The Setup of Álvaro Serrano

    Nov 17, 2014, 11:41 am By Shawn Blanc
    And, speaking of awesome interviews, Álvaro Serrano knocks it out of the park with his Mac/iPhone/iPad interview on The Sweet Setup this week. Tons of nerdy details and tons of fantastic photographs. ✚✚
  • An Interview with Baron Fig

    Nov 17, 2014, 11:14 am By Shawn Blanc
    I’ve been using a Baron Fig Dot Grid Confidant since March 16 of this year, and I think it’s one of the best journal notebooks I’ve ever used. The size is perfect, and the paper and dot-grid design are just … (More)✚
  • Can we focus too much on Focus?

    Nov 14, 2014, 5:15 pm By Shawn Blanc
    Yes, actually. On this week’s episode of The Weekly Briefly, I talk about how distraction and resistance are universal things we all face when trying to get things done. I believe it’s important to know what to focus on, to … (More)✚
  • ✚ Using VSCO Cam for iPad

    Nov 13, 2014, 6:00 pm By Shawn Blanc
    Waking up this morning turned out to be a little bit like Christmas. At long last, VSCO Cam has a native iPad app. Ever since I upgraded to the Olympus E-M10 earlier this year, the iPhone’s VSCO Cam app has … (More)
  • The Tools and Toys Guide to Cutting the Cord

    Nov 13, 2014, 5:58 pm By Shawn Blanc
    Great work by Bradley Chambers: With the growth of social media, video games, and streaming services, many people are finding they don’t use their cable subscription enough to justify the continued expense. We get our news, entertainment, movies, and TV ……
  • VSCO Cam for iPad

    Nov 13, 2014, 9:55 am By Shawn Blanc
    Hooray! The new 4.0 version of VSCO Cam brings support for the bigger iPhones and — finally — iPads. And your presets and library photos sync between multiple devices. It’s a great update. The only thing missing is support for … (More)✚
  • Desk: A Surprisingly-Simple & Powerful Desktop Blog Publishing App (Sponsor)

    Nov 10, 2014, 12:25 pm By Shawn Blanc
    You’re a writer. You’re a blogger. You demand the best tools for the job and yet there’s so much “bloatware” out there that has totally forgotten what a writer truly needs. We haven’t forgotten and we’ve created a surprisingly-powerful yet ……
  • The Sweet Setup of Fraser Speirs

    Nov 10, 2014, 11:22 am By Shawn Blanc
    This week’s sweet setup interview is with the inimitable Fraser Spears. Fraser shares about his Mac, iPhone, and iPad setups and how he uses each one. ✚✚
  • The Tools and Toys iPad Air 2 Review

    Nov 10, 2014, 11:20 am By Shawn Blanc
    Josh Ginter: The Air 2’s body is thinner and lighter to hold, the laminated screen is jawdropping to look at, and the triple-core processor and added RAM are lightning fast. Oh, and Touch ID. And a new camera. This update … (More)✚
  • The Weekly Briefly: On Amazon’s Echo

    Nov 7, 2014, 4:51 pm By Shawn Blanc
    On this week’s episode of The Weekly Briefly I talk about the just-announced Amazon Echo. What can you use this first version for? How cool and practical will it actually be? What are some seemingly-glaring omissions in Echo’s functionality? Are ……
  • Kansas City’s Coffee & Design: Delight is in the Details

    Nov 7, 2014, 4:07 pm By Shawn Blanc
    In local news, I’ll be speaking at this month’s Coffee & Design meetup. If you’re in the area you should come. It’s on Friday morning, November 21, and will be held at Meers Advertising (map). The meetup is free, and … (More)✚
  • Quality Linkage for Pen Aficionados

    Nov 7, 2014, 3:45 pm By Shawn Blanc
    We’re celebrating Fountain Pen Day over at Tools & Toys with a roundup of pen inks — er, links. ✚✚
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