My contribution about remembering to include values and purpose in your workflow design — “To Know Yourself Is To Know What To Do” — has just been published. It was an honor to be included among so many people who work I admire and respect and great thanks to Michael for spearheading this project!
It’s certainly been a crazy week here in New York, dealing with Hurricane Sandy and her aftermath: My neighborhood was spared, suffering nothing more than a few downed trees and brief flickering of our lights when a power transformer down the street exploded. But just a short distance away from here, the storm surge did tremendous damage. Many people lost power, heat, water, and in some cases their homes.
I had planned to run another contest this week but, given the circumstances, I didn’t really feel like it. We’ll do it once things start feeling normal again — hopefully in a few days. In the meantime, would you please consider giving a little something to one of these fine groups?
Evernote AppleScripts Update
A quick code-related update — Many people have been asking if there’s been any progress on fixing the AppleScripts which were broken by Evernote “sandboxing” their app.
Evernote recently announced a completely rewritten Mac app which is now in beta testing. Once it’s released, I’ll continue working on the AppleScripts for Evernote. One side benefit for all you early adopters — since the beta is being distributed outside the Mac App Store, many of the broken AppleScripts seem to be working again.
Excelsior, My Friends
I can’t remember when I learned that the state motto of New York was “Excelsior”1, but it’s a nice word for us New Yorkers — everyone really — to keep in mind during difficult times.
Perhaps not coincidentally, it’s also the title of a Walt Whitman poem which, when it originally appeared in the second edition of Leaves of Grass, was called “Poem of the Heart of the Son of Manhattan Island”.
Like a true New Yorker, Walt couldn’t help but brag a little.
Okay — a lot:
Who has gone farthest? for I would go farther,
And who has been just? for I would be the most just person of the earth,
And who most cautious? for I would be more cautious,
And who has been happiest? O I think it is I—I think no one was
ever happier than I,
And who has lavish’d all? for I lavish constantly the best I have,
And who proudest? for I think I have reason to be the proudest son
alive—for I am the son of the brawny and tall-topt city,
And who has been bold and true? for I would be the boldest and
truest being of the universe,
And who benevolent? for I would show more benevolence than all the rest,
And who has receiv’d the love of the most friends? for I know what
it is to receive the passionate love of many friends,
And who possesses a perfect and enamour’d body? for I do not believe
any one possesses a more perfect or enamour’d body than mine,
And who thinks the amplest thoughts? for I would surround those thoughts,
And who has made hymns fit for the earth? for I am mad with
devouring ecstasy to make joyous hymns for the whole earth.
I’ve lived in Brooklyn for a dozen years now and I’ve come to believe that this “Nobody has it better than us” attitude is some of what gives my brawny and tall-topt city its resilience. Whitman’s poem — and New York swagger itself — perhaps isn’t so much boasting as it is a wish for happiness to everyone who lives here.
So let me sign off for now with this wish for you — No matter where you live or what kind of week you’ve had, I hope you are able to look ever upwards and smile.
- Often translated from the Latin as “Ever Upward” [↩]
Now that I’ve contacted all the winners, it’s time to say thanks to all of you who made the Mac Users Giveaway a great success.
Your responses to the survey helped me to understand what it is that you like, want, and need from Veritrope.com — and I am taking it all to heart as I plunge head-first into a complete overhaul of this site.
Readers also shared some really useful AppleScripts, TextExpander snippets, and the like — I’ll be loading those into the library and highlighting these contributions very shortly.
Thanks to Our Sponsors!
None of this would have been possible without the people and companies who donated prizes, and I appreciate their kind support of the Mac Users Giveaway.
But moreover, I appreciate their support of Mac Users everywhere by putting these great tools into the hands of people who genuinely appreciate them! As the Giveaway progressed, I heard from readers all over the world who were excited by the prospect of winning one of these prizes — and the ones who did win were thrilled.
My great thanks to all the readers and friends on Twitter and App.net who helped me to get the word out and, of course, to each of the fine companies and generous people listed below:
One More Thing…
I’m doing one more Giveaway next week and, if you liked the prizes in this one, you should definitely check back!