1 January 2018



happy new year!

1 January 2017



happy new year!

1 January 2016



happy new year!

14 December 2015

A labeler is just the best thing revisited


^ … like 10 years later…

1 January 2015



happy new year!

28 December 2014

Paradigm Shift Revisited

omg, Blog before you Think! turned 10 today:

Hmm, a few days ago I got invited for a Gmail account. A few days later I finally gave del.icio.us a try. Both technologies changed the way I do certain things almost instantly and probably for good. Both give up with hierarchical structures of organizing data (folders within folders within folders within folders…) and use a flat model applying labels (label combined with label combined wiith label…). More on that is coming up soon here, but if you are not aware of those services, do yourself a favour and check them out.

Anyway, starting a blog was left on my todo list for 2004, so here it is. Staying consistent with the subtitle of this blog – be prepared to encounter various ramblings and thoughts in progress here. Topics might include OS X (highly likely), GTD (my current affection), enjoying the web, music, system theory, programming, mind- and lifehacks, television,… nothing special.

Paradigm Shift

1 January 2014



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1 January 2013



happy new year!

28 March 2012

Pinboarded Streams

(started and stopped to use pinboard as a tool to organize the streams of persons of interest at services of interesting outputs etc.) ((the idea was not bad per se but the notation was flawed))

2 February 2012

Next Action Balls Reset

emtpy next action balls basket

omg, it’s been more than 7 years since I’ve came up with the Next Action Balls process (see the entire series). Since I’ve spent the last couple of weeks getting rid of physical and digital clutter the NABs also had to go, basically I’m back to square one.

7 January 2012



happy new year!

23 August 2011

The Cutting-Edge Physics of Next Action Balls

crumpled paper

wow, this article on the cutting-edge physics of crumpled paper balls gives a whole new meaning to my next action balls system.

3 January 2011



happy new year!

14 March 2010

Lists for Google Buzz

The ability to group friends and to filter the stream are highly popular feature requests for Google Buzz [was http://buzz.google.com/]. Buzz lets you send your buzzes to a selected group of people only, of course. But unlike FriendFeed they don’t provide an explicit way to manage your incoming stream. It’s Google after all, they want to solve problems algorithmically.

Here is a technique, which lets you create filtered lists right now. It’s actually quite simple:

(1) you need to build a search query for each group you want to create.

You can include people via the from:username or the author:username search operator. Make sure to put quotes around the username and to use OR between each person.


from:“saurier duval” OR from:“google buzz team”

will find all public buzzes from me and the Buzz team.

(2) you can refine the search by including or excluding various sources via the source:sourcename search operator.


source:buzz OR source:“google reader”

will find only buzzes and shared items from Google Reader.

-source:twitter -source:“google reader”

will find all public buzzes except shared Tweets and shared items from Google Reader.

from:“saurier duval” OR from:“google buzz team” source:buzz OR source:“google reader”

will find all buzzes or shared items form Google Reader from me and the Buzz team.

(3) save the combined search as a Quick Link.

One lesser known feature in Gmail (and hence in Google Buzz) is the ability to save searches. It’s called Quick Links and you have to enable it in Gmail Labs (Settings -> Labs). Once Quck Links is enabled you’ll see a box in the left column that gives you 1-click access to any search you save.

To save a search for Google Buzz you enter the query in the search field, click “Search Buzz” and then click “Add Quick Link” in the Quick Links box. You can assign a descriptive name for your group and then you’re done.

Since the process is tedious this technique is best suited for smallish lists or to highlight peope who are really important to you. But it’s also great for generating a filtered stream for oversharers.

14 February 2010

Buzzed Friends and Relations

buzz to contact groups

Quick tip for being a responsible citizen of Google Buzz: Buzz lets you specify groups of addressees for each site which is connected to your Buzz. So if you don’t want to bore your lolcat-loving mom with your latest ramblings on social media, all you have to do is to define who sees what:

If you haven’t set up a proper set of contact groups yet, the most convenient way to do this is Google Contacts. It takes a while, but your friends and relations will love you even more.

What’s still missing in Buzz is a way for recepients to do the same. As is the sender is in control and if he likes to share a lot or consumes a non-healthy amount of your bandwidth your only option is to stop following him at all.

But if you could define which sources to see and which to hide on a per-user basis, Buzz suddenly would become less noisy and an interesting dashboard for many of your information needs. This also would solve the ubiquitous problem of redundancy. I’m following many of my friends on Buzz on Twitter already, and I’m subscribed to their blogs and shared items in Google Reader. I suspect you do the same. I neither need nor want to see these items in Buzz again. It would be awesome to hide a noisy or redundant Twitter- oder shared items stream while still being able to see the rest. Think FriendFeed’s ‘hide other items like this one’, but more transparent and better.

3 January 2010



happy new year!

9 October 2009

select * from nyt

nyt via yql

nice, the various APIs of the NYT can be accessed via YQL now.

9 October 2009

Ident Lifestream

ident engine

interesting: Ident Engine [was http://identengine.com/] – a JavaScript library which builds lifestreams (via)

7 October 2009


google barcode doodle

yay, google barcode doodle.

21 September 2009


readtwit birds

I’ve been using Readtwit [was http://www.readtwit.com/] for a couple of days and it seems to be a keeper. In a nutshell it builds a feed from the links twittered by your friends. Whenever possible the content of the linked article is injected too. You even can train it to ignore users or hashtags.

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