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When one thinks of the day as an abstract span of time, one does not go to bed with the chickens on a winter’s night: one invents wicks, chimneys, lamps, gaslights, electric lamps, so as to use all the hours belonging to the day. When one thinks of time, not as a sequence of experiences, but as a collection of hours, minutes, and seconds, the habits of adding time and saving time come into existence.

Because of the clock, Mumford continues, “Abstract time became the new medium of existence. Organic functions themselves were regulated by it: one ate, not upon feeling hungry, but when prompted by the clock: one slept, not when one was tired, but when the clock sanctioned it. A generalized time-consciousness accompanied the wider use of clocks: dissociating time from organic sequences….”
time  history  concept  life  season  productivity  howto  writing 
october 2017 by aries1988
What we get wrong about technology
Instead, when we try to imagine the future, the past offers two lessons. First, the most influential new technologies are often humble and cheap. Mere affordability often counts for more than the beguiling complexity of an organic robot such as Rachael. Second, new inventions do not appear in isolation, as Rachael and her fellow androids did. Instead, as we struggle to use them to their best advantage, they profoundly reshape the societies around us.

Paper had been invented 1,500 years earlier in China and long used in the Arabic world, where literacy was common. Yet it had taken centuries to spread to Christian Europe, because illiterate Europe no more needed a cheap writing surface than it needed a cheap metal to make crowns and sceptres.

Paper caught on only when a commercial class started to need an everyday writing surface for contracts and accounts. “If 11th-century Europe had little use for paper,” writes Mark Kurlansky in his book Paper, “13th-century Europe was hungry for it.”

The American west was reshaped by the invention of barbed wire, which was marketed by the great salesman John Warne Gates with the slogan: “Lighter than air, stronger than whiskey, cheaper than dust.”

the simple invention prevented free-roaming bison and cowboys’ herds of cattle from trampling crops.

this plunge has been driven less by any great technological breakthrough than by the humble methods familiar to anyone who shops at Ikea: simple modular products that have been manufactured at scale and that snap together quickly on site.
invention  technology  productivity  industry  history  future  creativity 
july 2017 by aries1988
Webstock '12: Scott Hanselman - It's not what you read, it's what you ignore on Vimeo
00:00 41:52 Like Add to Watch Later Add to collections Share from PRO 5 years ago 84.7K 417 45 How did we get here? As web developers, we are asked to absorb…
video  productivity  howto  internet  tool 
june 2017 by aries1988
Tutorial: Using search operators in DEVONthink
Learn how to use DEVONthink's advanced search operators to form complex queries that retrieve exactly the documents you're looking for: AND, OR, NEAR,…
productivity  video  pkm  moi  search 
september 2016 by aries1988
An Ancient and Proven Way to Improve Memorization; Go Ahead and Try It
Showing the power of using colorful images and well-known locations.
productivity  memory  learn  howto 
march 2016 by aries1988
Seth Brown's Writer Workflow
Mark Twain said that work and play are two words that describe the same thing under different conditions—I feel extremely lucky to be able to agree with him.

If I get stuck while writing, I use a few techniques to help me. Sometimes I start working on another project for a few days then go back to writing. Switching working environments and input devices can help. I move from working on the computer at my standing desk to an iPad on a chase. If I get stuck more than once or twice while working on a piece, it's usually a sign that my original ideas are flawed.
workflow  explained  interview  productivity  vim  writing  blog  work  home  tool 
august 2015 by aries1988
How to Stop Time
Sometimes you see icons of him turned upside down like an hourglass in the hope that he’ll hurry up and help you get your work done so he can be set right-side up again.

Whatever you’re doing, aren’t you by nature procrastinating from doing something else? Seen in this light, procrastination begins to look a lot like just plain existing. But then along come its foot soldiers — guilt, self-loathing, blame.

The 21st-century capitalist world, in its never-ending drive for expansion, consecrates an always-on productivity for the sake of the greater fiscal health.
productivity  history  explained  opinion  society  people  time 
september 2014 by aries1988
SelfControl is a free and open-source application for Mac OS X (10.5 or above) that lets you block your own access to distracting websites, your mail servers, or anything else on the Internet. Just set a period of time to block for, add sites to your blacklist, and click "Start." Until that timer expires, you will be unable to access those sites--even if you restart your computer or delete the application.
software  productivity  osx  mac  app 
october 2012 by aries1988
It's Not What You Read; It's What You Ignore
Feeling overwhelmed by your inbox, your to-dos, your errands, your to-reads, and so on? Of course you are. We all are. Microsoft-ian and speaker Scott Hanselman delivers a practical and inspiring talk on digging yourself out of the guilt-ridden cycles of distraction and interruption, and it's full of productivity gems. More »
productivity  GTD 
may 2012 by aries1988
How I use Hazel
Takes any document that I write for my weblogs and puts them in the appropriate folders, even if I just save them in my Documents folder. It also organizes them by weblog type, year and month based on the prefix I give it in the file name (LH for Lifehack, VM for this weblog, EVM for Eventualism, etc.), and then Hazel looks at the date the file was created and puts them in a pre-existing folder for the year and month or if there is no folder for the year and/or month it creates the folder(s) and then puts the file in it.
Moves my invoices and receipts in a similar fashion as above, allowing me to easily deal with my income and expenses throughout the year.
Puts images into iPhoto for me as I save them.
Imports all of my saved PDFs into Evernote.

Hazel is a must-have app if you’re ready to level up your productivity on the Mac. Like some of the higher-end productivity apps (such as OmniFocus), Hazel can be as powerful as you want it to be but as simple as you need it to be. While it may not be easy to wrap your head around, there are plenty of folks out there who can help make that happen for you.
hazel  mac  productivity  software 
november 2011 by aries1988

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