What will videoconferencing look like in five years? I don’t know, but it won’t be the Brady Bunch screens we have now.

Once again confirming I can get 3 hours of sleep in a night, or sleep for 12 hours, but a normal person’s 7-9 hours just seems like an unattainable goal.

How do you manage documents and files on the Mac?

My work requires me to write articles for marketing purposes. For each project, I will have plain text documents, Microsoft Word douments, and email messages, often along with PowerPoints, PDFs, audio and video files, and Web pages. Plus I have the usual things to keep track of that everybody does – bills, receipts, product manuals, HR documents, and so on.

I had been using DevonThink for all of that, but I decided two weeks ago to try to find something else. DevonThink just seemed too complex for my purposes, and I worried that the database format might prove too brittle for long-term storage. I wrote about this on the Mac Power Users forum.

Since then, I’ve looked at Obsidian, IA Writer, nvUltra, Notebooks, FSNotes, Zettlr, Quiver, and a couple more, and none of them are entirely satisfying.

How do you manage those types of documents?

I’m starting to think that maybe the Finder, supplemented by the new app Hook for linking documents, is the way to go. But that still seems like it could be better?

I am in the position on this that I often am when I search for new apps – I feel like the solution I’m now using isn’t working, but I don’t quite know what I’m looking for or what the problem is that I’m trying to solve, other than making it easier to organize and move around between documents.

As a side-project, I looked at NotePlan as a replacement for Things for managing my to-do lists. Not the first time I’ve done that, and not the first time I’ve concluded that NotePlan is a nifty idea but it’s not for me. I like the idea of having a journal and my to-do list in the same documents, but in practice it seems to become unwieldy in a matter of days.

Overheard

“I had my patience tested. I’m negative.”

“I hate when a couple argues in public, and I missed the beginning and don’t know whose side I’m on.”

“When someone asks what I did over the weekend, I squint and ask, ‘Why, what did you hear?'”

I can’t think of any food more delicious and more disgusting-looking than hummus. We’ve got 4 ounces of leftover hummus in a semi-transparent container in the refrigerator; it looks like somebody sneezed and had to save it for medical testing.

When I ordered shampoo from Amazon, I did not realize I had ordered a half-gallon. Given how little hair I actually have, I’ve pretty much got my shampoo needs covered for the rest of my life.

Re-reading “Missile Gap” by Charles Stross

I re-read Charles Stross’s novella "Missile Gap" recently. It’s an outstanding horror science-fiction story on literally a global scale. A fast read – I re-read the whole thing in one evening.

And this time I think I figured out what’s going on.

Here’s the gimmick: In a single instant in 1962, highly advanced aliens skin the surface of the Earth like peeling an orange, and transport the surface of the Earth and all its inhabitants to the surface of a disk the size of the Solar System, located 200,000 light years from Earth’s former location, and 800,000 years in the future.

It’s now 1976, and the US and USSR are in a cold war to figure out who moved the Earth, why, and how, and to explore the billions of worlds similarly transported.

Read it here for free: Missile Gap by Charles Stross. Have a dictionary and Wikipedia handy when you read it; Stross uses a lot of obscure words, he doesn’t explain them, and they’re important.