Grace Building


Has anyone seen Margot Tenenbaum and Beyonce in the same room together?

Just sayin’…

(h/t @caughtintheweb @jawnita)

Using Quicksilver to Shuffle and Notify

Here’s a simple way to use quicksilver to toggle your itunes shuffle on and off. I’m not sure where I got the original script from…I may have tried a variation of something here?

In any case, the main problem with the shuffle scripts I found online was that you wouldn’t get a notification that the toggle actually happened. But quicksilver makes that easy. The addition of the “tell quicksilver” lines in the script below worked perfectly. (I also believe Growl needs to be installed for this…)

As always, save this script in a folder that’s scanned into the qs catalog, and find a memorable key combo to set as the default. I use “shuff.”

Here’s the script:
tell application “iTunes”
if shuffle of current playlist is false then
set shuffle of current playlist to true
tell application “Quicksilver”
show notification “Shuffle On”
end tell
set shuffle of current playlist to false
tell application “Quicksilver”
show notification “Shuffle Off”
end tell
end if
end tell

ESB: Sunset

[Found a bunch of my photos that were up on flickr, but now that I’m no longer “pro” (ie, paid), they are gone. I decided to begin posting them here instead.]

I have a number of Empire State Building photos. The west-facing side of the building catches the sunset over jersey most nights; in this photo, I like the bit of clouds in the background.

Sync and Ejecting Your Iphone With Quicksilver

For longer than I care to admit, every time I ejected my iphone from itunes, I would get frustrated that I had to go into itunes to eject my iphone.

Why can’t quicksilver do this? Why isn’t there a script?

I already had a script to initiate the sync, but not to eject. I’ve tried to make one, and checked the itunes “dictionary” in the script editor countless times, but never saw the eject command.

So, today, I googled it.


The same place I found a script to sync — here, at Macworld’s OS X Hints site — in the same post no less (!!!), there’s a script to eject the phone.

To set this up, it’s simple.

First, open the AppleScript Editor application. Next, create two new script files, and paste each one of the scripts on this page into a new script.

Save them both in the Quicksilver Actions folder (by default: Home -> Library -> Application Support -> Quicksilver -> Actions). You can name one something like “itunes_sync” and the other “itunes_eject” — or whatever you can remember, as those are the scripts you’ll be calling in Quicksilver.

Next, rescan the Quicksilver catalog (if you just type “rescan” in Quicksilver, it will bring up the “Catalog Rescan” action for you to run), and your scripts will be ready to go.

Plug in your iphone, type the name of the sync script you created, and watch it go! Same for the eject.

You’ll probably want to change the score for an abbreviated form of the script’s name to call it — I have “it” set to call my sync script.


A succulent, from our garden.


Chris Sharma Nabs Two 5.15s in One Day | The Outside Blog

Chris Sharma Nabs Two 5.15s in One Day | The Outside Blog.

Amazing climber.

Chat Log: What It Looks Like When Hackers Sell Your Credit Card Online | Threat Level |

The seller in this deal is Max Butler, the subject of the book. A white hat hacker gone bad, Butler at this time was still finding his legs as a stolen credit card vendor, using the handle “Generous.” He’d recently cracked the point-of-sale system at a pizza restaurant in Vancouver, Washington, and he was looking for someone to buy the credit card “dumps” – magnetic stripe data, including account numbers – that he was stealing from customers.

via Chat Log: What It Looks Like When Hackers Sell Your Credit Card Online | Threat Level |

One Job I Wouldn’t Want

Good luck, new CISO of Sony.

Good luck.

No More Ramps?

Wither, ramps…

Over the last two decades, the lucrative market for ramps during their short early-spring season has drawn a horde of new diggers, who cart them out of the forest in unprecedented quantities. Some see the bounty as limitless, but Mr. Berdine is one of several botanists who think ramp frenzy may be taking a toll.

When Digging for Ramps Goes Too Deep –