Staying on Track: Updates to mySelfQuantifier, Timing and Hook

In 2016, I published mySelfQuantifier — a time-tracking system that uses a spreadsheet, Timing app and TextExpander. I included videos about this system in Cognitive Productivity with macOS: 7 Principles for Getting Smarter with Knowledge. Since then, I’ve made some major improvements to it that I’d like to share here.

when you invoke Hook on a Timing project, you have full access to Hook's functions

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Keynote to Human’22 Workshop June 28

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I’m delighted to announce that I will be giving a keynote presentation to the 5th Workshop on Human Factors in Hypertext – #HUMAN22 on June 28, 2022. The title of my talk will be “Hypertext Applications of Integrative Design-Oriented Cognitive Science: A Framework for Cognitive Productivity“.

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The Devil’s Advocate: On the Potential Usefulness of Theistic Myths

On Feb 25 at a local humanist meeting I will give a brief talk The Devil’s Advocate: On the Utility of Theistic Concepts and Myths for Psychologically-minded Atheists, followed by a group discussion.
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Mental Perturbance and Insomnia in the Pandemic: Ideas and Strategies

Matt Galloway The Current

On Thursday, Dr. Elliot Kyung Lee, medical director of the Sleep Disorder Clinic at the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre, and I were interviewed by Matt Galloway on The Current (CBC National radio) regarding the pandemic, insomnia and mental perturbance. You can listen to the episode on this CBC page which also includes an article about the interview.

In this blog post, I’d like to elaborate on the concepts of mental perturbance and insomnolence that were discussed. I’d also like to put the sleep tips in context.

Preamble: Replacing worry with curiosity

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Around the Web: Hook, the Manifesto for Ubiquitous Linking and More

My colleagues and I at CogSci Apps have put a lot of work into our cognitive tools to help people do deep work with knowledge (Hook software, my Cognitive Productivity books and a forthcoming book.) I’ve also recently had the pleasure of collaborating with over 24 other knowledge workers (developers, professors and podcasters) towards the Manifesto for Ubiquitous Linking. It’s always gratifying to read about our work being discussed around the web. I’d like to single out a couple of pieces in particular.

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Announcing the Manifesto for Ubiquitous Linking: Professors, Developers, and Podcasters Unite for You to Be Able to Focus

Over 20 Mac app developers, professors and podcasters have jointly originated/signed The Manifesto for Ubiquitous Linking, which will be published on Dec 6, 2021 EST ! This is a very significant development for everyone who values being able to access information with hyperlinks on any device.

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Offline Dictation on iPhone: False or Vague Promises by the Manufacturer ?

Way back in early 2012, I argued in favor of the benefits of dictation. At that point, I was not yet using (the then-recently-released) Siri. I’ve been pretty happy with Siri in last few years, except for when Internet is unavailable. Apple recently claimed Siri dictation is no longer dependent on Internet. However, even with iOS 15.1.1 ( dictation enabled of course), I am often told “Something Went Wrong Please Try Again?” This tends to happen where Internet is choppy and only when I am dictating via a verbal command (“create a new note”). I can understand that Siri might try to use the Internet, fail and give up trying to create the note (though, really, why not go offline [“on device] all the time for mere dictation requests?) But to fail several times in a row is rather inconvenient.

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