June 21, 2010

iOS 4 Folders for Context

I’ve written before about how much work it is to navigate a lot of apps on the iPhone. Today’s launch of iOS 4 brings us folders in Springboard which is a huge boon to the obsessively organized crowd. I can also report through early use that launching apps with search remains a faster way to get at apps, even with folders.

However, I’ve noticed one really interesting and unexpected side benefit of the folders. They work great to set up context. It makes sense to group apps in folders based on function, but try doing some on context. The reason this works well is a very minor design decision in iOS 4. Here is my folder for Reading.

What is interesting about this is that when you launch one of these apps and then return to Springboard the folder remains expanded. You have to press home again, or tap outside of the folder, to get back. This expansion allows you to focus on a context almost in a GTD way. You can expand the folder, launch in to one app, leave, launch into a related app, leave, go back. You could even see making contexts in tools like Omnifocus that map to folders of apps in iOS that you get that stuff done with. Nifty!

June 19, 2010

First CSA Box of the Season

As many know we try to support local, sustainable food production as much as possible. We’ve tried to do Community Support Agriculture (CSA) shares in the past and have never been terribly proud of our ability to use everything. Additionally, you need to find the right CSA for you and what you are looking for.

Now that we are in the city were only a mile away from Tangletown Gardens and we were pretty excited to find out that they are doing a CSA this year. I signed up right away for a half-share (Tammy’s wise direction to not go full share) and we picked up our first box today.

The first impression is great. The boxes were refrigerated until pickup, something none of our earlier CSAs have done. They have a nice 2-page printout of the package contents with suggestions, which is really helpful for me. And, they had a table full of freshly picked strawberries for sale in addition to the quart in the boxes. If you haven’t had a fresh picked, truly ripened strawberry in a while do yourself a favor and get some. Delicious.

June 11, 2010


Why isn’t it common to have a tunnel from your detached garage to the basement of your house?

Dear Diary
June 6, 2010


Big Green Egg Dear Diary
June 4, 2010

Normal State of Alertness

But a new study suggests that coffee doesn’t really give us caffeine fiends the jolt we think it does - it just returns us to a normal state of alertness after a night of withdrawal. — April Fulton


Coffee Dear Diary
May 27, 2010

Social Media iPhone Icons

Noticed this on my iPhone screen the other day.

What is it with the blue? These companies are supposed to be thought leaders but they can’t help but fall all over each other to have the most boring, bland and similar logos?

Where is the red? C’mon people. Make it at least seem interesting!