The search for a better todo list

I had been using Trelo for my todo list for a while now.  After hearing CCP Grey talk about OmniFocus on his podcast, I wanted to give it a try.  It’s Mac only though, so I spent a couple days trying to get a virtual hackintosh up and running, which made me remember why I hate Macs so much.  That’s another store for another day though.

I came across MyLifeOrganized, which seemed awesome at first, and spent two days transferring everything from Trello into it.  As far as desktop apps go, it was pretty good.  Not exactly what I wanted but good enough, better than Trello for a GTD system anyway.  The trouble came when trying to sync it with phone apps…. it was the height of palm pilot technology.  You can only sync to one device and you have to kick it off manually, or pay for a fairly expensive cloud sync.  The app isn’t cheap either at $50, and then you have to pay $25 for the mobile app, plus the monthly cloud service to make it all work.  Way too expensive.

I tried some cloud services… IQ-something, Zen-something, and some other web2.0-ish names, that try to implement GTD by far too simple or far too complicated methods.  All I really need were an inbox, projects, and recurring tasks that don’t still show up as a current task if they’ve already been completed today.  Task ordering and next task by project would have been nice but it turns out that’s rather difficult to find.  And it had to be reasonably priced, which is another thing that’s difficult to find in a GTD tool (I guess the thought is that people who use them are manager types and can be gouged).

I settled on Todoist.  It’s cheap at $2.50/mo (cheaper than MLO’s cloud sync alone), the apps are free (and available on every platform), has a really good filter system, plus gamification in its karma feature.  The only thing it’s missing is a project next task feature, but it’s pretty fast to manually set a few tasks as high priority and include them into the dashboard.  It might even force me to think about my day more, so it might turn out to be a plus.

I’m actually kicking some butt, ticking off at least a dozen things from my todo list a day (and only adding about 10), so by the end of summer I might actually be caught up ;).

Salmon Stew Recipe

I get asked about (ok ok I talk about uninvited) my salmon stew recipe often, so here it is.  It’s super healthy, super tasty, and super easy to make.

1 tbsp olive oil
3 mixed peppers, deseeded and sliced
1 large onion, thinly sliced
1# baby potatoes, unpeeled and halved
2 tsp smoked paprika
2-3 garlic cloves, sliced
2 tsp dried thyme
14 oz can chopped tomatoes (or 28 oz if you prefer)
4 salmon fillets
1. Heat the oil in a large pan and add the peppers, onion and potatoes. Cook, stirring regularly for 5-8 mins until golden.
2. Add the paprika, garlic, thyme and tomatoes. Bring to the boil, stir and cover, then turn down heat and simmer for 12 mins.  (Add a splash of water if the sauce becomes too thick.)
3. Season the stew and lay the salmon on top, skin side down. Place the lid back on and simmer for another 8 mins until the salmon is cooked through.

 

Shortest Horror Stories

I was taking a… constitutional… at work the other day, and I was reminded of something I heard several years ago.  The “World’s Shortest Horror Story”.  It was a competition to see who could come up with the scariest story in 5 words or less.  The winner was

Home alone, toilet seat’s warm.

Which gets creepier and creepier the more you think about it.  That also led me to think that, depending on your imagination, there are shorter stories that can be a lot scarier.  Maybe even a one word story?

No.

That’s pretty frightening depending on the thoughts that are swimming around in your head at the time. What did you ask for? Why was it rejected?  What are the ramifications?

But what could be even more frightening?

Yes.

This plays into the “be careful what you wish for, you might just get it” narrative.  What did you ask for? Did you really mean it?  Did you think of all the things that could go wrong?

But… Could there be an even shorter short story?  How about:

!

As in “Dude!” or “Woah!” or just the look on your face when making those exclamations.  Did the aliens just arrive? Did your dog just chase an unseen someone off your yard?

But the scariest, shortest story I can think of is:

?

Mouth agape, struggling to comprehend what’s in front of you.  “Why are you here?” or “How did you know?”  Those are the scariest stories I can think of.  But that’s probably because I’ve seen too many movies.