Blogging with Curio

I’ve used Zengobi’s Curio for many years when I needed a visual system for managing projects and associated files. In a recent version, Curio gained a Journal feature. It’s fairly rudimentary compared to dedicated journal apps, but I recently started testing it as a way to create a sort of scrapbook each day. It works pretty well for that. I export a PDF of the day’s entry, print it, and put it in a binder....

May 9, 2022 · 202 words

Publishing portions of my Org-roam database

I’m trying something new. I’ve become a pretty heavy user of Org-roam for personal notes. I put nearly everything there now; technical notes, contact information, project notes, vendor info, etc. These notes are all nicely linked and backlinked and live in my main ~/org directory so I can easily find things right within Emacs. A portion of these notes might be useful to other people. So I’m exporting the shareable notes from Org-roam as Hugo-compatible Markdown files....

March 27, 2022 · 119 words

Aligning comments in Emacs

I want my per-line code comments to line up nicely, so I’ll often add a bunch of spaces by hand to make things just so. I realized that, being Emacs, there must be an easier way to handle this. Of course there is. Two minutes of searching revealed a short bit of lisp that does the job nicely: ;; Align comments in marked region ;; Via https://stackoverflow.com/a/20278032 (defun jab/align-comments (beginning end) "Align comments within marked region....

March 25, 2022 · 267 words

Configuring the org-download save directory

When I drag and drop an image into Emacs, I want the attached file to end up in ./img/YYYY/. This is how I tried configuring org-download in my setup (I use Doom Emacs): (setq org-download-method 'directory org-download-image-dir (concat "img/" (format-time-string "%Y") "/") org-download-image-org-width 600 org-download-heading-lvl 1) For some reason, org-download-method was being reset from 'directory to 'attach after loading, and this broke things. I thought maybe I needed to set the variables after org-download was loaded, so I did this:...

March 19, 2022 · 168 words

Plain text can’t save you if you lose the files

Derek Sivers suggests, in a much-linked-to post, that all your stuff should be in plain text files, and I (almost) agree with him. Most of my notes are in some form of plain text format, but not for the reasons Sivers lists. My notes are in plain text because I prefer editors that use plain text by default. I suggest you use the tools and formats that are most useful to you now....

March 5, 2022 · 325 words

Weight logging with Tinderbox

I kept a “daybook” using Tinderbox for years. I drifted away from Tinderbox for a few years after I became infatuated with Linux or iOS or other “cross-platform” systems. Right now, I’m back with a vengeance. While rebuilding my Daybook, I wanted to make logging my weight easier. It’s not like it was difficult, but I wanted to tweak it. Tinderbox is an outliner, so my weight entries are collected under a “Weight Log” node....

December 28, 2021 · 421 words