Three great MindManager blogs

I've been doing mindmaps by hand for decades and I've been doing them
with MindManager for several years now. For me it was the first
software tool for mindmapping that came even close to the ease of doing
them by hand. These are all quality resources for anyone using mindmaps
as part of their knowledge work toolkit.

Three great MindManager blogs.
If you want to learn more about the many
things that you can do with MindManager, my favorite visual mapping tool,
be sure to add these three people to your RSS reader.

– MindJet's CTO

– has a terrific post
about using
MindManager on the TabletPC

– Co-author of ResultsManager
add-in for MindManager…
[Eric Mack On-Line]

Bonnie Nardi on the structure of invisible work

Lilia points to what looks to be an interesting piece on knowledge work
and visibility/invisibility. As she says, “more to read.”

And while I was searching for the right link for “It's just a matter of common sense”: Ethnography as invisible work by Diana Forsythe to add to my story I came across A web on the wind: The structure of invisible work by Bonnie Nardi and Yrjö Engeström, which is an editorial for the “invisible work” issue of Computer-Supported Cooperative Work.

Wonder how I could miss it – with all my interests in invisible work?

More to read 🙂

Advanced Bash Scripting Guide

If I ever get around to it, this might be useful

An in-depth exploration of the art of
shell scripting. A “must-have” guide for sys-admins, web-developers and
programmers working on Unix-like systems.

This tutorial assumes no
previous knowledge of scripting or programming, but progresses rapidly
toward an intermediate/advanced level of instruction . . . all the
while sneaking in little snippets of UNIX® wisdom and lore. It serves
as a textbook, a manual for self-study, and a reference and source of
knowledge on shell scripting techniques. The exercises and
heavily-commented examples invite active reader participation, under
the premise that the only way to really learn scripting is to write scripts.

Light blogging ahead – from snow to sand in 24 hours

One fringe benefit of living in Chicago is that one morning you can discover the following view outside your front door:

and 24 hours later be looking at the

We are now enjoying a bit of Spring Break in Kauai including my first ever opportunity to share a golf course with free
range chickens:

Given my general level of golf skills, this was an appropriate venue.

also have a high speed internet connection in the condo we are staying
in, although I expect blogging will take a back seat to sun
and sand.

SendToAny – send any file to any app

Here’s a cool little hack that extends the utility of the “Send To…” command on context menus in Windows.
SendToAny synchronizes your Start Menu to the Send
To… menu so you can send any file to any application, regardless of the file association you might have set up on your

So, if you want to open an RTF file in WordPad for example, rather than Word, you’d simply right click on the RTF file
and choose Send To… and navigate to WordPad in the Accessories menu.

This is really helpful on a Tablet PC when working with the pen as you can click-and-hold on any file, pop up the
context menu and open the files(s) in your preferred application.

SendToAny is donationware.

Mensa wordplay courtesy of John Dvorak

Courtesy of John Dvorak's blog. Some very clever wordplay.

Although I’ve never seen this printed in the Washinton Post it’s
called the The Washington Post Mensa Invitational. And once again it
supposedly asked readers to take any word from the dictionary, alter it
by adding, subtracting, or changing one letter, and supply a new
definition. The University of California Alumni Magazine does
somethihng similar to this every month, by the way, but has failed to
post it on the net for a decade. Maybe I’ll post a few of the better
ones myself.

Here are this year’s winners. None of them get through spellcheck.

1. Intaxication: Euphoria at getting a tax refund, which lasts until you realize it was your money to start with.

2. Reintarnation: Coming back to life as a hillbilly.

3. Bozone (n.): The substance surrounding stupid people that stops
bright ideas from penetrating. The bozone layer, unfortunately, shows
little sign of breaking down in the near future.

4. Foreploy: Any misrepresentation about yourself for the purpose of getting laid.

5. Cashtration (n.): The act of buying a house, which renders the subject financially impotent for an indefinite period.

6. Giraffiti: Vandalism spray-painted very, very high.

7. Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn’t get it.

8. Inoculatte: To take coffee intravenously when you are running late.

9. Hipatitis: Terminal coolness.

10. Osteopornosis: A degenerate disease. (This one got extra credit.)

Karmageddon: It’s like, when everybody is sending off these bad vibes,
right? And then, like, the Earth explodes and it’s like, a serious

12. Decafalon (n.): The grueling event of getting through the day consuming only things that are good for you.

13. Glibido: All talk and no action.

14. Dopeler effect: The tendency of stupid ideas to seem smarter when they come at you rapidly.

15. Arachnoleptic fit (n.): The frantic dance performed just after you’ve accidentally walked through a spider web.

16. Beelzebug (n.): Satan in the form of a mosquito, that gets into your bedroom at three in the morning and cannot be cast out.

17. Caterpallor (n.): The color you turn after finding half a worm in the fruit you’re eating.

And the pick of the literature:

18. Ignoranus: A person who’s both stupid and an asshole.

via B. Delaney