Inside the Barista Class

Fantastic post from Molly Osbert at The Awl (via Longreads):

As any barista will tell you, switching coffee shops isn’t hard. The job really only involves somewhere between six and eight discrete physical motions.

Learning a new job is simply a matter of reorienting your muscle memory to recognize a different set of tools […] Professional development is really about figuring out how to perform these six-to-eight movements at an ever-increasing pace, perhaps with some degree of style.

While the “six-to-eight movements” portion isn’t relevant everywhere, these highlights are great to remember when you’re starting with anything: photography, productivity, WordPress, or even card magic. :)

Beautiful nuances in your methods will emerge throughout your progress. Build your speed slowly, and the rest—including speed and flourishes—will follow.

SuperDuper, I choose YOU!

I never used my Time Machine backups since I started using it for my Mac in 2012 (two MacBook Air laptops ago). Today, I finally chose to wipe it fresh and stick with SuperDuper alone to free up that space on my external hard drive. (In other words, ditching the previous versions of files.) I’ll stick with a daily regimen of using Smart Update from this point forward.

Context: OS X clean install completed

Glad Cloak VPN doesn’t leak my IP address

A couple of days ago, Alan Henry posted on Lifehacker, “How to See If Your VPN Is Leaking Your IP Address (and How to Stop It)“. I’m happy to say Cloak VPN passes.1


  1. I’m subscribed to the Mini Plan (5 GB/month) for $2.99, and automatically enable Cloak when away from home because Verizon Wireless injects perma-cookies to track mobile customers

Rad Lightroom tip: Delete old catalog backups

Scott Kelby posted a great tip on Lightroom Killer Tips a couple of days ago:

Go to your backups folder and delete the ones that are more than a couple of weeks old and free up all that extra space.

Yikes. I’ve had backups since 2012, so I didn’t hesitate to delete all but the last two, and freed up 3.3 GB of hard drive space in the process. I dig it!