Nappy time with Binaural for iOS

Binaural works well.

Binaural beats can help you relax, meditate, sleep, or even concentrate.

Binaural is the simplest, easiest to use binaural beats generator. Just pick a frequency, hit play, and it’ll do the rest.

I took a short break before a final hour of work this afternoon. Selecting an alpha frequency and medium rain setting, I placed headphones on my ears, sat in our comfortable bamboo rattan chair (which can lean back and rock a bit), and passed out within a few moments for fifteen minutes.1 After the noise stopped, I woke up and felt refreshed. Incredible, and free. Give it a try.

Aside: I wrote this post a few months ago.


  1. I used the built–in timer in the Clock app. For the option When Timer Ends, choose “Stop Playing”. Binaural also has a timer if you buy the IAP for $2.99. I wrote this before the feature was added on November 12, 2014. 

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