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.
I’m sipping three shots of coffee from my AeroPress this morning. I have a hunch it’ll be necessary.
I’ve enabled the unread count badge for Instapaper on my iPhone because I do my best to zero out my “queues”.
My current count is 201 unread items. Slowly, but surely, I whittle away. End of March, perhaps. :)
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.
I finally upgraded from Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3.6 to 5.7.1. While logged into my Adobe account, I saw that my telephone and postal mail options in Communication Preferences were checked. Bad form!
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
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