Send a paper reading task to Things

If you use Papers to manage your PDF library and Cultured Code’s Things to manage your todo list, you might find the following useful. I created a Keyboard Maestro macro that allows you to select a paper and add it to your todo list in Things. Enjoy!

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Sublime Text for universal text entry

When I am composing text, I love being able to use my favorite keyboard shortcuts, syntax highlighting, etc. regardless of the application. With the inspiration from Patrick Welker over at RocketInk, I created a new Keyboard Maestro macro that allows me to use Sublime Text 2 to compose text for …


Searching Flybase with Alfred

Just want to share a quick tip today for speeding up a site-specific search I use all the time. As a fly geneticist, I find myself constantly searching the Drosophila community resource Flybase for specific genes, transgenic stocks, and references. By leveraging the power of custom searches in my application …


Fun with regular expressions

If you have every done anything with regular expressions you know what I am feeling now. They have this weird way of inducing giddiness in a fully grown nerd-man. Even when the task at hand is incredibly mundane, regular expressions can make you feel like Superman. Oh, the power!

I …


Creating a custom url scheme via AppleScript and Python

I wrote recently about my somewhat obsessive notetaking strategies that include a personal wiki and summary pages for each of the scientific articles I read. Well, if you thought that was crazy, please avert your eyes because things are about to get geeky.

My frustration began when I wanted the …


An academic notetaking workflow

As an scientist, I read lots of journal articles in the form of PDF files. I wrote recently about how I find papers related to my field of interest (i.e., sensory neurobiology in insects) and I thought it would also be fun to write a bit more about the …


Cleaning up the “Open with” menu

If you are someone who regularly right-clicks on files and uses the “Open with” command to open them in anything other than the default app, you will be happy to know what I am about to tell you. You may have noticed a lot of weird duplicate listings in the …


Setting up Dropbox on a remote host

In the “news to me” column, Dropbox1 apparently has a command line interface. Although that may not sound cool at first, let me tell you what I have done with it. Inspired by Macdrifter, I have recently been fiddling with the static site generator Pelican. This site, meager as …


Staying afloat

Staying on top of new research developments is a very important aspect of survival in academia. For most of us, this means we can never read enough papers. I am not sure if it is fortunate or unfortunate, but there are so many new papers being published everyday, keeping up …