Batman’s Arch Villain that Turned Good
Joe and Joshua along discuss writing for the web, and so much more, with special guest Brett Terpstra!
Highlights and Show Notes
This week on the podcast, Joshua and Joe are joined by special guest Brett Terpstra to discuss his work, workflows, tools, projects, and more. How is Brett like one of Batman’s villains? What is the nickname that makes Joe upset? All of this and more in today’s episode of TechTonic.
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Show Notes & Links
Brett Terpstra’s website ~ Be sure to check out Brett’s projects for interesting tools that might be of real use to you.
Engadget ~ a technology blog network with daily coverage of technology, gadgets, and consumer electronics in general.
MoodBlast for Mac ~ “MoodBlast is a menubar/dock item (convertible) with a system-wide user-configurable hotkey that allows simultaneous posting of a “mood” to iChat, Skype, Adium, Twitter, Jaiku, Tumblr, Pownce and Facebook, or any combination of these services.”
TUAW (retired) ~ The Unofficial Apple Weblog covered tips, reviews, news, analysis, and opinions on everything Apple. Founded in 2004 and one of the most successful blogs from Weblogs, Inc., TUAW was shut down February 3, 2015.
Marked 2 app for Mac ~ “Marked is a previewer for Markdown files. Use it with your favorite text editor and it updates every time you save.”
nvALT for Mac ~ nvALT is a plain text note taking app for Mac. It started as a fork of Notational Velocity with some additional features and interface modifications, including MultiMarkdown functionality.
Notational Velocity ~ The app that started it all, at least for nvALT. Notational Velocity is ”is an attempt to loosen the mental blockages to recording information and to scrape away the tartar of convention that handicaps its retrieval.”
Markdown ~ Write content for the web in an easy to read syntax that’s easily convertible to HTML. John Gruber’s very own contribution to the web community is a power tool for amateurs and professionals. Most pages of TechTonic.fm are written with Markdown.
Mac Power Users, Episode 206: Brett Terpstra *drink* ~ David Sparks and Katie Floyd discuss with Brett his workflows, writing, text file management, Marked 2, automation, and delighting in great projects.
Brett’s Systematic podcast on ESN ~ Brett interviews guests and explores the the ideas around creative work and productivity.
Systematic, Special 1: The Origin of John Roderick ~ Guest John Roderick, in the unedited cut if you will, goes to great lengths to tell the story of how he became a professional musician.
Molly Holzschlag ~ She might need an introduction… Molly is an outspoken advocate for the Open Web. She’s written and collaborated on more than 35 books on web design and open standards, and been dubbed one of San Francisco Webgirls’ Top 25 Most Influential Women on the Web.
Systematic, Episode 137: Renaissance and The Human Element with Molly Holzschlag ~ This is the first installment of a Systematic series about Molly’s career and — in the process — the dawn and growth of the World Wide Web.
Christina Warren, co-host of Overtired ~ Senior Tech Analyst at Mashable, co-host of Rocket on Relay, co-host of Overtired on ESN, and lover of film.
Overtired, with Brett and Christina ~ A show about lifestyle, work, pop culture, and bunches of other stuff that keep Brett and Christina awake at night. Think of it at the ‘Afterdark’ to Systematic.
Apple wireless chiclet keyboard ~ This is the last generation of Apple’s keyboards before they added “Magic” to the name of the product.
Apple Magic Keyboard ~ The new Apple wireless keyboard with sturdier scissor mechanisms, larger keys, annoying arrow keys, and a built-in rechargeable battery.
BetterTouchTool app ~ It’s a fantastic utility that lets you add dozens of customized gestures to a Magic Mouse, Trackpad, and other peripherals.
CODE Mechanical Keyboards ~ Joe has one of the ultra-rare Cherry MX Clear mechanical keyboards. These switches are unique in the Cherry line because they combine solid actuation force with quiet, non-click activation, and a nice tactile bump on every keystroke.
Logitech diNovo Edge keyboard ~ This is where Brett’s keyboard obsession started. The diNovo Edge was one of the first rechargeable Bluetooth keyboards, and despite years of competition, nothing else has come close to matching its slim, stylish profile, comfortable typing, and media features.
ErgoDox Ergonomic Mechanical Keyboard Kit ~ “Imagine an ergonomic keyboard that’s so great, people would be willing to buy it in bits and pieces and solder it on their own. A mechanical keyboard, fully customizable to your needs.”
Matias Quiet Pro mechanical keyboard ~ Joe’s previous keyboard, the Quiet Pro lives up to its name. Very much a mechanical keyboard, but without a lot of umph behind the keys, they’re easier to press than you might expect and quiet so no one knows you’re using an old school device.
Das Keyboards ~ Beautiful keyboards that have a lot to offer, but not our favorites. Known for their “solid” feel, the distinctive clicky sound, and the glossy finishes.
Feel Better: The Benefits of a Keyboard Tray ~ A few thoughts on how trays feel better and offer better posture for extended computer work.
NextDesk Pulse ~ Named the best desk ever. This machine is quickly adjustable for your height, offering the best angle for typing. It’s also a handsome desk, in our nerdy opinions, so check it out.
Brett’s Minority Report Treadmill Desk ~ If you want to see how…well, just click on the link already.
Minority Report setup: video evidence ~ You’ll see the basic desk setup, the treadmill, and the primary LEAP gestures in action.
Leap Motion Controller ~ Seeing this is believing. Virtual reality and hand-waving to control your Mac is a thing. Good pictures here show how it works and what’s possible.
60 Mac Tips, Volume 1 ~ A few years older now but timeless because the system hasn’t changed that much, ‘60 Mac Tips’ is a carefully built list of tips and tricks to make you more efficient on your Mac. Authored by David Sparks and Brett Terpstra, the insights into OS X are golden.
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