How to use TaskPaper for GTD

I’ve shifted from Things to TaskPaper for a month and a half now, so I thought I’d share my setup and workflow. In this post I take a look at my new GTD workflow, using Clear by Realmac Software to capture tasks on mobile, and my current TaskPaper+TexExpander toolset.

Warning: This post has a lot of GIFs and might chew up your data plan.

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I Can Text You A Pile of Poo, But I Can’t Write My Name by Aditya Mukerjee | Model View Culture

Fascinating read via @jurvistan. It seems that the Internet is not as international as we thought it was.

The very first version of the Unicode standard did include Bengali. However, it left out a number of important characters. Until 2005, Unicode did not have one of the characters in the Bengali word for “suddenly”. Instead, people who wanted to write this everyday word had to combine three separate, unrelated characters. For English-speaking teenagers, combining characters in unexpected ways, like writing ‘w’ as ‘\/\/’, used to be a way of asserting technical literacy through “l33tspeak” – a shibboleth for nerds that derives its name from the word “elite”. But Bengalis were forced to make similar orthographic contortions just to write a simple email: ত + ্ + ‍ = ‍ৎ (the third character is the invisible “zero width joiner”).

Even today, I am forced to do this when writing my own name. My name is not only a common Indian name, but one of the top 1,000 names in the United States as well. But the final letter has still not been given its own Unicode character, so I have to use a substitute.

Design Chat: Junhan from Zopim

Junhan leads the design team at Zopim, and is also a co-founder at gothere.sg and FlightLover. I recently had the pleasure of chatting with him about his origin story, how he got involved with gothere.sg and how he ended up at Zopim (recently acquired by Zendesk). Oh, and we also geeked out a bit about iA Writer.

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Brunch with Marvin Sum

Born in Singapore and raised in New Zealand, Marvin Sum is an incredibly talented product designer I met a couple of years ago. At that time, he was an in-demand freelancer for startups in the Bay Area like Foodspotting (acquired by OpenTable). We organised Lean UX Week together, and he designed the website back in 2013.

He currently lives in the Bay Area and is a designer at Palantir. It’s a well-known startup in Palo Alto that builds software to solve some of the world’s hardest problems. Marvin was passing by Singapore this weekend and I managed to catch up with him for brunch at Chye Seng Huat Hardware.

We talked about the state of design today, mentoring younger designers, his imminent move to New York City, and everything in between.

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