Schooled by a barista

Sometimes life lessons come at you from unexpected places.  This time it was at Sunday at church but before the service, I was in the courtyard getting my morning caffeine fix from the full-service coffee bar (yes, this church can afford two of those which might makes an interesting post on its own, but I digress).  When it’s my turn, I lazily ordered “yeah, just give me what that dude in front of me had”.  The barista stopped me :

“I can give you that but you should know, you can really have exactly what you want.  It makes no difference to me since I get paid the same anyway and they paid me pretty well for this.  So, let me ask you again.  Do you really want what he had?”

I turned a little red but smiling: “OK, you’re right.  I want a mochacino”

He confided “I’ve been doing this for more than 15 years and most people don’t want what the people in front of them had.  just how people are.  I know you’re trying to make it easy for me but don’t worry about that.  I’m happy to be here to provide what you really want.  Thanks for coming by.”

I also thank him, for more than just a mocha.

Trying out PixelPumper for offline blogging

I don’t like the WordPress online editing flow.  Too many steps to upload images, taggings, etc.  These steps put more friction into the blogging process which is already hard to get started as it is.  I was on Windows and the Windows Live Writer is great.  Now I’m on Mac, and it’s hard to find the equivalent.  My latest attempt is PixelPumper, which seems promising.  I need it to :

  • allows update to blogs
  • easy management of photos.  I should be able to just drop a photo into my post and it should stay roughly where it is on live website.
  • quick to set categories and tags
  • nice to have : hotkeys for common tasks
hmm…doesn’t seem to have:
  • sub-bullets

Blogging workflow with Evernote, WordPress, and Zapier

Since I’m very familiar with Evernote and WordPress, I was looking for a way to leverage the easy editing and backup features of Evernote to update my blogs.  I was hoping Zapier provides that bridge.  Unfortunately, Zapier only publish new Evernote notes on WP.   I need updates to sync between the two apps also.  Until that happens, this avenue is a dead-end.

Hello world!

We apologize for all this mess.  We’re upgrading this site and will be back as soon as our web dev wake up from his drunken stupor to actually do some work.  Just kidding, we’ve got him locked up until this site is sort of done.  Thanks for your patience and understanding and, please, stay tuned!