A Shortcut to Post an Email with Buttondown

I wanted a system to publish an email newsletter just as easily as I could publish a blog post to my hosted micro.blog. My typical workflow for micro.blog is to either use drafts and an action I have there, or the sunlit app (for photos). So for publishing an email newsletter I wanted to use drafts as well. I’m not so well versed in making draft actions so I started with shortcuts on iOS which also lets me use different apps if I choose and can be added as a drafts action.

Download the shortcut

This is the shortcut. It’s fairly simple at the moment and requires you to change the “token” for your API token. It accepts text (markdown) but it asks you what you want the subject/tags to be when it runs (and lets you edit the body). I’m working on way to deal with that (a menu for the tags, one that a user would have to create. And the ability to identify the header in text and separate it when there is one.

If you want to improve it, please do and let me know.

Some days at work are better than others. Today was one of those “others”. Still, it’s great to be challenge and learning. Switching to working in a corporate office hasn’t been easy for me but I’m still glad I did.

YouTube Premium came to Poland…Instant subscribe.

Use things

Last week as I was getting changed from a workout at the gym, I moved my bag and heard a sudden thud. I winced as I knew exactly what had just dropped on the concrete, screen destroying floor. I saw my Apple Watch, watch face down.

I picked it up and saw no immediate signs of damage, but in better light saw a scratch and ding on one side.

I was a bit sad and wished that I had been a bit more careful with where I had put my watch but at the same time I accepted the damage. After all, if you use something it will always suffer some damage with use.

Accepting the wabi sabi of life

I try to accept this with everything I use. That even luxury items will and should see some damages as they are used. In fact, that damage is proof of the use. Without it, they aren’t properly being used.

I don’t see the point in buying a moleskine notebook and leaving it wrapped, or keep a cool T-shirt in a draw, never to see the light of day. **If I spend above the average price on something, I want to use it above the average amount **(or at least to the same degree).

This doesn’t mean I’m reckless, willing items to be destroyed but instead I accept the possibility and know that a scuff mark or broken screw shows I enjoyed using the item. Unworn items were bad purchases than never fulfilled their purpose.

Krakow 11/05/19

I just saw a YouTube ad for Pen and Tellers magic masterclass. It’s the first masterclass that actually looks like they’ll teach you how to do stuff and not just an interview with a creative person about their process (nothing against that, just not really what they advertise masterclass as). I’m kind of interested.

Rhodia web notebook thoughts. (now I’m 50% through) 1. The paper really is nice for fountain pens. 2. It’s a little heavier than I like. 3. I should have got the dot paper one. 4. I think I prefer Leuchttrum 1917s

My wife and I have been watching Star Trek discovery (season 1). My general not to so hot take is that it’s a pretty good sci-fi…but it doesn’t feel like a Star Trek series to me (the episode on Pahvo felt the most classic Trek to me).

When you see @rohdesign moving cards around in the Sketchnote Army Trello board 😀

Every time someone talks about quitting their day job or stopping doing the thing they are teaching (so they can teach) I think about this post on the ‘guru’ trap from @ben