Gabe Anzelini

September 19, 2012 at 1:45pm
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The mobile phone industry has is no shortage of impressive, whizbang features which sound great and make fun ads but which rarely get used by real people in their day-to-day lives.


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Evernote + nvAlt

EN + nvAlt

I love me some evernote. I love how it allows me to keep everything I want to remember whether it be a website, a pdf for an upcoming meeting, or code snippets in one place that is searchable from any of my macs or iOS devices.

I also love plain text and nvAlt and the speed at which it allows for dealing with said plain text.

The problem is that I don’t want to have to think about where I put a piece of information when I need it. I don’t even want to think, plain text, nvAlt, pdf, evernote. I just want to search. This is solvable with Spotlight on the mac but how about iOS?

Like I said I really enjoy the ubiquity of Evernote. I decided it would be nice to have all of my nvAlt notes in Evernote as well so I whipped up the following AppleScript to do just that. Using keyboard maestro, I have it run every hour while I am logged in.

August 29, 2012 at 3:14pm
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In a rails application: Open Counterpart in BBEdit

I recently begun using BBEdit for my coding needs. One of the needs I had was the ability to jump to my test code’s counter part. As I develop in Rails, paths are fairly easy to guess. In fact, I saw a video where a guy had written a script to figure this out and add a line to the top of the file indicating what that counterpart is. You can then use the built-in “Open Counterpart” command to jump to that file. I am not a fan of having to do two commands when one will do so here is my solution. I override the keyboard shortcut for “Open Counterpart” in Keyboard Maestro and it checks if that line is there and if it is it passes the keystroke along to BBEdit. If it is not, it generates it and then passes the key along. Also, I rewrote the script that generates the counterpart path just to keep it simpler, oh and I added the creation of the counterpart file before jumping to it.

Get the file contents

Decide whether to just jump to counterpart or to insert the mode-line and then jump.

August 6, 2012 at 1:38pm
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Get the direct link of a CloudApp link

I love CloudApp but I don’t like that they don’t copy a direct link by default. Here is my simple solution:

  1. Create a Keyboard Maestro shortcut (mine is ⌃⌥⌘c)
  2. Assign the clipboard to a variable (I called it CloudAppLink)
  3. Run the shell below and set it to “paste the result”

July 31, 2012 at 8:34pm
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The fallow ground of the poor would yield much food, but it is swept away through injustice.

— Proverbs 13:23

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Christian Calling

A friend of mine was relaying a conversation he had with another brother where he asked the question,

As Christians, where do we get our “mandate” to use government to tell people how to live there lives?

This is not an easy question for your typical right-wing christian, who’s honest with himself, to answer. The only mandate we have in scripture towards non-believers is to tell them about Christ1 and government mandates only add offense to the already offensive Gospel. 

Whether or not people’s lives change or not makes no difference. Without Christ we are lost. With Christ we are redeemed, renewed, and a new creation. Once that happens, then He will change our hearts and our actions will follow.

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keyboard maestro + quicktime player = better podcast listening


I find that, for me, most podcast hosts[^merlin] just talk too slow, so I set up a QuickTime Player shortcut in Keyboard Maestro to speed it up.


Something I love about listening to podcasts on iPhone is easily skipping forward or back 30 seconds. Again KM comes to the rescue:

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One Reason I Feel Secure With 1Password

We have been operating under the assumption that these sorts of tools already existed, even if they hadn’t been made publicly available.

Never mind the fact that they often write about their security, the folks at agilebits have actually posted about how John the Ripper is gunning for them. This is huge. Most companies, at best, stay quiet and, at worse, lie about such things.

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I found this after looking at the keyboards mentioned in the latest Build & Analyze.

July 30, 2012 at 7:36pm
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Automatic Footnotes For Scripture References

I am really enjoying composing blog posts on my iPad using writing kit. However, one of the challenges I am facing is when I want to reference a Biblical passage as a footnote. I find it cumbersome to format the footnote and create the footnote with the text and a link to the passage. I have now created a hazel rule on my Mac to watch for updated md files and to run a ruby script1 on them. The script does the following:

  • find existing footnotes
  • find scripture references ([^book chapter:verse]) that aren’t already in footnotes
  • look up the text on
  • create a footnote
  • append a footnotes file named “”

What I can then do, when I am all done with the post, is copy the footnotes from the footnotes file to the bottom of the post, delete the footnotes file, and, bob’s your uncle, scripture footnotes.