Slimming World 22nd October 2007

Monday night’s meeting nearly got violent. Mr Scale and I were locked in battle. He wasn’t convinced by my pleas for mercy, my claims of having worked really hard to stick to plan all week. He wanted to give me a mediocre result for the week and if I wanted more, I had to fight for it. I was up and down on that damn thing so many times it looked like I had developed a sudden need to do step aerobics. Finally, after shedding a layer and nipping to the loo, he finally caved in… another 3lb gone! So, that’s a total loss of…

5st 13lb or 83lb or 37.6kg

One piddly pound away from another award. This one will put me a third of the way through my journey, and if I get there next week I’ll still be (almost) on track with my plan to string the ‘one stone a month’ losses out as long as possible. If I don’t get there next week, let me warn you all now, I will be emotional to say the least.

Portable Emacs-onna-Stick – USB Geekiness

I had quite a phase of using Emacs a while ago. One problem I hit was that I’d find a great trick for using it for PHP and JavaScript stuff at work, then forget to copy the stuff to home. Then, I found a nice code-folding trick at home, and forgot to copy that to work. Once I realised, I had to fiddle about working out what bits I needed to copy between the two installations to make everything work the same.

I’m back with Emacs now, and trying to use PlannerMode for basic ‘GTD stuff’. If I can’t take my lists to work with me, though, it’s a bit less convenient. It’s much easier to have access to the lists there than to have to email stuff to work that I need to do there, or to home that I need to do there.

GTD with Emacs PlannerMode

Latest Update: Removed PlannerLove – the site is sadly departed, and the domain has been bought by some domain squatters.

Sacha is currently writing the book on Emacs. When it comes out, it would seem rude for me to not buy a copy and read it. And she’s a small powerhouse of infectious enthusiasm, which will drag me back to Emacs. So, I’m giving up early and going back now. I know when I’m beaten. I’d just got myself nicely settled as a Vim user, too…


Recently, I’ve been trying out a new way of doing GTD, and it seems pretty good to me. In the end, it was Emacs I couldn’t cope with using, but if you get on with Emacs, this could be for you. Let’s start with a disclaimer this time, though…

  • This is one for the geeks.

It’s all based around using the Emacs text editor, which isn’t the easiest thing around to use, even just to edit a text file. It balances a couple of elisp programs on top of that, too, which let you do all sorts of clever things, using nothing but plain text. If you’re geek enough, though, and the idea of keeping everything in plain text appeals to you, this is one fast GTD system…

Slimming World 15th October 2007

This week saw the return of the delightful Saint Frankie and her lovely husband Paul, both looking more tanned than any resident of Britain should be in the middle of October. A fab time was had by both on their holidays, and it was lovely to see them again. The weight loss for this week was fairly mediocre at 1lb, but a loss is a loss, and takes my total up to…