Making Space

I’ve started a new practice to help with my productivity and clarity of thought. First a little background.

Like many I’m most productive first thing in the morning. My routine is simple: wake up, meditate, coffee, write or code, and finally news & breakfast. I’ve found sometimes if I’m not inspired to write or code I’ll jump straight into news & breakfast.

To counter this I’ve begun to reverse the cycle using a specific tactic. Now if I ever decide to skip the creative part of my morning, I’ll instead begin the consumption cycle by removing sources from it. Delete a feed, unfollow a user, unsubscribe from an email list.

There’s a wonderful cumulative effect at work here. Day after day the more distractions I remove, the more space I find in my head for creativity and free thinking. The next time you feel distracted don’t look for ways to fight through it. Instead look for ways to remove the distractions from your life once and for all.

The Easy Route

If you feel you’ve reached an impasse, remember that often you can overcome irrationality with creativity.

I wrote this down one night after putting the kids to bed. It reminds me that in a disagreement digging your heels into the ground is always the easiest route you can to take. It’s often the most stressful too. Sometimes it’s the foresight to take things in a different direction that’s the sign of strength.

Subsonic desktop client for Mac OSX

I’m a fan of streaming music services for simplicity and convenience. subsonic-icns-sourceOn the other hand when I really want to sit down and listen to my favorite albums I prefer high quality .flac streaming from a Subsonic server. The mobile apps for Subsonic are outstanding, with my personal favorite being DSub for Android.

The one thing I’ve been searching for high and low is a solid desktop client for OSX to listen while I’m on my laptop. I’ve tried them all Clementine, Submariner, Subair and Thumper. All of these clients are either broken and no longer supported, or they are unable to stream .flac files. Inevitably I end up back using the official web client – which I dont’t mind using but the problem is I hate running my media player in a browser tab. You can’t quickly alt-tab to it, use keyboard shortcuts, or easily swap windows in a desktop manager.

I decided to sit down this weekend and work on turning the web client into a Mac OSX desktop client using Fluid. While the solution is not a perfect replacement for a native client, sub-fluid-screenit’s providing me the best Subsonic desktop experience I’ve had since I started using the platform two years ago. The app runs in a standalone container with a sharp looking dock icon along with shortcuts for the essentials; Next, Previous, and Play/Pause. To help any others out there searching for a similar solution I’ve shared the scripts and assets on GitHub.

Hope you find it useful. Let me know if you want to see any additions or changes.

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