May it be.

So let it go.  May it be.

The lyrics of Enya’s song “May it be”:

May it be an evening star
Shines down upon you
May it be when darkness falls
Your heart will be true
you walk a lonely road
Oh! How far you are from home

Mornie utúlië (darkness has come)
Believe and you will find your way
Mornie alantië (darkness has fallen)
A promise lives within you now

May it be the shadow’s call
Will fly away
May it be your journey on
To light the day
When the night is overcome
You may rise to find the sun

Mornie utúlië (darkness has come)
Believe and you will find your way
Mornie alantië (darkness has fallen)
A promise lives within you now

A promise lives within you now

Advantages of Karelia’s The Hit List (task management) over OmniFocus & Things

Screenshot of The Hit List

I am evaluating the task management applications for Mac for my personal use.  Mac OSX 10.10 operating system has nice Calendar and Reminders applications built in, but I am looking for a little bit sophisticated one.  I lean toward purchasing Karelia’s The Hit List for Mac because of my good experience with Karelia’s Sandvox website design application: easy to use, simple and adequate.

I think that putting the “to do” list in a simple visualized format will assist in getting the tasks done sooner.  I also believe that the software application should be easy to use, intuitive, beautiful and stable.  I find this forum discussion topic “What does The Hit List have over OmniFocus and Things?” informative; I thus quote a user’s comment that probably has addressed what I need to know in selecting The Hit List over other task management applications for Mac (or iPhone as well).  The discussion is on this web page http://www.karelia.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=4901.

I quote (Last edited by GerryMac (December 19, 2014 6:00 am):

“What does the Hit List have over OF [OmniFocus] AND Things”
You would have to merge the two of them to compete with THL. Things is great. It does exactly what it says on the tin and does it with style. It just does not have the power, subtasks and nested hierarchy being the biggest issue. OF, well it’s just ended up being a bit of a mess, no built-in workflow, questionable user-interface, hard to use, tasks get lost in a sea of il–defined perspectives……
THL has got what it takes to run a busy professional life: Here are my highlights:
Hierarchical Structure (Missing in Things)
Actual time and timer (Missing Things and OF)
*Card View (Missing in things and OF)
*Multiple tags (Missing in OF)
*Multiple contexts (Missing in OF and Things)
Built-in workflow (Missing in OF)
*Smart Folders (Missing in Things and much better than OF perspectives)
Visually nice, interesting to work with.
(The starred items are what make THL special for me)
I’ve been using it for about a month now, managing a busy software development dept. It has replaced several tools I used before.
I think the best thing I can say is that it is very fluid, in that it adopts very quickly to my increased demand for extra granularity as
I being to trust it more..

Top 15 Apple Watch apps per Apple

I enjoy seeing the beautifully made Apple products including the recent released Apple watches (available in three versions: Watch, Watch Sport, Watch Edition).  I don’t plan to have an Apple watch soon because I’ve had two adequately waterproof quartz watches for my ocean swimming need.  I, however, always want to learn how people are to use their Apple watch; and learning what applications for Apple watch are popular is one way to learn about it.  I find this article “The Top 15 Apple Watch apps — according to Apple” by Sead Fadilpašić a great quick read, so I copy the entire article here as a reference.  The web page is on http://betanews.com/2015/04/27/the-top-15-apple-watch-apps-according-to-apple/.

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When the Apple Watch hit the stores last Friday, the Watch App Store opened its virtual doors to everyone in possession of the fabled wearable device.

The store already has some 3,000 apps available for download, but the Cupertino company narrowed the choice down to a handful of apps it believes are a must-have at this point.

BuzzFeed News published the list just as the Apple Watch App Store opened for the first time. As you will see in the list below, many of the apps are popular social media apps we already use, while others are fitness-oriented, taking advantage of the Watch’s health-tracking features.

So, without further ado, here’s what Apple thinks you should have:

1. Target

The Target app allows you to create a shopping list on your wrist.

2. Instagram

Browse your favorite vintage-looking cat pics right from your watch.

3. Twitter

Read all the irrelevant Twitter posts faster than ever before.

4. Citymapper

If you want to go from point A to point B and do it fast, Citymapper is for you.

5. Strava

Strava is an app for all the sport freaks out there.

6. Dark Sky
Why look at the sky to check the weather when you can look at your fancy new phone?

7. NY Times
Read the latest on ISIS, Ukraine, North Korea and other things you really don’t want to know.

8. Pacemaker DJ
It’s like an auto song-mixer which mixes and plays songs from your iPad.

9. Lifesum
An app which sends you reminders when you should eat and drink. I didn’t know I needed this.

10. Mint Personal Finance
Let Apple handle your finances when you’re not able to control your impulse buying.

11. Elevate
An app to help you train your focus, memory, speaking abilities and stuff like that. Fairly useful.

12. Fitstar Yoga
Control your yoga sessions from your wrist.

13. Golfshot
It’s a golf course management app. You know, for when you play golf. You don’t play golf? Oh, my!

14. Centered
An app to help you schedule your meditation sessions.

15. Yelp
Find the closest (and best) restaurants.

The Apple store is my dream store; see this video.

I was wondering whether I could bring my Rottweiler into the Apple store inside the UTC Mall in San Diego; so I’ve found the following quoted video.  I can say that Apple store has become one of my dream stores after seeing this video.

http://osxdaily.com/2011/07/26/things-allowed-in-apple-stores-dates-dogs-darth-vader-goats-pizza-deliveries-video/

The hidden reason for poverty in the world

While I was having lunch and tuned to the free TED recordings from the internet connection, I stumbled into this recording; I was reminded to have this compassion to address this hidden reason for poverty in the world.  I quote the introduction in the following and the web link here: 

I quote:

Collective compassion has meant an overall decrease in global poverty since the 1980s, says civil rights lawyer Gary Haugen. Yet for all the world’s aid money, there’s a pervasive hidden problem keeping poverty alive. Haugen reveals the dark underlying cause we must recognize and act on now.

A flower on a local Black Mountain trail near Rancho Penasquitos, San Diego

So I find this flower while hiking with my Rottweiler dog on a local trail called Black Mountain trail from Black Mountain Open Space Park: http://www.sandiego.gov/park-and-recreation/parks/osp/blackmtn/

A flower, April 11, 2015, on the Black Mountain trail from Black Mountain Open Space Park, Rancho Penasquitos, San Diego, California

A flower, April 11, 2015, on the Black Mountain trail from Black Mountain Open Space Park, Rancho Penasquitos, San Diego, California