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Introducing IFTTT’s New Data Access Project

Today’s eMail brings news of a new IFTTT.com feature: the Data Access Project. Public / government data, created by workers paid by our tax dollars, stands ready for our ultra convenient manipulation. Quick example: you’re planning a trip outside the U.S.; you can now arrange receipt of travel alerts via SMS.

We want to bring you closer to the institutions and agencies that impact your life. So we’re launching over thirty new services today. Learn the details, and why it’s just the beginning of our new project.


Exploring the new offerings cries out for a high spot on your ToDo list.

Source: Introducing the Data Access Project

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QuickNote: Alexa embraces reminders + named timers

And thus dies another app, as I move Pomodoro timing to Alexa, with related summaries populating part of my Bullet Journal tracker. Note: research confirms →  the reminder is tied to the device used to set the reminder.

One of Alexa’s more practical, everyday uses is setting timers – helpful when cooking, remembering to perform some task, or alerting kids it’s bedtime, among other things. Today, Amazon is improving its timers by allowing users to name their different ones. This will make it easier to use multiple timers simultaneously, Amazon says.

Plus, since many Alexa customers were already using the timer feature to set reminders, Amazon is now formalizing that use case by allowing you to ask Alexa to “remind me” instead of “set a timer.”

Source: TechCrunch

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Writer? Enable Alexa My Thesaurus Skill

Plucked an item off my Someday/Maybe list, then went hunting through the Alexa app. Turns out, there are several new skills claiming to play synonym king. Most lie. This one nailed my request, “…another word for travel.” Girlfriend showed off, announcing she had 13 total. As she rattled off each, my grin grew wider. It’s Mikey time, y’all: “try it, you’ll like it!” 🤗

My Thesaurus helps you find synonyms for words

Source: My Thesaurus – Alexa Skills Store

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Pens. Refills: Who Dates Whom?

Trying to figure out if xyz refill will fit abc pen? Suggestion: visit JetPens, & enter the name of the pen in the search box. When you get to the pen’s description page, tap the Compatible Products link. Should provide the answer you seek.

Source: Pens – JetPens.com

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Reduce stress and anxiety with a pen and this simple neuroscience-backed trick 

The next time painful or stressful feelings threaten to overwhelm you, here is what you do: get something to write with. Get something to write on. Write down a word that describes the emotion you’re experiencing. It doesn’t have to be comprehensive. Just a word or two will do.

Source: Reduce stress and anxiety with a pen and this simple neuroscience-backed trick — Quartz

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BookJigs 50% Sale

Courtesy Alert: BookJigs = fab clipOn ribbon bookmarks. Bumped into a sale this morning at the creator’s site. $6 → $3. Perfect for notebooks and journals, especially re bullet journals. The ribbon itself is sufficiently long to handle just about any vertical-length book you toss at it.

 https://franklin-mill.com/collections/bookjigs-bookmarks?page=2  Scroll down on page 2 (of 2) to see the handful on sale. PayPal, CC, and I think I glimpsed Apple Pay. S/H = a flat $5.99 (to NC). BookJigs have proven so handy I stocked up. 🤗

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Auto-Tracking Blog Posts

Short & sweet:

Last week, I mentioned a new channel in IFTTT → the iOS Calendar. Google Calendar served my tracking needs until iOS muscled its way into the automation ‘hood. With gCal, one calendar served as receptacle for any and all IFTTT applets. With iOS Cal, organizing bliss blossoms thanks to the ability to select a calendar per applet.

Examples:

  • Tweet → iOS Cal: SM.Twitter
  • FaceBook status, photo, etc → SM.FaceBook
  • Pinterest pins → SM.Pinterest
  • Completed ToDoist/ iOS Reminders → Accomplished

Provided an IFTTT channel exists for the app you want to automate, the possibilities astound. Tracking, productivity’s BFF.

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Gratitude Journal 04.02

* folks comprehending the true meaning of “friend” & “my word.” (Spoiler Alert: ain’t got diddly to do with a “like” button)

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iOS Cal, App Store: Now Live on IFTTT 

Quick courtesy FYI: The big thrill here →  the new iOS Cal channel, unlike the gCal channel, permits targeting a specific calendar per applet/recipe, profoundly helpful for multiple tracking scenarios. Where there is (automated) tracking, there is enhanced accountability, the linchpin of consistent productivity! Examples, as each item is checkmarked as done:

  • Task / iOS Reminders Work list (or ToDoist/ToodleDo) → iOS Work Done cal
  • iOS Reminders Reading List → iOS Read It cal (wih option to add related notes later)
  • iOS Location channel → in/out times tossed to iOS Out & About cal

IFTTT’s iOS Channel: https://ifttt.com/ios_calendar

Apple’s pre-made applets (some reflected below) are cool, but the true power lies in creating an applet from scratch. If you’re an IFTTT novice, know the system will walk you through the creation steps. Def worth your time.