QuickNote: The Beauty of Automattic’s  Free CloudUp Service folks: didcha know? → The Automattic (parent of WordPress) family includes A CloudUp sign-up provides up 200gb of free space. In other words, free upload of roughly 1000 files. A ShortCode-style link (plain text link on a line by itself, no spaces before or after the link; NOT a hyperlink) embeds the file. It’s a hassle-free mechanism to  present a file, e.g.  easy scrollable reading of a PDF, directly on your site. 

Cloudup is one interesting service from Automattic which offers a simple way to capture screenshot with a shortlink. You can also upload images, videos, music, pdfs, etc. and quickly convert…

Source: Share images and files using CloudUp – Carl Alberto


QuickNote: Work from Home? “Forest therapy” = your BFF

When you work from home and Love your work, it’s too easy to find yourself indoors for days at a time. If that statement hits a nerve (guilty!), adopt a new habit → schedule Out & About time. One word: crucial!

In another study, researchers found a decrease in both heart rate and levels of cortisol in subjects in the forest when compared to those in the city. “Stressful states can be relieved by forest therapy,” they concluded.

Source: Business Insider
11 Reasons You Should Go Outside


QuickNote: Law: Taping Telephone Conversations

D.C.-based discussions of late concern telephone call taping. Curious, I searched for a summary of governing law, including state and federal mandates. The American Association of Physicians and Surgeons gifts the answer, in one-page comprehensive form. I added it to my cuz ya nevah know Bookmarks category. You may want to do the same.

This chart sets forth the applicable law regarding whether telephone conversations may be lawfully recorded. Remember that unless the caller and the called party are in the same state – then only that state’s law would apply – the interstate call actually implicates three bodies of law, federal law, the law of the calling-party’s state, and the law of the called-party’s state.

Summary of Consent Requirements for Taping Telephone Conversations


QuickNote: Football— Today’s AMA Report: 110 out of 111 brains = CTE


The most recent AMA report: the study of 110 out of 111 brains of former football players revealed the presence of CTE, chronic traumatic encephalopathy.

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QuickNote: iOS Writers: New $7 Universal App, Free Now

The app, Eddie, sparked my interest last month. The lack of any reviews, combined with the price tag, instigated my request for a price drop alert from That alert arrived within this hour.

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QuickNote: Want an A5 Tomoe River Bullet Journal?: ✓ “Breeze”

The new Tomoe River BREEZE A5 notebook sits poised to capture THE “Bullet Journal Tool” award:

  • 183 numbered pages
  • index pages
  • 68gsm, killing the 52gsm’s mild shadowing irritant
  • 5mm dots.

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Do-Nothing Days Can Indeed Be Productive

I always forget how important the empty days are, how important it may be sometimes not to expect to produce anything.~ MAY SARTON

I can think of no one and no thing beyond the need for maintenance. Yet we sometimes push ourselves past the bounds of reasonableness, in an apparent belief that keeping our nose to the grindstone gets us to “the goal” quicker. But like the figure-8 driver, weaving in and out of traffic in a manic quest to “get there,” that “there” may materialize in the form of a hospital bed … or worse.
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HeadsUp: Jawbone Poised for Its “Bye Felicia!” Moment, Permanently

Rats! For about 2 years, I’ve relied on the UP2 for no-fuss sleep tracking, with the stats auto-tossed to my Fitness cal daily via IFTTT. Time to find a replacement, which I’ll save in my Amazon cart. With luck, the 11th’s Amazon Prime Day will smile on my selection.

Just two years ago, the consumer electronics startup was valued at $3 billion. Here’s what went wrong.

Source: Jawbone, Once Valued at $3 Billion, Is Going Out of Business. Here’s What Went Wrong |


Heads Up: $43 Mac DayOne app: free

Just noticed while in the store.


Intriguing First: Chicago: No Job, No Acceptance Letter = No High School Graduation

Scheduled to become effective a mere three years down the road, Chicago’s new future-plans requirement intrigues. My Q: ? a sufficient number of counselors to assist students with their future-planning chores ?

To graduate from a public high school in Chicago, students will soon have to meet a new and unusual requirement: They must show that they’ve secured a job or received a letter of acceptance to college, a trade apprenticeship, a gap year program or the military.

Source: Chicago won’t allow high school students to graduate without a plan for the future – The Washington Post