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I just finished catching up with Saga, the amazing, space operatic, well, saga of two star-crossed lovers and their efforts to keep themselves and their child safe in a dangerous and wildly imaginative universe.

Saga is created by Brian K. Vaughan (also the writer of the brilliant Y: The Last Man), and Fiona Staples, whose art I haven’t had the pleasure of encountering before, but omg is her work gorgeous, and published by Image Comics.

I’ve had it languishing on my iPad since the series started a couple of years ago and just never got round to reading it before now. I’m so glad I finally did! At the same time I hate that I did start it; Now that I’m all caught up I have to wait for single issues to arrive one by one. The antici….

It’s an incredible read. It’s realistic (yes, I know that sounds silly but the characters are so completely believable even when they are spirits or robots with TVs as heads), it’s laugh-out-loud funny at times, and tugs at your heartstrings at others. It’s also dirty, sexy, serious, and wonderful.

I can’t wait to find out what happens next!

Automation For OS X and iOS

A collection of articles I’ve found helpful.

OS X – Setup & Installation

Hacker’s Guide to Setting up Your Mac
A guide to setting up a new Mac quickly whilst leveraging the power of automation.

A packet manager for OS X

Homebrew Cask
Extends Homebrew allowing one to install apps.

OS X – Automator

Automator for Mac OS X: Tutorial and Examples
A tutorial covering some basic ways to use Automator.

Getting Started with JavaScript for Automation on Yosemite
Assumes working knowledge of JavaScript already.

OS X – Keyboard Maestro

A Beginner’s Guide to Automating Your Mac with Keyboard Maestro
Does what it says on the tin.

Keyboard Maestro I: Introduction
First in a series of tutorials meant for beginners.

iOS – Workflow

8 Reasons to Love the New Workflow App for iOS
Some Workflow basics.

Thought Asylum’s collection of Workflow Posts
Not just posts, but downloadable Workflows too.

iOS – Launch Center Pro

Automating iOS: A Comprehensive and Updated Guide to Launch Center Pro
A fantastic article on how to use Launch Center Pro

Launch Center Pro: An Adoption Strategy…
Not a how-to automate with LCP so much as a how-to force yourself to use LCP.

Quantified-Self: The Power Of Day One & Launch Center Pro**
Basics of using Day One and LCP together.

iOS – Day One

Day One / Templates
Tools and techniques to extend Day One. LCP, Workflow and TextExpander are all featured.

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It’s been a slow week this week, which is definitely a reflection on me rather than the Internet…


  • Rectify | Slow, deliberate, and highly enjoyable to watch the stories unfold.
  • What We Do In The Shadows | Funny, sweet and all about vampires. How could I not love it?



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Hazel Rules – Seamwork Magazine

I have subscribed to Seamwork Magazine since the beginning, but it wasn’t until yesterday I got fed up enough with downloading and renaming the various files each issue is comprised of to actually do something about it.

I made a couple of Hazel rules (in order. This is important!) in my Downloads watched folder, I’m sure I’ve either done it “wrong” or in a terribly clunky way, but it works and that will do for now.

So now all I have to do is download the magazine PDF or pattern zip file in question to my downloads folder and they are automagically unzipped, renamed, tagged and moved to the correct locations and any leftover folders are deleted.

The Downloads watched folder

Unzip Archives

Act on Seamwork Folder

Seamwork Patterns Rename, Tag & Move

Seamwork Magazine Rename, Tag & Move

Renaming pattern

I replaced as follows (quotes not included, merely to show spaces etc.):

“seamwork-” with “Seamwork ”

“-all-1127” with “ all”

“-content-1127” with “ content”

“-instructions-1127” with “ instructions”

“-wide-1127” with “ wide”

“-“ with “ – “

I also checked Title Case.

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My First Manatee

I couldn’t resist the newest DIYFluffies (manatee!) pattern, and bought it immediately. I love manatees and I love plushies, and I love DIYFluffies plushie patterns especially.

It came out a little wonky, but cute enough, and was absolutely easy enough for me to want to give it another try. This was the first time I tried attaching details like eyes, and nostrils with satin stitch and I think with some practice I can probably get them looking quite nice. Fabric is a cheap fleece blanket from IKEA which seems to be discontinued now, which is a pity since it’s pretty much the perfect manatee colour. Eyes are bits of felt from Stoff og Stil I cut into extremely wobbly circles.