Mimsy Were the Borogoves

Book Reviews: From political histories to bad comics, to bad comics of political histories. And the occasional rant about fiction and writing.

42 Astoundingly Useful Scripts and Automations for the Macintosh

Work faster and more reliably. Use Perl, Python, AppleScript, Swift, and Automator to automate the drudgery of computer use. Add actions to the services menu and the menu bar, and create drag-and-drop apps.

Use simple scripts and make your Macintosh play music, roll dice, and talk to you. Create ASCII art from your photos. There’s a script for all of that in my new book, 42 Astoundingly Useful Scripts and Automations for the Macintosh.

Eucalyptus now available

Jerry Stratton, May 24, 2009

It took a personal call from an Apple representative, but the “problem” with Eucalyptus being rejected has been solved; whether this will make any difference in the future, though, we’ll see.

For the moment, I’m very happy. The app looks as useful on my iPod Touch as it did in the video, and I have now queued up My Man Jeeves, Frankenstein, Erewhon Revisited, and Chrome Yellow for reading.

In response to Apple censors Kama Sutra: Apple denied the beautiful e-reader Eucalyptus because it lets you search the web and find classics works of pornography… like the Kama Sutra. They’ve rejected the app because… you might use it to read Victorian porn.