Archive for the ‘Ideas and opinions’ Category


My Checkvist custom CSS

15 December, 2010

For Firefox. Puts due dates on the left of the task instead of the right, makes it smaller and feint. Makes tags smaller and feint. Makes the custom CSS box larger.

li.task div.coreDiv span.dueDate {
float: left;
margin: 0 5px 0 0;
border-color: #CCC;
color: #AAA;
padding-top: 0.15em;
font-size: 70%
li.task div.coreDiv span.dueDate.overdue {
border-color: #6D1249;
color: white
li.task div.coreDiv span.tag {
font-size: 70%;
opacity: 0.5
#theme_custom_css {
width: 90%

If Checkvist implement my request to put tags into the task item class attribute then I’ll add more CSS to style tasks according to what they’re tagged with, and then probably hide those tags too. For example a task tagged as ‘important’ can be styled in red. I know you can just set task colours but it’s limited and you can’t run a search for coloured tasks whereas you can filter for tags.

UPDATED: I now have a Greasemonkey script that does what the above feature request would do – although not as well as it will if/when supported natively.

My CSS is now:

li.task div.coreDiv span.dueDate{float:left;margin:0 5px 0 0;border-color:#CCC;color: #AAA;padding-top:0.15em;font-size: 70%}
li.task div.coreDiv span.dueDate.overdue{border-color: #6D1249;color: white}
li.task div.coreDiv span.tag{font-size:70%;opacity:0.5}
.taggedUrgent {color:#b21414}
.taggedImportant {font-weight:bold}
.taggedWaiting {color:#6984d0}
.taggedWaiting span.node_text a,
.taggedWaiting span.node_text a:visited {color:#6984d0}
.taggedDelay {color:#ccc}
.taggedDelay span.node_text a,
.taggedDelay span.node_text a:visited {color:#ccc}
.normalTaggedDelay .taggedDelay,
.normalTaggedDelay .taggedDelay span.node_text a,
.normalTaggedDelay .taggedDelay span.node_text a:visited {color:#000}
li.task div.coreDiv.taggedDelay span.dueDate {border:none;float:none;background:none;color:#ccc}
.taggedDelay span.dueDate:before {content: "Don't start till ";}
.taggedUrgent span.tagClass_5,
.taggedImportant span.tagClass_8,
.taggedWaiting span.tagClass_1,
.taggedDelay span.tagClass_10 {display:none}
.oneTagInList.taggedUrgent span.tagClass_5,
.oneTagInList.taggedImportant span.tagClass_8,
.oneTagInList.taggedWaiting span.tagClass_1,
.oneTagInList.taggedDelay span.tagClass_10 {display:inline}

Most tags now get hidden and things tagged important show up in red, urgent bolded, important and urgent in bold red. Tasks I’ve marked as ‘delay’ now show the due date as “Don’t start till dd/mm” and a few other bits and pieces which make it easier to scan my task lists and identify things that need my attention as well as filter out things that I can pass over for now.

Sample modified Checkvist list.


We’ve been here before

10 December, 2010

I’m reading Designing for People by Henry Dreyfuss from 1955 and I thought this quote beautifully sums up the ignorance of modern record labels when it comes to music ‘piracy’:

It may be recalled that, at the inception of radio, fear was expressed that people would stop going to concerts if they could hear the same symphonies in their homes without cost. Yet concert-hall box-office receipts are proof that radio has educated a huge audience to good music.


Jamison Inn redevelopment

9 December, 2010

I’m confused.

There was a concertina display of knee-high boards in the Jamison Centre for about a week inviting people to participate in a consultation on the proposed redevelopment of the Jamison Inn. The display consisted of a map and an email address to which people could send … comments?

But within a few days of ACTPLA’s display being taken away I see that the old Jamison Inn has been plastered with signs advertising that apartments are now for sale at Space Macquarie.

Seems like the consultation was a mere box-ticking exercise and that the apartments were a done deal. It also seems that Canberra2030 (which I’ve previously blogged about at is just a façade for an underlying attitude to planning which has remained fundamentally unchanged.

Look, I don’t give a shit about apartments going up there but don’t disrespect us by feigning consultation when you have no intention of doing anything with our feedback.


How people help form your life

13 October, 2010

I’m not the sort of person to carry on friendships when contexts change. For example I’ll befriend colleagues in a workplace whilst we have something in common but once we go our separate ways those friendships will probably end. Just like when I left Facebook I lost contact with people I primarily knew through Facebook. It’s partially laziness on my part but it’s also acknowledging that friendships don’t have to last forever; people weaving in and out of each other’s lives like chain-link fencing.

However it is amazing when you reflect on your life, your knowledge and things you own and recall how people you know or once knew contributed to making you the person you are. Even something as simple as my pocketknife I still own and use that a friend at college helped me buy because I was underage. The book Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain that Linda and Ash recommended to me last October that’s sitting on the desk in front of me. The tripod next to me that my parents bought as a birthday present several years ago. The computer under my desk that friends on Twitter helped me spec and assemble. The dolphin wood carving on the bookshelf in the corner of this room signed by Mandawuy from Yothu Yindi when we toured the Solomon Islands in 2005. My Crumpler bag which once again my Twitter friends recommended to me and who even helped me choose the colour of my Asus Eee PC laptop while I was standing in Harvey Norman two years ago.

So many people who’ve influenced who I have become in less tangible ways, offered advice and changed my mind on things. I don’t talk to most of those people any more but I remember those times fondly and am thankful for how they’ve helped me.

It’s incredible to just sit and contemplate your thoughts and possessions and trace back the origin of those things to friends, family and even strangers and marvel at how you’re just a node in a network, a product of a million factors, thousands of contacts with people directly and indirectly, physical and non-physical things.


My not-values

12 October, 2010

I recently went through an exercise of identifying and listing all my personal values, mainly by way of figuring out what I liked about people I admired and aspired to be like.

This list is not those values. This list is the opposite of my values, characteristics I don’t want to exhibit and that I don’t believe are part of me … although I admit from time to time in dark moments some of these things come to the fore:

Insincerity, weakness, rigidity, self-doubting, pessimism, maliciousness, daydreamer, careless, mindless, incompetent, ignorant, foolish, irresponsibility, sneaky, boastful, aloof, unreliable, lazy, naive, negligent, indifferent, rude, undermining, obstructionist, narrow-minded, secretive, undignified and self-defeating.

Not sure about the last one – it’s meant to be the synonym of ‘self-caring’. Best I could think of.


As I looked out the window …

13 September, 2010

I was standing at a window on the fourth level overlooking the staff carpark today watching cars zoom up and down aisles looking for a park, and from my vantage point I knew their quest was futile.

I could see everything and I knew they were wasting their time. There were no free spaces … if only I could call out to them and tell them to give up!

The scene really impressed on me the idea of a two-dimensional flatland … they could only see what was next to and in front of them, not over obstacles – the boundaries that defined their world. I was in a three-dimensional world and could see all and could have helped them – but I had not the power.

It got me thinking about the idea of God/gods and compassion and how if I had the power I would have helped those people, as trivial a matter as it was. If there is a God, gods or other deities and we all agree that helping one another is a virtue then why do those who can see all refuse to help and guide us?

For more of my thoughts on religion and philosophy check out my blog about my escape and recovery from a fundamentalist Christian revival cult: My Exodus.


Self-harm is not ok

6 September, 2010

After advice from my partner and resident mental health psychologist Jenny I took down my blog post about the events of Monday evening a few weeks ago.

Her concerns were not for my reputation as you might think because she knows and accepts that I prefer to share and be open about my life. Rather, her concerns were around something I had not considered – the possibility that people at risk of self-harm and suicide might come across my blog post and use it to either get ideas on self-harm technique or justify their actions which would likely be at odds with any advice such people would be receiving in therapy and professional counselling.

I regret that I was so dismissive of the seriousness of self-harm in that blog post. In my case it wasn’t a that big a deal as I’m at low risk of repeat ‘offending’ but there are plenty of people out there who should be strongly discouraged from self-harming.

Self-harm is not ok.

If you are thinking of self-harming, committing suicide or even just overwhelmed with self-deprecating thoughts then you really ought to seek help either from a friend, family member, Lifeline, Beyond Blue, public mental health services or private counsellor or psychologist.

Cutting yourself may make you feel temporarily better but it’s not healthy in the long term. You are not worthless, you do not deserve to be punished. You deserve to be loved, appreciated and to feel safe so rather than cutting on yourself you should pursue that which you deserve regardless of what nonsense people may tell you about being worthless.

Look after yourselves 🙂