Life Stack

In computing, a “stack” is a bunch of tools that work together to accomplish some goal. For instance, the website you are currently reading is running on a LAMP stack, consisting of a Linux operating system, Apache web server, MySQL database, and PHP-based application (WordPress). A Life Stack is the same idea but for a person; these are the tools, services, workflows, and apps I use to manage my life.

As I update this page I’ll just cross out obsolete tools and add the new ones. I think it’s interesting to see the progression! Crossed-out items ( like this ) are things I used to use. Anything not crossed off is something I still use.

TL;DR?

I take notes on the computer in plain text and in the real world with a pen and a pocket notebook. Everything I do is funneled and saved to my journal app, then encrypted and backed up in multiple physical locations.

Last updated: August 13, 2018 at 15:48 pm

Organization

To Do list

This is perhaps my most important tool that isn’t my phone

Remember the Milk

Todoist

Any.do

Todo.txt (single plaintext file)

Todo.txt apps/clients:

  • Swiftodo (iOS)
  • 1Writer (iOS)
  • Textwrangler (Mac)
  • Vim (Linux, Mac)

I’ve also written a few bash and python scripts to wrangle my todo.txt file in various ways, including a day planner I created called “today.txt,” that combines todo items with an agenda for the day

Habit tracking and adjustment

Habitica (web app, iOS)

Notes

Some Google service I forgot the name of

Evernote

Plain text files written in markdown

Gollum, a Ruby gem that takes those plain text files and turns them into a private wiki hosted on my server

Receipts/documents

Dispersed randomly around the house until they get thrown away

Scanned and/or imported to my journal

Calendar

Paper calendar

Palm Pilot

Paper calendar

Google Calendar

Fastmail Calendar

Custom script that takes my todo.txt due items and puts them on a calendar

Files, syncing

External hard drives

Flash drives

Dropbox

BitTorrent Sync

Nextcloud (self-hosted)

Contacts

Paper notebook

Palm Pilot

Google Contacts

Fastmail Contacts

Backups

Almost everything I do is stored in its own Git repository, which lives on a server I control

Using a variety of bash and python scripts, I have regular backups triggered by cron (scheduled tasks on Linux)

On a regular basis, these backups are encrypted using my personal PGP key, andΒ  uploaded to Amazon Web Services (AWS)

Passwords/multifactor authentication

LastPass

Google Authenticator

LastPass Authenticator

Journal/Diary

Paper notebook

Excel spreadsheet

DIY PHP+MySQL-based web app (in use/development since 2013) – Practically everything I do on computers (social media, git, photos, checkins, etc.) is funneled into my journal mostly using my private API. It has become a great resource for learning about myself, tracking my habits, planning for the future, and revisiting past adventures.

Quantified Self, tracking, health

Moves

IFTTT (tons and tons and tons of custom applets)

Sleep Cycle (iOS)

FoursquareSwarm

Insight Timer (meditation, iOS)

Round (medication tracking, iOS)

Workflow (iOS)

Internet stuff

Web browser

Safari

Opera

Google Chrome

Firefox

Google Chrome

Firefox Quantum (Mac, Linux, and iOS)

News/Feeds

Google Reader

Feedly

Facebook

Tiny Tiny RSS (self-hosted RSS reader)

Fiery Feeds (RSS reader for iOS)

Reading

Paper books

Kindle app

iOS Books app

Good Reads

Bookmarks

Built-in browser bookmarks

SemanticScuttle (self-hosted)

Evernote

Pocket (Pocket -> IFTTT -> my journal)

Website

WMU student pages, built with Dreamweaver

WordPress on GoDaddy

WordPress on self-hosted

Grav on self-hosted

WordPress on self-hosted (this website)

Web editor

Dreamweaver

[Some random Mac IDE]

WordPress

Atom

Vim

Blog posting

WordPress web interface

Markdown -> Grav

Micro.blog (iOS)

Sunlit (iOS)

WordPress (iOS)

Quill (webapp)

Micropublish (webapp)

Workflow (iOS)

Communication

Chat

I sure would like to find a single app that I can connect to all these services…

AIM

ICQ

Google Chat

Facebook Messenger

Adium Pidgin

iOS Messages

Slack

Nextcloud Talk

Email client

Web clients

iOS Mail app

Thunderbird

AirmailSparrow

Spark (iOS)

Outlook (iOS)

Thunderbird

Email hosting

Yahoo

Gmail

Posteo

Fastmail

Video chat

Skype

Google Hangouts

Slack

Nextcloud Talk

Computer stuff

Music production

Fruity Loops

Ableton Live

Logic

Pro Tools

Audacity

Pure Data

Ardour

Patterning (iOS)

Bitwig Studio

Tidal Cycles

Operating system

Mac (various versions)

Windows XP

Ubuntu

Crunch Bang Linux

Arch Linux

Debian

Accesories

cheap, terrible headset

Kensington “Expert Mouse” trackball

Plantronics wireless headset

Misc

Text editor

TextEdit

TextWrangler

Atom

Gedit (linux)

Kate (linux)

Emacs

1Writer (iOS)

Vim (mac, linux)

Real world stuff

Everyday carry

Wallet

Little notebook

flip phone

notepad

iPhone with wallet case

Pink earbuds

pocket knife (usually an Opinel No. 7)

handkerchief

pocket notebook in waxed canvas cover

pen

Casio Pathfinder water resistant watch with jury-rigged nylon NATO-style strap

Fishing stuff

7’6″ ultralight rod for trout, bluegill, small fish

6’6″ medium rod for everything else

Gerber Dime multitool

Opinel No. 7 knife

headlamp

Orvis waders

Hiking and Camping stuff

Asolo Neutron Gore-Tex hiking boots

Australian-style military surplus rucksack, died dark brown, with added bungees and paracord straps

32oz Nailgene water bottle

small collapsible backpacking shovel

two first aid/survival kits: one store-bought, one DIY

Vehicle

Dodge Minivan

Dodge Neon

GMC Sierra 4WD

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