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mattgemmell

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Writer. Edinburgh, Scotland. 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🇪🇺 CHANGER, TOLL, JINX, MIDDLESHADE ROAD, ONCE UPON A TIME. Husband of one, father of two.

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Even in a very small workshop, there's room for hidden or non-obvious tools and features. Here are some secrets in the Tiniest Workshed in Scotland: https://youtu.be/6gat3XlUn_w

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@dxzdb I’ve made things for her greenhouse (mobile potting bench, shelving, tool holders, installed trellises for peas) but I know nothing about the actual plants and what’s growing in there. I can’t identify anything that’s green!

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@dxzdb Ah right. Glass, kit, no heater but considering. Gets past 50°C in there at this time of year. Wind doesn’t bother it at all. It opens its own skylights as needed.

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@mattgemmell Do you use version control for your books? I'm reading a book about git and they are using scenarios about writing a book as examples. Just curious.

mattgemmell,
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@dxzdb I haven’t found that sort of granularity of versioning useful for fiction, no. I do manually keep old versions of scenes when I change them substantially or remove them, plus a backup of each major draft revision. Then I have Ulysses’ own auto backups (hourly for last 6 hours of work, daily for last 5 days, weekly for last 2 months, on a rolling basis). I also snapshot before and after big edits, or rearrangements like chapterisation.

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Another update from the tiniest (perhaps?) workshed in Scotland. This one is mostly about safety stuff, and the two most dangerous power tools in the shed. https://youtu.be/cIUHjCiNWlk

(Not to be one of those youtube jackhats, but engagement is always appreciated. 👍)

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Another weekend update on the smallest workshed in Edinburgh! https://youtu.be/MmfYiyc6CnI

mattgemmell, to random
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Apple Pencil Pro integration goodness.

  1. The shadow of the pencil on the screen isn’t an optical phenomenon; it’s digitally generated!

  2. You can expand the fan-shaped tool palette with a finger or the pencil.

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mattgemmell,
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Another thing: those dynamically-generated shadows of the Pencil Pro, mimicking its orientation and tilt, aren’t just of the regular shape of the Pencil. They’re shadows of the tool you’re using. So you’ll see the shadow of a fountain pen being cast beneath the physical Pencil if you’re using the fountain pen tool, and so on.

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If your new Apple Pencil Pro is refusing to let you enable the Double Tap or Squeeze gestures (in Settings > Apple Pencil), it’s probably because you’ve disabled the Double-Tap Gesture in Settings > ACCESSIBILITY > Apple Pencil. The latter seems to act as a master cutoff for both gestures in the primary settings, weirdly. Anyway, panic averted.

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Well I’m impressed.

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mattgemmell,
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@craiggrannell They’re definitely doing some fancy post-split clean-up and isolation. That was a dirty live-gig bootleg, and it’s remarkably clear after just running the splitter. I haven’t touched the mix at all.

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Considering putting some money on Federighi having rebranded as crAIg for the WWDC keynote.

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The Escape key has returned!

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That was an expensive ten minutes.

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This week in Matt’s scrappy DIY projects: my wife wanted a potting bench, so I made one from stuff we had lying around!

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mattgemmell,
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Using the right tools for the job on my weekend project. I use the e-ink tablet every day for a variety of things, but I think this is only the second or third outing for the angle clamps. Not because they aren’t useful, but instead because I only remember I have them when I encounter a situation that truly needs them.

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I’ve named it “A Farewell to Arms”.

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mattgemmell,
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@dxzdb I have an autoline drill guide, the Rolls Royce of such things. The only better option is a press.

The angle adapter runs from a drill or impact driver, so yes indeed. Also takes any of the bits.

I mostly use the impact driver for fasteners, but I do have lots of other screwdrivers. The long ph2 is what you need about 97% of the time though!

Got a pocket hole jig, dowel jig, others. Lots of clamps at other end of the shed!

mattgemmell, to random
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Pretty excited to receive this convenient, home-based hand and arm removal tool next week.

mattgemmell,
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@seanreilly Came out last month. Rack and pinion fence (like the dewalt), outfeed, standard t-track, soft start and e-brake, paddle stop, much better dust collection, and everything adjustable. Massive upgrade on the Rage. 1800W.

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mattgemmell, to random
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Fellow neat freaks, this is your semi-regular reminder that if you cut a little tactile groove into the front underside of your desk at the halfway point, and use a cutting mat as a desk mat, you can easily keep everything aligned to your taste.

(It also makes it really easy to visualise the dimensions of things you’re buying online, for what it’s worth.)

Cutting mat with split keyboard and trackpad on top

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Today, in Matt’s scrappy DIY projects! I have a sofa in my home office which can turn into a double bed. On the rare occasion it’s used as such, I always wish there was some kind of compact night table beside it. As a sofa, it has to be a little bit out from the wall because there’s a radiator on that wall, and I don’t want to have to shift the sofa every time I convert it to a bed. I’ve tried to find a really narrow table to fit in the gap, without success.

mattgemmell,
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I figured that something which would fit there could be a drinks table when sitting on the sofa, and a nightstand if the sofa is in bed mode. Today I was clearing out some wood from the shed, and was unaccountably irritated about the lack of really narrow tables, so I just chucked one together myself to fit the space. Not very aesthetic, but bespoke and functional at least!

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