Randomness from the past few weeks ... 

I’ve been pretty busy lately (travel, taxes, work, more travel), so here’s some things I skimmed from my Instapaper and Evernote from the past few weeks that you may find handy or interesting.

Check out an old version of a file from your git repo as a new file

I needed to grab a couple of snapshots of files (here’s how the file looked on date A, date B, and date C). It took me a bit of digging, but the syntax for that is:

git show <sha>:<filename> > <newfilename>

Pretty handy, once you figure it out.

Nate Silver’s new FiveThirtyEight.com launched

Some early highlights:

If you’re a fan of Nate Silver’s writing, I’ve found the site to be pretty solid so far. It’s still finding it’s legs, I think, but it’s a great extension of what his fivethirtyeight blog used to be.

Speaking of FiveThirtyEight …

Both FiveThirtyEight and Grantland are now hosted on WordPress.com, which means they’re both exposing full text rss feeds. I don’t remember those existing before, and it makes it much easier for me to keep up with articles from both sites.

Finally … OmniFocus 2

I first mentioned signing up for the OmniFocus 2 beta about a year ago. It was in very very rough shape to start with—more of a tech demo than a real beta.

Well, that year as served the app well, as the beta is back. It’s now usable on a daily basis, and the forecast view on the Mac is even more useful than the feature on iOS (because I’m often planning my week at my desk, not on my phone).

There’s still some rough edges (clipping out of Mail didn’t work until I rebooted my Mac, it’s not quite as fast as it probably should be, there’s some UI bits that probably need to be rethought), but it’s really solid and there’s enough that’s goodness that it’s easily worth displacing the venerable OmniFocus 1.