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Launchd Daemon to block Social Media on macOS

Tuesday, September 26th, 2017

Years ago I had an anacron job that would automatically block the forums I tended to want to read during my work day, and then automatically unblock them when the workday was over. By “block”, here, I mean redirect to local – so that when I went to those websites by typing them into my browser, I’d get just a DNS error saying the page couldn’t be found. I used anacron (instead of cron) because the tasks would “run” even if no user was logged in, even if the computer was asleep, or off… etc. Anyway – I did this as a little productivity hack.

After a week off twitter recently, I decided I wanted to bring this hack back – except updated for social media, not Something Awful. But it turns out … macOS has deprecated cron / anacron and launchd has adopted their functionality.

What follows is a tutorial on how to schedule a launchd daemon to block, and unblock, social media on your computer from 11am to 2pm and then 3pm to 8pm.

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Digitech Whammy v4 User Manual

Saturday, June 9th, 2012

I bought myself a 4th Gen DigiTech Whammy this weekend and when I went to go find the User Manual, found all the links on the Digitech Site were broken. A quick perusal of a bunch of forums showed that many people found the same thing; people are learning about some of the more complex features of this beast through oral tradition. ­čÖü

Anyway. A quick wget of the digitech site managed to grab the manuals. So… HERE THEY IS.

Whammy_186363B

Whammy Calibration Guide

Copter

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

Complete with the sounds of me adding “Crown Heights AND helicopter” to my running twitter searches.

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Convolve Blur

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

Working on a new piece for Brian and Madeline at the Chocolate Factory. At the tail of a night filled with shooting bandits and discussing the finer points of having to deal with a plague of hummingbirds, some videos got made testing a few ideas related to distorting video using sound. They follow directly.

Doleo ├ćternus rehearsal : Soloists

Saturday, October 24th, 2009



Doleo ├ćternus rehearsal : Soloists, originally uploaded by Avant Media.