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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.


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 Calibration Guide


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.