From time to time people ask me what I mean about Tumblr being my curation / aggregation space (see above menu). The fact is I use a really cool little service called<a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"> IF (used to be IFTTT - If This - Then That)</a> ... that essentially allows me to connect actions on different networks to create flows.

This is how it works in my world … and always thinking about how to add in more … unfortunately Pinterest has a walled garden approach – so no APIs to use for the guys at IF – but as I find new services that I CAN use  – I work out a way to include in the flow.

Social Workflow

It all starts at Feedly – which is my RSS feed aggregator  – i might tweet directly from there – more passing interest – than looking for curation. If it is interesting – I safe for later – which automatically drops it into my Instapaper account.

Then – whether I am in Flickr, YouTube, Vimeo or Instapaper – as I post / like into that network – it gets dropped into my Tumblr feed – which auto tweets accordingly. Also – if I am in Tumblr and I like stuff – it auto posts a Tweet aswell.

Meanwhile, any tweet with a link is captured for posterity into my Delicious Account.

Notice – I don’t auto route this blog – or my linkedIN feeds – and of course – you KNOW I am not on Facebook 🙂


            <a href=""><img class="alignleft size-thumbnail wp-image-3759" src="" alt="Music" width="150" height="150" /></a>How I see the world of music ...



            <a href=""><img class="alignleft size-thumbnail wp-image-3730" src="" alt="IMG_0380.PNG" width="150" height="150" /></a>It strikes me that Apple were the first - and arguably still the only-  'device maker' to add a third sense to their repertoire for digital communications.     

            <a href=""><img class="alignleft size-medium wp-image-3631" src="" alt="Paper53-3" width="300" height="186" /></a>... How do you blend in, or should you stand out? The challenge is to do both.

Just Blending In … You will just be a number

Just Standing Out … You could be ignored because ‘the collective is not ready for you’

Personally – I would err on standing out – ‘could’ has better odds than ‘will’

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            <a href=""><img class="alignleft size-medium wp-image-3629" src="" alt="Paper53-1" width="300" height="227" /></a>... it might be a little grandiose for a title, but this morning my iPad downloaded an update to <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Paper53's app</a>. I played with it for a little while - and decided to make a doodle. But what would the topic be ?

Each morning as I run through my Feedly – two sites are automatically found in my ‘MUST READ’ section. The awesome commentary and analysis of one Ben Thompson on his Stratechery site – and the know less awesome – but so much easier to grok in a couple of seconds – This is Indexed by Jessica Hagy.

I THINK Ben has been known to use Paper53 for some of his graphics that support his work – such as this one. Meanwhile Jessica, since 2006 has been relentless in delivering a daily index card to those that care (I do) with information, humor and unspoken commentary – though she seems to be artist enough not to need such a tool 🙂

The Paper53 app has always been one of my favorites – but this morning’s download added some interesting features.

  • Draw a rough shape – and it creates a ‘perfect version’ of that shape.
  • Use the fill tool to solid fill an area
  • Highlight an area – and simply cut it out

… and probably a lot more that I haven’t yet discovered.

I was inspired – a few simple additions to an already great program – and now I can draw free hand my ideas in a neat and tidy format. Within 5 minutes of seeing the new potential of Paper 53 – I produced this doodle. I will do more. Somehow I doubt this will be daily like Jessica’s. Somehow I doubt the insights of Ben will be revealed through such posts. What I don’t doubt is how the iPad gets to be an increasingly useful tool for creation, thinking, ideation, sharing …. for anyone that cares to try the costume on.

            <a href="" rel="attachment wp-att-1765"><img class="alignleft size-thumbnail wp-image-1765" src="" alt="image" width="150" height="150" /></a>“This bird is crafted purely from three sets of overlapping circles — similar to how your networks, interests and ideas connect and intersect with peers and friends,”

…. creative director Doug Bowman explained in a blog post on the change.

Graphic Courtesy of Paper