Natural Project Planning with org-mode

[This article is about project planning, the David Allen way, using a five step process he calls “The Natural Planning Model”. Project planning requires a variety of thinking skills to identify what it is you are trying to achieve, and to ensure that all the right steps have been determined.

David Allen writes in Chapter 3 of “Getting Things Done”, the key ingredients of relaxed control are (1) clearly defined outcomes (projects) and the next actions required to move them toward closure, and (2) reminders placed in a trusted system that is reviewed regularly.

The Getting Things Done (GTD) methodology uses the terms Next Action and Project. A next action is something you can do that would complete a task to achieve a desired outcome, for example “Make photocopy of letter”. A project is an outcome that requires more than one next action to complete, for example “Organize a conference”.

You may think projects are those activities requiring sophisticated project plans, GANTT charts and lengthy project plans. Projects are everywhere in your life: renewing your passport, learning org-mode or redecorating your lounge room.

Projects can be planned “on the back of an envelope” or scrap of paper but having a more structured plan and methodology is useful for clarifying your thinking, identifying what needs to be done and what resources you will need.

The methodology described in this article will help you use org-mode to support your thinking, planning and doing your project.]

Source: Natural Project Planning with org-mode

Ottawa aims to keep lid on details of Saudi arms deal – The Globe and Mail

Department of Foreign Affairs says it must keep deliberations a secret to protect Canadian contractor’s ‘commercial confidentiality’

Source: Ottawa aims to keep lid on details of Saudi arms deal – The Globe and Mail

Don’t feed the fundamentalists.

Scientists restore lost memory in mice, shedding light on amnesia – Yahoo News

Researchers have gained new understanding on the workings of amnesia through research that used light to revive lost memories in mice, a study reported. Amnesia remains a controversial subject in the field of neuroscience, with some researchers arguing that it occurs when cells are damaged and memory cannot be stored, while others believe that the memories are simply blocked and cannot be recalled. “The majority of researchers have favored the storage theory, but we have shown in this paper that this majority theory is probably wrong,” researcher Susumu Tonegawa of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology said.

Source: Scientists restore lost memory in mice, shedding light on amnesia – Yahoo News

USB Mic not working in Ubuntu MATE 15.04

I’m not exactly sure how I fixed this but I was not getting the option to select my mic ….while lurking in forums I found….

Install codex

apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras libxine2-all-plugins faac flac gstreamer0.10-plugins-ugly gxine libdvdread4 icedax tagtool easytag id3tool lame nautilus-script-audio-convert libmad0 mpg321 libavcodec-extra

Then I updated and used the ‘-f- to ‘fix’….
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install -f

Then MATE GUI prompted me with the option to restart. After I did, it worked. It may be a problem with pulseaudio as alsamixer and Audacity recognized it….

…You probably want to have a good idea about what you are pasting into shell and backup as with root power comes root responsibility.


“Redshift adjusts the color temperature of your screen according to your surroundings. This may help your eyes hurt less if you are working in front of the screen at night.” –

= Problem=
I don’t know why the redshift-gtk GUI app sometimes falls to start in Linux but as a backup I use the command line.

redshift -l 43.5:-80.2

The numbers at the end are just ballpack Guelph, Ontario latitudinal and longitudinal coordinates for program to figure out when to adjust the screen lighting. The system tray icon is better for toggling on and off. I have not tried the latest version …and recommend Redshift regardless. –J.J. Wells 23:11, 29 January 2015 (EST)
* UPDATE app indicator is working in Kubuntu 14.04 again –J.J. Wells 17:23, 30 January 2015 (EST)
* UPDATE app indicator still not working in Ubuntu MATE 15.04 …So I added the command to MATE Control Center –> Startup Appications

How to map Wacom stylus in two monitor setup from CLI?

1. Find out the sceen names


2. Find the ID of your tablet

xsetwacom --list devices

3. In my case I map the stylus (ID: 10) to screen LVDS1

xsetwacom --set 10 MapToOutput "LVDS1"

4. and the stylus eraser

xsetwacom --set 16 MapToOutput "LVDS1"


In Xtce, I setup a Launcher icon for this.

UPDATE: IDs are different under Ubuntu MATE…. Does that happen often?