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Craig Pilcher

Purdue deserved better than to play the Sweet 16 without Isaac Haas.

Indeed. It was a joy to watch these guys the last 4 years. Shame they could not finish it together 🚂🆙🏀

Purdue deserved better than to play the Sweet 16 without Isaac Haas.

Craig Pilcher

Craig Pilcher

Indianapolis Motor Speedway to consider lifting blackout if Indy 500 sells out

Hoosiers have seen the race broadcast live only twice - in 1949 and '50

But we might see it if enough people pay to go tailgate (but not in your parking spot, which you also need to pay for)

Indianapolis Motor Speedway to consider lifting blackout if Indy 500 sells out

Craig Pilcher

Craig Pilcher

Does watching the NFL make you evil?

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If America has a secular religion, it is probably the National Football League, if only for the happening-on-Sunday thing and the ritual consumption of alcohol and breads....

Does watching the NFL make you evil?
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Craig Pilcher

Cable cutting and the World Cup

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imageA cable cutter tries to watch the national team's World Cup opener: in the background, an unused television and home theater setup, and in the foreground, a 7 inch tablet broadcast in Spanish. Thanks Univision, and "thanks" ESPN.

Also, Clint Dempsey FTW!

Craig Pilcher

Productivity in the Age of Angry Flapping Birds

3 min read

I am a flip-flopper. The newest thing is always best; the grass perpetually greener. It is why I just got a new phone, and why my employer using Windows XP (!!!) on all employee laptops until late last year drove me crazy.

In addition, my favorite form of procrastination is reading about new ways to do work. All the bases are covered - the illusion of work, thinking about work, theoretically improving future work - to feel productive without actually being productive. Lifehacker is the ESPN1 of feeling productive, my main source of finding new ways to work (especially the How I Work series).

This is most likely the reason that I cannot choose a to-do/note-taking/organizer program. There are so many, but I think I finally have it narrowed down to about 4.

My previous favorite was Workflowy, basically an infinite nested list. Todo.txt is the open-source nerd tool, which just uses a .txt file. Trello makes everything into a bulletin board with cards pinned on it, and Evernote does all the things, everywhere.

Services2WorkflowyTodo.txtTrelloEvernote
Cost $49/yr Free Free for personal $45/yr
Photos No No Yes Yes
Tagging Yes Yes Limited to 6 Yes
GTD-oriented3 Kind of Yes Maybe Definitely
API Working on it... Unnecessary Yes Yes

They all work great, but at slightly different things. Evernote would be the best option, with its ability to store photos. but most of its function comes from storage, not helping me to process that storage. I am still figuring that bit out, and will probably use one of the other tools to do it.4

My favorite right now is Trello. I tried it a year or so ago, and it seemed better suited for group projects. Now, they have a better mobile client, and the documentation is easier to find. Also, the keyboard shortcuts5 are great and make using it fun. I would highly recommend using one to sort out daily life. None of them will meet all your needs6, but you can make them work together to hit all your bases.


  1. Come to think of it, ESPN : sports :: Lifehacker : working. What percentage of ESPN's programming is actually showing a sporting event? 
  2. OK, you got me, those are all referral links. Throw me a bone :) 
  3. I'm only about a quarter of the way into the book. But from all the lifehacking articles I've read over the past few years, I know the concepts. When my wife tried reading it, and stopped in roughly the same place to go do something else, I told her she clearly learned all she needed. 
  4. There are ways to connect all these services to Evernote on the backend - forwarding Workflowy logs to Evernote, syncing with Trello boards, and todo.txt
  5. Keyboard shortcuts are the stickshift of the internet. Not always necessary, but makes things a lot smoother, and people who always use them swear by them. 
  6. That is more of an existential problem than a productivity problem. 

Craig Pilcher

Name of the Year 2014

1 min read

Presenting The 2014 Name Of The Year Bracket, A Shitavious Gruntfest
http://bit.ly/1iMomXA
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Craig Pilcher

Olympic Questions

1 min read

Dear Robert1 (my NSA angel),

How are the Olympics going? I am one of these new fangled "cable cutters"2 that NBC apparently hates, so I have to get all my Olympic news second hand. Has anyone skiied over a dog yet? Did Putin win any medals yet - biathlon, figure skating, dressage, etc.? Is Bob Costas going to leave Sochi with some kind of super power, a la Cyclops?

I have to say that the Colbert Report has had my favorite3 coverage of the games so far, with the From Russia with Love - But No Gay Stuff segments. Also, how is the brightness and contrast on my TV? Can you see it OK?

Well, it's getting late4. I am going to go drink a beer and - well, no need to tell you5.

Love,
Craig


  1. I know it was Frank last time. It changes. You think just one guy works at the NSA? 
  2. You knew that. 
  3. You knew that too. 
  4. Did you know that? 
  5. Because you know. 

Craig Pilcher

What you pay for sports

1 min read

What you pay for sports

Craig Pilcher

Craig Pilcher

from IRL

1 min read

Ok, for real this time.

This is all very new to me. But this seems like a good landing point for thoughts and aspirations and observations and GIFs of dogs.

My name is Pilch. I believe myself to be a coder, but I rarely do it. I enjoy technology, sports, and humor. I have a wife and a puppy whom I love very much. You will be hearing more from me in the future.