Transparency and Openness from Panic

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Panic makes great apps (I use a few of them). I hate that this happened to them, but you have to admire their transparency and openness about this situation.

Workflow: Copy OmniFocus Task Link

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I recently bought OmniFocus for my iPad after finding other task management apps insufficient. The one real weakness I found in OmniFocus was the inability to link to tasks in other projects to indicate a cross-project dependency. (From my research online, I gather that most OmniFocus users think this is counter to accepted usage patterns and thus not a good idea. Nonetheless, it’s something I need to do.)

While doing research to figure out if this was possible, I found a discussion forum where an OmniFocus user mentioned that in the Mac version of OmniFocus (which I didn’t buy), it’s possible to copy the link to a task. I wondered if this was also possible in the iOS version.

I started by opening the task, clicking the “share” button and selecting “copy,” which yielded this:

- Test task @parallel(true) @autodone(false)
	This is a test.

The task’s URL is there: omnifocus:///task/cIx7zMCx7iz.

Next step: Can I use Workflow to parse just the task URL and copy it to the clipboard?

I have an action extension workflow with one step — View Content Graph. Running this workflow on the OmniFocus task, I could see that OmniFocus was passing the task URL to Workflow.

  Workflow content graph showing OmniFocus task URL

Using another action extension workflow that gets the URLs from the input and displays them using the Quick Look action, I determined — through a bit of trial and error by running it on various tasks — that the task URL is always the last URL that OmniFocus passes to Workflow.

  OmniFocus task URL

The task URL can be easily retrieved using the Get Item From List action, so the workflow is just three steps:

  Workflow: Copy OmniFocus Task Link

The workflow is available here.

Takeoff from Nice Côte d'Azur

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I recorded this video in May of 2015 during takeoff from Aéroport Nice Côte d’Azur (NCE) on a flight bound for Heathrow Airport (LHR). The airport is bordered by the Mediterranean Sea on three sides, and during takeoff we flew over the sea before turning back inland. After the plane levels over the sea, you can see part of the airport in the right side of the frame.

Takeoff from LaGuardia Airport

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Video recorded during takeoff from LaGuardia Airport (LGA) on April 10, 2016. We flew over the northern end of Manhattan, which provided a good view of the skyline.

On the Road in Iceland

Part 3: Vík to Jökulsárlón

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Map of route from Vík to Jökulsárlón

Vík to Jökulsárlón

The day after we arrived in Vík, we drove 193 km (120 miles) from Vík to Jökulsárlón, a glacial lagoon in Austurland, the Eastern Region of Iceland.

The trip was entirely on the Ring Road, and it took us through the most varied and stunning scenery we saw in Iceland.

Cliffs that seem to have sprouted abruptly from flat grassy plains:

Cliffs along the Ring Road


Cyclist on the Ring Road
Curiously, we shared this stretch of road with a cyclist.

Lava fields:

Lava fields along the Ring Road


The glacier Skaftafellsjökull seen from the Ring Road
The glacier Skaftafellsjökull seen from the Ring Road

Barren flatlands:

Dry flatlands along the Ring Road

And the remains of a bridge destroyed during a glacial flood:

Remains of the Gigjukvisl Bridge
The Gigjukvisl Bridge was destroyed by ice floes during a 1996 glacial flood.

The occasional farming community and gas station – which, if you’re lucky, might also house a convenience store or a café – are the only signs of civilization in this part of the country.

Hof, Iceland
Hof, one of the larger communities we saw between Vík and Jökulsárlón

Single-lane bridges are common on this stretch of the Ring Road.

Single-lane bridge sign in Iceland

Most of them are short enough that you can make sure the bridge is clear before proceeding. The longer ones, like the one seen in the video below, have small places to pull over in case you meet another car head-on (which did happen to us once, on a different bridge). To give you an idea of exactly now narrow this bridge was, we were driving a Toyota Yaris, and it felt like a tight squeeze crossing the bridge.

This house was a popular spot for people to stop and take photographs (click the image to see it full-size), which is probably why the sign was at the entrance to the driveway.

House at the base of a mountain in Iceland Private Property sign in English and Icelandic

We saw a few people walking around the gate (the driveway was gated, but there was no fence) to get a closer look. We just stayed next to the road and took some pictures of the land and the surrounding cliffs.

Cliffs next to the Ring Road
Cliffs next to the Ring Road

Jökulsárlón and the Atlantic Ocean

Jökulsárlón is a glacial lagoon and the deepest lake in Iceland. It’s full of icebergs that break off from Breiðamerkurjökull, one of the glacial tongues of Vatnajökull, the largest glacier in Iceland. (The lake can be seen in the beginning of A View to a Kill, where it stood in for Siberia.)

Panorama of Jökulsárlón
A seal in the lake

There’s a channel from the lake to the Atlantic Ocean (I think it was created by the glacier’s retreat), and the icebergs eventually end up on the nearby beach or floating in the ocean.

Icebergs floating out to sea Icebergs floating in the Atlantic Ocean
Icebergs floating out to sea (click for larger images)

The beach is black volcanic sand, which provides a striking contrast to the white and blue-green icebergs.

Icebergs on the beach Standing next to an iceberg
Icebergs on the beach (click for larger images)