Any dog owner can tell you how dogs have the power to warp time with their stare of demand. And time itself can be a problem too: as when we recently entered New Zealand Daylight Savings Time, putting the clocks 1 hour forward for the summer.
Now, I’m actually a fan of Summertime, but acknowledge that it does introduce difficulties for the transition.
Time travel. Since my first day on the job as a Starfleet captain I swore I’d never let myself get caught in one of these godforsaken paradoxes — the future is the past, the past is the future, it all gives me a headache. — Captain Janeway, Star Trek: Voyager.
One of those difficulties for me is figuring out what time to feed the dogs. It should be straightforward, but under the pressure of the
feed me stare I crumble.
So, a couple of weeks ago breakfast was at 0745 and dinner at 1745. For the summer that shifts to 0845 and 1845. We’re all a bit incredulous about that. Every day I have to do a new reckoning.
Of course, I turned to Keyboard Maestro for help: I made a couple of simple macros to have my Mac tell me when it’s time to feed the dogs. I selected a voice I generally never use and the time every day to announce my message. (And, I’ll admit, I slid the time back a bit, so come winter, it’ll be a matter of working the time forward again.)
One of the things I love about Keyboard Maestro is the dozens of tiny things it does for me every day. Macros don’t need to be huge and complex and save hours of time; they can be tiny little things that just remove a single spot of friction. This is one of those.
Oh, and hey! Guess who did the voiceover for the Intro videos for v7 and v8 of Keyboard Maestro. That was such fun. If you don’t yet use Keyboard Maestro, you really should ask yourself: Why not?