Triage: Burn Through Email with the Intensity of a Thousand Hateful Suns

I’m not a hero. I’m just a guy doing his best to keep his email inbox honest and in good working order.

But Twitter can’t seem to send enough emails. Also, the popsicle cart is here. Oh, and the burrito truck is out of Mexican Coke. Emarketer Article Alert:* In-App Purchasing Habits of Rural Cambodians*. Did we mention that we’ll be cleaning out the refrigerators on the west side of the building at some point? Please delete this status document. What if email was really a chatroom? Why aren’t you at this meeting? You should fill out your timesheets. I’m looking for a digital rockstar with 20+ years of experience for a planning director role at an established agency outside of Duluth with blue chip clients and a new chief creative officer that’s ready to shake things up to the next level. And if you’re not interested, would you mind selling out one of your friends?

I like Triage.

The premise is straightforward: Triage wants to complement your primary email client by providing a faster way to archive and keep emails, designed around the iPhone’s screen. Emails are presented as a stack of cards, with a preview showing the sender, subject, and contents of the message. To archive a message, you grab it and flick up; to keep it unread and in your inbox for later, you flick down. And that’s it.

I only wish you could use it to cull down the legion of already read emails that can build up like some awful digital plaque. In any case, it makes for a nice time while waiting in line or listening intently in a status meeting.

First-Rate Intelligence

The test of first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function. One should, for example, be able to see that things are hopeless and yet be determined to make them otherwise.

– F. Scott Fitzgerald

Blogged to Last

Some old thoughts about blogging from Russell, back before he was a Bigshot Government Bureaucrat:

But we were seduced by the speed and reach of twitter and started putting our fragments there instead. But bits of thought on twitter are ephemeral, they slip away from us. Whereas on a blog a fragment of thought is pinned down, tagged, permanent and can become part of a larger body of accreted thinking. On a blog the fragments can become part of something larger and slower, on twitter they get swallowed up by something bigger and faster.

I reached that conclusion about four years after he wrote that. Facebook has been banished from my iOS homescreens and Chrome bookmarks.

It’s time to get back to building something with integrity, built to last. Something to preserve my poor judgement and penchant for typos for the rest of time.