Honey, I'm home. . . . Now someone much smarter than myself would simply reach for the Dallas Dream Season Stratagem: I could simply pretend that this was indeed September 1st and hack the posting dates to mess with your collective minds. But of course, That Would Be Wrong. Suffice it to say, I can't tell you what I've been up to in the past five weeks because many of my associates would wind up behiind bars or worse. However I can tell you that the seriously bent incident concluded with me waking up in the back of a 1954 Chevy in Rio with no clear idea how I got there. And there is the other small matter of a tattoo that says Res Ipsa Loquitur in the precise Old English typeface of The New York Times. Indeed. If I needed any further evidence that my Speedo days are over, this is certainly it.
And that takes care of that--or will have to until certain statutes of limitations run out. Now, in the immortal words of Pink, "I'm comin' up so you better get this party started . . . "
As it's wont to do, Time trudged ahead during my twisted hiatus and, Lo, Ecto has evolved into Ecto2. (Am I the only one who wants to use a roman numeral? It must be fallout from the just-passed Big Dumb Summer Movie season.) And not only has Ecto reached the next level of tech enlightenment, it's also been joined by MarsEdit (The Application Formerly Known As NetNewsWire Built-In Blogging Client. Hey, if Prince can get away with this sort of thing, well. . . ). Both blogging clients are wonderous, increasingly powerful displays of programming ingenuity and I strongly to urge you to check out the details by following their respective links. Me, I proudly own both of them--each has slightly different useful features and I'm just that kind of geek.
And yeah, the mere fact you're visiting this site means I know what you're thinking: How does NoteTaker get along with Ecto2 and MarsEdit? Are you sitting down? Good. Initially, Ecto2 didn't work with NoteTaker--and of, course, NT didn't have a MarsEdit script to begin with. Terminal Yikes. As soon as I saw that the New And Improved Ecto2 pretty much rendered this entire site, well, useless, I contacted the good folks over at AquaMinds, who, while always polite, are understandably leery when I ignore the restraining order and actually approach them.
"Hey guys," I say, "NoteTaker no longer works with Ecto!"
After edging back slightly, the Developer blurts out "Sheridan! I thought you were in Rio? Did you ever make tattoos in Latin the next big thing?"
"Look, forget about that," I snarl. "Er, nothing ever came of it! Nothing!. I'm here on much more important business: Can you get NoteTaker to work with Ecto2?"
"Perhaps," the Developer says slyly. "If something could be done, do you promise to honor the half-mile Sheridan-Free-Zone around AquaMinds World Headquarters?
I ponder this for a couple of minutes. It wouldn't be that much of a sacrifice after all. As it stands now, I have to put up with watching all the employees over at AquaMinds obviously kill the lights and hide whenever I approach--plus all of the "Shhh--he's just outside" stage whispers. And if we could just get back to blogging with world-class NoteTaker . . . "Okay, okay," I answer. "If you can make NoteTaker play nice with Ecto2, I'll keep away. But realize I had planned to come trick-or-treating here dressed as a boxed version of NT."
At this news, the Developer looks like man who's had a near-death experience. "What would it take to maybe pal around with the TypePad guys instead?" he asks, still ashen.
My eyes narrow. "Can you do anything about MarsEdit? If you can make NoteTaker work with MarsEdit, well, I think I hear the TypePad guys calling me right now . . ."
Even the mere thought of this greatly cheers the Developer. "We'll see what we can do. Go home and we'll call you." as I leave AquaMinds World Headquarters, giant wall switches are being thrown, electrodes are descending from the vaulted ceiling and the very foundations are vibrating with a powerful thrumming sound. On the roof, programmers are launching kites into the suddenly stormy skies to capture the lightening needed to resurrect the NoteTaker/Ecto script.
I leave a happy man, only slightly guilty about the fact my fingers have been crossed in my pockets the whole time. After all, the TypePad guys aren't nearly as much fun to annoy . . .
The next day, the Developer contacts me: "It's Alive! Er, I mean, it's done--NoteTaker now works with Ecto, Ecto2 and MarsEdit! We decided to keep the original NT/Ecto script around for any user who chose not to upgrade to Ecto2 or migrate to MarsEdit. Though we didn't discuss it, I hope this means that you'll stay on this East Coast this New Years Eve."
What could I say? He had me there. So in deference to his generosity, I promise not to crash the AquaMinds New Years Eve party this year. (All of you reading this, remember: You owe me one, okay?)
So here's the drill: You can download the original NoteTaker/Ecto blogging script here. (Think of it as NT/Ecto Classic.) You can lay virtual hands on the NoteTaker/Ecto2 blogging script here. And, should you be seduced by the genuinely intriguing and tasty MarsEdit from the Ranchero Software folks, a NoteTaker/MarsEdit blogging script can be found here.
Currently, everything discussed above in terms of the original NT/Ecto blogging scripts is completely applicable to both the NT/Ecto2 and NT/MarsEdit scripts: Installation, configuration, tweaking, tricks, et. al. But, because it blew by kind of fast, let's repeat some basic and obvious things here. First, you must have Ecto or Ecto2 or MarsEdit installed on your Mac to use the scripts. (Yeah, yeah, I know--but you'd be very surprised by some of the email I get with regard to the information on this site.) Second, each script is perfectly matched to the specific blogging client you choose to use. Put another way, the NT/Ecto2 script won't work with the first version of Ecto. The NT/MarsEdit script will do nothing if you use Ecto2 as your blogging client. You get the picture . . .
So let the downloading begin. Enjoy the new ways to blog with NoteTaker--honest-to-god, one of the best Mac applications in the world. And because Ecto2 and MarsEdit do more things than the original Ecto, rest assured I'll be pleading with the AquaMinds Developer in the future (after all, we had no deal concering email.) Which reminds me, after he reads this, I'm pretty sure that I won't have a place card at the gala AquaMinds Thanksgiving Dinner--does anyone else want to save me from my stoic loneliness this November?
Here endeth the season premiere of Blogging With AquaMinds NoteTaker. My sense is that we're regularly broadcasting once again--except, possibly, during the week I have that tattoo removed . . .
Res Ipsa Loquitur.
The composition of this entry was made possible in part by Insensatez from the album "A Day in New York" by Ryuichi Sakamoto
Friday, October 8, 2004 12:21:32 PM