Mr. Reader and Markdown Links

Tonight we were out at MyBurger with some folks from small group. I was talking to a friend who is in law school. We were discussing how technology can help his future law practice, and he asked me if I knew of an app that you could create your own wiki to track what is currently known about a case or a particular issue. He said he wanted to use his Feedly RSS feeds to save a section of an article, jot a few notes, and then save it somewhere for later recall. I told him I had an idea using Mr. Reader, Drafts, and Evernote.

Well I got home and finally purchased Mr. Reader to see what it can do. It’s actually really cool. My favorite feature is that it uses curly brackets to accept any text or data from the post and then automatically encodes it for you. That’s such a help for URL scheme beginners like me. I quickly ran into a problem, though. When I’d try to make the title of an article a markdown link while sending to Drafts, I would end up with an error. Because Mr. Reader uses square brackets like [TITLE] to pull metadata out of the post, it was getting totally confused when it'd see a normal markdown link formatted [[TITLE]]([URL]). I searched and searched around on Macstories.net, macdrifter.com, and did a few google searches to figure out what to do but my searches didn't yield and helpful results.

Finally I thought of the old-school method: check the developers site. Sure enough, the developer had already addressed that issue on the site. The solution is really quite simple, and you can find more on the developer's site.

Tip: Markdown formatted links for Day One, Byword, etc.

It's a little bit tricky to create markdown links, because they also use the square brackets [ and ].

Markdown link format: link text

The markdown brackets must be entered URL encoded as %5B for the '_[_' and %5D for the '_]_'. And they must be used outside my curly brackets {…}

Instead of

dayone://post?entry={blablabla “[TITLE]”}

you must use

dayone://post?entry={blablabla }%5B{“[TITLE]”}%5D{([URL])}

How to Turn Off the Noise Canceling Microphone on iOS 7

One of the tiny but obnoxious things for me about the iPhone has been the noise-canceling microphone. As a recovering audiophile and overall picky person, I’ve always dreaded answering a call on my iPhone while in the car. I can remember the first time I talked on my phone while driving where I was. I felt so nauseous that I thought I was coming down with food poisoning. However, when I wrapped up the phone call and took the phone away from my ear, I immediately felt better. Then I realize why I felt so terrible: the iPhone was using phase-cancelation.

I’ve always hated “active noise-canceling” headphones for this same reason. They make my head spin, my ears feel like they need to pop, and have thin sound. I know people who don’t seem to be bothered by the phase-cancellation but I have always avoided them for that reason. If you’re unfamiliar with this concept, just do a simple search.

The noise-canceling mic has led me to use my Bluetooth headset almost exclusively with my iPhone. But tonight, as I was turning the Parallax effect back on, I noticed a little gem in the settings: “Phone Noise Cancelation”.

Save yourself some embarrassment

Here’s how to avoid getting nauseous if you have to use your iPhone in a loud area:

  1. Open the Settings app
  2. Go to General\Accessibility\Phone Noise Cancelation
  3. Turn the switch so the green indicator goes off, as indicated in the image below.

¡Voilà! Now you can enjoy your iPhone again.

Initial Thoughts On What’s Best Next

I just started picking away at Matt Perman’s new book What’s Best Next. Things have been hitting me so hard in the preface that I’m writing this from my iPhone. I’m really excited to dig more into this book.

The quote in the tweet above reminds me of an excellent sermon from Tim Keller on Work and Rest. In short, God only allows us to get done what He wants us to do so we are forced to rest in His provision.

More background on Matt and why he wrote the book can be found on his website.