[Updated on March 14, 2022]
I’m Jamie Todd Rubin. I am a writer. I write code, fiction, nonfiction, and have been writing this blog since 2005.
My fiction has appeared in many of the leading science fiction magazines, and several anthologies. I am an active member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.
My nonfiction has appeared in the science fiction magazines as well as places like The Daily Beast, Fatherly, and 99U.
By day, I am a software developer and project manager. I started with a great company 3 months after graduating from college, and 27 years later, I’m still there, enjoying the work I do. I occasionally make software outside of work, and that can sometimes be found on GitHub.
I’m always looking for ways to improve myself and my productivity. My experimentation with paperless lifestyle and personal analytics led me being interviewed for LifeHackers “How I Work” series.
For several years, I was Evernote’s ambassador for paperless lifestyle. I wrote a popular series of posts about Evernote here on the blog.
I’m an avid reader, reading all kinds of books, and marking them up with notes and highlights, much to the dismay of friends. But I believe you need to make a book your own, that they should be interactive, and that interaction sometimes takes place in the margins. Here is a list of everything I’ve read since 1996.
I was a private pilot, flying Cessnas in the skies above Los Angeles at the turn of the century.
Today, I live in Arlington, Virginia with my wife and three children.
- Complete bibliography
- Vacation in the Golden Age (blog series)
- Going Paperless (blog series)
Podcasts and interviews
I am available for podcasts and interviews. Much to my surprise, I have a fun time doing them. Topics I usually speak about include science fiction, writing, Evernote, going paperless, and productivity tools and tips. See the contact page to set something up. Some examples of podcasts and interviews I’ve been a part of are listed below.
- Functional Nerds, Ep. 226 (March 2015)
- Three Hoarsemen, Ep. 18 (January 2015)
- Adventures in SciFi Publishing #253 (April 2014)
- Evernote Podcast #35 (January 2013)
About the blog
Welcome! Come on in. Take a load off. Just kick that stuff out of the way. I created this space in 2005 and have been blogging fairly regularly ever since.
I’ve written more than 7,000 posts spanning 16 years and do not allow paid advertising of any kind. This is a labor of love, and thankfully, I love doing it.
At its peak this blog had over 120,000 views per month, or just about 4,000 a day, which seems remarkable since I generally write about whatever is on my mind. Just about 1.5 million people have seen the blog, totaling about 3 million views.
I don’t accept unsolicited guest posts, advertising, link swapping, or anything like that. This is my hobby. I want to write the posts, and I want my readers to enjoy them without annoying advertisements. See my site policies for more information.
Here are a few representative samples of what you’ll find here.
- A Process for Going Paperless in 10 Minutes a Day (2012)
- The Ghosts of White Christmas Past (2016)
- The Death of Marigold Churchill (2014)
- The Butterfly Effect of Reading (2018)
- Every Package is Resealable (2021)
- How I Work, January 2021 Edition (2021)
- A Good Word Processor Should Do 3 Things Really Well (2013)
- Vacation in the Golden Age (2011)
- 15 Use Cases Comparing E-Books to Traditional Books: An Illustrated List (2012)
- Doctor Who is Stalking Me (2011)
For a more complete selection, check out my curated index to the blog.
See the Contact page for details on how to reach me.
thank you for writing the article about the fitbit flex. I bought mine 3 days ago and the article was clear and simple to understand.
Hi. I just came across this site about 10 days ago, and since then I have read a lot of your posts on Evernote. I appreciate the time you have taken to write them. I have just started using Evernote and have a few concerns about it. I have been using the filing system of the book “Unstuff Your Life” by Andrew Mellen. It is a great file/paper system. I am intrigued by the “art” of the paperless. It seems very serene and am gearing on going that way. I would LOVE an in depth post on how to make sure, if in an untimely death, of you and your spouse, how your loved ones can get and find this information. I wonder how they will know how to create one of your “timelines”. I have a fear that my mother in law would have no idea how to retrieve all the wonderful memories I’ve saved, or in your case your years of data. Is there anything you can advice me to do, to make sure of this? If you haven’t thought of this can you suggest something? I am a mom of 2 young kids, under the age of 10 and I want to make sure before I pour all their wonderful drawings, memories, that I can make sure they have this info. In my case, I’m not the family historian for me, I want to make sure they have it when they are parents.
Thanks for all you do. I also wanted to ask one more question that I just can’t seem to find about Evernote and shared notebooks. It seems that the notes I shared with my man that have reminders don’t synch the reminders. Is that true or am I doing something wrong?
Thanks and have a great day.
Walled Lake, Michigan
Re: sync on reminders.
You’re correct, these don’t sync between accounts when sharing a notebook, even if the other person is able to edit the notes. At least this doesn’t work when sharing from a Premium account – I can’t judge on Business accounts, I’d suggest you ask Evernote support if it’s critical to you.
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