True Facts: Leafhoppers and Friends (YouTube)

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Amazing macro photography and videography by Dr. Andreas Kay. “These ants are waiting to collect little drops of Honeydew, which is the prettiest name for a turd in nature”

A Shareable macOS Remote Control Shortcut

A shareable macOS remote control shortcut! It is still pretty rough.

Requires 2 shortcuts. One parses the JSON at JSON Page shortcuts-simple-remote-commands to generate commands. The other provides selection menus and then runs the selected command on the selected host.


  • use a github repo to host json.
  • Display name for selection rather than command.
  • Restore option to run a shortcut for more complex commands
  • Examination of JSON Fetching Shortcut

Install both shortcuts:

  1. Fetch JSON File (can be replaced with a shortcut that returns a List of Dictionaries (see JSON).
    Fetch v1

  2. Select host and command, then run command on host via SSH.
    macOS Remote Automation v1


  1. Open macOS Remote Automation v1 and modify LIST to have your hostnames and the DICTIONARY to have your username.
  2. Find SHORTCUTS Run and select Fetch v1

See Remote control your Mac with your iPhone and SSH Key Shortcuts to set up your Mac for remote access.

#NovBaD #NaBloPoMo #challenge4of30 #challenge #automation #shortcuts #iOS #macOS #SSH

Did you get/need OCR working for OpenKM? It sounded like Paperless or Mayan EDMS had OCR working out of the box in the Docker image. I’m tired of limping along with ancient PDFPen and Hazel🙃

What Can I Do With my Mac Over SSH?

Things to do after Remote control your Mac with your iPhone and SSH Key Shortcuts is set up.

  • open a livestream in VLC via command line
    open -a ""
    open -a "Quicktime Player" may also work (only if stream is currently live)
    useful livestream URLs

  • mute macOS volume via command line
    osascript -e 'set volume output muted true'
    osascript -e 'set volume output muted false'
  • start an iTunes playlist with shuffle on
    osascript -e 'tell application "iTunes" to shuffle enabled' -e 'tell application "iTunes" to play playlist named "best"'
    osascript -e 'tell application "iTunes" to stop'

    Future ideas

  • start/stop Quicktime screen recordings on macOS via iOS shortcuts. Running into saving problems. Also complex enough that AppleScript files will be downloaded to Mac.
  • clipboard via SSH. Sometimes Handoff clipboard fails me, would be nice to have a backup. Should be able to go either way
  • If there is interest, I might try to package these up more as a sharable shortcut

#NovBaD #NaBloPoMo #challenge3of30 #challenge #automation #shortcuts #iOS #macOS #SSH #AppleScript #Podcasts

Remote control your Mac with your iPhone and SSH Key Shortcuts

macOS Preperation – Enable Remote Login on target Mac

  1. Open System PreferencesMacOS System Preferences Icon
  2. Find Sharing (or search for “remote”)
    MacOS System Preferences with
 remote searched for
  3. Turn on Remote Login. Enable “All Users” or add just one.
    Remote Login Selected on MacOS Sharing System Preferences
  4. Note the machine name (dougbeal-mb1.local), you will need it for the shortcut. You can also edit the name here.
    Circled Network Name

Create ssh shortcut on iOS

  1. Launch Shortcuts application. Search for shortcuts Application
  2. Create a new shortcut. Create Shortcut
  3. Add Action to shortcut. Add Action
  4. Search for ssh and select Run Script Over SSH. Search for ssh and find Run Script Over SSH
  5. Tap Show More. Run Script Over SSH select Show More
  6. In the Authentication section, select SSH Key. Shortcuts will automatically generate a key for you. Run Script Over SSH select Authentication, SSH Key
  7. Tap Script and swipe above keyboard and tap Shortcut Input. Change Run Script Over SSH script entry to Shortcut Input
  8. Tap on SSH Key and tap on Share Public Key. Get the public key to your mac (AirDrop, Handoff Clipboard, Apple Notes will all work). SSH Key Dialog with Share Public Key Highlighted
  9. Install public key on Mac

    Assumes public key is on the clipboard.

    1. make sure .ssh directory exists
    2. mkdir -p ~/.ssh

    3. append public key to authorized_keys file
    4. pbpaste >> ~/.ssh/authorized_keys

    Create a shortcut to put Mac Display to sleep

    1. Create a new shortcut
    2. add action TEXT with:
      pmset displaysleepnow

    3. add action Run Shortcut, choose shortcut from previous section

    Now when you run the shortcut, your display will go to sleep.

    #NovBaD #NaBloPoMo #challenge2of30 #challenge #automation #shortcuts #iOS #macOS #SSH

What I want to accomplish or kick off in November

  1. #100DaysOfDraw #WeDrawWednesdays
    2019-11-06 to 2021-09-29
    Post Drawing no later than each Wednesday for the next 100 Wednesdays. Inspired by @MakeDoPod, Make Do on Relay FM
  2. November Blog-A-Day (#NovBaD #NaBloPoMo)
    Make blog post for each day of november. Inspired by NaNoWriMo and Jamie Tanna – National Blog Post Month (NaBloPoMo)

  3. Get out in front creating HWC Seattle events, publicize them better [2019-11-13, 2019-11-27]
  4. Register w/locality
  5. Figure out where to post HWC 10-16 notes
  6. Start Project planchette [dev] – 1 page scope/goal document
  7. Start project TB phase 1 [craft]
  8. find archive of college files and restore first webpage
  9. 4 weekly reviews! (inspired by @theweeklyreview)

Teaser for tomorrow: GitHub actions!

#NovBaD #NaBloPoMo #1of30 #challenges

STS-135, Mission, Inktober 31 of 31
on TomoeRiver Paper
with Platinum Pigment Blue, Platinum Carbon Black, Franklin-Christoph 2017 Philly Pen Show, Sailor Jentle Oku Yama, KWZ Honey, KWZ Grapefruit

#art #artchallenge #Inktober #SpaceInktober #PlanetInktober #Inktober2019

Space Prompt by @IntrplnetSarah

Inktober 2019 Prompt

Curiosity, Rover, Inktober 29 of 31
on TomoeRiver Paper
with Platinum Carbon Black, Dr Ph Martin’s Bleedproof White, Monteverde Copper Noir, Pelikan Edelstein Smoky Quartz

#art #artchallenge #Inktober #SpaceInktober #PlanetInktober #Inktober2019

Space Prompt by @IntrplnetSarah

Inktober 2019 Prompt

OV-103 on STS 51, Discovery, Inktober 28 of 31
on TomoeRiver Paper
with Platinum Carbon Black, Platinum Pigment Blue, Pelikan Edelstein Ruby, Papier Plume Ivy 108

#art #artchallenge #Inktober #SpaceInktober #PlanetInktober #Inktober2019

Space Prompt by @IntrplnetSarah

Inktober 2019 Prompt