It’s a Wunder

I’ve been out of touch a little… not just my posts about technology here and there, but the general hey-look-it’s-a-personal-post post.

Thankfully the huge ugly wound on my knee as a result of me falling on the concrete in the rain is healing and closing up. I actually put some honey on the wound today. I’ll be honest, I picked at the scab a little bit. You know when you think it’s safe to pick at a scab, it’s not going to bleed, it’s going to be perfectly fine? That’s just what I thought as I dabbed some Vaseline on the dry edges of the wound. So I didn’t pick anything off just for kicks to see fresh blood again (who does that?) but just to remove scabs from already formed skin.

Honey, with all its antibacterial properties, is quite good for wounds. I was surprised that from this morning until now, my wound has healed quite a lot. The skin around it is pink again, except for the ugly bruise. I forgot to mention that when I wrapped up my bandage on Thursday and Friday before I went to work, I noticed that there was a horrible bruising around the wound on my knee. I must have fallen pretty damn hard. There’s still a nasty bruise on my hip as well.

I’ve been using Wunderkit lately, which is a – well, how should we put this? It’s a tool, it’s a system, it’s an application. It’s a place where you can efficiently organise your own tasks, own personal projects, or even group collaborations. The project is still in beta but you can sign up and check it out. I’ve found it quite useful to keep track of all my tasks in one place. There is an app for the iPhone and a desktop application for Mac.

I love to-do lists and now it just seems like the notebooks I have maybe won’t really be needed anymore. Pen and paper is always magnificent for planning and brainstorming, but for quick to-dos, you will probably like Wunderkit. It can be social if you want it to be – Rachel and I have invited each other to our respective workspaces so that we can see what the other is doing or what they have planned. It’s really simple to add tasks – you just type it in the box and hit return on your keyboard. You can also assign tasks to other people who are members of the workspace, you can create lists of tasks to organise them into manageable chunks, and you can even use tags to tag tasks.

It doesn’t stop there, though. While I can assign a task to Rachel to humourously tell her to study for her Japanese exam and “star” it for priority, she is also able to “like” my task. Of course, “like” is just the same as liking posts on Tumblr and Facebook, and/or favouriting tweets. However, if you’re not one for liking but you want to respond, there is also comment functionality. You can also comment on comments. What’s great about these is that you can easily discuss if you’re in a group, and of course, one can always step in to help or give some guidance along the way.

You don’t have to invite anyone to your workspace either; there’s the option to have to completely private if you’re working on a surprise birthday party for someone.

I’ve been using Wunderkit to organise all my website duties and other online business, as well as keeping reminders of things to do – like buying train tickets, cleaning my desk, or even keeping quick notes. The notes are another basic functionality of Wunderkit; if you want to write something a bit longer they’re there. I must also mention that Wunderlist is for those who are after something simpler, less social, but just as efficient. Also created by 6wunderkinder, it’s available as an app for iPhone, iPad, Android, Mac OSX and Windows. At the moment there is no integration between it and Wunderkit, but it’s soon to come. 🙂

Wunderkit is a terrific option for project management and we’ve started to use it at work as well. The great thing is that it syncs at regular intervals, so if you’ve lost your connection you can still add tasks as per usual, and they’ll just sync as soon as you’ve got a connection. It’s probably a bit late to be delving into project management halfway through the semester for university, but it’s just another handy thing to start using for anyone who wants to keep organised, or, like me – likes a to-do list for anything.

Well, going back to my idiot wounded knee, I’m sure it’ll heal a lot quicker if I keep treating it like how I did today. The honey should do a good job again, and of course I’ll clean the wound regularly. It’s already drying and pretty much closed up, but I don’t want the skin to get too flaky, so I’ll have to pop Vaseline on the edges again.

Excuse me for talking about my horrid wound.

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