from the desk of H. Bowie...

desktop with typewriter


Notenik 14.4.0 Released

Notenik 14.4.0 is out, and is available for free from the Mac App Store. This release includes the following improvements: improved YAML parsing, for greater interoperability with Obsidian; a new option to sort a collection of notes by folder + seq + title; a new field type of page style, that can include special CSS to be applied to the display of a specific note; a new bulk edit option that can be used to modify several notes at once; a couple of bug fixes.


30 Apr 2024

Some Hard Truths About Human Population Growth

In 1800, the total human population on our planet was only 1 billion people. It took 127 years for that number to double to 2 billion. But then it took only 33 years to add the next billion. Since then, we’ve been adding another billion every 11 - 14 years, and doubling our population about every fifty years. At this point, in 2024, we now have in excess of 8 billion people on our planet – and we’re adding another quarter million every day.


25 Apr 2024

Notenik 14.3.0 Released

Notenik 14.3.0 is out today in the Mac App Store, including support for sub-folders. Happy for great support from the Notenik Discourse community in beta testing this latest release. More info at


20 Apr 2024

Notenik 14.2.0 Released

Version 14.2.0 of my open-source app Notenik is now available for free in the Mac App Store, with improved ability to show random, daily quotes from a commonplace book, as well as other improvements.


30 Mar 2024

Notenik 14.0.0 Released

Version 14.0.0 of my Mac app Notenik is out today, and available from the Mac App Store. A Notenik user recently posted a really good description of how Notenik differs from other (generally better-known) tools, and I suggest you read that if you’re wondering what it is that makes Notenik special.


27 Feb 2024

Notenik 13.4.0 Released

Version 13.4.0 of Notenik (free and open source) is now available in the Mac App Store. Added ‘Show in Finder’ for note files; added a script include command; improved the display of link fields.


18 Nov 2023

Pancho and Lefty

Writing about a great song, written by Townes Van Zandt, and performed by Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard. It was my father-in-law’s favorite.


31 Oct 2023

Notenik 13.3.0 Released

Version 13.3.0 of Notenik (free and open source) is now available in the Mac App Store. Improved the vCard import function, added a Person field type, and added an option to sort names last-name-first.


29 Oct 2023

A Reimagined

I’ve done a major redesign of my personal site at This has now become an ongoing central repository for my digital commonplace book and for all of my shorter pieces that I think are still worth reading. Feel free to look around.


24 Aug 2023

Notenik 12.7.0 Released

Notenik 12.7.0 is out. The biggest change is the sorting out of various controls for navigating through a Collection. There are three different paths a user can traverse, going both backwards and forwards. The first path just travels sequentially through the list, using the currently selected sort sequence. The second path goes back and forth through navigation history within the app. The third path goes forwards and back through search results. These three are all now enabled in both directions, with separate controls for each, and with sensible keyboard shortcuts for all options. Thanks to valuable user input on the Notenik Discourse forum for these suggestions!


17 Aug 2023

Notenik Updates for March, 2023

Notenik 10 received a nice review in the January issues of both MacLife and MacFormat, and was awared four out of five stars!

Notenik 11.7.0 was released on March 27th.

I keep adding new features to the app, either because I want/need them, or because another current or prospective user has requested them.


28 Mar 2023

Launched the Lexicon of Song Site

This is my newest site, and a spot where I can bring together all of the writings about songs I’ve done over the years. There’s some content from Reason to Rock here, as well as some stuff from The Practical Utopian, plus newer stuff. But since these are the most popular pieces I’ve written over the years (according to Google), I thought it was high time to have a single site dedicated to this material. The title of the site comes from a Bob Dylan quotation (see the “About” page for details).


14 Aug 2022