An Update on How I Use IFTTT

by Dan Wearsch

I've written a fair amount about IFTTT in the last couple years, but I've made a lot of changes lately thanks to some great improvements to the service. I just added all the Boxcar stuff today, so if all goes well, I'll probably change most of the SMS actions over soon. I really hope the team at IFTTT figures out how to make money soon, because I'd rather be paying them than have to go back to life before IFTTT.

Below is a summary of how I currently use IFTTT, grouped by destination.

(A short message service like Twitter)

  • New Posts from RSS feed

(The triggers below create a new short URL using my own custom domain)

  • New Shared IFTTT Recipe
  • New files added to my Public Dropbox folder
  • New Pinboard bookmarks
  • New Starred items in Feedly
  • New Posts from RSS feed

Boxcar 2

(Boxcar is a push notification service, so these items send push alerts to my phone)

  • Withings Pulse Less than 8000 steps yesterday
  • Withings Pulse More than 10000 steps yesterday
  • Reminders near the end of my workday on the days I need to wrap up and get to the gym
  • A bunch of different reminders tied to my daughter's sleep schedule
  • Any articles about my employer in The New York Times
  • Stock market closing prices on select stocks
  • Breaking News from ESPN about the Cleveland Browns
  • Each morning, a recommended recipe from IFTTT


  • Select photos from my phone move to a specified subfolder


  • IFTTT Updates (new channels and other info)


  • My Instagram Posts


  • If I Beat My Weight Loss Goal, Email my Wife

Google Drive

  • Withings Scale Weigh-in Details to Spreadsheet


  • Share Feedly Articles tagged with 'linkedin'


(Pinboard is the greatest bookmarking service)

  • Loved Tracks
  • Vimeo Likes
  • Soundcloud Faves
  • Soundcloud Posts
  • Flickr Faves
  • Evernote Shared Items
  • YouTube Faves
  • Pocket Faves
  • Reddit Saves


(Pocket is a Read Later service)

  • Vimeo Watch Later
  • YouTube Watch Later


(The following items trigger text messages to my phone)

  • The President signs a new law
  • New measurement from Withings scale
  • Arkansas Razorback football news
  • Cleveland Browns kickoff reminder
  • Cleveland Indians final scores
  • Current weather at my house is rain or snow


  • Call IFTTT and leave a voicemail



  • Location based trigger DMs my wife to let her know I'm headed home

Best Actor Matthew McConaughey's First Role

by Dan Wearsch

Several years ago, my wife and I were watching an old repeat of Unsolved Mysteries when we were surprised to see a very young Matthew McConaughey in one of their dramatic reenactments.

A shirtless 23-year-old McConaughey mows the lawn

A shirtless 23-year-old McConaughey mows the lawn

McConaughey is concerned about the pervert exposing himself to the neighborhood kids.

McConaughey is concerned about the pervert exposing himself to the neighborhood kids.

That's right, in 1992, the year before *Dazed and Confuzed*, McConaughey debuted in a season five episode of Unsolved Mysteries. He played Larry Dickens, a 1978 victim of murderer Edward Bell. Like most reenactments, it is pretty cheesy. My favorite thing about it is McConaughey's zombie impersonation as he follows his assailant down the driveway despite being shot multiple times.

After suffering multiple gunshot wounds, McConaughey still pursues his attacker.

After suffering multiple gunshot wounds, McConaughey still pursues his attacker.

The chase ends quickly with Larry's mother clutching him while he falls to the ground.

McConaughey's first death scene

McConaughey's first death scene

Not exactly Oscar-worthy, but that's exactly why I still love it today. It's a reminder that our early work isn't necessarily an indication of our ultimate quality. And who knows, if he hadn't landed this gig, a young McConaughey may have quit acting before he got the Dazed and Confused part a year later. McConaughey has been laughed at this week for saying his hero is himself in 10 years. After watching this performance again, I think I understand. He was speaking to a pursuit of perfection, the kind we admire in so many artisans.

I'm not going to embed a video of the episode because everything on YouTube is unofficial and likely to be removed very quickly. However, if you still get physical discs from Netflix, you can get Disc 1 of Unsolved Mysteries: Bizarre Murders to see it for yourself. Or you can just buy the set from Amazon if you're a fan of the show.