#+TITLE: Timestamps

I spend a lot of time working with timestamps in my
professional life: mostly while digging through error logs across
various languages or digging into raw data.

Opening a terminal, copying a timestamp in and running some variant of
a date command (that I always look up with
^R is annoying.

After spending a bit of time digging into various ways to get my hooks
into OS X`s contextual menu, a simple python script in Automator
seemed the best solution: you can grab it here.

Highlighting a timestamp and running the service shows a notification
with a pretty printed date.

../static/images/timestamp.png

This requires pync installed to trigger notification center alerts for
timestamps (just make sure you can import pync in the python
interpreter).

Install the workflow and assign a nice shortcut: I use Ctrl + Shift +
;, but then I use dvorak; YMMV.