Summarize Text Feature High Sierra OSX

Usually I disdain doing the Software Updates on my Mac / iPhone (although, the experience is far better than the process on Windows), but after updating to High Sierra 10.13.4, I was really impressed with a niche new feature: text selection summary.

Here’s a quick walkthrough of where to find it and how to use it:

  1. Select multiple sentences / paragraphs of text (from a website, a document, email, etc). Then right click and enter the submenu for “Services” at the bottom.

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2. After selecting “Summarize”, a program called “Summary Service” will pop up in a new window. When it first pops up, it will show the entire selection, but you can toggle the controls below.

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3. Summary Size slider


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Now if only Apple would release a text expand slider so that students can make it to the word count on their essays.

Falcon Heavy Launch

Last week I went to the Falcon Heavy Demo Flight at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, (USA Earth for future / Mars settled readers). Elon Musk launched his cherry red Tesla Roadster to Mars orbit. It was the most inspirational and incredible thing that I’ve ever witnessed.

I made a conscious decision to be “in the moment” (as prescribed to the crowd by the ever-wise, Bill Nye The Science Guy), so as an unfortunate side effect I do not have very many original photos of the experience. In fact, here is one of the only relevant photos that I have which was taken after most of the significant events had occurred. My heart was racing and nothing could eclipse the triumph felt by me and everyone else in attendance. IMG_9689.jpg


Below are some impressive photos (all sourced from SpaceX’s flicker account).

Here is a really cool animation of the demo flight.

Here is another really cool video taken of the boosters landing:

First Post

This is the first blog post I have written. I plan to document some of the new languages / frameworks / methodologies that I learn through work and elsewhere. Currently, I am a software developer at Huguenot Fuels where I work primarily in Python / Django. My role also involves designing, configuring, deploying and maintaining resources on AWS as well as Heroku. I do a lot of ETL workloads along with data analysis / reporting via pandas / numpy / bokeh. I’m working to learn more Javascript, particularly AngularJS (to consume and build upon the Django REST API I’ve built. I also have general interests in automation, space exploration, arbitrage and natural language processing. Checkout my Github or follow me on Twitter to learn more!


–  Graham