Newbie Capistrano / Mongrel / debugging question

This is a very particular case of a general need:

I am coding on a Mac and deploying using capistrano onto a mongrel
cluster on my server.

What's the best way for me to keep an eye on the ./shared/logs/
production.log file as it grows on the server from my mac.

The obvious one is to have a shell window open and having a tail -f
going. But is there something more elegant and productive? What's the
best practice here?