I have nostalgia for ‘getting’ bored, instead of just ‘being’ bored.
Holy shit, it’s June…
This week: tech downturns; remote work scam; what runs your lock down life, and a couple notes…
Silver Linings and All
This is more or less a perfect knife.
When Benchmade launched this knife it was everywhere — the distinctive bright blue handle and silver blade. It was loud, and those buying it were even louder. Everyone loves it, the only complaint seemed to be that maybe the handle couldn’t survive (insert contrived extreme example not likely to occur). But the thing is, I resisted getting this knife because it was large, and despite people talking about the low weight, I was unconvinced I needed it.
I found an app everyone needs, and also a bit of a rant on the short sighted work from home decision making going on.
This week: Quick Draft, get it; missing office work; distributed work; blogs; Mac and Windows users; a recommended clothing company.
It started as something to make my life easier, but then the pandemic hit and now it seems more prudent than ever.
Simon Crompton writing for the style journal Financial Times:
The vogue for men’s bags has now hit full stride,” says Alessandro Sartori, creative director of menswear brand Berluti. “It has taken a decade to get here but bags are now an essential part of every menswear collection. Men carry them; we design them. They are everywhere.
Oh, hell to the yes.
This article has not been written for most people.
This week: Comparison tables; changes I think will stick; face masks; Magic Keyboard battery issues; GIPHY; a sweet duffle bag; and a knife review preview.
Reviews at The Wirecutter
It has been a while since I wrote about The Wirecutter, but they posted something interesting: how they make their selections for what they recommend. They use comparison tables to track everything and clearly see what product should be the winner.
Could these be the best jeans money can buy?
Note: These pants were sent to me at no charge for review.
One of the most popular items out there is to make performance denim — to take your standard blue jeans and tweak them somehow to make them better than denim. Ministry of Supply seems to have went for all of that, and then some with the Chroma denim. They claim: no color fade, ‘smart stretch’, and durable construction.
And, in my testing, I think they are on to something here.
Yeah I get it, we all want to stay working from home, but it ain’t gonna happen.
This week: retired Mac mini; Instacart thoughts; Shemaghs, buy some; long term remote work; copper touch tools.
Retired Mac mini
Back in 2012 I spun up a remote Mac Mini with Mac Stadium, and over the years I used the hell out of it. It was, for a very long time, the web server and email server for this website. At the time, it was so much faster than any hosting I could get.
Ohhh, it’s not really a bag, but it is cool.
The new Ruck Plate carrier is sweet looking, I snagged one. The founder of GORUCK mentioned on Reddit that this is more of a conditioning tool for people and not really something to look at as a means for replacing the more expensive rucks. In other words, for most rucking activities a Ruck is better, but I am going to give this a go for my rucks.
Finally, a ‘smart’ watch I love and really think you will love too.
The Garmin Instinct Tactical is the first “smart” watch I like. Actually, I like it a lot. Because this isn’t really what you would expect of a smart watch, this is more like a modern incarnation of what G-SHOCK should be building. This is worth talking about.
I want to tell you about my revolutionary idea I have for the iPad, and other things of note.
This week: Magic Keyboard part two; Trackpad is the real story; give me a Magic KVM; Kondo; restaurants are really wanting to go out of business; and let’s not forget what it was like to be alone.
Magic Keyboard, Week 2
I spent the last week only using my Magic Keyboard to do all my work, and all my personal writing (which there wasn’t any of until the weekend this go around). A simple desk, with just a powerful tablet, Magic Keyboard — and then you know another iPad and a trackpad next to it so I could monitor the rapidness with which the world around me is changing.
The Magic Keyboard arrived for my iPad Pro and if only for that moment, this pandemic slipped away from my thoughts.
This Week: magic keyboard is here; pandemic gadget; Zoom; the end of life hacking; bad bosses take two.
iPad Magic Keyboard, Let’s Talk About It
Like many of you, I have spent the past few days reading hot takes from around the web about the iPad Magic Keyboard — is it good, is it worth nearly $400 for the 12.9” version (after you account for taxes)? Will I like it?