• Please Don’t just say ‘Hello’ in chat

    I came across this old page, through the course of my usual weekend surfing: You’re trying to be polite by not jumping right into the request, like you would do in person or on the phone. But Chat is neither of those things. Typing is much slower than talking. Instead of being polite, you are […]

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  • Hans Zimmer has joined Blade Runner 2049 to help compose the score

    Andrew Liptak writing for the Verge: “We have Johann’s breathtaking atmospheric sounds, but I needed other things, and Hans helped us.” Both Zimmer and Wallfisch both coming off of their latest collaboration with Christopher Nolan, Dunkirk. I saw Dunkirk over the weekend, and it is extraordinary. It must be seen in IMAX to be truly […]

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  • Review of the Orient Ray (II) Dive Watch

    The perfect beach watch, if mechanical dive watches are your thing.

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  • The Rise of Dystopian Fiction: From Soviet Dissidents to 70’s Paranoia to Murakami

    Yvonne Shiau, writing on Medium: … the dystopian novel — as we know it, in its full totalitarian glory — is itself a relatively new phenomenon. Before 1900, only the British satirist Jonathan Swift wrote books that could, with one eye squinted, be called dystopian. So when did dystopias and dystopian themes start taking off in modern fiction? And […]

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  • Betty Shannon, Unsung Mathematical Genius

    Fantastic story about a life-long partnership steeped in math and love. As our industry begins to recognize the on-going contributions of women in our field, I hope more stories like Betty Shannon’s can be told. Like the Shannons, my wife and I share a rich intellectual bond that is invaluable to me. She’s my first […]

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  • John Powell will score the upcoming Han Solo movie

    Great news. Powell is an accomplished composer, and he will add a distinctive style which should separate this standalone movie from the Skywalker episodes. Fans of film music will recognize Powell’s score for the Jason Bourne trilogy, of which The Bourne Supremacy is a one of my favorites. Personally, I enjoy that Lucasfilm is branching […]

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  • Jony Ive and Apple Park

    Jason Snell, on the oft-assumed uniformity in the priorities of all writers, editors, and programmers: Sometimes I think people who work in fields where an open collaborative environment makes sense don’t understand that people in other fields (writers, editors, programmers) might not share the same priorities when it comes to workspaces. I’ve read a lot […]

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  • The Importance of Curiosity and Moving Beyond Informed Opinions

    Everybody has an opinion about how the world is fucked, but few offer practical suggestions. Like how to actually get an education in the humanities…

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  • Welcome a Guest Editor

    I’m taking a short break from the site this week while we go on a family vacation. To keep you company, I’ve asked my good friend Rob Rhyne to keep an eye on things for me — he’s a hell of a writer. You can find Rob’s writing on his site here, follow him on […]

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  • Magpul Daka Wallet

    This is a wallet which only holds two cards and is not good.

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  • Minaal Daily Bag review by Fatih Arslan

    Interesting review given that he is coming from my top bag choice, the GR1. If there’s one complaint I heart about the GR1, it’s the weight, but that weight is what makes it so damn good to carry. You don’t notice the weight on your back, but you do notice it when you pick up […]

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  • iPad Productivity Report — 7/22/17

    Talking about iPads, talking about basic apps, talking about your questions, talking about the multi-tasking and two handed usage.

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  • Slimfold MICRO Wallet

    A fantastic “nothing is there” wallet which can expand a lot, and that turns out to be a problem for me.

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  • Cedric and Ada’s Steel Test and Results on Everyday Commentary

    Fantastic set of testing for blade steels. Really interesting to see where things like S30V and S35VN fall in comparison to M390 (my current favorite steel). Be sure to read part 2 as well.

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  • Removing Barriers — Outlier’s Approach to Fashion

    Eugene Kan: In the words of Abe: “We don’t see ourselves as a lifestyle brand. We don’t focus on it too much. Apple doesn’t care who buys it, they focus on making the best possible product. You can do whatever you want with it. It’s not like if you buy it you’ll look like a surfer […]

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  • Skinth Mondo Shield

    An interesting but imperfect EDC pouch.

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  • Apple Leather Sleeve for iPad Pro

    The Apple Leather Sleeve solves quite a few issues for me.

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  • Car Camping (video)

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  • Transmit 5

    I may not use the Mac anymore, but Transmit is one hell of an app. This one adds Rackspace support, which gives me oh so much hope that this support with come to iOS.

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  • Outdoor Research Ferrosi Pants

    A really great pair of pants for warmer hikes, they are like nothing is there.

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