I’ve become fond of a weblog called Everyday Carry. When I decided to dust off my newsreader I asked some friends for their OPMLs so I could see what they were reading and Everyday Carry was one that came in a bundle of consumer-centric feeds Adam Mathes read for Decommodify.
The basic idea is people send in photos of what they carry every day, with a little summary of what the items are and possibly a little backstory on how they acquired the item. The goal seems to be minimalism crossed with preparedness, and so there is a theme amongst the enthusiasts that I’ve been able to observe. Most carry a light, a bit of rope, a hook of some sort, a small number of keys (usually one), a knife, a wallet, and a watch.
Each post has a followup by the editor thanking them for the contribution and praising or offering a gentle suggestion about how they could achieve a more efficient everyday carry.
There are no Amazon encoded links to buy your own, that feels noteworthy.
Some time ago I decided I would not carry a bag and laptop into work. I keep my work iMac at the office and commute with only my keys, a wallet, and iPhone (with standard earbuds). My keys have an Inka Pen keychain that has saved me more times than I can count.
I don’t imagine I would ever submit to Everyday Carry, but the site is a bright spot as I read through my feeds.
You are drowning in feeds and URLs. You want an email every morning that tells you what was important yesterday: nextdraft.com.
I’ve been subscribed to NextDraft since September and I love it. It is exactly what I need to keep track of stuff I missed the day before. Every day it seems like there were ten must-read things on the web and Dave manages to find them all.
There's a project in San Francisco called The Awesome Project (link to news article) that is actually a pretty good idea—but, San Francisco being San Francisco there is the inevitable project that is creating "audio tours for ferry rides across the San Francisco Bay that address the consequences of rising sea levels." Christ. Or done to death "displays pictures of the sky taken every 10 seconds for a year from a camera atop the Exploratorium."
Anyway, Twitter account here. Web site here. Let's hope there are more "string zip-lines from the Transamerica Pyramid" and less "paint a flower for every prarie dog that will die today."
UPDATE: I just re-read this and I don't know why I'm so grumpy about these ideas. Idea people really should just use Kickstarter though.
Imagesoak is a fantastic application for finding things to read and look at based on the interesting photos and images that accompany them. Nevermind what I just said, just go there and start scrolling. I've already made it my homepage.
(For the non-tech, this is when you merge the branch of code you've been working on with the main code base. When it fails you have to pick through it like a fisherman undoing a bad cast. It usually happens 10 minutes before your train is supposed to leave the office.)
These 3d post cards are just lovely. My eye keeps going for unicolor animal toys. I think having a little boy who loves little animals (he squeaks when you ask him what sound a monkey makes) has tuned me into them.
I made a new rule in Mail.app. I'm not a productivity expert, so you can just ignore this and go back to procrastinating at work by reading weblogs, but I think I discovered something that works for me.
The rule I made takes every incoming piece of mail and marks it as read. Now I am not summoned to my inbox by a red alert badge in my Dock, I go there when I need to check in with email.
Anyway, works for me. I like it.
update: my friend Ben points out that I can turn badge notification off, which is half of what I'm trying to do. The other part requires I keep track of when and what email is in my inbox and which has been dealt with. So I check mail in the morning, then again after lunch (as I just did).
Not having bolded messages calling to me to open and deal with them is nice.
Japanse Company Uses Elderly Man To Model Clothes. I think what I love most about this is his expression and the way he carries himself changes depending on which outfit he's wearing. He absolutely loves (and looks good in) some, but completely ridiculous in others.
I guess the SXSW panels proposals are up today for voting. I don't go to SXSW anymore, but if I did I'd totally go to this one by Myles Grant. I forgot how much SXSW recharges the batteries. I definitely need a recharge these days.
John Gruber talks more about Android and iPhone. I've talked quite a bit about this subject with many friends over beer and coffee and in between meetings. Everyone seems pretty excited to discuss how Apple created this gigantic, seemingly unscalable mountain, and how even the most well funded attempts have fallen so very, very short. It's kind of amazing. It's even driven me to open up XCode for the first time in four months.
I'm the sort of person who is constantly looking for threads and patterns between seemingly unrelated subjects. I think these are all quite related.
I kept threatening to take some photos of my zines. While we're packing for the move I took a couple of snapshots. The color versions are the originals pasted up. The zines were photocopied at my Mom's office and then distributed to friends around town.
Is some highly available, geographically diverse, multi-billion dollar company's web site down or is it just my local ISP/Comcast/linksys router? http://downforeveryoneorjustme?com/ Excellent answer for the dudes on your local forum still using NetZero.
I really wish there was a ffffound.com for sentences. I guess that's called a weblog. Anyway, here are two that I wanted to note this weekend:
Wikipedia's Martin Luther King Day page on South Carolina's May 2000 adoption of MLK day as a state holiday: "Prior to this, employees could choose between celebrating Martin Luther King Day or one of three confederate holidays."
From Mark Pilgrim's book "Dive into Python" on the subject of private functions: "Acknowledge that this is interesting, but promise to never, ever do it in real code."
In case you were ever considering learning Python, I cannot recommend Mark's book enough.
The Sound of Young America is my favorite podcast. Not one of, is. I love the variety of guests and the questions always seem fresh even when the subjects are not. He didn't earn the title "America's Radio Sweetheart" for nothing.
One of my favorite interviews he did was with Shelley Berman. A legend with a history peppered with land-mines other interviewers would likely trod upon, yet Jesse managed to keep the interview interesting and coax a bit more than you'd expect from Shelley.
TV-B-Gone versus CES. Very funny, but I gotta feel sorry for these people. I worked at a few trade shows, and it's incredibly hard work to be up there presenting live over and over again.
A memory I cannot shake every time I see the word "hierarchical" is our emcee going crazy every show having to say that word. I was around when they wrote the copy and I remember when he first tried the line it just didn't come out right. Hi-yer-archik-cull.
After about the 90th time the word had become an entirely odd moment in an otherwise smooth show. His body would animate into these weird convulsions and he'd sometimes kick his foot forward like one would use body english on a wayward bowling ball. It's funny now, but back then it was painful to watch.
(It turns out this is the folks at Gizmodo having fun)
Check out this crazy Java applet that displays the current wind patterns over the Bay Area. I am usually a weather doubter ("OH it can't be that bad, they just want to scare you!") but today I got the full force of the storm, saw lots of damage and even got lifted a bit while walking home.
It's one thing to drive in bad weather, it's another to have to take public transportation. I gave up and came back home. The last thing I ever want to do is get stranded in Sausalito. link sent by Erika
Incidentally, when I saw that video I told my dad (who is a barber) to cut my hair EXACTLY like Neil Finn. My father, being a complete professional who takes hair cutting very seriously, wouldn't do it. "It looks like they cut each other's hair!" He'd refuse.
Red Sweater Software just released a 2.0 of MarsEdit. It's easily one of my favorite apps on the Mac. If you contribute to a blog or several blogs and want a unified, client-side editor you need to get MarsEdit.