Yet another Kindle

Kindle

I preordered the very first Kindle back in 2007 and have done the same with every update (except the Kindle 2) since.

In keeping with that tradition, I’ve also preordered the new Kindle Voyage. This one looks like a winner.

Kindle Voyage (photo: Amazon)

Kindle Voyage (photo: Amazon)

I read a lot on my Kindle, so I upgrade each time the device gets better. The screen on the Voyage looks to be pretty special, and that’s worth the price of the upgrade to me.

See also: Do I Have Too Many Kindles?

Leica M60 – Khoi Vinh

Khoi Vinh on the Leica M60

But it costs an absurd US$20,000 to own. The whole premise of it strikes me as ridiculous, especially this video that shows it being unpacked literally with white gloves.

It’s not as if Leica has never done this before. I’d love an M Edition 60. Get rid of that damn LCD, I say! $20,000 is ridiculously expensive for me, but not everyone feels that way.

He also says:

 I find it so sad when companies create these exorbitant editions of their products

If Leica hadn’t released any normal1 products recently, I’d agree. Leica is on a bit of a roll with new products lately and having one or two “special” products in the lineup feels less obnoxious to me today than it did a few years ago.

Just wait until the Apple Watch Edition is released and costs $10,000. And that doesn’t even have a camera.


  1. If one can consider a $7,000 camera body “normal” 

The Song of the Introvert – Rands

The Song of the Introvert – Rands in Repose:

My love of calm predictability has come at a cost. I write everything down in a black notebook – no lines. There are boxes next to items that must be tracked, there are stars for ideas that must be remembered. A yellow highlighter and a .5mm Zebra Sarasa gel pen accompany me everywhere because the presence of this notebook is part of my well-defined system of never missing anything. See, paradoxically, while I would likely prefer to be hiding in my Cave, I also love signal and…

You are high signal.

I love reading the things written by other introverts. I feel validated, thank you.

 

Casting a wider social net

I thought I wanted to be the quiet guy in the corner. I’d like to just create things, post them without fanfare, and hey, if you find them you find them. Or maybe I should never post anything at all. I could just make stuff that ends up in a cardboard box in my basement until I’m dead. That would be neat, but it’s not likely. You see, I’ve fallen into the same trap as everyone else; I love validation. Even a simple but meaningless Facebook “Like” feels good and I’m just as vulnerable to that feeling as the rest of you. I certainly don’t want to be one of those hand-waving-look-at-me! types that are so common, but I don’t always enjoy sitting here talking to myself either.
I’ve tried not cross-posting to Twitter, Tumblr, and Facebook but it’s more fun to share. This blog doesn’t get a lot of visitors, so if I want someone to read something I’ve written or see something I’ve photographed — and I do — it’s gotta get posted to other places. Bear with my while I work this all out.

The Bullet Journal Kickstarter

I’ve been keeping notes and todos in one notebook or another for years. I prefer it that way, but it can be difficult to find things later and sometimes I can’t decide what goes in the notebook and what goes elsewhere and why. Ryder Carroll recently solved those issues for me by created a wonderful and slightly more structured system called The Bullet Journal. It’s simple and flexible but contains enough process to make it the first paper-based “system” I’ve ever stuck with for any length of time.
He’s now started a Kickstarter project so I backed it immediately.

This Kickstarter campaign will fund development of the next version of bulletjournal.com: a stronger, smarter, more intuitive platform that will make it easy for users to find and contribute new methods to make the Bullet Journal system even more useful and effective. The new site will serve as a free library for the ever-growing catalog of productivity methods. The revamped site will also feature fresh tutorials, videos, reviews, resources, and so much more!

Including a Leuchtturm1917 notebook makes it worth the price of admission. I like them much better than the typical Moleskine.
Here’s hoping it gets funded!

The Apple Store Experience

At some point over the past couple of years I began to dread going to the Apple Store. That’s a shame, since for a long time I couldn’t wait to go there. I’d go just to browse around (and usually end up buying something). It was smooth, clean, relatively quiet, and a completely pleasent experience.

Now, it’s sort of a clusterfuck. They pass me from one associate to another. I stand in one line waiting to stand in another. Today someone basically just pointed me at a computer to “easily take care of that online” then left me to wait for about 20 minutes. I could’ve done that from my comfy chair at home. I probably should have.

Reunions

I dread going to family reunions, yet every time I attend one I’m glad I did. I have a pretty cool extended family. Everyone is funny and nice and we all get along famously. I’m not sure why I don’t look forward to going, but I sure enjoy looking back on having gone.