A list of things that I use to manage my life or that I simply enjoy using.
Last updated September 2023. (Still working on it)
- Apple MacBook Pro M1 Max (2020) – Finally, Apple makes a great laptop again.
- Apple iPad Pro 10.9 (2021) – I am not an iPad person, but this is a great “get-away” device. The Magic Keyboard makes it usable.
- iPhone 15 Pro – I’ve finally gone with a “full-size” phone. No more Minis. It’s fine.
- Apple Studio display – Just the right size. Gorgeous view.
- Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (2015) – I tinker with Linux on this. I hate the trackpad more than anything.
- Mac Mini (2012) - For cold storage, Roon Core, and Plex. It replaces the Synology
- Happy Hacking Keyboard Professional 2 – The greatest keyboard there is. It’s nearly perfect.
- Logitech MX Master 3 mouse - I still prefer a mouse over a trackpad. This is a good one.
Here’s the software that I currently use on a regular basis
- Emacs and Org mode – I write nearly everything in Org-mode. Tasks, lists, documents, publishing, all in plain text. I basically live there.
- DEVONthink – Email Archives, Manuals, PDFs, Scanned documents. Years of archives remain searchable and synced across devices. It’s also another way into my ~/org files.
- Apple Mail – It’s fine, and it’s always right there.
- BBEdit – As much as I try to remain in Emacs for editing, whenever I need something fancy done with a lot of text, I turn to BBEdit. It’s the editor I’ve used the longest. In fact, it may be the piece of software I’ve used the longest, period. It remains truly great.
- Kitty Terminal – I spend a lot of time in a terminal. Apple’s built-in Terminal is fine, but Kitty is faster and has “Layouts” .
- Git – For a long time I pushed Mercurial over Git, as it was simpler to use and understand. I lost, so everything goes in Git.
- 1Password – Password management
- Arq Backup – Helps me keep things backed up properly
- Raycast – Launcher and generally useful utility for all sorts of automation and shortcuts. Replaced Alfred for me a year or so ago.
- Espanso - Text expansion utility. It’s free, cross-platform, fast, and appropriately nerdy.
- CleanShot X — Far and away the best screenshot utility there is
- Apple Messages – Nearly everyone I communicate with uses Apple devices
- Signal – For non-Apple and/or private communication
- Digital Ocean - Static hosting for most of my websites
- Fastmail - Personal email
- Mullvad VPN - Privacy for browsing
- Porkbun - Domains and DNS
- Sourcehut - Repo hosting
Cameras I use most frequently
- Leica MP (Black Paint) - OMG it’s so beautiful. I bought it new in 2021 as my “forever” camera.
- Leica Q2 (Digital) - Wonderful everyday carry digital camera.
- Leica SL2 (Digital) - Superb build and image quality. Best EVF I’ve ever used. And made for use with adapted M lenses.
- Leica M3 - OG Leica M. Built in 1960 and works like butter.
- Ricoh GRIII (Digital) - Pocketable, high-quality (APS-C), and fun to use snapshot camera.
- Fujifilm X100 - The O.G. Fuji X camera. It’s 12 years old now but I still use it, even though the rear buttons suck and it’s only 12 MP.
Cameras I use occasionally
- Leica IIIf – Barnack! Mine was made in 1946.
- Hasselblad 500C/M - The Hasselblad V series cameras are iconic, beautiful, and superbly engineered. They also produce wonderful images, which is why they are my favorite all-around cameras.
- Graflex Crown Graphic - Large Format (4×5) film camera. Mine is beat up and held together with gaffer tape, and I love it. It’s a pain in the ass to use, but there’s nothing like a 4×5 negative.
- Canon Pro-zoom 814 Electronic – Super8 movie film camera
- Nikon F100 – 35mm auto-focus film camera. Best bang for the buck in film cameras.
- Olympus OM–1n – 35mm film camera. Tiny and jewel-like. Amazing viewfinder.
- Olympus OM–2n – 35mm film camera
- Olympus Stylus Epic – Compact 35mm film camera
- Canon AE–1 Program – 35mm Film SLR. This is the first “real” camera I ever owned.
- Canon Canonet – 35mm rangefinder camera. Retired.
- Minolta Autocord – Medium format TLR. Retired.
- Graflex Speed Graphic – Another 4×5 film camera. Mine has a bad light leak so it sits on a shelf.
Software for photography
- Capture One Pro – Raw file editor
- Apple Photos – For iPhone shots and keepers exported from my editor
- Photo Mechanic – Ingesting, tagging, and renaming photos from cards. Nothing is faster or easier. I’d like to not need it, but trying to caption and tag dozens of photos at a time is an exercise in frustration in any other app.
- Epson ET-8500 - “EcoTank” photo printer. Great photo printer that doesn’t cost a fortue to run.
- Epson V850 – Flatbed film scanner. Works great for medium and large format. Less great for 35mm, but still fine.
- Profoto D1 Monolights – Aging but still great for studio portraits.
- Billingham Hadley Pro Small – Beautiful and well-made camera bag
I use a basement bathroom as a makeshift darkroom.
- Leitz Focomat v35 – 35mm auto-focus enlarger. Solid and reliable. It is a fantastic device.
- Beseler 45MXT – This is for printing medium and large format negatives. Mine is a little janky but works great overall.
- Leitz Focomat IIc – Manufactured from 1956–1983, the Focomat IIc is a giant, over-engineered marvel of an enlarger. I bought mine as a fixer-upper from Craigslist and I still don’t have it working completely. Getting there, though.
Pen and Paper
- Leuchtturm 1917 Notebooks – Better than a Moleskine and perfect for use as a Bullet Journal.
- Hobonichi Techo Planner – Best little day planner ever. I’ve carried one for many years. I sometimes use them only sporadically, but I always come back.
- Field Notes – Always have a Field Notes notebook in my back pocket. It’s a better capture tool than the iPhone
- Pilot Custom 823 – My everyday fountain pen. It’s nearly perfect
- Pelikan Souveran M400 – Beautiful, classic fountain pen. I had the nib tweaked by Richard Binder and it writes like butter. It’s for fancy writing.
- Mitsu-Bishi Hi-Uni Pencils – I’ve come around on pencils recently. I find myself reaching for a pencil as often as a pen. More so, maybe.
- Caran D’ache Pencil Sharpening Machine – Overkill, but I love it.
- Olympia SM3 Typewriter – My favorite typewriter
- Olympia SM9 Typewriter – My second favorite typewriter
Every Day Carry
- Tag Heuer Aquaracer Automatic watch – No batteries, beautiful, and good to 300 meters in the water – because that’s handy right?
- Apple Watch (Series 7) – The health stuff and proper notifications are handy. I wish I could wear this and the Tag.
- Casio G-Shock(s) - I have 2 of them. They’re great and I can beat them senseless without worry.
- Goruck GR1 backpack – If I ever go outside, I’m ready.
- Benchmade Mini Griptilian AXIS Lock Knife – Always in my pocket. I never realized how handy a pocket knife could be until I started carrying one everywhere.
- Bellroy Note Sleeve Wallet – Feels great, works great.
- Bellroy Field Notes Notebook Cover – A great way to carry my ever-present Field Notes notebook.
- Blunt Classic Umbrella – Who knew a good umbrella would make such a big difference? This is a very nice one.
- Filson original Briefcase – I’ve owned a number of bags and this one is the one I’ve settled on. Well-designed, simple, and very well-made.