Things. An exploration of the stuff I love, and why I love it.

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Things: Outer Shell feedbag

A quick shout out for a product I bought before we left on our trip that I absolutely love and can recommend: this “feed bag” by I bought it on a whim as a way to have my camera (Fuji x100T) within easy reach while on the bike. Previously I’d either have the camera hang off me with a shoulder strap or inside a backpack or messenger bag. The first way would always swing around to the front and hit my legs or top tube, the second way was too cumbersome to stop and take photos with resulting in my taking fewer photos.

Things: Caribee backpack

For my first Things entry for 2012, I’ll be Tolkien[1. Not a typo.] about my black backpack. I’ve had it now for 13 years. I know this because I received it as a gift from my then-girlfriend’s parents for my 21st birthday. Although I wasn’t expecting a gift from them, when they gave it to me I felt awkward because it was such a plain and utilitarian item. It sort of didn’t seem like a gift at all. But I like to think they could see waaaay into the future with this thing.

Things: Byrd & Belle hand-made MacBook Air sleeve

The latest entry into the materialistic rambling of Things is my Byrd & Belle hand-made MacBook Air Sleeve. Both my regular readers know I’ve been using a padded envelope as protection for my MacBook Air, and for almost a full year it has been a fine solution — especially for a dollar — but an upgrade has been in the works for a while, I’ve just never been happy with the offerings. Enter Byrd & Belle (and Etsy). Angie at Byrd & Belle makes everything herself.

Things: Birkenstock sandals

Encountering the custom shoe makers in Hoi An on a recent trip, I decided to have my trusty Birkenstock sandals repaired and resoled. Again. I’ve had this pair of Birkenstock leather sandals for a long time — at least 10 years — but probably longer. During that time I’ve had them resoled four times, which is one of the reasons I’ve had them so long. Another, is they’re made of top-quality materials, and made in Germany. Still, after 237 years!

Things: Classic Nike shoe (x2)

This is a double episode of Things. Aren’t you a lucky lot today? Air Max Cross-Trainer ’91 Bo Jackson I bought this pair of shoes from eBay a couple years ago. Ugly aren’t they? The reason I sought and bought these was a nostalgic one: A guy at high school had a pair, and I didn’t. In fact, back in the year nineteen-hundred-and-ninety-one, when I was in year eight, expensive Nike sports shoes were the shiznit[1. The shit.]. As was NWA, Public Enemy, Twin Peaks, and the Super Nintendo.

Things: IKEA food packet clippy things

On Things, I usually talk about things I own and love that are kind of expensive, the message being it’s often better to spend a bit more and get great quality, or finishing, or craftsmanship. But not today. Today I talk about something I love that’s cheap and mass-produced, but still awesome: the IKEA food packet clippy things. Preamble I hate IKEA. Well, not really IKEA itself, but going to IKEA. Many of their products are useful, inexpensive, and good, but when I go it’s often the same stuff.

Things: Murray Carter kitchen knife

For many years I’ve been using my trusty Wusthof cook’s knife for all things kitchen and food related. It has been a wonderful and faithful tool, and especially since I learned how to sharpen it properly. But for the last two weeks, I’ve changed over to a Japanese style kitchen knife by Murray Carter. And it has been awesome. A while back Carter Cutlery had a massive sale before moving to a new location. I had my eye on a couple of knives for a long time, and this seemed like the time to secure them.

Things: Digital audio converter (Apogee Duet)

A while back I wrote about my Audio Technica AD900 headphones and how awesome they sounded. Towards the bottom of the page, I wrote: However, if I wanted to hear deeper bass, punchier mids, and clearer highs without distorting the sound, I can get an amp or sound card to drive the headphones. In short, I can make the already bullshit-sounding headphones more bullshit-sounding. Sometimes I wonder what that would be like, and if the difference is as significant as the audiophiles argue.