OllyDog Dog Pack

I ordered one of these last night for my lab LuLu thereby extending my obsession with gear to my canine friends. Most of the bags of this type that I have seen locally are uninspiring – the bag market for dogs here is huge but are designed for people to carry their dogs not to have your dog carry things for you. While not big enough to fit large gadgets (could you imagine your dog chasing after a squirrel with your precious MacBook in tow?), it should be fine for the refreshments we might need on the photo shoots I have planned for the summer. They are currently on sale at REI-OUTLET.com but I’ve seen it elsewhere. If this works out I might try the larger Mountainsmith Dog Pack for longer excursions.

Mismo Travel Duffle

A repost for a duffle I dig. I’m going to feature more from Mismo in the future.
I love just about everything about these canvas travel bags from Danish brand Mismo (all but their website). Exquisite materials, construction, and design. M/S Travel duffle features a large inside zipper pocket as well as two outside pockets on each gusset for you small gadgets or passport. The leather handles are long allowing you to carry the bag by hand or over your shoulder. The heavy canvas material has an added water repellant coating.

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Incredible data on text messages

American teenagers sent and received an average of 2,272 text messages per month in the fourth quarter of 2008, according to the Nielsen Company — almost 80 messages a day, more than double the average of a year earlier.

Text messages are the bane to my sanity, not due to their intrusiveness but due to just how painful it is to enter data into my Nokia. Last month I came close to 400 text messages, most of which were single word replies. I can only imagine the length of time other people spend sending sms.
Texting May Be Taking a Toll on Teenagers – NYTimes.com
The Problems With Over-Texting
Can bans on texting work?
2,000+ Unknown Words Used by Teens in More Than 1.2 Million Text Messages Every Minute
Text Messaging: Boon or Bane?
Don’t text till it hurts, and more parental wisdom

Bagjack Transformable Messenger Bag

Another great bag from The Glade catalogue, the Stone Island Shadow transforms from a messenger bag to briefcase to backpack.

With the lid zipped and the straps across your chest you get a full capacity backpack, with the lid zipped open and buttoned to the inside you have a messenger bag, with the lid flipped towards the back (covering the strap system) – you get your briefcase… with a little practice you will become a true master of this bag.

From bike to office to weekend getaway.

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Forget scraps of paper or napkins, iNapkin allows you to sketch right away in an intuitive single screen interface on your iPhone. Great for catching ideas, creating and sending concepts to clients, and creating doodles.

The Case for Working With Your Hands

Michael Crawford has a great piece in the New York Times Magazine that is adapted from his book Shop Class as Soulcraft. It’s a topic which I have been mulling over frequently of late, especially while I was in the midst of a job whereby seemingly nothing substantive was ever produced. Ingesting data to produce yet more data doesn’t have the same level of satisfaction to me as what I suspect making furniture and growing food had for my uncle. And yet ‘knowledge work’ is at the core of being a digital nomad or being a part of mobile culture.
Here is an excerpt:

High-school shop-class programs were widely dismantled in the 1990s as educators prepared students to become “knowledge workers.” The imperative of the last 20 years to round up every warm body and send it to college, then to the cubicle, was tied to a vision of the future in which we somehow take leave of material reality and glide about in a pure information economy. This has not come to pass. To begin with, such work often feels more enervating than gliding. More fundamentally, now as ever, somebody has to actually do things: fix our cars, unclog our toilets, build our houses.
When we praise people who do work that is straightforwardly useful, the praise often betrays an assumption that they had no other options. We idealize them as the salt of the earth and emphasize the sacrifice for others their work may entail. Such sacrifice does indeed occur — the hazards faced by a lineman restoring power during a storm come to mind. But what if such work answers as well to a basic human need of the one who does it?
…Seeing a motorcycle about to leave my shop under its own power, several days after arriving in the back of a pickup truck, I don’t feel tired even though I’ve been standing on a concrete floor all day. Peering into the portal of his helmet, I think I can make out the edges of a grin on the face of a guy who hasn’t ridden his bike in a while. I give him a wave. With one of his hands on the throttle and the other on the clutch, I know he can’t wave back. But I can hear his salute in the exuberant “bwaaAAAAP!” of a crisp throttle, gratuitously revved. That sound pleases me, as I know it does him. It’s a ventriloquist conversation in one mechanical voice, and the gist of it is “Yeah!”

The Case for Working With Your Hands – NYTimes.com

Sushi Camera in Japan

Camera on a sushi conveyor at a Japanese Tokyo/Asakasa kaitenzushi sushi bar named Maguro-bito (near the Nakamise Shopping Arcade). I don’t think the patrons or restaurant owners were all that impressed but an interesting idea nonetheless.

Notte Sento

A beautiful love story directed by Daniele Napolitano made with over 4500 still images from a Canon EOS 30D.

A girl misses her train to Milan and is set to wait overnight in Rome until dawn. However, a chance encounter with a guy changes her plans and the night lights of the capital turn into the background to a tender love story. An extraordinary chemistry made of knowing glances and small gestures fills the few instants that separate them both from the sunrise.

Official site.

Patagonia Lightweight Travel Duffel

Their have been times in the past that, despite my best intentions, my effort to pack light would be thwarted on the return trip by some sale on clothes for my kids or t-shirts for me. My carry-on would be so as to stress the seams. Patagonia’s Lightweight Travel Duffel stows away in its own pocket making it ideal for last minute shopping sprees. This versatile bag includes a variety of pockets, a water resistant exterior, and backpack straps. The bag is made from strong, extremely lightweight 50-denier Nylon with polyurethane coating and a water resistant finish.

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Head Porter iPhone Case

I’m a big fan of Porter bags, as seems every kid on a motorcycle around these parts, and while I won’t argue that this is their best design effort to date, the Black Beauty iPhone is a worthy addition to an overflowing closet of bags. You can use it as a sleeve and attach it to your bag, backpack, or your belt. I’m going to head down to my local dealer over the weekend and check it out, other wise you might try ordering from The-Glade.

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Goodhood & R.Newbold Fell Runner Back Pack

A result of a collaboration between R.Newbold and London store Goodhood, the Fell Runner Back Pack, looks like allot of fun. I love the color. Made with cotton canvas in the body and suede at the bottom with padded and reinforced back panel and straps. I have a similar day pack but it doesn’t have this bags zest or style. Great for urban hiking and you might even safely fit a netbook in there.

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