Minimal Mac makes me spend more money

I love listening to the Minimal Mac podcasts with Patrick Rhone and Myke Hurley. I was listening to episode 36 of the Minimal Mac Podcast called Enough I re-learned more about a product called ScotteVest.

I had heard about their products for a while but dismissed it as a piece of geek tech clothing that I could do with out.  As I was listening to the podcast I found myself flipping through their website and learning about the options that they make and how the product line has expanded.

I broke down and ordered a tropical weight jacket/vest that was on sale.  It was lightweight and packed into a small pocket if needed.  The jacket arrived the next day.  Opening up the box I realized that this was a very high quality product.  I tried it on and it looks like a straight-up windbreaker with no signs of what lies underneath.

With the coat I noticed that there were couple of things that really impressed me that I did not catch on the website.  One was in the right hand side pocket had a built in keychain with an coil clip to prevent you from loosing your keys.  Another thing was in the glass case pocket.  I reached in and there is a glass cleaning cloth attached to a string.  I really liked this as I have a pet peeve about fingerprints and smudges on my sun glasses.

Photo1The thing that really impressed me was in one of the pockets was a small pack of what looked like business cards. I opened it up and there were 10 customer testimonial reference cards. These immediately reminded me of “Brag Tags” to share with friends and create a W.O. M. conversation that the folks at Church of the Customer spoke about. These are a great conversation piece. Overall I am very happy with it and hope that wears well.  I have not had the opportunity to fill all the pockets but will give it a shot. I love the quote from Myke  ” thank you very much sir for making my wallet a little lighter. ”

And thank you for making my wallet a little lighter as well
P.S. : I love Minimal Mac and the Enough series!

Make your own Picks

I have not played guitar out in public for a long time.  When I did I always made sure I had 5-10 picks in my pocket. Where were these when I needed them – because regardless of how prepared you are – you need another pick !

Pick Punch From Core77

Reading: Kindle versus iPad

iBookestore vs Amazon Kindle Image from GottaBeMobileI think the only fair way to start this post is. Hi my name is Austin and I have a problem with books.

I am a huge reader. I have too many books.
Sometimes I feel like I own a small library. ( can you charge to loan books out like a library?  have to look into that)

Primarily I like to read books on design, business, case studies, technology and sustainability.

Recently I moved to a smaller place and storage of books is an issue.  As a result I have to pick and choose what book I want to have in my collection.  Also the cost was becoming an issue as well because tradtional paper based books are more expensive then e-books.

So in order to make the best of my spacial situation I have been buying 95% of my books in electronic format since January of this year.  I also think that there is a benefit to the environment now by not having to use a paper based resource for all these books. There certainly is a cost savings as well – but that is clearly offset if you end up purchasing more books like myself.

The problem I have run into now is where do I get the books and which device to I read them.  I have both an iPad2 and a Kindle. I think both devices have great merit for different reasons.  The Kindle is a wonderful single purpose device that is easy to read for very long periods of time on.  With the addition of the Amazon integrated case/light reading is bed is also very nice.  And of course Amazon has the largest selection of e-books available.  The iPad is an amazing device – allowing me to work, listen to music, get email as well as read on it. The addition of the Apple iBookstore is also wonderful as well.  The iBookstore does not have as many books in it as Amazon but it continues to grow.  The added bonus is that Amazon has created the Kindle app for iPad.

Although the reading is a similar experience I enjoy the iBooks animation for page turning more than the blink of the Kindle.  The flash of the black screen really bothers me – I did get used to it but in terms of user experience its not my favorite.

So know when I want to read a book now I go through these gyrations of rules before I purchase a book

  1. Do I want to own the paper based version of this book?
  2. Is it available in iBookstore?
  3. What is the cost relative to Amazon Kindle version?
  4. Where do I have credits (iTunes or Amazon)
  5. Where will I be reading this book primarily? (home, work, travel)

Since January I have been tracking my purchases and so far it is a 50/50 split between the 2 book platforms. I really have no complaints and I do appreciate the the options that are afforded to consumers for reading.  I guess I am wondering if other people who have a similar process they go through for their selection of reading material.

Small scale wind

I love the fact that smaller scale wind turbines are coming out. I hope someone comes up with a smaller unit that is reasonably priced for residential areas. I know many people think that if you can not provide all your houses electricity that it is not worth it. I disagree and think that anything that can help you offset some of the reliance on the grid and reduce carbon emissions is helpful. I would love to get one of these for a house.


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