Hello again all,
I'm hoping you all have had wonderful 7-day-stretches since I've last written to you - I certainly have. This week two of my pieces went live over on Tools & Toys, Field Notes announced their latest edition, and I finally got a little rest. Well, as restful as I usually get.
With the iPad Pro having come out over a week ago now we're really and truly done with the fall's review season. It's been a marathon of product releases and subsequent reading sessions, but I think it's safe we can now rest easy and begin to get ready for the holiday season. Actually, I'm not sure those two things relate all that much.
As I'm writing this it is snowing outside. I woke up this morning to snow coating the ground and dusting the tree's limbs for the first time this year, and even though it means that the cold, cold winter is approaching, I find myself smiling. While it might be physically cold out during the winter, we're entering what many people - myself included - might consider to be the warmest season of the year. Family, loved ones, pleasantries, and many warm delicious coffee drinks to boot.
Grab your favorite warm beverage, wrap up somewhere in a nice warm blanket, and let's get reading.
Our favorite iPhone 6s case - The Sweet Setup - Starting off this week, the very talented Josh Ginter made his Sweet Setup debut, bringing us a roundup of what he considers to be some of the best cases you can buy for your iPhone these days. I'm always a fan of Josh's writing, and it was exciting to get to see him put together a roundup like this with awesome photography and writing. I don't personally use a case on my iPhone, but if I did I think Josh's pick for the best would easily be my first choice. Especially in that gorgeous mint color.
Pocket vs. Instapaper Revisited - Marius Masalar - In other solid reading material, Marius Masalar brought us a look at Instapaper and Pocket this week that I think is the best writing I've read on the "read-it-later" topic in awhile. I use Instapaper in my workflow every day - and have dabbled with Pocket in the past - but it was good to get someone's opinion who has had the chance to test both out for a good amount of time. I agree with Marius's take on the two services and their differences - hence why I choose Instapaper to use on the daily - and I'd love to see him continue to revisit the topic, maybe with even more contenders to examine such as Pinboard and the like.
The Apple TV — Samantha Bielefeld - In the first big review she's published since I've been following her, Samantha Bielefeld penned her thoughts on the new Apple TV this week - and I think they're pretty good. Her writing might be new to me and many others, but I can already see her focusing in on the little details like the Apple TV's icon's being largely label-less most of the time. Those are the sorts of details that I look to all my favorite blogs to pick out and mention, and it's that attention to detail that sets them apart from larger "publications." Samantha seems to be well on her way into joining her place in that group of my feeds, and I'm glad to have her writing there.
Is Using iOS As Your Primary OS, Masochism? — The Brooks Review - Ben Brooks has put out a veritable storm of NaNoWriMo content over the past couple weeks, among it this piece talking about why he thinks working from an iOS device has moved past masochism into being a viable, productive option. I agree with all of Ben's points on what makes working on iOS such a great thing for some people - and I'm glad that I'm in a place these days where my iPad Air 2 works well for all my daily tasks across school, writing, and the rest of regular computing.
Shooting at 35mm Only — The Brooks Review - Making a second appearance in this week's A-Players post, Ben Brooks also showed off some of his photography from the past year in a talk about how he's come to choose the 35mm focal length over all others. I've been shooting with only a Fujifilm x100s for about the same time Ben has had his x100t, and I can affirm that I'm completely satisfied with the setup. 35mm is classic, versatile, beautiful, and simple. Ben's thoughts are solid and his shots are good - together they make this piece a great little read.
VSCO HQ - Emmazed - VSCO Journal - I'm not quite as into VSCO's every move as I used to be, but I still think they're a terrific company doing a lot to further the online creative community. So when I saw one of my favorite photo blogs - Emmazed - take a look at their HQ I couldn't pass up the chance to read through and link to it. Terrific photos that give a glimpse inside one of my favorite startups. There's the second photo part of your week taken care of, right here.
Thank you again for stopping by and reading along with me. I'm hoping I'll get to write some decidedly fun pieces in the coming weeks leading up to the new year. And I hope you all have wonderful weeks until I meet up with you again back here.