A-Players: Week of November 29th

Hello again all,

While this post's title might not convey it, we're very much into December now. I've had a varied but busy week. And what with hobbies, work, school, and holiday planning being somewhat universal societal tasks right now - I'm willing to wager many of you did too.

Regardless of how rushed this week felt, I've still managed to assemble some links for you all. I feel a bit like I write something to that tune every week - and for that I apologize - but I hope you all still enjoy reading along with me and seeing what I thought was worth a link over the previous seven days.

Please do enjoy this week's links. In sum total these pieces helped to keep me sane in the frenzy of the past few days - I'm hoping they'll do the same for you all too.

  • Can the MacBook Pro Replace Your iPad? — Fraser Speirs - I know this link was shared to all hell at the beginning of the week, but I simply agree with too much of what Fraser Spiers says here to pass it up. I love that I was able to switch to an iPad a year ago, and so many of the compromises that Mac users inherently accept when using their computers every day are the things that I appreciate my iPad for so much. To that end, no piece has done a better job of illustrating the thought in recent times than this one.

  • A Review of Apple’s Magic Keyboard and Magic Trackpad 2 — Tools and Toys - Before I even talk about this link's content, I just want to start by saying that Josh really out-did himself with the photography in this review. He posted some sneak-peek shots leading up to this review being published, and oh man do those minimal desktop shots make me drool. The substance is here as well, with Josh taking a look at Apple's newest HID accessories through the lens of a Canadian-cash-counter (😉). I don't view the new products quite the same way Josh does, but he still did a great job evaluating what's good and bad about the new keyboard and trackpad updates. Cheers Josh, easily one of my favorite reads this week.

  • The Case of the Coffee Smart Cover - Two Lives Left - An "oldie but goodie" that Josh Ginter linked to a week ago, I loved this idea for something to do with an already 'gently used' iPad Smart Cover. Staining my Smart Cover which is currently known as off-white with coffee grounds could be an awesome way to give it a little more life. And if the process didn't work out then I suppose it would be about time for a new one. Either way I'm happy.

  • How a $4,500 Espresso Maker Changed My Life - Maxim - While I think this piece from Maxim might overstate the importance of one in life, I can only hope that someday I'll get to own one of these La Marzocco home espresso machines. I use a La Marzocco at work nearly every day, and these miniature-machines designed for use at home are just drop dead gorgeous. The term "Home-Barista" is cringe-worthy, but something I manage to aspire to anyways - and hopefully I'll be able to have that sort of setup someday.

  • Re-visiting the Fujifilm X100T - Børge Indergaard - I sometimes forget just how much I used to read camera reviews and lust after the products in them. Børge Indergaard's piece this week reminded me how great it is that I don't have to anymore . His x100t has satisfied even his decidedly professional needs, and I'm happy to say that my x100s has done the same for mine as well. There's something to be said for a camera that encourages you to go out and shoot photos, and not obsess over the gear - Børge gets that message across well here.

  • McSweeney’s Internet Tendency: It’s Rotting Decorative Gourd Season, Motherfuckers. - If you couldn't tell from the title, this next piece is just a bit NSFW. But at the end of a long week, I can't think of a better way to truly send off this last season. It's December now, and it's time to wave bye-bye to all the festivities of fall. Enjoy all, this one's an internet classic in the making.

Thank you all for reading, and I hope you all have wonderful wintery weeks until I talk with you all again.