Hello again all, I hope you've had an excellent week.
I've found myself yet again somehow leading a pretty-busy and yet-not-at-all schedule this past week. And so while I did get a small bit of writing done over a couple days, I'm not satisfied with the amount of content that I did put out. I'll keep trying with some larger ideas I've been chucking about. Wish me luck.
In tech news, there was plenty to be excited about if you find yourself falling into the Android or Windows camps, but not a whole lot of news to speak of in the Apple circle aside from yet more issues people are having with Apple Music.
I personally haven't experienced any such problems, probably because I'm not trying to drag along an existing iTunes library. Either way, for general music-streaming I've found Apple Music to be just as good as it's competitors, and when you add in the Beats 1 Radio Station which I've been really digging into recently, it puts Apple Music a step ahead in my book.
Without any further mucking about, I'll leave you guys to get into the links. Enjoy:
Gear & Bag Reviews:
The GORUCK 10L Bullet Ruck — The Brooks Review - Ben Brooks has been on the search for the right bag for awhile now - documenting the search through a series of posts on his site reviewing the various contenders - but it seems that for now he's found what he's looking for in one of GORUCK's smaller offerings; the 10L Bullet Ruck. GORUCK's offerings have always seemed really appealing functionally to me, but I feel like I personally don't cut a masculine-enough figure to sport one of their bags around town with me on the daily. If I ever need a bag dedicated to travel, GORUCK will be at the top of my list. I really enjoy articles like this that explain out what a particular person is looking for in a bag, and if the bag in question meets those needs or not. It might take another bag-enthusiast like myself to feel like that, but I can't get enough.
Inatech Felt Sleeve Review — MacSparky - Following the bag trend, David Sparks published a nice little review over on MacSparky this week of the Inatech Felt Sleeve. I feel like I've been seeing more and more of these felt-style laptop sleeves over the past year or so, but I've never gotten a solid impression of if they were any good until now. David's piece convinced me not only with it's words, but with the smattering of pleasant photos of the sleeve as well. I do like how these little felt cases look, and David finds his to work well with the 12-inch Retina MacBook as well. If I'm in need of a new sleeve in the future, this would be mighty tempting, especially at that $15 price.
The Olympus 40-150mm f/2.8 Pro Lens Review — Tools and Toys - Josh Ginter had a really stellar review on Tools and Toys this past Tuesday with his thoughts on the Olympus 40-150mm Pro Zoom Lens. I've watched Josh's obsession with lenses blossom over the past year or so, and it's been fun to watch and great to read-along with as he tries out various primes and zooms. Along with just being a stellar review of the lens, I respect Josh's dedication to the review in that even with it not being quite the right lens for him personally, he was still able to review it, examine it, and write about it legitimately. That can be a daunting task to take on. So cheers man, great job.
& The Rest:
35 Bill Cosby Accusers Tell Their Stories -- The Cut - Probably the most serious piece I read this week, and probably the most important too. I'm too young to have watched the Cosby Show when it originally aired. I have no fondness for the character, and so it makes it all the more egregious-seeming to me how he took advantage of so many women over the years. NY Magazine took some flac from hackers earlier this week when they published this brilliant piece putting together what many would consider - myself included - to be tenable proof of Cosby's guilt in his crimes. If an article like this doesn't spur some sort of justice against the criminal-comedian, I don't know what will.
What it’s like to be a professional Instagrammer - Tech Insider - Despite the bit cringe-worthy title, this is actually a solid little article looking at some of the photographers - professional and amateur alike - who have gotten to make decent livings off of taking creative & trendy images for different brands on Instagram. I follow some of these sorts of photographers on Instagram, and so long as they mostly take offers from brands that really legitimately interest them I think it seems like a pretty sweet way to make a living. Wanderlust hits hard looking at pieces like this, watch out.
Q&A With The Architects Behind Casa Brutale | iGNANT.de - Ignant.de is a creativity, art, and design-focused website that features all sorts of artists on their site on a daily basis. I enjoy a lot of the pieces of theirs that show up in my RSS feeds, but consistently I find myself liking their pieces on architecture the most. Ignant finds some very cool and modern pieces of architecture to showcase. From cottages to treehouses or giant floating egg-homes, they're all fascinating and the photography that accompanies them is just plain fun to look at. I'd heartily recommend taking a look at their site and seeing if anything they do interests you, there's a wealth of creative content there.
See you guys in a week.