Another week, another round of links.
Much like last week, the different links you see here are actually pretty varied, and so I haven't divided them up into sub-headings as I have done sometimes in the past. I like how curated that approach feels, but I also think that getting 6 distinctly different 'players' each week makes each release a lot more interesting. Always changing, I suppose.
As far as this week goes, there's been a lot of coffee, a lot of work shifts, and a lot of late-night runs after the rest of the day is done. I don't have a whole lot to write to you all about this week.
I do however, have a couple new toys that showed up late this week. Expect writing on them both in the near future.
Now on to this week's links:
Six Colors: 2000 miles with Apple Maps - Jason Snell went on a road trip the past couple weeks, and he took Apple Maps with him. I enjoyed his piece covering the experience quite a bit, and I myself have gotten into the habit of using Apple Maps when driving somewhere new. It's really quite good, and I'm glad that there's someone out there putting praise where it's due. In this case, Apple Maps marked usability increase from its initial iOS 6 release. If you've been avoiding Apple's mapping utility ever since it's inception, it's about time to give it another shot.
Please Don’t Buy a Digital SLR — The Brooks Review - I love pretty much everything about Ben Brooks' piece from earlier this week. I've long been of the opinion that many of the people who end up purchasing DSLRs really shouldn't, and while I usually come across more judgemental than I'd like (or probably should) about it, Ben does an excellent job here of walking people both knowledgeable and not through what a good alternative camera buy might be. A sorely needed piece for many, share it around.
The Developer's MacBook - The Syndicate - I know I've included a piece about the new MacBook in just about every A-Players post for the past few weeks, but I honestly think it's because that the people using them at this point have really interesting things to say, and I respect many of their minimalist and futurist ideals. Rob Rhyne's post is appealing for much of the same reasons, and while I'm no developer myself I still found the piece enjoyable to read. I'm a huge nerd, I know, but this stuff just keeps being appealing.
The Coffee Professional Beginners Guide - jimseven - I can't vouch for every bit of content in this guide, but that's only because there's such a wealth of coffee-related information contained within that I've only begun to scratch the surface of it myself. From blogs to video courses and paper books too, there's everything one could want to know about coffee in here somewhere. Props to author James Hoffmann for curating all this excellent content together.
How I Gave Up Alternating Current - Mostly Harmless - Soylent creator Rob Rhinehart penned an intriguing post last week about how he's given up Alternating Current and using the US's electrical grid and now lives off solar power and some butane fuel. One of the most thought-provoking parts of the piece for me was how Rob had completely given up having and using a kitchen - which I guess makes a lot of sense for Mr. Soylent - but I still found it almost startling, and it was something I'd never even considered before. It's worth giving this piece a read just for the new ideas it introduces alone, give it a look.
Reviewing Soylent: my first week - Matt Demers - Being vaguely related to the previous link, I stumbled across a new-to-me blogger's review of his first week or so on Soylent, the food replacement/supplement that I ordered some of last week. Matt has a lot of insightful beginner's thoughts about the drink, but I'm most happy that he says that so far it's served it's intended purpose pretty well. Replacing what would otherwise be a sub-par (or non-existent, if you're really busy and/or lazy) meal with one that's at least decently good nutritionally and fills you up. I'm excited to get my Soylent 2.0 order in October, and the more I read about the stuff the more I'm tempted to try out Soylent 1.5 just to shorten the wait.
See you guys next week.