Hello again all,
It's been another busy week. One full of hustle and bustle, though sadly not as much writing as I would have liked. Rest assured that I'm not gone away for good, just struggling for the time being with my writing. Some days there's too much to do, other days I feel too tired from the busy days to do much of anything, and such is the life of the side-hustle. It's something I'm working at daily - sometimes I do well with it, and other times not as much. A lot like everything one encounters.
Enough of that though, I've still found time this week to put together a selection of great links for you all. This week's A-Players edition will take us to Paris, the Star Wars planet of Jakku, to mechanical-keyboard adorned desks, and to still other places too. Thanks again for checking back here with me again this week, and I really hope you have a good time reading along with me through the links. - Enjoy.
iPad Pro Review - Marius Masalar - Another great piece from Marius Masalar - this one giving his thoughts on the iPad Pro after returning his first one and then being drawn back to purchase another. There's been a trend of pieces over the past week or two championing iOS's strengths - I've definitely been enjoying reading them - and Marius' piece is the next on that list. Add in the quality photographs abound, and you've got an A-Player of a piece.
Morning Coffee Issue #31: The scavenger and the droid - Analog Senses - It's been awhile since I linked to one of Àlvaro Serrano's Morning Coffee posts, and it's certainly time for that to change. Aside from the usual excellent links that Àlvaro puts together every week, he's been writing out a long form - emphasis on the long - review of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. One week in I wasn't used to Álvaro's film-review-style, but a second week of writing and I'm really finding myself enjoying his mix of elegant description and analysis. If you haven't been reading Álvaro's work before now, it's an excellent time to start.
How To Use Classic Mechanical Keyboards on Modern iPads - AfterPad - On a nerdier note this week, I loved Kevin Macleod's guide to using older mechanical keyboards with iOS. I spotted his original tweet showing off his setup earlier in the week, and was delighted that I got to read more about it later on. I've never delved into mechanical keyboards myself - I champion Apple's Magic Keyboard for it's tactile feel and ultra-svelte build - but I've always had those awesome custom keyboard setups in the corner of my vision. Maybe someday I'll use a really quality one at my desk if I end up writing more down the road, but for now I'll just be content with the Magic Keyboard and give setups like Kevin's a jealous look every now and again.
Brand New: New Logo and Identity for Uber done In-house - One of the more odd goings-on this week in the tech world was Uber's re-branding of their logo-type and icon. The new looks don't exactly fall in line with what many people think of the service, and the folks over at Brand New have a great analysis and critique to go along with the redesign. Fun to read both for the thoughts, and to get a better overview of Uber's odd changes.
Water for Home Espresso - La Marzocco - This is the second time in the past couple weeks I've found myself enjoying one of La Marzocco's informative coffee pieces. The prestigious brand knows their stuff, and I'm glad they've chosen to share some of that wisdom so well through pieces like this one - which describes a fraction of the importance of good water in espresso. I'm a little bit of a coffee nerd, so I eat this up. Maybe you will too.
Paris 2016: a photo story - Analog Senses - Coming to us for the second time in this week's A-Players edition, Àlvaro Serrano recently took a trip to Paris for New Years with his partner Miriam, and took the trip's opportunity to put together some of his finest photography to date. Spanning 4 days, 3 camera setups, and countless locations in Paris, Álvaro's piece was a pleasure to read - and also looks great on his recently updated site. If you only take a look through one of the A-Players links this week, make it this one.