Hello again all,
This week... Was a fun one for me :).
I and my parents took a trip to New York City, and so most of my week was made up of exploring through the city's different neighborhoods, checking out cool cafe's and design stores that I'd heard of, and last but not least testing out the new 9.7" iPad Pro. Yes, I picked one up. I'll have a more-full piece breaking down my time in New York and giving some impressions of the Pro in a day or so, followed by a full-on review of the device later.
Being away from school and work this week allowed me to get some relaxed reading done at several cafes throughout my time, and so there is indeed an A-Players post for your reading pleasure. We'll see Josh Ginter review a chair, get through a couple nerdy pieces on Macs and the Tesla Model S, read Shawn Blanc's first piece as a professional writer from 5 years ago, and round it all out with a beautiful story and a useful guide.
The links should be good fun to go through, and I'm glad you showed up to read along with me again this week. I thank you for taking the time to stop by my little site - as always - and I'll see you all back here again next Saturday or sooner for whatever piece comes next.
A Review of the Herman Miller Eames Molded Plastic Side Chair - Tools and Toys - Yes, I also had a split-second "He wrote about what?" thought when first laying eyes upon Josh Ginter's latest piece; a review of the classic Herman Miller Eames Chair - but by the end of the piece he had me smiling. I'd noticed Josh's Eames in several of his pieces from the past year or two, and I'm glad he took the time to describe his favorite parts about it. The Eames are a classic for a reason - design - and aside from Josh's written explanation his product photography goes miles to convince me someday to buy an Eames of my own. I like when Josh steps out of his comfort zone, something cool usually comes along with it.
A Nerd's Review of the Tesla Model S - David Smith - David Smith had a couple big things happen this past week - what with his new Activity++ app launching (which is definitely worth your time) - but he also dropped another pleasant surprise in the form of his take on the Tesla Model S. That is, from a nerd's perspective of course. I'd heard about "Underscore's Tesla" for a little while now from the mouths of the ATP guys, and hearing David's candid thoughts on the car after owning it for awhile was nice. He has some explanations and comparisons that clicked really well with a fellow nerd like me, and it's a take that's unique to him. Nice.
The Macs Apple was selling in 1996 - Morrick.me - Speaking of nerdery, the past week or so brought us Apple's 40th anniversary! One of the best celebrations I've been seeing is Riccardo Mori's excellent Twitter feed where he's been sharing photos and little tidbits of info all about Apple and it's products. They've been some of my favorite tweets in the past week - and definitely worth your time to look through and catch up on. In addition to those, Riccardo took the time to write a summary of exactly what Macs Apple was selling in the year of 1996 when Steve Jobs first came back, and how insane - or not insane - it was. This piece is nerdy, but in this case especially that's a very good thing.
Great Expectations - Shawn Blanc - This past week brought to my attention Shawn Blanc's five-year-anniversary of going independent with his writing. And first of all a congratulations is owed to him - he's someone I look up to in the field for his measured and wise writing, and it's uplifting to see someone succeed in a way that - I too - want to someday. Shawn had some great pieces planned about what he's learned in his 5 years of full-time writing, and kicked it off by linking back to this: his first post ever after going independent. It was cool for me to look into his mindset from way back then, and even in his first official piece as a writer Shawn had lots of useful and thoughtful things to say. Well worth a read, and Shawn is almost surely worthy of your readership if you haven't come across his stuff before.
Summer in Iceland - Justin Chung - This week's photographic featurette is brought to us from one of Cereal Magazine's contributors; Justin Chung (and as recommended by Josh Ginter's The Newsprint). This piece is a film-shot 10-day adventure into Iceland's summer season, and it really is beautiful. The look of film is distinctive enough that I had a hunch it was shot that way even before reading all the way down to where it's called out at the end. Make sure you do too, as the whole piece is well worth your time.
The Absolute Beginner's Guide to the New York Subway - NYCSubwayGuide - I was in New York this week after all, and the night of my family's arrival I came to the realization that I had no idea how I would go about using the subway to enter Manhattan. No idea how to pay, no idea how to navigate, zero, zilch, nada. Thankfully, this guide came in handy with describing all the basics of what one needs to know, and primed me for the workflow of jumping between Apple Maps and the MTA Mapways app that I'd come to get pretty alright at. Even if you're not headed to NYC right now, maybe give this one a quick once-over or at least bookmark it. You never know when you might need some of the know-how and etiquette in this guide.