Forget about model name, let’s just look at what Apple released yesterday by examining the features:
Apple introduced a new phone that’s upwards of twice as fast as its predecessor, has better graphics performance than any other portable gaming device, features an upgraded camera that can take photos as good as a stand-alone camera, and capture video that’s better than a Flip camcorder. One device that works anywhere in the world with even better battery life, the ability to display your photos, videos, games, web browsing and more on your big screen HDTV, and a revolutionary virtual private assistant that can find you places to eat, book calendar appointments for you, read and reply to all of your messages and emails, and look up the answer to practically any question for you.
I know, completely disappointing…
I was stoked when the new Ultegra Di2 was announced earlier this year. For same price as mechanical DA, Shimano was going to be releasing a 2nd generation electronic shifting groupo.
While they clearly followed the electronics law of new models (cheaper, better technology), there was one aspect I was a little bummed about: bigger derailleurs. I’m fine w/ a less-polished finish of materials, but bigger components goes completely against my aesthetic* preferences.
That being said, I’m going to wait until I see the Ultegra Di2 groupo in person before I decide to purchase or not. In the meantime I thought I would share a comparison of both the front and rear deraileurs of Dura-Ace Di2 and Ultegra Di2:
* Yes, I am aware my issue is only visual, and has zero impact on performance.
** photos pulled from Argon 18 site. BTW – their new bikes look awesome!
Just discovered (via acquisition post on TechCrunch) a company that has created a great solution for building and sharing groups of products called Bagchek.
This is exactly* the site I was wishing for last week when manually building out my original 10 Essentials post. I had initially tried to use one of my favorite product discovery site called Svpply, but quickly abandoned because I could not add descriptions or cluster items into a bundle.
Replicating my 10 essentials list was a breeze, as every product (minus the discontinued Levi’s) automatically came up when searching. It looks like they are pulling from Amazon and are also surfacing other ‘items’ users have previously created as sources for the product catalog. It’s a very well designed site, and is certainly worth heading over to poke around…
It’s unclear how much longer the site will be functioning in its current state, but I’ve embedded my 10 Essentials bag below:
by Andrew Touchstone
See all 10 items
*It proves yet again that ANY IDEA you have for a website has already been done by someone else. The question should never be ‘has someone done X?’, but should be ‘can I do X better?’
I have always enjoyed reading the ‘10 Essentials’ feature in GQ. For those not familiar, GQ interviews influential men in the fashion / lifestyle industries and asks them to share the ten things they absolutely could not live without. It’s always a fascinating read, and has led to the discovery many cool things that are now mainstays in my daily life.
Taking inspiration from the likes of Chromeo’s David Macklovitch (my doppelgänger) and chic-as-hell Frenchman Gilles Mendel, I thought I would share my own list of essentials.
Take a look through the list, and if you enjoy the concept, make your own and share via twitter (@atouchstone) or this post’s comments.
In no particular order, I present Andrew Touchstone’s 10 Essentials…
By now you must all be familliar w/ DODOcase (@DODOsays), a San Francisco company manufacturing analog accessories for our digital products. Their 1st and most popular product is the iPad case, but they also make an awesome Kindle case (I own one). If you have either of those devices, I highly recommend you head on over to their site and purchase immediately.
OK, enough about the past – time for the present…
This week DODOcase launched a new product that finally brings the DODO look/feel/style/ethos to the iPhone 4. It’s called the BOOKback and it is made from the same book binding material they use to cover the cases mentioned above.
iPhone 4G BOOKback by DODOcase
This little thing has been stuck to my phone for the past week. I was initially hesitant, given that my iPhone strategy to date has been to ‘go naked’*, but I couldn’t say no once they told me the peel & stick backing would not leave any residue if removed.
The short review: I love it. If you already own an iPhone 4G, you obviously have the $8.95 to drop. Go for it.
Naoto Fukasawa's Cell Phone
The longer one: For those of you who have ever owned a BlackBerry Bold, the feeling will be very familiar. It’s as if the back of your iPhone is made of leather. It’s not exactly going to save your phone if dropped from a table or your pocked (it only covers back, not bezel or screen), but hey, it’s not marketed as a case anyways. Peel & stick backing works as advertised and is actually an evolution of the Post-It adhesive sourced from 3M. What I love most about the BOOKback is the texture. It ads a tactile response to a product that is entirely smooth and devoid of any feedback other than temperature changes between the glass screen and the metallic bezel. I find myself running my thumb across the back at random times just as Naoto Fukasawa described in Objectified as a design goal of the cell phone he produced. The texture is a way to remind you it’s there.
To purchase, head on over and purchase @ the DODOcase Store: iPhone 4 BOOKback
*I mean who wants to cover up all that awesome w/ some crappy case or sticker?
Brewery: Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer: A Little Sumpin’ Sumpin Ale
Price: $8.99 6-pack
Review: Wow, I think this might just be my favorite Lagunitas brew. This beer was only a seasonal release that came out in July and I have been snatching up 6-packs everywhere I can. I’m having a terribly hard time rationing them though…
It pours out a light golden color and looks very clear for a wheat-based brew. Taste is a wonderfully light hoppines combined with a strong (in a good way) finish of apricot/tangerine. Mouth feel is amazing here, as every sip seems to turn into gulp – it’s that good. At 7.3%, you do have to be careful as this gulping can sneak up on you.
Instead of diving deeper into into the beer characteristics , I’d rather just focus on convincing you go out and try it. For the record, as of this writing, it’s currently occupying step #2 on my beer podium (Boont Amber Ale is #1, #3 is still undecided). Trust me an go buy some of this beer ASAP.
UPDATE – Looks like this seasonal brew has been elevated to the big leagues. It’s now being produced by Lagunitas year round. W00t!
Wanted to share a cool shot I took using my fancy new iPhone 4 and HDR camera. It’s a shot of a favorite beer (Read my review of Scrimshaw Beer) on the roof of my new apartment.
Brewery: Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer: The Censored Rich Copper Ale
Price: $8.99 6-pack
Review: Lagunitas Brewing Company is one of my absolute favorite beer producers (they share the top step w/ Anderson Valley Brewing Company ). As the name implies, this adult soda poured out to show a rich copper color joined to a light and bubbly tan head that remained during most of the tasting. The scent is light and primarily caramel – mostly malty, not hoppy. The flavor plays a much more prominent role in this beer. Sweet like a brown ale, but also a hint of spice that makes sipping much more enjoyable than gulping. I would put The Censored Rich Copper Ale in the 2nd tier when competing against it’s peers (IPA, PILS). It’s a solid beer to have around, but not one to by frequently.
PS – Want to know what it was called before it was “censored”? If you peel back the black bar on the label you will find, “Kronic”… yup, that’s right… it’s The Kronic.
*NOTE* This post is written for the people out there not already reading tech blogs like Engadget or following @ev / @kevinrose / @ditavonteese.
If you own an iPad, it’s 100% likely that you will need a case to keep it looking pretty. Why not put it in the same type of case we (humans) have been using to protect the things we read for 1000′s of years: a book cover?
DODOcase is a San Francisco based company making “The Rolls Royce of iPad cases”. It’s a hand made and modeled to look like a Moleskine notebook. It features a bamboo frame and cover constructed by a 50 year old book binding company. How cool is t
hat, DODO has been able to use the new business of e-readers to save the old business of book binding!
As of now, you can only get the DODOcase iPad case on their website. Click the blue link and buy one today!