My Blog

Welcome to my blog. This is a collection of thoughts, ideas, and shares over the years. Use the search box to find what you’re looking for.

A call for help, stop our addiction to our phones

Our phones are killing us. Let’s go back a bit. The world took a hit of one of the most addictive items in 2007 when Steve Jobs announced the iPhone. For those that were using phone before the iPhone came out, you’ll remember innovative features like how small can we make these phones, picture messaging, […] Read More

Learning new trades during a staycation

My two were staycation is slowly winding down. I spent about six hours a day working on finishing out my partially finished basement. About four years ago, we had a refrigerator line burst and it ended up flooding the basement ceiling. I used the home insurance payout to replace my electrical system instead of repairing […] Read More

Focus and Flow with Focus@Will music service

In a world where distractions are the norm, there are a few techniques I use to keep that to a minimum. Music and a nice pair of headphones is my current solution. I recently discovered Focus@Will, a music streaming service that’s designed specifically for this. For me, I’ve always leaned to Daft Punk and the […] Read More

First look at the ColsenKeane 4313 Minimalistic Satchel

I n my search for the ultimate lifetime bag, I came across a new addition to my collection: The ColsenKeane 4313 Minimalistic Satchel in Crazy Horse Leather. In a world where everything is mass manufactured in some off-shore location by assembly line factory workers, ColsenKeane is truly a throwback in time of old-timer leather craftsmen. […] Read More

Breaking in a Saddleback Briefcase

W hen I got my Saddleback Briefcase, I went on a process to break it in so that it’s more manageable as an every day bag. Out of the box, Saddleback products are beautiful but very stiff. My last bag, the messenger, took a solid two years to break in. I’m hoping to accelerate the […] Read More

Switching to the Saddleback Briefcase from the Messenger

I like things that last a long time and age well. There’s something about owning something for so long and seeing that story in the scuffs and patina of the object. It also teaches you something about patience. Natural patina takes time. The wear and tear of every day life adds to the story. Of […] Read More

Learning a new trade: network cabling

Punching down cat5e to a patch panel before switching over to the more costly cat6.  […] Read More

One week in with the Apple Watch and I’m a believer

There’s something about jumping into a first edition product. In 2007, it was iPhone and 2010 was iPad. I’ve now added Apple Watch to the mix of devices. As with all first generation products, there’s a lot of kinks to be worked out and features and functionality to be developed. Lets talk about the ecosystem of […] Read More

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