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Get Home Bag Deep Dive

I went down a many-subreddit rabbit hole looking at bugout bags, everyday carry setups, get home bags, and vehicle everyday carry kits — basically I started getting frustrated at the state of advice out there for these bags. I don’t think people plan for emergencies correctly — they plan for the extreme, while missing the likely. So, today, I want...

Member Journal — 7/6/2020

This Week: app makers breaking their apps; Comply AirPods Pro tips; New York Times and Apple News; New Email; Houston Heat; Facebook still sucks. You must be a member to read the rest of this article. (Already a member? Log In.)

GORUCK Xmas in July Sale

Some insane deals as always. GR2s for $229, GR1s for $169, and the 15L Bullet ruck for just $79. You cannot go wrong with any of those and I highly recommend each. Hard not to buy those bags at those prices, but I already own multiples of each. Also the Simple Pants and the Stealth Polo are on sale, and I recommend both of those. I wear a stealth...

Filson Medium Field Bag Review

Pop quiz, hot shot, how do you carry around face masks, hand sanitizer, pens, and anything else you might need for a COVID-19 day out? You carry this bag. And I want another, here’s why. (To see the real reason for why I bought this bag, please read this post.) I love Filson, as a brand, as a company, and the stuff they make. They remind me...

Member Journal — 6/29/2020

It is almost July, how is that possible? This week: arm on Mac; iPadOS 14 feels; Scribble thoughts; new sidebar design paradigm; VESA stand follow ups; Emergency kits; Alone; Best Coffee; masks; and life indoors is wearing me down. You must be a member to read the rest of this article. (Already a member? Log In.)

Member Journal — 6/22/2020

This week: VESA iPad stand; looming podcast graveyard; sticking to blogging; tactile turn shorty; mini bugout; and keeping your knives sharp. You must be a member to read the rest of this article. (Already a member? Log In.)

Hey, Controversy

As you have all likely seen this week, there has been some App Store drama over Apple’s rejection of the Hey.com email client. This is a story that has two important parts: App Store Rules App Store Rule Enforcement But first, the drama. Hey.com is a subscription email service only, and you can only buy said service on their...

My Evolving Everyday Carry (EDC) and How I Arrived at a COVID-19 EDC

Seeing kits posted online of what people are carrying as businesses reopen, and of what people are carrying to participate in protests, had me thinking about the gear I have carried over the years. The most helpful thing is typically not telling people what you carry, but rather why you chose to carry those things. And luckily for all of you, I have...

Member Journal — 6/15/2020

This week: racism and tech; suppression and recession; tech offices; LED lights; and random things I thought of because I moved. You must be a member to read the rest of this article. (Already a member? Log In.)

Member Journal — 6/8/2020

This week: unrest. Small and Big Last week was rough for the country(and it hasn’t let up), and when you toss in the fact that I began moving Wednesday and am still unpacking — well Advil and Whiskey is my new life slogan. You must be a member to read the rest of this article. (Already a member? Log In.)

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