Monthly Archives: October 2014

October 21, 2014

I linked to the Kickstarter for the Trove Slim Wallet a while back. I ended up backing the project and after successful funding, I received my Trove a few weeks ago. After having carried an oversized wallet around for the past few years, switching to the Trove was something of a revelation. During the first few days of use, I had to double check that I had it with me since my trouser pockets felt so spacious.

It’s a really great product. For those who missed the Kickstarter, you can read more about the wallet here (it’s up for preorder in the online shop, too).

Why I have a blog

The other day, someone asked me why I have blog. I didn’t have a straightforward answer, and the question has been bugging me ever since.

I guess, to me, a personal blog is a modern form of self-expressionism — a digital journal, if you will. I can discuss whatever I want, when I want. I can talk about things I like, and the things I dislike. I don’t have to worry about someone editing my thoughts or calling me out on my language. Having a blog is also a way for me to keep practicing writing, an activity I have a love-hate relationship with1.

I encourage everyone to try maintaining a journal. It doesn’t have to be online in the form of a blog, and it doesn’t have to be public. It can be as simple as jotting down some thoughts on a piece of paper whenever you feel like it. If you keep at it, I guarantee that you will find joy in such an archive. I often peruse my old posts, both for reference and for my own amusement. I find that collectively, they quite accurately depict my personality. That is in and of itself a good reason to continue.

  1. I suck at writing because I tend to overthink every sentence. Instead of writing a draft first and editing it for legibility later, I procrastinate and end up not writing anything at all. Silly, I know. That said, I enjoy the activity itself. []

A tour of the Matz Maersk Triple E

At 194 feet wide and 1,312 feet long, the Matz Maersk Triple E is the largest ship ever built. It can carry 18,000 20-foot containers; its propellers weigh 70 tons apiece; it is too big for the Panama Canal, though it can shimmy through the Suez. All this is to say: This is a ship of daunting proportions.

October 19, 2014
October 15, 2014

Driveclub

Sure, it lacks features you expect to see in a modern racing game. But Driveclub excels where it counts: when you are racing. The physics feel spot-on for arcade/simulation hybrid. Driving in at breakneck speeds at night—especially when in cockpit view—is both terrifying and exhilarating, and I can’t think of any other game that does it better.

★★★★☆

October 14, 2014

How Computer Chips Work

A simplified explanation that still manages to cover all of the essentials. Highly recommended reading.