Pooch Pack – a dog suitcase

Muttmover light timbuk2 700x700Soon you too can get a Pooch Pouch – aka a dog suitcase.

And I don’t mean a suitcase your dog can use to carry his toys – I mean a suitcase to carry your dog in. In other words – a Dog Suitcase, not a Dog‘s Suitcase.

I am sorry – I can’t see any of my dogs tolerating being in a suitcase. The Labs were pretty big  and Stella is waaaaayyyyy to hyper.

Essential phone design

04 blog ocean depths 1Great article with lead designer of the Phone from Essential.
She talks about some of the design decisions that went into the ceramic back and titanium sides. Turns out doing colors in ceramic is not easy.

In order to get the ocean depths color just right, the plant made almost 40 iterations of it until Jiang was satisfied — but they only made one chip of each color per day

The Ocean Depth Phone with the copper sides looks really sharp in person – and I should know, I have one.

I think we are doing graduation wrong in the US

Norway FlagNo to sex on roundabouts – that is a headline that will get your attention.

And it follows with this opening sentence

Norway’s high school graduates should refrain from running naked across bridges and having sex on roundabouts lest they give drivers “too much of a surprise”

It is in reference to the post-graduation period called “Russ” for Norway’s graduation Seniors – Which I have heard can get a little wild.

RSS – I am not quite dead, I am feeling better

RssI started using RSS (Really Simple Syndication) years ago – I am guessing the early 2000s. It was my primary means of staying on top of what was happening on the websites I followed. Websites that ranged from tech to toys (big boy toys) and photos to funnies.

Really Simple Syndication is a type of web feed which enabled me to easily access updates to the websites I followed. I used a variety of “news aggregator” apps to automatically check the RSS feed(s) for my favorite sites – saving me from having to go to each of the sites every day to see if there was something new.

In the mid-2000s until it was shut done in 2013, Google Reader was THE aggregator. We poured one out when it rode off into the sunset.

I think the world of RSS took a hit when Google Reader was shut down, but RSS never went away. I found other solutions to feed my addiction – I mean interest – to too many websites.

I could see what I wanted to see, not what someone told me I should see.

And now RSS is making a comeback

… anyone weary of black-box algorithms controlling what you see online at least has a respite, one that’s been there all along but has often gone ignored. Tired of Twitter? Facebook fatigued? It’s time to head back to RSS.

I can get lost in a good map

Coittower1I love a good map.

Found this awesome map that is focused on the history of place names in San Francisco.

For example did you know that Coit Tower was named after Lillie Hitchcock Coit.
Famed for her history with San Francisco’s volunteer firefighters, Coit became a “mascot” for Knickerbocker Engine Co. No. 5 at the age of fifteen. She willed one-third of her estate to the city of San Francisco, which used it to construct two monuments: Coit Tower and a statue of firefighters in Washington Square Park.

Yay Firefighters.

I could spend hours exploring the history of the places of the City by the Bay.