April 17, 2014 at 11:00am
The Law of Multiples
When you find something you love, like a pen or a wallet, buy two and set the second one aside:
- If the first ones lasts and last and never needs replacing, then you have an excellent gift, since you know from personal experience that it’s a great item that works well.
- If you lose yours, or it wears apart, then you’ve got a spare right on hand and at the ready.
April 15, 2014 at 10:00am
The modern history of writing instruments
A fascinating overview of the ball point pen and the development, trickery, and market maneuverings that brought the Bic Clic to us, by the entertainingly obsessive “Pen Guy.”
April 11, 2014 at 1:37pm
Slice open your finger? If it’s a clean cut, try a drop of super glue over the wound instead of a band aid. The glue will hold it closed and you can carry on about your work.
— The City Foundry
April 10, 2014 at 12:08pm
Visualizing Your Day
This post on The Muse suggests diagraming your day to understand how you spend your time. At Macktez, the whole team records time each day not just for our client record keeping, but also to permit precisely this kind of ongoing and iterative analysis. Looking at how you spent last week is a valuable part of continuously improving your allocation for next week.
Similarly, when new people join the team, they’re pushed to start adjusting their calendars during a daily review so that they choose (versus letting incoming stimulus choose for them) what they spend their time on that day.
In many ways these are both techniques for visualizing your day before it happens (and afterwards, to review test your success at implementing your plan), in keeping with the second habit in Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.
April 8, 2014 at 12:00am
No More than Three Projects at a Time
This Rule of Three concept, despite the dubious and needlessly confusing illustration appropriated from LifeHacker, takes the initial concept of “picking three things to do today” and attempts to connect the simple tactical idea to a strategic overview.
While I very strongly encourage people to choosing, and write down, only three projects to make their focus for an extended multi-month period, I don’t find that tying that concept to the year is helpful, nor do I find weekly goals very effective.
If you’re struggling, though, go ahead and pick three things for the day, write them down on a slip of paper (I use the Macktez Post-its, though those are not for sale at this time.), and keep it with you all day. At the end of the day, toss the paper, and choose a new set of three the next morning.
April 3, 2014 at 12:00am
Pelican 1510 Carry On Case
I usualy travel with a rolling case made by Pelican called the 1510. It is a bit heavy, but I find the weight is made up for by it’s ruggedness and convenience. It is also waterproof, which has been great on a number of occasions (especially when traveling in a downpour or a place with deep puddles). And the lid organizer (as recommended by Chris Owyoung) is amazing and permits me to keep it ready to go with all of my travel essentials.
- It is the FAA maximum carry on size, which has worked on all flights I’ve been on in the last half decade.
- The body is rigid and stable enough to stand on when a step stool or chair is needed. (It can work in any of three orientations.)
- The wide roller handle has side tabs so that it doesn’t nip my heels when rolling right behind me.
- Interior Dimensions: 19.75” x 11.00” x 7.60” (50.1 x 27.9 x 19.3 cm)
- FAA maximum carry on size
- Retractable extension handle
- Strong polyurethane wheels with stainless steel bearings
- Easy open Double Throw latches
- O-ring seal and Automatic Pressure Equalization Valve
- Comfortable rubber over-molded top and side handles
- Lifetime Guarantee of Excellence
- Watertight, crushproof, and dust proof
My only complaints:
- It is not, by any definition, a light case.
- The wheels will be due for replacement in the year ahead (after three years of heavy use) and it doesn’t seem possible to buy a replacement for the wheel module even though it’s accessible with screws.
- I dislike having logos on items I carry, so I have covered the Pelican logos on the front with matt gaffer tape. (It blends in very nicely and the logos are inset with ridges, so the tape has shown no signs of wear in three years.)