My Favorite Things of 2015

Hey guys, as we enter into another year I wanted to take minute to look back on 2015 and see what some of my favorite things of 2015 were. These are all things I acquired or enjoyed last year. Here’s to an even better year in 2016!applewatch1

Apple Watch – I love my Apple Watch for many reasons. I love how it looks, I love getting notifications on my wrist, I love how many times it saves me from pulling my phone out of my pocket, but most of all I love the fitness tracking and activity goals it provides. I have been more active this year than in the past 6 or 7 years and trying to fill those little activity rings every day was a big part of it. I even joined a gym for the first time in my life when it got too cold for me to exercise outside. Yes, this product is not for the masses yet but I couldn’t imagine going without it. Link

 

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It’s so beautiful.

S’well Water Bottle – I ran across these in a store downtown and instantly fell in love with the design of this water bottle. If Jony Ive designed a water bottle, I believe it would look something like this. It also keeps my drink cold for 24 hours plus which is awesome. It is expensive but I have loved using it all year. Link

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4th Generation Apple TV – I’ve had every version of the Apple TV but the 4th generation is far and away Apple’s best set-top box they have ever released. From the powerful processor that makes everything run so smooth, to the new app store with a ton of apps to download, it is a pleasure to use. Siri voice control works extremely well & the screen-savers (yes, screen-savers) Apple included are absolutely breathtaking. This is the box we use to watch everything now. The only time the PS4 get’s turned on anymore is for gaming. Link

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Joby Mini Gorillapod & Square Jellyfish Spring Tripod Mount – I have fallen in love with shooting time lapses with my iPhone 6 Plus this year and these two items work together to help me shoot them. I love how compact this whole setup is. It is amazing what you can capture with an iPhone and a few simple tools these days! Link1 Link2

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Oakley Method 360 Backpack – I have a huge weakness for bags and picked up this one down in Austin this year. It has been my everyday bag from that day on. It has all the right pockets and can hold a ton of stuff if needed. Link

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Even with all the hype this movie blew me away. I’ve seen it twice and would see it again in a heartbeat. A true cinematic masterpiece.

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My first two boxes. Sniff.

Fiery Chicken Fries – Burger King – Burger King’s Chicken Fries are one of my all-time favorite foods & when Burger King brought them back permanently in early 2015 I didn’t think that it could get any better than that. I was wrong. In the summer for one month only Burger King released Fiery Chicken Fries and they were glorious! I ate so many of them that I got sick. As soon as I felt better I got some more. I have ate a lot of fast food in my days and I do believe that the Fiery Chicken Fries are the greatest fast food item of all time! Honorable mentions go to Wendy’s Home Style Chicken Strips & Jack In The Box’s Spicy Chicken Bites, may they both rest in peace.

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The Incase Terra Sleeve

I just ordered and received the 11″ Terra Sleeve by Incase for my new 11″ MacBook Air. I really like it. It provides great protection and has a pocket on the front which I slip my iPad mini into. I believe you could slip a full sized iPad in the pocket as well. While it retails for $44.95, I was able to snag one on Amazon for $17.99 plus shipping. It is definitely worth it for that price in my opinion. The main compartment has an oversized zipper which seems very tough. This is the perfect sleeve for my needs. I can bring this with me on the go and use the iPad mini as a wireless hotspot for the MacBook Air. If I had one complaint it would be that there is no way to use a shoulder strap with this bag, but it’s definitely not a deal breaker. Bags/Sleeves for 11″ laptops are somewhat hard to find compared to other size laptop bags but I would definitely recommend it to someone in the market (Incase also sells 13″ and 15″ versions). I took a few pictures of the bag which I will put below this post.IMG_1261 IMG_1262 IMG_1263

What’s In My Bag?

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I have always been fascinated with what people carry around with them on a day to day basis. Whether you simply carry a wallet, keys, & phone, or if you carry a big bag with you, it’s always been interesting to me. I want to know the specific stuff that people bring with them. What brand of bag is that that guy using? I wonder what’s inside said bag? What specific phone is that lady using?  These are the things I wonder when I am people watching. The internet is perfect for supporting this habit of mine. Sites like this one on Flickr (or this one), Timbuk2’s  tumblr site, & the editors of the theverge.com’s posts, there are no shortage of places to satisfy my cravings. Today I want to do my own what’s in your bag post. These are the things that I carry with me everyday. I like to be prepared for any kind of situation I might find myself in. What if some emergency comes up & I don’t get to go home for a few days? Do I have all of my chargers for my various devices?  What if I need to hit the road at a moments notice? I want to have all of my stuff. So without further ado, here is my bag and the contents within it.

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First of all the bag itself. I am currently using a Timbuk2 Q backback which I bought on sale on timbuk2.com a while back. I could not be happier with it. It is super comfortable and has all the necessary pockets & padding that I need. My one gripe is it doesn’t have a water bottle pouch but this is a relatively minor annoyance.

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The first item in my bag would have to be my Mid 2011 13″ MacBook Air with a 1.8GHz dual-core Intel i5 and a 128gb ssd drive. This is by far the best computer I have ever owned. It’s incredibly light, has solid battery life, and is more than fast enough for everything I do on it.

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Next would be my 16 gb Verizon LTE iPad mini w/ Red Smart Cover. I have heard the iPad mini described as the best tablet ever. I can definitely see the argument.  Insane battery life, the best selection of tablet apps by a mile, & so thin & light it almost seems impossible. The one downside to the mini is the sub par display (non-retina) but I understand that to get the battery life & the thin casing to where it is, this was necessary.

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Now on to my camera. I carry a Sony NEX c3 mirrorless camera with the 18-55mm lens. This is the best camera I have ever used. I got it as an open box item at my local Best Buy about a year ago and it produces some absolutely stunning images, even with my decided lack of camera skills. I am hoping to buy a new lens very soon, specifically the  Sigma 30mm f/2.8, but I am pretty happy with the lens it came with. I love mirrorless cameras because you can get dslr caliber images with a much smaller and more portable camera body. I also keep a spare battery for my camera in my bag as well.

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Next up is my Nintendo 3DS XL. I’m a lifelong gamer and I have always had a soft spot for portable game consoles. The 3DS XL is a great little system. I had the original 3DS and to be honest the battery life & the small screen were not to my liking. Both of these issues have been fixed with the XL and it is a much better system for it. I am currently playing Professor Layton & the Miracle Mask, which is quite good.

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I also bring my Sony PS Vita with me quite often. This system is very impressive technically (roughly as powerful as the PS3/360) but is suffering from a lack of support unfortunately. I really like mine but there are not a ton of quality games coming out for it. I am currently playing through the excellent Rayman Origins on it.

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I keep two pairs of headphones in my bag, Apple’s Earpods and my Bose QuietComfort 15 noise cancelling headphones. The Earpods are the ones I use everyday & the Bose QuietComforts are what I use if I need to relax or am travelling. Apple’s EarPods are much improved over their previous ear-buds. The Bose QuietComforts, which I bought used for less than a third of retail are quite good. They will block out nearly all outside noise, even on a plane. They are also very comfortable.

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I carry a few chargers with me in my bag – my MacBook charger, a 10w iPad charger for both my iPad & iPhone, & a generic usb charger.

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I carry various cables with me. 30 pin cable for my iPhone 4s, Lightning cable for my iPad mini, Lightning to SD card adapter for putting my Sony NEX pictures on my iPad mini,  & a micro usb cable because you just never know.

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I keep this Energizer battery pack in my bag in case one of my devices is running out of power & I don’t have access to a power outlet. It is very handy & holds a charge for months, which is great.

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I keep this Mediabridge portable surge protector in my bag  for when I do find a power outlet. It turns 1 outlet into 3 and adds 2 additional usb chargers.

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Lastly I keep these various small items in my bag. 8 & 16 gb flash drives for transferring data, a microfiber cloth for cleaning all of my touch screens, two pens, a stylus, and a camera lens cleaning pen (very handy).

So that is what’s in my bag at the moment. Feel free to comment below with what kind of bag you carry with you or the things you like to carry inside it.