Pad and Quill iPhone Case Review

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At the July Orlando Tech meetup I was talking to a local developer and at the end of the conversation he pulled out this strange looking iPhone case/wallet in order to grab a card for me. I asked him what it was and he said it was made by a Minneapolis-based company called Pad and Quill and that I could find it online if I Googled for the company name.

I found the case online the next day and ordered one for myself for $59.99. The case is called The Little Pocket Book and in addition to making iPhone cases Pad and Quill also makes cases for the iPod, iPad and several other devices. I went with mahogany brown for the cover and deep sea blue for the interior cover.

I’ve been using it for a little over a week and overall I have been very happy with it. I normally carry around my keys, my wallet, and my iPhone but with the Pad and Quill case I now just carry it and my keys, freeing up a lot of pocket space.

The left side of the case has three slots plus one behind it for additional storage space. The right side of the case is made of baltic birch plywood which holds your iPhone in place.

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There is a strap on the back that holds it together whenever you need to carry it around:

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One of the major adjustments for me was that you can’t carry around the same number of things that you would in a normal wallet. I had to get rid of all of the non-essentials so that now I just carry around my insurance card, my credit card, my driver’s license, and a small amount of cash. Even with just those items, the front cover does not sit flat without the strap to keep it tightly bound together:

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I originally expected to keep the iPhone in the Pad and Quill case whenever I needed to talk on the phone, but I’ve found it cumbersome so I usually take it out whenever I need to make or answer a call. Fortunately, there is a built in ribbon that you can leave hanging out so that it’s easy to extract your iPhone whenever you need to use it.

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If you’re looking for a new wallet or phone case, it’s definitely worth checking out.

.CO on WordPress.com

WordPress just announced that WordPress.com Users Can Now Register .CO Domain Names:

We’re excited to announce the addition of .CO as a new top-level domain on WordPress.com. If you’re interested in buying a custom domain name for a new or existing site, you can now choose and register .CO from among our existing options (.ME, .COM, .NET, .ORG).

This was the first big project that I was involved with at my new job at Automattic.

It was a pleasure to see how smoothly people from different areas of the company who all work remotely came together to launch this project in such a short period of time.

In such depression, gifted children typically try to find some sense of meaning, some anchor point which they can grasp to pull themselves out of the mire of “unfairness.” Often, though, the more they try to pull themselves out, the more they become acutely aware that their life is finite and brief, that they are alone and are only one very small organism in a quite large world, and that there is a frightening freedom regarding how one chooses to live one’s life. It is at this point that they question life’s meaning and ask, “Is this all there is to life? Is there not ultimate meaning? Does life only have meaning if I give it meaning? I am a small, insignificant organism who is alone in an absurd, arbitrary and capricious world where my life can have little impact, and then I die. Is this all there is?”

From Existential depression in gifted individuals via HackerNews.

An Awkward Photo of a Few Friends at a Lake

On Wednesdays I work at Urbran Rethink, a popular co-working space in Orlando, with a few other developer friends. After lunch each week we normally go for a walk around Lake Eola to burn off a few calories before heading back to work.

Even though we’ve been working together for a while, we didn’t have any photos of our little co-working team so I suggested we take one with the lake in the background. The result, I think you’ll agree, is priceless:

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From left to right that’s Adam Weeks, myself, Joel Martinez, and ever-graceful Ryan Martinsen.

What happens what you give a bunch of computer savvy friends an awkward photo of each other? Photoshop happens:

From Joel:

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Adam’s contribution:

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Joel, not to be outdone, continues refining his skills:

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Adam strike back:

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And Joel again:

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Good times :)

Write Less More

A few weeks ago I decided that I wanted to write here more often, but I found it extremely difficult to come up with anything to write about. It’s not that I don’t have anything to say or share, but that none of it seemed worth saying or worth sharing.

After thinking about it for a while I realized that most of the writing I’ve done over the last few years has been focused on marketing the products I was working on. When I wrote something it was with the goal of making it to the front page of a site like HackerNews. The title had to be optimized for maximum SEO impact, the content had to have charts and numbers and insights that people would find valuable and worth sharing. As a result of this must-make-it-to-the-front-page mentality, the bar for what should be a blog post became set very high. If it wasn’t likely to get several thousand new visitors, it just wasn’t worth writing.

I’m going to try something new. Instead of a few big posts here and there I’m going to try to write shorter posts more frequently. At least in the beginning, nothing should take more than 15 or 20 minutes max to write. One word titles are fine, quotes are fine, pictures are fine. Anything goes. By writing more often I hope to become a better writer, share a bit of what I’m learning, connect with new and old friends, and perhaps benefit from some of your perspectives on whatever I’m writing about.

I’ll finish up by quoting a short story that I first saw in a post on Derek Sivers’s blog called Does quantity + learning = quality? which neatly summarizes why I think shorter posts more frequently is a good approach:

The ceramics teacher announced he was dividing his class into two groups. All those on the left side of the studio would be graded solely on the quantity of work they produced, all those on the right graded solely on its quality.

His procedure was simple: on the final day of class he would weigh the work of the “quantity” group: 50 pounds of pots rated an A, 40 pounds a B, and so on. Those being graded on “quality”, however, needed to produce only one pot – albeit a perfect one – to get an A.

Well, come grading time and a curious fact emerged: the works of highest quality were all produced by the group being graded for quantity!

It seems that while the “quantity” group was busily churning out piles of work – and learning from their mistakes – the “quality” group had sat theorizing about perfection, and in the end had little more to show for their efforts than grandiose theories and a pile of dead clay.