March 2019 EDC Update

Apparently, it’s all about the EDC (everyday carry) these days, and people are getting out of control. According to the internets, some folks are carrying bags of ready-mix concrete in case they have to build an emergency birdbath, and everybody (everybody!) carries multi-tools, knives (all kinds of knives!) and bottle openers (why?) — such as one might use to open a bottle of whatever beverage one might enjoy with a bacon and lettuce and tomato sandwich.

I carry stuff, too. And I carry too much.

That realization led to an amazing series of actions:

  • I got two chairs
  • I put my 900-pound backpack in one chair, and a small briefcase in the other
  • Out of the backpack, I pulled only those things which I actually use (no “just in case” stuff), and put them on a table
  • Then I attempted to fit those items into the small briefcase… and succeeded

Because this genius technique is so incredibly ingenious, I have decided not to patent it, but instead am “open sourcing” it to the world in the hope that we all can get along and lead better, more productive and — above all — happier lives.

You’re welcome.


Tom Bihn Cadet 13.5-liter briefcase, with optional neoprene laptop CacheAbsolute Shoulder Strap, three Halcyon Organizer Pouches (one small and two minis) and a Key Strap, which I think came with the Cadet. The briefcase ships with a standard shoulder strap, but you’ll want to upgrade to the “Absolute” model for an additional $20.

I don’t remember how I learned about Tom Bihn, but I’m a convert. In addition to the Cadet, I own two of their backpacks and the insanely great Aeronaut 45 carry-on bag. Tom Bihn products are thoughtfully designed, handmade in Seattle, tough as nails and guaranteed for life. I’ve owned Hartmann (when it was good), Tumi (when it was good) and Briggs & Riley — which still is good, but not always as thoughtfully designed as Tom Bihn.

Believe me now and thank me later.

Here’s what I have in my Cadet main compartment:

Second compartment:

Tiny “cellphone” compartment:

  • hand sanitizer
  • key to my office filing cabinet

Backpack items not included in the Cadet:

  • a two-inch thick Redweld folder of printouts of online articles about….
  • two empty file folders waiting to be filled up
  • a heavy-duty (and heavy), bomb-proof laptop case
  • a foam insert organizer sheet thing full of things that had to be organized
  • two different types of 3×5 index cards (100 count)
  • a marine whistle, in case I found myself adrift at sea
  • two velcro reflective tags to attach to the backpack for when walking home from the train station at night; I drive home from the train station
  • a Tom Bihn Snake Charmer organizer pouch in which I had my MacBook charger and Focal earphones, but also a miniature tripod and iPhone clamp for taking still photos or videos with the iPhone, and… a Lightning-port powered auxiliary speakerphone for those times when… jeezuz
  • several additional pens and mechanical pencils; I don’t use pencils
  • a small, climbing-grade carabiner for my keys and other “clip” items
  • a heavy-duty, steel luggage tag, attached (inside) with a steel cord
  • two round aluminum caribiners — one in each shoulder-strap thumb loop — to ease tightening the straps after heaving the backpack on
  • noise-canceling headphones in a hardshell case; no longer needed, as I’ve moved to a quieter work environment
  • the occasional “research” book; I read e-books

Hope this helps!


Star Wars: The Last Jedi — Full Review

A long time ago, nowhere near here, some Jedis lived and died but there was just one left and he was Luke Skywalker on the island on that planet where Rey found him with his thing which he threw away next to the penguin/owls that look like good eatin’ except they look at you so don’t do it. There is good and evil in each of us, and The Force is not The Force. Meanwhile, Kylo Ren has the Supreme Leader and there are no dentists in the galaxy. Kylo pops up and Rey pops up and they talk. A lot. Meanwhile, the Empire is trying to wipe out the last of the Rebel Alliance, so Finn and Rose Tico — who is sort of Finn’s girlfriend, except that I thought that Rey was sort of Finn’s girlfriend — have to go to the place to steal something or blow something up except they race horse/camels through Mar-A-Lago and then go back to one of the ships because stuff is blowing up and the lady in the evening gown saves everybody and gets killed because they now are hiding in the big cave but the giant canon is coming so Luke uses The Force on Kylo Ren and the evil British guy while Rey lifts the rocks and the foxes and everybody else goes out the back. In the end, most is lost, but all is not lost because of the children. They are our future.

2.5 Stars

What’s On My Phone?

The Wall Street Journal is distracting us with this question, and I need to be distracted because every time I sneeze it comes out “Covfefe!”

So…what’s on yours?

Case: tech21 Evo Mesh for easy grip

tech 21 Evo Mesh silicone iPhone case

Home screen image: Rooms by the Sea by Edward Hopper; I do not keep icons on my home screen.

Number of contacts: Lots

Most-Used app: Phone (for conference calls), New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Twitter, Weather, Gmail, YouTube, Camera, banking & finance apps to manage my empire

Favorite podcast: None. I can read much faster than I can listen.

Siri use?: I’ve set the voice to male with a British accent. I also tried to change the name from “Siri” to “Reginald,” but couldn’t do that without jailbreaking the phone.

Games: None

Snapchat. Instagram. Texting.: Are. You. Serious?

Uber: No. Shame on them for everything they do. I take yellow taxis, and you should, too.

Voice message: Don’t know. Don’t care. If I don’t recognize your number, I’m not answering anyway.

Weather forecast cities: New York, Beverly Hills, Monte Carlo

App somebody should invent: If I knew that, I’d be rich enough not to have a cell phone.