Apparently, Iron Man is DEAD!!! Other than that, I didn’t really understand what was happening.
Lots of property damage.
A bunch of dudes try to kill John Wick, but he kills them first.
Spoiler Alert!: Iron Man dies at the end.
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.
Tom Bihn Cadet 13.5-liter briefcase, with optional neoprene laptop Cache, Absolute 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:
- Early 2015 13-inch MacBook Pro Retina (current version)
- Nalgene On The Fly water bottle when I carry water; a Teakwood or Onyx S’well Bottle when I carry iced coffee (I have too many beverage bottles)
- Gallery Leather large monthly planner
- Maruman Mnemosyne N195A – A5 notebook
- Repel Windproof Easy-Touch collapsible umbrella
- MacBook charger in small Tom Bihn Halcyon Organizer Pouch, clipped to O-ring in the Cadet
- thin file folder
- Zebra Sarasa Dry Gel Pen 0.4 mm black
- Zebra Sarasa Push-Clip Gel Pen 0.5 mm red
- Fisher Zero-Gravity Matte Black Space Pen
- Kanex foldable iDevice stand
- Baggu standard nylon shopping bag – red
- bid’ness cards
- Jackery Bolt portable phone charger
- ThruNite Archer 1A V3 200 lumens tactical flashlight
- First-generation Focal Sphear earphones; AudioQuest DragonFly Black USB D-to-A converter/headphone amp; AudioQuest Jitterbug USB Data and Power Noise Filter (in a mini Tom Bihn Halcyon Organizer Pouch, clipped to an O-ring)
- Advil, nail clippers and dental floss in a mini Tom Bihn Halcyon Organizer Pouch, clipped to an O-ring and key strap
- REI microfiber multi-towel
- a Tom Bihn key strap attached to an O-ring on one end, and a Nite Ize S-Biner dual carabiner on the other end for my house keys
- Two HumanGear GoBites Unos (one for me; one for a friend) in a small Ziploc storage bag (for cleanliness)
- I also might add two pair of chopsticks if I can find a collapsible “tactical” model made from aircraft aluminum and carbon fiber, and endorsed by Japan’s Special Forces Group
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!
The scene they ripped off from Runaway Train (1985) was pretty good, but otherwise… m’eh.