2011 fades away, and what a year it was. I’m going to be breaking this into multiple posts. A couple that are my year mostly in numbers, like books, movies, travel, etc. The other mostly made up of intangibles, life, love, lessons, and the like. This will be one of the former. I tend to document and record lots of data as kind of a side function of my everyday goings on. It’s not that I’m particularly stat focused or live life by numbers, but I like to keep track of where I go, how I got there, how much I did. It’s pretty easy to do now-a-days, especially since a lot of record keeping is automated. All you have to do is know where to look for the data. For example, I can look at my Verizon Wireless account and see that I spent 3289 minutes [52.4 hours / 2.18 days] talking on my phone this year. That doesn’t include Google Voice, GMail, or Skype calls, so the total is probably a bit higher. A more impressive number is texts. 20,608 from my phone and another 15,223 from Google Voice, for a total of 35,831 text messages. So, all the info is out there, it just needs to be added up.
Now for something completely different.
So, I’ve been meaning to do an “Everyday Carry” style post, as well as a “What’s In My Bag?” post. I decided to mash them together a bit and work in a quasi-review of my new Chrome Niko. If you know me, you know that bags, specifically laptop and camera bags, are my one real retail weakness. I have a massive collection of bags, including a veritable who’s who of Timbuk2 messengers. When it comes to camera bags, I’ve tried multiple solutions from Lowepro, Domke, Naneu, and looked at hundreds of others. For larger jobs I usually just use a photo insert with a Timbuk2 M messenger, but I’ve been dying for a perfect day bag. Even for just basic day shooting I actually carry quite a clip of gear, so first we should look at what it is I am trying to cram into this mythical perfect bag.