Archive for December, 2007

If you travel a lot and like technology a lot, chances are you have put some serious thought into how to house all the gadgets you end up carrying around to ensure both your productivity and entertainment.

What’s your laptop wearing?
Item of importance #1 is a quality bag for your laptop. There’s been some talk in the past about the merits of Crumpler carry-alls, but for the girls among us, carrying a bag that big just isn’t practical. I never check my luggage, which means the most I can have is a purse and a roller case. My secret trick is to go with laptop cases that are flat and can fit inside the roller, keeping me (technically) well within the 2-item limit for carry ons.

Earlier this year, I was working with this Crumpler 13″ School Hymn for the Macbook:


I liked it because it was bright green, padded, and with enough use one side was squeezed small enough for me to be able to wield the case one-handed. Downside? No storage for the necessary Macbook accoutrements. Stuff like, uh, the powercord. It also got smudged easily, which bugged me.

A short time later, I was minding my own business in New York, when I passed by a store called Highway in Nolita. Through the plate glass, I locked eyes with this bag:


It was love at first sight. Note the pockets on the front – one for business cards, the other a little deeper and perfect for the powercord for my Crackberry and/or an iPod. What you don’t see in this shot is perhaps the best feature of all; on the other side is a 2″ deep padded rectangular pocket that offers a glove-like fit for my Mac powercord. Inside the bag itself are pockets and dividers for magazines and other stuff. The ultimate cool thing? The over-the-shoulder strap looks like a seatbelt. Basically, this bag is perfect. Needless to say, my mono-functional Crumpler and I broke up a short time later.

Is your iPod as well dressed as it could be?
Okay, so we’ve covered meta carrying devices – what about the stuff you use to carry the technology inside the bag you use to carry your technology? My iPod is starting to look like a nesting doll. I fixate on this particular gadget because it is such a good friend.

A while back I recognized the ass-ness of the standard issue iPod earbuds, especially when deployed against the deafening white noise of the average airplane in flight. So I invested in a pair of Harmon-Kardon EP 710 earphones.


I opted against the various noise-canceling versions available, figuring it was not beyond the realm of possibility that someone, someday, would issue a press release saying, “Whoops! They do make you deaf. Our bad!” (aspartame, anyone?) So I got this kind, which basically act like earplugs. However, I did discover a downside: on the street, where there are usually no jet engines, these “natural noise isolating earphones” work a little too well. Basically, I almost stepped in front of a car. So now I have two sets of earbuds – the regular ass kind and the really good kind. Which means that I am actually using the rather lame black nylon case that came with the Harmon-Kardons to hold it all.

Inside that case, my iPod is further enrobed in something called a Gelaskin:


I discovered the existence of these magical, paper-thin protective coatings in an email from a gallery/store in Toronto called Magic Pony, which is filled with a plethora of wonderful and bizarre items, not least of which is Fancy Action Now: The Art of Team Macho. But I digress. Gelaskins are an absolutely perfect blend of form and function. Incredibly amazing designs on a material that protects your iPod from scratches and all manner of trouble – without adding a bit of bulk.

More awesome news? They’re now available for your laptop.

So I leave you with this question: what’s your technology wearing?


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But I need to tell you about a pair of John Fluevog shoes I bought in New York in November.


Now, out of our five or six readers, I expect that about 1.4 of you are not aware that I am Canadian. Did you know that John Fluevog is also Canadian? No? Well, then you are stupid. Just kidding. But seriously – do you live under a rock?

Actually, the reason I’m sharing this with you is, as I mentioned, I bought these fair shoes in NYC. Not T-dot, not Van, but south of the border. Which seems odd, doesn’t it? Well, what with taxes, import duties and the phases of the moon, buying even Canadian goods is cheaper in the good old U-S-of-A. So that’s what I did. Sorry, Canadian GDP – you can’t argue with a 30% price difference.

Anyway. I’m also highly aware that if I post too much about shoes, we may attract, how shall I put it? The wrong sorts of people. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but, um, it makes me slightly uncomfortable. So I’m going to imagine now that you are reading this because you appreciate the incredible Fluevog quality, the boho-meets-Les Liasons Dangereux styling, leather-wrapped heel, stamped and antiqued cordova leather and ribbon tie-up (also a big trend that I’m all over).

These babies are also a full 4″ which has taken a little getting used to. I had originally hoped to get them in red…


(everyone should have a pair of red shoes, period.) but I love, love LOVE the brown I had to settle for. They’ve become everyday for me, though if I don’t concentrate fully while wearing them, I tend to totter a little.

So there you go, Dear Readers – more fascinating insight into my shoes. I know you live for nothing else. Happy holidays!

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Seen at Le Web 3. Caption award.

photo from Leweb flickr

Robert Scoble talks with Philippe Starck, design überguru. wow. DFOF wishes he had been there.

In the meantime, let’s have a caption competition. 

DFOF’s caption attempt.

“Is that your Motorbike over there?”

“Yes,  I’m going to drive over your Kindle with it.”

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Sublime elegance from Xavier of Geneva.  DFOF has met him on a number of occasions, but alas, without a camera.  DFOF stole one on this particular evening in Stockholm, but you will agree it was in a good cause.

Here,  at the end of a very long day, Xavier  immaculate  in an  ‘old’  Corneliani Suit.   Please note the cuff length. He obeys the first rule of suitdom;  make sure it fits.  The starched but unbuttoned cuffs add a deft touch,  finished off with a neatly tied scarf.

He takes the DFOF award for the Most  Sartorially Adept  IT project manager.

And here, the perfect winter boot, in this case from Prada. A blot in the copybook as they could do with a shine, but in Xaiver’s defence, he’d walked through the worst that a late November Stockholm  could throw at him. Also the carpet wasn’t his fault. Note the sock length – no winter shins peeking out here, even though the legs are crossed.

DFOF is attempting to snare him as the French speaking correspondent. 

By the way, Xavier’s project was a great success with ROI galore, but that would be for a different blog. 

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