Perhaps it's just the Christmas season, but the majority of interesting things I'm finding on the web are things right now.
Take for example the Vitra Pacific Chair. My beehind will likely never grace that chair, but boy is it pretty. Good reason to work for Apple in Cupertino right now.
Or take the Crossway ESV Heirloom Legacy line of Bibles. I've been doing some research to find a Bible for Emryn that marks her birth, and it seems this line of Bibles is one of the highest quality lines you can find. Expensive though.
Here are a couple great reviews of the Heirloom Legacy, if you're interested yourself:
- ESV Heirloom Wide Margin Reference Bible (Crossway) — Holy Writ & Sacred Witness
- ESV Heirloom Single Column Legacy Edition (Crossway)!!! — Holy Writ & Sacred Witness
- Refined in Every Sense: The New Heirloom Legacy — Bible Design Blog
Earlier in the week, I mentioned on Twitter I would likely end up purchasing a non-Mac notebook next time a purchase is required. This ThinkPad X1 Carbon (5th Gen.) looks awesome. It's thin and light. Has a pretty good battery. Has the world's best laptop keyboard. And has a bunch of useful ports I need on a daily basis.
All for a lot less money.
Maybe something inside me has changed recently, but I've never been more aware of the compromises a MacBook or MacBook Pro present. You pay a major premium for a modern chassis, macOS, and a great trackpad. And you make compromises by way of a lack of ports, a horrid keyboard (the keyboard feels great, but there's no level of feel that overcomes the keyboard jamming all the time), and — believe it or not — a poor display. Yes, this 15.6-inch ThinkPad T570's UHD display is higher resolution than the 15-inc MacBook Pro's display. And it comes in a matte option, eliminating glare and bringing a whole new level of clarity to text.
The only two things I miss when I switch to this ThinkPad from my personal MacBook Pro are macOS (and the app ecosystem) and the Touch Bar. Windows 10 is a great OS, but the app ecosystem is sparse and thin. There's a plethora of business-oriented software, but Apple's array of whimsical, well-designed consumer-oriented software is unmatched.
A huge contingent of the Apple world will immediately disregard any PC because of how a PC looks and because of Windows 10. If you can get past the vanity of an aluminum notebook and if you gave Windows 10 a chance, I think the benefits of a great keyboard, a great display, and a no-compromise array of ports will surprise you.
I've done really well — I've talked about Star Wars every Sunday Edition for the last month. But this week is Star Wars week. And apparently, it's friggin awesome. I've bought tickets for the pre-screening on Thursday night and I can't properly express my level of excitement.
Regardless of excitement, I'm glad to know Lucasfilm wasn't so stupid as to reveal Rey's parents via the Star Wars: Battlefront II video game. The new DLC trailer for Battlefront II (available on Wednesday) all but squashes that rumour. Good on Lucasfilm.
Two weeks until Christmas. This is truly the best time of year. Grab some coffee and enjoy these reads and views this Sunday afternoon.
88 Piano Keys Control 500,000 Christmas Lights! I Saw Three Ships - The Piano Guys
Is it time to swap your Mac for a Windows laptop? — The Guardian
iPhone X Camera Review - A Week in Italy — Nanda Kusumadi
Zeiss Loxia 21 Review — Ray LaRose
Medium, and The Reason You Can’t Stand the News Anymore. — Sean Blanda
The Secret To Productivity? Maximizing Your Downtime in 3 Simple Ways — Nicolas Cole
Stop Setting Goals (Do This Instead) — Jeff Goins
Best Train Trips in the World — Architectural Digest
And, of course, how can we not be talking about that massive Giancarlo Stanton trade to the Yankees? Best stat being thrown around right now: Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge combined for 111 home runs in the 2017 regular season. The San Francisco Giants as a team hit 128 home runs during the regular season.
The AL East is going to be a slugfest division in 2018.
- How Much Should We Fear Giancarlo Stanton In Pinstripes? — FiveThirtyEight Sports
Happy Sunday. All the best in the week ahead.