The Best

I like to find the best of things. Taking a cue from The Brooks Review’s The Best, here are some things I think are great.


Day Bag: Visconti Carter messenger. Buy it on Amazon.

Travel Bag: Aer Travel Pack.

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Lightning Cable

We all know those Apple Lightning cables fall apart, especially at the Lightning end. TechArmor has a 6-foot braided jacket Lightning cable that is fantastic. It’s available in gray and white.

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Fantastical 2 – best calendar app for Mac and iOS. If someone tells you to show them the one thing that makes it better than the default calendar app, show them natural language event creation.

Weather Line – data provided by Line graphs of hourly, daily, and monthly temps, as well as local precipitation data.

Delivery Status Touch – best way track packages through any delivery company in one place. Pulls orders from your account. Offers notifications when status is updated.

1Password – best password manager.

Tweetbot (2 for Mac, 4 for iOS)– The best Twitter client. Love that I can switch between Timeline and Lists from the nav bar. Tweetbot 4 for iOS lets you switch between Day and Night modes with a quick two-finger flick, much like a light switch .

forScore – best way to keep sheet music on iPad

Ulysses – on Mac and iOS for writing, with Markdown support.

Bear – notes with Markdown support

OmniFocus 2 – on Mac and iOS for task management. Go Pro for custom perspectives, etc.

Atom – cross-platform text editor built by GitHub. My favorite text editor for writing code.

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Pens, Paper, and Inks

This category is particularly subjective. If you want an extensive list and a real rabbit hole, check out The Pen Addict’s Top 5 Pens.

Pilot Vanishing Point – my favorite fountain pen. Details: F nib, twist converter.

Midori Traveler’s Notebook – nice thick, vegetable-tanned leather cover with elastic strap. Both the Midori and Banditapple refills are excellent. I love the size and have been taking it everywhere.

Staedtler Pigment Liners – best technical pens.

Pilot Precise V5 – best everyday pen

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AirScape—great coffee storage container that forces air out, keeping coffee fresh longer. Buy it on Amazon.

Breville IQ Kettle—this electric kettle has the looks and the performance. Family loves the different temperature settings. Buy it on Amazon.

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