Cool stuff I have discovered this year

Discussion in 'The Watering Hole' started by Lightmancer, Dec 17, 2015.

  1. Lightmancer

    Lightmancer Super Moderator

    Aug 13, 2011
    Sunny Frimley
    Bill Palmer
    'cos it's coming up to Christmas and just a bit of fun, I thought I would share stuff - both photographic and not - that I have "found" during 2015 that I think has improved my life in one way or another. If you are short of inspiration for a gift or two, this may help.

    Feel free to add your own to this list!

    Photographic:
    Cordweaver camera straps - I can't believe what good value these are. I have a "Cordy Classic" on my X100T and it is superb.

    Music:
    Hozier - The single, "Take me to Church" has justifiably won awards, but the album as a whole is excellent. This lad will go far. (warning if you click on the video - parental advisory)


    Movies:
    The Martian - by far the best movie I have seen this year. Who knew Matt Damon could act?!

    Food:
    Maple butter - food of the gods, second only to bacon. Where has this been all my life!?

    Stationery:
    Lamy fountain pens - the AL-star has replaced a Montblanc Meisterstuck platinum LeGrand as my daily carry. I use a fountain pen because I am sinistral, and it keeps my handwriting neat(er). They are the perfect combination with Leuchtturm 1917 notebooks which have replaced Moleskine in my life because they are better made and indexed!
     
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  2. dalethorn

    dalethorn Guest

    Those Leuchtterm notebooks are very difficult to get in the U.S. - it took 3 enquiries over a few months before I finally got a few. They've made good gifts as well.
     
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  3. Ripleysbaby

    Ripleysbaby supernatural anesthetist

    Sep 9, 2011
    Cumbria UK
    Garry
    I am really struggling with cool stuff I have discovered this year ! But I'll get back to you when I remember.
    And yes the wrist straps look great. And what a great price too.
     
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  4. demiro

    demiro Serious Compacts For Life

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    Dec 15, 2011
    Bill, I have to ask, why is a ballpoint neater for a lefty? Thanks.
     
  5. Ripleysbaby

    Ripleysbaby supernatural anesthetist

    Sep 9, 2011
    Cumbria UK
    Garry
    Ok, here's one. The Ricoh 21mm conversation lens for the GR is a seriously good bit of glass.
     
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  6. Lightmancer

    Lightmancer Super Moderator

    Aug 13, 2011
    Sunny Frimley
    Bill Palmer
    It isn't. A fountain pen is. It slows me down just a fraction without getting in the way. My handwriting is actually quite fluid, but it gets illegible quickly 'cos I think faster than I can write. A ballpoint doesn't help because it offers no resistance in any direction, whereas a fountain pen adds a little structure by only flowing with you if you flow with it.

    Sorry, that got a bit poetic, but hopefully it explains.
     
  7. christilou

    christilou SC Hall of Famer

    Jul 13, 2010
    Sunny Frimley
    I shall keep out of this conversation....... speaking as one who has just recently been shown how to access the camera and where the torch is on my iPhone after 3 years!!!
     
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  8. demiro

    demiro Serious Compacts For Life

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    Dec 15, 2011
    Thanks Bill. I meant "fountain". Brain is out of synch with my fingers I'm afraid. I've never used a fountain pen to appreciate what you are saying, but I think I get it.

    Thanks again for the response.
     
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  9. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    It's not so much a new discovery that I'm enjoying now. But a RE-discovery. I went through a phase around 15 years ago where all I listened to was Scott Walker. I never really tired of him. But I so thoroughly played all of his records inside-out that I thought I couldn't get any more out of them.

    Maybe it's breaking in some new speakers that is allowing me some new insight into the music. Anyways, his style certainly won't be for everyone. But if I had his voice, I wouldn't leave the house. I'd just sing for my own pleasure. His first 5 solo albums after splitting from the Walker Brothers are an amazing body of work.
     
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  10. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs SC Legend

    Sep 21, 2010
    Not too far from Philly
    you should be able to figure it out...
    I didn't realize he'd had such an interesting (and downright strange, lately) career before becoming your Guvn'r... ;)

    Seriously, never heard of the guy, but just gave him a half hour's worth of a listen and, nope, his style ain't my personal cup of tea (the Guv either, no pun intended, not to get too political), but he's got some mad talent - that much is clear. Sort of like great opera singers, who I can and do respect til the cows come home, but I can't listen to 'em... My loss, no doubt...

    -Ray
     
  11. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    I'm glad you gave him a shot, Ray. I would have guessed he wouldn't be up your alley. But you never know if you don't give it a shot.

    His last couple albums are nothing I would make a steady diet of, but after playing those albums a few times through, even those crazy-ass records start to sound not that difficult. But whenever I have a customer that I want to shoo out of the store, I can play something from his latest..... very loudly. It takes the paint off the walls.
     
  12. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs SC Legend

    Sep 21, 2010
    Not too far from Philly
    you should be able to figure it out...
    Is that "Soused"? I actually almost like that one - the droning bombast of the instrumentation nearly matches the over the top horror-movie vocals and somehow makes them more listenable. Did you ever see the movie "Forgetting Sarah Marshall"? The protagonist in that is a frustrated musician working on a comedic rock opera about Dracula and his inability to find love (what with all the blood-sucking evidently being something of a turn-off - who knew?). This stuff sort of reminds me of that, but without the comedy... Hell, I thought I heard part of the "Iron Man" riff in there...

    It's not something I'd put on during a social evening (ya cain't DANCE to it!), but it's just weird enough to make me want to listen a little more. But his earlier pop-based stuff kind of makes my skin crawl just a bit...

    -Ray
     
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  13. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    Here's a discovery I made this year by accident. I grabbed a bag of "gluten-free" pretzels (I think the whole gluten-free craze is nonsense, btw....... unless you are in the miniscule group of people with Celiac disease) by mistake.

    They are so crispy and delicious, they are like CRACK. Both my wife and I are addicted. And neither of us were THAT into pretzels to begin with!

    Gluten-Free Mini Pretzels