Bluffworks Chinos

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My new Bluffworks Chinos just arrived and they are a great fit. Very comfortable to wear. The fabric is nicer on the skin then their regular travel pants and they feel a bit warmer as well, which is nice in the winter with temperatures of -10°C. Overall I am a very happy customer if it weren’t for the horrendous import tax and the slow customs processing, none of which is Bluffworks’ fault of course. But €160 after customs for one pair of pants is not cheap to say it mildly. Anyway, I can highly recommend them and the regular travel pants for anyone who wants some good looking pants that are very easy to take care of, pack lightly and work great as travel, business and casual pants.

Indie Microblogging: owning your short-form writing

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Manton Reece has released his Kickstarter project into the wild. It’s his take on what a decentralized micro blogging—or short form posting—might look like.

It looks like he might make his 80k stretch goal.

Please take a few minutes and listen to his pitch. Maybe it’s of interest to you. Manton and all us backers would appreciate the help.

Book Recommendation – The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

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Mark Manson has an entertaining writing style and enough insight to make this book a fun and interesting read.

In this generation-defining self-help guide, a superstar blogger cuts through the crap to show us how to stop trying to be positive all the time so that we can truly become better, happier people.
For decades we’ve been told that positive thinking is the key to a happy, rich life. “Fck positivity,” Mark Manson says. “Let’s be honest, shit is fcked, and we have to live with it.” In his wildly popular Internet blog, Manson doesn’t sugarcoat or equivocate. He tells it like it is - a dose of raw, refreshing, honest truth that is sorely lacking today. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fck is his antidote to the coddling, let’s-all-feel-good mind-set that has infected modern society and spoiled a generation, rewarding them with gold medals just for showing up.
Manson makes the argument, backed by both academic research and well-timed poop jokes, that improving our lives hinges not on our ability to turn lemons into lemonade but on learning to stomach lemons better. Human beings are flawed and limited - “not everybody can be extraordinary; there are winners and losers in society, and some of it is not fair or your fault”. Manson advises us to get to know our limitations and accept them. Once we embrace our fears, faults, and uncertainties, once we stop running and avoiding and start confronting painful truths, we can begin to find the courage, perseverance, honesty, responsibility, curiosity, and forgiveness we seek.
There are only so many things we can give a f
ck about, so we need to figure out which ones really matter, Manson makes clear. While money is nice, caring about what you do with your life is better, because true wealth is about experience. A much-needed grab-you-by-the-shoulders-and-look-you-in-the-eye moment of real talk, filled with entertaining stories and profane, ruthless humor, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck is a refreshing slap for a generation to help them lead contented, grounded lives.

(Via: The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life)

You are always wrong.

(Via: Mark Manson – The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck)

I'm a contributor at Pixelfondue now

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My first post over at Pixelfondue is online. Pixelfondue aims to be your resource for anything related to creating art with the help of modo, Nuke, Adobe apps and the likes and I’m am honored to have been asked to contribute. The roster of writers is excellent and you really should check it out.

More articles from me to come. I’m open to topic requests.