Wednesday, 22 May 2013
There's obviously an egotistical element here, and normally I wouldn't consider The View as a place for an EDC post. But I have my reasons, as I hope you'll see.
I remain a writer without a definitive writing space. Over the past few years, I've trained myself to be able to write pretty much anywhere--as an example, this piece is being written in a hospital waiting room while I hang around for test results. In order to do that, I've developed a fairly pared down set of tools that allow me to set up shop wherever there's seat space.
The heart of the set up is my iPad, teamed with a Logitech Extrathin bluetooth keyboard. The two lock together magnetically, turning the tablet into a mini-laptop. Using stripped-down writing tools like Blogsy (for the blog, natch) and Daedalus, I can concentrate on wordcount without worrying about formatting. The battery on the iPad is good enough that I can write all day without needing a recharge. With all the benefits of wi-fi, I can and have posted for The View on trains, in cafes and pubs and even in the back seat of Guru Ian's car.
For those times when I just need a little time away from the world, I plug in my Sennheiser CX300 noise-cancelling headphones and listen to a podcast or some music. There's nothing to them. They tuck into a tiny little snap-top pouch, and sound great. Like all my EDC, they're compact, discreet and eminently capable.
As a literaddict, my Kindle is never far away. It's not the newest or fanciest, but it does the job of an e-reader without fuss, and the battery life is brilliant. Other e-readers are available, of course, but until this one breaks there's no reason to change.
I always try to carry a notebook and writing implements. Sometimes it's just easier to scribble something down, or make a quick sketch. Field Notes notebooks are card-backed, small and stylish enough to go in the bag, although I'll never say no to a Moleskine. Along with that goes a Faber-Castell propelling pencil, a couple of Sharpies and a Bamboo stylus for the iPad.
Apart from keys (keyring from the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam featuring Van Gogh's Skull With A Cigarette cos it's arty and rock n roll all at once, and a wee penknife/scissor combo from Leatherman which has got me out of trouble more times than I care to mention (not that sort of trouble)) and phone (iPhone 4, two and a half years old, well overdue for an upgrade hint hint) that's about it.
Apart from the bag I carry the whole shebang around in--and finally we reach the point where things get Pier32. Everything goes neatly into a Scaramanga Small Messenger Bag. Made from solid and ethically sourced leather, and built to last for a lifetime, this is the tote I've been after since I started working at The Pier. The leather is going to scuff up and soften beautifully over time. I want it to show that it's used with love; much like its owner.
Fasteners, importantly, are zips and mag closures--no nasty velcro for me, thank you. The build is incredibly sturdy, and finished with craft and care. With enough pockets and compartments to keep everything organised, it was delivered in a sweet little cloth bag that I've started using as an emergency shoppping bag. The Scaramanga was, if I'm honest, a bit on the pricy side, but then let's not forget the ethical mantra. Spend more, buy less, choose well. Frankly, my friends, I think I've chosen very well indeed.
So, that's my Everyday Carry, and that's more than enough from me today. I'd love to know what's in your daily go-kit. Feel free to share in the comments.