White keyboards and cleanliness

Apple Wireless Keyboard

Back when Apple came out with white keyboards, I was annoyed. I appreciated the white aesthetic, the clean design, but they got dirty so quickly. Within a few weeks of normal use with clean hands, there was a visible layer of grime on the keys used most. It was like a heat map drawn with [...]

Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera

When it launched a little more than a year ago, the Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera took the industry by storm. It is the first (and quite possibly still the only) 2.5K video camera under $5,000 able to use EF, ZE and MFT-mount lenses. It stores the video on SSDs, in 12-bit RAW format with 13 [...]

Canon EOS 6D DSLR

Full frame (35mm) and 20 megapixels of resolution. This one is paired with the excellent EF 24-105mm f/4L IS lens, which I've owned for years and I love. It features a 20.2 Megapixel Full-Frame CMOS sensor, a wide ISO range of 100–25600, expandable to L: 50, H1: 51200, and H2: 102400, and a DIGIC 5+ [...]

Classic Solo Handmade Shoes

Late last year, I ordered a pair of handmade shoes from Stefan Burdea, a shoemaker from Bucharest, Romania. I'd like to show them to you now. They're the Classic Solo model, a beautiful and understated pair of shoes made from a single piece of leather. Some of you may already know that it's fairly difficult [...]

The 2012 Fisker Karma

The Fisker Karma is an interesting and appealing car that's fully electric, with its battery charged by a gasoline engine, so you're never out of power. The more I learn about it, the more I like it. Things such as its sexy, uncompromising design, the fact that it's made out of renewable and recycled materials, [...]

A comparison of watch designs

Remember my video on watch bands? I intended to create a guide to watch designs and I got around to it last week. This video's even longer than the last one; it's almost 30 minutes! Get a cup of tea, sit down and get comfortable, because it's going to take a bit of time to get [...]

The old Mercedes

Back in the States, we lived in a community called Grosvenor Park. Photos I've taken there are featured often on my website. It was a nice place, true to its name: it was a park with a brook, ponds, trees, all sorts of vegetation and even a little forest out back. In the parking lot [...]

The day our MINI froze over

One winter day, as I finished work late in the evening, about eight o'clock, I went out to the parking lot and saw my MINI looking this: I hadn't expected that. It had rained earlier in the day, particularly during lunch and it had continued to drizzle through the afternoon. The evening had brought a [...]

A look at lubrication inside an engine, in 1937

Nowadays, when we rarely pop open the hoods of our cars on our own, and the only things we usually worry about are putting in the gas and taking them to the dealer or the mechanic for their scheduled maintenance, we can hardly fathom what goes on inside those modern engines. This wonderful video, made [...]