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October 2010

TOMS Shoes - A purchase with a 2 for 1 benefit for charity

I wrote a blog post about the TOMS Shoes brand this morning on my professional blog,, highlighting it's "Brand as a Movement" stature.  In researching that post, I came across an opportunity to support two different charitable causes with a single purchase -- TOMS Water Earthwise Men's Classic Shoes.  Not only will TOMS contribute a new pair of shoes to a child in need but they will also fund the construction of three new clean water wells in Ethiopia.  So consider adding a snappy pair of TOMS to your closet and feel twice as good about your purchase.

EVERNOTE - The Application That I Can't Live Without


I came across this application about 4 months ago while reading an online article about EVERNOTE for the iPad.  Their pitch - capture anything, access everywhere, find things fast, remember everything!  And that is exactly what this software does.  You can install it on your Mac, PC, iPhone, iPad, Android phone, Blackberry, Windows Mobile ... you get the idea.

You capture your information by typing it in, capturing from your mobile phone, talking to your iSight camera in your laptop, from clipper buttons you install in your favorite browser.  The application then sends it up to your central EVERNOTE account in the "cloud".  You can arrange your notes in virtual notebooks, specify tags, and EVERNOTE even indexes the text in the photo of the whiteboard drawing you took in your last meeting.  The price?  FREE!  Now that comes with advertising and storage restrictions but for $45/year for the premium service -- ads are gone -- more storage, secure data transfer, etc.

I use this application for all kinds of different situations now:

  • Browse a website I want to remember later - clip
  • Want to have a central place for all those business cards you collect?  Snap a quick image with your iPhone camera and then you can just type the name in the search bar
  • Notes of that whiteboard drawing
  • Flight info
  • Find a book in bookstore but don't want to pay bookstore prices - snap a photo - off to Evernote!

Check it out, it really is a fantastic way to keep your information organized.

Plainfield Marching Band - Friday Night Light


One of my friends, Alex Garcia, is an award winning photojournalist for the Chicago Tribune.  He has an amazing eye for life and his images are consistently beautiful.  His work is featured on a blog called "Assignment Chicago".  On Tuesdays he offers a series of posts called "Tuesday Photo TIps" that can help bring out the award winning photographer in all of us.  Click on over and enjoy! 

Urban Power Backpack from Outdoor Products Fits the Bill


My Swiss Army laptop backpack finally wore out after almost six years of daily use and thousands of miles of global air travel.  While looking for a new backpack for my son who was going away to college, I came across this little jewel.  I bought one for him and liked it so much I went back to REI to pick up one for myself.  The layout for all of the various cord/chargers/USB thumb drives, etc. is very well thought out and I carry a 15" MacBook Pro in the padded rear laptop compartment.  Comes in Red or Black.  Again I purchased mine at REI ($76) but I know that Amazon carries it as well.  Additional photos and specs at the Outdoor Products website. 


Great Wheeled Carry-on Suitcase from Swiss Army - Victorinox CH22

CH22 Carry-on

It has been a while since I have posted up here but wanted to get back in the saddle so to speak.  I continue to travel quite a bit so my luggage gets a good workout.  I just picked up a new 22" carry-on manufactured by Swiss Army - Victorinox, model CH22.  I love this bag.  It is very light (around 8 pounds - empty) and measures: 13.5"w x 20.5"h x 7.5"d [expands to 9.5"d].  Fits in all the common overhead spaces easily and has a nice long handle that collapses and zips away.  I got mine at REI but there are many other dealers/retailers that carry Victorinox.  More photos and specs here.