I have a job and other news

I got a job! As of the 28th, I’ll be back at Weedmaps, doing backend Elixir again. I’m really stoked to be working there again, and also working from home (not commuting!) again. The BART really is a drag.

Another item: I’ve finished the bag I’ve been working on for friend Grant, and that’ll go to him. I think I need a different fabric for the liner, the sailcloth I’m using is a little too stiff. I think I want to do one in Dyneema, although it’s eye-wateringly expensive.

The bag is a sort of collage of features I’ve liked from many bags, along with a few things of my own invention. I have a lot of bags, and they’re all good for one reason or another, but they all also fall short for reasons, too. I’ve done some modifications to some of them, and use those bags the most; the only unmodified bag I use regularly is the Think Tank Retrospective 7, which is great, but not perfect.

The outer pockets are similar to a couple different designs; they were originally patterned after the ones on ReLoad bags, but now they’ve morphed into something way closer to what’s on my Domke J-803. Inside, there are organizer pockets for pens, flashlights, a multi-tool slot, and camera batteries, or similar sized items, and also room for smaller items frequently used (I keep my spare phone battery and sunglasses in these, for example).

Inside the bag, there’s about 1000 cubic inches, or about 17 liters of space. There’s a strip of velcro positioned to take Domke inserts for camera stuff, or anything else backed with velcro hooks. There’s also a built-in laptop sleeve which I think still needs refinement. It’s possible I’ll do my own without any padding, and use an external sleeve. It’s more about having a place to keep the machine than needing extra padding there all the time, as I don’t always carry my laptop.

Finally, on the back, there’s a big flat document pocket, for things like airline tickets and magazines and whatnot. I only seem to use that pocket in airports.

The closure of the bag is lifted from the EDC series of bags by Adam Savage, although now that I know about it I’m seeing it all over, including in bags I already own (a craftsman toolbag from college-era; many backpacks seem to have them too). It’s a sort of doctor’s bag opening, where the edges of the bag are held in place by two pieces of steel wire. The top opens very wide, and gives easy access to the interior. The zipper I’m using is a waterproof YKK #10 in black.

Handles and straps are all tubular webbing, 1” for the top handles, and 2” for the shoulder. I find with a wide enough strap that doesn’t bunch up, I don’t ever need a shoulder pad. The shoulder strap also uses a cam-buckle for adjustment, like all the good messenger bags (except chrome, who have their seatbelt thing). This quick adjustment means it can go from being a casual over the shoulder bag to a secure cross body bag super easily. If you bike a lot, it’s really nice.

And that’s it. That’s most of the bag. I could talk a lot more about it, but I’m already over my limit for how late I’m up and how many words are here. Going to push the publish button and go to sleep.

Posted by Matt on 2019-01-18 01:13:37 -0800

crowds in the city

Every day, just a lot of people. I don’t know, it didn’t seem this bad today, but it’s possible the cold weather is keeping people indoors. This week is filled up with things, and so is the weekend. Can’t stop won’t stop forgot how to stop

Posted by Matt on 2019-01-10 00:16:36 -0800

environmental-ish portraits

I think this might’ve been the night of Allie’s birthday, but according to this edit (and my somewhat blurry memory) I failed to get a decent picture of the birthday girl. I did take all these pictures that I like and am tempted to crop. But, when I do that, they don’t seem to work as well any more. The environment around them adds character. Actually the one of Sophie I’m not tempted to crop, but the other two, I am. But I tried that, and they don’t work.

Today, I got to shoot photos with a bunch of cool folks; the Bay Area Film Photography Meetup. Worth checking out if you’re in the Bay area and are willing to shoot film for a little while. I still enjoy it, anyway.

Posted by Matt on 2019-01-08 02:15:49 -0800

street stuff from months ago

You can probably guess how tempted I was to remove that big gulp from the first image; pretty sorely, actually, until I realized it actually added a little verisimilitude and character. These photos are again just the first few off the queue that I didn’t hate and delete immediately with some minimal developing sprinkled over them.

Figured out the last outstanding issue with the bags today; the pocket flaps are now ready for prime time. I also found out, if I plan to sell these, I need to get a license from the state to make them and it’s $750 per year. Had a lovely conversation with a friend who started and then shuttered a boutique lingerie line a while back, and she gave me the name of her pattern person and cutter and everything, even though I’m a long way off from doing anything but making bags one at a time. It did occur to us that doing bags, especially just one, the way I’m thinking about starting, means I don’t have to keep different sizes or do a bunch of different patterns for different ones. So that’s nice.

Also: finally got a video card in my hackintosh, and I really wish I’d done it first instead of trying to mess with the onboard graphics. It runs a lot better. My build is now essentially this one from Stork but I have 2x16Gb ram modules, with an eye to adding two more whenever the price dips or I get a little extra cash.

Anyway, that’s the news from here.

Posted by Matt on 2019-01-07 00:48:30 -0800