Tom Bihn Daylight Backpack

February 5

Daylight Backpack

The last bag on my list of Tom Bihn bags to write about is the Daylight Backpack (DLBP). Like its cousin the Daylight Briefcase, it’s cheap, lightweight and lacking a lot of the niceities of its more expensive brethren. That’s not to say it’s a bad bag though. In fact, since I purchased the DLBP, I’ve used it more than all my other previously purchases—and more expensive—backpacks. The main reason being, because it lacks a lot of the heavier parts of the more expensive bags and because it is...


Going Primal

February 5

I started trying to live by the Primal Blueprint since last week. If you haven’t heard of the Primal Blueprint, the crux of it is simple.

It’s as simple as that. We’ve known for a while that cutting carbs will cause you to lose weight, but Mark Sisson also made that claim that grains are pro-inflammatory. While...


Tom Bihn Daylight Briefcase

February 4


The Daylight Briefcase is the cheapest Tom Bihn briefcase-style bag available. It’s a mere $80. While the Cadet is a much more expensive bag, don’t overlook its much cheaper—but surprisingly good—counterpart. One of the biggest reasons I love the DLBC as much as I do is that it can be had in Dyneema, which I love dearly. This makes the DLBC an ultralight bag with lots of organiztional tricks up its sleeve.

The DLBC has a lot of pockets to help you organize your gear. On the front of the bag...


The Tom Bihn Cadet

January 27

Tom Bihn Cadet

The Tom Bihn Cadet is the best briefcase I’ve ever used. The reason it’s so great is that it’s slim. Most briefcases are far too fat for my tastes. While this means you can’t always carry as much as you might expect you should be able to after owning almost any other briefcase on the market, it will force you to cut back on what you carry and possibly reevaluate what you’re carrying to work on a daily basis. If you’re only looking to carry your laptop, a few files and some basic essentials ...


What I Learned in 2015

January 12

Well, it’s 2016, and it’s time to share all the things I learned in 2015. I recorded all these things using my Ruby gem nikki. It lets you record one thing you learned everyday.

There’s going to be a remake of Kickboxer in 2015.
Vilnius is the capital of Lithuania.
Mario Cuomo died on New Years Day this year.
Emperor Justinian was inflicted by the bubonic plague.
Kraken Rum is imported by a company in Lawrenceburg, Indiana near my hometown.


Dealing with Waiting in OmniFocus

November 18

I’ve been rereading Kourosh Dini’s Creating Flow With OmniFocus and I was thinking about his TextExpander snippets that create task titles like:

(2015-11-19 → CALL) Waiting for response from Ken Case

I wanted to automate the process of creating these tasks, so with a little bit of AppleScript(JXA) I’ve got the process of taking a task like:

Call Ken Case

…and turned it into this:

(2015-11-19 → CALL) Waiting for response from Ken Case

…with its context set to “Waiting”.

Here’s the script...


The Western Flyer

November 12

The Western Flyer occupies a weird space in the Tom Bihn product line. It’s not a member of the Aeronaut line, which I believe Tom Bihn is most known for, it’s the same size as a few of Tom Bihn’s backpacks (coming in at 26 liters in capacity) and it’s not as big as the flagship travel bag, the Tri-Star. It’s a mid-sized travel bag that has a layout similar to the Tri-Star with the same capacity as a Smart Alec. It looks like a briefcase and yet you can hand-carry it, sling it over your shoulder...


Tracking Finances with Ledger

October 23

The Move from Koku

I wrote a little script to parse the CSV output from Koku to a format that Ledger would understand. It worked rather well, but I wasn’t quite sure where to start the “Opening Balance” and ultimately, I decided to start from scratch and just create an “Opening Balance” that gave me raw figures for how much money I had on hand and how much I currently owed.

Understanding the ledger file format

The basic transaction format for Ledger is:

    #{Date} [*|!] #{Payee}  ; Some comment...


The Ultimate Companion Bag: The Tom Bihn Co-Pilot

October 16


I purchased the Tom Bihn Co-Pilot as part of the first order I ever placed with Tom Bihn along with the Aeronaut and the Synapse (19). I thought of it as my personal item to put under the seat in front of me on the airplane — a task that it serves very well at. It also worked very well as a laptop bag because at the time, I had an 11 inch Macbook Air. I fell in love with its small size. I loved the suede-lined pocket that could hold my iPhone. I loved the middle front pocket that fit a water...


The Astonishing Aeronaut

September 11

The first bag I ever purchased from Tom Bihn was the Aeronaut (now the Aeronaut 45, along with its little brother the Aeronaut 30). I wanted it because I visit the U.S. once a year and a schlep a bunch of stuff back with me and the Aeronaut is sized to fit the maximum carry-on requirements of most airlines. That way, I can carry all the stuff I accumulate while I’m back in the United States visiting my family. To this day, I’m still amazed by how much fits in there. Most of my trips, I actually...


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