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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Planet Earth II Extended Trailer

That little part with the lion and the giraffe had my jaw hitting the desk.

Friday, October 14, 2016

The iPhone 7 Plus

I took a little longer than normal, but my review of the new iPhone 7 Plus hit Tools & Toys yesterday.

This one clocked in around 5,000 words, which is probably too long for most. I guess I had a lot more to say than I originally thought.

Long story short, I’m thankful for a slowly-evolving iPhone. Drastic changes are starting to feel almost stressful — I know how my iPhone has always worked, and I don’t want that to change one iota. I have enough other things to think about during the day, so the last thing I need is an iPhone that cuts ties with its perfectly-operable past.

This is my third iPhone review for Tools & Toys in the last three years. Each year, the review is photographed amidst the yellows and reds of autumn outside. I think the autumn colours complement the ultra-minimal silver iPhone 7 Plus quite well.

As always, head over to Tools & Toys to read — and view — the whole review.

Thursday, October 06, 2016

Europe 2016: A Short Video

If you listen to Candid at all, you may have heard me go on and on about buying a GoPro shortly before our trip to Europe in June. Of all the photography tools we brought with, the GoPro footage easily houses our most treasured memories. I don’t regret spending the money on the GoPro in the slightest, even if I haven’t touched it since our trip.

This video is a collection of those memories. I’m not videographer, so don’t expect much. And I found myself creating this for Jaclyn more than anyone else, so it may even be a bit sappy for some viewers.

Either way, I figured it was worth sharing.

Thanks to Marius Masalar for the score. Not only is Marius a phenomenal photographer and podcaster, he also happens to have a knack for creating incredible audio tracks.

Monday, October 03, 2016

Solus Decor's Hemi Fire Bowl

When I find a way to convince Josh to redo our new home’s backyard, this fire bowl is going to be the center-piece. It’s perfectly minimal and elegant, all at once!

Did either of us mention we bought a house?

Monday, October 03, 2016

Pat Dryburgh's Tools & Toys Redesign Overview


I designed and built a new responsive website that saw 3x growth year-over-year in pageviews, unique visitors, and revenue with Tools & Toys.

I still feel my photography and written work look best on Tools & Toys.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

The Bellroy Note Sleeve Review

Apparently I forgot to point out this review as well.

Our trip to Europe proved many things to me, but one of them was the fact I needed a new wallet. My older Roots wallet couldn’t fit international currency, had far too much leather, and couldn’t carry everything I needed in as efficient a manner as I wanted. I had my eye on a Bellroy Note Sleeve for quite some time, so our Euro trip was the final nail in the Roots wallet’s coffin.

Without a doubt, the Bellroy Note Sleeve is the best wallet I’ve ever owned. It’s minimal, small, and somehow capable of carrying more than my prior wallets. It’s even a nice teal colour, which brings a little pop to my everyday attire.

As a result of this review, Bellroy reached out and sent me both the Travel Wallet and the All Conditions Essentials Pocket for future reviews. My thoughts and photos are imminent, so stay tuned.

Check out the review of the Bellroy Note Sleeve on Tools & Toys.