Photo by Yuriy Garnaev

Photo by Yuriy Garnaev on Unsplash.

Tax season is here! Generally — like 95 times out of 100 — taxpayers are able to claim a refund on their tax return, ensuring a mini windfall in March or April. Many people appreciate the windfall, referring to the tax refund as a sort of savings, if you will. I prefer to look at it as though the government took too much of your money during the year. Regardless, if you’re a Canadian filing your income tax return this March to April (or June, if you have self-employment income), take a peek at the new changes for the 2017 tax year.

Lotte World Tower — On the Roofs

Vitaly and Vadim’s photography is not only exquisite, it’s also harrowing. Walking on that daring edge gives these photos a different angle to appreciate. Furthermore, the measures the two have to take to reach those gallant heights are something of a story within the story.

Vitaly and Vadim appear to be shooting more video and less photos these days, so do enjoy the photos, but be sure to check out the video of their ascent to the top of the tallest building in Korea.

Drafts 5.0: A Wish List —

I admit to be going through somewhat of a mid-life crisis in my search for better note-taking workflows on Mac and iOS. I’ve been using Bear pretty extensively for gathering information (PDFs, URLs, photos, quotes… you name it) for web projects, yet I still use for “archiving” — my has become something akin to a personal pinboard.

But neither Bear nor have the power built into Greg Pierce’s Drafts. The hidden magic baked into Drafts’ action directory has made the iPhone and iPad considerably faster and more efficient for certain text-based tasks than the Mac. Converting affiliate links for iTunes and Amazon through apps like Blink and Associate is done in a blink of an eye with the help of Drafts, while that same task can be tedious on the Mac. I also like scratching out to-dos, line after line, and then importing the entire list straight into Things. This has become the ultimate brain dump action first thing in the morning.

Drafts 5 is just around the corner (as we saw with Federico Viticci’s look at Things 3.4’s automation update), and Tim Nahumck’s Drafts 5 wishlist from mid-2016 has a range of features which are reportedly making their way into the latest Drafts.

This is one piece of software I can’t wait to be revealed.

iPhone Home Screen – Year in Review — Rands in Repose

Michael Lopp on his iPhone home screen:

The first page of my home screen for my iPhone is a sacred real estate. It is the one screen where I carefully curate my apps. Placement and grouping are considered because the apps on my first screen are daily use apps.

And also:

You’ll notice in the bottom right corner I leave one spot open. I like to think that spot is in play. It’s a hopeful place waiting for the next app.

Great idea. I’m going to give this a try.

I hope this home screen thing continues to spread. You can find a bunch of extra home screen ideas in Lopp’s follow-up post and you can also check out Michael Rockwell’s ever-evolving look at his iPhone and iPad home screens. I continue to find new and unique apps in Michael’s apparent quest to revisit every major category of app in the App Store.

The Financial Realities of Being an Olympic Medalist — Wealthsimple

It’s hard to imagine a scenario where committing your life to a sport like luge or skeleton is worth a $37,000 payout in the end. And that’s if you come away with a gold medal. These athletes are clearly not in it for the money.

L’Île de Skye : Quiraing, Storr, Neist Point… — Journal de bord d’Écosse #2 — Black & Wood

I took French throughout high school and I’ve travelled to Quebec and France a few times, so I can make out some of what is being said in this piece.

But one’s ability to read French shouldn’t dissuade one’s enjoyment of Black & Wood’s photography. This travel photo essay is a joy to consume.

I’m equally as taken aback by Black & Wood’s layout and design of these photo essays — the different sized photographs, maps, and full-bleed images are a design idea I’d like to pursue for The Newsprint in the future.

Maybe stay tuned?

Olympus E-M1 Mark II — Marius Masalar

I’d be remiss to not share my friend Marius’ review of the venerable Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II. Marius’ prose is always distinct and efficient, but the thing that caught my eye in this review is that the showcased photographs are actually good photographs.

If you head to Google right now and look up reviews of the Sony a7R III, every review comes in with a hefty number of words and a bunch of photographs taken at a photography event or in the author’s back yard. These reviews will be the most visited reviews and will likely stay at the top of Google’s rankings for quite some time. Yet none of these reviews provide proper insight into the day-to-day, long-term use of the camera, nor do they provide any interesting photographs to look at.

Marius’ long-term review of the E-M1 Mark II not only discusses what it’s like to use the camera after months and months of heavy use, his photograph examples are actually a pleasure to consume. This is the type of product review you’re looking for when you Google “E-M1 Mark II review”.

If you missed them during the week, there are a plethora of great links that hit Fresh Links this week. Feel free to check them out. I have a few more on tap for the week ahead, all of which made me say “That’s so cool!” and which resulted in an immediate Instapaper save.

Happy Sunday. All the best in the week ahead.