Recent Acquisitions | 2018-04-29

Things I’ve recently bought, downloaded, stolen or scavenged — and what I think about them.

Blade Runner 2049 and Star Wars: The Last Jedi in 4K

I do not own Bourne nor Austin Powers on purpose. It was some sort of promo.
I do not own Bourne nor Austin Powers on purpose. It was some sort of promo.

I’m starting to ditch physical media. So my latest movie purchases were both digital. I bought them through Vudu, which was the only service that made it clear I was actually buying the 4K versions. Vudu is connected to Movies Anywhere, so I have them on iTunes and Prime Video, too. Both are gorgeous. I like to put on long beautiful sci-fi movies in the background when I’m working in the evening.

Splatoon 2 | Nintendo Switch

Dan recommended this on Back to Work recently and I thought I’d check it out. Splatoon is a cute and fast-paced team-based shooter that I find great for a quick break. Rounds are only a few minutes long and you can get a lot of gaming in in 20 minutes or so. The controls are a little fussy and make the combat feel random compared to a traditional PC shooter, but all of the tactical team-based elements I enjoy from games like Team Fortress 2 are there.

Pinner for Pinboard app | iOS

I’ve been using Pinboard more now that I’m back to blogging, and Neil’s guest list for 7×77 convinced me that I should add full archiving. There are some instructions on the Pinboard site for bookmarking from mobile Safari but it was kind of fussy. So I got the 3rd-party Pinner app and I’m glad I did. All I really wanted were good action menu shortcuts for bookmarking, but I’ve found myself using the main app a bit to manage my bookmarks as well.

Leda medium sketchbook

It’s a soft-cover sketchbook with pocket and band. No bookmark, though. (Also, inception!)
It’s a soft-cover sketchbook with pocket and band. No bookmark, though. (Also, inception!)
Interior. The paper is great and crisp. (Double inception!)
Interior. The paper is great and crisp. (Double inception!)

I don’t bullet journal anymore, but I still wanted to carry a sketchbook for sketching and illustrations snd quick diagrams. My old go-to, the Baron Fig Confidant, doesn’t quite work for me as a sketchbook.

I have a heavy hand and like markers and such so I tried to find a good balance of price, number of pages, and paper quality. This Leda medium sketchbook is working well so far but is a bit overpriced. $12 would be perfect. If anyone has a recommendation for something similar to try out I’m all ears.

MCBA Membership

I took off on my bike recently with the intent of stopping somewhere new. I happened in to Open Book, a place I’d always ignored because — this is completely true — they have an ugly sign. It’s just bad. I had the vague impression of it being a book store? At the speed of a car I’d have never noticed that there’s a coffee shop inside, which drew me in. Long story short, I’ve been several times in the past week and the whole place is my new favorite thing.

I discovered that Open Book is a multi-occupant center for book-related arts (e.g. bookbinding, zines, letterpress, writing). One occupant is the Minnesota Center for Book Arts, who have a class catalog I am drooling over. I bought a membership (only $48!) in my excitement and in anticipation of taking some classes this summer.

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