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September 1st, 2011
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week in review

Monday: catch up from the weekend, go to the inaugural Game On indie game developers demo sessions at the Busy Bee Cafe.

Tuesday: maegwynn and I went to Flyleaf Books to attend Lev Grossman's appearance. I strongly recommend his novels The Magicians and The Magician King.

Wednesday: Took my briefcase/satchel I've had since 1999? to get two zippers repaired. Told it's not worth repairing. Went to a luggage shop to replace it, and traded in the old satchel to sever the connection.

Thursday: Seminar on agile dev meets UX.

Went back to the luggage shop, returned the new briefcase, recovered the old one before it went to charity. Now want to find a repair shop that will give me a second opinion. Suggestions requested that aren't Man-Mur in Raleigh, as they're the ones who didn't want to replace the two zippers. Bought a milspec-like backpack that looks like my to-do list for the evening should be "get milk, fill gas tank, shoot terrorists". Really, this pack should have come with night-vision goggles.

Went to the Regulator Bookshop in Durham to hear Cathy Davidson talk about her new book Now You See It: How the Brain Science of Attention Will Transform the Way We Live, Work, and Learn. Nice talk.

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Date:September 2nd, 2011 12:33 pm (UTC)
Good question. I suppose "Set in my ways" covers a lot of it. I've had over a decade with the current to refine what goes in and what goes where.

First: the manufacturer no longer makes exactly the one I've had so long, so "drop-in replacement" isn't an option. Second: the closest counterpart wasn't in stock. Third: the closest counterpart is troublingly expensive, and this is me: I'm rarely price-sensitive. (I didn't know any of this, the original was a birthday present, then add over a decade of inflation, plus import.)

The overnight replacement was more rigid (internal frame, stiff sides, and one long side and the bottom very rigid due to the nice collapsible handle and rollers) making it both bulkier than the old (if I carried it on the shoulder I bumped it into things because the edges and corners projected farther than the old) and less capacious (loss of a back slot pocket due to collapsible handle, and internal dividers in the main compartment weren't pockets but open-bottom dividers, resulting both in fewer places to put stuff, and the rigidity meant the pockets I could put things in were overstuffed and I couldn't get to the things I wanted to as easily). If I flew more often the new case would be an awesome traveling bag.

The old satchel is leather which gives and flexes and overall has surprising capacity for something as small as it is (which relates back to "had it so long I've optimized its storage" - some of that would have been gained from longer use of the roller case, but it wasn't large enough).

The newnew one last night is a military-looking backpack from another store in the mall - I have a 30day no questions asked return policy on this one, plus it was only half the cost of the rolling briefcase I'd returned fifteen minutes prior. I'm trying it out to see if I want to switch back from "briefcase-ish" to "backpack-ish".

What will likely happen is the luggage place is restocking the closest current counterpart to the old bag, and I'll take a look at it, and perhaps get it, then keep the backpack as a jump/go/bugout bag. Or I'll find somewhere that can fix the zippers on the old bag and delay the decision until I wear holes through the shell.

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