Travel Hack - DIY Power Bank Cable Management

I'm a pretty into EDC, but am not a complete nutjob like some people. I just purchased a larger power bank for traveling, and instantly realized I would lose all these cables immediately. I have scoured the internet and surprisingly found no solution that would fit my specific needs. So, some googling and some brainstorming led to this great idea!

This is solution is cheap, resourceful, and grandpa approved! I bet your grandpa made a slingshot back in the day with a similar method. The following images are simple walk through of what I did with few pictures off my iPhone7+ and a brief descriptions. 

Finished product. Utilitarian and not too bad looking! We'll start with the finished product. 

Finished product. Utilitarian and not too bad looking! We'll start with the finished product. 

My power source is a Anker Power Core 26800.  

My power source is a Anker Power Core 26800.  

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Storage needs, mine are a phone charger cable and two micro USB cables.  

Solution, a bike tire tube. Cut this into whatever length, stretch, and boom, you have you're own WWII era "Ranger Bands".  

Solution, a bike tire tube. Cut this into whatever length, stretch, and boom, you have you're own WWII era "Ranger Bands".  

The cleaner you cut them, the nicer your mods will look. 

The cleaner you cut them, the nicer your mods will look. 

I need sharper scissors, BUT here's my iPhone version of an up close image.  

I need sharper scissors, BUT here's my iPhone version of an up close image.  

These DIY "ranger bands" have a myriad of uses. The most popular examples range from the classic Altoids can of essentials, to accessorizing your AR15. For this application it adds grip, isn't obnoxious looking, and allows you to strap your phone to the other sides while charging.  If you're a nerd like me (and know what a Grid-It is) then I'm sure you'll find your own function uses for these as well. Enjoy!

Waihee Ridge Trail

Emily and I were able to scramble and make a last minute trip for my work to an Emergency and Critical Care Symposium in Maui! I am always grateful for the opportunities we get to travel, work, and have some fun along the way. 

Waihee Ridge Trail is a five-mile loop located in the West Maui Mountains, also known as Mauna Kahalawai. The trail is a 1,500 ft. ascent to the clouds. First off, we drove the North Coast... It was terrible AND I am super glad we did it. Picture one lane roads, almost hitting bro's in their rental Mustang convertibles, no guard rails, and rocks falling off the sides of the cliff. After a two hour drive covering only 28 miles, We hiked up, took some photos, and jogged back down. It is a local favorite, and not such a tourist trap as the east side of the Island (Road to Hana, Bamboo Forest, etc). We only saw maybe 6-8 other people on the trail, mostly locals, and the VIEWS WERE INCREDIBLE. Probably one of the most visually epic things I have seen with my eyeballs.

Fujifilm XPro2 + 23mm 1.4

Late winter fly fishing.

Late winter in NE Iowa. The fish are slow, the water is low, and it's more hiking that it is fishing (at least that day any who). Emily won the day by matching a tiny hatch of I don't know's. I was throwing streamers for the supposed larger lazy brown's at the bottom of the pools, to no avail.

The compact size of the x-pro2 made it an easy carry on the steam. I am really considering picking up one of these clips from Peak Design. Most of my photos are travel exclusive, and I usually have a backpack, messenger, or fly pack on. Thinking it would be a nice addition.

Fujifilm XF 56mm 1.2 R Unboxing

B&H had a killer deal last week of $200 the Fujifilm XF 56mm 1.2 R. Everyone says its the best lens for any of the X cameras and will provide the most "full frame" look. I look forward to it complimenting my 23mm.

Below are a few images from my iPhone and some sample images from the 56mm. Finally some depth of field!

 

 

Iphone 7+ / Filmborn App

Iphone 7+ / Filmborn App

Iphone 7+ / Filmborn App

Iphone 7+ / Filmborn App

iPhone 7+ / Filmborn App

iPhone 7+ / Filmborn App

Here are some sample images taken with the lens. I just had objects around the house, so sorry for not having actual portraits at the moment.

The perfect camera bag(s) for mirrorless camera rig.

The search is over!

In a perfect world I could have a small bag that I can throw in the car, throw in my backpack, or use independently on it's own. Also, it can't be Nerdville, USA. I have yet to find a "single" bag to do all of those things. Camera bags are like sleeping bags, you really need more than one depending on what what purpose the bag needs  to serve. Consumer nightmare. On top of functionality, everyone has different style tastes. I am a weird sort of "bro-ster" (a bro-hipster). I wear raw denim, a hip haircut, do graphic design BUT also enjoy protein shakes, weight lifting, Nike SB, adventure gear and Fantasy Football. Bag please!

I found several middle-of-the-road options in a previous post, but was then let down by the size and dork-status of the Mountainsmith Tour Fx bag. So, the search continued.

Finally, my most recent solution!

Mountainsmith Kit Cube + Timbuk2 Messenger (small / black / tread nylon) + Timbuk2 Backpack (Especial Medio Cycling Laptop Backpack / black)

Here are some photo's my my actual set up:

Thanks for checking everything out! If would love to see any recommendations and/or your set ups.

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Waterproofing (water resistant spray test coming in the near future!)

Fujifilm X-Pro 2: Search for the perfect pouch, bag, thing.

Currently searching for the perfect mix between a bag, a pouch, and something that is ugly. Style aesthetic is an important factor in branding oneself, hence my low volume of freelance work... burn. I need something that can:

- Be used on it's own

- Fit in my Timbuk2 backpack

- Fit in my Timbuk2 Photo bag

My current choice is.... It really depends on the day. Today I am leaning towards the F-Stop Harney... however the Ona looks way nicer. What's a girl to do?

UPDATE* Since I was last working on this draft I came across the Mountainsmith Tour Fx... and I bought it. It's the most functional, has plenty of room, pockets, AND while dorky/technical, I still think it looks just fine. And Emily has this as a hiking pack and loves the heck out of it. Sad thing is we may match.

UPDATE II** I returned the Mountainsmith Tour Fx... Very functional.... not my style... didn't fit in my backpack.  Stay tuned for updates!

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Peak Design's Field Pouch

Ona The Roma