Monthly Archives: May 2012

  1. Atlas Shrugged and the Little Quill takes over the World

    Atlas Shrugged and the Little Quill takes over the World

     

    The blissful 99 days of summer are almost upon the Pad and Quill household, so it was fitting to commence an assault on my reading list over the holiday weekend. Being as I’m 44 and have never read the Ayn Rand novel, it seemed a suitable accompaniment to a 16 mile hike along the gorgeous Superior Hiking Trail. It is well known that I am a IT mental midget, so I was quite impressed with myself in making my purchase from Amazon and downloading it to my iPhone 4s and iPad. Enclosed in a P&Q Little Black Book and a Ziploc bag, the weighty novel only added a mere 8.2 ounces to my pack weight. The beauty of hiking with your iPhone 4s is that you can then add additional weightless novels, like Fifty Shades of Grey, a novel of which I understand might be all it takes to get Mr. PQ interested in hiking and camping. The remote nature of nature has many benefits.

     

    Closer to home, the 11 year old is looking to be promoted to crew chief of Pad & Quill fulfillment and has already submitted his work schedule and pay requirements. I predict he will be on the board by the end of the August. As he is on a forced Lego purchasing hiatus, I’ll be curious to see what acquisition he has in his sights. Given that he frequently bemoans his lack of a “serious electronic device”, my guess is that he will have secured an iPhone and full year of data service for himself before dropping in to the Junior High scene this Fall.

     

    Remember, no matter what your plans, a Pad & Quill bookbindery case will make your summer reads authentically enjoyable and make great graduation and Father’s day gifts!

     

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  2. The Littlest Black Book Case for iPod Nano is Shipping!

    The Littlest Black Book Case for iPod Nano is Shipping!

     

    Unbelievable. This whole project has been such a blast that I thought I would share the history of how we came to make the world’s smallest bookbindery case for the iPod Nano.

     

    Will B., our operations manager, brought the idea up to me as a joke about six months ago. We make the Little Black Book for the iPhone 4/4S, how about one for the smallest Apple touch device, the iPod Nano? We thought about it, laughed and then put the idea aside as the very busy holiday season of 2011 was upon PQ. In early January the idea came back and we decided, what the heck – let’s buy a Nano and see if Eric, our CNC wood cutting technician, could make a teeny tiny frame for this idea. He did, and within about 3 hours of design, the moment I held it I knew we had to do it.

     

    I contacted our master bookbinder who made the very first PQ case, The Case, Vol.1 back in 2010. I asked Duncan if this was a project even worth considering and he showed me a book he’d made that was half the size of the Nano case! Two weeks later we had five prototypes. We put the wood in and could not stop laughing. Words like ridiculous, hilarious and completely awesome were abounding out of everyone’s mouths. Mrs. PQ and the little Quills could not stop looking at them. The kids kept telling their friends at school about what Dad had come up with.

     

    Then it hit us, we love the iCade. The iCade was an April 1st joke that ThinkGeek.com put out when the first iPad was released back in 2010. The iCade looked like a miniature version of the old arcade console including slots for putting in quarters. You just placed your iPad inside and boom! You had an old school arcade game. Well that

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  3. A New Tablet or an ‘S’ on the End?

    A New Tablet or an ‘S’ on the End?

     

    A new tablet or an ‘S’ on the end?

     

    Apple has had an interesting naming scheme when naming their new iOS products. The original iPhone was simply that, but the next version referred to the iPhone’s new cellular network update, faster processor and a changed case design, the iPhone 3G. This was followed by a 3GS which made sense as this smart phone was really just an upgrade in speed to the existing iPhone 3G. The exact same pattern came in 2010/2011 with the iPhone 4/4S.

     

    The iPad is in its 3rd generation. With the newest iPad, Apple chose to simply refer to the product as, well the iPad, not iPad 3. This does makes sense with the way they have named the iPod lines and makes one wonder if the iPhone 5 will follow the same pattern. Having owned the new iPad (3rd Gen) for about three months now, I wonder if the new iPad really deserved to be called the iPad 2S?

     

    The Retina display is gorgeous and finally getting a decent camera inside is great, but the overall speed and performance of the new iPad seems exactly the same, if not slower (gasp), than the iPad 2. I truly cannot feel the difference between the two models when using them side by side. Although the newest tablet has the fastest processor of any iPad, that speed is almost entirely used to display the very finely detailed Retina screen. This iPad just does not feel like the huge change that occurred from the iPad 1 to the iPad 2.

     

    Now gamers, photographers and graphic artists would likely disagree as the new Retina screen and faster processors allow for much better console-like gaming, photography viewing, editing and even finer graphics work. I guess that my excitement over the newest iPad has just diminished a bit as I’m realizing the overall function and use for my everyday tasks feels like an “S” upgrade. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll take a gorgeous tablet screen

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  4. A Graduate in the House

    A Graduate in the House

     

    We have a graduate, how did this happen? Mrs. PQ and I can hardly believe our oldest quill is graduating from high school this spring. Memories now flood my mind of holding her the moment she was born in a Minneapolis hospital, her first steps, learning to ride a bike, learning to drive a car. As I compiled a montage of her life from iPhoto for her graduation party, I was awash in a mixture of sweetness and a tinge of sorrow that my little girl is heading out of the house. She has made us proud, working alongside us through the PQ start up, really applying herself in school and most importantly becoming a woman of integrity that both her parents are very gratified to see.

     

    The college is set (hello scholarships!) the dorm is picked out and of course the Dad is on the hook for a new Macbook Air or Pro; I would have our daughter work on nothing less than a Mac. Of course if she had it her way, she would head south to her new digs with an iPad 3 and a Macbook. The Graduate Edition case for iPad 3 is her favorite case. She even helped pick out the colors in our current product line.

     

    The Graduate Edition for iPad 3 and iPad 2 is a traditional spine wrapped book made with Arrestox bindery cloth, a company that has been making book cloth for over 125 years! This case wears just like an old book, even developing a patina over time and usage. We've included all the great features of the Octavo with this case including a rugged design, magnet on/off, satin finished Baltic birch, the Sure Lock bumper system and of course the signature PQ bookmark for device removal. If you’re looking for a beautiful handmade iPad case for a graduate in your life, this case would be perfect!

     

    Well done dear, we love you!

     

    Mr. (and Mrs.) PQ

     

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