Monthly Archives: March 2014

  1. A tribute to Dad, A tribute to the Craftsman

    A tribute to Dad, A tribute to the Craftsman

    The Traveler case for iPhone 5/5S

    Our Dad, a veteran of World War II, carried a hand-stitched, leather coin pouch that he as likely picked up at his local Men’s Store as from a street vendor in Afghanistan, one of the many countries he lived in during his life.  He used this rugged pouch to carry a cache of coins that could be distributed to delight a six year-old son who had spotted a bubblegum dispenser or to purchase a cup of coffee for a friend in need of a listening ear and a shoulder of support.  That coin pouch exemplified a truism about Dad Holmes; he always had a little something set aside to give.  Over several decades that pouch was opened thousands of times, and yet when he passed, every stitch had remained in place, the leather, though worn, held true.

    When we embarked on the design process to bring a collection of leather

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  2. What Will Apple be up to the Rest of 2014?

    What Will Apple be up to the Rest of 2014?
    Spring is officially here, which means that a quarter of the year is already up. We’ve already seen a few of the things that Apple has done, but what are they planning on for the other nine months of this year?

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  3. Tech Savvy? Heck yeah.

    Tech Savvy? Heck yeah.

    “You should plan to be at the Pad & Quill headquarters by 11 on Friday, we are filming so you need to look cute?  What?  Don’t I always look cute?  Here I thought Mr. PQ was a fan of flannels and jeans.  But I digress.  We are shooting some video footage as introduction to our new line of leather goods and iPhone cases, very exciting.   Now back to cute, here’s where I need help, comprehensive, someone raids my closet and takes me shopping help.  Help which assures me that 7 gray t-shirts and 3 pairs of jeans does not a wardrobe make.  Don’t get me wrong, I do own other clothes.  Mr. PQ is an amazing shopper, he buys me things.  He even buys me outfits.  I just don’t know what to do with the clothes on a day-to-day basis, and jeans and a t-shirt are seamless, especially when I can throw in my old leather kicks as an accessory.  Solid, until the filming of a video arises.  So, here is where

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  4. What Will the iPhone 6 Look Like?

    What Will the iPhone 6 Look Like?
    Apple is known for playing their cards close to their chest, never divulging release dates until it's almost upon us. And with the iPhone 6 having been widely thought to be released last month, what will it be like once it finally does arrive?

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  5. Chef Florence, moody boys and craftsman

    Chef Florence, moody boys and craftsman

    We’ve had some moody menfolk in the Pad and Quill household of late, and what a span of moods it is.  I’m beginning to agree with the fifteen year old who contends that men do indeed have a monthly cycle.  Mr. PQ is simply thrilled to have booked reservations at both of Tyler Florence’s restaurants in the San Francisco area at the end of this month.  Mr. PQ’s man crush on Tyler is so pervasive I’m beginning to wonder if I should worry.  Forty years of learning have taught me to wield a paring knife reasonably well but Brian is never going to see this any time soon.

     

    At the other end of the spectrum sits the thirteen year old who had the audacity to get sulky on our recent holiday to the beaches of Florida.  Notwithstanding the fact that we had escaped a week of sub zero, snowy days, he also had 6 days

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  6. Taking a Closer Look at the iPhone 5, 5s and 5c

    Taking a Closer Look at the iPhone 5, 5s and 5c
    The iPhone 5 and its subphones have been out for a while now, with only rumors and whispers surrounding the release of the iPhone 6. So, for now, iPhone users have to content themselves with either the iPhone 5, 5s, or 5c. But with three different versions of the same number, what exactly separates each one?

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  7. iPhone, Mrs PQ and Heart Attacks

    iPhone, Mrs PQ and Heart Attacks

    When you put the word “naked” and “Mrs PQ” in a post you generally get my attention. This occurred last week when I read Kari’s latest post.  Now of course, I thought this was going to be a bit more salacious and less about throwing Mr PQ under the bus. While I can handle these jabs by my lovely wife, I could not let this post go without some type of reasonable response.

     

    Let’s start with her bedroom differentiation. Not what your thinking. Yes, it is true I do like to listen to an App with white noise as I fall asleep. I find it soothing. She stated that she would prefer to open the window a crack and listen and/or feel the outdoors, free of technology. Yeah…she likes to feel the outdoors alright. Did she mention she cracks the window when it’s 20 BELOW ZERO?  I swear I’ve woken up with a layer of hardened frost on my blanket. She’s apparently trying to bring the “outdoors” into the

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