Monthly Archives: October 2015

  1. Meet The Luxury Book Leather Wallet Case for the iPhone 6 Plus & 6s Plus

    The Luxury Book is our signature wood and leather wallet case for the iPhone 6 Plus & 6s Plus. Expert craftsmanship, luxurious materials, and functional design make this case as versatile as it is beautiful. With the combination of natural materials like sustainably sourced Baltic Birch wood and the highest quality American steer hides around, this case is designed to last for ages. Take a look!
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  2. Chicken-n-Waffles, a Religious Experience


    In our various travels and culinary exploits, we've encountered food we call “nuclear.” It’s so good, it literally blows up any future happiness you might have dining on that food/beverage. I don’t normally like to compare things to drugs, but the best way to describe “nuclear” food is like cocaine. It gives you an indescribable high, only to crash, leaving every other food in that category utterly tasteless and blah.

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  3. Should I get an iPad Pro For My Small Business?


    Maybe. There is a lot to consider when answering that question and we have broken it all down for you.

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  4. Meet the Bella Fino Slim Leather Wallet Case for iPhone 6 & 6s

    Meet the Bella Fino Slim Leather Wallet Case for iPhone 6 & 6s


    Made for the iPhone 6 & 6s, the Bella Fino is a slim leather wallet case that has been thoughtfully designed for the minimalist with refined tastes. Meticulous attention to detail and luxurious high quality materials characterize this beautiful thin wallet case, adding only a mere .28 inches to the overall thickness of the iPhone itself. It also comes in the larger size for the iPhone 6 Plus & 6s Plus. Let’s dive in and take a closer look at its design.

    The Leather

    bella-fino-leather-iphone-6-caseWe take one single piece of the highest-grade, full-grain American steer leather around, and preserve its enticing character by utilizing only the best portions of the hides. This leaves us with a product that delights the senses, as you run your fingers across the rich and supple texture of the finished leather. All of this combines to add a new level of richness to the beautifully designed iPhone 6 & 6s.

    bella-fino-interior-leather-colors-iphone-6-caseThe interior leather is made from a very high grade top grain leather. Our color combinations honor

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  5. My Mom Can Beat Your Dad In Fantasy Football

    My Mom Can Beat Your Dad In Fantasy Football

    I don’t want to blog about menopause and how it is a soul sucking monster that reanimates every skeleton in your closet into a zombie apocalypse of brain gnoshing abattoirs, rendering you incapable of producing simple nouns, therefore I will take this opportunity to inform you of how I am crushing my Fantasy Football league. I reside alone in first place amongst my astonished co-workers who saw me merely as a part time personal trainer and a stay at home mom who surely knows little of the NFL.

    What they didn’t know is that deep from within my lair at Pad & Quill world headquarters, I have multi-tasked digesting hours of ESPN radio and fantasy football analysis on my iPhone. Couple this with a somewhat unhealthy obsession with the game, that took root in Denver, November of 1977, when Craig Morton lead a comeback victory over the dreaded Oakland Raiders, pushing the Broncos to our first AFC Championship and Superbowl trip versus the Dallas Cowboys. I’ve learned the ins and outs and thought I’d share a little bit about my strategy with you.

    My strategy:

    Listen: Having an iPhone 6, a MacBook, a Mac and countless hours of carpool, accounting etc, listening is easy. The league has evolved away from a running back dominant, to a pass and run dominant offense. I used this analysis to strategize the foundation of my draft plan.

    Strategize: I picked 12th of 12 in a snake draft in a league that awards PPC and PPR. I watched as my coworkers wrangled over running backs and proceeded to claim for my 12 and 13th picks, 2 receivers I knew would be heavy targets for their teams; Odell Beckham Jr. and Julian Edelman. Round 2: while my co workers were still elbowing around for running backs I took Andrew Luck and Steve Smith Sr. Round 3: the folks were starting to look for QBs and receivers. Having watched Denver’s D in the preseason, I drafted the Broncos defense/special teams and the Patriots

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  6. Will the iPhone 6s’ “Live Photo” Change How I Take Pictures?

    Will the iPhone 6s’ “Live Photo” Change How I Take Pictures?

    Yes and No, but mostly Yes. Live photo is the underrated character actor of the iphone 6s feature line up. It’s a well thought out feature, that takes some adjusting to, but really is a lot of fun, and has the potential to enhance your most treasured memories. How so?

    Live Photo uses either the front or rear facing cameras to capture your pictures with an added 1.5 seconds of video leading up to the shot and after the shot too. This lends itself to a natural and authentic moment. You don’t really have to change much at all about the process of taking a picture. Just be aware that by the time you click the button 1.5 seconds has already been recorded and another 1.5 seconds will continue to be recorded. Also worth mentioning, there is no audio on or off option yet. So keep that in mind as you are yelling at the kids to look happy.

    Can I Share the iPhoto 6s Live Photo?

    Many people are wondering 'how do I share my iPhone 6S live photos?' Being a newcomer to iOS, sharing remains limited. Sharing from your phone is much like any other picture sharing endeavor. Tap share and you will see the bar of recent pictures to choose from. When you see it say “live” on the pic, you know that’s the complete picture and video, AKA Live Photo. Click off, and it's a normal picture to share. Click it back on, and you can share it. At this time, it only shares with other devices that have iOS 9, WatchOS, or El Capitan. That’s also where importing them to iPhoto gets tricky. You must be up to date on El Capitan, otherwise, the video and picture will divorce into separate and confusing files.

    Even more annoying is that social media sharing is limited, although sure to quickly improve. Facebook will see its integration later this year, but has much as said that they have no idea when Instagram will. Flickr says it will support it. Other third party apps, like Dropbox, Vine, and Pixlr are working on it.

    Each Live

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  7. Double Chins, Wandering Feet and the Year of the 6s Live Photo

    Double Chins, Wandering Feet and the Year of the 6s Live Photo

    Autumn has come to us here in the great glowing north. As a local radio announcer has observed, “Fall comes to us here in the midwest”. Somehow, in Minnesota, in this “coming,” we have a unique ownership. Whereas every other state simply have leaves that change, we have a sense of foreboding.  As the fiery cloud of autumn rolls down our state, it is closely followed by the cold hand of winter, to which you eventually resign yourself, and understand that it is trying to kill you.

    We took our annual sojourn to the Apple Orchard, where Mr. PQ took every advantage of the iPhone 6s/6s Plus' "Live Photo" feature. I have to admit, the live context of the 12K megapixel photos captures a mama’s heart.  It also capture her double chin and stomach suck in just prior to every picture.  I now have a Pinterest board with 7000 pins depicting how to “get rid of a double chin.”  I like to pretend mine is from aging, but alas, the ole activity target on my Apple Watch tells a different story.

    For this reason, among many others, I am thrilled that our crack marketing team has decided to spare me any future “real” pictures by converting my visage to a comic character.  This is not the first time I’ve been able to hide behind a nom de plume, and I love it!

    I am also thrilled that Mr. PQ has assented to re-entering our triathlon lifestyle of yesteryear.  We’ve aged and sustained injuries since our Ironman days, but I think we could pull a sprint and an Oly next season.  Of course with the Ironman World Championship taking place this month, my soul is assured of going to where my feet ought

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  8. Apple, Purveyor of Fine Jewelry? Hermes says Yes.

    Apple, Purveyor of Fine Jewelry? Hermes says Yes.

    This week, Apple partnered with luxury brand Hermes, for three tremendously gorgeous, albeit absurdly expensive leather Apple Watches. Apple will be showcasing them in their stores. This is a move that they are very equipped for since their stores already exhibit a strong jewelry store vibe, with glass accents, and bright lighting that makes everything shimmer and seem worth the cost. This move confirms what many have already speculated about what the Apple Watch really is. The Apple Watch is fine jewelry. And really, that is what watches have always been about.

    Stop calling it a smart watch

    Some undiscerning press seem to be under the spell of purely technological comparisons of the Apple Watch; software specs, speed, battery life.  While those hold an undeniably important place in product evaluation, it is a bit of a red herring with the Apple Watch’s true nature. This is set forth pretty clearly in how Jony Ive himself talks about the Apple Watch. In an interview, when asked if he thought the Millennial market, a market that has never used watches, would jump on the product, he simply responded with a nonchalant shrug saying, “I don’t know,” and then went on to clarify that Apple’s only intent was to make a more personal product, since it is on your wrist. He made it clear that Apple is not out to compete with other watch makers, be they smart watches or not. He knows the iPhone is leaps and bounds ahead of everyone else, and that technology is what the Apple Watch is really showcasing.

    This plays into a very interesting psychological aspect of how we all tick, as social psychologist Sam Gosling explains. He has extensively studied why people keep the objects they do around them or even on them, as with the Apple Watch. It falls into two

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  9. A Book by Its Cover, an Ode to the eBook’s PR Problem

    A Book by Its Cover, an Ode to the eBook’s PR Problem

    The internet has been abuzz lately with news proclaiming the death of ebooks as an industry. Start with a little decline in sales, mix in a bit of predatory pricing, and garnish with the lack of evolution in the medium, and you have a recipe that seems to spell disaster for ebooks. Or does it?

    As with most matters on the internet, dissenting opinions abound. Indeed, the writing is on the wall, even while the future of literary consumption itself remains unwritten. So what is going on? Is this more than just a PR crisis for a burgeoning industry?

    A Book By Any Other Name…

    Growing up, a lot of us read voraciously. At any age, stepping into a used book store was to step into a world of possibilities. It’s a way to kill an afternoon in a socially accepted fanciful manner. There is much to be said for the experience of reading a paper book: the dog ears, the rumpled edges, the trusty weight, crinkled spines that crack as they are opened, the musty scent of the pages, the texture and taste they leave on your fingers. It is visceral, real, nostalgic, and you can trust it. But you have heard all this before, likely as part of the obituary of the eBook industry being espoused today. Is there really any place left for books in today’s tech

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  10. Nothing Cool is Flat

    Mr. PQ and I have taken a break from all the iPhone 6S hoopla to travel to the Great state of Texas to convene a meeting with our marketing team.  Intent on best serving our customers by keeping them up to date on all things Pad & Quill.

    Mr. PQ, seeking some mental motivation, ventured to the hotel’s snack bar and returned with a box of Cracker Jacks.  iPhones and MacBook pushed aside, we embarked on a philosophical conversation about Cracker Jack prizes.  Back before choking hazards were found in every thing Froot Loops to Kinder Eggs, there were real prizes in cereal and Cracker Jack that would inspire civil war in most families.

    Our conversation turned nostalgic as we recalled the best prizes like the little parachute man, super balls and decoder rings.

    Mr. PQ got a sticker.  Not just any sticker, a Toronto Blue Jays sticker.  But we are in Texas where the Houston Astros are on the verge of cinching a American League playoff spot and the Texas Rangers have already sewn up the AL West division.

    We concurred that prizes simply aren’t what they used to be, causing Stephen to quip, “Nothing cool is flat”.  Hence the reason he still carries an iPhone 3g.  I on the other hand was happy to jump to the candy bar style of the iPhone 4.  What woman doesn’t want a reminder to buy chocolate every time they open their bag?  Now with iPhone 6 or 6s, who needs Cracker Jack, I’ll get my own darn prize ☺

    Mrs PQ



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