fantasai: Worthy Products
The following items/services are things I use and would recommend to anybody.
- Uniball Signo EX
and Signo 207
pens. Beautifully bold colors, delightfully smooth writing, and lots of
colors. If you're looking for sparkly ink, buy from
Sakura instead, but
for solid color writing you can't beat a Uniball Signo.
- PaperBlanks journals
are gorgeous, have a lovely magnetic clasp, and are full of high-quality writing paper.
- Kuhn Rikon paring knives
come in a variety of colors, have a plastic sheath, are pretty cheap,
but most of all are sharp, sharpenable knives of good quality worthy of daily use.
See also Minimum Viable Kitchen
for more on kitchen and cleaning equipment.
- IKEA Plastis dish brush.
If you travel to the south of France for W3C meetings, you're likely to be stationed
either in Sophia-Antipolis or in Mandelieu-la-Napoule. If you don't want to spend
a fortune on your hotel room, I have a few recommendations.
In Tokyo I highly recommend:
which is an affordable traditional ryokan
established in an old building
with nice baths and a fantastic breakfast,
tucked a few blocks away from Kasuga station.
- Family Inn Sako
which is a cross between a hotel, a ryokan, and a homestay
in a quiet sector of Tokyo.
- J Residence Shinjuku
which is an aparthotel a short walk from Shinjuku station.
Some miscellaneous travel tools:
has a really slick interface for finding good flights.
The French train system. Note that if you're from the Americas, you must pick
France as your pickup location because they can't send to the Americas.
- The Amtrak Android app is very good.
You can purchase and exchange tickets on it very easily.
- Caltrain Droid
is the best Caltrain schedule app.
It has a very efficient UI and works offline, so there's nothing faster.
Last because it's the most boring. :P
- Unicode because everyone should use it
- Firefox Need I say more?
- screen, which lets me disconnect
from a server without interrupting the application I'm running within it
I would like to recommend a Linux text editor, but I haven't found any good ones.
I use Geany or Kate most of the time. I don't have a mail client I love,
either, but Thunderbird works well enough.