I must admit I mocked Scott Jordan when he released the Q.U.E.S.T Vest.

I told him 42 pockets?! Who the hell needs 42 pockets?

In the name of all that is transparent he did send it me to review but I told him he could have it back. It’s a vest with a hood for god’s sake.

And yet here I am, in Bogota Colombia, throughly enjoying it.

I always wear a @Scottevest when flying hand luggage only as it turns my transition through airports into fleeting moments and everything is to hand while i’m in the air.

Before taking off on this trip I looked at the weather forecast while holding three different versions of the Travel Vest. Deciding which to take. I’d been given so many ‘security tips’ in regards to working in Bogota that it was the ridiculously over pocketed Q.U.E.S.T-Vest that won through purely because of the RFID blocking passport pocket. That is itself within another pocket.

Two different people on the plane commented on the tech I was offloading during the ten hour flight. Both warning me of pickpockets all over the city. I tried to picture even a well trained pickpocket working their way through 42 pockets. I was forever losing stuff till I found a place for each item and stuck with it.

I used 16 pockets on the trip out and found that more than enough  for book, iPad, passport, tickets, money, sunglasses, mifi, audio recorder, phone, keys, wallet, charger and battery etc.

Day to day I might only use 6 pockets for the geek essentials. The thing is though. The discovery that my FujiFilm X100s drops into one of the front scoop pockets and the peace of mind I felt today walking the back streets of Bogota are big selling points for me.

  Couple that with the fact that in this tropical climate, with it’s sporadic rainfall one minute and sun the next, a hooded vest seems perfect. My arms are of course waterproof and dry out faster than wet sleeves would.

  You could easily loose half the pockets, lightening the vest. You could perhaps add some kind of foldaway flap to stop the rain  sliding down your chest and into your front pockets. But then this would not be the no-holds-barred experiment that it is.

  It’s only by daring to develop and create garments like this that Scott and Co can innovate the way they do. Today I found two incredible little pockets inside the chest pockets that were supported away from both the outer and inner layer of the vest. it’s hard to explain, but have a play arranging your tech (for me in this case it was a WiFi hotspot and battery charger to power it) and you will find countless possible solutions to be both equipped for anything and yet unencumbered.

I think Scottevest is having way too much fun and I’m coming to learn that they see play as a large part of R&D.

I should really have guessed that though the moment they brought out the Q.U.E.S.T or should I say.. Quintessential Ultimate Epic Superhero Tech-Vest.

I must admit I mocked Scott Jordan when he released the Q.U.E.S.T Vest.

I told him 42 pockets?! Who the hell needs 42 pockets?

In the name of all that is transparent he did send it me to review but I told him he could have it back. It’s a vest with a hood for god’s sake.

And yet here I am, in Bogota Colombia, throughly enjoying it.

I always wear a @Scottevest when flying hand luggage only as it turns my transition through airports into fleeting moments and everything is to hand while i’m in the air.

Before taking off on this trip I looked at the weather forecast while holding three different versions of the Travel Vest. Deciding which to take. I’d been given so many ‘security tips’ in regards to working in Bogota that it was the ridiculously over pocketed Q.U.E.S.T-Vest that won through purely because of the RFID blocking passport pocket. That is itself within another pocket.

Two different people on the plane commented on the tech I was offloading during the ten hour flight. Both warning me of pickpockets all over the city. I tried to picture even a well trained pickpocket working their way through 42 pockets. I was forever losing stuff till I found a place for each item and stuck with it.

I used 16 pockets on the trip out and found that more than enough  for book, iPad, passport, tickets, money, sunglasses, mifi, audio recorder, phone, keys, wallet, charger and battery etc.

Day to day I might only use 6 pockets for the geek essentials. The thing is though. The discovery that my FujiFilm X100s drops into one of the front scoop pockets and the peace of mind I felt today walking the back streets of Bogota are big selling points for me.

  Couple that with the fact that in this tropical climate, with it’s sporadic rainfall one minute and sun the next, a hooded vest seems perfect. My arms are of course waterproof and dry out faster than wet sleeves would.

  You could easily loose half the pockets, lightening the vest. You could perhaps add some kind of foldaway flap to stop the rain  sliding down your chest and into your front pockets. But then this would not be the no-holds-barred experiment that it is.

  It’s only by daring to develop and create garments like this that Scott and Co can innovate the way they do. Today I found two incredible little pockets inside the chest pockets that were supported away from both the outer and inner layer of the vest. it’s hard to explain, but have a play arranging your tech (for me in this case it was a WiFi hotspot and battery charger to power it) and you will find countless possible solutions to be both equipped for anything and yet unencumbered.

I think Scottevest is having way too much fun and I’m coming to learn that they see play as a large part of R&D.

I should really have guessed that though the moment they brought out the Q.U.E.S.T or should I say.. Quintessential Ultimate Epic Superhero Tech-Vest.

Sheltering from the rain in Bogota, a man reaches for his wallet as an opportunist umbrella seller aproaches.
Another sale made. Another person gets home dry.

Sheltering from the rain in Bogota, a man reaches for his wallet as an opportunist umbrella seller aproaches.

Another sale made. Another person gets home dry.

Breakfast in Bogotá.

Two snaps from my taxi window taken while heading into Bogotá.

How to be a better disruptor.
My Lad: What do you do for work?
Me:  I’m a kind of disruptor.
My Lad:  Cool! Like a laser gun?
Me:  No. More like an insultant. I’m paid to tell people stuff they don’t want to hear.
My Lad:  Oh.  I want a laser gun.
Me:  Me too.
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Image by: (coming soon)

How to be a better disruptor.

My Lad: What do you do for work?

Me:  I’m a kind of disruptor.

My Lad:  Cool! Like a laser gun?

Me:  No. More like an insultant. I’m paid to tell people stuff they don’t want to hear.

My Lad:  Oh.  I want a laser gun.

Me:  Me too.

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Image by: (coming soon)

Tags: laser gun

Need more bathroom bass?
Before i invested in a bluetooth stereo speaker my hotel sound system looked like this. The strategically positioned glasses boosted the bass and volume so I could hear my music and podcasts in the shower.
That said. I’m happier now.

Need more bathroom bass?

Before i invested in a bluetooth stereo speaker my hotel sound system looked like this. The strategically positioned glasses boosted the bass and volume so I could hear my music and podcasts in the shower.

That said. I’m happier now.

My Ventile Jacket

I picked this jacket up from Snowsled Clothing almost 4 years ago and I Love it more than ever.

Ventile, a tightly woven cotton fabric was invented in Manchester during the 30’s. It’s breathable, waterproof and insulating. There are so many reasons to love Ventile it makes it hard for me to appreciate many modern synthetic fabrics. It’s only their lightweight properties that attract me.

The fact Ventile is so soft and quiet is one of my favourite features. When out in the woods and fields, I’m sure i’d see less wildlife if the rustle of a synthetic jacket accompanied me. 

One of it’s downsides is although there has been a revival in the usage of Ventile in the Bushcraft community, it’s still hard to come by.

If you should come across it, please give it a try. You may be pleasantly surprised how well this 80 year old technology stands the test of time.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ventile

Me: “Shall we get some comics today?”
@Minimentally [Watching TV] “..um..”
Me: “Did you hear me?”
@Minimentally “Yes!”
Me: “What did I say?”
@Minimentally “you said did you hear me.”.

Me: “Shall we get some comics today?”
@Minimentally [Watching TV] “..um..”
Me: “Did you hear me?”
@Minimentally “Yes!”
Me: “What did I say?”
@Minimentally “you said did you hear me.”.

I had the fortune to be working in Cornwall this week. It’s rare that i get the chance to visit such beautiful coastline.

After mentioning my upcoming visit online, I was invited to stay at the home of Jen and Neil Dixon.

Apart from being the best hosts you could wish for, they’re both artists & makers. Great ones.

Please take the time to check out the work of @RegularJen at http://jendixon.com and @NeilDixon at http://about.me/neildixon

Working for nothing.
It’s not all bad. I think that at the beginning of every transition into a new business model I worked 50/50 for money and for free. That said for free was at least for expenses. When I decided to go freelance as a photographer it was more like 70/30 free verses paid.
Nowadays I’ll normally accept one in three offers to do something for nothing. That’s where serendipity lives. Those chance encounters that lead to great opportunities. I accept more if it’s someone I’ve had social contact with.
I would never use that as a selling point though. If you are asking someone to work for free please don’t promise them all kinds of serendipitous riches.. “Our speakers agree to do it as they benefit from the exposure and they people they meet.” Serendipity doesn’t work like that.
I occationally climb mountains. Do Bushcraft. The promise of ‘Exposure’ makes me think of being unprotected, open to damage, danger or risk.
Somewhere just before or after the “Think of the exposure” plea I hear the words ‘not for profit’.
I’m going to ask next time, after paying all the wages from the tea-boy to the director, what was last years surplus? I’ll be happy with that thanks. It should at least cover the £50 return to London you are expecting me to pay so i can speak at your event.
It’s not that I don’t appreciate you thinking of me. I’d be bothered if people weren’t contacting me offering me opportunities for ‘exposure’.
It’s just that this month i’ve got bills to pay, a family to feed. Same as last month. Same as the next one. And just like you would not ask a plasterer to pop around and plaster your walls because lots of people will see his handy work.. Please don’t expect me to prep, travel, talk and hopefully inspire because someone there might pay me to do it again.
This year there will be at least 15 occasions  where you can see me talk for free. Many are workshops kindly sponsored by the Open University.
I don’t want you to stop asking me to do stuff for free. I’ll say yes to one in three.
I just want you to think about whether or not you can pay for my time, my travel, or something towards the cost of living in a world that still demands cash for goods. Both my family and I would really appreciate that.

Working for nothing.

It’s not all bad. I think that at the beginning of every transition into a new business model I worked 50/50 for money and for free. That said for free was at least for expenses. When I decided to go freelance as a photographer it was more like 70/30 free verses paid.

Nowadays I’ll normally accept one in three offers to do something for nothing. That’s where serendipity lives. Those chance encounters that lead to great opportunities. I accept more if it’s someone I’ve had social contact with.

I would never use that as a selling point though. If you are asking someone to work for free please don’t promise them all kinds of serendipitous riches.. “Our speakers agree to do it as they benefit from the exposure and they people they meet.” Serendipity doesn’t work like that.

I occationally climb mountains. Do Bushcraft. The promise of ‘Exposure’ makes me think of being unprotected, open to damage, danger or risk.

Somewhere just before or after the “Think of the exposure” plea I hear the words ‘not for profit’.

I’m going to ask next time, after paying all the wages from the tea-boy to the director, what was last years surplus? I’ll be happy with that thanks. It should at least cover the £50 return to London you are expecting me to pay so i can speak at your event.

It’s not that I don’t appreciate you thinking of me. I’d be bothered if people weren’t contacting me offering me opportunities for ‘exposure’.

It’s just that this month i’ve got bills to pay, a family to feed. Same as last month. Same as the next one. And just like you would not ask a plasterer to pop around and plaster your walls because lots of people will see his handy work.. Please don’t expect me to prep, travel, talk and hopefully inspire because someone there might pay me to do it again.

This year there will be at least 15 occasions  where you can see me talk for free. Many are workshops kindly sponsored by the Open University.

I don’t want you to stop asking me to do stuff for free. I’ll say yes to one in three.

I just want you to think about whether or not you can pay for my time, my travel, or something towards the cost of living in a world that still demands cash for goods. Both my family and I would really appreciate that.

Tags: money work free

Some of the people I have worked with.
If I have missed you off it might not be because I didn’t enjoy it. It might just be it slipped my mind.
Please let me know if so.

Some of the people I have worked with.

If I have missed you off it might not be because I didn’t enjoy it. It might just be it slipped my mind.

Please let me know if so.

Blog Frequency.
I’m not blogging anywhere near as much as i’d like. Or that i’m inspired too. I don’t use this place like I used to use Posterous and maybe that’s the answer.
Ideally I’d like Documentally.com to be the repository for large and small thoughts but don’t really want to spam people’s inboxes more than I have to.
I guess i’m assuming people actually give a shit. :)
Ideally i’d have two RSS feeds on Documentally.com One that hits subscribers emails and one that just archives Tumblr type posts on my blog and that I can tweet when the need arises.
Hmmm.
Just had a google and found this.. http://simplyxian.tumblr.com/post/26424712801/embedding-tumblr-into-a-wordpress-page
One option?

I think I need to stop fleshing out ideas on this page and speak with my wordpress/hosting/css Jedi @RichardMackney to see what the best options are.  He’ll know.

Blog Frequency.

I’m not blogging anywhere near as much as i’d like. Or that i’m inspired too. I don’t use this place like I used to use Posterous and maybe that’s the answer.

Ideally I’d like Documentally.com to be the repository for large and small thoughts but don’t really want to spam people’s inboxes more than I have to.

I guess i’m assuming people actually give a shit. :)

Ideally i’d have two RSS feeds on Documentally.com One that hits subscribers emails and one that just archives Tumblr type posts on my blog and that I can tweet when the need arises.

Hmmm.

Just had a google and found this.. http://simplyxian.tumblr.com/post/26424712801/embedding-tumblr-into-a-wordpress-page

One option?

I think I need to stop fleshing out ideas on this page and speak with my wordpress/hosting/css Jedi @RichardMackney to see what the best options are.  He’ll know.

It ends abruptly because I cut the advert off. :)

Here is an extracted article from an underground newspaper.
I thought it was an urban legend. The Bletchley Bugle is a secret circular created and distributed by the disgruntled volunteers of Bletchley Park.
Having been warned under no circumstances to speak up in public, a few of the volunteers decided to creatively vent their frustrations by making an underground newspaper. I hear it may be one of a few titles that has sprung up during the recent hostilities.
Independently published underground papers have popped up under oppressive regimes since the invention of the printing press.
During the second world war the French resistance published over 2 million newspapers a month.
I am wondering how many of the volunteers have come together in this ‘resistance’.

Here is an extracted article from an underground newspaper.

I thought it was an urban legend. The Bletchley Bugle is a secret circular created and distributed by the disgruntled volunteers of Bletchley Park.

Having been warned under no circumstances to speak up in public, a few of the volunteers decided to creatively vent their frustrations by making an underground newspaper. I hear it may be one of a few titles that has sprung up during the recent hostilities.

Independently published underground papers have popped up under oppressive regimes since the invention of the printing press.

During the second world war the French resistance published over 2 million newspapers a month.

I am wondering how many of the volunteers have come together in this ‘resistance’.

Very much looking forward to #TheStory2014

Very much looking forward to #TheStory2014