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We published our travel guide over on Everyday Wear today. We hope to keep it evergreen and plan to supplement it with packing list posts.

Aerogel insulation looks to be an upcoming trend in outdoor gear. I took a look, and it seems like it is going to make for some interesting products.

If you’ve been thinking about getting some Outlier pants but can’t decide which ones, Ben wrote an overview this week. If you want something dressier, I wrote about the Bluffworks Gramercy pants.

Old Man’s War by John Scalzi ★★★★☆ 📚 Looking forward to reading the next book in the series! Quick and fun read.

Upped my bread baking game this past weekend.

A great quote from the Anthropocene exibit at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History.

NYT published an interesting op-ed today about why we shouldn’t fear the “black box” of AI because it is less “black box” than the human brain.

I’ve spent some time trying the new Wool & Prince Blazer and I love it. Just published my review today.

Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics: A 10% Happier How-to Book ★★★☆☆ Great resource if you’re just starting out, but I’ve listened to the podcast and already am using the app (so it was a bit repetitive for me).

Edward Teller warned the oil industry of the dangers of climate change from carbon dioxide emissions in 1959. The Guardian

Altered Traits: Science Reveals How Meditation Changes Your Mind, Brain, and Body by Daniel Goleman, Richard J. Davidson ★★★☆☆ Combination of a story/history of meditation and the authors’ journeys and a meta-review of meditation research.

Yesterday I covered odor resistance of various workout shirt materials over on Everyday Wear. Not a surprise that 100% merino won the odor contest, but my favorite is something else.

Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams by Matthew Walker ★★★☆☆ Five stars for the importance of the content, three for the book.

Artemis by Andy Weir ★★★☆☆ Entertaining, but did not live up to the high expectations I had from The Martian.

Found my new favorite workout tee (and most likely all around tee) — the Pistol Lake Minimalist Performance Tee.

Today I wrote about the Olivers Convoy Tee, a 100% merino athletic shirt. If you can size up for fit (or prefer a very slim shirt), this is one to consider.

On track to hit 200,000 meters rowed between Thanksgiving and Christmas for the Concept 2 Holiday Challenge. Sometimes it just takes a little push to get you going again. I love how Concept 2 offers challenges throughout the year.

Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. Clarke ★★★★☆

I published something today about how to care for your clothes.

I wrote about my Outdoor Research Sequence L/S Zip Top — definitely going to become a staple this winter.