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The concept of flow has had a profound impact on my life — to me it’s the catalyst through which creative channels open and we sentient beings shut off our brains and reach excellence — and coincidentally I’ve developed a minor fixation (ok, obsession) with owning nice things. If there’s a doohickey, I want to own the most optimal iteration of that object. It allows me to perform whatever task with the least friction. I don’t want to think about using the object; I just want it to work. And through tedious of lab reports during my formative years, I’d like to think that I have a decent grasp on how to control variables and make objective comparisons.
I’ll be providing short blurbs for most items. I’ve not written full-blown reviews (aside from my famous instant coffee comparison) because I’m typically in a constant state of evaluation. Some items I buy and quickly dismiss; others I use for a much longer period of time before forming a strong opinion. It would take years for me to put out proper comparisons articles. Taking this approach let’s me provide more of a living leaderboard, which frees me up to provide more frequent updates. And let’s be real: it’s pointless to mention a bunch of second-rate products for the sake of being thorough. I respect other websites do in efforts be comprehensive (like The Wire Cutter), but many of them review cheap products for frugal readers to fall back on. Eff that, man — I’ll never settle. And neither should you.
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>> Underwear: Under Armour Mesh Series 9″ Boxerjock (Black)
During the summer of 2012, frustrated by self-inflicted wedgies and chronic swamp ass, I was determined to discover the perfect pair of underwear and experimented with about 10 different brands, all of which were highly touted around the internet.
At the conclusion of my testing I found the Under Armour Boxerjock Mesh 9″ to be the clear winner. Its comfort is unrivaled mostly because it was the only pair of undies to not bunch up. The extra length helps them stay in place and the material breathes adequately.
These are the only socks I own (along with some thinner SmartWool socks that I use only for layering to increase the snugness of my tennis shoes). I find the Medium Crew preferable on the daily, but the thicker Heavy Crew is better when it’s cold out or I want my shoes to fit tighter for certain athletic situations where I don’t want my feet slipping.
They’re comfortable, durable, and the navy color looks good. Highly recommended.
I’ve gone through a bunch of different brands of t-shirts, and by happenstance I selected these for shirts I had produced for SixPrizes. The fabric is soft, the fit is proper (well, for me at least), and you can get them with pockets! (Pockets are nice touch.) The price is hard to beat too. Once I got these I gave up my t-shirt search, though I will say the latest batch of white pocket T’s I ordered weren’t as good as the previous lot. Just a heads up. The non-pocket shirt I ordered around the same time is top notch though.
>> Long-sleeved Shirts: J.Crew
I’ll give a quick nod towards J.Crew for any other shirts. I typically order something from their catalogue once per year and scrounge ebay for deadstock stuff every once in a while. Quality is decent. It’s not super fancy but I make it work.
>> Pants: Carhartt Madison Jogger (Oregon)
Elastic waist band + drawstring combo is the ultimate for pants. It doesn’t get any better. Comfortable. No need for a belt. On the real, it’s incredible technology. (Sweatpants American Apparel.) The Carhartt color is perfect and the fit is rather flattering. I won’t lie — they make my legs look good.
I still love the craftsman ship and detail that go into Japanese denim, but damn. I don’t know if I can go back. My waist has been fluctuating and I don’t know if I want to go through the pain of breaking in another pair. Maybe.
>> Athletic Shorts: Champion Mesh (Maroon, Navy)
These might seems like an odd pick, but I think they are a great value. It’s tough to find athletic shorts with pockets, and these have them. They’re comfortable and have a drawstring, so when the elastic fails (which it will after a few years), they are still wearable.
I like their fit too (they aren’t super baggy or long), but I size down to achieve the aesthetic I want.
>> Moccasins: Arrow Moccasin Company Men’s Double Sole Canoe Moc
These are in no way a necessity for most people, but damn — I’d be hard-pressed to name a more solid purchase I’ve made the past five years. They look great, are comfortable (after a break-in period), and they hold up. They’re especially great during the spring and summer for short excursions. Never wear socks with them and size down.
>> Hat: Arrow-up TRI-Hat/Cap (White)
Definitely not the most sexy item on this list, I’ve got to give it props for being there. Logo is oddly serviceable.
I’ve been using a rolled up bandana to keep sweat and hair out of my eyes while exercising for a number of years now and I recommend it over an elastic headband because it will last much longer. Elastic only stays good for so long and once it goes bad, you will have to throw the headband out and purchase a new one. Bandanas are multipurpose as well.
>> Hangers: Merrick 1/2″ Plastic Hangers (Black)
I love hitting the road on my bike. Cutting through a warm summer breeze never gets old. I won’t give any recommendation on specific bicycles because I don’t have a well-informed opinion on the matter. You should look for Shimano 105 — after that I don’t know. Go to your local bike shop and ask them for help! But I am on top of some gear you might need.
>> Bottles: CamelBak Podium Big Chill
>> Energy Drink: Cytomax
>> Shorts: Sugoi RS Pro Shorts
>> Pedals: DMR Vault Brendog
I can’t even give a solid recommendation on a racquet other than to take advantage of the Tennis Warehouse demo program to figure out which racquet vibes with you.
>> Shoes: Asics Men’s Gel Resolution
Asics are the only tennis shoes I’ve ever owned that feel good. Every Nike I’ve tried was too narrow (even though I don’t have fat feet) and Adidas have been boxy. A number of pros are now wearing Asics too, even when their clothing sponsor is another company, which I think says something.
I size down half from my normal shoe size because I like a snug fit to prevent blisters and improve pedal dexterity. I’m partial to the Gel Resolution 4. Best design, hands down. The 7 doesn’t hold my heel as snuggly.
>> Shorts: Nike Men’s Basic NET 9″ Woven Short
Nike has since discontinued this model for their new “Power” series, but the woven NET is the best basic functional tennis short if you can still find it. I scored a few pairs at my local tennis shop hiding in the clearance section.
>> Balls: Slazenger Wimbledon
I’ve tried a ton of different balls. These have the best bounce and durability. They’re more expensive that almost all other balls, but I value my time on the court these days and crappy balls can ruin the experience. They’re worth it.
>> Vibration Dampeners: Rubber Bands
No need to spend big bucks on goo-infused shock absorbers; rubber bands will do the trick. Watch this video for instructions on how to tie one onto your strings.
I’ve tried a gamut of supplements over the years — many inspired by the writings of Ray Peat — and at this point I’ve pretty much trashed them all. It’s better to eat food to get the nutrition you need.
>> Aspirin: Generic Uncoated 325 mg
I started off using enteric coated aspirin, but switched to the uncoated variety because it’s way cheaper (less than 1¢ per 325 mg), has purer ingredients (aspirin, starch), and I don’t necessarily think coated aspirin is safer.
When I first started taking aspirin (about 325 to 650 mg a day), it gave me a subtle, nice, warm feeling. I don’t notice much effect now aside from when I take it with coffee. Perhaps I no longer need it, or have developed a tolerance and should experiment with higher dosages (along with appropriate amounts of vitamin K2, typically 1 mg per 325 mg aspirin, for reasons explained here).
>> Gelatin: Bulk Foods Unflavored Gelatin
This isn’t a traditional “supplement” per se, but it is a specialty food I order over the internet and consume for health benefits, so I’m throwing it in here.
My body craved gelatin when I first added it to my diet. I had a hunch it might be beneficial after being vegetarian and vegan for so long (I was most likely deficient in glycine), and I couldn’t get enough for a good month. I still do consume it, though not as much as initially. Typically I take some on days when I work out for a protein boost.
For a relaxing late night drink, mix 4 tablespoons of gelatin and 1 tablespoon of clover honey with 1 cup of hot water.
>> Laptop: MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Mid 2014)
refurbished, 512 instead of 256
>> Keyboard: Magic Keyboard
>> Mouse: Magic Trackpad 2
>> Laptop Stand: Pyle Pro Laptop Stand for DJ
If you have multiple devices that need backing up, Crashplan might be more economical, but Backblaze is simple and gives me peace of mind. It does only keep files for 30 days (whereas Crashplan stores deleted files forever), but it’s not intended to be long-term storage; it’s a fail-safe incase your computer breaks or goes missing.
That being said, if I had known about Crashplan before Backblaze, and I wasn’t already vested in the latter, I might be a Crashplan user instead.
I use Dropbox for especially important files I don’t want to lose (and Flickr to store photos). Between these three online services and my Time Machine backups, I feel pretty good about the safety of my files.
>> Document Scanner: Fujitsu ScanSnap S1300
It’s expensive, but this device allowed me to mindlessly eschew piles of paper I’d collected over the years. I don’t use it as often at this point, but I’m still thankful to own it.
>> Desk: Jarvis Bamboo Standing Desk
>> Tweezers: Rubis Classic Slant Tweezers
>> Scissors: Rubis Ear/Nose Hair Scissors
>> Comb: Kent 16T
>> Beard Trimmer: Remington MB-200
>> Other-Hair Trimmer: Wahl Peanut
>> Floss: Oral-B Glide Pro-Health Comfort Plus
>> Bidet: Brondell GoSpa Travel Bidet
>> Lip Balm: Mother Makings Lavender
>> White Noise Machine: Marpac DOHM-DS
>> Bed Frame: Structures Highrise
>> Water Bottles: Kleen Kanteen (27 oz, Brushed Stainless, Loop Cap) plus Sports Cap 3.0 (Black) and Camelbak 1L (Charcoal) with Classic Cap
>> Keychain: Makr Turn Fob (Ox Blood Horween)