Last week I gave you the 2013 Gift Guide for Web People, which has been a pretty regular thing on my blog for a while now. However, in the last few years I’ve also become quite the cigar smoker. I figured that this might be a good gift guide as there’s a bunch of other stuff besides cigars (as well as new cigars) that you can get for the cigar smoker in your life.
Xikar makes the best of the best when it comes to cigar gear. Their lighters are not only excellent, but they are backed by a lifetime warranty. If it ever breaks, they will send you a new one. I currently have the Vitara, which is light, sleek, and comes equipped with a punch, a fuel window so you can see when you’re running low, and an easy-to-adjust dial. This is design for the frequent smoker. Truth be told though, my favorite was EX before the TSA stole it out of my checked bag.
The cutters are right up there with the lighters and are backed by the same warranty. The Xi2 is my cutter of choice, as it’s super light and the blades are self-sharpening. I’m a huge fan of this cutter.
I have one of these bad boys and it’s perfect for when I’m going out and want to travel light. It fits in the breast pocket of my jacket, it’s adjustable, and it doesn’t take up too much room wherever you set up shop.
Of-course, if you need a bigger travel case for those longer trips, look no further than the Herf-a-Dor. It holds anywhere from 5-40 cigars, is air-tight and water proof, and has a built-in humidifying cushion. This is perfect for the cigar smoker on the go.
I found out about these in April of this year and they are hands down the best way to keep my humidor fresh and at the right temperature. I use 2 (I have a humidor that holds ~150) along with the built-in humidifier and it’s pretty low maintenance. They last anywhere from 3-5 weeks, so depending on the size of the humidor, a 12 pack could last the whole year.
There are so many great cigars to choose from and everyone has different tastes, but here are my current favorites:
When I first started smoking, I was told a requirement was to drink scotch. I wasn’t sure I’d like it, but at a recent party, it’s all I drank, so I guess I’m a fan now. Here are my go-to scotches:
If you want to go with a great (read: Expensive) scotch, you won’t go wrong with Balvenie 21, Glenlivet 18, or Johnnie Walker Blue.
A while back, I bought the domain http://tilpodcast.co somewhat on a whim. I had just started listening to podcasts and felt this would be a good theme for one, whatever the that theme may be. I thought of doing something tech or web development related, but those are a dime a dozen. So I still needed a solid idea for the podcast; then it came to me while talking with two sets of friends on two separate occasions.
The first one was with my friend Nate, who had mentioned to me that he missed the “academic” conversations he’d have in college since getting a full time job; the more intellectual ones with discussion and debate. That planted the seed. The second one was with a group of friends while we were discussing some recent legislation- there was a lot of back and forth, fact checking, and opinion giving. That’s when the idea solidified. This would be a great idea for the podcast. I pitched the idea to my friends right there and they really liked the idea as well. So with that, the TIL Podcast is:
A general knowledge podcast where a group of friends get together and discuss current events, news topics, and technology.
The basic format is this: each week we will have a subject or two and discuss them for about 30-40 minutes (total). We’ll cover what the subject is and some issues surrounding it. We hope to cover a wide gamut of categories from news to tech to whatever seems interesting; we are also up for suggestions.
We had our first recording earlier this week and it will go live on Sunday, December 1st. The topic is the Coin digital card. We are all really excited about the podcast and we hope you like it! All of the podcasts, show notes, and more information are up at tilpodcast.co.
Going through my feeds this morning, I came across a link to a story on Engadget talking about how the Samsung Galaxy Gear was hacked to browse the web. With this, another screen/device that can view websites enters the fray, making Responsive Web Design as important as ever.