Each week I share three things I like – It could be a book, a movie, a podcast, an album, a photo, an article, a restaurant, a food item, a beverage, or anything else I simply enjoy and think you might too. You can find a whole pile of things, especially books, I like and recommend HERE.
Finding the perfect feature image to use with a blog or article can be such a pain, assuming I want to use an image with proper permissions at no cost. Usually I find an endless succession of the same selection of pseudo-hipster “entrepreneurs working in the same brightly lit coffee shop on the same Mac book pros OR endless opportunities to post pictures of lattes with foam art. So when a friend pointed me to Pixabay a while back I was pretty thankful. It is a stock-photo site, perfectly free, and sourced by individual photographers who upload their work. You can donate to the site or donate to particular photographers if you like, and if you have really high quality photographs you can upload those too. Their standards are high, so very few mediocre images make it on the site. It is my go-to for images for this blog or other stock photo needs I have.
“Are you a runner?” asked the salesman? I was almost ashamed to be asked this question. I hate running. I abhor running. It is the worst. Running is punishment doled out by coaches for fumbles or interruptions or tardiness or lack of focus. Running is what one does when a bear or mountain lion is chasing. Yet there I was buying running shoes because that is what one does in one’s 30s when one eats to much and sits too much and weighs too much. After burning through Reeboks (cheap junk) Nikes (fashion apparel) Asics (nice, but FUGLY) I ended up with Under Armour shoes. For a big guy with achy knees an flat “pronated (according to a podiatrist) feet they are the most comfortable running shoes I’ve owned. Under Armour has mastered design both for fit and style, and they offer durable shoes at very affordable prices up into the high end. If you are a runner you probably scoff at this. However, if you are a desk jockey who likes to eat and wants to earn those calories check them out.
Yeah yeah, I know it “sparked outrage.” But mostly it sparked guffaws for me. This ape smokes with more chill than some 2-pack-a-day guys I’ve known.