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999 Defense and MEM Projects collab

999 Defense put together this awesome zine. Mashing together our work as in a risograph looking style. I’m super happy about the way the entire thing came out. 

999 Def and I have worked pretty consistantly to meld art and firearms culture in somewhat of a corrective swing or atleast we think it is. 

Specialized Sirrus X 4.0

new bike who dis

CZ Bren 2 Long Boi

Ah, the BREN Long Boi. This one isn’t mine, but given the impending doom regarding braces....I probably should have went with the 16” version. 

Honestly, the Bren in this size isn’t too bad. It’s a rather lightweight rifle.

Anyways, the comment period for brace shit is open. Drop a comment. A well thought out comment. 

Seiko 5 SNK805 Automatic Watch

I’ve always worn a watch, but I’ve never been a watch guy. It’s mostly utilitarian for me as I tend to scratch, crack, or damage them in some sort of way. Thus I’ve always tried to buy watches that I wouldn’t mind having to replace.

Seiko 5 fits that bill rather nicely. Expensive enough to feel nice, cheap enough to replace if I had to.

Too early to tell if I really like it or not but really it seems hard not to like. It’s easy to read. Comfortable. Has the basic features I require in a watch. Rather simple.

Oh, and most importly this watch is pretty silent. I had a Timex Weekender for a long time, and that had to be the loudest watch I’ve ever had. I’m rather sensitive to noises like a watch ticking, and I couldn’t keep it in the bedroom if I was trying to sleep.

Here are some specs for you nerds:
37mm Case
Automatic Movement (Hardlex Crystal)
Water Resistant to 30m

Pixel 4XL to iPhone 12 Pro

I went from iPhone 1 to 7 and made the switch to Android. A big part of that original transition was because I found myself utilizing the Google ecosystem far more than anything else. It only made sense to complete the circle. My favorite of the Android phones was the Pixel 4 XL. The vanilla Android experience is fantastic. 

Here’s the rub though. There aren’t very many good vanilla Android phones on the market. Google has seemingly given up on hardware with their Pixel 5, and it was becoming increasingly obvious that I needed more. With the Pixel 4 I was experiencing app refreshing constantly. Basically running out of memory. I’d be in Lightroom, switch to a call, come back to Lightroom and the app had to reload. I couldn’t deal with. it anymore.

Apple has been tediously and slowly been ripping features from Android and making them their own (I could give a fuck who steals what from who). Features that have greatly improved iOS. To the point where the switch, to me, feels painless. The file browser is fantastic, notifications are mostly improved, and not having a cluster fuck of a home screen is great (the App library is horse shit, but I can live with it.)

iPhone is clearly becoming refined. Having your own hardware and OS all in house is obviously paying off as the iPhone has to be the most refined and fluid phone around.

Last note. Fuck the lightning connector. This shit is unacceptable. Gimme that USB C.