Uses This

There’s a neat series of interviews at usesthis.com and in generally I like seeing what other people use to do stuff. So here’s some of mine.

Hardware

  • Intel NUC (NUC6i5SYH) + 2 Dell 24" monitors (U2415)
  • Lenovo Thinkpad X230
  • Lenovo Thinkpad X1 (6th gen) (work computer)
  • Pixel 2 w/ Diztronic slim case
  • Microsoft Surface Pro 4 (m3-6Y30 CPU, 4GB RAM, 128 GB SSD, gifted at a previous job)
    • Mostly a couch machine for doing crosswords or light browsing while watching something. Sometimes for watching something in bed.

Keyboards

Audio

  • Sennheiser HD 555 (foam modded)
  • Sennheiser HD 600
  • Sennheiser HD 6XXYes, I know, it’s silly to have both the 600 and 6XX, I’ll get rid of one of them at some point.

  • Monolith 1060
  • JDS Element, to drive all the above and as DAC to SMSL below
  • SMSL SA-50 + Micca COVO-S for my desk
  • Denon AVR-S730H + Kef Q150 + Monoprice 12" sub for the TV

Misc

  • Jarvis motorized desk (7" x 30" rectangle bamboo top)
  • Alera Elusion office chair, with Lorell Headrest and “Rollerblade” casters
  • Brother HL-2270DW, B/W laser printer
  • Sony ICD-UX533 voice recorder
  • Logitech C920 webcam
  • Zowie EC1-A mouse

Software

  • zsh (my config)
  • doom-emacs (my config)
  • tmux (my config)
  • make (for things I should probably use shell scripts for)
  • KeePass family of things to manage passwords
  • Firefox (on both the desktop and Android)
  • nix and NixOS for everything I can
  • Fastmail for email, calendar and contacts
  • Mullvad for VPN
  • GNOME desktop environment
  • Syncthing

Writing Stuff

Pencils

  • TWSBI Precision w/Retractable tip (in 0.5mm) - for the backpack/pocket/travel
  • Alvin Draft/Matic Pencil (in 0.5mm) - for home
  • Pentel PS535 - my go-to pencil in college

Pens

  • Lamy Safari (in Charcoal with EF, F, M, B, and 1.1mm nibs, EF used the most)
  • A few Reform 1745s
  • Parker 51 Aerometric (grey body/silver cap)
  • Noodler’s Ahab (in Amazon Pearl)
  • Jinhao X450 (in Black/Gold)
  • Pilot Metropolitan x 2 (in Black M and Silver F)
  • Pilot Plumix (~1mm stub)
  • Pilot Penmanship (EF)
  • Lamy 2000, F
  • Daedalus (early model, no markings)
  • Pilot Vanishing Point, in matte black with F nib
  • Moonman M2, F
  • TWSBI Eco Clear, F
  • Montblanc SlimLine, B (in black)

The only non-fountain pens I keep around and use are Uni-Ball Jetstreams.

Ink

(these are only the inks I have as a bottle, many other samples are sitting around)

Paper

  • Nanami Seven Seas notebooks (A5)
  • Muji B6 recycled notebooks (plain)
  • Leuchtturm 1917 notebooks (dotted in A5 and Pocket)
  • Clairefontaine Triomphe (A5), for correspondence
  • HP Premium24 printer paper (formerly branded as LaserJet)

Music stuff

  • Ibanez GRG170DX
  • Mitchell ME1CE
  • Line 6 Spider III 15 Watt/8 inch amp
  • Yamaha tenor trombone (haven’t really played in a long time, I would like to pick it back up)