Espresso Anywhere

HandpressoShut up and take my money, Handpresso, maker of portable espresso machines. To be honest, you had me at “Hand” but then you really nailed it with the “presso” part. How did you know I was the perfect person to which to send that press release this morning? At any rate, I can’t wait to use you:

Before elephants trample me.

Espresso with Elephants

Or while I’m paragliding in Austria.

Paragliding with espresso

Come to think of it, I may not be worldly enough to buy your portable espresso sets. But I do like the idea of being able to have a cup of espresso anywhere, anytime. Good luck!

Drafting In Draft

I am writing* this post in Draft, a lovely new cloud-based writing tool that is, if I am not mistaken, completely free**. I know, I know–you’ve seen many different online writing tools come along recently. You’ve certainly heard plenty about cloud-based programs. But I think you should give Draft a try.

What I like about Draft so far is the ability to use it in tandem with so many other sites like Evernote, Google Docs, Tumblr, WordPress, etc. You should check out this helpful Draft doc which shows you all the things that Draft can do, from a more visually appealing “version control” function to “Uber for copyediting”–apparently live copyediting help. I have yet to use this feature as this is the very first thing I’ve written in Draft.

This has been a very pleasant experience. I want to thank Mike Janssen for the tip via Twitter.

*Update: There’s a little bit of wonkiness in the exporting/publishing to WordPress. But I am chalking it up to my being a beginning user of Markdown, which Draft uses (beautifully and cleanly). I’m tweaking this post in WordPress now.

**Update 2: There is a very stealth button on draft that takes you to a “Support Draft” page. The service is currently free. Specifically:

“Right now Draft can be used completely for free. But if it’s something you enjoy using, please consider buying a subscription…” I think it might be worth it, but I’ll let you decide on your own.

Google Just Made Mapping Your Travel Plans Easier


I’m nerding out about this new add-on in Google Drive that allows you to create maps based on data in a spreadsheet. Mapping Sheets could be a great tool for travel planners, travel bloggers, or wish list builders. Just watch the video above to see how it’s done.

h/t Lifehacker

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