Nit-picky About Earbuds

After having them for 4 years, I finally messed up my earbuds.  Well not really, but I did tear the earbud tip.  These Sony earbuds have endured a lot.  I knew something was wrong when I put them in and the music sounded drastically different.  By different I mean really bad.  That’s when I discovered that the tip was damaged.

I think if you spend less than $15 on a pair of headphones, you probably lose them a lot.  I know several people that are prone to this. Those cheap headphones probably come with foam earbud tips or don’t have any at all.  If you don’t lose them, you should really invest in a decent pair.  The ones that come with cell phones are garbage.  I guess some people don’t care about sound quality though.  I can’t really understand this to be honest.  One of my biggest annoyances is the people that have headphones that everyone else can hear.  I don’t really want to listen to your shitty music, keep it to yourself.

In typical Allan fashion, I started to look for new headphones.  I was reminded of the plethora of options that are available.  Honestly, I was feeling a bit overwhelmed.  I did some research and came across these Comply T-400 earbud tips.  Instead of taking the plunge on another pair of earbuds, I opted for these.  Three pair for $10, how could I go wrong?  Plus the Radio Shack next to my office had them in stock.

The biggest praise that I read was comfort.  They’re made of memory foam so they are actually pretty comfortable.  After about a half hour or so, my silicone tips got slightly uncomfortable.  I’ve worn these for over an hour without any discomfort.  I would have to say that sound quality has somewhat improved.  It does a good job of noise canceling because I didn’t hear anything my coworker was saying to me.  I just happened to see her looking at me in my peripheral.

These tips not only do a good job but they’ve saved me about $50.  I was ready to buy a new pair of earbuds but that urge has waned, a little.  We’ll see how long these last since there is an issue of wear and tear.  Then I might just have to try these Xiaomi earbuds.  A lot of good reviews and they only run a little over $20.  If you’re interested in Comply tips, you have to check their fitment guide to see which ones will work for your earbuds.  Don’t rely on the package like I did.  I ended up having to go back to Radio Shack to get the right ones.

Still Corporate

I haven’t left the 9-5 corporate grind.  I haven’t made thousands through affiliate marketing.  The truth is I’ve joined bigger and bigger consulting firms as my career has progressed.  That is something I never thought would happen.  If marketing was easy, everyone would be doing it.  As I’ve read and know first hand, you really have to focus and I just haven’t been able to devote time to doing it.

I did go on vacation to Hawaii recently.  Traveling is the easiest way for me to partake in one of my favorite hobbies, photography.  I think I’ve gotten better but I don’t really take enough pictures.  Of course I’m my toughest critic though.

I basically took all my gear with me on the trip.  Here’s what I currently have:

Body: Canon 60D w/ BG-E9 battery grip

Lenses:  Canon 24-70mm f2.8L USM | 100mm f2.8L IS USM | 10-22mm f3.5-4.5 USM

Flash: Canon 580EX II

It all fits in my Lowepro camera bag and boy is it heavy.  After lugging it around the airport along with my backpack which has my 13″ Macbook Pro, I decided I need a new bag to carry everything.  I haven’t pulled the trigger yet but I’m leaning towards the Case Logic backpack.  It looks like it was well thought out.  I like how the camera is suspended/held inside the bag.  However, I did buy this other Lowepro bag because it was on sale for $13.  I think it’ll be a good around town bag.  What I do now is just leave it on the passenger or backseat of my car.  Sometimes in the family car, I put it on the floor.

After I got back and edited my pictures, I was a bit disappointed in the sharpness of my pictures.  Most of them were taken with the ultra-wide 10-22mm.  I think my biggest problems are lighting and holding steady.  When I take a picture of the kids and they’re moving, I tend to react and move with them.  When I get my shot, I’m pretty sure I’m not absolutely still half the time.  Thank goodness for digital.  One thing I did learn was to shoot using AI Servo in situations like this.  I have yet to try it but I will soon.

I have a good reason to try soon because I just picked up the Canon 10-18mm f4.5-5.6 IS STM ultra-wide lens.  I also signed up for a Flickr account.  Hopefully I can use that to get feedback and learn from other photographers.  Don’t worry, I’m not going to throw up a Facebook fauxtography page and pretend I’m a pro.  Those people irk me.  I know I’m critical but most of those people shouldn’t be charging anyone for their services.  Anyway, here’s my Flickr Photostream.