15 Aug 2008 1 pm eastern

In the bag

Early tomorrow, I leave for San Francisco. Headed into my laptop bag, along with my MacBook, are…

  • An iPod Classic containing 8624 “songs” (I like music) and 46 “movies.” Sample titles: A Mighty Wind, A Night at the Opera, Helvetica, Kiki’s Delivery Service, Lost in Translation, North by Northwest, Rushmore, Spirited Away, Stardust Memories, Stranger Than Paradise, Swing Time. The iPod also provides two days of interstitial music for the conference.
  • Power and stage adapters for all gear.
  • The latest issue of Macworld.
  • One or more novels (haven’t decided which; I always travel with at least one great book I’ve read before, and it’s always a new experience).

In my carry-on bag, in place of the usual dress shoes and gym shoes, I’m packing Crocs. It’s not my normal travel or presentation attire, but my foot (although much better) is still a bit out of whack, and you’ve gotta do what you’ve gotta do.

See some of you in San Francisco and the rest of you here and there.

[tags]sanfrancisco, airtravel, iphone, ipod, apple[/tags]

Filed under: air travel, An Event Apart, Apple, books, business, cities, conferences, content, Design, development, San Francisco, Travel

19 Responses to “In the bag”

  1. Writer Dad said on

    Excellent taste in movies.

  2. JC said on

    Just because I have a bag fetish, what bag do you use to hold all of this?

    I usually pack laptop, ipod classic, wireless keyboard, digital SLR, and lots of little crap. I have still yet to find the perfect bag where all of this is easily accessible.

  3. Jeffrey Zeldman said on

    Thanks, Writer Dad.

    Packing all the laptop bag reminds me why I’ve no interest in the MacBook Air.

    If I could travel with just the computer, then, sure, a lightweight, paper-thin, sculptural beauty like the Air would be compelling. But in my bag are an iPhone dock, a Universal dock, a wicked clicker to control the laptop while I’m onstage, VGA connectors, mice, headphones, power cables and converters, etc., etc. There’s at least ten pounds of that junk, all of it critically needed.

    Given the bulk and weight of the total package, shaving millimeters and ounces off the laptop itself seems meaningless, and the trade-off in power isn’t worth it. (Clunkier Mac laptops are faster and have more hard drive space and more capabilities.)

  4. Jeffrey Zeldman said on

    Just because I have a bag fetish, what bag do you use to hold all of this?

    Just an old, ordinary Brenthaven bag (photo at Flickr). Had it for years, still looks relatively new, can be crammed with stuff and not burst apart.

    I usually pack laptop, ipod classic, wireless keyboard, digital SLR, and lots of little crap. I have still yet to find the perfect bag where all of this is easily accessible.

    A wireless keyboard would be pushing it for this bag (though I like the cut of your jib!), but a digital SLR is going in there as well.

  5. Jemaleddin said on

    If what I’ve gotta do is wear crocs, then what I do is lose the foot. :-)

  6. Doug said on

    @JC and anyone else. If you are looking for a bag and packing similar to Mr Zeldman, I would highly suggest the Crumpler The Customary Barge or the The Sinking Barge – http://www.ebags.com/crumpler/backpacks/category_search/index.cfm?N=20038082

  7. Bill Heaton said on

    Aaaah, I can’t pack my bags, my boss cancelled my trip. Still have a conference pass for later. Hope everyone has a great time in S.F.

  8. Jeffrey Zeldman said on

    Aaaah, I can’t pack my bags, my boss cancelled my trip. Still have a conference pass for later.

    Grrrrr, that ain’t right!

    Very sorry to hear it!

  9. Drew said on

    Customers who bought Crocs at Amazon also bought…

  10. Jeffrey Zeldman said on

    Customers who bought Crocs at Amazon also bought…

    Sweet!

    The green Croc knock-offs cut my feet. Made ‘em bleed. No fooling. Can’t wear ‘em.

    So I’ll be wearing, really and truly, pink lady Crocs to San Francisco.

  11. Luke Dorny said on

    No PSP?

  12. Jeremy Anderson said on

    You’ll fit right in. Great choice in movies, btw. I’m a huge Miyazaki fan. But, if you need something new and haven’t yet seen Dr. Horrible, it’s well worth it.

    Only a couple days to go.

  13. JC said on

    Jeffrey excuse my ignorance, but what does “I like the cut of your jib” mean? =)

  14. Dennis "Best Songs" James said on

    OK, I want to know how long it took to organize and transfer that many songs on your iPod!?!

  15. Jeffrey Zeldman said on

    No PSP?

    Not a games guy. Not an expression of snobbery, just of fact. I also don’t appreciate ballet and baseball.

    what does “I like the cut of your jib” mean? =)

    I can’t top the Urban Dictionary’s definitions.

    OK, I want to know how long it took to organize and transfer that many songs on your iPod!?!

    A lifetime of listening and collecting. And at least two or three years of active iTune use.

    Not that long ago, in response to some dumb internet meme, I posted how many tracks I had in iTunes, and it was a lot less (like 8,000). At a certain point, particularly as hard drives got massively bigger. something changed for me, and I realized I could store nearly all of my music instead of just some of my favorite music. A reference library instead of a few playlists.

    Although I didn’t find the meme post I was looking for, I did find this one, whose film entry shows remarkable consistency.

  16. Nout said on

    Aaaah Jeffrey, not Crocs…. :)

  17. James Peirce said on

    Ah, so Mr. Zeldman is a fan of Hayao Miyazaki!

    You have good taste, sir!

  18. Josh Stodola said on

    How can you watch movies on that microscopic screen? I\’d buy an iPod Touch today if I wasn\’t forced to use iTunes.

  19. New shoes for AEA SF on Flickr - Photo Sharing! said on

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