While it’s been a short week for the team at Man of Many, like so many other businesses running across the long weekend, the work has not stopped. We’ve been putting in the hours finding the coolest pieces of tech and equipment to keep you entertained while in isolation, and we’ve even found a few for ourselves. As we reflect on the past seven days, one theme comes to mind, self-fulfilment. Whether it be doing something fun, or finding a new way to reinvent yourself, the focus has been very much internal, which is perhaps a sign of how solo operation is impacting us.
Nevertheless, we want to share with you What’s Keeping Us Sane this week.
GilletteLabs Heated Razor
Nick Hall – Digital Editor
One trend I’ve truly enjoyed over the last few weeks has been seeing guys attempt style choices they would never normally go for. With the safety net of isolation meaning no one can give you shit for your poor decisions, people are jumping on the bleached hair, big beard and sweatpants aesthetic. I must admit, even I went for the isolation moustache. Two solid weeks of bum-fluff growth left me looking like a knock-off Gomez Addams, confirming that even after nearly three decades on earth, having facial hair is not my calling. Luckily enough, I just copped the new GilletteLabs Heated Razor and decided to put myself out my hirsute misery. The five-blade razor has the ability to instantly heat up to a toasty 50°c, gliding through my poor attempt at facial hair with ease. While I’m glad to be back to my normal baby-face self, I think I might miss my Michael Cera moustache.
Scott Purcell – Co-Founder
We’re lucky in our roles at Man of Many that we get to try out some pretty cool tech every now and again. While we were a bit late to the table with this one, after watching Pewdiepie play through the new Half-Life Alyx in VR, I absolutely had to try it out myself. So I reached out to Oculus this week and they kindly sent us out the new Oculus Quest to trial the game on. While I’m still waiting for the 48GB game file to download to my laptop, I had the chance this week to test out a few of their main titles like Super Hot and Beats Saber.
Let me just say, this thing is insane. I’d definitely consider buying one myself once I give this back. If you tried out VR on a Samsung phone or a headset a few years ago and thought VR wasn’t all that, you were probably right, but the tech has come a LONG way in two years. Everything from the in-game accuracy, the controllers, the ability to set a boundary that you can actually walk around in your living room to explore virtual spaces has been upped. It’s honestly just ridiculous. The best thing yet, because it’s so crazy accurate, there’s no dizziness at all and you feel fully immersed in the games.
While this isn’t my full review (that will come later), the Oculus Quest has allowed me to escape to another world even just for a little bit this weekend.
Oh, and I also shaved my head.
Denise Barnes – Native Content Manager
Nothing beats a freshly ground barista coffee, but with everything going on right now, it’s not always that easy to come by anymore. So this week, I am especially grateful for my Nespresso Vertuo machine. I love trying different pods every time I order, but a consistent favourite of mine is the Double Espresso Chiaro pods that’s a 6 on the “strong” scale. Without trying to sound like Goldilocks, it’s not too strong and not too weak, it’s just right. And a handy little tip I got from someone instore once, is that if you add a tiny bit of milk of your choice first before you press the button, the dripping of the coffee onto the milk creates a fluffy frothy layer on top for the perfect cuppa.
What’s Keeping Us Sane
So, a short week ends and we wait for another to begin, leaving us with even more free time to try and fill with new and exciting endeavours. What will next week bring? Probably more of the same; puzzles, books, games and coffee. Who’s with us?