Archives for : October2008

Shout Out: is all about anything that’s lightweight. On my own adventures in life, I’ve often found myself working on the road. In fact, I’ve often blogged about my “mobile office“. As such, you’re likely to find many future GLW articles about mobile computing.

I recently found a terrific site called Digital Nomads. The site is a community hub for exactly the type of folks who tote around their mobile office, much the way I love to do. From their own about page:

Digital Nomads is a community site for individuals that work or play without regard for their physical location. It is a place where they can come together to read about other digital nomads, share ideas, tips and tricks, and best practices, and read the latest nomad-oriented news. Digital Nomads live a lifestyle where their laptop and other electronic devices create the center of their office and/or play-space.

If you’re one of us, you might want to head on over and get involved with Digital Nomads.

Trek Light’s Lightweight Hammock

On an adventure to Mexico about a year ago, I stopped in the city of Merida. The city is often proclaimed as “the hammock city” by various hammock vendors. You see, hammocks are the way to sleep when you’re trekking across the Mayan routes.

Thus, I bought my first hammock in Merida. Since then, I’ve packed it on a few trips. Unfortunately, this amazing, hand-woven, hanging bed of happy consumes a ton of space in my pack. I’ve since stopped carrying it with me only because of weight and space.

Recently, I ran across a company called Trek Light and one of their key products: extremely lightweight hammocks. These hammocks are made from parachute nylon. The “single” measure 5′ by 10′, holds 400lbs, and adds a single pound in your pack. If you want a snuggle buddy, the “double” stretches 6.5′ wide. An additional aspect of this very smart design – the “bag” for the hammock is part of the hammock itself.

The products aren’t cheap. The single comes in at $54.95 and the double at $64.95. However, this seems to be the kind of backpacking item you only purchase once. After just a couple of trips with my traditional hammock, I would gladly put a few more bills on the table to gain back all that space in my pack, not to mention the weight.

Find out more (or order) from Trek Light’s website.

Sassy Silk

To kick off our site, Sassy takes us through a tour of the many uses for a sheet of Habotai silk. Make a shirt, backpack, skirt, hoodie, scarf, sling, and more.

PS : We will improve the quality of our audio next time!