An Unexpected Journey

After several years of waiting, I finally saw the first installment of The Hobbit. Even with all the anticipation and the anxiety about the story being broken up into three films, it was truly excellent. The magic and fun of the story are easily captured and the epic scale of the original trilogy is well maintained.

Especially wonderful is the opening scene, showing an interaction between Bilbo and Frodo just moments before The Fellowship of the Ring begins. It’s a perfect nod to the trilogy we all love and shows how this new series of films will fit right in. And the very best part is the magnificent Martin Freeman, portraying the simple, yet courageous Bilbo as we always imagined.

Society6 iPhone Cases

After dropping my iPhone on the sidewalk and seeing the ease at which the glass screen shatters, I decided to finally get myself an iPhone case. Because the iPhone body is so beautifully designed, I didn’t want one that covers up too much. So I prowled the internet, looking for a sleek case that would protect without feeling bulky. As a cherry on top, I also hoped to find one that could say something about me. After all, how do we express ourselves these days but with our tech, right?

I soon discovered Society6, an online collection of talented artists and designers selling their work in several forms: prints, iPhone cases, laptop skins, and t-shirts. It’s really quite incredible the variety of cool artwork to choose from.

After a few hours of browsing (their search function leaves a lot to be desired), I found the perfect case. It’s called “There and Back Again” by designer Reagan Lee. He designed a metro-style map of Middle Earth, featuring several fun stops like Rivendell and Helm’s Deep. The designer in me loves the clean lines and clever idea, while the nerd in me gets excited each time I see that Edoras and Isengard are just a quick train ride away.