Uses

My desk setup in 2020. Bast was an add-on feature.

In addition to being a developer, I am also an artist and a writer who dabbles in nature photography. It was recently announced that working from home full time will be how we operate as a company in the future. This excites me since I've loved working remotely. Namely, I have been enjoying creating a space where I can work productively. Below is a list of how I've done this so far.

Hardware

  • ThinkPad T470 running Pop!_OS
  • Google Pixel 3a with CalyxOS
  • Vortex Race V3 with Cherry MX Blues
  • LG Ultrawide Monitor (with 🍃 settings)
  • Logitech Webcam
  • Random cheap mouse and random cheap mouse pad
  • Varier Move Stool
  • 3/4-sized dot notebooks (no-brand)
  • Pilot G-2 07 pens, Sharpie pens, or any thin ink/felt pen available on sale
  • Bose QuietComfort 35 wireless headphones II

Notes: Webcam, keyboard, and monitor were all purchased used. Though I could not find exact models to link here, I find this a great option when you don't want to have too big of an environmental impact but still feel like you're building the ideal work environment for yourself.

Productivity

Desktop/Development

  • System calendar - I am currently trying to figure out how to get this to play nicely with my setup.
  • Notion - using this for recipes and tracking what I've read.
  • Terminal - I used to use iTerm2, but someone gave me a hot tip. The system terminal on Pop!_OS is great paired with tmux.
  • Thunderbird / Fairmail - open source email clients for my laptop and phone respectively.
  • neoVim/VSCodium - I use neoVim for most things (see dotfiles link below), but VSCodium has also been pretty solid when needed. Admittedly I have the Vim plugin for that, though. I'm so slow with a mouse. 🙃
  • Vivaldi - browser replacement for Chrome. It's Chromium based, though, with great privacy additions. I use this for testing applications.
  • Mozilla Firefox Developer Edition - I also use this for testing applications, when needed. This is my preferred browser, but sometimes it gets slow.

iPad

  • PDF Expert - free version; I read my textbooks on here and highlight them. It's been nice not to have these chonky bois on my lap and taking up space in my room.
  • Procreate - absolute must if you're doing digital art. This is an amazing app.
  • Concepts - free version; I used this to design blueprints for a large-scale gingerbread house that I made with my former roommate. It was super useful - all I had to do was draw it on graph paper in this app and send it over via AirDrop to my roommate's laptop so he could put it into his CAD program. I've also used this for other "technical" sketches.

Art

  • Micron pens - I've been lucky that my mother, grandmother, and great grandmother all do art. My grandmother gifted me some of these pens in middle school and I've kept a handful ever since.
  • Staedtler Fineliners - these work extremely well with the micron pens, but you have to let them dry (or they smudge everywhere).

Other art stuff I use I don't necessarily condone yet. I am still testing alcohol markers, gouache, and acrylics. I usually just buy whatever sketch books are on sale. To outline things for the pens/fineliners, I use a mechanical pencil of whatever kind I can find.

Want art? Check out my my art page for more details. I also have a RedBubble! I also take commissions: art@cupofsquid.com


Want the nitty gritty? Check out my dotfiles!