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Ok, so this is by far the most niche thing I've ever written. But after getting a great jacket (that I'll write about some other time!) that only had one problem, I wanted to gather my thoughts on this tiny subject. The “problem” was: It doesn't cuff perfectly.

What's the deal with cuffing anyway??

Cuffing is when you fold the sleeves of a shirt, jacket, sweater etc. It's also commonly used when you do the same to leg opening of pants or shorts. And I'm an avid cuffer! The three reasons are:

  1. I'm 1.75 m tall, and my legs and arms aren't especially long – so clothes are usually too long.
  2. Related, I like watches, bracelets, shoes and socks – and cuffing shows them off.
  3. I often think it makes the clothes themselves look better.

Here's some examples of what I mean by nr. 2 and 3:

A P.O.V. picture of me looking at my watch on my desk. As my shirt is cuffed, I can easily see my watch.

The cuffed shirt makes the watch more prominent - to myself and others.

Norsk versjon 🔗 Three Macs on top of eachother on a table outside in my garden.

Advice for students and non-techies

These things move up and down – but the fall of 2022 is an excellent time to buy a Mac. Apple’s new processors (the M1 family and the M2) makes the machines very fast, while being very efficient. The latter leading to great battery life and quiet operation (if you’ve ever had a computer that sounds like it wants to take off and fly into the horizon, you know that’s not always the case). This doesn’t mean there’s no great Windows PCs on the market! However, the days when you had to overpay to get an apple on your computer, is passed – so for most people I would recommend getting a Mac (especially if you own an iPhone). There are still several reasons to get a PC, among them:

  • If you would rather not pay $800+ for a laptop
  • Know that you use software not available for macOS
  • Use the machine a lot for gaming
  • Or you just know that you prefer Windows to macOS

But this isn’t a Mac vs. PC article – let’s get to the advice!

Storage and memory


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And what Apple means when they say “Retina”

I’m pretty sure the Apple Studio Display is overpriced. Still, the discourse after its announcement has been plagued by people not quite understanding the difference between 4k and 5k on a 27-inch display. It’s just one kay difference – why can’t you just buy a 4k screen that’s cheaper, brighter and/or has a higher refresh rate? Why do some Apple fans crave this extra kay so much?

Marc Edwards, of Bjango, wrote an excellent piece on this, and I especially like the visual examples of 5k vs 4k on macOS. As a maths teacher, I find this problem interesting, and in this article I will bring some light to this issue the way I would to a high school class. Perhaps this makes it easier to understand why the issues Edwards highlight appear.

What’s in a kay?

To narrow things down, I’m just going to look at 27-inch screens with a 16:9 aspect ratio (so no super-wides here!). Let’s compare the three most normal resolutions at this size: 1440p, 4k and 5k. Humans are notoriously bad at comparing numbers. Every day there’s a new tweet trying to help us understand the difference between a million and a billion by remind us that:

  • One million seconds ≈ 12 days
  • One billion seconds ≈ 31 years

So, it’s forgiven that people think 4k and 5k are pretty close. However, 5k resolution has a lot more pixels: Diagram showing the number of pixels of 1440p, 4k and 5k.


Norsk versjon 🔗 Three different sleeve types. Some make for taller stacks than others


Card protectors, or sleeves, are perhaps the most common accessory for games. There are two main reasons for sleeving your games:

  1. To protect the cards (kinda says so on the tin)

  2. To increase the sense of quality, much like component upgrades

The protection part is especially important if the cards are of high value and/or gets shuffled a lot. Both are true with most collectable card games (CCGs), like Magic The Gathering – and this is why the sizes used for these games has the best selection. Shuffling with sleeved cards feels a lot better than unsleeved, so that affects both point 1 and 2. You can also get them with matte finish, to reduce glare.

Here’s a guide to how you should proceed if you want to sleeve: