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Muji Desk Fan: A Must-Have for Keeping Cool Out of the Office

Muji Desk Fan: A Must-Have for Keeping Cool Out of the Office

What do you do on hot days when you can feel the heat but not the air conditioning ? You plug this portable fan into your computer and let it roll. Muji’s USB desk fan is a smart work accessory for any space.

Product Details

  • Model Name: Low Noise USB Desk Fan
  • Brand: Muji
  • Dimensions (L x W x H): 4 in x 3.1 in x 5.4 in
  • Weight: ≈ .50 lbs
  • Colors Available: Assortment
  • Other Details: Cord length ≈ 35 inches

Review

Almost weightless, weighs less than half a pound, this mini fan is powered by USB. Made out of thick, coated plastic , it is quite sturdy. The fan’s base is flat allowing it to sit even on surfaces.
Once hooked up, the desk fan has two output settings. The first level of output provides enough relief that there’s rarely a need to turn it higher. If you do, the second level offers a powerful output with further reach. Additionally, the fan’s head tilts to provide additional angles of airflow.
The best thing about this fan is that it makes very little noise. Actually, when operating, the fan is almost silent, emitting only a minimal level of sound, which is ideal for quiet workspaces. Put it this way, your co-worker next to you is probably much, much louder.

Pros

  • Fantastic air quality
  • Very, low-noise output
  • Tilting fan head
  • USB cord, attached to base
Cons
  • None

Why It’s Recommended

This fan is like the little engine that could. And it is small and portable, making it useful beyond work or travel.  It is powerful, emitting enough air to keep you comfortable without actually having air conditioning. So, what are you waiting for, relieve the heat with MUJI’s USB desk fan!

Secrid Cardprotector: RFID Blocking Wallet to Protect Against Theft

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Secrid Cardprotector: RFID Blocking Wallet to Protect Against Theft

Image: Secrid website
Are you always on the go, an avid traveler, or a credit card toting individual? Then you might want to secure your information with SECRID’s Cardprotector. Unobtrusive and unique in design, this cardholder has RFID blocking technology to protect against credit card fraud. Made for you in Holland, this wallet is sure to be a talking piece.

Product Details

  • Model Name:  Cardprotector
  • Brand: Secrid
  • Colors Available: Assortment
  • Product Dimension (L x W x H): 63 x 103 x 8 mm
  • Weight: 48g
  • Other Details: The Cardprotector has a bottom lever to pop the cards out. Fits up to 6 cards.

Review

Pros:

1) RFID Blocking to Protect Information

The highlight feature is the RFID blocking technology. Radio-frequency-identification (RFID) is a wireless data collection method that transmits information. The cardholder is made out aluminum and stainless which blocks that wireless communication to prevent credit card theft. This attribute is highly desirable because nowadays your credit card information can be stolen through your wallet.

2) Hi-tech Design

The Cardprotector has a great design. Coated in a metallic color tone, it looks cool and has a lever that makes accessing your cards clever, one pull and everything pops up. Additionally, it is compact, slim enough to fit in your pocket or a small purse without weighing it down.  

3) Built to Last

Because the cardholder is made of aluminum and stainless steel, it is pretty durable. It will not bend or break easily. And it holds up nicely when it comes to scratches or marks.

Cons or Changes:

1) The only thing to be aware of is that if you put more than 6 cards in the case, they may get stuck. Also, we do not recommend keeping paper cards in the case, like business cards, etc., metal or plastic only.

Why It’s Recommended

A safe and simple way of keeping track of your credit cards and protecting your information. The Cardprotector from SECRID is minimal in design yet polished and professional, making it a conversation starter to whoever sees it. It is definitely a worthy investment.

My Life Changed For the Better After Living in South Africa

By Crystal Joy

My Life Changed For the Better After Living in South Africa

Actress Crystal Joy talks about her recent 3 month journey to Johannesburg, South Africa. Read her open letter to her past self about the lessons she learned while working in South Africa as another beautiful piece from our work abroad collection.

Dear Crystal,

Remember when your short film became an official selection at an international film festival in South Africa? You were so excited! You quit your job and bought a one-way ticket to Johannesburg. As an actress and screenwriter, you realize how the spaces you dwell in play a part in your creativity. Not finding the opportunity or inspiration you craved in the States, you placed your eggs in several baskets and sought out work overseas, even though you had no connections. You were motivated because the unknown has never scared you. Now that your stay has ended, there are a few lessons I want to highlight for you.

Lesson 1: Business

Relax, that is what you’ll need when it comes to handling business in South Africa. The chill South African vibe in which they handle life bleeds into professional spaces, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. There isn’t always a sense of urgency to get things done when compared to business in the U.S. The several years you lived in New York and Chicago have led way to your quick-paced mentality. So, at first, you’ll get frustrated and impatient. You will ask yourself, “how do things get accomplished with this type of pacing?”

Soon, you’ll realize that in a ‘timely manner’ simply has a different definition. It doesn’t mean things won’t get done; it just gets done on a different time table. And you will adapt to this.

Relax, that is what you’ll need when it comes to handling business in South Africa. The chill South African vibe in which they handle life bleeds into professional spaces, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. There isn’t always a sense of urgency to get things done when compared to business in the U.S. The several years you lived in New York and Chicago have led way to your quick-paced mentality. So, at first, you’ll get frustrated and impatient. You will ask yourself, “how do things get accomplished with this type of pacing?” Soon, you’ll realize that in a ‘timely manner’ simply has a different definition. It doesn’t mean things won’t get done; it just gets done on a different time table. And you will adapt to this.

Lesson 2: Communication

Besides your film being screened at the Africa Rising International Film Festival, you’re also there to teach a writing class. Go in with an open mind to a creative way of business communication—download WhatsApp. Communication in the U.S. is typically conducted through email and over the phone. In Joburg (Johannesburg), it’s mainly handled through WhatsApp. Be ready to administer business text messages. It might be different than what you’re used to, but you’ll grow to like it.
Also, be sure to re-read my previous point because responses can be rather slow. The standard response time in the States is 24-48 hours, however, in Joburg, it is typically 3 to 4 days. Due to this, you will learn to be flexible when setting timelines or deadlines.

Lesson 3: Industry Culture

Throughout your time there, you’ll frequent a lot of events, visit a TV set, and partake in filming a short project. Despite women being present at a lot of the events, you’ll notice it is still an all-boys club. You will hear from an all-female crew about their experiences being on set: their opinions aren’t taken seriously, their decisions are constantly doubted, and things are mansplained. You will realize how the struggle of professional equality between men and women isn’t an issue that exclusively exists in the States. Although, the #MeToo movement has made a major impact in the U.S. filmmaking industry, especially with women being behind the camera, you will notice that Johannesburg is starting to have those conversations and gradually making those changes.

Reflection

By the time your 3 months is over, you will have cracked the entire top half of your phone on a safari, managed through power outages, and the class you’ve prepared to teach will be canceled the day of. On the flip side, you will have explored the country, met new people, and shared your work. You will learn that circumstances will happen that are completely out of your control, but you must take the good with the bad. That is life.

Above all, what’s most fulfilling is the inspiration you’ll receive from South Africa. The blend of people, fashion, food, music, history, and scenery will leave you motivated and extremely enthused. Being able to merge your love for traveling and passion with finding refreshing stories will inspire you to return. But that letter is currently being written.