There is always some apprehension as I strap into the bindings for the first time in the morning. Over the past week, I have seen two stretchers coming down the mountain with injured skiers and a helicopter rescue of a fallen snowboarder. The dangers are real and I question the wisdom of what I’m about to do, but this all disappears in the cloud of powdery snow that is thrown up by the first turn down the steep start of Henri, a blue run from the top of Tovière. I remember that I’ve got this, relax into a rhythm, and take a moment to drink in the views.
My life changed when I first discovered the AeroPress. I liked coffee before, but the AeroPress is what made me really love it. Getting hold of decent coffee that isn’t roasted to oblivion is an important part, but there’s also some magic that happens in the total immersion pressing method that makes the coffee smoother and richer and lets the subtle coffee flavours shine through.
On our last visit to Singapore I picked up the new iPad Pro and an Apple Pencil and ditched all of my traditional drawing implements in favour of going entirely digital. So far it’s been fantastic—drawing with the Pencil is a pleasure and the iPad is actually lighter than all of the drawing gear I was carrying before.
I recently completed and launched my new game, Barista!—a fast-paced coffee creation game in which you have to fulfil all of the orders and get to the end of the day before your grumpy boss Jim fires you. It’s available on the App Store now for free!
At this point, I’m supposed to say: “you should totally play it! it’s amazing!”
Here’s the thing, though: it’s not the most fun game ever.
I love theme parks. I love eating ice cream to a dramatic film score soundtrack. I love walking through carefully constructed, exquisitely detailed scenes, imagining the hard work that a team of immensely creative people put in to make me feel like I’m in a 1920s-era, hyper-stylised New York.