My name is Shawn Blanc (pronounced like blonk). I have a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, and I live in Kansas City with my wife Anna and our two amazing sons, Noah and Giovanni.

This is a tech- and design-centric website. I’ve been writing here since the summer of 2007. In the spring of 2011 I quit my job and began writing this site full time.

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Shawn Blanc

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My current setup is a mid-2011, specced-out 13-inch MacBook Air specced out iMac with Retina display. Before coming into possession of this modern marvel of a computer, I’ve also used the aforementioned MacBook Air, an early-2008 15-inch MacBook Pro, a machine which was never allowed to be left unsupervised — my Quad-Core Mac Pro named Azlan — and before that was my first Mac: a 12-inch PowerBook G4 that I carted around in a fitted Brenthaven case. I loved that case.

I am a bit of a software aficionado. For a closer look at what software I use and recommend, check out the reviews section. For a look at the software other people use, check out the Sweet Mac Setups.

Additional Endeavors


  • Writing, editing, and publishing is spread out between my MacBook Air, iPad, and iPhone using some amalgamation of Notational Velocity, Simplenote, Byword, Writing Kit, and/or MarsEdit.
  • Coded in Coda.
  • Hosted on a Media Temple (dv) Server since 2008.
  • Powered by WordPress since before it was cool.



Please feel free ping me on Twitter or email

I read every email I get, but I often don’t respond in a timely manner, if even at all. Please don’t take it personally if I don’t write back, just remember that you are still awesome.