Favorite Things

Nonfiction


  1. Anatomy of Peace by The Arbinger Institute (relationships)
  2. Essentialism by Greg McKeown
  3. The Charisma Myth by Olivia Fox Cabane
  4. In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan (body)
  5. The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle (mind)
  6. A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking
  7. The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss
  8. 12 Rules for Life by Jordan B. Peterson
  9. The Subtle Art of Not Giving an F*** by Mark Manson
  10. Eats, Shoots, and Leaves by Lynn Truss


Runners Up

  • I Will Teach You to Be Rich by Ramit Sethi
  • Eat Fat, Get Thin by Dr. Mark Hyman
  • The Road Less Traveled by M. Scott Peck
  • Drive by Dan Pink
  • The Revolution by Ron Paul
  • (?? How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie)
  • (?? The Way of the Peaceful Warrior by)
  • Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
  • (?? Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig)
  • (?? The Thank-You Economy by Gary Vaynerchuck)
  • (?? Rework by DHH)
  • (?? Start with Why by Simon Sinek)
  • (?? Seven Habits by Stephen Covey)
  • (?? Why We Get Fat by Gary Taubes)
  • (?? The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor)
  • (?? Quiet by Susan Cain)
  • (?? Warfighting (MCDP1) by United States Marine Corps)


Novels

  1. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  2. Peter Pan by James Barrie
  3. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
  4. The Chronicles of Prydain (yes, all 5 books) by Lloyd Alexander
  5. The Once and Future King by T. H. White
  6. Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  7. The DaVinci Code by Dan Brown
  8. Timeline by Michael Crichton
  9. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  10. A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin *


Runners Up

  • ?? The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
  • ?? Out of the Silent Planet by C. S. Lewis
  • ?? King Solomon's Mines by H. Rider Haggard
  • ?? The Silmarillion by J. R. R. Tolkien
  • ?? Shogun by James Clavell
  • ?? The Witcher (series) by Andrzej Sapkowski
  • ?? Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
  • ?? Beowulf by Unknown
  • ?? The Twilight of the Gods by Wagner (or by Alex Alice, ha ha)
  • ?? The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri
  • ?? Peter and the Starcatchers series by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson
  • ?? Summer of the Monkeys by Wilson Rawls
  • ?? The Adventures of Robin Hood by Howard Pyle
  • Hmm. Common Theme: Character, Adventure, Imagination?



Coffee-Table Books

  1. How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way by Stan Lee
  2. Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson
  3. Twenty Odd Ducks by Lynn Truss and Bonnie Timmons
  4. The 4-Hour Chef by Tim Ferriss
  5. The Explorer's Guild: A Passage to Shambhala by X and Kevin Costner
  6. S. by Doug Dorst and J.J. Abrams
  7. Hyrule Historia by, uh, Nintendo?
  8. The Best Camera by Chase Jarvis


Aphorisms

  1. Pursue your godhood. Revere your mortality. (Σεβαστείτε τη θνησιμότητα. Συνεχίστε τη θεότητα?) -- Pseudo Delphic Oracle
  2. Less UI. More UX.
  3. "What goes around comes around." -- Dad
  4. "To he who will not harden his heart is given the greater portion of the word until he knows the mysteries of God in full." -- Alma, 12:10 (A New Translation)
  5. "La felicidad a veces es una bendición, pero generalmente es una conquista." -- Paulo Coehlo, A orillas del rio Piedra me sente y llore (slightly misquoted)
  6. "All things are possible to him that believeth." -- Jesus, Mark 9:23
  7. "Never punt fourth down." -- Post Malone, "Wow," Hollywood's Bleeding

Internet Personalities

  1. Tim Ferriss http://tim.blog (lifehacking)
  2. Ramit Sethi http://iwillteachyoutoberich.com (finance and business)
  3. Jordan B. Peterson https://jordanbpeterson.com (adulting)
  4. Dr. Mark Hyman https://drhyman.com/ (health and diet)
  5. Marques Brownlee http://MKBhd.com (tech)
  6. Tim Grahl https://booklaunch.com (book publishing
  7. Tim Schafer http://doublefine.com (Man, a lot of Tims on here--videogame creator)
  8. Chase Jarvis http://chasejarvis.com (photographer)
  9. Gary Vaynerchuck https://garyvaynerchuk.com (business guru)


Runners Up

  • ? Brene Brown (adulting)
  • ? Kevin Rose (tech)
  • ? Shawn Achor (happiness)
  • ? Jerry Seinfeld (comedy)
  • ? Stephen Colbert (LotR)
  • ? Stephen Curry (basketball)
  • ? Snazzy Labs (tech)
  • ? Kelly Starrett (fitness and mobility)
  • ? http://Mises.org (economics)


Gear

  1. MPOW M30 blue-tooth earbuds (inexpensive and awesome)
  2. Waterfield Bolt laptop bag (get the small one, minimalists!)
  3. Android Pixel phone
  4. Pixelbook (laptop)
  5. Google Home Max
  6. Rose Anvil Claude minimalist wallet
  7. Chromecast
  8. Tall mason jars! (for drinking and storing leftovers, plus some cool lids for them)


Software

  1. Photos.Google.com Editing and saving photos. I can't believe you're not using this.
  2. Keep.Google.com Making top-10 lists. And for making dope sketches with my digital pen.
  3. Drive.Google.com I write novels in Docs. I've made crazy complex graphics in Slides. And I admire a fine spreadsheet.
  4. Pixlr E (browser-based Photoshop)
  5. PocketCasts.com (I do both podcasts and audiobooks in here, and I love it!)
    1. Audible.com and Overdrive are also super great
  6. PCloud.com (for cloud storage, mostly because I got a good deal)
  7. Music.Google.com (free cloud locker for your music if you're old school like me)
  8. ? Chrome
  9. ? Calendar
  10. ? Gmail
  11. ? Hangouts
  12. ? Fit
  13. You're starting to see the pattern here, right?


Movies

  1. Lord of the Rings: Fellowship, Two Towers, Return of the King (3) (best epic)
  2. Star Wars: IV, V, VI (3) (best space opera)
  3. Indiana Jones: Raiders and Last Crusade (2) (best adventure)
  4. The Matrix (best action)
  5. (500) Days of Summer (best romance)
  6. Inception (best thriller)
  7. Kung Fu Panda (best animated)
  8. Dumb and Dumber (best comedy)
  9. Contact (best scifi)
  10. U-571 (best drama)


Runners Up

  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Black Pearl (adventure)
  • ? Finding Nemo (animated) [I ADORE about 90% of the Pixar movies!]
  • ? The Rocketeer (adventure)
  • ? Disney's Peter Pan (family)
  • ? The Sandlot (family)
  • ? The Emperor's New Groove (animated)
  • ? Gravity (also Apollo 13) (scifi)
  • ? The Man Who Knew Too Little (comedy)
  • ? True Grit (drama)
  • ? Shanghai Noon (comedy)
  • ? Maverick (comedy)
  • ? Unbreakable (superhero)
  • ? Groundhog Day (family)
  • ? Kingdom of Heaven/ Last Samurai/ Troy (epic)
  • ? Seven Years in Tibet (drama)
  • ? Count of Monte Cristo (adventure)
  • ? Braveheart (epic)
  • The Men Who Stare at Goats (psychic comic adventure)
  • Common Theme: Smart Comic-Book Adventures or Sci-Fantasy


Television

  1. Gargoyles
  2. Spider-Man TAS
  3. Seinfeld
  4. Avatar the Last Airbender (+ Korra)
  5. Stranger Things
  6. Young Indiana Jones Chronicles
  7. Sherlock
  8. Father Ted
  9. Double Fine Adventure ( Available on YouTube )


YouTube Videos

  1. Keynes and Hayek: Fight of the Century (an economics rap video)
  2. Lars Anderson: A New Level of Archery (I can't introduce this; you just have to watch it.)
  3. Papyrus SNL (Okay, this seems like a joke, but it's not. I feel this pain almost DAILY!)
  4. Happiness at Work TED by Shawn Achor (Favorite of TED talks.)
  5. Science and Spirituality TED by Jeff Lieberman (Actually, this may be my favorite TED.)
  6. Liquid Mountaineering: Running on Water (You have to believe.)
  7. Outdoor Fitness Essentials by Tim Ferriss and Merrell Sports (Unlisted!)
  8. Lightning in a Bottle by Key and Peele
  9. Mark Sisson's Primal Sprinting Workout


Videogames

  1. Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
  2. StarCraft 2
  3. The Curse of Monkey Island
  4. NBA Jam Tournament Edition
  5. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
  6. Mario 64
  7. Mega Man X
  8. Jedi Knight (+ JKII)
  9. Assassin's Creed ODYSSEY (+ let's face it, the whole series)
  10. Ibb&Obb (Oh my gosh! Play this with someone who you're trying to convert to videogames--simple, puzzle-based, co-op platformer!)


Runners Up

  1. Braid
  2. Portal
  3. Psychonauts
  4. Grim Fandango
  5. GYLT (on Stadia, and scary for a chicken like me, ha ha)
  6. Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis
  7. Yoshi's Island
  8. Quake III, Unreal Tournament
  9. Half-Life
  10. The Witcher III (edited via a Steam patch)
  11. Super Mario Bros (NES +)
  12. All the Zelda games


Mobile Games

  1. Fancy Pants (and Super FP Adventures) [action platformer]
  2. Oceanhorn [Zelda clone, storied action adventure]
  3. Super Phantom Cat 1 & 2 [artful Mario clone, action platformer]
  4. Iron Marines [Starcraft clone, probably need a tablet to play well]
  5. Thomas Was Alone [charactered puzzle platformer]
  6. NBA Jam [action sports]
  7. The Banner Saga 1 & 2 [storied turn-based strategy]
  8. The Cave [storied puzzle platformer]
  9. Oddmar [storied platformer, amazing animations, not too hard]
  10. Beach Buggy 2 [Mario Kart clone, way better than Nintendo's mobile offering] WORD TO THE WISE: Playing a game with in-game purchases, particularly ones that have a pay-to-win setup, is like gambling against the house. The odds are against you, and it is a fool's game. Unfortunately, because some do beat the house, there are many fools, and the industry thrives. I think it's good to set rules for yourself that you won't gamble against the house and you won't play a game that's pay-to-win. I recommend you plan to quit this game about halfway through. </soapbox>


Runners Up

  • Cordy 2 [action platformer]
  • Broken Age [storied graphic adventure]
  • Zelda: Phantom Hourglass (run it on emulator, plays perfectly with a touch screen...)
  • Limbo [dark storied, puzzle platformer]
  • ? Ultraflow [simple, physics]
  • ? Grim Fandango [storied graphic adventure]
  • ? CounterSpy
  • ? Never Alone
  • ? Mario Go
  • * iOS Lost Winds [puzzle platformer]


Bottom Ten!

  1. Waking up. Ug.
  2. Going to bed. Freak.
  3. Stomach noises--not farts--but the internal, audible stomach noises.
  4. Hiccups.
  5. Growing up.
  6. Neighbors with sub-woofers. Please use headphones.
  7. Powerpoints. Unless it's Steve Jobs quality, then top ten.
  8. Cops. Freaking fuzz. (Unless they're kind.)
  9. Cars. More specifically car problems.
  10. Printers. Especially trying to get my parents' working.