I really hate a lot of things, so when I find stuff I like, I love sharing it with my friends.
In that spirit, I’ve identified my five favorite things across a number of topics. Because I love them, and I love you, and I want to set the two of you up on a date. I think you may really hit it off with this stuff.
- Predictably Irrational: Dan Ariely is really awesome, and discusses a lot of the ways we make decisions that run contrary to rational economic thought in repeatable, predictable ways.
- Open: Andre Agassi will always be my favorite tennis player, even more so after reading his book.
- Getting Things Done: David Allen wrote one of the single most important books in the realm of personal productivity.
- The Wages of Wins: David Berri (no, not the funny guy) examines sports economics using basketball as the backdrop. Turns out shooting the ball lowers your odds of winning a game of basketball.
- The Complete Works of Gilbert and Sullivan: Because fuck you if you aren’t down with Pinafore or The Mikado.
- You Look Nice Today: This picture is all you need to know about the Journal of Emotional Hygiene.
- Harry and Jake Speak Politely: I have a question, and its very important. What’chu watchin’?
- Mike & Tom Eat Snacks: Ed co-stars Michael Ian Black and Tom Cavanaugh eat snacks and talk about them. Awesome.
- Back to Work: Hi. Can I aks you a queshun? Do you like funny stuff that’s helpful? Before you answer, let me aks you another queshun. Hi.
- Build and Analyze: “Welcome to Build and Analyze, a weekly discussion show about the world of iPhone, iPad, iOS, coffee, and BMWs.”
- Trello: Trello is an organizational and collaboration tool for teams and solo freelancers.
- 1Password: One of the best password managers available today.
- Quicksilver: Quit surfing through applications folders and Finder to locate your programs and files.
- Grand Perspective: Map your hard drives, manage your file systems, and locate ways to free up space.
- Contacts Cleaner: Your phone’s contacts are probably a fucking mess. Contacts Cleaner un-fucking-messifies them.
- High Spirits Distillery: Arizona’s premiere distillery, producing gin, single malt whisky, and vodka.
- Buffalo Trace Bourbon: Probably my favorite bourbon. Super mixable, super smooth, super flavorful.
- Boca Loca: Cachaca is awesome, and Boca Loca is one of the best.
- Bluecoat Gin: Probably the best of the new school of American Dry gins that have invaded the marketplace.
- Wyborowa Vodka: Listeners of The TKast will wonder why I’m putting a vodka on this list, but ice cold shots of vodka are a guilty pleasure of mine, and this is my favorite.
- Camp: One of my current favorite albums.
- WZRD: I’m a huge Kid Cudi fan, and this album is a fantastic departure from his normal brand of hip-hop while remaining accessible and familiar to fans.
- Ninja Academy: Ninja Academy released their new self-titled album under the pay-what-you-want system, making it ostensibly free. I paid $15, though, and it was worth every penny.
- Born to Run: I have 5 different versions of Born to Run on my computer right now. The rest of the album is really, really, really awesome too.
- White Pony: I’ve been listening to a ton of Deftones lately, and its usually the White Pony album when I do.
- Protégé: A kind of Donnie Brasco-esque Hong Kong cop drama. Really strong performances throughout the cast; nobody was actually bad in this movie.
- Haywire: For an action movie, its still very Soderburgh, which is convenient since he directed it. Gina Carano was suprisingly good, especially acting against a cast full of heavy hitters.
- Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol: I might be in love with Paula Patton. This was the second most fun I had at the movies last year, behind only the time I got totally blitzed on 120-proof bourbon at Fast Five.
- Redbelt: David Mamet wrote and directed an MMA movie that isn’t at all about MMA. Gun to my head? Its my current favorite movie.
- Glengarry Glen Ross: This is the only other legitimate contender for my top spot. Not a single weak performance.
- Byword: I write almost everything on my Mac in Byword now. Also has an iOS app.
- nvALT: Brett Terpstra forked Notational Velocity and its pretty fucking rad.
- Nebulous Notes: I write almost everything on iOS devices in Nebulous Notes. TextExpander support and Dropbox connectivity is sweeeet.
- PlainText: PlainText is pretty nice for a free iOS app. Connects through Dropbox, supports TextExpander.
- TextMate: I personally don’t need a lot of the things that TextMate brings to the table, but Bundles are pretty awesome.
And that’s it for the innaugural edition of Stuff Toku Likes. I hope you find this useful, helpful, or - at worst - not totally masturbatory.
Thanks for reading.
I appreciate you.