Things I Like
Last updated: May 19, 2020
Obscure Mac software
- Finda: Instant search of open windows, browser tabs, etc.
- Muzzle: Turns on Do Not Disturb automatically when sharing your screen, and off again when you finish.
- Side Mirror: Shows you what’s on a second screen (i.e. a projector) in a window on your main screen to make it easier to give presentations.
zshell command: Like
cd, but you can type just a part of a folder name or path, and it will usually take you to the right place.
- FastDMG: Replaces the system default DMG mounting application; is better in every way.
- Mutify or Shush: Software mute button for your microphone (useful on video calls, etc.).
- GSI Outdoors Microlite water bottle: A lightweight, insulated, stainless steel water bottle. The walls are much thinner than most insulated water bottles, so they hold more liquid than you’d expect. The bottom of the outside of the bottle is rubber, so it sets down softly. The lid has what appears to be a silicon seal on its outside edge, so it screws on without that terrible metal-on-metal squeak. But the rest of the inside of the lid is stainless steel, so your liquid isn’t sitting on plastic if your bottle is tipped. The finish on the outside is a bit more grippy than bare stainless steel. tl;dr they thought of everything and this water bottle is great.
- EcoVessel “The Metro” 16oz travel mug: Fairly similar to the GSI water bottle: stainless steel construction (including the lip on the outside of the mug), rubber bottom, grippy outside finish.
- Lexon flip alarm clock: The perfect alarm clock design. It is flat so it can’t be accidentally knocked over on a bedside table, and the mechanism for turning on the alarm is foolproof: you physically flip the entire clock upside down. The time and alarm adjustments are also good: dedicated buttons on the back of the clock that are easy—but not too easy—to press. (Note: using your phone for an alarm is a risky move.)
- American Giant sweatshirts: Specifically their “classic” sweatshirts. They are very comfortable and indestructible. They fit somewhat slim, so consider a size up if you like a baggy fit.
- Dearborn jeans: These look nice, are lightweight, have a bit of stretch, are made in Chicago, and aren’t too expensive.
- Bulletprufe jeans: Same deal as Dearborn but with tougher fabric and a less baggy fit.
- GRIP6 belt: A webbing belt with a buckle that doesn’t slip.
- Topo running shoes: Low or zero drop running shoes with wide toe boxes. I don’t love the styling but they are the most comfortable shoes I’ve ever had.
I like minimalist wallets that fit 4-6 cards and a few bills. My favorites:
- Recycled Firefighter wallet: Minimalist wallets made with recycled firehose. They come in neon colors, which enhance wallet findability.
- Minemo wallet by Waterfield Designs: My favorite leather minimalist wallet. It has a convenient outside pocket for a heavily used card, and two interior pockets.
- Crank Brothers Multi Bicycle Tool: Well-designed, compact bike tool.