Ten Things I Am Thankful For

  1. My wife — As any married man knows, forget to put your wife first and you sleep on the couch.
  2. Kohler Flipside Showerhead — Just below the wife on the awesomeness scale comes this, the greatest showerhead in the world. It’s so good, in fact, that I keep an extra one in my trunk to give to people once they are convinced of its greatness. Pick one of these up at Home Depot for $75, take the yellow plastic flow regulator out, and you will never be the same again. This showerhead will change your life.
  3. Seattle — If the rest of the world knew that we actually have more livable weather than Washington D.C., New York, Chicago, Arizona, Atlanta, and even most of Florida, everyone would live here. When it rains, it only mists, and when it’s sunny it’s one of the most beautiful places in the country. If you like to waterski, hike, bike, run, snowboard, climb, boat, golf, shop, parasail, or just about anything else outdoors, you owe it to yourself to visit the Puget Sound region. Come during the summer months and you’ll never leave.
  4. Skillet — I am not even one of those people who lusts after comfort food every day, but the Skillet Diner and associated food trucks make some of the best food you’ll find in Seattle and one of the best burgers you’ll find anywhere in the world. Try the bacon jam. It’s amazing.
  5. Ciao Bella Key Lime Gelato Squares — It’s amazing that it’s taken this long for someone to realize that if you replace the crappy ice cream and the crappy cracker from an ice cream sandwich, you get a much tastier ice cream sandwich. Available at Whole Foods. Buy as many as you can.
  6. Google Reader — It’s still the most complete way to consume the news, if configured thoughtfully.
  7. iPhone — It is the best portable device ever invented, and the gadget I could least do without.
  8. Adium — The best multi-protocol instant messaging client available. Incredibly thoughtful and flexible interface.
  9. Taylor Made Driver — Drive for show, putt for dough. Just about every Taylor Made driver I’ve ever owned has been money off the tee. Current weapon: Left-Handed R7 driver with a 9.5 degree loft, a stiff shaft, and a bad attitude.
  10. Laceless Shoes — A couple of years ago, I gave up wearing shoes with laces. Besides running shoes, it’s all slip-ons for me now. Since making the move, my life is that much simpler, I have an easier time at the airport, and I don’t imagine looking back anytime soon.
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How to travel around the world for a year:

Great advice for when you finally find the time.

LiveSurface:

A fantastic app for prototyping your design work onto real world objects like billboards, book covers, and coffee cups. This seems like just as great of a tool for people learning design as it does for experts.

50 problems in 50 days:

One man’s attempt to solve 50 problems in 50 days using only great design. Some good startup ideas in here…

How to Do Philosophy:

If you’ve ever suspected that most classical philosophy is a colossal waste of time, Paul Graham tells you why you’re probably right.

TIME: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us:

Stephen Brill follows the money to uncover the pinnacle of corruption that is the U.S. Health Care system. A must-read article if there ever was one.

DIY Dot Org:

A beautifully designed site full of fun and challenging DIY projects. I could spend months on here.

The Steve Jobs Video Archive:

A collection of over 250 Steve Jobs videos in biographical order

Self-portraits from an artist under the influence of 48 different psychoactive drug combos.

Water Wigs are pretty amazing.

David Pogue proposes to his girlfriend by creating a fake movie trailer about them and then getting a theater to play it before a real movie. Beautiful and totally awesome.

Jonah Peretti's letter to BuzzFeed’s employees:

If you’re wondering what a excellent blueprint for a modern media company looks like, look no further than Buzzfeed CEO Jonah Peretti’s latest email to his employees. In it, Peretti explains a lot of his company’s virtues, the most important being a relentless focus on always providing what’s best for the user. Vox Media (operators of The Verge) is the only other company I can think of which approaches this level of reform and execution.

The Covers Project:

I love this so much: a cross-referenceable database of cover songs, searchable by song or artist. Slowed down, acoustic covers — no matter the song — are so enjoyable to me that I wish it was a requirement to play one at every show. If you like them as much as I do, make sure to check out M. Ward’s Let’s Dance or Sun Kil Moon’s entire album of Modest Mouse covers.

“More and more people in this country no longer make or do anything tangible; if your job wasn’t performed by a cat or a boa constrictor in a Richard Scarry book I’m not sure I believe it’s necessary. I can’t help but wonder whether all this histrionic exhaustion isn’t a way of covering up the fact that most of what we do doesn’t matter.”
- Tim Kreider’s denunciation of the cult of busyness is excellent. (via jimray)
The iPhone and Disruption: Five Years In:

Take your pick of about 20 great quotes from this Daring Fireball article. My personal favorite:

The iPhone is not and never was a phone. It is a pocket-sized computer that obviates the phone. The iPhone is to cell phones what the Mac was to typewriters.

sirmitchell:

Challenges of Getting to Mars: Curiosity’s Seven Minutes of Terror

The precision and innovation that is required for space exploration just blows my mind. I did not realize that Curiosity will have to basically land on Mars completely unaided by man, but it’s so much more complicated than that.