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Here are some things I’ve been finding valuable as of late:
The $10 bill. Everyone else usually has 20s. Be the champ and keep 10s in your pocket.
Flysketch (Mac OS X) is a really useful little tool that lets you quicky annotate screenshots with boxes, highlighter, text, etc, and then shoot that shot directly to an email.
Christopher Alexander’s books and ideas.
Vyper laptop sleeve by Booq. Clean, simple, protective, thin laptop sleeve with minimalist style. Keeps my Powerbook snug and safe and takes up barely any additional space. Really highly recommended.
SpamSieve (Mac OS X) is the best spam filter I’ve ever used. Unreal accuracy and it keeps getting better. So far it’s 99% accurate over 8000 messages. Really great.
The Fisher Space Pen is small, compact, solid, metal, comfortable, and the ink is fed by gas pressure permitting the pen to write in any position. With a shelf life of 100 years, the onus is on you not to lose it.
Shure E3c headphones. Amazing, small, lightweight.
Tea Timer (Mac OS X) is a quick little dock-based countdown timer that slaps you with the chimes of Big Ben when the time is up.
Roland V-Drums let me bang away without the neighbors getting pissed.
Blood oranges make the sweetest juice.
Make: Magazine. Great idea, great execution. A pleasure to stroll through and be inspired.
SurveyMonkey makes it fast and easy to set up online surveys. Really nice and simple web-app.