This is Jason Kemp and these are his good things
What are some good things you’ve read?
Midnight in Sicily by Peter Robb is a book that combines history, culture, politics and food writing set in Italy.
Hackers & Painters by Paul Graham is a set of essays by Paul Graham who went on to set up Y Combinator. The essays are all thoughtful insights on language and culture from a tech thinker.
Shantaram is a novel by Gregory David Roberts which is about life on the edge in Mumbai, India for an Australian prison escapee. Shantaram is a fast un-put down-able read and covers many ideas adventures which reads like an autobiography.
What are some good things you’ve watched?
Daytime Tiger is a documentary film by Costa Botes about writer Michael Morrissey who was diagnosed with manic depression. It gives us more understanding about bi polar / manic behaviours.
Flight of the Conchords TV series is about fictious 4th best folk band living in NY.
Bladerunner the movie still looks great after 30 years. I like the script and the way it was adapted from a book plus set design and amazing performance by Rutger Hauer.
What are some good things you use?
I love my Bialetti stovetop coffee maker and take it with me when travelling or even camping.
The new iPad with the retina screen is amazing and combination of hi res screen, mobile portability and touch / tablet is a platform that I can build products for.
Minecraft game on iPad is incredible for visual spatial thinkers and I can see it being used in education as well.
Editor note: this post originally misspelled ‘book’ as ‘boom’ and noted Shantaram was set in Italy instead of India.
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