Anthony Austin – postdoc

This is Anthony Austin and these are his good things.

What are some good things you’ve read? 

The New Yorker. I had never read this magazine until I came across two discarded issues in an airport a few months ago. The magazine is jam packed with articles and I was able to read it from front to back without skipping over anything. I’m debating whether to get a subscription or not, simply due to the cost of getting it delivered to Canada.

The Little Prince, by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. A lot of people have read this book. It’s for everyone. I’ve read it around 10 times and each time it’s all in one session. When my French gets good enough, I intend to read the original: Le Petit Prince.

The Door into Summer, by Robert Heinlein. This little known sci-fi gem about time travel is great, especially if you’re a cat lover. It’s also a soap opera with lies and deceit.

What are some good things you’ve watched?

Cowboy Bebop. This was an anime series that was on for two seasons in the beginning years of Adult Swim. Great storytelling and great visuals make this easy to watch over and over.

L.A. Story. “Let us just say I was deeply unhappy, but I didn’t know it because I was so happy all the time.” Steve Martin wrote and starred in this film. It’s the only romantic comedy that I own, but it’s so much more than that. It really gets at the heart of life. Plus, it’s full of Steve Martin’s wit at its best.

The Last Waltz

What are some good things you’ve used?

I use AdBlock for Google Chrome. No more ads. Plus, if I’m feeling goofy, I can use CatBlock. Instead of ads, you get cats.

I use my OPUS transit card in Montreal. Getting rid of my car was probably the best thing I could have done for my transportation needs. Gas, maintenance, insurance, parking, snow tires. Those things add up. With the OPUS card, it’s $75/month and I can go anywhere in the city.

I use my iron skillet all the time. It hardly ever needs to be cleaned and the flavors from previous food just builds and builds over time. Plus, it helps add iron to my diet.

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