These are Noah Sussman’s good things.
What are some good things you’ve read?
Software Testing Techniques by Boris Beizer. This was an exciting book (an in incredibly nerdy way) because it’s the first textbook I had ever seen that covers the algorithms involved in software testing, strictly from the perspective of a software engineer. In other words “this book has The Math.” It’s also written in a dry, sarcastic style that can be highly amusing. And since it was written in the 80s, the book is also an interesting look back at the history of software; which is a topic I really enjoy reading about.
A Deepness in the Sky by Vernor Vinge. Speaking of software history, I originally picked up this book because I had been told that one of the characters had the job title of “programmer archaeologist.” I loved it. This has got to be one of the best first-contact stories in the entire genre.
The New York Review of Books. I subscribe to the paper addition and pretty consistently read every issue. The quality of the writing is overall excellent, and the subject matter varies widely. They don’t write about tech all that much, but when they do it’s always interesting — for instance they once had a great article on how David Hockney uses the Brushes iPhone app.
What are some good things you’ve watched?
Hunter Prey is a fun new sci fi movie that I watched it on Netflix streaming.
Monsters is another Netflix streaming find. It’s one of those rare first contact stories that’s much more about us than about the aliens.
What are some good things you’ve used?
My 11″ Macbook Air is the first piece of technology in years that gives me that feeling of “oh my god it’s really the future!” High resolution monitor with enough space to show two side-by-side terminal windows, four cores, adequate memory and it doesn’t weigh anything.
Lamy Demonstrator Fountain Pen along with Noodler’s Black Eel ink. I do a lot of longhand note-taking and also a fair amount of sketching and drawing, all in ink. I used to throw out a couple of boxes’ worth of dead disposable pens every year. Since switching to refillable pens, I think I’ve gone through 2 fountain pens in maybe 4 years — and that was because I lost my first one.