Jenn Vance – Science and technology enthusiast, ultrarunner, AT hiker

These are Jenn Vance’s good things.

Good things to read. 

The Pleasure of Finding Things Out by Richard Feynman. A collection of essays in which Feynman revevals the truth about Los Alamos, predicts the future of nanotechnology, and attacks the problem of scientific illiteracy in America.

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. A parable that makes me want to drop everything I’m doing and embark on a(nother) daring, life-changing adventure.

Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut. Vonnegut is delightful. DELIGHTFUL, I tell you. So subtle, yet sharp. A sample: “Kilgore Trout once wrote a short story which was a dialogue between two pieces of yeast. They were discussing the possible purposes of life as they ate sugar and suffocated in their own excrement. Because of their limited intelligence, they never came close to guessing that they were making champagne.”

Good things to watch.

Bobak Ferdowski. Science hasn’t been this sexy since Feynman published his theory on quantum electrodynamics. Why am I putting a person in the “”to watch”” category? I mean…look at him.

National Geographic’s Appalachian Trail special. It will make you want to drive straight to the mountains and start hiking. Be careful. It’s a dangerous urge to awaken.

Some Like It Hot. Cross dressing, crime and classical instruments, plus the best movie closing line ever written.

Good things to use.

Your legs. Get out of the car and walk already. A lot. More than you feel you should have to. Your body can handle it.

Codecademy. A free online system for learning how to code. Code is the new second language — if you’re not at least a little bit literate, you will be left behind. You don’t have to be an engineer to benefit from it. Just do it, it’s fun!

A Melitta single-cup filter for making pour-over coffee at home. It’s like having a Blue Bottle barista in your kitchen but without the hipster attitude.


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