Tom McFarlin – Developer

Tom McFarlin is a self employed developers who codes in JavaScript, builds on WordPress, and blogs at  He’s a partner at 8BIT and creator of Pressware, these are his good things.

Good things to read.

The Walking Dead. I’m actually a huge fan of the television show, though it deviates from the story of the comics. I recommend reading this series partially because of the story of the human race trying to survive in a post-apocalyptic world, but also because of some of the moral, ethical, religious (or non-religious) implications that it covers. It leaves you wondering: “What would I do in this situation?”

Joel Spolsky. For anyone who is involved in software development, but has never read Joel‘s stuff, read all 1,111 articles that he currently has on his blog (or purchase his books). They’re all that good.

The Complete Calvin and Hobbes. Arguably the best comic ever written. Absolutely recommend this to anyone and everything.

Good things to watch.

X-Files. This is an oldie, but a goodie. In fact, I’d argue that this show (or Scrubs)) are two of my favorite shows of all time. I think I cheated mentioning two here, but each one stands on its own as fantastic television that few shows have come close to matching.

Indie Game: The Movie. This is a documentary about three different game developers. For anyone who is passionate about what they do, then this is the documentary to watch. It covers their trials, successes, failures, and struggles in trying to get their products off the ground. It’s not just for video game fans.

Sherlock. This television show that‘s done in series (rather than seasons) is amazing. Each episode is about an hour and a half long and some episodes are better than many movies. It’s currently available on Netflix. If you‘re a fan of the stories, you’ll dig, but even if not, I think you’ll enjoy it.

Good things to use.

Day One for Journaling. Get both the Mac App and the iPhone App. The photo tagging alone is nice, but if you’re someone who enjoys writing but isn’t into putting it all out on the web via blog, then this is the app for you.

Hero Academy. I don’t have a lot of time to play video games these days, but this turn-based fighter is a lot of fun if you can get some of your friends to play with you – it’s also great for taking five minute breaks in the day. Even if not, the online matchup is fine, too. But nothing beats smack talking your friends, right? 🙂

Bose Quiet Comfort Headphones. These are hands-down my favorite set of headphones and have been for years. They‘re especially great for getting into the zone when you’re working from home. No rhymes intended :).

Connect with Tom on Twitter, @TomMcFarlin.


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