Greg Pierce – Developer

Greg Pierce is the developer for Agile Tortoise, the shop behind the apps Drafts, Terminology, and Tally. These are his good things.

Good things to read.

Most of my reading time for the last few years has been dedicated to reading to my three children. I have tended to read them young reader fiction that is above their level by a few years. Some that might be of interest for those who have young readers or future readers about the house include: Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson’s Peter & the Starcatchers series and Trenton Lee Stewart’s Mysterious Benedict Society books.

The former is just plain fun adventure re-imagining Peter Pan’s early year. The later follow a quirky bunch of gifted kids recruited to help save the world. Fun for kids, entertaining enough for the adult reader as well.

One last suggestion, Ed Catmull’s Creativity, Inc. is a great read about Ed’s time leading Pixar and re-thinking many business practices.

Good things to watch.

Boyhood. I’ve been a fan of Richard Linklater’s movies for years. His writing and directorial style squeeze great depth and subtlety out of superficially simple scenes. This film was made over the course of 12 years so it could follow the growth of a boy without the need for makeup or other tricks. Technical achievement aside, it was simple a great movie that captures the disoriented feelings of youth like few others.

The Apple TV PBS and Smithsonian channels are also amazing rat holes. Great on-demand selection of high quality documentaries and informational shows. I am particularly fond of the historical ones.

Good things to use.

Keen Clearwater CNX Sandals. The most comfortable, lightweight, multi-purpose shoe I’ve owned.

Pentel Twist-Erase III Mechanical Pencil. I am not a pen person, I prefer pencils and this one is the best. I recommend a 0.7 lead as the best balance between lead strength and clarity on paper. It’s got a truly useful eraser, dependable mechanism and comfortable grip.

Connect with Greg on Twitter, @AgileTortoise.

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