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Mur Lafferty – Author

Mur Lafferty is a Campbell award winning author.  She hosts the wonderful I Should Be Writing podcast, and wrote The Shambling Guide to New York City.   These are her good things.

Good things to read.

Parasite by Mira Grant. I love Grant’s medical horror, it’s so detailed and that’s what makes it terrifying. She made me believe zombies could happen, in Feed, and now she’s made me believe many disgusting and beneficial things about parasites.

The Human Division by John Scalzi. I loved Scalzi’s Old Man’s War, but missed reading books 3 and 4. This is technically book 5, but I didn’t feel lost at all. Funny, powerful characters, and exciting SF.

Numenera by Monte Cook. This is an RPG game, but the world is so well thought out and fascinating, it’s worth reading even if you never end up playing.

Good things to watch.

Brooklyn 99.  I’m utterly obsessed with this new comedy. On top of tight, hysterical writing and well formed characters, they feature four people of color and one gay character. No jokes hinge on the gay character (except for one where it was funny that a very dense older cop didn’t realize his boss was gay), the women are all portrayed realistically (and forget about the Bechdel test, this blows it away.)

Frozen Frozen Frozen! Best Disney movie in history! Best pro girl story! A clear obvious win for best original song Oscar! Love this movie.

Hm. I don’t watch much else new television. I play a lot of computer games and watch Arrested Development and The Office (US) in the background when I cook or do laundry.

Good things to use.

External phone batteries. I’m very guilty of letting my phone battery die, or hover around 20%, and having an external battery to plug into is a lifesaver, especially when traveling.

The Walk and Zombies, Run!– These are two apps from the game company Six to Start, and even though they’re unconnected story-wise, they focus on walking or running, with a story going in your ears that requires your exercise. Your frequent movement causes you to pick up virtual items that you can later use to enhance the game or unlock other levels.

Electric blankets, because damn, polar vortex.

Connect with Mur on Twitter, @MightyMur.

Greg Hickman – Mobile Mixed

Greg Hickman runs Mobile Mixed, a blog and podcast where he shares insights and best practices for businesses that want to be more mobile, these are his good things. 

Good things to read.

The Ultimate Sales Machine.  A must read for practically anyone in business

Let Go by Pat Flynn.  A must read for anyone looking to dive into starting their own business and may be afraid.

If you’re a small business, The Mobile Mixed blog!

Good things to watch.

New Girl. I’m sort of addicted to this show…it’s totally hysterical.

Arrested Development.  I tried to fight it but I just started watching Season 1 and i’m hooked.

Live music in a small venue. Nothing beats a good show when you’re up close and personal.

Good things to use. One of the best tools I can think of. One of the best email reminder tools that makes it so easy to follow up with people.

Evernote. One of the best note taking apps there is. I store everything in evernote and can access it from my phone or iPad. Super helpful!

Foam Roller. I use my foam roller daily to remove stiffness and knots in my muscles that keep me tighter than I want to be.

To connect with Greg about all things mobile, find him on Twitter @gjhickman.

Sarah Schaaf

This is Sarah Schaaf and these are her good things

What are some good things you’ve read?

My favorite book is Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer about a boy’s search through New York for clues about a key he finds that belonged to his father. I’m not sure if it’s still cool to like this book since there is now a movie, but I think it is gripping, interesting and overall great. I couldn’t put it down. 10/10, would suggest.

You Can’t Be Neutral on a Moving Train by Howard Zinn. It highlights overlooked parts of history, war, civil rights and more. It inspired me to get involved with my world. Sometimes you need to be radical to inspire change, and this book helps to reinforce that ideal. Howard Zinn was a remarkable person and all of his books are worth reading.

Letters of Note is a blog that gathers intriguing letters, postcards and other correspondence from interesting people throughout history. A new letter is showcased daily, and I can get lost on this site for hours just looking through the archive. The letters are like a look into the private lives of others, which, let’s be honest, is usually enjoyable.

What are some good things you’ve watched?

Nyan Cat! There’s something this super simple, cute, catch video that sucks me in. It never gets annoying to me, which no one in my office appreciates. 

Corgi Rae Jepson- Call Me Maybe A corgi music video to one of the catchiest pop songs ever–it doesn’t get much better than that. Is it obvious that I really enjoy silly viral videos?

Arrested Development has to be one of the best sitcoms of all time. I can watch it over and over and still laugh at the quirkiness of it all. I pick up on so many little hilarious details every time I see it. There’s always money in the banana stand.

What are some good things you use?

Brace yourselves. The shameless plug is coming. Imgur, of course! Not only is it incredibly entertaining and provides hours of laughs, it’s a great service to the Internet. I’m really proud to work with Imgur, and I love my job. Check it out! 

My Yamaha Vino 125 scooter. Living in a city, I truly believe that a scooter is the best way to get around. I can park anywhere, I can bypass all of the traffic and my gas costs $3 per week. I even have a dog carrier that I wear as a backpack so I can take my pooch with me. It doesn’t get much more awesome than that!

Post-It Notes. I have Post-Its plastered all over my desk with various links to GIFs for all moods. I pretty much have a GIF response for every situation I may encounter. So maybe it’s actually GIFs that I use, rather than Post-Its. My answer is a two-in-one. GIFs and Post-Its.