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Tina Mailhot-Roberge – Designer

Tina Mailhot-Roberge is a designer, illustrator, and co-founder of Veodesign. She also does freelance work for Lifehacker.com and these are her good things.

Good things to read.

Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda.  This book is a jewel, a must-read for curious truth seekers. Probable side effects of reading Yogananda’s autobiography: Broadening your horizons, opening your mind, feelings of wonder and a deeper understanding and respect for the universe.

The Sandman by Neil Gaiman. The Sandman is not only a comic book series, it is a work of art, a masterpiece which explores a variety of themes such as the power of dreams, myths, death, identity, metamorphosis and a lot more. It is a most beautiful merge of art and literature.

Lists of Ingredients.  Tell me what you eat and I will tell you who you are. Everything you ingest becomes you. In a culture where junk food and highly processed meals are the norm, and where disease is omnipresent, it is crucial to pay attention to what you put inside your body. If you do not know the food you are eating every day, you are literally gambling with your health. Take off the blindfold, read and research; it will pay off in the long run.

Good things to watch.

The Stars.  Look up; the night sky is full of wonders, shining stars, constellations and planets, making us realize how amazing and grand the universe is. We are travelling on a living spaceship, each of us having a unique experience. If this isn’t enough to cheer you up, then I don’t know what will!

The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer.  This amazing 13-minute TED talk explores the relationship between performer and fans, giving a voice to crowdsourcing as well as the pay-what-you-want model. It is a fantastic and passionate talk that will have one reconsider the current market/selling model our society currently employs and offer alternative solutions based on trust and support.

Star Trek: TOS.  An always entertaining classic! It is a window on the culture and era of the 60s but also on human ingenuity, dreams and hopes for the future.

Good things to use.

Your Heart.  Listening to your heart and looking within will inevitably lead to self-realization. In our western society, we are often told shut off the heart and focus only on the mind, but this will lead one feeling dissatisfied and unfulfilled. Our heart is, simply put, our purest compass, the door to our intuition and the key to true happiness.

Nexus 4.  I made the switch from iPhone 4 to Nexus 4 back in March and I am very pleased. The Nexus 4 is an affordable, fast and reliable phone which features the latest version of Android (Jelly Bean). What surprised me the most was the camera’s quality, especially with HDR, the customizability (consider using UCCW if you enjoy creating your own interfaces), as well as the widgets, a missing feature in iOS. It serves me well as a companion productivity tool.

A Bicycle.  Biking is for me an exercise and a joy. A bike will take you as far as you want, but you can also simply use it to discover new locations close to home. It is a vehicle of freedom and health, quite literally an adventure on wheels.

Connect with Tina on Twitter, @Vervex.

Marc Allred – You Might Ask, “So What?”

Marc Allred is a rock ‘n roller who is well read and well dressed, he blogs at MarcAllred.com and these are his good things.

Good things to read.

Declaration of Independence.  A good example of great writing. More importantly, it’s a great reminder of our responsibility to defend liberty and the pursuit of happiness of not just ourselves, but that of others; even those who make choices we don’t like.

Good to Great.  This book by Jim Collins has changed my life. Not only is it an amazing book about effective companies, it’s about how to live an effective life. The principles in this book apply to being a parent, manager, coach, and so many other roles. Summary of key points

The Element.  Another life changing book. While I am a product of the American graduate school system, I believe what Ken Robinson promotes in his book – that the education system as we know it in the United States is the exact opposite of what it needs to be. And those who make it through the system and do great things (I know many people in that category and do not consider myself yet in their company) are more a testament to the person than to the system because they accomplished things in spite of the failures of the system and not because of it. Summary of key points.  

Good things to watch.

Good Will Hunting.  Great writing by one of my favorites, Matt Damon. Great lines like, “Do you like apples?! Well I got her number, how do you like them apples?” Or, “You could have gotten the same education at the public library for only $2 in late fees.”

The idea that greatness doesn’t come from a degree, but ones inner passion to pursue greatness. That we all have something great within us is so empowering, but this movie also highlights how we are often the greatest impediment to our own success.

Bottle Rocket.  One of the first films featuring the Wilson brothers, Luke and Owen. You can see how Owen has since been pigeon-holed into roles similar to the one he played in this early movie – the wannabe fearless leader who is kind of clueless.

What’s great about this movie is the use of subtle dialogue and scene nuances. Some of the greatest lines can be missed if you’re not listening to what’s being said under Owen’s breath or what’s going on in the background. This movie teaches you to see past the action that’s happening in your face and try to pay attention to the overall context of the scene to really appreciate the significance of what is occurring. Much like life, there’s more to what’s going on than what you see in front of you.

The Transporter.  Just plain old senseless martial arts violence and great car chases. I dig this movie with Jason Statham because he doesn’t take his role into the dirt like he has in other movies with unnecessary sexual content, which in my opinion ruins the greatness of the martial arts highlights. Fun fights and car chases.

Good things to use.

Apple .  Yes, I go to the church of Apple. While there are a few things to gripe about regarding the company, I do love their products. From my indispensable iPhone to my MacBook laptop, I find a lot of value in how integrated all their products are.

HootSuite.  I use this product on a regular basis to manage my social media platforms. I use it to preload a weeks worth of tweets/status updates at time and this helps me maintain a consistent connection with those who are interested in the content I provide.

Bicycles.  Don’t have a good one right now, but intend to get one and use it to commute to work. For a good article on the value of using a bike, read Mr. Money Mustache’s take on it.

Connect with Marc on Twitter, @marcballred.