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Deron Bos – Organizer

Deron Bos is a professional organizer, Apple tutor, and owner at Bos Organization in beautiful Culver City, California. He is also a produced and published playwright. These are his good things.

Good things to read.

Last Train to Memphis: The Rise of Elvis Presley and Careless Love: The Unmaking of Elvis Presley. In graduate school I announced to a room full of creative writing students that these were among my favorite books and was met by a chorus of laughter. But these are amazing: my all time favorite fantasy is time travel and these books create a full sense of that: at the end of reading them, you’ll feel like you lived the day to day life of the King in 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s. Guralnick’s writing is atmospheric, incredibly detailed, intimate, and immersive storytelling. If every biography was written like these, I would read no other genres.

The Apostate and Lives of the Saints. Two of my favorite Instapaper reading experiences were these two articles by Lawrence Wright about two religions created in America. “Great, sprawling New Yorker shit” as Charlie Kaufman (the character) says in Adaptation.

Apartment Therapy: The Eight Step Home Cure. Most internet traveled folks have visited the AT blog at some point, but the book is less known and that’s a shame, because it’s one of my favorite references about residential organization. His approach of decluttering and simplifying your space as a means to make it a home and a place to enjoy with family and friends is a big inspiration for my life and my work with my clients. Great combination of philosophical with clear practical steps to reclaiming your space.

Good things to watch.

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. I’m not an alien, Raiders of the Lost Ark is my favorite Indy movie like the rest of humankind, but I’ve always liked this prequel much more than a lot of other people. Great set pieces like the raft out of the plane and the mine car chase, some vintage Harrison Ford humor, and the fact that it’s my four year old’s current favorite movie keeps it on my mind. (Parental advisors don’t fret: he skips the ripping from the heart scene.)

Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee: “ Alec Baldwin Just a Lazy Shiftless Bastard” I haven’t watched all of these, but this one I can’t get enough of, I’ve watched it over and over and each time I laugh my ass off and marvel at just how funny Baldwin can be. Favorite moment: the Burt Lancaster story: “I suppose you’re looking for this.”

I’m A Failed Writer and other videos by Yuvi Zalkow These were introduced to me by one of my favorite podcasts The Mac Power Users Very funny, insightful and helpful videos about getting out of your own way to get some writing done plus the tyranny of a New Yorker subscription.

Good things to use.

Scotch Tear by Hand Packing Tape. recommended by one of my organizing mentors and friends, the incomparable Fay Wolf, this stuff amazes everyone. I always make a mess of tape guns – but there’s no need for one now that God gave man the gift of this.

Rip’s Big Bowl I’ve been eating a plant based diet for a little less than a year now and this has become one of my favorite breakfast recipes.

iOS apps that have Mac companion apps and sync through Dropbox: including but not limited to 1PasswordText ExpanderDay One, and Fantastical.

Connect with Deron on Twitter, @DeronBos.


Mitch Joel – Twist Image

Mitch Joel is the President of Twist Image, author of CTRL ALT Delete, and  Six Pixels of Separation (which is also the name of his blog and podcast), these are his good things.

Good things to read.

The Art of The Pitch by Peter Coughter. There are few books that better illustrate the art, power and storytelling prowess that comes from being a good presenter. I went from loving this book to believing that the ability to be a great (ok, decent) presenter is directly linked to your level of success. No joke.

Linchpin by Seth Godin. I used to be an entrepreneur, then I worked for a bunch of companies, then I became an entrepreneur again. I used to wonder what it takes to keep oneself employable in this day and age. The answer was simpler than I thought: make yourself indispensable. No one has written about this more magically than Seth Godin.

The War of Art by Steven Pressfield. Most people whine about their work. Pressfield is a professional writer. He doesn’t get writer’s block… he simply does the work. This is an amazing book for anyone who procrastinates or thinks that there’s something out there that will help them get a move on. Read this book and get going.

Good things to watch.

Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee. This is a web series by Jerry Seinfeld. The title explains the premise. His guests have included everyone from Sarah Silverman to Don Rickles. From David Letterman to Larry David. It will not only make you laugh, but it will help you appreciate the very serious work that it takes to make us all laugh.

Good Life Project. I love this video interview series by Jonathan Fields. Long before I was invited on as a guest, I would watch and re-watch his amazingly deep interviews with people like Brene Brown, Dan Pink, Nancy Duarte and Dan Ariely. He has a gift for interviewing people.

Helvetica. This is an amazing documentary film by Gary Hustwit. Yes, a movie about the font Helvetica. This is true art and passion. Also, the filmography is just perfect.

Good things to use.

Buffer. This nifty little app allows you to choose online content and then decide how to share it online via Twitter, Facebook and more. I love this, because I typically read in the morning, so instead of flooding my feeds in one shot, Buffer app lets me stagger the links over a day or two.

Kindle App. I try to read as much as possible and I love books. I now read books exclusively on my iPhone with the Kindle app. Everytime I open it and see the hundreds of books, I marvel at the technological brilliance of being able to carry that many books around with me in my pocket.

LEGO Architecture. LEGO isn’t just for kids. I love building these more complex LEGO kits. I find it both relaxing and creative. Plus, this LEGO Architecture series allows me to feel both like an adult and a kid at the same time… who wouldn’t want that? Currently working on the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum model.

Connect with Mitch on Twitter, @MitchJoel.

Raymond Duke – Raising online communication

Raymond Duke is a part-time Longshoreman who helps startups, entrepreneurs, and small businesses build out their written communication in the best way, these are his good things.

Good things to read.

There Will Come Soft Rains by Ray Bradbury. A short story — a 20 minute read at most — that tells a tale about how a house that continues to live on in the future while it’s inhabitants…well, I don’t want to ruin it, but the story reaches a climactic conclusion. Bradbury is a genius.

My Father, His Son. The second of a three part series written by a Swedish author about a boy named Ingramar. In this book, Ingramar follows the footsteps of his Dad and works on a ship. He travels all over the world and has several unique experiences that include people dying, falling in love, and running into his Father.

Kane and Abel by Jeffrey Archer. This book follows the two lives from the beginning to the end; one is born in the forest where the Mother immediately dies, and the other born in a hospital that his Father built. These two lives from completely different social class spectrums eventually cross paths as they become successful entities in 20th century America.

Good things to watch.

Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. I randomly found this from a tweet on my Twitter stream. I ended up watching the entire first season. In the series, Jerry Seinfeld takes his friends out for coffee and engages in casual conversation. It’s a semi-candid look at the lives of celebrities acting like normal people. There are plenty of laughs and ‘feels-good’ moments. I think the one with “Kramer” is the best. It’s a must watch for the chess story.

My Life as a Dog. This is a movie that is the prequel to the book I mentioned, My Father, His Son. In this film, Ingramar deals with a lot of tragedies, but manages to not let them get the best of him. It’s a Swedish film that is a completely different genre from standard American films. Ingramar, for example, uses the dog Leika as a way to make his problems not seem so bad.

This Week in Startups. This is quite the curveball from my previously mentioned choices, but it’s well deserved. This week in startups is a news show about startups. It is ran by one of my recently discovered people in the biz, Jason Calacanis. The show has over 350 videos. Many big names in the biz are featured on the show. One my recent favorite eps is the one with Evan Williams, a co-founder of Twitter.

Good things to use.

Draftin. This is a writing tool that let’s you compare your drafts side by side. It also has a variety of other features like hiring someone to edit your writing for a few dollars; exporting to your blog, email, or tweet, and then monitor how it’s being read; and support for multiple users to work on the same document. It’s Google Drive 2.0.

Elance. I’ve been using this site to freelance my skills. It’s actually a lot better than I thought it would be. Once you get set up, you can bid on jobs or post a job. The fees are protected so everyone ends up happy in the end.

Meetup. Meetup is a service to meet with other like minded people. I’ve been fortunate enough to meet some great people from it. All you do is enter in your interest, and see what meetings are happening in your area. The kinds of Meetups I’ve been going to lately are networking and coworking ones, but I also started my own for drinking coffee and conversation. It was well worth the $36 to sign up — over 50 people joined my group.

One thing I’ve noticed after sharing these nine things is that I noticed I am into the things I have something in common with. For example, I work as a Longshoreman so I can relate to some of the experiences Ingramar has in My Father, His Son. I also noticed that I enjoyed Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee much more when I found out that Jerry Seinfeld is taking the concept of talking with people over coffee as a way to create conversations; which is something I’ve been doing in my Meetup prior to knowing about his show.

Raymond is on Twitter, @raymondduke where he’d be happy to meet you, even over a cup of coffee.