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S.C. Rhyne – Novelist

S.C. Rhyne is a blogger and novelist in New York City.  Her book, The Reporter and The Girl MINUS The Superman has just been released, these are her good things.

Good things to read.

Lethal Rider by Larissa Ione.  All’s fair in Love and War, and sometimes you just gotta know that good things can blossom even in the height of everything crumbling around you. Great Paranormal romance/apocalyptic that kept me turning the page and purchasing the next books in the series.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.  Again, I’m really into these dystopian settings, where two people find themselves in each other. The movie did great at following the book, and I read the trilogy!

The Walking Dead Compendiums 1 & 2 by Robert Kirkman et al.  Another Sci-Fi Apocalyptic setting, there is some romance, but the story is about survival and humanity. How far would you go to live? Will the characters survive or face the inevitable?

Good things to watch.

The Simpsons.  Classic show, has been on for about twenty years and it really strikes a chord with modern American families. Either you’re like them or you want to be.

Revenge. This drama first intrigued me as I recognized Emily VanCamp from another series. She plays a strong character who is “undercover” and seeking revenge from the Grayson family, an elite wealthy family in the Hamptons.

Criminal Minds.  I just started watching this show this year, and I am hooked like a fish! (I don’t watch a lot of TV or movies, so pardon me since this has been on for several years) I love mysteries and cop shows, I’m a big Law and Order fan, so when I was introduced to this, it blew my mind. The show focuses on the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit with profiles and catch serial killers.

Good things to use.

Spanx. Or any brand of…support. Ladies (and gentlemen), we can’t be perfectly smooth and slim in our clothes and I don’t photo-shop everything picture of me. They are the perfect accessories for looking your best.

Laundry Booster.  Tide, Oxy Clean, Spray n’ Wash, just find a brand and use it! I’m tired of seeing skid marks in the locker room, folks!

Diary/Notebook.  When I’m feeling overwhelmed, writing it down helps. Whether it’s a list of things to do to keep me organized or ranting about feelings after an emotional day; writing helps to keep the mind sane and can make you feel better. Don’t forget a pen or pencil.

Connect with S.C. on Twitter,  @ReporterandGirl –  or Facebook,  TheReporterandTheGirl.

Noah Sussman – speaker and front-end developer

These are Noah Sussman’s good things.

What are some good things you’ve read?

Software Testing Techniques by Boris Beizer. This was an exciting book (an in incredibly nerdy way) because it’s the first textbook I had ever seen that covers the algorithms involved in software testing, strictly from the perspective of a software engineer. In other words “this book has The Math.” It’s also written in a dry, sarcastic style that can be highly amusing. And since it was written in the 80s, the book is also an interesting look back at the history of software; which is a topic I really enjoy reading about.

A Deepness in the Sky by Vernor Vinge. Speaking of software history, I originally picked up this book because I had been told that one of the characters had the job title of “programmer archaeologist.” I loved it. This has got to be one of the best first-contact stories in the entire genre.

The New York Review of Books. I subscribe to the paper addition and pretty consistently read every issue. The quality of the writing is overall excellent, and the subject matter varies widely. They don’t write about tech all that much, but when they do it’s always interesting — for instance they once had a great article on how David Hockney uses the Brushes iPhone app.

What are some good things you’ve watched?

Hunter Prey is a fun new sci fi movie that I watched it on Netflix streaming.

Monsters is another Netflix streaming find. It’s one of those rare first contact stories that’s much more about us than about the aliens.

Futurama and The Simpsons. I’ve probably seen every episode at least twice.

What are some good things you’ve used?

My 11″ Macbook Air is the first piece of technology in years that gives me that feeling of “oh my god it’s really the future!” High resolution monitor with enough space to show two side-by-side terminal windows, four cores, adequate memory and it doesn’t weigh anything.

Lamy Demonstrator Fountain Pen along with Noodler’s Black Eel ink. I do a lot of longhand note-taking and also a fair amount of sketching and drawing, all in ink. I used to throw out a couple of boxes’ worth of dead disposable pens every year. Since switching to refillable pens, I think I’ve gone through 2 fountain pens in maybe 4 years — and that was because I lost my first one.