Favorite Things

I figure it might be fun to write down some of the more useful and interesting things I've acquired, both to remind myself how to find them and also to smirk at younger me's favorite items as the years go by...

Also see

Some apps have expanded to their own blog posts... Here's a non-exhaustive list


  • entr - run commands when file changes
  • httpie - curl++
  • ocrmypdf ( https://pypi.org/project/ocrmypdf/ )
  • rclone - rsync for cloud (OneDrive)
  • ripgrep - grep++
  • sshuttle - proxy DNS requests
  • t-rec - alternative to VHS to record terminal GIFs - https://github.com/sassman/t-rec-rs
  • tfswitch - manage terraform
  • tokei - count lines of code
  • tree - file tree
  • volta - manage NodeJS versions

https://github.com/Homebrew/homebrew-cask-fonts and brew cask install font-ia-writer-mono


  • KeepingYouAwake - prevent mac from sleeping - https://github.com/newmarcel/KeepingYouAwake
  • MeetingBar - put meetings in Mac status bar and let you join them by clicking it :)
  • copyq - cross-platform clipboard manager
  • itsycal - calendar in the menu bar
  • rectangleapp - resize windows
  • scrcpy - mirror Android phone
  • flameshot - take screenshots (keyboard shortcut: Cmd + Shift + X)


Favorite Purchases

I've bought these and been happy :D

Wrangler Cargo Pants

As of 2023-12-19, these are currently $22 in the "Fallen Rock" category, and they're light and stretchy enough to do my daily stretches while looking nice enough to wear at my casually-dressed office. Model number: NW788FR and my size is 36x30

Men's Columbia Steens Mountain™ Full-Zip Fleece Jacket

I've had a version of this jacket (model number: WM3200) for the last decade and I love it. Soft, fits well (my size is M), durable, and high quality for the price.

15.6" Sport Backpack (Black) | Laptop Backpack | Targus

I bought a few of these (model number TSB89104US) at Computer Central a few years ago (2019?) and I'm on my second one. They're the perfect size for a laptop, notebook, and a change of clothes.

Ginger and Turmeric Sachets – Bushwick Tea

Since I've started intermittent fasting (I'm trying to fast between 7PM and 11AM), this stuff has been great as a healthy appetite suppressant. I can really tell a hunger difference when I drink it vs when I don't. I also love that it's non-caffeinated so I don't have to worry about developing a caffeine dependency.