Favorite reads, treasured tech, and top picks.

I get asked a lot about the things I use to build software, stay productive, or buy to fool myself into thinking I’m being productive when I’m really just procrastinating. Here’s a big list of all of my favorite stuff.


  • A Common-Sense Guide to Data Structures and Algorithms, Second Edition, 2nd Edition

    This book simplifies data structures and algorithms with a practical approach, making it ideal for improving software performance. Its accessible content, enhanced with more examples in the second edition, helps readers choose the right solutions for their projects. It`'`s recommended for its clear, common-sense explanations that equip programmers to tackle challenges efficiently.

  • Getting Real Basecamp

    Getting Real by Basecamp is a concise guide that advocates for a simpler, more straightforward approach to web application development. It challenges conventional software development practices by emphasizing the importance of starting small, focusing on the essentials, and launching early to iterate based on real user feedback

  • You Don't Know JS Yet: Get Started - 2nd Edition

    The introductory book in a series aimed at deeply understanding JavaScript core mechanisms. This edition updates and expands on foundational concepts, catering to both newcomers and seasoned developers seeking a thorough grasp of JavaScript.

  • On Writing Well

    a classic guide by William Zinsser that delves into the art and craft of writing clear, concise, and engaging non-fiction. First published in 1976, the book has been updated in subsequent editions to reflect changes in writing styles and the advent of technology in the writing process. Zinsser offers timeless advice on principles such as clarity, simplicity, usage, and style, emphasizing the importance of rewriting and the elimination of unnecessary words.


  • When no one is watching

    There is no greater loss than that of yourself. - Linathi Makanda

  • Light Novel Overlord

    a Japanese light novel series written by Kugane Maruyama and illustrated by so-bin. It tells the story of Ainz Ooal Gown, a powerful wizard and master of the dark guild of the same name in the virtual reality game Yggdrasil. As the game is about to be shut down, Ainz finds himself transported into a new world, where Yggdrasil is no longer a game but reality, and he retains his character powers and appearance.