Yes

Web

Secure VPN

Cloak

Search engine

DuckDuckGo

Knowledge

Wolfram Alpha

Secure cloud

Tresorit

Text messenger

Wire

Web bookmarks and archive

Pinboard

Cloud file sharing and archive

Backblaze B2

Web hosting

Nodehost

DNS dashboard and CDN

Cloudflare

Social media

Micro.blog

Search internet devices

Shodan

Podcast player

Overcast

Feed aggregator and reader

Feedbin

Weather

Dark Sky

File converter

CloudConvert

E-Mail provider

ProtonMail

Resource for developers

Awesome

Journal

Day One

Multi-lingual dictionary

Dict.cc

Mac

Video player

IINA

Video downloader

youtube-dl

Image viewer

LilyView

Photo filters

Priime Styles

Image editor

Pixelmator

Video editor

Final Cut Pro

Video muxing and tagging

Subler

Vector design

Sketch

Image compression

JPEGmini

Package manager

Homebrew

Packet analyser

Debookee

Task manager

Things

Mindful usage

Aware

Make scanned PDFs searchable

Elucidate

Disk cleaning

DaisyDisk

Unpacking zip files

The Unarchiver

Password manager

1Password

Clear text formatting

Get Plain Text

Security checkup

KnockKnock

Webcam privacy

OverSight

Ransomware protection

RansomWhere?

Backup

Backblaze

Web tracker protection

Better

Firewall

Little Snitch

Cookie

Font manager

Typeface

Present slides

Deckset

Write text

Bear

Download large files

Leech

File transfer

Transmit

Code text editor

Chocolat

Burn images to USB drives

Etcher

Chromium-based browser

Brave

Web browser

Safari

Photo manager

Photos

Documentation browser

Dash

JSON and property list editor

PlistEdit Pro

SQLite Editor

Base

Forensics

Disassembler

Hopper

Extract media from obscure file

File Juicer

Virtual Machines

VirtualBox

iPhone

Task manager

Things

Write text

Bear

Quick capture

Yeti

Scan to searchable PDF

Scanbot

Feed reader

Unread

Subscribe to feeds

Feed Hawk

Relaxation

Thunderspace

Recipes

Vegourmet

Time tracker

Timesheet

Bookmarking

Pinswift

Maps

maps.me

Network analysis

Network Tools

Web analysis

NetworkToolbox

Version control

Working Copy

Web tracker blocker

Better

Ad blocker

Weblock

Weather

Raincoat

Web development

Coda

Photo editor

Photofox

Video games

Party game

Cards Against Humanity

Party video game

BombSquad

Puzzle game

Chocolate Castle

Podcasts

Big issues

We The People

Digital society (German)

Chaos Radio Express

Sex

The Heart

Comedy

Do By Friday

Improv

Spontaneanation

Design

99% Invisible

Music

Song Exploder

Jazz

A History of Jazz

Politics

Common Sense

History

Hardcore History

Two Dudes Talking

Roderick on the Line

General knowledge

Let’s Know Things

Interview

WTF

Investigative journalism

Reveal

Science

Science Vs is a fun PSA for all of humanity.

InfoSec

Smashing Security

Mindfulness

Note to Self

Curiosity

Reply All

Empathy

Strangers

Philosophy

Waking Up

Publications

InfoSec

Krebs on Security

OpSec

Underground Tradecraft

Science

Nautilus

Astrophysics

Katie Mack

Silicon Valley

Maciej Cegłowski

Apple

Daring Fireball

Tech news

Ars Technica

Reasoning

Julia Galef

Political satire

Lord Buckethead

Vlog

Casey Neistat

General knowledge

CGP Grey

News satire

Last Week Tonight

Film

Tony Zhou

Philosophy

Titus Stahl

Neo-Luddism

No Tech Magazine

Travel

Exile Lifestyle

Photography

CJ Chilvers

Digital society (German)

Die Mensch-Maschine

Art and sex

Luxuria Superbia

Cartoon

xkcd

Open-source investigative journalism

Bellingcat is a phenomenon that keeps me excited about the power of crowdsourcing and OSINT. If you read their blog posts, you'll learn how actual investigations work; if you volunteer you might help save actual lives.

Mindfulness

Zen Habits

Books

Novel

Zadie Smith – Swing Time (2016). You can't go wrong with Zadie Smith, but I like how her writing is maturing.

Phenomenology

James Joyce – Ulysses (1922). There's a part of my brain that really likes to geek out on Shakespeare, mathematics, Gödel, Escher, Bach, and fractals. That part of my brain also likes to geek out on Ulysses. It took me almost a year to get through the first time, but I happened to finish on Daedalus Day. It was worth my time!

Young Adult

Alan Bradley – A Red Herring Without Mustard (2011). Flavia de Luce is one of the few escapes I grant myself and that I am able to enjoy anymore. Her character has been an inspiration for years, and I love her dearly.

Cyber Thriller

Marc Elsberg – Blackout (2012). This will make you stock up on drinking water and FM radios. Maybe it'll even inspire you to work against real, existential threats.

History

Yuval Noah Harari – Homo Deus (2017) is one of the two books I find most important to read. The other is Harari's first book, Sapiens. I don't know if it's productive that this has made me criticise humanism similarly to religion, but these points are definitely correct and to some extent important.1 In any case, this made me aware of the big picture in humanity's time on this earth. Harari has validated me in my veganism, meditative practice, and simple living like no other.

Action

Ernest Cline – Ready Player One (2011) is really fun, and it's being made into a Steven Spielberg movie.

Atheism

Jerry A. Coyne – Faith versus Fact (2015). Sam Harris is probably my favourite voice against religion, but he hasn't written the book I think best makes the point against faith.

Morality

Sam Harris - The Moral Landscape (2010). This is perfect in that it describes moral basics society agrees on already, while still infuriating religious people everywhere. Not all of it corresponds with societal consensus, but I agree with everything, as far as I can remember. Definitely important ideas to clarify your moral thinking.

Self-Improvement

Sam Harris – Lying (2013). I can't think of another book that has directly influenced my personal policies. If you don't think that lying and deception is wrong and inadvisable in every aspect of daily life, read this.

Sex Education

Peggy Orenstein – Girls and Sex (2016)

Comedy (German)

In its hilarious self-deprecation, Marc-Uwe Kling – Die Känguru-Chroniken (2009) also describes constructive dissent comparable to the work of some Satanist groups. I only wish, real-life members of Das Asoziale Netzwerk were as politically active!

Clothing

Socks

Surge Sock is a good sock. For years I used to swear by Bamboo-brand socks, but those feel sweaty and rough now. Everyone seems to think that winter and especially winter sports like skiing require chunky socks, but that is definitely not true for me; a sock like this is all I have ever needed. Two or three pairs are sufficient if you hand-wash and hang-dry every day or two.

Briefs

Everyday Boxer Briefs are comfortable, fast-drying, and neutral-looking. They make me sweat less than cotton.

Pants

For the past 18 months I've been wearing Bluffworks Chino pants almost every day. A single pair! When they start to smell or get dirty after 3–5 days, I wash them in the sink, wring them while rolled into a towel, hang them up to dry, and they're usually ready to go in the morning. I've had them shortened by a tailor, and had them fixed after an accident involving an axe wound to my leg, but apart from that they're holding up really well. They provide much better freedom of movement than jeans, to the point where I've even gone running in them a few times, but I never have to worry about not looking professional or sharp enough for an occasion. Also, they have a perfect set of pockets.2 Just look at those pants!

T-Shirts

Ministry of Supply make the Responsive Tee, which is one of my staple items of clothing. I received my first two while travelling in New Zealand, and it took me less than a day before I threw/ gave away all of the cotton t-shirts I'd been wearing before. Now, I benefit from less sweat, a simpler look, and being able to hand-wash in a minute. They even hang-dry over night.

Shoes

I wear the Vivobarefoot Hikers all year. They come with insoles that provide sufficient insulation to the ground when walking on snow; taking the insoles out gives me most of the advantages of walking barefoot in summer while being inconspicuous enough to not attract attention.

Tools

Minimum viable knife

Even though my previous everyday pocket knife did its job well, buying the Spyderco Bug has improved my life tremendously, because it is so much tinier. It is light and small enough that I even take it jogging, while still allowing me to cut through all the tape, cardboard and vines I come across.

Bottle

The Vapur Anti-Bottle is all I need. After watching Denis Villeneuve's Arrival late at night, I felt my hand touch this hydration device just as I was starting to fade out of mindfulness back into associating with my bodily sensations as part of "I". But then I thought about the physical weirdness of water and the fact that a bunch of dead-dinosaur-molecules were moulded into a bag to contain and deliver said water, even though the particles involved are just specks in this vast space of nothingness, manipulating each other without even touching. At that point it would have felt more natural to fall through the floor and dissolve, but here I am still, looking at what is obviously a superior bottle design.

Towel

PackTowl make my favourite towels. They are far lighter and smaller to pack than standard cotton towels, and you can wring them pretty dry after extended usage.3 I have even come to prefer their feel to what everyone else uses. At home and for longer travels, I rotate two of the Personal kind. They also make the perfect minimum-viable towel — their original — one of which is always in my bag every day. If you don't need a big towel to change or lie on at the beach, two M-size originals will get you through months of vacation.


  1. In his podcast, Sam Harris pressed Harari on the point of equating humanism with religion, and I still find this choice of words the only valid criticism of Harari's work ↩︎

  2. The right-hand front pocket has a little loop, to which I attached the female part of an Anchor Link. I have males on my keys and pocket knife, so I can have quick access with nothing falling out during hand-stands. ↩︎

  3. It is hard to overstate how valuable this is when travelling! A different towel would make up 20–30% of my usual pack weight, and I would have to rely on washing machines and dryers wherever I went. A little compromise in comfort gets you peace of mind, independence and flexibility. ↩︎