|I love keeping up with NASA’s Astronomy Picture of The Day and APOD Daily is the most convenient way to do it. It auto updates my Twitter banner every day with the most recent picture.|
|Cooking is one of my favorite hobbies, and I’ve learned so much about it this year from making Blue Apron recipes. I’ve especially learned that vegetarian dishes can be super yummy!
They deliver three recipes + all the ingredients once a week. What’s great about Blue Apron is that they send the ingredients in exactly the right proportions, so I don’t have anything left over that might get thrown out from not being used in the recipe.
Seven (out of ten) of my favorite recipes from this year are ones I learned from Blue Apron:
|Electric Sheep is a screensaver and collaborative abstract artwork founded by Scott Draves. I’ve been using it for about ten years.|
|Fandor||Fandor is basically an alternative to Netflix. It has “exceptional handpicked stories of all lengths and genres from around the world.”
What I love about their service is the categories make more sense than those on Netflix. You can browse films by country, year, and length, and they indicate whether films pass the Bechdel test. They frequently feature films from The Criterion Collection and have a community for film enthusiasts.
Check out how Erik Martin (former GM of Reddit) described his experience with Fandor on Product Hunt, “Huge fan. It takes out the pain of ‘what should we watch?’ Just give control over to Fandor and trust them to pick out something good. There’ll be some films that you like more than others, but the overall experience is so much better. To make it even better, don’t read the description for what they suggest you watch next. So much more fun when you have no idea if you’re watching a black comedy or Finnish melodrama. Give up control for a couple hours a week and just let a film wash over you.”
|Hipstamatic (& Instagram)||I use Hipstamatic to take beautiful, artistic photos and use Instagram to share them.
Here’s my 2015 in photographs.
|Philips Hue Lights||These smart lights illuminate my home every day. They’re perfect for people who love to have control over their lighting, and they can be controlled wirelessly. They are supported by a wide range of apps that can be set up to react to music, sports scores, weather, traffic, and more.|
|See Hear Party||See Hear Party is one of the best ways to entertain party guests (or, in my case, potluck guests). With it you can can personalize GIFs dubbed to your favorite music on SoundCloud.
|Slack||I use Slack every day to communicate with my friends in Unicorn Think Tank and with my team at Inturact.
Slack brings all your communication together in one place. It’s real-time messaging, archiving and search for modern teams.
|SoundCloud||SoundCloud is super useful for keeping track of music releases from lesser-known artists that aren’t on Spotify, and for discovering those types of releases being shared by friends.
I also find tracks on Hype Machine, look them up on SoundCloud, and save them there.
|Spotify||I mostly use Spotify to create and share collaborative playlists. Ryan and I used it to create a playlist of tracks we enjoyed this year: