12 Apps You Should Know About But Probably Don’t

by Johnny Webber

1. MightyText – Send and receive SMS messages via your browser.

2. FastCustomer – Have customer service call you so you don’t have to wait on the phone.

3. Songza – Curated playlists to match your activity or mood.

4. Sleep Cycle Power Nap – Take a short nap without waking up groggy.

5. Dolphin Zero – An Android browser app that automatically wipes your history after every use.

6. Gameboy Emulator – Play old Gameboy games on your phone.

7. ISS Satellite Tracker – Find out when the International Space Station passes above you.

8. Sleep Talk Recorder – Find out what you talk about in your sleep.

9. Light Flow – Personalize notification colors and sounds.

10. Snapseed – A high-quality photo editor.

11. Venmo – Send money without any fees.

12. Horizon – Capture video in landscape no matter how you orient your phone.

Check out favoriteandforget.com for more of my favorite apps.

12 Apps You Should Know About But Probably Don’t

15 of the Best Sci-Fi Books Ever Written

by Johnny Webber

1. Dune by Frank Herbert

2. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

3. Foundation by Isaac Asimov

4. 1984 by George Orwell

5. Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson

6. Anathem by Neal Stephenson

7. 2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke

8. Neuromancer by William Gibson

9. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

10. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K. Dick

11. Ringworld by Larry Niven

12. Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury

13. The Time Machine by H.G. Wells

14. The Forever War by Joe Haldman

15. The Stars My Destination by Alfred Bester

15 of the Best Sci-Fi Books Ever Written

10 Things You Should Stop Caring About

by Johnny Webber

1. Expectations. Live your life how you want, not how your parents want, and especially not how society expects you to.

2. Being right. Being wrong gives you a chance to learn something new.

3. Fixing others. You will end up wasting time that could be spent bettering your own self.

4. Being comfortable. It’s when you challenge yourself and exit your comfort zone that you grow.

5. Being bored. You don’t need to fill your every waking moment with entertainment. It’s okay to occasionally put down the phone and stare off into space.

6. Missing out on things. This is where Facebook and social media is horrible. Don’t worry so much about what everyone else is doing. Focus on yourself and your own happiness.

7. What others think of you. Are you happy? Good, because that is all that matters.

8. Awkward silences. Embrace them.

9. Mistakes. Everyone makes them, and once they’ve happened, there is nothing you can do about it.

10. Rejection. Live a life of oh wells rather than what ifs.

10 Things You Should Stop Caring About

8 Multi-Purpose Tools You Can Stick in Your Pocket

by Johnny Webber

1. Swiss-Tech Utili-Key – A 6-in-1 tool that fits on your key chain. 

2. Survival Kit in a Tin Can – All the survival essentials you need in a sardine can. The perfect item for the outdoorsman.

3. Tool Logic Credit Card Companion – This nine item multi-tool also carries your credit card.

4. Pocket Chainsaw – Cut firewood with a chainsaw that can fold up and into your pocket.

5. Grenade Survival Kit – All your survival tools in one grenade sized bundle.

6. Wallet Ninja – An 18-in-1 credit card sized multi-tool.

7. True Utility CashStash – Store your cash in this waterproof capsule that can fit on your key ring.

8. Victorinox SwissCard – A collection of tools to fit in your wallet.

8 Multi-Purpose Tools You Can Stick in Your Pocket

Motivation For Everyone

by Johnny Webber

1. The master has failed more times than the beginner has even tried.

2. The best time to start was a year ago. The second best time is now.

3. Work hard in silence. Let success make the noise.

4. A river cuts through rock not because of its power, but because of its persistence.

5. If you want something you’ve never had, then you’ve gotta do something you’ve never done.

6. Discipline is choosing between what you want now and what you what most.

7. The bigger the mountain, the better the view.

8. Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.

9. The hard work puts you where the good luck can find you.

10. If you wait for perfect conditions, you will never get anything done.

11. Yesterday you said tomorrow.

12. No matter how slow you are going, you are lapping everyone on the couch.

13. It’s not who you are that’s holding you back, it’s who you think you are.

14. Never confuse a single failure with a final defeat.

15. Do today what others won’t, so you can do tomorrow what others can’t.

16. What would you do if you weren’t afraid?

17. Pain is temporary, quitting lasts forever.

18. If it’s important, you will find a way. If it’s not, you will find an excuse.

19. What you do today is important, you are exchanging a day of your life for it.

20. A year from now you will wish you started today.

21. It’s not about being better than someone else, it’s about being better than you used to be.

22. Do not give up. The beginning is always the hardest.

23. Be the person your dog thinks you are.

24. You can’t change what you refuse to confront.

25. A ship in a harbor is safe, but that is not what a ship is built for.

Motivation For Everyone

10 Websites to Teach You New Skills Today

by Johnny Webber

1. drawspace.com – Learn drawing basics.

2. bettermoneyhabits.com – Manage your money better by learning personal finance.

3. gobodylanguage.com – Learn body language with written lessons and real-life video demonstrations.

4. improveyoursocialskills.com – A comprehensive guide to social skills.

5. pokerology.com – Learn the skills and strategy to poker.

6. howtobrew.com – Learn how to make your own homemade beer.

7. ctrlpaint.com – Teach yourself digital painting for free.

8. exposureguide.com – Photography news, tips, and tutorials.

9. allaboutcircuits.com – An online textbook covering electricity and electronics.

10. patrickjmt.com – Free and useful math videos.

10 Websites to Teach You New Skills Today

15 of History’s Most Badass People

by Johnny Webber

1. Cincinnatus – An invasion caused him to be called to serve as Rome’s dicatator. Two weeks later, after defeating the rival tribes, he resigned the office to return to his farm.

2. Jack Churchill – He fought in WWII using a longbow and broadsword.

3. Adrian Carton de Wiart – Served in three wars. He was shot in the face, head, stomach, ankle, leg, hip, and ear; survived two plane crashes; tunnelled out of a POW camp; and bit off his own fingers when a doctor refused to amputate them. Describing his experiences in World War I, he wrote, “Frankly I had enjoyed the war.”

4. William E. Fairbairn – The inspiration for the Q branch in James Bond and the creator of Defendu.

5. Sara Ganim – A Pulitzer Prize winner for breaking the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal at the age of 24.

6. Lyudmila Pavlichenko – The most successful female sniper in history with 309 kills.

7. Doris Miller – A Navy cook who took up arms during the attack on Pearl Harbor.

8. Joseph D. Pistone – An FBI agent who worked undercover for six years infiltrating the Bonanno crime family.

9. John Muir – The father of the national parks and an inspiration to all explorers.

10. Galvarino – A Mapuche warrior who fought against his former captors with knives attached to his mutilated wrists.

11. Audie Murphy – An American soldier who single-handedly held off an entire company of German soldiers for an hour, then lead a successful counterattack while wounded and out of ammunition.

12. Witold Pilecki – The founder of the Secret Polish Army, he volunteered to get imprisoned in Auschwitz to gather intelligence then escaped after three years of imprisonment.

13. Jonathan R. Davis – He single-handedly killed eleven outlaws using two Colt revolvers and a Bowie knife.

14. Matthew Gaines – Former slave turned Texas State Senator and advocate for free education.

15. Aitzaz Hasan – A Pakistani schoolboy who sacrificed his life stopping a suicide bomber from entering his school.

15 of History’s Most Badass People

20 Useful Websites You Should Know About

by Johnny Webber

1. screenr.com – Take instant screenshots using your browser.

2. cachedview.com – Find a cached version of any website.

3. tldrlegal.com – Software licenses in plain English.

4. accountkiller.com – Find out how to remove your accounts from popular websites.

5. downforeveryoneorjustme.com – Check if a website is down or if the problem is on your end.

6. manualslib.com – Search for user manuals online.

7. agoodmovietowatch.com – Find highly-rated, little-known movies to watch.

8. bucketlistcalculator.com – Calculate how much money it takes to achieve your bucket list goals.

9. skiplagged.com – Find cheap one-way flights.

10. printablechecklist.org – Make a list, print it out, check it off.

11. mailboxmap.com – Locate mailboxes in your area.

12. tinyinvoice.net – Make invoices for your small business.

13. mental-math-trainer.com – Improve your math skills.

14. everynoise.com – Listen to every genre of music.

15. choosemypc.net – Pick the right parts to build your PC.

16. identifont.com – Identify any font by answering a couple questions.

17. runpee.com – Discover the best times to run to the bathroom during movies.

18. getworkdonemusic.com – Music to motivate you.

19. rubiksolve.com – Solve a rubik’s cube in under 25 moves.

20. getraised.com – Find out if you are underpaid and get a raise.

20 Useful Websites You Should Know About

We’re Back!

by Johnny Webber

Daily Zen List is back, but we have made some changes. What’s different:

1. The name. As you can see, the name has changed to Johnny Lists. 

2. The content (slightly). I received some complaints about the blog not being “zen enough” so we are now moving away from that. You will still get posts with life tips and useful websites, but you will also get posts about facts and pop culture.

3. How often. Posts will still be limited to once a day, but a day might be skipped every now and then.

What’s the same:

1. Subscriptions. If you subscribe by email, posts will still go straight to your inbox. If you subscribe by tumblr, posts will still go straight to your feed.

2. The URL. If you visit dailyzenlist.com, you will be redirected to the new name.

Thanks for sticking around and enjoy!

We’re Back!