"When tasked with coming up with a list of favourite things, my first impulse was to crawl through some of my are.na channels to see if I could remind myself of my interests. Are.na is where I keep all my random thoughts, things to listen to, books I liked, books to read, ideas for artworks, mood boards, music links, nice images, etc, etc. It’s my mind away from my mind. For those not familiar with are.na, it is maybe best described as an ambient social network, or Pinterest for spreadsheet types. It’s artist-run, has no ads, likes, or recommendations, and, well, just isn’t annoying. At the moment, it’s the only network I allow myself to use on my phone, and really my gateway to the web. So, after surfing are.na for a bit, I decided, why not just write about five are.na channels I have been looking at lately?"