Who are you, and what do you do?
I'm Jessica. I just finished up the urban planning masters program over at the GSD. I'm hanging out at the lab for the summer, working primarily on Time/Slice, a project I started in the Library Test Kitchen. The Lab is very awesome.
What hardware do you use?
My most important hardware is my pen, which is a rotring extra-fine fountain pen. It was originally quite long; I had one break in my pocket so I sawed off the end and duct taped it. Now it fits in my pocket much better. My other piece of important hardware is a binder clip, which holds together a lot of printer paper full of my calendar, lists, notes, etc.
I rely on my MacBook Pro (4,1) for most things. It has a vintage 2008 battery that generates excessive heat, which can be nice in the winter. I also have an i5 iMac that I use for heavier stuff (a lot of GIS). My phone is a Nokia 6315i. The antenna broke off (also a pocket-related accident), so it is super svelte now. I have a Kindle Touch that I like a lot more than I expected to.
What software do you use?
A lot of Adobe Creative Suite, mostly Illustrator, for design. Other than that, I like free things. For mapping I do use ArcGIS, but I've gotten really into TileMill recently. It makes maps that are nice and pretty. I use TextWrangler for coding, and Bean for typing words. When I really really need to write something, ommwriter is helpful.
Alfred makes using my computer a lot more enjoyable, as does f.lux and jumpcut. Dropbox helps me to not lose all my important things. I use GeekTool for keeping important information on my desktop, such as the weather and my new year's resolutions. My computer counts electric sheep when it sleeps.
What would be your dream setup?
My dream setup would be a fort that could also get lots of sunlight. It would also have a little stop-motion animation setup ready to go at all times. It might be in a tree.