Sorry, Internet, this is NOT a nerd.
Like every good, self-respecting nerd I take everything I love in big, obsessive doses that leave me good for nothing much beyond more of the same. So I thought in today's post I would spend a little time sharing my current obsessions, and if they overlap with any of your personal manias, let me know!
Last night I spent a good portion of the evening bingeing (I just spent an embarrassing amount of time researching the correct way to write this word) on YouTube videos, a pastime I share with my husband -- even if our tastes in videos differ a bit. We both enjoy Russell Brand's The Trews (short for "True News.") If you like irreverent political and social commentary, check it out. As for my personal YouTube favorites, there are always lots of good videos to watch on Geek & Sundry's channel. Another favorite of mine is Stuff Mom Never Told You, which is a fun web show that delivers exactly what the title says, quick lessons on everything from "How to Wrap a Present" to "Why Do We Kiss Under Mistletoe?" The woman who hosts is hilarious and smart, and I love to waste a few hours watching her explain absolutely everything.
But last night my Roku YouTube app was cranking out the Book Riot videos. In particular, I binged on the videos that featured Amanda Nelson, managing editor at Book Riot. Her videos are thoughtful and funny and very smart. I lost track of how many I watched last night, but I will recommend her videos on difficult to pronounce author names, finding good Christian non-fiction, and reading outside your comfort zone. If you're a compulsive reader like me or even just a little bookish, check out the Book Riot channel on YouTube.
As I mentioned in an earlier post, I am currently on a Murakami bender, so reading 1Q84 is my current reading project. I am, however, really excited to swing by the library on the way home today to pick up my two current reserves. The first is a book that I've already read but want to skim again (somebody just buy me this book already), Jesus Feminist, by Sarah Bessey. I'm hoping I find things I missed on the first reading and have more time to spend on the associated scriptures and such. The second title that has come in at my local library is Rachel Held Evans' A Year of Biblical Womanhood. I'm really excited about checking out this book (see what I did there?) as I have heard a lot of good things about it. Will let you know what I think very soon.
Let's see what's left for this post? So little time and space and so many obsessions. I supposed I'll wrap things up with what's playing on my tv (and movie) screens. Last year I discovered the British (of course) show, The Bletchley Circle, a historical mystery/drama about a group of woman who worked at Bletchley Park during WWII decoding encrypted messages from the Nazis and helping the Allies to victory. After the war ended, these women were sworn to secrecy (upon threat of treason charges) and left to return to quiet lives as underestimated wives and mothers, so of course, they must solve crimes. I'm always a sucker for stories about smart women, so this show is right up my alley and a definite must-watch for fans of suspenseful stories full of code-breaking and mystery solving.
I've been dying to see The Imitation Game, not only because of the Bletchley Park connection, but also because of the great and wonderful and amazing and...oops, I'm gushing, Benedict Cumberbatch. Finally got to see this Oscar contender over the weekend with my best friend (my husband was stuck seeing Paddington with Kiddo), and it definitely lived up to the hype. (The Imitation Game, I mean. Can't speak for Paddington, though admittedly, Kiddo dubbed it "AH-mazing.") Cumberbatch did not disappoint, and Knightley's performance was, arguably, the most nuanced of her career. There were lots of puzzles and code-breaking and people (women included) being smart, and aside from the repetition of one overly pithy and precious catchphrase (think Spiderman's great power/great responsibility chestnut), it was beautifully written and well-paced. The acting was superb across the board, and the film's handling of Turing's conviction and persecution for his sexual orientation was respectful and powerful. So that's my commercial for that. Go see it.
Well, I've once again clicked away an hour at BN cafe, and there is still much work to be done (class starts tomorrow) and hot chocolate to be drunk. Must dash!