Because I’m constantly doing awesome things, I decided it’s only fair to share the wealth. Here’s a quick rundown of some things that made me happy last week:
Breaking Bad Insider Podcast It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of Breaking Bad. It’s the best show on television. Smartly created. Masterful character development. Beautiful camera work. Nuanced motifs and themes. Incredible plot and pacing. It’s essentially a mega-movie that consumes your life until you complete the 4.5 seasons available on Netflix. I’ve seen each episode about three times, so I’m kind of embarrassed to say that I’m only now discovering the Breaking Bad Insider Podcast. Each episode lasts about an hour long and features intense discussion between the show’s editor, Kelley Dixon, and various guests (Vince Gilligan, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn, etc.) about the most recently aired episode. I always knew there was a massive deal of work that went into making something that comes together as seamlessly as Breaking Bad, but these discussions really solidify the immense work required to make a show as cool as this. Check out the latest episode (and archive) here.
Plex I’ve had a Roku for about a year and I love it. I’m able to watch my Netflix and Hulu on my television (did you hear? I no longer have to watch on a tube tv!) without 10 different cords and three remotes. All it requires is two cords and two remotes. However, I did not know that I’m able to wirelessly watch all the videos on my computer using my Roku by downloading the Plex Media Server on my computer and getting the Plex channel on Roku. It only took about 15 minutes to set up too – and I am basically an infant when it comes to electronics and wifi configuration settings. I’m pretty proud that I discovered this without Corey’s help. Get more information about Plex here.
Miranda July When prompted to discuss my mood about last week, I told my family, “Everything is bullshit.” I spent most of the week with a perpetual headache, living off of minor sleep (my own fault – my weekly Stitch & Bitch with Mindy is so enjoyable that it keeps going later, and it’s vital that I read half a novel before sleeping, apparently), eating whatever my hormones dictated (“CARBS” was the only thing I heard, apparently), and running with new shoes that give me blisters on my both insteps. Nothing terrible happened last week, I was just burnt out from being around people constantly. On Saturday, I spent a few hours at the beach reading Miranda July’s collection of short stories titled “No One Belongs Here More Than You.” The combination of sun, warm PB&J, and silly-sad stories was exactly what I needed. Her stories were strange, beautiful, and a bit haunting. I plowed through the whole book in an afternoon, so many of the stories are a blur. I’m sure I missed a ton, but the experience renewed my sense of enchantment with the world. And we could all use a little of that, right? She’s also cool enough to have a super minimalist website that is SO HIPSTER, but whatever. Want to be enchanted by your surroundings? Read her stories.
What’s making you happy these days? I promise to give you credit if it’s not something I’ve already discovered.