Modern Romance

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Modern Romance, a book by Aziz Ansari, is a surprising look at love in the modern age of technology. At first glance I thought it was going to be a book about love from the perspective of a comedian. Instead, Ansari uses his humor and works with researchers on real data, relevant to the topic at hand.

Much more interesting, and funny, than originally expected. At times shocking, absurd, insightful, but also rings true.

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Nathan Chen

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Nathan Chen won the US Figure Skating Championship this week and landed 5 Quad jumps in one routine. He is only 17.

What’s amazing about this story is he kind of came out of nowhere and jumps into the national scene. All this with the 2018 Olympics in PyeongChang just over a year away.

It’s so exciting and inspiring to see someone rise up to their talents.

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KANSAS CITY, MO – JANUARY 20: Nathan Chen acknowledges the crowd after his routine that would earn him first place in the short routine championship on Day 2 at the 2017 US Figure Skating Championships on January 20, 2017 at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jason Hanna/Getty Images)

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ST PAUL, MN – JANUARY 24: Nathan Chen competes in the Men’s Free Skate at the 2016 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championship on January 24, 2016 at Xcel Energy Center in St Paul, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Nathan Chen lands record 5 quads for U.S. title, believes Olympic gold is possible

Homescreens

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Recently I’ve become fascinated with people’s phone homescreens. It seems most people have photos of something that’s important to them; family, spouse, pets, home.

Turns out there is a website where people can share their homescreens.  Had made some observations and discovered there is a website which already exists to showcase homescreens…way to go internet. https://homescreen.me/

However, most of the screens are sharing the apps they have or the clever ways they set up their home screen. I’m just digging a bit deeper in being intrigued by the photos used on homescreens.

What does your homescreen show? Is it something you really care about, something special?

Considering we have our phones with us most of the time, it makes sense we want to be reminded of things we love and care about.

Feel free to share your homescreen story in the comments section.

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Side by Side by Susan Blackwell

Full disclosure, Susan Blackwell is a friend of mine.

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So what, would you say, came before James Cordon’s Carpool Karaoke? Side by Side by Susan Blackwell, perhaps?

The premise is straightforward: Susan interviews Broadway Stars in comfortable, unique settings while engaging in a specific activity, different each episode.

But now, the successful series and features, produced by Broadway.com have racked up over 60 episodes.And Broadway stars such as Audra McDonald, Sutton Foster, Daniel Radcliffe, Kelli O’Hara, Jonathan Groff, Zachary Quinto, and more have taken part.

It is an example of a good host who helps showcase the artists in a great, natural, and flattering light. It feels like you are sitting around listening to friends talk.

And it’s funny.

Check it out, especially if you love theatre.

Here are a few highlight episodes:

http://www.broadway.com/videos/series/side-by-side-by-susan-blackwell/

http://www.susanblackwell.com/

 

 

The Oatmeal

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The Oatmeal is a website which contains comics by Matthew Inman. It also contains his blog and links to his many books. His unique take on the world is funny, acerbic, and honest.

His work includes Exploding Kittens Card Game as well as an upcoming book titles 404 Not Found, which tells the story of a robot who goes missing. He also has a NSFW book which I cannot even post about here. But interesting, hilarious, clever, and adult.

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http://theoatmeal.com/

http://theoatmeal.com/comics/creativity

 

Zach King

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From Wikipedia:

Zach King is an American Vine star, film-maker and YouTube personality born February 4, 1990 and based now in Los Angeles. He is most known for his “magic vines” – six-second videos digitally edited to show as if he is doing magic.

Zach is an example of creativity, innovation, the internet, and social media all coming together in a fresh, forward thinking new way.

He approaches the work with energy, basic magic concepts, and cool approaches to produce original material we have never seen before.

He is certainly one to watch as his popularity continues to grow. His Vine loops alone top 1 Billion, and he has 12.4 million followers on Instagram.

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https://vine.co/Zach.King

https://www.instagram.com/zachking/?hl=en

 

The Cloud Appreciation Society

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Yes, this actually exists. This week I listened to a Ted Talk by Gavin Pretor-Pinney, the founder of the Cloud Appreciation Society. titled, “Cloudy with a chance of joy”. From the Ted website: “Pretor-Pinney calls for us all to take a step off the digital treadmill, lie back and admire the beauty in the sky above.”

We are living in the information age while being bombarded by so much stimuli. This talk reminds us of the extraordinary simple joys of life.

It also is a universally shared experience of looking up at the clouds beginning in our childhoods. Lying on the warm summer grass seeing a bunny, or dinosaur, or mountain up in the sky.

Members of the Cloud Appreciation Society send in photos of interesting clouds from all over the world If you are a fan of clouds you can join and even get an official membership certificate and badge.

When you go outside the next time, take a moment and look up at the clouds.

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More from the Ted website:

Why you should listen

As co-founder of The Idler magazine, Gavin Pretor-Pinney is a longtime advocate of the joys of time ill-spent. In The Cloudspotter’s Guide and The Cloud Collector’s Handbook, he tackles the idlest pursuit of all: cloudwatching.

Pretor-Pinney’s blend of tranquil appreciation and hard science have floated his cloud books to the top of bestseller lists. For Pretor-Pinney, clouds illustrate how mundane phenomena reveal the complex vectors that connect the natural wonders around us.

Pretor-Pinney is also the author of The Wavewatcher’s Companion.

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https://www.ted.com/speakers/gavin_pretor_pinney

https://cloudappreciationsociety.org/