Have you heard of Dear Evan Hansen, the new Broadway Musical? If not, you soon will. This show has quickly become a must-see show of 2017. All this is before any attention it is about to receive from the Tony Awards.
The show is written by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, the duo who won an Oscar for their work on La La Land.
It is the story of a guy who is socially awkward and suffering from anxiety. He struggles to be accepted, find friends, love, or just someone to sign the cast of his broken arm.
Social media and social isolation are predominant themes of this wildly popular show. One which seems to speaking to our times of iphones and bullying.
What is accessible to all of us is the music, and it’s amazing. Original Cast Recording is available as well as songs and clips on YouTube.
I’m sure you are aware of Instagram. It’s an app that let’s you upload photos and share them. It’s a visual way of sharing your social media story.
Recently, Instagram launched Instagram Story as a way for users to now create photos, videos, boomerang, and more to share.
It’s only posted for 24 hours and allows the user to be playful and quick with giving some insight into their days.
At the top of the scroll it lists all the people you follow who have created stories and allows you to watch them one after the other.
And for the person who posts, you get to see who viewed it. Plus you can save it or post it to your regular feed.
And it’s just a little bit addictive. Have fun sharing.
Missing Richard Simmons is a podcast about the sudden disappearance of Richard Simmons. Richard being the health and fitness guru/energizer bunny.
Back in February of 2014 he suddenly stopped leading his exercise classes and communicating with any friends, at all. With no explanation whatsoever. He totally and completely removed himself from public life.
Three years in, his friend/acquaintance Dan Taberski, decided to investigate and find out what happened. The podcast has only six episodes, (4 have been released at the time of writing this blog). And is totally and completely compelling.
It feels similar in ways to the SERIAL podcasts.
Several times listening I kept thinking, truth is stranger than fiction. This story is a mix of celebrity, sadness, mystery, nostalgia, intrigue, humor, compassion, and surprise.
I had been reluctant at first, but now I am all in.
There is an incredible story here.
LOS ANGELES – 1992: Actor Richard Simmons poses for a portrait in 1992 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry Langdon/Getty Images)
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.
TED Ed is a new addition to the TED concept. They are educational videos usually no longer than 5 minutes. They ask a question and then proceed to answer it in a short amount of time. Just enough to listen, learn from, and move on in our busy and hectic lives.
I’ve already learned about topics that surprised me. Unexpected lessons: “Why do we feel nostalgia?”, “Why are we so attached to our things?”.
Take a look, you’ll be sure to learn something new.
Technology continues its march forward with Google Home. Much like Alexa and Amazon Echo, this new personal assistant forges way to our collective future.
Having received this as a gift from my parents (Thanks Mom & Dad), it’s rather mesmerizing. You start with “Hey Google” or “Ok Google” and then ask it a question or give it a command.
Example: “Hey Google, will you play Somewhere Over the Rainbow by Judy Garland” And then it plays it. Or “Ok Google, how far away is the moon?”
It also can connect you to you TV, Nest, and other technology.
The future is now. Isn’t it incredible. “Hey Google, how far will technology go?”
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is quite an accomplishment. Consider what is at stake: make another blockbuster, have it fit into the cannon of Star Wars films and the created film universe, have it fit in the story as seemlessly as possible, deliver effects, action, characters, and heart.
From the two times we have already seen the film, all of this is accomplished in Rogue One.
It’s also worth noting the female lead character, another strong female role.
And the Director, Gareth Edwards, a super fan, has clearly worked hard and researched extensively for this film. The film has some of the most realistic war sequences in Stars Wars. The pathos of war, the sacrifice, the loss, the heroism are all on display here.
It’s surprising and moving.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (Donnie Yen) Ph: Film Frame ©Lucasfilm LFL