Each week I'll post the things that are in my ears and in front of my eyes. This can include articles, websites, blogs, YouTube Channels, TV shows, podcasts, books, games, programs, utilities or anything I can think of! Where possible I'll try to put links to check things out. The idea here to share, critically look at what I'm doing, and to motivate myself a bit to not just play WoW all the time.
Watching: The Newsroom - This is Aaron Sorkin's new show, following a nightly news program in the US. Although Sorkin has a well-known liberal bent, the show seems to try and present a balanced approach to a lot of issues. It's been fascinating so far because it started off back in 2010, covering such events as the Louisiana oil spill, the shooting of Gabby Giffords, the midterm elections and other sorts of things. It has Sorkin's excellent flair for dialogue, but is definitely a bit preachy. Still, it's definitely entertaining, though they seem to be trying to do more about the personal lives of the news people, which is not Sorkin's strong suit. Stick to the politics and high-minded ideals, Aaron. I'd give it a watch though.
Reading: I finished Ready Player One by Ernest Cline this week. It tells the story of a future world where pollution and wars have left Earth mostly desolate. People live mostly in stacked trailer parks, and live out their lives online through an MMORPG called OASIS. The creator of OASIS dies, and leaves the key to his fortune hidden inside the game. The novel centres around Wade Watts, who searches in the game for the hidden fortune. Some of the book's references were a bit over my head, but if you grew up in the 80s, you'll find tons of great moments. It was good fun; nothing too serious, and didn't really touch on the implications of a society lived almost entirely online, but I'm hoping for a sequel that does. A great read overall, though.
Hearing: After Ashalah went to Florence and the Machine, I've had Shake It Out on repeat. Such a great song. I've also had a huge love for Call Me Maybe. Not ashamed to admit that. Also loving Lip Dubs and covers of it, particularly this one by the US Swim Team.
What are you absorbing this week?