It was kind of a stressful week between work stuff and migraines and allergies, so I found myself not being very adventurous in my Watched/Read/Listened stuff. I just didn’t have brainpower to turn my attention to much new stuff.
This week I…
Moana. Several times. Bingewatched Grey’s Anatomy on Netflix (my comfort TV). And college softball, including two outstanding games on Saturday – Baylor vs. Oklahoma, which went 10 innings and Oklahoma (last years WCWS Champion) won with a walkoff homerun – and Arizona vs. Oregon, which Arizona won.
The funny thing for me about sportsball is that while I have teams I love to cheer for, I really just love watching the games. I can be happy for whoever wins, most of the time, if there’s a good game. Arizona, though – I’ve been a fan of that softball program since I was 8 or 9 years old and watched the Women’s College World Series. I don’t get to watch them very often, but when I do, it’s like I’m 9 years old again, glued to the TV, dreaming of being that good.
I’m steadily working through The Sparrow, but toward the end of the week when my stress was really high I put it down, for a few days. It’s kind of mind-bendy, especially with the back and forth of time. I’m not complaining – it’s so good – but sometimes it’s good to know your limits so you can more fully enjoy something when your headspace is more on point.
I also read an issue of Backpacker magazine, including a pretty fascinating article on “The Science of Layering”, which featured super-helpful information about gauging temperature, wind conditions and your exertion to determine your layering requirements for hikes. I was glad to realize the two new shirts I bought for warmer weather hiking will be perfect, and even with my sunprotection long sleeve shirt I usually have to where, I shouldn’t overheat. (Plus now I have information for what I’ll need for hiking when the weather turns colder… not that I’m thinking about that now, because Hellloooooooooo Spring!)
3 pretty great podcasts, including one new-to-me-must listen!
POD SAVE AMERICA. “A no-bullshit conversation about politics.” Hosted by Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett, Dan Pfeiffer and Tommy Vietor – all former aides to President Obama, friends to one another, crazy smart, and definitely smart-assed. They talk politics but the focus is on giving information that can empower all of us in advocacy. My only “ugh” about it is 2 – 1 hr episodes a week – how on earth am I going to add that in to my week? I suspect I’ll be listening to it on hikes.
Make Me Smart This week’s podcast was about privacy and how the horse is soooooooooooooooo far out of the barn. Key quote from online privacy scholar Joel Reidenberg: “If you’re not a gmail user but you receive email from a gmail user, than half of your conversation is data-mined by Google. All of this information can be aggregated to enable pretty detailed portrayals of individuals.” Even if you’re not on Facebook, if a friend posts a picture of you, photo recognition software still tags you internally. None of this is surprising if you’ve ever set up a Facebook or Google ad, since the specificity is startling.
It would be nice if the efficiency that is created by customizing our life experiences could be used for something *really* useful, like better EMR software UIs and I don’t know – my insurance company having the correct address on file for me.
Nerdist Podcast with Doree Shafrir – Doree, a Buzzfeed writer whose first novel was published this week, talks with Chris about her novel and tells stories about working at Gawker and then moving to Buzzfeed just before they launched their “serious news” initiatives (wow). With husband Matt Mira (a Nerdist co-host & writer for The Goldbergs), Doree also shares about the IVF treatments they have been pursuing, which they chronicle in their podcast “Matt & Doree’s Eggcellent Adventure.” I was excited to listen to this because Matt Mira is awesome, so I knew his wife had to be even more awesome. Some of my favorite Nerdist episodes are Hostfuls, so I knew that with two of that trinity in the room with Doree-Full-of-Awesome it had great potential – and it didn’t disappoint.
Finally, a bonus entry for something I Watched on livestream and Followed on Twitter: The 2017 Missional Voices National Gathering. It’s described as ” a weekend of thinking, planning, and dreaming about the future of missional communities and innovative ministries in The Episcopal Church and Anglican Communion. This will be a place where dynamic incubation of new ideas is the norm – not the exception – and where people doing uncommon ministry find support and encouragement.”
I probably need to devote an entire blogpost to my thoughts around what I read on Twitter & watched on the livestream on Saturday morning. I’ll say this – Friday afternoon I was a little frustrated, but then I realized that it’s because something was being pushed in my heart, which is why I watched Saturday morning. I’m so glad I did. While I parse out some of what I am thinking & feeling, check out #missionalvoices on Twitter to see some of the tweets from the gathering.