Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Dopamine Hits from Netflix, Podcasts & Twitter

New to Netflix & Podcasts

I love killing time on the Internet.  Here's a few things that have stood me these past days from the world of Netflix, podcasts and Twitter.  
If you're experiencing some mid-week ennui, and aren't watching Avengers: Endgame or the final episode of Game of Thrones for the 4th time, these may be just what you need! 

Adam Sandler's SNL Tribute to Chris Farley

Adam Sandler sang a poignant tribute to Chris Farley on SNL last Saturday.  He hosted for the first time since he was fired from the show in the late 90s.   
It's wonderful that Sandler keeps the memory of Farley so alive in his heart.  It's been over twenty years since he passed away.
Others felt the same as me:  

Knock Down The House

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
A picture of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as she realizes she's beaten incumbent candidate Joe Crowley
Do you know the story of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's campaign for NY's 14th Congressional District?  I only knew it superficially, and found the Netflix documentary Knock Down the House fascinating.  It also followed the campaigns of three other women running for office with long odds in the last mid-terms.  
I appreciated just how "crazy" AOC was to take on the Goliath incumbent Joe Crowley--an established politician who'd even been slated to be Speaker of the House.  And how her fighting spirit brought about the win.  
The movie also fleshed out the brains behind the AOC machine: the grassroots organization who supported and funded her, as well as her dedicated & astute boyfriend.  
And although it's warmed me to AOC, I can't say that I'm entirely converted...which bring me to the next dopamine hit!  

Coffee with Scott Adams

Right on the heels of Netflix dropping Knock Down the House, podcaster Scott Adams released this episode, "The World's Dumbest Tweet AOC, it's a Doozy", reflecting on the tweet below:

I probably don't need to explain that Adams tore AOC to shreds in his episode. And I think that he has a point. 
The "bow tie guy" said fossil fuels have brought about the huge advancements in transportation and health care this past century; advancements that have decreased world hunger and improved health care around the world.   
It's disconcerting that AOC has such a black-and-white view on fossil fuels, as though she's in favor of a return to the 1850s or something.    

John Singleton Interview on Fresh Air

Singleton back in 1991, after the release of Boyz in the Hood.
He's the youngest person to receive an Academy Award Nomination for Best Director
Finally, and maybe it's really old news by now, John Singleton died on April 29th, at the super-young age of 51! 
I just got around to listening to him in this re-play of his interview with Terri Gross from '91, just after the release of Boyz in the Hood.  Singleton wrote and directed this movie at the age of 24.  In the interview, Singleton came across as a sharp and honest young man.  A central theme from Boyz is fathers mentoring sons, and here's a great quote: 
There's a whole population of young people....that don't have a strong father figure or strong family background for that matter.  Most people don't even talk to their kids.  It's my belief that a young boy needs a man to teach him how to be a man....since we have a whole population of young men who don't have father figures, that don't have that direction, they're always in pursuit of their manhood.  They're always going to be not really in tune with themselves as young men, and throughout their lives searching, searching, searching for a sense of what being a man is.  
Much of Boyz was autobiographical; Singleton was raised by his mother until he was 11 and then went to live with his father.   

What About You?

And there you have it!  A few of my takeaways.
What from the world wide intraweb has has stood out to you this week?  


  1. Thank you for sharing these! I always feel bored whenever I don't have anything to do or when I have a lot of stuff to do. I usually watch anime or kill time intagramming or sleeping.

    Only Yesterday

    1. The internet is so great for providing entertainment when you're bored, huh? I love following artists and reading their stories on IG. So many interesting people on there.

  2. I love that the internet has so much content! AOC is amazing with the things she fights for. She makes strong and valid points. She has a strong will power! It is always sad when people pass away when they're still really young. I love the quote - it brings the importance of leading by example. We want to raise our children to be better people. Thank you for sharing all of these content!

    Nancy ♥

    1. Yes, the Internet is a real rabbit hole, huh?
      --AOC's story is very inspiring.


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