Watched Breaking the language barrier | Tim Doner | TEDxTeen 2014 from YouTube

Tim Doner is a senior at the Dalton School in New York City who has studied over 20 languages. His interest started at the age of 13, after several years of French and Latin, when he began learning Hebrew and soon moved on to more obscure tongues such as Pashto, Ojibwe and Swahili. As he describes it, his goal is not to achieve fluency in each, but rather to learn about foreign history and culture through the medium of language. He spends much of his time perfecting his linguistic skills in different neighborhoods around the city, and to date his Youtube channel has received over 3 million hits. Tim has been interviewed (in English, Mandarin, Arabic and Farsi, among others) for media outlets such as The New York Times, BBC, The Today Show, Reuters and The Economist. He is starting his freshman year at Harvard next year and plans to study linguistics.

A nice hook to pull one into some of the reasons why one would want to pick up languages as well as how to do so.

8:44 method of loci (locorum)

10:02 Learning words in groups based on related sounds.

11:22 Why learn languages? Some useful motivation here.

Language represents a world cultural view. This is particularly poignant because a language (and its methods of thinking, viewing the world, and usually lots of associated culture) disappears from the world every two weeks.

Watched The Incredibles (2004) from Disney+
Directed by Brad Bird. With Craig T. Nelson, Samuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter, Jason Lee. A family of undercover superheroes, while trying to live the quiet suburban life, are forced into action to save the world.

Rating: ★★★★

Watched with Evie, who was reticent as always to start, but eventually liked it. “When can we see #2?”

Entertaining and fun. Jason Lee’s voice spoiled the reveal of the heavy for me.

Watched Enemy of the State (1998) from HBO Max
Directed by Tony Scott. With Will Smith, Gene Hackman, Jon Voight, Lisa Bonet. A lawyer becomes targeted by a corrupt politician and his N.S.A. goons when he accidentally receives key evidence to a politically motivated crime.

Watched on Thursday October 15, 2020.

Rating: ★★★★

Seems odd watching this so many years later that we were worried so much about the government spying on us instead of worrying about corporations spying on us. Reminds me of the dichotomy of the way Americans and Eurpoeans view Government versus Corporate overreach.

I always mean to watch this in a double feature with Walter Murch’s The Conversation. One of these days I’ll get around to it.

Watched "The West Wing" Hartsfield's Landing from Netflix
Directed by Vincent Misiano. A fictitious small town in N.H. is the site of the first presidential primary vote, and the results from Hartsfield's Landing, announced at 12:07 a.m., will dominate the news all day until the final tally, so Josh wants favorable press for the president, prompting to ask Donna to persuade a local couple she knows to reconsider their vote. Elsewhere, Bartlet has just returned from India with a ...
I immediately notice a few specific differences. I really want to do a side by side viewing of the original episode and the remake now.
Watched A West Wing Special to benefit When We All Vote from HBO Max
Directed by Thomas Schlamme. With Allison Janney, Bradley Whitford, Rob Lowe, Janel Moloney. Stage version of the season 3 episode "Hartsfield's Landing"
An apt episode to be doing for this particular purpose, but of course almost all of them could be really. 
 
Incredibly well done and well-directed as a stage version. Definitely not something easy to do, though it also wasn’t quite live either. I’ll want to revisit the original again and then do a side-by-side comparison. A few smaller characters are definitely missing and the Josh/Donna relationship has shifted massively–in part because she no longer reads as “Bambi”.
 
It was a nice touch to have Ainsley return for stage directions, but I suspect that it may have been because Stockard didn’t want to come back for it?
Watched The Hunger Games (2012) from Amazon Prime
Directed by Gary Ross. With Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Stanley Tucci. Katniss Everdeen voluntarily takes her younger sister's place in the Hunger Games: a televised competition in which two teenagers from each of the twelve Districts of Panem are chosen at random to fight to the death.

 
Rating ★★★½

Watched as I was making dinner, eating, and cleaning up. Not as great as I had remembered, but I also wasn’t giving it a lot of attention to be honest.

Watched "Vera" Hidden Depths from Hoopla
Directed by Adrian Shergold. With Brenda Blethyn, David Leon, Wunmi Mosaku, Paul Ritter. A handsome young man, a coquettish student teacher, nothing in common between them - except that both were murdered and left with their bodies meticulously posed.
This is apparently only available for streaming on Hoopla, so I’m giving it a whirl there. The UI isn’t horrible though the video UI is very sparse and incredibly small to see/interact with via desktop.

Vera in this incarnation isn’t as heavy or frumpy as I might have imagined, but the show seems relatively engaging. Curious to see how the character evolves.

Watched Confessions of a Shopaholic (2009) from Amazon Prime
Directed by P.J. Hogan. With Isla Fisher, Hugh Dancy, Krysten Ritter, Joan Cusack. A college grad lands a job as a financial journalist in New York City to support where she nurtures her shopping addiction and falls for a wealthy entrepreneur.

Watched on Sunday October 11, 2020.

Rating: ★★★½

Evie watched a bit with us before bed and then didn’t want to go to sleep.

It’s harder to watch this now after having watched Hugh Dancy in Hannibal. But still an entertaining romp. I hadn’t noticed before, but the winning bidder for the green scarf at the end was apparently Kristen Connolly who I’d not recognized in the movie before, but who is now better known as Christina Gallagher in the US remake of House of Cards.

Watched "Succession" Hunting from HBO Max
Directed by Andrij Parekh. With Hiam Abbass, Nicholas Braun, Brian Cox, Kieran Culkin. Logan informs his skeptical management team of his plan to make another attempt to acquire Pierce; Greg worries his pre-meeting will puts his standing with the family at risk; Connor's presidential announcement irritates Logan.