A Cinderella Christmas (TV Movie 2016)

Watched A Cinderella Christmas from ION Television, TV Movie, 2016
Directed by Tosca Musk. With Emma Rigby, Peter Porte, Sarah Stouffer, Marc Barnes. Angie works hard to run her uncle's events business while her cousin Candace takes the credit. When Angie takes a night off to have fun at the Christmasquerade Ball, the mask and gown allow her to let loose, and she quickly catches the eye of Nicholas, a wealthy local bachelor. But then Angie has to go before revealing her identity, leaving Nicholas searching for his mystery woman in this modern take on the classic fairytale.

So, yeah, my sappy holiday movie marathon on the Lifetime/Ion networks continues. This one isn’t quite as sappy and dreadful as most and may be one of the better one’s I’ve seen in the genre. Despite a few small soft spots in the plot this one is relatively redeeming. Dare I admit I’ve seen it twice in almost as many days now??

As I look at the credits after the fact, it dawns on me that I tangentially knew the director back in the day through a friend at Hopkins.

Watched Barry on Netflix

Watched Barry from Netflix Originals
A young Barack Obama forges his identity while dealing with race, divergent cultures and ordinary life as a New York City college student.

I wish I could say I liked this more, but there was no real drama or tension in the picture at all. The characters were all flat and seemingly one dimensional. I can’t even say it worked as an art-house film. Perhaps if I hadn’t known it was Barack Obama being portrayed and his signing the letter “Barack” at the end was the kicker, then perhaps it may have had some impact, but the whole affair was just flat.

Best of Enemies | Documentary about Gore Vidal and William F. Buckley, Jr. Debates | Independent Lens | PBS

Watched Best of Enemies | Documentary about Gore Vidal and William F. Buckley, Jr. Debates | Independent Lens | PBS from Independent Lens | PBS; originally aired October 3, 2016
Best of Enemies captures the legendary 1968 debates between two ideological opposites: leftist Gore Vidal and neoconservative William F. Buckley.

What a great view into where much of our current politics and media coverage of it have sprung. I highly recommend this to everyone.

The 45th President | 60 Minutes (CBS News)

Watched The 45th President | 60 Minutes from cbsnews.com
President-elect Donald Trump speaks to a divided country on 60 Minutes; and, Bill Whitaker reads mail received about a story Dr. Jon LaPook reported on legalizing recreational pot. First aired 11/13/16

Interesting to see the drastic change in rhetoric with respect to that of the campiagn, though it hasn’t seemed to have held with respect to the media he’s either putting out (or not putting out).

📺 Crazy for Christmas (TV Movie 2005)

Watched Crazy for Christmas (TV Movie 2005) from imdb.com
Directed by Eleanor Lindo. With Andrea Roth, Howard Hesseman, Jason Spevack, Yannick Bisson. On Christmas Eve, Shannon McManus (Andrea Roth) is stuck driving around a wealthy and eccentric client (Howard Hesseman) who is giving away large sums of money with the secret hope of reuniting with his long lost daughter.

What can I say, I’m a sucker for middling Christmas themed movies on the Lifetime channel at the holidays?

This is positively a dreadfully unexceptional movie. And vaguely entertaining for every minute of it.

The odd part is that I’m pretty sure I watched this either last year or the year before…

📺 Chris Aldrich watched “My Research Process!” on YouTube

Watched My Research Process! from YouTube
From idea to finished manuscript - this is all the ins and outs of how I do my research - it goes quite well with this blog post, which I neglected to mentio...

From idea to finished manuscript – this is all the ins and outs of how I do my research – it goes quite well with this blog post, which I neglected to mention in the video… http://www.elliemackin.net/blog/tech-tools-and-research

My bookshelf! https://ellie.libib.com
Using the Gantt chart in my research planning: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pKD5hDGfVb8
Research planning in a Bullet Journal: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DHL9t9e-hjQ
Academic Bullet Journal: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IZ3Aacpelic
Academic Otters: https://lizgloyn.wordpress.com/2011/07/21/the-proper-care-and-feeding-of-academic-otters/
CamScanner: https://www.camscanner.com


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In addition to camscanner, and because you use OneNote, you might find Office Lens to be a useful phone app for photographing individual pages and transferring them directly into your OneNote application. It usually does a great job of taking poorly positioned photographs or photos from odd angles and cleaning them up to look as if you’d spent far more time positioning the pages and taking the photos.

For those capturing photographs of primary sources, I’ve recently found Google’s PhotoScan mobile app to be incredibly good, particularly at re-positioning the corners of photos and reducing glare.

📺 Chris Aldrich watched “Using the Gantt Chart in my research planning” on YouTube

Watched Using the Gantt Chart in my research planning from YouTube
How I use my gantt chart in my research planning. You can download a printable of my gantt chart, the research pipeline, and the monthly spread here: http://...

Using the Gantt Chart in my research planning
How I use my gantt chart in my research planning.
You can download a printable of my gantt chart, the research pipeline, and the monthly spread here: http://www.elliemackin.net/research-planning.html

I’ve used Gantt Charts for other things, but never considered them for academic research.

📺 Chris Aldrich watched “Research Planning in a Bullet Journal” on YouTube

Watched Research Planning in a Bullet Journal from youtube.com
In this vlog I talk more specifically about how I use my Bullet Journal for research planning, including how I use my Gantt chart to block out time, and what happens from there.

I’m Ellie, an early career ancient historian working on Greek religion. I make videos about research, being an early career academic, and my work.

Chris Aldrich is watching “Let’s Take a Look at Trump’s Cabinet of Villains “

Watched Let’s Take a Look at Trump’s Cabinet of Villains from GQ Videos
Quite a crew he’s assembling to help run the country. Quite a crew.

Chris Aldrich is watching “Trump May Have Just Thrown the U.S. Economy into the Toilet”

Watched Trump May Have Just Thrown the U.S. Economy into the Toilet from GQ Videos
This reputed business genius appears to know nothing about business

Chris Aldrich is watching “Trump is Steering Us Toward International Disaster”

Watched Trump is Steering Us Toward International Disaster from GQ Videos
Why a know-nothing ego-maniac has no business on the phone with world leaders

Chris Aldrich is watching “Now “Government-Backed Attackers” Are Coming for Me? “

Watched Now “Government-Backed Attackers” Are Coming for Me? from GQ Videos
What I've realized about Trump, Putin, and the hackers apparently targeting my email

📺 Charlie Rose episode from 12-06-16 featuring Fareed Zakaria and Viet Thanh Nguyen

Watched Charlie Rose faturing Fareed Zakaria and Viet Thanh Nguyen by Charlie Rose from Charlie Rose
Fareed Zakaria shares some excellent insight on world affairs, particularly as it relates to the growth of populism in the West. His arguments are underlined by Viet Thanh Nguyen who talks about his experiences as a Vietnamese-American while discussing his 2016 Pulitzer Prize winning novel The Sympathizer on Charlie Rose.

Fareed Zakaria may be one of my favorite guests on Charlie Rose. Their discussions are fantastic.

In this particular installment, Zakaria has some razor sharp analysis on world events. In particular he takes a look at the growing trend of populism and anti-immigration which is occurring in the world. He briefly dissects it and posits that while there are many variables potentially at play, the countries that are most effected have only one in common: migration and immigration.

While many politicians, pundits, and others indicate that the problem is economics (Sweden, Finland, and Denmark have excellent economies yet face growing populism), loss of manufacturing (Germany has a robust manufacturing sector), or even governments abandoning their workers (France goes to great length to protect its workers), none of these variables is common to all of the Western countries. Yet Japan has many of these same issues (and in particular a very poor economy for almost 20 years), but it isn’t suffering a populist movement because it isn’t dealing with the one issue that confronts all of the others: migration and immigration.

Charlie Rose indicates that there’s more detail in Zakaria’s recent Foreign Affairs article Populism on the March: Why the West Is in Trouble, [1] which I can’t wait to read.

Zakaria’s argument is underlined by Rose’s final guest Viet Thanh Nguyen, who discusses his debut novel, The Sympathizer, [2] which won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for fiction. At the end of the interview, Rose asks (almost as a complete afterthought) Nguyen about his experiences with immigration with respect to the Vietnamese in America. Nguyen indicates that the United States had similar painful immigration issues and distaste for the Vietnamese moving into America in the 1970s and early 1980s, yet 40 years on, no one seems to be as up-in-arms and these immigrants have not only assimilated well, but are generally doing very well in American society and culture.


F. Zakaria, “Populism on the March,” Foreign Affairs, 28-Oct-2016. [Online]. Available: https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/united-states/2016-10-17/populism-march. [Accessed: 07-Dec-2016]
V. Nguyen Thanh, The Sympathizer. Grove Press, 2015.