Here’s a collection of some of the things from this week that I’ve enjoyed, been inspired by, want to share, or are grateful for.

  1. Barenaked Ladies SelfieCamJam. Given how things are in the world these days, videos like this are all the rage with bands or artists finding ways to collaborate even though they can’t be in the same room, studio, or stage. I’ve been a big fan of BNL since high school and still have 98% of the lyrics from their first record, Gordon, lodged in my memory banks. If you’ve never given the Ladies a chance, I high suggest diving into their catalog immediately.
  2. V For Vendetta. After professing my love for the movie last year, a friend of mine suggested checking out the original Alan Moore & David Lloyd graphic novel. Well, I finally got around to reading it and was not disappointed. Maybe it’s just me, but I really appreciate and understand some of the changes that were made going from page to screen, although I also can see Moore’s criticism of the adaptation as well. In the end, I appreciate both on their own merits.
  3. Rebel Without A Crew by Robert Rodriguez. I’ve been re-reading this memoir of the whirlwind surrounding the making and aftermath of El Mariachi, the feature length movie Robert Rodriguez originally made for $7,000 to sell on the Spanish home video market but ultimately led to him getting a huge deal with a major studio before he was 15 years old. It’s funny, informative, inspiring, and worthy of its own post at some point.
  4. Coffee. This isn’t an endorsement of any particular kind of bean per se as it’s just me being thankful that there is such a wonderful beverage present on plant Earth for our consumption. I’ve been setting my coffeemaker to bold for the last week to get a bit more taste, and then sometimes using a pour over in the afternoon to avoid making too much or getting a stronger brew.
  5. Star Wars Rebels. I’ve been watching this show with my daughter and we’ve both enjoyed it thoroughly. It’s written for a young audience, but there’s a lot to love for codgers like myself as well with a bunch of characters from the original trilogy mixed in here and there. What’s even better is their use of characters from the Clone Wars show, from the books, and they even managed to rehab Darth Maul after his shoddy treatment in Episode I.

If you’ve enjoyed any of this, feel free to check out some of my recent posts from this past week below.