April 11, 2014

obsessed.: theSkimm

I have a confession to make. I have become one of those people. I don't read newspapers or watch the news on TV, and I rarely read news sites. I ... I get most of my news from Twitter.

Getting news from Twitter can work well, depending on the people you follow. I follow a lot of pop culture accounts, however, so most of the news I get is of the entertainment variety, leaving me a bit lacking in the "what's going on in the world" department.

That's why I'm so excited to have found theSkimm. theSkimm is a daily (weekdays) newsletter filled with world news. Straight from their website: "theSkimm is the daily email newsletter that gives you everything you need to start your day. We do the reading for you—across subject lines and party lines—and break it down with fresh editorial content."

Here's a peek at the sort of thing I've come to love from theSkimm:

Read today's issue here.

One of the many reasons I don't read or watch straight news is because it's so dry. But theSkimm is news with a side of sass. And it's the perfect baby step toward becoming less of one of those people.

April 10, 2014

Nerd News: Amazon Fire, #HailHydra, new SyFy shows and more

Vol. 5, Issue 13

Heya nerds! It’s been a busy week IRL. Let’s make things better with interesting information I have found on the Internet!

In TV news:

There have been more than 5,000 deaths so far in Game of Thrones. Here’s a video of all of them.


April 07, 2014

Haiku Revieu: Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier

Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier (****3/4)

S.H.I.E.L.D. is in trouble
Cap versus Winter Soldier
Falcon is awesome

POSSIBLE SPOILERS AHEAD. I LOVE Marvel movies. And I'm so pleased—in the best of ways—with how much better they keep getting. Captain America: The Winter Soldier didn't let me down one bit.

The movie picks up post-Avengers. Steve and Natasha are working for S.H.I.E.L.D., policing what needs to be policed and going where Nick Fury tells them to go. When a "routine" mission nearly goes south, Steve realizes that Nick isn't telling him the truth. And when Nick is attacked by a mysterious—and oddly familiar—figure called the Winter Soldier, Steve realizes that the lying goes much deeper/higher in the organization than Director Fury.

Captain America is an interesting character. On the one hand, he's a total square. He believes more than anything in good triumphing over evil, but in a world that's full of greys, his black and white views don't always work. It's been interesting to see Steve grow as a character from Captain America: The First Avenger through The Avengers and now into Cap 2. He's finally coming to terms with the fact that life isn't always so cut and dry. And although good can eventually win over evil, sometimes you might have to fudge the rules a bit to get things done. Chris Evans does such a great job of portraying a man out of time. (And to think there was a time when I was worried if he could pull it off!) He's getting a bit more humor with each role, too, which is something I love and Marvel does so well (i.e., mixing the humor in with the action).

Out of the rest of the supporting characters, Anthony Mackie stood out to me as the best new addition. Falcon is a fun character with a well thought-out back story, and makes an awesome quasi sidekick for Steve. Sebastian Stan was good as the Winter Soldier, but he didn't do much other than shoot at/punch people and blow stuff up. But that's pretty necessary in a mysterious supervillain, so it worked. The movie's ending left his story wide open, so I'm sure there will be much more character building to come. (Plus, there's that whole nine-picture deal thing to consider.)

And now—DEFINITE SPOILERS AHEAD. I've written the below in white type so as to not spoil things for those of you who haven't seen it. Highlight the space below if you'd like to read more.

I'm really curious as to how the demolition of S.H.I.E.L.D. will effect the rest of the Marvel properties. I read this weekend that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (a.k.a. that TV show that we should be watching but just sits on our DVR languishing instead ... ) will be affected by the movie, which I think is just so cool. Marvel really thinks things out, and it makes me smile.

And as with any Marvel movie, Cap 2 featured some Easter eggs that point to the rest of the Marvel 'verse. My favorites were:
  • Natasha's necklace was a small arrow. Reference to a certain Clint Barton, perhaps?
  • Stephen Strange was name-dropped at one point.
  • The "twins" in the mid-credits scene were Aaron Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen, who are playing Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch in the upcoming The Avengers: Age of Ultron.
(Here are a few more fun references, if you're interested.)

If it's not obvious already, I'd highly recommend this movie—to anyone, not just Marvel movie fans!