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#InboxZero – things I love

I’ve been a champ at #InboxZero at work for some time. It’s unusual for me not to get my entire inbox emptied by the end of the week, if not sooner. My personal email is a whole other thing and i’m spending a really lovely Saturday outside with my laptop, cleaning out Google Inbox. This post is going to be a list of all the links that I kept in my inbox, reviewed, and love enough to share.

Body Language and Confidence

You Don’t Need More Free Time

Female Fronted Bands at this year’s SXSW This is a spotify playlist and I’m going to warn you I already bought 3 albums.

Ashley C. Ford on conversations about race and how they go wrong. Required reading for white people.

This is a really fantastic article about grief and pop culture (namely, how it ties to you) and it really resonated for me. I can talk about how my grief after my father’s death affected my life and there are definite pop culture touchstones to that process- two of many: Snow Patrol’s Final Straw and Finding Neverland.

What Successful People Do Before Breakfast.

Life Changing Books – an interesting list and it’s largely populated by books I’m unfamiliar with, which is why it’s been lingering in my inbox

Another post on the Psychology of the Daily Routine. I find this stuff fascinating because 1. I’ve never bothered much to establish a daily routine and 2. I always feel like I’m more productive in the afternoon. Reading the items on this list is making me rethink my days.

Hemingway’s list of must-read literature. I’m a fan of the writer, and I thought this list was interesting and surprising.

Turning the worst team into the best: I read this book not long after starting my new position. It was a practical and helpful guide to take a look at what/how I was doing and how I could best influence the folks on my team.

How a 90-year-old missing person became a hit on Spotify

An online Yoga Festival– I have participated in these and you get access to an amazing number of classes with great teachers that you can continue to view AFTER the conference. A pretty good deal for the price.

Netflix also sent me two important messages. Season 2 of The Returned is available and Netflix has a new show called Love. Those are the Rotten Tomatoes links, in case you care about other peoples’ reviews/ratings. Season 1 of The Returned (which is the French version, if you care) was intense, creepy and super compelling. I’m going to wait until I’ve got time to binge.

RIP Alan Rickman. This interview for Bullseye is great and they spent time talking about one of my all time favorite films – Die Hard – in exactly the way I would hope people would discuss and interview about it. Fantastic. Streamable from the web- no app needed. The subsequent interview with Sacha Jenkins regarding fashion and music is kind of great as well.

Success! Personal #inboxzero achieved.

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You Should Go See The Martian

My husband and I had a cross-country date last night with The Martian: 3D.

More than a year ago, he told me he thought I might like the book. He was listening to the audio, so I picked up the kindle version. Fast forward to me recommending that book to literally  EVERYONE, including pepole who don’t like sci-fi, ever since. I also read no less than 5 space-fic novels after that- when space and hard sci-fi is not generally my jam.

I was excited about Drew Goddard doing the adaptation. I’ve been a fan since he wrote for Buffy, so I knew he could get the humor out of a bad situation. Matt Damon also seemed like a really good casting choice. I was less sold on 3D until I heard Bob Mondelo talk about it on Pop Culture Happy Hour (where both he and Linda Holmes said excellent things about the film).


So The Martian was our movie! And it is really, really good. It’s a ‘feel great’ kind of film. Since it was a Monday night, I was in the theater with approximately 6 other people but we all laughed at the funny parts and got tight at the tense parts. It was a super enjoyable film experience. The 3D is not ‘shit-flying-at-your-face’ 3D which really did make the film better. You get the sense that you are in the room, in a way that 3D hasn’t worked for me since Avatar.


Go see it. You won’t regret it. And if you want more “sciencing” read the novel. If you want more space, I recommend: Old Man’s War, Ancillary Justice (first in a series of 3, already complete), Seveneves (much longer than the other 2 but worth it). I’ve got more but those are my top 3 post-Martian space reads.

Do you have favorite books about space?