|7/22/2015 10:14:31||Dave Tassone||DuoLingo||Ipad/iphone game||The plug for Rosetta reminded me of DuoLingo. It's actually pretty awesome, and I hear there are a bunch of recently added languages. Make Marcello proud! "Merda, merda, merda"|
|7/22/2015 10:16:25||Dave Tassone||Craps Lite||Ipad/iphone game||Learn the rules of Craps while not wasting any money! Then we can go to Vegas and lose money for real...|
|7/23/2015 13:16:41||Erin Duncan-O'Neill||Longform||Ipad/iphone game||Hi Jonno, |
A big time suck for me that doesn't make me feel awful (I have Bravo for that) is Longform.org or the Longform app. It collates longform nonfiction pieces from a ton of journals and newspapers, so I get to read stuff I don't find otherwise (who subscribes to Outside magazine, GQ, or Texas Weekly? but they produce some amazing pieces). I'd also say if you're a podcast listener Uhh Yeah Dude (comedy podcast out of LA) and Here's The Thing with Alec Baldwin (interviews). Both excellent.
Best of luck with this procedure and the recovery time. You have a lot of people (like your sister's friends) sending you positive thoughts and really rooting that this goes beautifully.
|7/24/2015 6:37:13||Evan Barden||Say The Same Thing||Ipad/iphone game||I love this very simple game. Play with me!|
|7/24/2015 6:38:04||Evan Barden||Trivia Crack||Ipad/iphone game||A fun trivia game on iOS. I tend to think you're smarter than me, so please prove it.|
|7/26/2015 12:26:17||Elina||Lumosity||Ipad/iphone game||App with tons of games|
|7/26/2015 12:27:07||Elina||Crosswords!||Ipad/iphone game||These are kind of fun because you can do them while watching Netflix and they are addicting. You get better at them as you see more of the clues too.|
|7/26/2015 18:09:56||Gillian Lizars||Wait, wait don't tell me! (Comedy current events podcast)||Ipad/iphone game||Awesome NPR podcast - it's a real-life comedy show held every week with a team of comedians. Hilarious commentary on current events and quizzes, plus always a weekly celebrity guest. Laughing out loud on the subway every time. |
Also, if you didn't listen to Serial, now is the time! Comedy Bang Bang is another good one. Exhchanges@GoldmanSachs too (shameless plug, but interesting!).
|7/22/2015 9:00:43||Hsiao Winston||Fake Tinder account||Meditation||Unlimited hours of fun. Added benefit of keeping your fingers nimble but not expending too much energy. And Allison can get involved too. It's truly a group activity.|
And now if you pay like $8/month you can swipe in different cities (so I've been told....). The world is literally at your fingertips. I'll sponsor this bonus package for you.
|7/21/2015 15:34:25||Gola Javadi||A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night||Movie||Hi Jonno!|
I recently saw this movie (available on Netflix) and thought it was great. Although its set in a fictional town in Iran, it was filmed near LA. I hope you like it!!
Many hugs and I wish you all the best!!
|7/21/2015 15:37:19||CSP CSP||Armada Device||Movie||Get an Armada device and HDMI to the TV and watch the latest releases for 2015|
|7/21/2015 19:16:52||Lianne O'Shea||The Tiger and The Snow||Movie||Roberto Benini. On Netflix. I think you'll love it, it's one of my favorites!|
|7/22/2015 0:25:07||Nick Mountford||Ip Man & Ip Man 2||Movie||Both on Netflix, drama about Wushu kungfu and the background of one of Bruce Lee's trainers.|
Awesome kunfu film.
|7/23/2015 10:32:18||Molly Bradley||Any (ideally all) of Donald Antrim's novels.||Movie||They are: The Hundred Brothers, The Verificationist, and Elect Mr Robinson For A Better World. Here's why you should read them: They are anything but boring, in both plot and style. They are, in fact, totally wild and unbelievable in a way that will have your jaw slack at the inappropriateness of all the stuff that happens. You will laugh a lot. When you are not laughing you will feel incredulous. You will wonder if your enjoyment of them makes you a worser person. (Pretty sure it doesn't, but you'll be in good company either way.)|
Brief synopses that are probably sort of accurate and mostly don't give anything away:
- The Hundred Brothers: This narrator and his 99 brothers are reunited due to the death of their father in this big old house. The narrator fancies himself superior to the rest of his brothers. As it turns out, the rest of his brothers disagree. Most of the humor comes from the narrator's tragic obliviousness & unfounded ego, and from the fact that there are literally a hundred characters to keep track of.
- The Verificationist: A very juvenile middle-aged professor and his colleague meet for a pancake dinner at a 24-hour diner. Humor again derived from pathetically and unduly large egos and transparently ridiculous professorial politics. Turns out the narrator is having some marital struggz, none of which are alleviated by anything that happens over the course of a few hours at this diner, one of those things being that the narrator finds himself locked in an awkward, mildly erotic embrace with another man, and most of the novel takes place in a sort of suspended-time-universe while this happens. You are left feeling as though there are no real adults in the world and no one really ever grows up, in both a hilarious and rather bleak, but then also still hilarious, way.
- Elect Mr Robinson: Set in a just-slightly-offset dystopian parallel world in a small town attempting to sustain or otherwise rebuild some kind of civilized society. Narrator is, again, a middle-aged man who has taken it upon himself to educate the young of the town about his academic specialty: middle-age torture devices. Inhabitants of the town embody a bizarre, hilarious, and mildly horrifying combination of calm, level-headedness that nonetheless leads them -- soundly, calmly, logically -- to begin to punish and/or execute members of the town community for probably not quite execution-worthy crimes. You begin to suspect this Donald Antrim has some kind of crazy backstory behind his ol' brain.
|7/23/2015 13:23:31||Brent Schoradt||Happy||Movie||Loved this one. Should be on Netflix. My favorite part is the segment on the french rednecks living on the bayou.|
|7/24/2015 6:36:17||Evan Barden||What Happened, Miss Simone?||Movie||Available on Netflix! This is documentary about Nina Simone. I think you'll dig it.|
|7/24/2015 9:07:55||Rumman Hossain||Big Lebowski||Movie||The Dude abides|
|7/24/2015 9:18:23||Miles Howard||Bronson||Movie||This is the most bat shit berserk movie about a prisoner that I've ever seen. Basically, it's Tom Hardy pulling off an acting masterclass for two hours. And it's directed by the guy who made Drive, so the whole thing looks and sounds brutally beautiful too. A wild ride. On Netflix/Amazon Prime too.|
|7/24/2015 11:43:18||Patrick Ragen||Black Orpheus||Movie||This is one of my favorite movies. I can't believe it was made in 1959 - it is so beautifully shot and vibrant. And the girl in it is so bad. It's a retelling of the Orpheus/Eurydice myth, but in Carnivale in Brazil. It's on Amazon and iTunes.|
|7/24/2015 11:48:18||Ilona Kramer||Slotkin's Westerns Course/Movies||Movie||Jonno - not sure if you took Slotkin's Westerns film class, but it was one of my favorites. He recorded his lectures for each film. Link to the lectures includes the full list of films. Some of them should be on Netflix - and the lectures are free podcasts: https://itunes.apple.com/us/itunes-u/western-movies-myth-ideology/id427787656?mt=10|
|7/25/2015 4:35:10||TV series: Justified||Movie|
|7/25/2015 12:11:05||Asher Levinthal||Hunger||Movie||Gross/funny documentary about the world of competitive eating. |
It's on Netflix
|7/25/2015 12:12:04||Asher Levinthal||The Wolfpack||Movie||It's a crazy new documentary about a group of brothers who were kept indoors their whole childhood and never went outside. They became obsessed with movies and spend their time watching them and then acting them out. It's available to rent on Apple|
|7/25/2015 12:13:21||Asher Levinthal||It Follows||Movie||The best scary movie I've seen in years. It's about a weird sexually transmitted disease that makes dead people follow you around. It sounds silly, but is awesome.|
You can rent it on iTunes.
|7/26/2015 12:29:14||Elina||Animal Odd Couples||Movie||Netflix documentary; literally the best ever.|
|7/26/2015 18:02:01||Gillian Lizars||Woman in Gold - movie||Movie||WWII, art thievery, great music, mystery, really good!!|
|7/26/2015 22:16:51||Geoff Moore||Assorted Netflix movie recommendations||Movie||Annie Hall, Chinatown, In Bruges, The Hustler, The French Connection, The Thin Blue Line, Shane, Witness, Spinal Tap, Amelie, Lock Stock & Two Smoking Barrels, Better Living Through Chemistry, Annie Hall, City of God (one of these things is not like the other)|
|7/21/2015 15:32:09||Stephen Blaker||Middlesex (Book)||Other|
|7/21/2015 15:43:44||Gregory Miller||Learn / re-learn code||Other||Great classes at CodeSchool, worth the $25/mo fee. Or for building an iOS app, download to your iPad Swifty to learn Apple's new language in a series of short, enjoyable tutorials.|
|7/21/2015 17:07:15||Joe Santo||Chemistry of Cooking||Other||If you're looking for something where you'll be able to experiment/use it when you're back home, I'd recommend using youtube/Khan Academy/Coursera (https://www.coursera.org/course/scigast). It will improve your skills in the kitchen and could be fun to experiment with Allison when you're home.|
|7/21/2015 17:10:19||Joe Santo||Reading about/Dreaming of Innovations in Energy||Other||Sometimes it can help to dream about the future of an industry that's important to us and I know that you care about energy. I don't have any specific resources that I would point to but news sources like Renewable Energy World could be helpful (http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/index/top-news.html).|
|7/21/2015 18:16:27||Corey Laplante||(1) Lumosity.com; (2) http://www.openculture.com/freeonlinecourses; (3) https://www.khanacademy.org/||Other||Lumosity.com is pretty cool. Only eats up 10-20 mins per day but I really like it.|
Open Culture has a TON of free courses on some really interesting topics.
And Khan Academy has amazing lectures/videos. Start with the "subjects" tab.
I also tried luminosity http://www.lumosity.com for a while but became suspicious that it only makes you great at luminosity games, not much else.
|7/22/2015 15:01:52||Katharine Spencer||All the Light We Cannot See||Other||Historical fiction set in occupied France during WWII by Anthony Doerr. Favorite book I've read in a long, long time.|
|7/22/2015 19:02:43||Carina Kurban||iwastesomuchtime.com||Other||Perfect website for boredom/procrastination. It has all the best funny/cool posts from 9gag!|
|7/22/2015 19:57:06||Francisco Morales||A Brief History of Seven Killings||Other||You might want to rest your eyes from all the Netflix watching, so I would get the audiobook in Audible. If you've never used it before, you get a couple of free books when you subscribe. I read the book, but the story and dialogues are so interesting I bet it would make an amazing audiobook.|
|7/22/2015 20:07:02||Francisco Morales||Dog Training||Other||I recently got a standard poodle (she's 12-weeks old). So I've been reading several books on dog training. My two favorite so far are: The Art of Raising a Puppy and The Other End of the Leash.|
|7/23/2015 7:09:09||Maya Hodis Nuland||Imgur.com||Other||This is a website that will eat up your time with funny photos, interesting stories, etc. Try regular imgur.com for the most popular content, but you can also head to specific sections. Want to see puppies? Imgur.com/r/puppies. Need to laugh? Imgur.com/r/funny. Hungry, or trying to get yourself hungry? Imgur.com/r/foodporn. Motivation? imgur.com/r/fuckcancer. Just need to pass the time? imgur.com/r/mildlyinteresting. |
Good luck with everything, Jonno! Wishing you a speedy recovery!!
|7/23/2015 10:44:24||Kirstin DiCecca||Model airplane kit, lego kit that requires that you build something specific, paint by numbers (not sure if you can have the paint fumes even if they're kid safe),||Other||Also, can we schedule video chats? Also, what about taking a little bit of money trading stocks with an app like robinhood that lets you do it yourself without fees. That way you could learn about companies and poke around for awhile. I'll keep thinking. Sorry if these ideas are lame!|
|7/23/2015 11:04:27||Kirstin DiCecca||Make photo album of adventures with Towlie on snapfish or a tool like that||Other|
|7/23/2015 13:38:41||Betsy||Hyperbole and a Half||Other||This funny webcomic always makes me happy when I am sad. It is especially relevant for people who love dogs. Best wishes from a friend of Margot's! http://hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.com|
|7/24/2015 8:26:19||Dennis Boyer||Music||Other||Jonno, you asked for visual entertainment but you love music. Got any music mixes you could bring with you?|
|7/24/2015 8:33:29||Dennis Boyer||Wagner Ring Cycle||Other||Only half tongue in cheek. It's so long it could take you close to a week to get through it. You've seen this in live performance, so it's worth a shot. I figure you will either enjoy it or it will put you to sleep, so either way it will help you pass the time.|
|7/24/2015 11:14:55||Nikki Herst-Cook||Great Courses||Other||They have audio or video courses on a million different things (history, politics, art, etc), really well done. I have the meditation one. Let me know if you want it, I can mail it to you. |
|7/24/2015 11:16:28||Nikki Herst-Cook||America's Test Kitchen||Other||Great videos on cooking.|
|7/24/2015 11:46:12||Patrick Ragen||Waitbutwhy.com||Other||You've probably already heard of this site, but if not, I highly recommend reading any of the fascinating, timely, well-written, slightly-philosophical-but-not-too-much articles on here. Reading all of the "most popular posts of 2014" made me feel more comfortable on this earth.|
|7/24/2015 12:00:27||Patrick Ragen||worldstarhiphop vine comps||Other||OK OK so WorldStarHipHop maybe just houses the dregs of humanity on the internet. But you said you were gonna be bored so you deserve to watch some twerk vids to make you less bored.|
I have wasted so much time watching the Vine comps. They are not just twerking, there's a lot of other funny and very ratchet stuff in there too - http://www.worldstarhiphop.com/videos/search.php?s=vine
|7/24/2015 12:10:22||Patrick Ragen||some albums||Other||Vince Staples - Summertime 06|
Future - Dirty Sprite 2
Alabama Shakes - Sound & Color
|7/24/2015 18:39:13||Sheila Merchant||https://medium.com/keep-learning-keep-growing/33-websites-that-will-make-you-a-genius-53c5114c1d3d||Other||This website has a great compilation of web resources for self study, maybe look through it and see if anything speaks to you?|
|7/26/2015 12:29:34||Elina||Sporcle||Other||Trivia website|
|7/26/2015 18:12:25||Gillian Lizars||Grown-Up Coloring Books :-)||Other|
|7/26/2015 18:13:47||Gillian Lizars||Color your own t-shirts||Other||you already have the fabric markers from the 4th of july! Have Al bring over some hanes t-shirts (or another tote bag from Michael's!) and doodle xoxo|
|7/26/2015 22:27:13||Geoff Moore||Podcasts||Other||The Moth, The History of Rome (Mike Duncan), Dan Carlin's Hardcore History, Radio Lab, You Must Remember This, Mortified, This Week In Startups, A History of the World in 100 Objects|
|7/21/2015 15:37:17||Michael Cho||Death Note||TV Show||The best anime ever, and will eat up tons of your time. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0877057/reviews|
|7/21/2015 17:02:09||Joe Santo||Scandal||TV Show||You might have heard of Scandal - Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington's character) is pretty incredible.|
|7/22/2015 8:04:41||John Flanagan||Bloodline||TV Show||On Netflix. Starts slow (as any good TV series does) but the mood builds pretty masterfully. The dialogue drones on in the two or three episodes that the head writers give themselves too much leeway on, but the suspense is really magnetizing. Whatever you do, don't watch "Alive." Lots of plane crash victim butt eating.|
Also, X-Files could eat up at least a week. You'd probably enjoy the Muscle Shoals and Nina Simone documentaries, too.
There's a site called Popcorn Time that lets you watch virtually anything (I think - haven't tried it). Also something called letmewatchthis.com and Project Free TV, where I watched the magnificent BB (see below) prequel, Better Call Saul.
This is written with the assumption you've already watched Breaking Bad. If not, ignore previous recommendations and get to work.
I know you said no books, but Pynchon, Pynchon, Pynchon. Detective novels are fantastic for time killing, too. Jim Thompson (The Killer Inside Me), Hammett (Red Harvest), Chandler (The Big Sleep), Patricia Highsmith (Strangers On A Train), James M. Cain (Double Indemnity, Mildred Pierce).
|7/22/2015 10:13:01||Dave Tassone||House of Cards||TV Show||Also have to reiterate the plugs for Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul, and Bloodline. Friday Night Lights too.|
|7/22/2015 14:59:40||Katharine Spencer||Peaky Blinders||TV Show||Netflix! British series about a gangster family right after WWI. I hate watching TV series, and I love this one.|
|7/22/2015 19:00:22||Carina Kurban||Daredevil||TV Show|
|7/22/2015 19:01:00||Carina Kurban||Sense8||TV Show|
|7/22/2015 19:38:54||Brett Pahigiannis||Deadwood||TV Show||Should be on HBO GO, for dramas the first season of True Detective, Sopranos, and The Wire. Veep is pretty funny as well.|
|7/24/2015 7:50:06||Mitch Goldfarb||Departures||TV Show||Great travel documentary series on Netflix. Basically, a couple young Canadian dudes traveled around the world for a year and documented it, and it's great to watch. Each episode is a different country, and they go to really interesting places. The dudes are kinda dumb, but that makes it feel less polished and more real. I felt really transported to the places they traveled when I was watching. Definitely a good thing to watch when you're feeling cooped up.|
|7/24/2015 8:21:58||Dennis Boyer||Mr.. Robot||TV Show||Cyberpunk vigilante drama on USA. Very interesting, unexpected twists, has a unique style. Very well done.|
|7/24/2015 8:40:19||Dennis Boyer||Murder in the First||TV Show||On TNT. Yet another Stephen Bochko police drama, but very good. Stars Taye Diggs.|
|7/24/2015 9:12:19||Miles Howard||The Honourable Woman||TV Show||Jonno, this mini-series might be the best thing I've seen on TV since The Wire. I stumbled across it completely by accident on Netflix during the holidays last winter - it's a BBC series, just released in America - and it completely monopolized the next three days for my entire family. And the best thing is, it's a one-off. Just a standalone season. You can see the whole thing in less than 72 hours. But goddamn, it's haunting.|
|7/24/2015 9:24:19||Andrew Castronovo||Party Down||TV Show||Not to be confused with "Party Down South," which is a terrible reality show. |
"Party Down" was on Starz years back and features a bunch of comedic actors who have since become famous. The show centers around a group of caterers in LA, most who have Hollywood aspirations. It's hilarious and has some of the best comedic dialogue this side of "Arrested Development."
|7/24/2015 12:05:28||Patrick Ragen||Cosmos||TV Show||Really like what Neil DeGrasse Tyson did with this. The cartoons are a little cheesy at times, but overall it's a great reminder that we only started accepting science in the past few centuries, and that we are all starstuff!|
|7/24/2015 12:09:12||Patrick Ragen||The Roosevelts (PBS Documentary)||TV Show||This is a great one because if you stay awake, you learn a lot about one of the most politically influential dynasties in all of American history, and if you fall asleep, it's such a good sleep. Teddy and FDR were some political geniuses with magnificent demons. Eleanor was a boss who crafted an influential life out of continuously tragic circumstances. Fascinating stuff. Any Ken Burns documentary would probably be great - this is just the most recent.|
|7/24/2015 14:28:30||Jen Douglas||Last Week Tonight with John Oliver||TV Show||HBO show that's good if you feel like getting fired up / political and it's also hilairous. Think of the Daily Show if it had no regulations. Good luck my dude!|
|7/24/2015 18:40:37||Sheila Merchant||The thick of it||TV Show||Full series is on Hulu (4 seasons I think). Same producer as veep, this was his first show and it is wicked funny|
|7/24/2015 18:58:11||Sheila Merchant||Connections||TV Show||This was a documentary series done by James Burke in the 80s I think for the BBC, and it's brilliant and it's on YouTube (link to the first ep http://youtu.be/91XWKv5UuCM). Wikipedia describes it thusly: "It took an interdisciplinary approach to the history of science and invention and demonstrated how various discoveries, scientific achievements, and historical world events were built from one another successively in an interconnected way to bring about particular aspects of modern technology"|
|7/25/2015 12:08:56||Asher Levinthal||Togetherness||TV Show||It's a really sweet and hilarious new show starting Mark Duplass. It's about a dysfunctional family in LA.|
|7/25/2015 12:10:07||Asher Levinthal||Transparent||TV Show||Another hilarious show about a wacky family in LA but this one's father is coming out as trans.|
It's avaiable on Amazon prime
|7/25/2015 19:29:41||Lauren O'Neill||Impractical Jokers||TV Show||4 best friends from high school compete to embarrass the crap out of each other on TV. Hi-larious.|
|7/26/2015 12:23:57||Elina K||Netflix List (Notes have a ton of suggestions)||TV Show||You have likely already watched most of these but here is an attempt at things I think are great for binge watching:|
- Freaks and Geeks (duh.)
- Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip
- Battlestar Gallactica (not on Netflix but easily googlable)
- Sense 8 (new show)
- All of the Arrested Developments over and over and over and over and over and over, again
- Tig documentary (actually think you would really enjoy this)
- True Detective (1st season)
- All of The Wonder Years (reminisce?)
- Xena: Warrior Princess
|7/26/2015 22:19:34||Geoff Moore||Assorted Netflix tv recommendations||TV Show||Peep Show (British comedy about odd couple roommates, told from their POVs), Top Gear (British car show. I'm not a car guy and I love this), Broadchurch (British season-long murder investigation. very much not a comedy but well done), Frasier (the best), The West Wing|
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