Week in Podcasts: The Evil-ness of Technology and Winning Friends

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It’s the weekend! I hope that everyone is having a relaxing and lovely day! Also, I hope my US east coast readers are all staying safe and warm after a pretty crazy Minnesota-style blizzard! So far, I’ve talked to my mom, turned on my new essential oil diffuser with bergamot oil, had a delicious cup of coffee from my Nespresso, worked on coding, watched something for tomorrow’s Lazy Sunday Binge Watch post and cuddled with my adorable cats! I would say that’s the start of a successful Saturday!

This week, I listened to some awesome podcasts, and I would like to tell you all about a few of them!

This week, I listened to two episodes of CodeBreaker. In case you didn’t read my last post about podcasts, I talk about CodeBreaker. It is a podcast with a theme of talking about different aspects of technology and whether or not it is evil. I think that’s such an interesting topic, and I’m happy to say that it has definitely kept my attention through more episodes. The first one that I listened to this week is about the Dark Web. Basically, the Dark Web is a part of the internet that the average person does not access. It offers anonymity to people who choose to go there. It has been home to some illegal activity, such as black markets selling weapons and drugs. Even though it gets a reputation for being evil, this episode did show that it might not be evil by definition, it becomes evil when it’s used for evil purposes. There was one part of the story about a couple that turned to the dark web to buy prescription drugs that the woman needs to live. The drugs were so expensive that they were not able to pay for them, without being unable to pay for other important things like food or electricity. The issue of not being able to get essential medicine is not really the point of this post, but it’s really sad that some people are in positions where they can’t. The point of the podcast was that there could be times where using the dark web, even for illegal activities, is perhaps not evil.

The second episode of CodeBreaker was also really awesome. It was about software updates: are they evil? I honestly have had bad experiences with software updates, so I was really interested to see what the podcast had to say about it. They told one really interesting story about the International Space Station, and how it got a faulty software update, which made it difficult for them to communicate with earth. It is amazing to think that one tiny mistake in software coding could cause such a huge piece of technology to not function properly. The second really interesting story was about people who have pacemakers. There was a malfunction in some peoples’ pacemakers that caused them to shock the person after the wires attached to their heart got loose. Not only would that be painful, it could also be deadly. In order to fix this, a software update was sent out to people with the affected pacemakers so that their pacemaker would start beeping if the wires got loose and the person needed surgery. That is a time when a software update has definitely saved lives. So far, I think this has been my favorite episode of CodeBreaker, and I am really excited to listen to more!

I also listened to an episode of This American Life called How to Win Friends and Influence People, and all of the stories related to friendship in some way. There was a really fantastic story by Paul Feig, who is pretty well known writer. It is about how his dad didn’t think that he had friends, so he made Paul read How to Win Friends and Influence People¬†in order to get more friends. It didn’t really work out well. There was also a story by David Sedaris, who is one of my favorite authors, about the popular kids in school, and what happened when one of them hit David in the mouth with a rock. He is hilarious, and so good at telling a story, so that was a really fun segment to listen to. There was also a really sad story about a guy who lost his wife in a car accident. After that, he started dressing up like a superhero whenever he got the chance. He kind of became a local celebrity, which was really interesting. He took the chance to live life to the fullest, which was inspiring.

I didn’t have much time to listen to podcasts this week, but the ones I did listen to were really fantastic!

Let’s chat!
Do you have any podcasts that you have been listening to? Have any of you listened to any of my recommendations?

Have a happy Saturday!

 

Lazy Sunday Binge Watch: Property Brothers

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Well, winter has finally hit in full force here in Minnesota. Through Christmas and the New Year the weather was pretty mild. We didn’t get a ton of snow at that point. Now, however, we’ve finally gotten a coating of snow, and it’s cold. I always seem to get sick around this time of year. My job brings me in contact with lots of people on a daily basis, and no matter how often I wash my hands and use hand sanitizer, I manage to get sick. A few days ago, a couple people were complaining about having a cold, and sure enough, now I have a cold! It’s slowly getting better, which is awesome, but I’m pretty bummed out to be sick just in time for the weekend…

One thing about this cold is that I have had the hardest time concentrating! Writing blog posts has been taking me twice as long because I just don’t want to focus on them. Reading is out of the question. So, it’s the perfect opportunity for me to catch up on episodes of today’s binge watch pick: Property Brothers. It doesn’t require much thought, but it’s still entertaining and even educational!

Property Brothers is an HGTV show that you can currently watch on Netflix! It’s a reality home improvement show about two twin brothers, one who is a realtor, and the other who is a contractor. Each episode, they have a client looking to buy a new home. They always have pretty specific wish lists. The brothers bring them to a house that is move-in ready and has all of their “must have” items. After the people see the house and love it, they drop the bomb: the house is totally out of their budget! Sometimes, the house costs double what their budget is! It’s a tough love thing to do, but the point they are trying to make is that the client will need to get a fixer upper house, and renovate it. That way, they will be able to get the house they want, but they will also be able to say within their budget. It’s interesting how the couple reacts with the icky houses they go see. Then, when they decide between two houses and the design that goes along with them, you get to watch the renovation, along with all of the problems and unforeseen complications! But, in the end, you get to see beautiful finished products that seem like they were worth the extra time.

I love home improvement shows, even though I live in an apartment and can’t really use them. There are some really fun decorating tips though. This one is nice because it does kind of go into what to look for when buying a house. There is also some good information on how to get high end looking houses while being able to work inside a budget.

I recommend this show for people who like DIY or home improvement shows. I also think this show would be good for people who are thinking about moving or renovating. Netflix has a couple seasons of episodes, so I hope you check it out!

Let’s chat!¬†Do you watch home improvement shows? What do you like about them? Any recommendations of things I should watch?

Happy Birthday to Me!!!

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Thirty years ago today, I was born! This is a big birthday for me, and the celebrations didn’t disappoint!

Saturday, my husband and I were able to get an early dinner with my parents! It was both a celebration of my birthday and our wedding anniversary. We were able to eat at a delicious local restaurant, Brasa. The food was wonderful, it was awesome to see my parents, and I got some lovely presents! It was nice to be able to relax, catch up, and have quality time with the people I love.

Yesterday, my husband and I threw a birthday party! We had a handful of guests, played Cards Against Humanity, had lots of laughs, and celebrated! It was so fun to be surrounded by friends and get to spend an evening with them! It was the perfect way to celebrate the end of my 20s!

Today, I was lucky to be able to take the day off work! I have been able to ring in my 30s cuddling with our cats! I love the fall, and today is the perfect fall day: golden leaves, chilly, with a mixture of gloomy and sunny. A present from my husband was delivered today, so I am waiting for him to come home from work to open it! I am apparently very patient!

Because of my birthday, I have not been able to post for the past few days, but I have some awesome posts coming up this week! I will be reviewing a book I recently read, posting a birthday picture, and will be writing a post about Millennials. Stay tuned!

Deep Thoughts Thursday: My Five Favorite Places in Minneapolis

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Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about living in Minnesota. I have lived here my entire life, and though there have been times when I have considered moving somewhere else, I always find reasons to stay. Those reasons generally revolve around friends and family, but there are also some really awesome things about living here.

In the United States, Minnesota is not one of the most popular states. In fact, it’s one of the states that is made fun of a lot, or the state that people don’t know much about. I think most people think Minnesota is always winter, and we all hunt and talk in funny accents. Maybe it would be best if people continued to feel that way, because I honestly think if people knew how awesome it was here, people would want to move here. Except in the winter, when it usually is really cold.

Minneapolis is the biggest city in Minnesota, and is where I have spent most of my life. It has this wonderful mixture of city life and nature, which I think is really unique. It’s not a huge city, but it is big enough to be able to find many of the same things you can find in the big cities of the world, just on a much smaller scale. Minneapolis is known for being dedicated to the arts, with many museums and theaters. There is a pretty good night life here, unless you want to go to a liquor store on a Sunday, in which case, you can’t. We generally have a pretty good education system. I could list benefits of living here for a long time.

In thinking about living here, I came up with my five favorite places to go in Minneapolis and the surrounding areas. These are places that I think should be on anyone’s to-do list if they come to visit!

  1. Walker Art Center and Sculpture Garden
    Basically within walking distance of downtown Minneapolis, is the Walker. It is an art museum that focuses more on modern art. Right across the street is the Sculpture Garden, which is an outdoor modern art museum of sorts. The Walker is fun because there are all kinds of exhibits to check out, and they are not always the same. Admission is $14 for adults, unless you’re a member. They also offer free admission on Thursday evenings and the first Saturday of every month. They also have Walker After Hours events that are basically parties. An upcoming one has a “Hippie Modernism” theme. The Walker has two restaurants, one of which occasionally gets chefs to come do one night residences. If you don’t like Modern art, the Minneapolis Institute of Art is also close by. They always offer free admission, and have art from all kinds of different areas/time periods. They have special exhibits, and on every third Thursday of the month, they have a special theme party for adults. There are drinks, a DJ, and fun activities all surrounding a theme.
  2. Mall of America
    If museums aren’t your thing, but you like wandering around large buildings with lots of other people, the Mall of America is perfect for you! It’s also perfect if you love shopping. Like, really love shopping. With over 500 stores, 50 places to eat, and the nation’s largest indoor theme park, the mall has a lot to offer. It is also really close to the airport, and there are hotels in the same area, so it’s perfect for visitors! I really try not to go there on weekends, personally, because it’s gets really crowded, but I am one of the few Minnesotans that thinks it’s a fun time. If you get sick of the mall, but still want to shop, there is an Ikea right across the street. I could spend so many hours in Ikea… Not just because I get lost, but because there is so much to look at!
  3. First Ave & 7th Street Entry
    If you’re in Minneapolis for the nightlife, I highly recommend First Ave. It has been a Minneapolis institution since 1970. They have live music just about every night, and there are also DJs and dance nights. It’s a great place to catch a show, especially since it isn’t an arena. Generally, the bands that play there aren’t the biggest names in music, but there are still some pretty awesome bands that play there. It’s also right in downtown Minneapolis, so it’s really easy to get dinner and walk to First Ave for a night of music.
  4. Indeed and Surly and Fulton, oh my!
    Minneapolis is home to tons of taprooms and breweries. In the last few years, there has been an explosion of them, and they have grown in popularity amongst locals and visitors alike. Indeed, Surly and Fulton are only three of the many breweries in the area. These places are best visited in the summer, because most of them have outdoor seating. Here in Minnesota, however, winter weather and snow does not stop us from enjoying a good beer. So, the taprooms all also have indoor seating as well. There are many events held by taprooms all over the city throughout the year. There are lots of people who bike between breweries so they have spend the day trying out different beers from many different places.
  5. Hell’s Kitchen and Angel Food
    This restaurant is in no way related to the Gordon Ramsay show of the same name. In fact, the restaurant was around first. This restaurant has a soft spot in my heart. It’s where my husband and I went for our first date, where we went the night we got engaged, and we still like to go there either to celebrate or just enjoy a nice evening out. This place definitely has a sense of humor, but that doesn’t reflect in their food, which is just plain delicious. Right upstairs, they have a bakery that they call Angel Food. They make delicious looking cakes and pastries. I never have enough room after eating at Hell’s Kitchen to get a sweet treat from Angel Food. Both places really know how to make delicious eats.

There are so many awesome places in Minneapolis to see. I don’t think I could make a list of all of them, because it would take me a very long time. This is a pretty good start though.

Let me know what you think! Have you ever been to Minnesota? Which of my top five favorite places would you most like to visit?