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Guess Who’s on Time Magazine’s Top 100 List?

There are so many amazing people on this list, but I’m only going to discuss a couple of my favorites.

First, have I mentioned how awesome John Greene is?  Like here and here and here and here and here and here and here?  Well, it turns out I’m not the only one who thinks so.  This month Time magazine named John as one of the top 100 influential people in the world.

In his bio written by Shailene Woodly (she stars in the film adaptation of The Fault In Our Stars, out June 6, 2014), she mentions a few of the awesome things John does, like best-selling author, vlogbrothers YouTube channel, VidCon, but there really is a lot more.  I could write about the reasons I think this guy is cool, for…a long time.  However, I’m going to let you see for yourself…as he talks about other people who should have made this list instead.

Another is Pharrell Williams.  Isn’t that the guy from that video you post incessantly?  Yes, yes he is.  Justin Timberlake wrote his bio and tells the world how Williams made him “fearless” after helping him with his first album.  Then he writes about Pharrell’s own music.

That’s what Pharrell does. He injects that vibrant energy into the music in a way that you can feel. Whether it’s the chord changes that remind you of another time or the melody that instantly grabs you, you are transported to another place. You smile, you dance, you clap along. His music actually does make you happy.  – Justin Timberlake, Time Magazine Top 100 Influential People in the World

I have to say Justin’s got it right.  I adore Pharrell’s music because it really does make me happy.

Malala Yousafzai is another on the list, and she is someone who inspires me to stand for what I believe.  She has amazing courage, heart and dedication.  As an advocate for girls’ education in Pakistan, Malala drew the attention of the Taliban.  Even knowing that her life was in danger, she continued in her cause. In 2012 a man came on to her school bus, asked for her by name shot her in the head at point-blank range.  She was 15.  Yousafzai didn’t let that stop her.  Since her recovery she’s gone on to speak at the United Nations and released a book last year.  At 16 she was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize.

Okay, so that’s only three out of 100.  A lot of interesting people made the list this year, and I definitely recommend you take a peek.  I’m still going through the list and all the bios myself, and it just gets more and more interesting.  Most of the people on this list inspire me to be more, to embrace life, to take chances, to do what’s right, and to be mindful of the impact my actions have on others.  I can’t say I like everyone on the list.  Some, I can’t say that I’ve heard of before, but I’ll not forget them now.  Who inspires or influences you?

‘Til next time,

Jessica

P.S. There is a distinct possibility of another post coming.  Make sure you look for it…or beware…I’m not sure which.

 

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Concentrate, Concentrate…

Hugh Jackman and Elmo…wait, what was I supposed to be doing?  When I saw this one, I literally laughed out loud.  I’m so easily distracted, and I was supposed to be doing something else…not watching random Sesame Street videos on YouTube, for sure.  The “concentrate” video mostly put me back on task.  At work, we’re in cubicles, and some days even the quiet noise of typing and people walking by in the halls is enough to throw me out of my groove.

I have to just plug in my headphones and listen to music with no lyrics in order to focus.  Bach, Mozart, Handel, Chopin, Wagner and, recently, Sigur Ros all help me stay on task.  Words in English aren’t good on those days.  I tend to make up stories around the lyrics, and that is not at all productive while I’m at work.  Do you listen to music while you work?  What helps you focus?  Seriously, I need all the help I can get.

Let’s not even talk about the internet, which I use quite often for work, because that is one huge distraction waiting for the right moment to pounce.  Blog posts, industry articles, TED Talk videos, the Vlogbrothers, Mental Floss…I’m not even talking about social media here.  Wikipedia can be a giant rabbit hole too…I want to know all the things…

The state of my work place also impacts my ability to focus on the task at hand.  Currently the messiness of my work space is driving me batty.  However, that is one that I’m valiantly fighting until I get to a place in my never-ending list of things-that-must-get-done-today.  Then it will get organized and cleaned…and probably stay that way all of five minutes.

So, obviously, I’m needing some help here.  What do you use to stay focused?  Any advice?

‘Til next time,

Jessica

 

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20 Strangers Kiss

This is just beautiful.  In this video, titled First Kiss, twenty strangers kiss for the first time.  Directed by Tatia Pilieva, you see awkward first meetings turn into a gorgeous, and sometimes steamy, connection.  All of them are nervous and unsure in the beginning, and it doesn’t matter if that is Damian Kulash of OK Go, the child of a Hollywood icon, or your banker, they’re still as worried as most of us would be in that situation.

 

I read a post that argued that of course it was beautiful, the people in it were models or performers, but I say so what?  They’re people who were willing to let a stranger in.  It is beautiful.

‘Til next time,

Jessica

 

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Have You Ever Wondered, Do Those Life Hacks Actually Work?

Do you ever wonder about stuff?  I wonder about stuff.  Like those life hacks that I have been inundated with online.  They sound really helpful!  I pin them on Pinterest, share them on Facebook, but I never actually try them.  Really what I wanted was to ask around until I found someone that had tested all this stuff to see if any of it actually worked.  Thank goodness for John Green.  I like John Green.  He’s a funny guy.  He also writes some amazing books!

He tested 30 life hacks found online.  Some of the ones that I was sure would work, nope.  Fail.  Others I was sure were pure fiction, actually work pretty well.  Plus, I don’t think I can ever look at Doritos the same way again…although, I may take them camping with me.  Just in case of an emergency.

Do you have any life hacks that you’ve tried?  Did they work?  Did they fail?  Is there video!?!?!  These are things that I need to know!

‘Til next time,

Jessica


They Built a Robot!

More Geek Week videos!  Can you tell, I’m loving this? I never would have found this without the awesomeness that is The Nerdist Podcast with Christ Hardwick, Matt Mira and Jonah Ray.

WIRED built a giant robot mech in partnership with YouTube, Stan Winston School and Legacy Effects. And now you get to see how we did it. From design to tech, prototype to insanely detailed finished product, you’ll find out how to build your very own. Just bring a lot of friends and a ton of parts.

Watch more YouTube Geek Week videos at http://youtube.com/geekweek


A Long Walk Off A Short Pier…Into A Ball Pit

Another Geek Week Video coming your way!  This one is from Head Squeeze.  They give you the low down on the science behind the amazing 9qnn5my52akyrly2kj98_biggerfall that a free runner makes at the British Museum into a ball pit (No, not a pit bull, a ball pit.  I really don’t know why I have a fascination with these things.  Okay, maybe I do.)  60,000 multi-colored plastic balls in a pit…how can you resist?  When Patrick Stewart has a picture of himself in a ball pit…well, your argument is invalid.  Captain Picard says, “Make it so!”

 

Well, I could probably resist making the big jump that Blue did…maybe…probably…I would have been tempted just a little bit.  Resistance is futile.  Definitely don’t try this at home, kids.

Would you have been tempted too?

‘Til next time,

Jessica


Grammar Slam…Seriously Where Has This Been?

Okay, another Geek Week video from Brainiac Tuesday.  Professional wrestler, CM Punk basically spends the video reading a nasty note he received and then slamming their  grammar mistake.  Comma Queen, this is for you…


A Random Ball Pit and Two Complete Strangers