Knock Down the House

Before Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, there was a group of activists called Justice Democrats who were looking for promising candidates that could primary Democratic incumbents in Congress.  They are looking for change.

The film crew recorded many of the scenes prior to the 2018 elections including interviews with the candidates and their opinions.  By showcasing the candidates, Netflix’s Knock Down the House is one of the most interesting behind the scenes political documentary.  I think the best quote from the documentary was “after 2016, nothing is for certain.”

This documentary really shines a light on the Ocasio-Cortez as a “rising star” and her opinions and activities going into the primary.  It’s fascinating.

 

 

 

The Office

Have you heard of a small NBC show called The Office? It’s a comedy show disguised as a documentary series.  It’s also one of those highly acclaimed shows that people talk about all the time.

Well… I finally finished this on Netflix six years after it’s season finale.  I found the earlier seasons to be funnier with the pranks between Jim and Dwight.  The hilarity in later seasons weren’t as good.  However there was one particular gem of a prank in later seasons: “Asian Jim.”  I think Asian Jim was the best one ever in that it exploited the cognitive dissonance in Dwight.

 

 

Marie Kondo

Marie Kondo is a Japanese organization consultant who’s extremely famous for devising her “KonMari” method.  In short, the method describes a way to organize items, determine if the item sparks joy and subsequently appreciate/thank the items that have accumulated over the years.  Items that spark joy with the owner are kept while those that no longer do should be discarded.  My interpretation is that the KonMari method is a mindfulness and introspection technique applied not only personally but also to the items that surround us.

Netflix has this new show that stars Kondo helping different families organize their lives.  Kondo is absolutely bubbly in each of the episodes.  This show is an absolute pleasure to watch.  Her happiness and exuberance in helping the families also makes me happy as well.

 

Go, the board game

Netflix has had this documentary called “The Surrounding Game” which discusses Go.  Go is perhaps one of the most complex board games to exist today.  It is an imported game from Asia most originating in China spreading to Japan and Korea.  Today there are professional leagues in Japan, China and Korea where all the top players will go to in order to train to be better.

I personally find Go the most fascinating board game of all.  The simplicity of the game is what attracted me to the game but the complexity of the game is what keeps me entranced in it.  When I got my first Android phone, the first purchase I made was for AI Factory’s Go Game App.  I had downloaded the free trial and played the game once and immediately bought it because I was thrilled that I could play this game on the phone.

A couple of comments from this documentary that I found interesting:

  • The documentary stated a wish that Go would be more popular in US.  But since Go is an intellectual game, Go and other intellectual games like chess will continue to take a backseat to games that require physical prowess.  Furthermore, until the “nerd” status is elevated from a derogatory to an adulatory term, the idea of an intellectual game that is popular will never happen.
  • A Korean pro mentioned that it’s very difficult for there to be US pros starting at an early age because kids don’t study.  In Asia, kids study for 10 hours. But in US, they can’t even study for 5. lulz
  • Apparently there are American Go pros since 2012.  It’s when this documentary was created.