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.

A New Trevor Noah Stand Up

Readers of this blog are probably aware that I’m a big fan of Trevor Noah. He’s a master at embedding relevant social commentary into his jokes.  His “immigrant experience” routines are hilarious and accurate in his observations.  His past Netflix specials (You Laugh But It’s True, Afraid of the Dark) and his continued presence as The Daily Show host show how he views many social and political issues through a different viewpoints.  His commentary makes me think about the actual issue even if I don’t have a particular position to the issue.

Netflix recently released a new stand up “Son of Patricia” shortly before Thanksgiving.  Watch it. It’s great.

In other news, The Daily Show has had a podcast since the start of the year.  Since I watch his show on Youtube, this podcast is actually pretty awesome.  It summarizes the 30 minute TV episode into shorter 20 minutes segments.  It’s great for listening on short drives.

 

S6 House of Cards

It’s Claire’s turn now.

 

And it definitely is her turn even though it took a few episodes for her to shake off the shackles of Frank.  I feel like every episode has #MeToo influences written through every episode with the same intrigue/cunning/deception of the previous 5 seasons…. if not even more.