I never said they were deep thoughts…

the-martian-movie-posterThoughts I had while watching The Martian (I’ve also read the book and, fair warning, get a little silly about Matt Damon):

1. Mmmm, Matt Damon.
2. As women behind me exclaim over Matt Damon’s torso “Amateurs”.
3. Science is indeed awesome! Yay science!
4. Botany is science. And it’s tasty, tasty science.
5. Sean Bean in a sweater vest is pretty suspicious. And I don’t seem to recall his character dying so… is Sean Bean getting old? Am I getting old?!
6. Nerd humor hahahaha.
7. I got the nerd humor.
8. I do not in any way buy Kristin Wiig in this. Not for half a second. Not even in an Allison Janney as White House spokesperson world.
9. It’s nice that there’s some actual diversity in this movie. But I think Kapoor is ACTUALLY supposed to be Indian? And… Mindy Park? THAT IS NOT A WHITE GIRL.
10. OH NO! I was trying to be quick so I failed at my fundamental duty as a woman: Always checking for toilet paper when you pee!! Panic! No, wait, what would Mark Watney do? (For the record he’s a dude so… What *I* did was make do with pieces of the new sanitary disposal paper bag).
11. This is insanely restrained for a Ridley Scott movie.
12. That’s gotta be a body double right?
13. I am so glad they didn’t schlock this up with a “longingly touching photo of wife and child” scene.
14. I am so glad they focused on this being a series of solvable problems and that it takes math, science, logic and teamwork. Like pretty much everything in life.
15. Every space problem can be solved by the gravity-assist slingshot in the end.

Musical Interlude #1

Musical Interlude #1

I go back and forth on listening to music while I work. Sometimes I just can’t do it because it’s too distracting and I need absolute quiet to focus. But there have also been times when putting on a set of headphones and cranking up something particularly peppy (tastes vary, but I’m generally a pop/rock fan) is the only thing getting me through a long day.

Lately, I’ve put the headphones on and found… nothing. It’s like my entire music collection sucks! Out of nowhere! Nothing appeals and I’m skipping songs and fast-forwarding through playlists and nothing hits that sweet spot. I  know it’s just a phase but I hope it passes quickly.

Unfortunately, I’ll have to wait until August for this to come out:

On August 14, the Starbucks label Hear Music/Concord will celebrate the legacy of Fleetwood Mac with a new tribute album, Just Tell Me That You Want Me. The compilation includes 17 covers from across the band’s discography, featuring Antony, Best Coast, MGMT, New Pornographers, Lykke Li, Tame Impala, Washed Out, the Kills, and more. It also includes several collaborations: Lee Ranaldo with J Mascis, St. Vincent with Craig Wedren, and Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy with Matt Sweeney.

— via Pitchfork

Two of my favorite things together: Fleetwood Mac + covers! So at least there’s that to look forward to. In the meantime, I’ll just put this on repeat:

The New Pornographers are one of my favorite bands and they also do an awesome cover of Toronto’s “Your Daddy Don’t Know”: