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The Weekly Geek 42 - March 19, 2021

Whatup, nerds. Here's a short roundup of stuff I'm geeking out about lately:

  • What I'm watching: Star Trek: Picard. My knowledge of Star Trek doesn't extend far past the Original Series, The Next Generation films, and the JJ Abrams alternate timeline movies (don't @ me), so I'm sure I'm missing a lot of continuity references in this new series, but I'm enjoying it so far. The first episode sets up a nice new conflict that promises to delve into Captain Picard's unresolved inner turmoil. I've always appreciated classic Star Trek for examining the big universal questions, and while this seems to be more action-oriented from the start, I think there's some room here to dive into what sci-fi does best: examine the human condition. Plus, much respect to Sir Patrick Stewart. Dude looks great.

  • What I'm listening to: Joe Rogan's interview with Elon Musk. Rogan is such a great interviewer and the founder of SpaceX and Tesla himself is one of the most fascinating modern day figures. The relaxed conversation takes them from business to physics to the existence of aliens. Just to hear what bounces around Musk's mind on a day-to-day basis is makes this worth a listen.

  • What I'm reading: The Time Traveler's Wife. I'm a sucker for anything time travel, and this book has been on my list for a while. The story follows Henry, a man with Chrono-Impairment, who finds himself involuntarily shifting through time to important moments throughout his life. We see parts of the story through the eyes of Henry's wife, Clare, as she grows up and bonds with the traveler who will become her future husband. I enjoyed how the book ponders the questions of God, free will, and suffering, although at its heart its really a love story. I could have done without some moments, particularly the ones where an already-married Henry meets the child version of his wife, that step close to uncomfortable territory, seemingly without any reason. But overall, these moments are scarce, and the author does a good job of getting the reader invested in the characters' lives while pondering the nature of the universe. Coincidentally, a few days after I finished the book, I found out HBO ordered a new TV series based on the book. Sherlock co-creator, Steven Moffat, is writing, which suggests we're in for a smart and engaging new show.

That's it for this week. If you like discovering awesome new stuff, be sure to subscribe and share!

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