• Michael Hilton

Summer Weeks, Some More Geeks | The Weekly Geek 53

Whatup, you nerd. Here's a short list of stuff I'm currently geeking out about or exploring:

  • Show I'm watching: Never Have I Ever. Loosely based on creator Mindy Kaling's formative years, this comedy follows the experiences of an Indian-American high schooler as she copes with the recent death of her father. The first season was a pandemic show for me, and the second season is just as enjoyable, even if it is often cheesy.

  • Podcast episode I'm listening to: This interview with Yeonmi Park, a woman who escaped North Korea. The horrors in that country and the atrocities committed by the North Korean government are almost incomprehensible. Much, much worse than I ever knew. Park talks about how for the commoners, the calendar begins with the rise of their Supreme Leader and how she had no concept of history before that time. She explains how words like "I" and "love" don't exist as they give people the concept of individualism and relationship to others. If this sounds like a dystopian plot straight from 1984 or The Hunger Games, Park makes direct comparisons to those works. This is one of the most important interviews I've ever heard. I have a lot to be thankful for, and much I take for granted. North Korea should stand as a prime example of what happens when a governmental system has too much power.

  • Instagram account I'm following: Ken Duncan. The former Disney animator often posts behind-the-scenes photos and insights from his time working on famous Disney animated films such as Hercules and Tarzan. I've always found animation fascinating, and his posts reveal creative decisions and details that might otherwise be lost to time.

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

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