Entertain-news, audiobooks on Spotify, and documenting little snippets of life with 1 Second Everyday.
|Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
|Audiobooks on Spotify
|1 Second Everyday
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (TV show)
John Oliver’s weekly news satire show, Last Week Tonight, is somehow both entertaining while highlighting serious issues with the world. I always learn something, and often feel inspired to take action or change a behaviour (eg. seeking out Tony’s Chocolonely over other kinds of chocolate, after watching the episode on cocoa supply chain issues).
I had a proper giggle at his campaign for the Pūteketeke to win New Zealand’s Bird of the Century competition (which it did).
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Audiobooks on Spotify
I’m a budget conscious biatch so when there’s a book (or audiobook) I want to read, I first check if it’s available on Borrow Box (the free app connected to my local library membership), then I’ll use Audible credits (when I have those), or as last resort I’ll buy the full price version via Apple Books. It means my audiobook content is split across multiple apps, but I’m only ever reading 1-2 things at a time.
Lo and behold, Spotify has introduced audiobooks so if you have a Premium Spotify account it now gives you 15 hours of listening each month — so this has quickly skipped the queue as the first place I’ll look for things I want to read, as long as I still have my Premium subscription.
They seem to have a pretty good selection available already! I’ve started with “The Thursday Murder Club” by Richard Osman, which is an endearing story set in the English countryside, about a bunch of retirement home residents with an interest in solving murders.
In a peaceful retirement village, four unlikely friends meet up once a week to investigate unsolved murders.
But when a brutal killing takes place on their very doorstep, the Thursday Murder Club find themselves in the middle of their first live case. Elizabeth, Joyce, Ibrahim and Ron might be pushing eighty but they still have a few tricks up their sleeves.
Can our unorthodox but brilliant gang catch the killer before it’s too late?Goodreads
1 Second Everyday (app)
The 1SE app prompts you to capture one second of video footage every day (or as often as you remember), and will turn it into a cute little recap of your year.
In the past I’ve taken whatever random bits from my life and mash them all together (one frame will be my work computer screen, the next might be at dinner with friends, then another playing a board game), but this year I found out I was pregnant in April so I started taking it in front of the same mirror each day to watch my belly grow — and eventually the arrival of my baby girl, who now features in the daily(ish) video capture!
It’s going to be a pretty special memento of this year, but honestly I’ve loved having this kind of “memory-jogger” every year, as it’s so easy to forget the myriad of things you did.