Yep. I went and did it. I missed last week's blog post. I had a pretty good streak while it lasted though! It's been a fairly busy few weeks here in Dublin, but alas I am back and I've got 5 new things to share. Sit back, relax and enjoy.
I took a chance last week and watched a movie I knew nothing about or hadn't even heard of, and it really paid off. Based on the New York Times bestseller of the same name, Wonder tells the incredibly inspiring and heartwarming story of Auggie Pullman, a boy with Treacher Collins syndrome who, at the age of 10, moves from being homeschooled to a mainstream elementary school for the first time. It follows his journey, the people he meets and how society & peers treat him due to his facial differences. What I really liked about it was that it also delves a little into the backstory of some of the secondary characters, highlighting that while Auggie might have a tough life from the outside, we never really know what's going on in other people's lives behind closed doors.
This one is from a great man we lost during the week. “Look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious.” - Stephen Hawking
I've been following MiniCorp's CEO Brian Kenny for a while now on Instagram but only recently discovered that he started up a podcast late last year, and have been getting stuck into old episodes all week. In a very simple format, 15-20 mins in length, Brian talks about new developments in his company and life, gives various tips and advice for businesses, talks about where he feels he needs to improve on in his own organisation and ultimately gives an honest account of what it's like to be the boss of growing startup in 2018. A lot of what he talks about really resonates with me (both the good and bad!) and I think many of my readers might learn a thing or two as well. Check out the podcasts here.
After much humming and hawing, I went out a bought myself an Amazon Echo Dot for my apartment (and subsequently 2 for the office!). If you don't know what it is, it's a small speaker/microphone device that connects to a voice-controlled intelligent personal assistant service called Alexa. Essentially, it lets you play music, make calls, set alarms and timers, ask questions and control smart home devices all from simply speaking out loud. Think iPhone's Siri, but for your whole house. I've really enjoyed playing around with it so far and look forward to figuring out all the little nifty things it can do.
It's St.Patrick's Day tomorrow. The perfect song to celebrate to. Slainte!