Binge watched “Broadchurch” Season 1 last year. Loved it! It was a brilliant show about the impact of a little boy’s murder on a small town and how it unravels everyone’s lives and exposes secrets. Not just the plot but the mood, the music, the cinematography, the actors – it was all very well put together.
Binge watched the US remake “Gracepoint” last week. It was good for a US show but not that great compared to the original (I always feel the darker British shows are better than American ones). They stretched the plot a bit but the characters and the mood was good. The ending was a letdown though. An unnecessary and illogical twist just to make this show appear different? That was a letdown.
This week I binge watched “Broadchurch” Season 2. Was a but apprehensive coz WikiPedia it didn’t have much favorable reviews and I really didn’t want to spoil my memories of the first season, but all those worries were unfounded. “Broadchurch” Season 2 is equally great! Different from the first one but a great and sensible follow-up to the events of the first Season, with another murder mystery thrown in at the side. “Broadchurch” is never about the murder mystery anyways – in both seasons the case is solved because someone confesses – it’s always about the impact on everyone else and the revulsion at what happened.
Don’t approach “Broadchurch” Season 2 expecting similar plot lines as the first one. Season 2 is similar but different.
Two other good shows I enjoyed this year but didn’t get a chance to mention are “Fortitude” and “Ascension”. Check these out if you haven’t already!
Update: I liked this quote by Paul Coates in Season 2 Episode 7 (it’s from 2 Corinthians 12:8-10):
For when I am weak, then I am strong.
From this essay by Paul Graham:
If something that seems like work to other people doesn’t seem like work to you, that’s something you’re well suited for.
That essay links to another longer essay about work and doing what you love. Have added it to my Instapaper queue.
Jeff Bezos is one of those CEOs I admire. He is different. Has a long term vision. So it’s always fun to read an interview of him. Here are some quotes from a recent interview of his. Stuff I believe in and agree with but put way better by him.
… one of my jobs is to encourage people to be bold. It’s incredibly hard. Experiments are, by their very nature, prone to failure. A few big successes compensate for dozens and dozens of things that didn’t work.
What really matters is, companies that don’t continue to experiment, companies that don’t embrace failure, they eventually get in a desperate position where the only thing they can do is a Hail Mary bet at the very end of their corporate existence. … Whereas companies that are making bets all along, even big bets, but not bet-the-company bets, prevail. I don’t believe in bet-the-company bets. That’s when you’re desperate. That’s the last thing you can do.
My main job today: I work hard at helping to maintain the culture. A culture of high standards of operational excellence, of inventiveness, of willingness to fail, willingness to make bold experiments. I’m the counterbalance to the institutional “no” who can say “yes.”
Where you are going to spend your time and your energy is one of the most important decisions you get to make in life. We all have a limited amount of time, and where you spend it and how you spend it is just an incredibly levered way to think about the world.
Probably my favourite quote of all. Because I am big on passions. And my biggest passion is computers, which I don’t know why is the case but it is.
… you don’t get to choose your passions. Your passions choose you.
Mentioned by Dr. Lawrence Krauss in an episode of the Triangulation podcast:
A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.
A great episode to listen to. I was reminded of Richard Feynman’s books while listening to this.
Science is all about asking questions and being in wonder. It’s the journey. It’s about fun and being enthusiastic.
Two great states to be in are 1) confused and 2) not knowing. It’s only when you think you know it all that there’s a problem! And it’s ok to be wrong. You learn when you realise you are wrong!