Thursday, October 17, 2019

Things I'm Reading & Watching: Offspring | The Keepers | The Great Depresh | Bad Blood | Mrs. Everything | The Kettering Incident | The Widow

Elephant at San Diego Zoo During HalGLOWeen
I've once again been stockpiling links because, as I mentioned, I'm trying to wean myself off of Facebook, or at least commenting on news items there. And not that it's any better, but sometimes I can't stop scrolling through Twitter, which brings me to my first link. (after the jump)

How A Massive Facebook Scam Siphoned Millions Of Dollars From Unsuspecting Boomers - BuzzFeed

The article is a deep dive investigation into a company called Ads Inc, based in San Diego, that scammed people for millions by renting Facebook pages from stay at home moms and using virtual assistants from the Philippines, to run scam ads that would offer low cost or free items then subscribing customers to a monthly delivery. People legit got the items, say face cream or CBD oil, but at huge margins and couldn't cancel the service without basically cancelling their credit cards. This shit is happening all the time and not just by this company. The article mentions at least 2 others based in San Diego alone. The foudner was a 'roid user from Poway and donated a whole lotta dough to the local Republican party. And spoiler alert, he died in a helicopter crash in Africa. Sorry, not sorry.

Which gets me to what I've been watching. I maybe mentioned that I started watching this show called Offspring on Netflix. There are seven seasons of the hour long Australian dramedy that is like a combination of Parenthood and Grey's Anatomy. I kinda hate watched it because the main character, Nina, self-narrates her neurotic thoughts and it gets to be super tedious in the later seasons, but I got through it and finished the whole thing. And I'm not really into gushing about actors, but the show has a character named Patrick Reid, played by Aussie actor Matthew Le Nevez, and he. is. smoking. hot. He basically left the show to pursue better acting gigs in the US so they wrote him off with a tragic ending, but it made me watch two other series in which he's far less likable but still smokin' hot, The Kettering Incident and Widow, both available on Amazon. I found the former to be confusing and he plays a shitty corrupt cop but it was still a compelling watch, and in Widow he's pretty shady, too, but he's still hot af.

Aside from those shows, I highly recommend watching The Great Depresh, a comedy special from Gary Gulman on HBO and The Keepers, a limited series about a cold murder case of a nun that will either shock you or not be surprising at all, depending on your opinion of the Catholic church and the criminal justice system.

Aside from that, I finally read Bad Blood - Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup - John Carryou and might do a rewatch of The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley on HBO. I also read Mrs. Everything by Jennifer Weiner, who normally writes light "chick lit" but this one is a lot more intense than her other novels and I really enjoyed it. I'd suspect this one gets optioned for a film like a few of her other novels have. I'm trying to dive into The Testaments by Maragaret Atwood, but when I finally got it from the library, we kicked in full throttle into moving the Casbah from Ticketfly to Eventbrite, so I've been working insane hours trying to keep it all together.

Some interesting articles I've come across:
Unfit for Office - The Atlantic
The Mad Rush to Bulletproof American Schools - Slate
Guys are reporting women on Tinder for the crime of not being into them - Mel Magazine
Dear Live Nation: An Open Letter on Behalf of Photographers and Media
Gas Prices Keep Rising In San Diego County
Margaret Atwood Shouldn’t Exonerate Aunt Lydia
Why the Bay Area Is Having a Massive Power Outage - CityLab
‘Forever Chemicals’ Are in Your Popcorn—and Your Blood - Wired

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