February Favourites

It’s Favourites time! What did you get up to last month?


Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is a hilarious show chock-full of even better musical numbers. Here’s one of my favourites:

Aziz Ansari’s Master of None follows actor Dev Shah’s love life. Discussing race, gender, and the complexities of immigrating to America, Master of None is funny but thoughtful.
I wasn’t planning to enjoy Netflix’s reboot of Queer Eye. Ever since What Not To Wear folded in 2013, I was determined to not let any other makeover show take its place in my heart. But Queer Eye has beaten it fair and square. It has all the fun of a typical makeover show, with the added bonus of a charming, all-gay cast.


Ingrid Goes West is a weird, funny take on how Instagram affects us. The eponymous Ingrid is a young woman that obsesses over the lives of random, aspirational, avocado-eating ladies she finds on Instagram. Unsurprisingly, it all turns to shit. This movie was bonkers but also incredibly compelling. Go watch it!


I never thought a lengthy video of a man dismembering an entire tuna could be exciting. Yuji Haraguchi shows us how.

Kasey Golden draws all 150 pokemon from memory, in her own distinctive style.

Sacramento Koi made a documentary describing how they purchase koi from rural Japanese breeders.

Michelle Erickson, previous Ceramics Resident at the Victoria and Albert Museum, recreates an 18th century agateware teapot.


After about a year of skirting my mayoral duties, I finally came back to my town in Animal Crossing: New Leaf. The game is just as sweet and entertaining as I remembered. If you’re looking for a laid-back, slice-of-life game, this one’s for you.
Developer Hit-Point recently released Tabi Kaeru (Travel Frog). This precious game lets you pack your frog’s backpack with food and equipment as it travels across Japan. If you’re lucky, your frog will give you a lovely postcard, and some souvenirs to enjoy upon its return! Unfortunately, Tabi Kaeru is still entirely in Japanese, but you can find an English visual guide here.


If you need a quick pick me up, try r/mousegifs!

Have a great March, everyone!

Featured image from Pixeljeff.tumblr.com.


October Favourites


What Happened to Monday (2017) is set in a dystopian future where people are forced to have one child maximum, despite multiple births becoming common. Thanks to this law, seven identical sisters (Noomi Rapace) have been forced into hiding for their entire lives. Each sister gets to leave their home one day per week, disguising themselves as ‘Karen Settman’. I love gritty, dramatic dystopian movies and this (mostly) didn’t disappoint. The only drawback this film had for me is that the sisters are meant to be English, but Rapace’s thick Swedish accent breaks the illusion.


Boku no Hero Academia is a funny, snappy anime about a world where everyone’s a superhero.

I watched Arrested Development for the first time, and it was amazing. My especial favourite is the acclaimed never nude, Tobias.


I fell down a Youtube rabbit hole into the world of beautiful, bug-eyed fish. My favourite is Jennifer Lynx’s Solid Gold Aquatics, a treasure trove of goldfish expertise.


Buzzfeed’s Another Round is a comedy podcast hosted by Heben Nigatu and Tracy Clayton, with a helping of booze and squirrelphobia. Listen to my favourite episode below:

Red Handed is a new true crime podcast that is absolutely riveting. Honestly, all the episodes are good, but the show might not be for you if graphic descriptions of physical and sometimes sexual violence.


Sarah Knight’s The Life Changing Magic of Not Giving A Fuck encourages us all to do just that. Here’s to ignoring the Kardashians!

Featured image from Solid Gold Aquatics.

May favourites

I’ve been listening  to The Emancipation of Mimi and 4 non-stop this month. When are Mimi and Bey going to collab tho?

Designated Survivor is a tense, fast-paced show concerning an alternate America where almost all of congress has been murdered in a terrorist attack, and one man with no political experience finds himself becoming president in the aftermath.

Chef’s Table profiles a different chef in each episode, from the eccentric (Magnus Nilsson – why do you want us to eat moss??) to those that actually seem to make good food (Ivan Orkin’s ramen dishes). As a latina, the chefs that really stuck out to me were Alex Atala, and Virgilio Martínez. Seeing their countries, and national cuisine being treated with such love, and care by these chefs was a wonderful change to the pitying narratives usually shown in the media.

Virgilio’s quinua con colinabo y cebolla perla

I watched Perfect Blue after seeing Super Eyepatch Wolf’s video essay discussing it, and I was absolutely floored. If you like psychological thrillers, this is for you.

For fellow nerds that are currently stuck without a roleplaying group, I recommend The Adventure Zone –  a podcat hosted the McElroy brothers, and their dad play D&D every other week.

Imrie and Satia are two black British women that host Melanin Millenials, a topical podcast packed with clever debate, sideeyes, and salt to taste.

Emma Donoghue’s 2010 novel Room explores the reality of a young boy, who has been trapped inside a single room with his mother for his entire life.

Imani Perry’s More Beautiful and More Terrible discusses the enduring anti-black racism of America, and encourages us to thoughtfully continue our activism.

bell hook’s seminal The Will to Change argues for the importance of including men, and boys (especially those of colour) in feminism in order for true progress to be made.

Ijeoma Oluo is an incisive, intersectional feminist writer. You can find her work here.

I’ve recently finished reading the Luna brothers’ Girls and Ultra comics – the storytelling is fascinating, even if the art tends to be flat.

PKSparkxx’s Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild playthrough continues to be something I look forward to every week.

Nyappicat’s dance covers are AMAZING and definitely worth checking out. Full disclosure: she’s my best friend so I’m only a tiny bit biased.

Featured image from Mariah’s instagram.