I don’t watch a lot of TV. I actually don’t really watch any TV. My schedule is as such that my day is pretty packed, so if I get roped into a series, it ends up becoming an unnecessary distraction. Occasionally on a weekend night, Jack will grab a movie and we’ll hang out on the couch and watch it. If we start it the second the girls go to bed (7pm), chances are I’ll stay awake through the whole thing. Otherwise, the night usually looks like this.
1) Put in DVD. 2) Eat snacks. 3) Grab blanket. 4) Start watching movie. 5) I fall asleep on the couch. 6) Jack finishes the movie. 7) The next morning I read the plot summary on Wikipedia and then we discuss.
Admittedly, I’m kind of lame. TV watching is reserved for when I’m sick, and when that happens, I go through an entire season within a day and a half. Downton Abbey, holla at me.
BUT, I have come to discover that I *love* TED Talks! Love them! I can search for them by time length (there are several under six minutes) or topic, and often I can just listen to them while I’m puttering around doing household chores. I feel like it’s a great way to learn something new or be inspired or just entertained in little bursts of time. Here are (just) five of my faves.
1) How to Grow Fresh Air by Kamal Meattle (time: 04:07)
I’ve been really interested in plants as potential air-cleaners, so I found this talk to be pretty compelling. Jack came home one morning and found me standing in the living room, surrounded by plants. “It looks like the set of Jumanji in here.”
2) How to Use a Paper Towel by Joe Smith (time: 04:32)
This talk is funny/clever, and this guy is on admirable mission. :) Worth the four minute investment.
3) Let’s Use Video to Reinvent Education by Salman Khan (time: 20:27)
The internet is kind of a weird place, but this video is the perfect example of how technological advances can be used for good. I love this video (twenty minutes long, not boring at all). PS, if your kid is struggling with Math, do give his free website a try.
4) How Schools Kill Creativity by Sir Ken Robinson (time: 19:29)
Actually… any TED Talk by Ken Robinson. I’ve found them all to be incredibly thought-provoking, and this one in particular moved me to tears (yeaaa, okay, it doesn’t take much).
5) How to Succeed? Get More Sleep by Arianna Huffington (time: 04:11)
This video has been inspired me to try to get in bed by 10p every night. “We are literally going to sleep our way to the top.”
If I listed all of my favorites, this blog post would be a mile long. I’d love to share more in another post if there are other TED fans out there, AND I’d love recommendations as well.