It’s December outside and frost pinches our cheeks. The snowflakes are falling from heaven and almost everybody sings “holidays are coming”, but we should speak a little more about autumn. Or rather – about my November favorites.
November was full with books. Overall I have read 6 books. Among them: “The Power of Habit” by Charles Duhigg, the third book about detective Cormoran Strike from Robert Galbraith “Career of Evil”, a magical world by J.K. Rowling in her “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”, a bestseller “Fates and Furies” by Lauren Groff, a novel “My Sister’s Keeper” by Jodi Picoult . And also among them is a favorite book of November – “Steal Like An Artist” by Austin Cleon. This book is a kind of manifesto for all who is trying to drop a little creativity in life and work. “Steal Like An Artist” is a collection of practical tips following which you can make your life more vivid and memorable.
More details about this book here.
In November, I often listened to singles of British Indie-pop duo “Oh Wonder”. Especially I remembered their song “All We Do” and the clip directed for it. For its creation they addressed to directors and film-makers from around the world with the question “Which does it mean to be human?” The answers they got are in this video – creative, beautiful and strong.
Among the films, watched in November, I want to mention a world premiere – “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”. This film is a dive into the magical world created by J.K. Rowling. Film is named after the book written by “mother” of Harry Potter, which became a basis for the film scenario. Main character is a young zoologist Newt Scamander, who searches the fantastic animals to describe them in his book. Newt had come to New York on business, but accidentally some magical beasts escaped from his suitcase. In addition to these misfortunes, Newt faced with Philanthropic Society, which wants to cover off and destroy all the wizards and witches.
Be the way, this film is a spin-off for “Harry Potter”, the events in film unfold over 70 years to the point when a young Harry Potter first crossed the threshold of Hogwarts.
Great graphics, wizards and muggles (or as they called them in New York – “No-Maj”), excellent actors – as usual in films about the magical world created by J.K. Rowling.
Favorite serial of November is “Marco Polo”. It’s an American history series from Netflix. The series are based on the journey of famous explorer and trader Marco Polo through China in the 13th century. Arrived to China under the reign of Mongols, Marko gets to the court of the Mongol emperor Kublai Khan. Marco learns Local traditions and culture, serves the Khan and gets involved into the court intrigue.
The series came out in 2014 year. Currently, there are 2 seasons of 10 episodes each, and by the information from Netflix the third season is preparing now. Good historical series with Lorenzo Rikelmi as Marco Polo, plunges into the atmosphere of the Far East of 13th century, shows the life and culture, power and wealth of Mongolia and China of those days.
This is a video from TEDx. It’s a talk of Oded Shoseyov – nanobiotechnologist, professors from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He told about researches of plant molecular biology protein engineering and nanobiotechnology, creating super-performing materials that are could change the way we build our future products.
With natural secrets and the latest technologies we can create durable medical transplants, tissues are more efficient and stronger materials. Science and technology work during the last 200 hundred years, and nature works on its secrets during 3.5 billion years. So why not use them?
In November I tried a White Tea Facial Cleanser from Рlanet Spa series from Avon. It deeply cleans the skin, refreshes and restores PH-balance, tightens pores and fine removes makeup.