Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Tom Brokaw & Black Swan

Two things that have nothing in common... but both an experience.

Tom Brokaw.  TL and I listened to him speak at the Lesher Speaker Series in Walnut Creek.  We also got to meet him after the talk.  He was incredible!  Listening to him was like turning on the NBC Nightly news and having an interactive conversation with your television.  It was almost eerie hearing the strong voice of one of the very few journalists widely trusted around the country in person.  I was so fortunate to hear about so many of his adventures in work and his personal life.

My favorite quote of the evening from him was during his talk about social media and technology and where it is headed in the years to come.  He said "a tweet will never replace a first kiss".  So true... but it feels as though we as a society are trying to force it.  It was compelling to listen to his advice & wisdom.  His words were so wisely chosen and he was professional and friendly.
{Bro-in-law Joe, TL, MIL, me & my dad}
Black Swan.  Have you seen this movie?  What did you think?  I still don't know how I feel about it.  It was dark, interesting, and one of those movies that leaves you with this feeling to discuss it with the people you saw it with.  It wasn't the most incredible movie I have ever seen, but I didn't hate it.  Natalie Portman is one of the most incredible actresses.  She was fearless.  I think it's definitely worth seeing.
I hope you're having a great Wednesday.  :)

15 comments:

Meghan said...

Your comments about Tom Brokaw are great. It's crazy to think about the places the world is going and the effect that technology will have on future generations. The idea that a tweet won't replace a first kiss is so true, and you're right that we're working towards forcing such. It makes me nervous to think about what's going to happen. I teach at a school where all the kids have laptops, and it's unreal to me to hear and see the things that they are able to do that I couldn't have even imagined when I was in middle school. If adults aren't able to teach children the proper and appropriate uses of those technologies, children could make real mistakes before they understand it. I would have loved to hear this talk.

Ana said...

Black Swan creeped my shizz out. But, it was really good, in that deep, creepy, make you think way. I loved the music in it and the dancing was amazing. But yeah, weird.

Ali said...

You MET Tom Brokaw? That's...amazing.

I'm with you on Black Swan, still not sure. I am sure, however, that the movie freaked the CRAP out of me.

JMB said...

I have been wanting to see Black Swan! I LOVE Tom Brokaw too! He is one of those voices that you could go straight to sleep listening too (in a GOOD way).
Jealous that you live in a much cooler state and get to go to seminars/conferences such as this one! But happy for you as well hahahaha I GUESS haha. Hope you are having a fabulous Wednesday too!!

Uhmmm you hit the nail on the head with my blog from yesterday!!!

Jocelyn said...

I've been wanting to see Black Swan but the preview make me think it's scary.. is it scary?!

Jessica said...

Black Swan didn't blow my mind but Natalie Portman did some amazing acting! I believed she was crazy!

Ashley said...

I definitely want to see Black Swan. I think I will have to wait and see it with a group of people -- The Husband doesn't usually talk about movies when they are over. lol

~Jamie Kubeczka~ said...

I was wondering about that movie.. I have yet to see it. I was just going to wait and rent it. Happy Wednesday to you!

Lori said...

What a fantastic opportunity to see and meet Tom Brokaw. He is one of my favorites Tracy when it comes to American journalists. Black Swan piques my interest but I cannot go to the theater to watch anything scary ~ I am too much of a wimp! Hope you are having a fabulous Wednesday. xo

Shelley said...

Black Swan is definitely worth seeing! It was a great film!

~Macs Girl~ said...

I think I'm going to wait for netflix to come out with Black Swan

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Jax said...

I love that - "A tweet will never replace a first kiss." So very true. What a cool speaker series!

And as SOON as I saw you reviewed Black Swan, I popped over here to read. I want to see it...but then I'll hear something and think I dont want to see it. I just cant decide, but I think it's worth seeing just to discuss it! And I like your opinion-didn't love it, but didn't hate it. That's kinda how I think I'll feel from what I heard...

Tamela said...

I haven't seen Black Swan yet, but I really want too. I keep hearing mixed reviews on it. Now I just have to find someone to go with me. Or maybe I will just see it myself!

Carol {Everyday Delights} said...

I am beyond jealous you met Tom Brokaw!! I think he is great and I really like his books.