Staff Picks: February 2017

like crazyLike Crazy

Like Crazy, directed by Drake Doremus, starring the late Anton Yelchin, Felicity Jones and Jennifer Lawrence, paints the typical magic, confusion and increased velocity of young love. It’s a story we’re all familiar with – boy meets girl, boy and girl fall in love, boy and girl break up, boy dates other girl, girl dates other boy, boy and girl eventually get back together. Don’t be fooled, this isn’t another Justin Long, Drew Barrymore movie. One of the unique impacts that Like Crazy gives is its attempt to paint a realistic picture of what relationships are like in real life. Anton Yelchin and Felicity Jones’ characters get back together, but circumstances have changed, they aren’t the same people and their future is unknown. The ending (don’t worry, I won’t spoil it if you haven’t seen it!), is very much left up to interpretation. Fun Fact: during filming, the actors didn’t follow scripts, rather, were given the overall attempt of the scene and improvised their interactions. If that’s not talent, I don’t know what is.

~ Katherine


plastic moneyBritain opts for plastic over paper

The term “plastic money” has acquired new meaning across the Atlantic as Britain welcomes its first set of currency bills made of polymer – a thin flexible plastic film. About 440 million 5 Pound bills, with the Queen on one face and Winston Churchill on the other, will be available for circulation mid-September. Britain joins countries like Australia, Singapore, New Zeland, Canada in adopting this material that has proven to be more durable, resistant to counterfeiting, easy on the environment and cheaper to produce and will soon see Jane Austen on 10 Pound bills. No sign of Lincoln, Washington and Jackson on plastic anytime soon though.

~ Sushovan


image-2Trello 

Anyone who knows me, knows that I love to-do lists. I love action items, visual reference, and color coding. Enter Trello, the best visual tool out there. I love Trello’s “boards” that I can color code, share with friends, and archive when done! There’s plenty of neat features like “cards” looking faded if past the due date, plus stickers you can put on cards. My favorite has to be the ability to add check lists on already existing check lists. It’s my go to for listing everything from my shopping lists to checking out new places in DC.

~ Elizabeth

Tara Jabbari

Tara Jabbari is a second-year Master's candidate in the Communication, Culture & Technology program at Georgetown University and the Assistant Webmaster for gnovis. She has worked in the United States and New Zealand for non-profits in web management and producing documentaries for the organizations.