When Starship Captains Tweet (and other Internet adventures)

Disclaimer: I never wanted to write a blog post about Twitter. It just kind of happened, after I realized there were some real “tweet gems” out there, many of which come from my favorite famous people. End disclaimer.

Sometimes (read: most of the time) I feel like the Internet is just one big timesuck. People are spending all their time arguing on YouTube, sharing awful Buzzfeed articles, trying to create the perfect Pinterest board…all of which are pretty pointless ways to spend your time when you think about it. Unfortunately that doesn’t stop me from spending a gross amount of time staring at my computer screen, although I’m working on beating the habit.

Twitter can be especially/surprisingly addicting, whether you’re tweeting about what shampoo you just bought or searching #shampoo hashtags or reading about what shampoo your favorite celebrities are endorsing. The most mundane subjects can become hot topics in the Twittersphere. But then when Diane Keaton tweets to you about where you should get married, you can’t help but admit that Twitter (and social media in general) is a pretty cool thing. I mean, one of my idols acknowledged my existence! And liked the picture I shared! And gave me life advice! I generally don’t follow too many celebrity accounts, but I do really respect those who regularly engage with their fans. And it’s amazing that probably 10 years ago that interaction was much less common. In honor of this, I wanted to share some of my other favorite celebrity Twitter accounts (currently, 40% classic rockstars, 60% Star Trek actors):

@DrBrianMay Brian May tweets about a lot of random things, including nerdy space posts, concerns about wildlife/environment, and epic concert selfies. Occasionally he gets offended by someone saying Adam Lambert isn’t talented. Kind of a wild card, and a truly fascinating/educational rockstar Twitter account:

@RingoStarrMusic Oh myyyyy gosh, I only recently discovered the phenomenon that is Ringo’s Twitter account. I’ve never seen someone embrace emojis so sincerely:

There’s something delightfully endearing about old rockstars embracing the art of the selfie. Please never stop tweeting, Brian and Ringo.

@WilliamShatner If you’re looking for detailed live tweets about TV shows and a reliable source for National Food Days, William Shatner is your man. The man loves social media (reading material: his surprisingly insightful Tumblr post about G+…keep in mind that Shatner is 83 years old!), and I’m pretty impressed by his dedication across different sites:

Also, love his interactions with NASA and ESA:

And in the Impossible Not to Love category… @TheRealNimoy Leonard Nimoy has the most adorable tweets. My favorite thing was when he declared himself grandfather of everybody who wanted to be his honorary grandchild:

@SirPatStew And finally, a one stop shop for Patrick Stewart’s awesome pics, especially all those with Ian McKellen:

I also love how most of them have a Twitter signature: Bri, R***, MBB (My Best, Bill), LLAP (Live Long and Prosper). A little something left over from the days of more formal communication, perhaps?

PS, speaking of social media: I did in fact spend part of my weekend creating new Pinterest boards about space, midcentury houses, and trivia (picture rounds in trivia are surprisingly tough – I’m determined to get better at identifying flags, state quarters, and 1940s actresses). I like to think that at least some of these boards are educational, and not all of my Internet surfing is mindless. Point of this post: the Internet is cool (except when it’s sucking away your life), and reading famous old men’s twitter accounts can be hilarious. Now go read a book or something.

"I thought she was a sandwich."

Random/cute video of the day: Ringo singing “Act Naturally.” Aww.

I listened to Help! on the way to work today and realized how much I love all the songs on that album (“I’ve Just Seen A Face” and “You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away” are some of my all-time favorites). Then I was tempted to watch Beatles videos, so on the shuttle back, I spent a good 20 minutes trying to load the correct video for this post. I think anyone around me who happened to glance at my laptop would think I was just watching the same video of Ringo Starr over and over again. Which, I guess, wouldn’t be too out of the ordinary for me.

Some more Help!-related videos:

Bathroom scene. The one in 1080p got deleted, sad day.
– The Fab Four’s groovy pad. I would love to live there. With the Beatles. Yes.
– A really high quality video of Help! live at Shea Stadium.

Of the Blue Colour of the Sky

edit: OK. Just stop everything right now and take a couple minutes to watch this video and you will see why OK Go is so amazing to me. SERIOUSLY. It is unbelievable how amazing they are.

Original post: OK Go’s new album comes out tomorrow!!!! You better bet I’ll be on the first bus to Amoeba after class gets out. I am stoked. Back in May last year when Jocelyn, Lauren, and I saw OK Go in San Diego, they played a bunch of songs from this album and we’ve been (not so) patiently waiting for it ever since! You can listen to the album in full here. So far my favorites are “This Too Shall Pass”, “Skyscrapers”, and “Last Leaf”. I LOVE THIS BAND!

The new single/video for the song is a major trip (in Damian’s words, “psychediculous”). Check it out!

The “making of” video is also pretty great. Dan-with-chair is still my favorite part.

Also, I feel terrible for not knowing this until today, but Ringo Starr also has a new album due out tomorrow! Ahhh what a horrible Beatles fan I am! The first two videos here give you a sneak peek. I’ve never really gotten too into Ringo’s solo stuff, but the two songs in these videos feature Paul McCartney aaaand tabla. What’s not to like??

STOP! and smell the roses

Wishing you all peace and love on Ringo Starr’s birthday!

In my search for relevant Ringo/Beatles videos, I came across several that I had never seen before (trust me, it’s a rare occurrence). The first is a music video that features a lot of band…double win! Silly Ringo, I’m glad he never took himself too seriously:

And the next one includes all four Beatles, in some kind of outtake from the First US Visit DVD (I only have it on VHS, apparently I’m missing out!). It’s exactly what the title says – they’re so fascinated by the recording equipment! Especially John, haha. “It’s gear!”

The First US Visit film is great. I highly recommend it, if you’re at least somewhat interested in the Beatles. No acting or scripted lines, just the Fab Four having fun in New York. The whole film is basically them messing around in hotel rooms and trains and dance clubs, with some TV performances in between. How can you not love them after watching those videos??!

Liverpool I left you
Said goodbye to Admiral Grove
I always followed my heart,
So I took it on the road.
Destiny was calling,
I just couldn’t stick around
Liverpool I left you,
but I never let you down.

-Ringo Starr