In the Monthly Binge, Vehr team members share their current indulgences, from apps and social media to movies, shows and more.
- Wordle: If you haven’t played or heard of Wordle, odds are you’ve seen its boards with colored tiles scattered throughout your social feeds. Wordle was just a growing trend entering 2022, and now the New York Times-acquired word game is easily the most popular of its kind since Words with Friends.Here’s the deal ─ Millions play Wordle every day deciphering the same five-letter word in six tries or less. With each guess, you receive hints based on the letters used and their positioning. A grey tile signifies an incorrect letter, and yellow means it’s in the word but the wrong position. Green indicates the letter is in the correct spot. As simple as it sounds, Wordle is the ultimate brainteaser that people can’t seem to get enough of.
While there’s at least some luck involved, a plethora of strategies can be applied to Wordle. Many have a go-to first word, like ‘adieu’ or ‘trace,’ and others like to change it up. Some will sacrifice early guesses to test as many letters as possible, even if it means forgoing a green tile or two. While solving first or second try is an amusing sensation, sometimes you’ll be just one letter short stuck guessing words that rhyme with ‘roast.’ It’s a level playing field but nobody is safe from overthinking today’s Wordle.
- Better Call Saul, Seasons 5/6: The wait is over after a two-year hiatus off the air: Bob Odenkirk, Giancarlo Esposito and the Better Call Saul cast are back. Co-creators Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould struck gold with Breaking Bad from 2008 to 2013, and they’re still digging with the spin-off prequel.
Better Call Saul Season 5, where we saw some older characters and their worlds begin to collide with Saul’s improbable law career, was finally added to streaming ahead of the Season 6 debut April 18. Diehard fans know a few more familiar faces are set to return in the show’s final season, setting up an epic conclusion for one of greatest television franchises of all time. There’s never been a better time to hop on the Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul bandwagon.
- Discz: If you listen to music throughout the day or find yourself looking for new bands and artists like me, Discz is a must-have application. Spotify and other major listening platforms have their various features to expose you to unfamiliar sounds that match your taste, but those algorithms have their flaws and tend to get repetitive quickly.
Discz is comparable to the intersection of your Discover Weekly playlist and a dating app. Suggestions are generated based on your listening habits, and songs you swipe right on are added to your Spotify. You can also follow other profiles to keep up with a friend’s new findings and post songs to populate their recommendations feed. Give Discz a shot next time you’re searching for some new soundscapes.