Tuesday, May 26, 2015

The Battle of the Five Armies

The Battle of the Five Armies by Peter Jackson

Last night I finally watched The Battle of the Five Armies (2014), the third and final installment of Peter Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy. I had very much liked An Unexpected Journey (2012) and The Desolation of Smaug (2013), and so I was more than a bit excited to check out the finale, which somehow I failed to catch in the cinema. What better way to wrap up a long weekend than with elves, orcs, dwarves, hobbits and dragons?

Monday, May 25, 2015

"I think that it is better to be beautiful than to be good"

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
"Be afraid of nothing"
I just finished reading The Picture of Dorian Gray (1891) by Irish author and playwright Oscar Wilde. When I stumbled upon the book in London last year, I knew that I had to buy it -- my former colleague Alan raved about it plenty when we used to man Tony Mertens together. Some research taught me that the book exists in two versions, the one a 13-chapter magazine edition, the other a 20-chapter novel edition. The revised version added some new chapters and divided others, all the while obscuring some of the more homoerotic themes of the story.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

2014-2015 NBA All-Blue Collar Team

2014-2015 NBA All-Blue Collar Team
Work hard.
Stars are important in the NBA. They shouder the load, produce highlights, serve as the face of their organization, sell tickets, and liven up the league in general. Players like Stephen Curry, LeBron James, Russell Westbrook and James Harden are intensely markted athletes and All-Star Game fixtures who make the NBA go.

Monday, May 4, 2015

"Bring benefit to your customers first. Then benefits will naturally flow to you."

Get content, get customers by Joe Pulizzi
Thought leadership.
Yesterday I read Get Content, Get Customers (2009) by Joe Pulizzi and Newt Barrett. I found it in the Queromedia library, which I must admit has been really good to me:

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

"Nothing before you counts. And I can't even imagine an after."

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
"Mondays were the best"
I just finished reading Eleanor & Park (2013) by Fangirl author Rainbow Rowell. The book was a Christmas present from my Mom (thanks, Mom!), but I hadn't got around to it yet. How I stumbled upon Rowell's YA tearjerker? Simple: a Google search for "If you like John Green you might like" showed me that, just like The Book Thief and Thirteen Reasons Why, Eleanor & Park would scratch my Nerdfighter itch. 

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Road Trip: taking suggestions

Road trip - USA East Coast
Unleash the fury!
After talking about it for several years, me and Sarah have at long last pulled the trigger on making a road trip along the East Coast in 2016. As diehard Americanophiles (that's a thing!) we couldn't be more excited about the idea, and watching it come to life is a thing of American beauty.

Sunday, April 19, 2015


Interstellar by Christopher Nolan
Cool story bro
With an exhausting (but fruitful) week in the rearview mirror, I wanted nothing more than to unwind, overeat a bit, and maybe watch a movie. When my movie-crazed sister Margot and Disney-crazed brother Marlon suggested we watch Interstellar, I happily obliged. Sarah was out for the night, I remember having heard great things about the Christopher Nolan vehicle, and a reunion of siblings in the new apartment is always a good idea. Bring on the space and stuff!