Monday, April 29, 2013

One big step for gay empancipation in sports

Jason Collins opens up to Sports Illustrated about his homesexuality

NBA center Jason Collins (who played for the Boston Celtics and the Washington Wizards this season) came out as gay in an interview with Sports Illustrated. He is the first active athlete from any of the four major American sports leagues to reveal his homosexuality.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Celtics avoid first-round elimination with overtime win vs Knicks

Boston Celtics avoid elimination with vintage Paul Pierce performance

I have to admit: things started looking bleak as the Celtics mustered a mere 75.0 PPG on 37.1 percent shooting through Game 3.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Untamable

Mercedes and BBDO create cool billboard for new Mercedes CLA

This morning I saw the billboard ad for the new Mercedes CLA. You can check it out in Brussels, Liège, Charleroi, Antwerp and Ghent. As you can see, the "untamable" CLA is tied down with actual ropes.

Dikembe Unchained


There is nothing that four-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year slash humanitarian Dikembe Mutombo likes more than swatting shots. Check out Mt. Mutombo and his iconic finger wag as they star in this hilarious ad for Geico.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Savages

Savages by Oliver Stone

Since reading the review for "Savages" (directed by Oliver Stone) in Humo last year, it was near the top of my Movies Bucket List, but it wasn't until yesterday that I finally watched it. 

Monday, April 22, 2013

"Some things they should stay the way they are"

The Catcher In The Rye by J.D. Salinger

Yesterday evening I finished reading "The Catcher in the Rye" by J.D. Salinger. The whole book is told from the perspective of Holden Caulfield, a directionless boy who is undergoing psychological treatment in a mental hospital.

The story chronicles his life in the few days after being expelled from Pencey Prep. We learn that Holden has lost his brother Allie to leukemia and that he has quite some resentful feelings towards people and their annoying habits.


Sunday, April 21, 2013

2012-2013 NBA Awards picks

KIA Awards for the 2012-2013 NBA season

Coach Of The Year

Despite the absence of Derrick Rose (ACL), a makeshift Bench Mob, and injuries to Joakim Noah, Taj Gibson and Richard Hamilton at various points during the season, Chicago coach Tom Thibodeau still guided his Bulls to a 45-37 record and a respectable No. 5 seed in the Eastern Conference(Winner: George Karl)

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Boston Celtics by the numbers

Kevin Garnett and the Boston Celtics are underdogs now. Even though the numbers favor them.

315-161

That's the regular season record of the Boston Celtics since they acquired Hall of Fame power forward Kevin Garnett in the summer of 2007.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Hang in there, Boston

Tragic events can separate people or bring them together. The whole world is praying for the victims of the Boston Marathon blasts. The Chicago Tribune lead sports page even remarked upon the tragedy:

"The singularity and the accidentalness of life"

Twilight Of The Superheroes by Deborah Eisenberg is a collection of touching short stories about human relationships

I just finished reading "Twilight of the Superheroes" by Deborah Eisenberg. The book is a collection of touching short stories about the delicacy of human relationships. The premise is that all people are scarred in some way, and that everyone, in their own way, is just trying to make sense of the world.


Thursday, April 11, 2013

Dimitri Maex & Sexy Little Numbers

Sexy Little Numbers by Dimitri Maex is a worthwile introduction to data optimization

Last October, my college lured math marketer Dimitri Maex of OgilvyOne to Antwerp to speak at the Marketing Experience Days. I chose to attend his presentation because A) Ogilvy is a top advertising and marketing agency and B) I am a big fan of advanced statistics (albeit mostly in basketball).

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

The Nacirema Nightmare

The Nacirema Dream by Brooklyn spitter Papoose is a nightmare

Between 2004 and 2007, Brooklyn native Papoose was my favorite spitter in the game. He released 19 classic Streetsweepers mixtapes in that span, racked up Mixtape Artist of the Year awards as if it were nothing, and he was hailed as the savior of New York hip hop. When Papoose appeared in the popular video for "Touch It" in the summer of 2006 and later that year inked a lucrative $ 1,500,000 deal with Jive Records, we were all losing sleep over his debut album.
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