Friday, May 31, 2013

Boston Celtics offseason wishlist: Pierce & KG edition

Boston Celtics build around Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett

I still believe that with the current core the Celtics can not contend for a title. I would not mind if the roster was shredded and restocked. It is very likely, however, that Danny Ainge decides to ride out the remaining two years of Kevin Garnett's contract.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby by Baz Luhrmann

The Great Gatsby is one of my favorite books, so naturally when Australian director Baz Luhrmann ambitiously took a swing at F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic 1925 novel, my expectations were sky-high. 

Monday, May 20, 2013

Django Unchained

Django by Quentin Tarantino

Shame on me. As a fan of Quentin Tarantino's trademark direction style (Reservoir Dogs), Jamie Foxx' role commitment (Ray), Leonardo DiCaprio with an edge to him (Inception), and Christoph Waltz' cool and suave, I don't know how I had possibly not seen Django Unchained yet. Luckily, that changed this weekend.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

2012-2013 NBA All-Blue Collar Team

NBA blue collar players for 2012-2013 season

I have been playing around with this idea for a little while, and it is probably still a bit rough around the edges, but I decided to throw it out there.

Friday, May 17, 2013

"It kills me sometimes, how people die"

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Last year I discovered and devoured most of Nerdfighter John Green's books. When I scavenged the interweb for similar books, several Internauts recommended Markus Zusak's The Book Thief, so I decided to give it a try. And boy, was it good.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Getting reacquainted with my precious balls

getting the feeling in my balls back

I fractured my wrist on the penultimate day of my Valmeinier snowboard trip in April, and today I finally had the cast removed. The love affair between me and my balls far exceeds the shallow fling between Tom Hanks and Wilson in Cast Away, so I couldn't be more excited!

ball so hard

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Mike Jeffries & the Wrath of the Internet

Abercrombie & Fitch CEO Mike Jeffries

In a recent interview for Business Insider, The New Rules of Retail author Robin Lewis brought back to life a 2006 Salon interview with Abercrombie & Fitch chairman and CEO Mike Jeffries (68). Jeffries states that his cool and popular brand only caters to thin and beautiful people (translation: plus-size subhumans don't belong in A&F clothes) and the resurfaced interview has caused a wild uproar on the Internet.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Jan Van den Bergh & The One Question

I am a recommender by Jan Van den Bergh

Last October, Sportcareers founder Jelle Verdoodt recommended Ik Ben Een Aanrader (translated: I Am A Recommender) during his lecture at the Marketing Experience Days. The book was written by Holaba founder and social media enthusiast Jan Van den Bergh and deals with those few consumers (estimated at 15 percent of total users) who actively recommend your brand - both online and offline.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

"I hope you get where you're going, and be happy when you do"

On The Road by Jack Kerouac is a feverish chase across America

I just finished reading Jack Kerouac's semi-autobiographical novel On The Road. The book was mentioned in The Perks Of Being A Wallflower (which I read earlier this year) and was near of the top of my Book Bucket List.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

The ANAR Foundation and the lenticular ad

The Spanish foundation Aid to Children and Adolescents at Risk (ANAR) recently partnered with Grey to raise awareness for their hotline service. The abribus ad uses a lenticular top layer to simultaneously display different messages for kids and adults.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Iron Man 3

Shane Black brings humor and introspectionism to Iron Man 3.

This weekend I saw the third and possibly final installment of Iron Man. I am a huge fan of both Robert Downey Jr. and Marvel, so naturally Iron Man 3 was one of my most anticipated movies of the year. 

Sunday, May 5, 2013

2012 Offseason winners: revisited

The Philadelphia 76ers never really had Andrew BynumThe Minnesota Timberwolves greatly missed Kevin Love, who broke his hand twice and was shut down

In my preview for the 2012-2013 NBA season, I discussed seven teams I believed had great offseasons and would make a leap from the year before. While I was right about some teams (Heat, Clippers, Nets, Warriors, Pacers), other selections crashed and burned or never even took off.

End of the road for the Celtics

The Boston Celtics fell behind early and could not mount a comeback versus the New York Knicks

It's over.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Don't fight

With Samsung and Apple taking the lion's share of the smartphone market, little brother Microsoft (2.6 percent) just released a wonderfully humorful ad to promote the Nokia Lumia 920. The setting for the ad is an Apple and Samsung wedding. The bride's side are iPhone owners and the groom's side are Galaxy S owners. Naturally, a fight erupts between the two sides.