Saturday, July 27, 2013

The Paperboy

The Paperboy by Lee Daniels

I'm a huge Zac Efron fanboy (I loved Charlie St. Cloud and The Lucky One), so naturally when I saw the trailer for The Paperboy nearly a year ago, it instantly vaulted to the top of my Movies Bucket List. I finally watched it yesterday.

Friday, July 19, 2013


Send pizza rm 4112

Meet Hazel Hammersley. 

The two-year old girl suffers from stage III neuroblastoma and is undergoing treatment in Children's Hospital Los Angeles. To pass time, Hazel and her family do fun and silly things, including, as you my have heard, writing pizza requests on her hospital room window with medical tape.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

"I've done been to the horizon and back and now I can sit here in my house and live by comparisons"

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

I stumbled upon Zora Neale Hurston's cutting edge 1937 novel Their Eyes Were Watching God via this list by the Radcliffe Publishing Course. I had never heard about the book before, but it grabbed me by the throat in such a way that I rushed through it on Sunday.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

The Blonde Bob Saget is having fun again

The Green House Effect Volume 2 by Asher Roth

Five years after The Greenhouse Effect, which featured the unforgettable remake Roth Boys, Morrisville PA native Asher Roth released the sequel to his highly succesful 2008 debut mixtape. The Blonde Bob Saget, probably best known for boozy party anthem I Love College from his 2009 debut album Asleep In The Bread Aisle, has quietly been putting out quality music, despite being stuck in A&R limbo for the last few years.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Classy move, Boston Celtics

Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to Brooklyn Nets

Even though the Boston Celtics agreed to send Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett (and Jason Terry) to the Brooklyn Nets two weeks ago, the much-scrutinized deal could not officially be consummated until today, when the final piece (Kris Joseph) fell in place.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Knock on oak

Andreas Klier invents MyKnoaky

During my summer job at choco, core partner/strategy guru/copywriter Kris Dieltiens mentioned MyKnoaky. He asked me to order a few, and so I ended up on the MyKnoaky website, where I found out that this small piece of oakwood has a wonderful story behind it.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

"The tiniest decision can change everything"

Winter Town by Stephen Emond

Winter Town by comic book afficionado Stephen Emond is the second book I ordered with the help of Emma's wonderful John Green-inspired list on Her Nose In A Book. It felt weird reading a winter themed book with the recent hellish temperatures and all, but I could not put it aside, because it is simply a fun read.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Let there be Les Truttes!

Letter Be Light by Les Truttes

Last night I went to see Les Truttes in a park near where I live. I had heard a lot about them, but I had not yet seen them perform. Their brand new show, Letter Be Light, is an experience in every sense of the word. Their setlist was diverse and creative, master of ceremony Mr S.L.Y. is a true entertainer, and the on-stage dynamics were tangible. I highly recommend that you attend their show if you get the chance.

Jet-set rap rules all on Magna Carta Holy Grail

Magna Carta Holy Grail by Jay-Z

Ten years ago, after the release of his Grammy nominated eighth studio effort The Black Album, music mogul Jay-Z retired from rap. He was never really retired, though, as he collaborated on albums with R.Kelly and Linkin Park, and in 2006 the Michael Jordan of rap released his "comeback" album Kingdom Come. American Gangster (2007), The Blueprint 3 (2009) and Kanye West collaboration Watch The Throne (2011) saw to it that Jay-Z showed up in the charts every few years with hits like Roc Boys, Run This Town, Empire State Of Mind, Otis, and Niggas In Paris. Hov may be rolling in cash, and he may be married to top female R&B artist Beyoncé, but the man still enjoys crafting hit records.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

"People need a reason to believe they're all still here for something"

Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley

I stumbled upon Where Things Come Back via this awesome list on fellow book enthusiast Emma's blog Her Nose in a Book. Instantly I ordered several titles on her list, and it was John Corey Whaley's debut novel that arrived first in the mail. I'm glad it did.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

So many dumb ways to die

At last month's Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, the Dumb Ways To Die PSA for Melbourne rail service Metro Trains demonstrated that creative solutions still trump big budgets. The campaign nabbed a record five Grand Prix awards, 18 Gold Lions, three Silver Lions and two Bronze Lions, outperforming every other campaign in the festival's 59-year history.