Monday, August 26, 2013

Celtics add 15th guaranteed contract

Boston Celtics sign European guard to roster 2013

Eminem to return from three-year hiatus with MMLP2

There had been some rumblings about Eminem's eighth solo effort, but the latest Beats commercial (which appropriately premiered during the MTV Video Music Awards) finally reveals the album title (Marshall Matters LP 2) and its official release date (November 5).

Thursday, August 22, 2013

"Always in motion is the future"

The Conversation Manager by Steven Van Belleghem

My brother Marlon recently recommended The Conversation Manager by social media savant slash marketing professor slash B-Conversational chief Steven Van Belleghem. He spent 11 years at InSites Consulting and I have had the pleasure of receiving a guest lecture by him during my Social Media course at Plantijn Hogeschool (now AP Hogeschool).

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Sir Yes Sir!

Sir Yes Sir performing

I recently attended a Sir Yes Sir gig at Jour Tibour. I had heard about the Tijs Delbeke-led 5-man collective on now-suspended current affairs program De Kruitfabriek in February, but I had not yet familiarized with their music. Even though it rained, and most people took shelter under the trees, Sir Yes Sir gave a great performance: their songs are mature and multi-layered, the inclusion of the saxophone is awesome, and you should definitely check out their debut album We Should Talk.

Monday, August 19, 2013

"The highest of distinctions is service to others"

World War Z by Max Brooks

Earlier this month I saw Marc Forster's World War Z. When I read in Humo that the movie was basically a loose interpretation of Max Brooks' 2006 horror novel, I decided to also check out his well-received effort, which peaked at No. 9 on the New York Times Best Sellers list. Via a series of interviews, the story of World War Z, the decade-long global war against zombies, is told.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Now You See Me

Now You See Me by Louis Leterrier

To celebrate our five-year anniversary, me and my beautiful girlfriend Sarah went out to see Now You See Me by French director Louis Leterrier. Usually, we select movies by means of teaser trailers and interviews, but today, we pretty much decided upon our choice at random. I'm glad that we did!

Saturday, August 17, 2013

"We've crowded in here to hide from the future and the past"

The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp

I found out about Tim Tharp's The Spectacular Now via this list on I brought it with me to the seaside this week and tore through it in little over an afternoon. I really hate that I did: I liked The Spectacular Now so much that I wished I had savoured it. I can't wait to go see the movie.

Monday, August 12, 2013

World War Z

World War Z by Marc Forster

Anti-Hollywood Hollywood star Brad Pitt is a popular target for ridicule. Though I am not a big fan of his, I must admit that with the right script (Fight Club, Moneyball) or the right role (the Ocean's trilogy, Inglourious Basterds), he can deliver solid performances. My sister Margot convinced me to go see his latest behemoth action effort World War Z.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Can a butterfly sing?

Basketball ads are no longer mini music videos - like here, and here. Hip hop has ceded to viral tactics and humor. Los Angeles Clippers power forward Earthquake Blake Griffin, a popular vehicle for funny ads, now co-stars in the new Jordan Super.Fly2 spot, alongside swagged out streetball sharpshooter D'arryl Drain.

"It is as if the light were ebbing out of the world"

The End Of The Tether by Joseph Conrad

Because I really liked Joseph Conrad's detailed writing in Heart Of Darkness, but not very much the story, I decided to also check out Conrad's 1902 short-story The End Of The Tether. 

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

"We live, as we dream - alone..."

Heart Of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

I came across Heart Of Darkness, an 1899 short-story by Polish-born author Joseph Conrad, via the same Radcliffe Publishing Course list that also ranked Their Eyes Were Watching God. Heart Of Darkness served as the basis for Francis Ford Coppola's 1979 epic war film Apocalypse Now.