Sunday, March 30, 2014


Divergent by Neil Burger
"We're different!"
KBC giveth, and KBC taketh away. Which meant I had to shell out some hard-earned simoleans for the Divergent (2014) cinema experience. As a big Hunger Games fan, I had intended to read the Veronica Roth books first, seeing that they are generally marketed as "similar to the Hunger Games", but you regular readers already know that I'm still knee deep in the Maze Runner series. Still, I was very excited to check out the Summit Entertainment/Lionsgate vehicle for two reasons: 1) My sister Margot's rampant fangirling, and 2) A sneak peak at Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort, who will both star in John Green adaptation The Fault in Our Stars in June.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

"The girl really worth having won't wait for anybody"

I would like to shout out the Radcliffe Publishing Course for assembling this list. It has introduced me to a lot of great books and authors over the last year, and it will remain a valuable source for years to come.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

The city that was hand-made

Mijn naam is Antwerpen
I put on for my city!
Antwerp-based video & interactive media company New Impact released Moving Antwerp, a great promo for the city of Antwerp, on Tuesday. 

Monday, March 17, 2014

Grown Ups 2

Grown Ups 2 by Dennis Duggan
"I do this for ME!"
I know it's probably not a popular opinion, but I really like Adam Sandler movies. Sure, his scripts are pretty unimaginative, he basically plays the same character every single time, and his No. 1 concern seems to be his own enjoyment, but that doesn't mean that his flicks aren't entertaining. In fact, I'm not afraid to admit that Billy Madison (1995), The Wedding Singer (1998), The Longest Yard (2005), and Funny People (2009) are some of my all-time favorites. Sure, you can hammer away at Jack & Jill (2011) if that's the kind of thing that tickles your fancy, but I advise that you seek professional help if that's the case.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

G I R L let me tell you something

He's a Grammy-winning producer and recording artist. A fashion designer. An ageless vampire. I am of course talking about the incredibly talented Pharrell Williams. His music has evolved a great deal from the early N.E.R.D. days, but Pharrell remains smoother than an Armani tux, and his legacy as a master craftsman of hits keeps expanding with every Blurred Lines, Get Lucky, and Happy that he puts out. The man drops smash hits like he's clumsy.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Why I hate riding the bus

why I hate riding the bus

I'm a veteran of public transportation. A survivor, if you will. In my many years as a schoolgoer, I rode buses every day. And I hated every single minute of it. The terrible people*. The unreliability of it all. The horror.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

"Some one fact may be the keynote of success"

Scientific Advertising by Claude C. Hopkins

I recently read a great article on about Scientific Advertising, a 1923 manifesto for research-based advertising by Claude C. Hopkins, aka "the father of advertising". The article kickstarts with a quote by the other father of advertising - research director extraordinaire David Ogilvy:
Nobody should be allowed to have anything to do with advertising until he has read this book seven times.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Tips for the Display Advanced exam

I had already taken the Fundamentals exam and the Search Advanced exam, and so I wasn't planning on pursuing Display Advanced at least for a while, but since my colleague Pieter was preparing for it, I decided to join him. It certainly helps your motivation when someone else is studying, too.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

We're the Millers

We're the Millers by Rawson Marshall Thurber

I had intended to watch We're the Millers (2013) sooner, but then, well, blockbusters happened. Which in my world means summer comedies get placed on the back burner, no matter how much the trailer made me chuckle. It remained on my radar, though, as A) Saturday Night Live sketch writer and alumn Jason Sudeikis is exactly my kind of comic (even though I sort of hate him for stealing Olivia Wilde from me), B) Jennifer Aniston is great in these types of roles, C) director Rawson Marshall Thurber brought us the underrated Dodgeball, and D) Nick Offerman, the manliest man alive, is in it.

Monday, March 3, 2014

"I am twenty-four but feel ten thousand years old"

Yesterday I finished A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius (2000) by Boston native Dave Eggers. I stumbled upon it via Buzzfeed's 65 Books You Need To Read In Your 20s and was immediately drawn to it. [In case you are interested: I also reviewed Never Let Me Go and On The Road.] Eggers' fictionalized memoir reeled in a Pulitzer Prize nomination, was named the 12th best book of the decade by The Times, and helped launch the bestselling career of its author.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Random NBA observations

Tips for the AdWords Advanced exam

Phew. I'm glad that's over with.

Earlier this week I passed for the AdWords Advanced exam, so I am now officially a Certified Individual. Do you approve of me now, Dad?!