Daily Archives: May 21, 2007

mmmhh..Great….and…not so great…

mmmhh…GREAT

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Freaks and Geeks – If you never watched this short lived NBC sitcom, please go out and buy the box set right now. The creator, Judd Apatow has gotten pub recently because of the “The Fourty Year Old Virgin”, etc. but this is really his funniest stuff. The episode where Sam wears his Parisian nightsuit is a little slice of heaven. Plus the main character reminds me of my friend Kaley.

Interpol – The Heinrich Manuveur – Although, I was not blown away by their performance in Indio last month, this new single has me excited for their upcoming album. Makes me want to smoke cigs, make really bad student films at NYU, and drink lots of stella.

The National “Boxer” – New album picks right up where the wonderfully sublime “Alligator” left off. Makes me want to not shower for a fortnight, lose 2 stone, wear the same military jacket everyday,and furiously scribble lyrics in a notepad in a coffe shop with gloves like Judd Nelson in “The Breakfast Club”

Eye of the Sports Guy – ESPN Page 2’s the Sports guy has great podcast with NBA journeyman Paul Shirley – Bill Simmons continues to amaze and Shirley is definitely the funniest/smartest NBA player ever…except maybe Paul Moekeski’s face. I want to be friends with these guys or at least play blackjack with them.

The New New Thing – Re-reading this book about Silicon Valley legend Jim Clark. Michael Lewis’ writing is superb. It would be cool if my classes in b school had made Liar’s Poker, Moneyball and this book mandatory.

NOT SO GREAT

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“House of Payne” – This looks like the biggest nightmare ever. I am going to have to dedicate a whole column to this travesty. I mean watch this preview…I would rather watch a Robin Williams double bill featuring Bicentennial Man and Patch Adams than this moronic series.

Motorola Q – Without a doubt the worst phone I have ever owned. I am currently debating how to destroy this clunky device once I overpay for the iphone. I have a feeling it’s like the villain from Terminator 2 and will just reform except with even worse battery life than it has now.

When did the tipping point reach its tipping point?

Similar to many, I too am a big fan of Malcolm Gladwell. He is obviously brilliant but with the added bonus of resembling a cross between Shelley Duvall and Sideshow Bob. Additionally, he is a Canuck. ( I love Canadians for some reason, they produce great bands, comedians, and are unfailingly nice and polite). I subscribe to many of his theories, although I found “Blink” too be somewhat far fetched, and was underwhelmed by his TED performance. Then again, my biggest achievement to date was making what I consider to be a historic mix CD in 2003. Incidentally, watch this Tony Robbins performance at TED. I know he’s cheesier than a striped shirt guy dropping his Hummer off at valet,  but this particular session is remarkable. All of the captains of industry in the room are skeptical at first, but within five minutes he’s got the audience in the palm of his hand. Watch this when you need an “attitude adjustment”, and I swear it will work. I don’t care if you’re more cynical than a early 90’s Woody Allen..it will do the trick.

Alright back to the lecture at hand, yesterday I was reading all the articles on the recent acquisitions of digital marketing firms, and almost every author described it as the tipping point for the online advertising industry.(Isn’t it crazy to think that the yellow pages and online ad spend are still neck and neck? I don’t know one person who uses the yellow pages!) It got me thinking, when did the phrase the tipping point reach its tipping point? I would be a good exercise to to trace its path into the public lexicon. I, myself use the term far too much along with the words, “superfluous”, “leverage”, “advantageous” and “mitigate” . I really want to start incorporating “vis a vis” and “ergo” into my everyday conversations as well to sound extra pretentious. The moment when I realized the tipping point had reached the tipping point is when the Roots choose it for an album title.