Brian Alkerton — Pop Culture

The Frank-Bieber Test

Justin Bieber hopes that Anne Frank would've been a Belieber. This has upset a lot of people, but I really can't count myself among them. I feel like it should, but it doesn't seem like a huge transgression worthy of outrage. If he was making asian poses in front of Auschwitz (which I saw when I was there, and god damn if it didn't take every ounce of my strength not to smack the tourists doing it), that's a totally different story, but all he did was expressed his respect for her in the context of his life's work. Self-absorbed?...


It's Only Creepy If You're A Creep

So I got access to Graph Search recently. For those who aren't aware, this is Facebook's new contextual search tool that can bring up results to queries like:

  • Jews who like Bacon
  • Feminists who like Daniel Tosh
  • Parents who like Tom Flanagan

It's great for parties. You can pull up cheesy and obviously contradictory searches, and there's no shortage of people out their whose convictions are, to put it gently, inconsistent. I think there's other searches you can do that start to get a bit questionable. Status updates containing the phrase "I hate my job." Single women near me who...


Media Consumption - February 2013

I'll do one of these posts each month to summarize the things I'm watching and reading.

Movie - Side Effects. In short: great. In slightly longer form: really great.

Steven Soderbergh's a great director, and both Jude Law and Rooney Mara put in awesome performances. What seems to be a story going in one direction changes, and changes again. The twists and turns are really interesting and compelling and it's all beautifully shot and intelligently written, even if it does get a bit over the top near the end. The trailers do a great job of keeping the bigger surprises...


Optics

It ain't what you do, it's the way that you do it.

~The Fun Boy Three feat. Bananarama

Self-awareness is a tricky thing. Too much and you hold yourself back from doing great things. Too little and you do things that make you look like a schmuck. Case in point: The Rosedale Club.

Getting dressed up and going out to share strong drinks and stronger opinions sounds like a great evening to me. Throwing cigars and (explicitly) scotch in the mix, because they're so frequently associated with old white guys talking about how fucking great it is...


Stay Hungry.

Rest In Peace, Steve. This is a story about what happens when you don't follow your dreams.

I've been web-savvy as long as there's been a web. Okay, since Toy Story came out. Thank Steve for that too given his role at Pixar. The first web site I ever visited was www.toystory.com, after a botched attempt at typing an email address into the address bar. But I only opened a website in my own name about 18 months ago... and I moved too late on that.

It was the fall of 2004. I had an iPod and thought podcasting was...