Brian Alkerton

Two Weeks In Europe

At one point during the trip I was talking about comic timing, and how to hold a pause for maximum comedic impact. The girl I was talking to mentioned that I seemed to think a lot about this stuff, and I replied by saying "well, I'm pretty insecure and fundamentally just want to be liked by everyone. I've found telling jokes a pretty effective way of doing that." She was waiting on the punchline, but I didn't have one.

It was just an honest statement. 

After a few days in Barcelona and a week on a boat cruising around the Croatian...


Shaking Things Up

I love Fight Club, but when Tyler says "It's only after we've lost everything that we are free to do anything" I'm not entirely sure I agree.

I get the context - when you've got nothing to lose, consequences don't matter - but I've been feeling similarly liberated of late, if not from consequences then from constraints. The thing about that freedom is that if you don't use it, you don't lose it, you just... waste it. Here's what I mean:

  • I didn't have to write a blog post today.
  • I didn't have to wake up before 11 this...


We Stopped Dreaming

Inspiring words from Dr. Tyson, which make me feel like I could be accomplishing so much more on an otherwise lazy Sunday.


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...


Captain America And The War On Terror

I initially had this thought as I was walking out of Captain America earlier this summer, and let it sit for a while - to the point that it almost became irrelevant because the movie had been out for too long. This weekend's anniversary of the 9/11 attacks makes it kinda relevant again, so here we go! Don't worry if you haven't seen the film, what I'm about to mention is in the first 10 minutes of the film and doesn't go anywhere near spoiler territory.

One of the first scenes of the film is Steve Rogers sitting in a...