Thoroughly Thursday - the Fanboy Edition
Welcome back to Thoroughly Thursday, the Fanboy edition. When I was middle school, I had a thing for space, NASA astronauts and Tom Swift stories. As you may imagine, this made me VERY popular (um... no). However, for a time, I relished the feeling of getting lost in astronomy books and imagined captaining a spaceship in my Members Only jacket. It was fun to love something so much that you didn't care that people thought Carl Sagan was boring or that Buck Rogers wasn't the best show on TV. Then, I discovered girls and started trying to dress like Don Johnson. Which, as you may also imagine, was a huge success.
What I'm "Reading" - My Favorite Transgender Comic Ad-libbed an Audiobook
During the summer of 1996, while visiting my sister in Japan, she showed me a VHS tape she had gotten from a British expat living next door, saying "you have to watch this". I then proceeded to ignore my sister, her roommates and Japan as I (mouth agog) watched and then re-watched Eddie Izzard's "Definite Article". Izzard wouldn't break through in the U.S. until a few years later, but he's now a global phenomenon and has written an autobiography called "Believe Me: A Memoir of Love, Death and Jazz Chickens" which I listened to on audiobook when driving to and from Las Vegas last week.
BEST PART: his audiobook narration is chock full of moments where he diverges from the text and adds extemporaneous "footnotes" for passages that he feels needs more explanation.
What I'm Watching - "Sweet Tooth in Japanese is Pronounced Amatō 甘党
I’ve been enjoying this TV show with my daughters called Kantaro: the Sweet Tooth Salaryman on Netflix. Programmer-turned-salesman Kantaro is secretly a food blogger obsessed with Japanese desserts who uses his sales route as a cover to dine at various Tokyo restaurants and sample their signature sweets. Each episode centers on a particular dish that Kantaro wishes to try, the obsessive ways in which he prepares himself for the experience, and the orgiastic depiction of the event itself which includes fantasy dance numbers, beautiful animations and gorgeous food shots. Yes, It is a deeply weird show, but awe-inspiring as star Matsuya Onoe commits wholeheartedly to Kantaro's overwhelming passion.
What I'm Listening To - What Rhymes with "Pulitzer"?
Like most of the industrialized world, I've listened to Kendrick Lamar's Black Panther soundtrack. However, this week, Lamar was awarded the Pulitzer for Music, becoming the first hip-hop artist to receive the honor and one of the few non-classical artists with the distinction. Like many traditional awards fighting to stay relevant, the Pulitzer's decision is an interesting story in itself. The award was given based on his album DAMN. which I hadn't heard before Monday. Now, it's on repeat.
What I'm Doing (for Work) - Leaving The LINQ Las Vegas
It was fantastic to see so many work friends and clients at ISC West last week. I got to meet up with a new client who has a product that can identify government personnel by their fingerprints, faces, and iris patterns while they walk a handful of paces down a hallway. And then I got to see the Dalek that will, most likely, be appearing in my nightmares for years to come. But next time I'm finding a hotel that doesn't make you walk half-a-mile of hallways to get a cup of coffee.
All the best, and remember, tomorrow is Friday. :)
P.S. If you like this email, send it to a friend. They can sign up here.