Media Diary (March 2023)

Here’s some stuff I’ve experienced lately (and not necessarily only new releases):

Daisy Jones & The Six (TV): Love the whole vibe, can’t wait to finish it

John Wick: Chapter 4 (Movie): That staircase finale!

Main Accounts: The Story of MySpace (Podcast): When life was simpler

Succession (TV): Obviously

Cocaine Bear (Movie): Was exactly what I needed it to be

The Coldest Case in Laramie (Podcast): Fascinating to hear it unfold

Yellowjackets (TV): Glad it’s back, ready for the ride

Women Talking (Movie): Thoroughly enjoyed this, and like it said on the tin, there was indeed a lot of women talking

The Consultant (TV): Totally unhinged and epic!

Money Shot: The Pornhub Story (Movie): Fascinating

History of The World: Part I (Movie): Honestly not sure if I’d ever seen this before, can’t believe some of the bits he got away with back in the day

History of the World: Part II (TV): Definitely a fan, the Beatles segments were solid gold

Hell House (Movie): Absolutely captivating

Perry Mason (TV): Had kinda forgotten about this show, but this new season is strong

Ruthless: Monopoly’s Secret History (Movie): Of course there was shameful capitalist backstabbing involved

Jared From Subway: Catching a Monster (TV): I’d never known just how dark this story was, yikes

Lucky Hank (TV): Fun so far, and a great treatment for Saul withdrawal

Sin Eater: The Crimes of Anthony Pellicano (TV): I’d been vaguely familiar with his story, but this was a great overview

Chris Rock: Selective Outrage (Movie): Didn’t expect him to go that hard at the end

Planet Sex with Cara Delevingne (TV): Just started this, but loving so far

Waco: American Apocalypse (TV): Like catnip for me

Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut (Movie): I’d never seen this version, think I prefer the theatrical cut (if only for nostalgia’s sake)

Ted Lasso (TV): I still enjoy it, but I’ve never been on the “this show can do no wrong” team

The Reluctant Traveler (TV): He’s a delight as always, but we get it, you’re reluctant

My Weirdest Work Experiences

If you count a college summer job (for which I worked on, no joke, a non-porn site called Pork Central), I’ve been working professionally on the web and web-adjacent stuff for 25 years now. 💀

As you might imagine, I’ve seen some things in my tour of duty, so I thought I’d round up a few of the most surreal highlights:

  • Meeting up with a bigshot in New York only to have him force me to sit in silence while he re-arranged the icons on his desktop for an excruciating amount of time before allowing the conversation to begin.

  • Recording a video interview with the great Michael McKean, only to watch in horror as the camera ate the tape and rendered the whole thing useless (while he was still standing in front of me).

  • Getting on a private jet (my first and only time doing so) with our company co-founders for a last-minute meeting with 50 Cent’s inner circle.

  • Interviewing at a company that I wasn’t fully sold on, but having them end the interview by taking my corporate headshots and including me in their latest team photos. I did not take the job.

  • Watching Richard Branson “fly” a fake jetpack through a Virgin Megastore. See above.

  • Giving a test iOS device to a co-founder’s brother, only to get it back with the camera roll jam-packed with photos of him shirtless.

  • Being summoned to an all-hands in which the CEO (famous for wearing a pink pocket square) announced new corporate branding by dramatically switching to a black pocket square.

  • Waiting for my flight up north to meet with our small-ish company’s CEO, then seeing her on the cover of Fast Company magazine while browsing around at the airport bookstore.

  • Watching Blazing Saddles at a (now) billionaire’s house.

  • Meeting and discussing website concepts with Cindy Crawford.

  • Sneaking onto a reality show set in an attempt to obtain exclusive website footage by awkwardly hiding a camcorder in my jacket sleeve.

  • Following the announcement and launch of the iPad from Punky Brewster’s house.

  • Looking up from my desk to see Jeff Bezos walk by (right around the time that the Lauren Sanchez news broke).

  • Having to watch a group of engineers do a team building exercise that involved writing goals on paper airplanes and throwing them from a balcony.

  • Working with a great guy on our customer advocacy team that left to pursue his dream of becoming a standup comedian. Mission accomplished, Hasan.

Media Diary (February 2023)

Here’s some stuff I’ve experienced lately (and not necessarily only new releases):

Star Trek: Picard (TV): So incredible to have the gang back together

Triangle of Sadness (Movie): Unexpected and enjoyable

We Were Three (Podcast): A heartbreaking COVID-era tale

Hello Tomorrow! (TV): Love the concept and the “Diet Glengarry” vibes

Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (Movie): It’s getting weak reviews, but I enjoyed it, especially compared to some of the recent Marvel slogs

Cunk on Earth (TV): I could watch this every day

Babylon (Movie): Pretty much a mess, but something you kinda have to see once

Shrinking (TV): Took a few episodes to warm up, but I’m generally into it

She Said (Movie): I’m always a sucker for “reporters in action” films

Stolen Youth: Inside the Cult at Sarah Lawrence (TV): What a wild story

The VelociPastor (Movie): Cannot recommend this enough

Gunther’s Millions (TV): Our dog is a huge fan

Pamela: A Love Story (Movie): Was great to get her side of the story

M3GAN (Movie): Pretty much exactly what I wanted it to be

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