And now, a review of the “Mad About You” subway advertisement

The New York City subway system is lousy with advertisements. This is one of them:

Mad About You, a peak 90s television series that is getting a revival that I don’t think anyone truly asked for. (These things keep popping up, don’t they? What’s next, more “Dharma & Greg?” At least they didn’t call it “Madder About You.” Hopefully that “the old show but new” naming convention ended with Fuller House” and “Girl Meets World.” If not though, I anxiously await things like “4th Rock from the Sun,” “Caroline in the Suburbs,” and “Wings but everyone is having less fun because it’s set in an airport and we live in a post-9/11 world.”) Paul Reiser and Helen Hunt return as Paul and Jamie Buchman.

Very excited to watch “Mad About You” a new limited series event, exclusively on my premium cable channel Spectrum Originals, which I have because I’m a Pell Grant Recipient who started and operated a business in a disadvantaged community for three years.

Man, this would have been such a better post back in July when Kamala Harris announced her student loan debt plan. Remember that? Alas, we must play the hand we are dealt. Or in this case, we must make the outdated references we can think of when deciding to do something like write a review of something we see plastered up in a subway station that advertises a questionable TV show revival. Anyway…

Rating: 4.0 crippling student loan debt probably prevents many from subscribing to more than one — if any — streaming service, let alone pay for an entire cable package just to access Spectrum Originals, while on the other hand the people who loved this show when it was on the air in the 90s won’t understand how to access Spectrum Originals or even know they have it, so I ask, “who is the audience here?”/10

Puma is out here giving away sneaker contracts, and I want in

In case you haven’t heard, Puma of all companies has been making some waves in the world of sneakers that NBA players are contractually obligated to wear. After lying in wait, biding their time for 45 years, the company has signed four presumptive lottery picks — Deandre Ayton, Marvin Bagley III, Michael Porter Jr., and Zhaire Smith — to deals. Bagley’s deal in particular is reportedly the biggest for a rookie since Kevin Durant signed his seven-year, 60 million dollar deal with Nike.

It does not end there for Puma though, as they have also scooped up a veteran player in Rudy Gay, given their first endorser and NBA legend Walt “Clyde” Frazier a lifetime deal, and brought Jay-Z (who presumably knows a lot about basketball sneakers after seeing many of them close-up while sitting courtside) on board as Creative Director for basketball. And all of this of course neglects to mention the fact that WNBA star Skylar Diggins-Smith has been signed with Puma since April.

Clearly, Puma is in the mood for handing out contracts, to which I say: Hey Puma, your sneakers may be the least favorite pair I have owned in a while, but boy do I got some ideas! Continue reading “Puma is out here giving away sneaker contracts, and I want in”

Sansa Snark: Season 6, Episode 3


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Previously on recapping Game of ThronesWHOLE BUNCHA PEOPLE BACK! This week…

Season 6, Episode 3: Oathbreaker

You ever have one of those weeks where terrible things happen, and you could not really give a shit about most other things, let alone recapping some fantasy show people irrationally love so much that they send death threats to the actors who portray characters they do not like? Well I have, so apologies in advance if things get a little intense in here, or at least, more confrontational towards this show, than usual. Just know it has nothing to do with you. You are wonderful.
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Strictly Butter: Savages’ Adore Life

This is a written review/opinion piece/thorough examination of the new(ish) Savages album Adore Life. You can find a version of this scrawling in Episode 11 of my podcast Strictly Butter (hence the title of this post.) I’m going to do my best to try and make this a regular thing. That is, writing up my thoughts on an album, having also spoke about them on a different platform. Anyway,

Silence Yourself, the oft acclaimed debut from Savages, was also one of my personal favorite albums of 2013. I was very taken by its unrelenting intensity and energy, and ended up doing a lot of air-drumming to it while sitting in my cubicle at work. There may have even been an elevator “jam sessions” (see: dancing, see: awkward flailing about) to it.

I have however, been very nervous about the release of their album, Adore Life, for a few months now. The band released a couple of singles ahead of time, as bands looking to generate hype for their albums tend to do, and I found neither particularly enjoyable. They felt overproduced. They felt lacking. Imagining what the final product might sound like scared me. Continue reading “Strictly Butter: Savages’ Adore Life”