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Learn Yourself with Kenny Powers

“When my ass was 19 years old, I changed the face of professional baseball. I was handed the keys to the kingdom, multi-million dollar deals, endorsements. Everyone wanted a piece of my sh*t. Just a man with a mind for victory and an arm like a fu*king cannon. But sometimes when you bring the thunder, you get lost in the storm.”

What do you mean, you haven’t spent any quality time with Kenny Powers yet?

Trust me, you’ve got to. Start by watching season one of HBO’s Eastbound & Down (especially the scenes with Will Ferrell’s BMW dealer) and then follow the legendary pro ball player “working towards my comeback” on twitter.

Even K-Swiss reckon that signing up the straight talking, hard living sporting legend (played by Danny McBride) to be the spokesman for their Tubes training shoes is going to pay dividends.

Dispensing his own unique brand of motivational advice (‘Powerisms’) along the way, the campaign kicked off with Powers making his demands to K-Swiss (“This ain’t my first rodeo”) and features US football players Jeremy Shockey (“Nice to children, mean to the weight room”) and Patrick Willis.

Excellence, Achievement, Attention – you can view the whole thing on the K-Swiss micro site. I’m a bulletproof tiger, dude!

A Man Must Have A Code

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Seems like I’ve bookmarked dozens of articles / films about The Wire over the last couple of years… Here’s some of the best, including this New Yorker piece which provides a fascinating insight behind the scenes of filming in Baltimore:

“The show’s departure from Hollywood formulas may be nowhere more palpable than in its routine use of nonactors to fill the minor roles. No other television drama, it seems safe to say, features an actor whom one of the show’s lead writers helped put in prison with a thirty-four-year sentence.”

In fact, so much of The Wire’s narrative is based on ‘real life’ people and events, it’s no surprise that a new doc about the life and times of kingpin Avon Barksdale has now been created.

Meanwhile, Charlie Brooker evangelises about how the show is “truly multi-layered… an angry and intelligent show that offers no easy solution to the problems it focuses on.”

David Hepworth discusses how “for African-American actors ‘The Wire’ must be as significant as the advent of sound. It provides them with twenty key characters who are as complex and imperfect as the people their white counterparts have been playing for years. For once not hidebound by the need to present ‘positive images’ they play havoc with the archetypes.”

Nick Hornby and David Simon – a fascinating exchange which highlights some intriguing opinions on both journalism, screen-writing and ‘story telling’:

“My standard for verisimilitude is simple and I came to it when I started to write prose narrative: fuck the average reader… He knows nothing and he needs everything explained to him right away, so that exposition becomes this incredible, story-killing burden… Here’s a secret that I learned with Homicide and have held to: if you write something that is so credible that the insider will stay with you, then the outsider will follow as well.”

And for those who know the story of Omar, Bubbles, Bunk and McNulty, Rawls, Stringer, Avon, Snoop, Marlo, Cheese, Prop Joe, Clay Davis already, here’s the 100 Greatest Quotes:

Weeping Angels

Don’t blink. Don’t even blink. Blink and you’re dead. They are fast, faster than you can believe. Don’t turn your back. Don’t look away. And don’t blink…”

Without wanting to geek all over your face, this short interview with Doctor Who’s new head writer, Steven Moffat (responsible for some of the best/scariest recent stories including The Empty Child and Blink) offers an interesting insight to his take on the ‘franchise’. As an aside, Moffat’s creation – the Weeping Angels – are set to make a comeback in the next season, and can also be seen in this short film on the Who website.