Thursday, January 6, 2011

Stuff I'm Into: Early 2011 Version

Every once and a while, I like to take a few minutes and share things I'm into these days... books, movies, music,  whatever...

Here's a roundup of things that I have been into lately.

The Black Swan:  This is a Darren Aronofsky (he did The Wrestler) film starring Natalie Portman.  It's pretty intense psychological mindf*ck of a movie about a ballerina.  I don't want to give too much else about the plot but this movie has it all from great costumes, amazing music and insane performances.  I love movies like this that are hitting it on all cylinders.  Go see it, it will be big at the Oscars....

Clever: Leading Your Smartest and Most Creative People:  This is a book by Rob Goffee and Gareth Jones about leading "clevers".  The adjective "clever" often has a negative connotation in the sense that people often associate it with people who might think they are better than everyone else.  In reality it simply means "to have a skill".  By extension, "clevers" are the people in any organization that create a disproportionate amount of value and leading them requires a unique set of skills and understanding.  The book is a result of hours and hours of interviews with clever people and the people who lead them.

Prince Edward County:  Spent three awesome days over New Year's in Prince Edward County, which is only about 3.5 hours West of Ottawa.  Locals tell me Ottawa people seem to visiting more and more and with the history of the region, great places to stay (at off-seasons prices even better), awesome restos and amazing wines - it's easy to see why.  Stayed at Huff Estates Winery the first night, then The Devonshire Inn for the following two.  Visits to a bunch of wineries but my best experience was at Rosehall Run Winery where winemaker Dan Sullivan treated my girlfriend and I to a private tasting and chat.  Picked up some 08 Pinot and some Chardonnay.

Here are a few pictures:

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