Word: magnanimous [mag-nan–uh-muhs] adj. 1. generous in forgiving an insult or injury; free from petty resentfulness or vindictiveness: to be magnanimous toward one’s enemies 2. high-minded; noble: a just and magnanimous ruler 3. proceeding from or revealing generosity or nobility of mind, character, etc.: a magnanimous gesture of forgiveness
Birthday: Ivan Goncharov (1812), William Henry Seward, Jr. (1839), Alexander Wetmore (1886), Bud Collyer (1908), Sammy Cahn (1913), John D. Rockefeller IV (1937), Roger Ebert (1942), Paul McCartney (1942), Isabella Rossellini (1952), Carol Kane (1952), Dizzy Reed (1963), Uday Hussein (1964), Ray Lamontagne (1973)
Quotation: A lot of what passes for depression these days is nothing more than a body saying that it needs work. – Geoffrey Norman
Tune: A while back, I had a semi-serious problem. Each week, I’d buy close to ten new albums. That went on for about a year or so. Needless to say, no one can listen to that music on a weekly basis. As a result, I had lots of music I never got around to hearing. For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been alluding to the fact that I’m on a mission to experience it all. My lastest find? A Belgian band called Girls In Hawaii. I remember after getting the album From Here To There, I really liked “Short Song For a Short Mind.” I still do.
Gallimaufry: “Let your kid text during dinner! Let your kid text during school! It pays off. Your kid could win money and publicity and a phone.” Those were the words of Kate Moore, a 15-year old from Iowa and the newly-crowned U.S. Texting Champion. She defeated a field of 21 other texters in competitions that included blindfolded texting and texting through an obstacle course. On average, Moore sends over 400 texts-per-day. If her parents are cool with it, everyone else should be, I guess. But what in the world does a 15-year old girl from Des Moines have to say in over 14,000 texts-per-month? ∞ Uh-Oh. Bill Maher‘s pissed. And not at a Republican. The HBO talk-show host is annoyed with the President. “This is not getting the job done, and this is not what I voted for,” said Maher, who’s taking issue with Obama for, among other things, appearing too much on television and failing to take the opportunity to push his promised policies past a weakened GOP. He even went so far as to say Obama needed to adopt some of the brashness of George W. Bush. “He needs to stop worrying about being loved, and bring out that smug, insufferable swagger that says ‘Suck on it, America!'” Now all we have to do is wait and see if other liberal pundits make the same leap and start attacking Obama, who has so far been treated as messianic/untouchable. ∞ Camping enthusiasts and hippies alike took a blow yesterday. The Original Outdoor Outfitter, Eddie Bauer Inc., has declared bankruptcy, a move that most likely means the closing of its 370 retail stores nationwide. The Belleville, WA company is hoping it doesn’t come to that, but I’d suggest going out and getting that new tent you’ve been ogling before it’s too late.