06.22.11 – a wednesday

word

burgeon [bur-juhn] v. 1. to grow or develop quickly; flourish: The town burgeoned into a city. He burgeoned into an actor. 2. to begin to grow, as a bud; put forth buds, shoots, etc., as a plant (often followed by out, forth). 3. to put forth, as buds  n. 4. a bud; sprout

birthday

Erich Maria Remarque (1898), John Dillinger (1903), Kris Kristofferson (1936), Ed Bradley (1941), Todd Rundgren (1948), Meryl Streep (1949), Lindsay Wagner (1949), Graham Greene (1952), Cyndi Lauper (1953), Erin Brockovich (1960), Randy Couture (1963), Amy Brenneman (1964), Dan Brown (1964), Carson Daly (1973), Donald Faison (1974)

standpoint

I started writing today’s standpoint but it grew larger than I expected and it grew too late. Come back tomorrow for what I was getting at. Thanks for reading.

quotation

I don’t like that man. I must get to know him better. ↔ Abraham Lincoln

tune

The other day, I heard “Soda Jerk” by Buffalo Tom and remembered how much I loved Big Red Letter Day.

gallimaufry

I’m not the biggest fan of Jackass and its offshoots but I feel for everyone who knew Ryan Dunn, especially Bam Margera.

→ It doesn’t matter who stars in it, I will go see this movie on opening night.

Monique Lawless is “just sick of the lawlessness.” It’s true. You can’t make this shit up, people.

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03.04.11 – a friday

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word

agrestic [uhgres-tik] adj. 1. rural; rustic 2. unpolished; awkward: egrestic behavior

birthday

Antonio Vivaldi (1678), Shemp Howard (1895), Bobby Womack (1944), James Ellroy (1948), Catherine O’Hara (1954), Adrian Zmed (1954), Patricia Heaton (1958), Steven Weber (1961), Evan Dando (1967), Chaz Bono (1969), Buck 65 (1972)

standpoint

All right, I’ll bend to popular opinion. Most of your emails the past two days have been asking me to expound on the whole Charlie Sheen nonsense.

I’d love to write something better than this clip that Joe Taylor sent me but I’m afraid I’m just not that talented. Enjoy.

I enjoy the “gnarley gnarlingtons” quote the most.

quotation

I think I have a duty as a recovering guy to help, to make my knowledge of what I went through accessible. ↔ Charlie Sheen (many moons ago)

tune

The latest of my favorite songs to end up on a television ad, “Sweet Talk, Sweet Talk,” by The New Pornographers.

gallimaufry

The most typical face on the planet Earth looks nothing like anyone I know. Guess I need to meet more people.

→ Both Zsa Zsa Gabor and Elizabeth Taylor are in the hospital. And, while I’m sure neither are psyched about it, they can take solace in the fact that they’re not dead. I was positive both of them were.

Abraham Lincoln was a badass. Sure, the dude has imperfections but I think I’m on solid ground when I say that we all do. Let’s stop trying to disparage the guy. I’d take him over most of you every day of the week.

02.12.10 – A Friday

word

impugn [im-pyoon] v. 1. to challenge as false (another’s statements, motives, etc.); cast doubt upon 2. Archaic. to assail (a person) by word or arguments; vilify 3. Obsolete. to attack (a person) physically

birthday

Cotton Mather (1663), Charles Darwin (1809), Abraham Lincoln (1809), Lorne Greene (1915), Charles Van Doren (1926), Arlen Specter (1930), Joe Don Baker (1936), Judy Blume (1938), Ray Manzarek (1939), Michael Ironside (1950), Michael McDonald (1952), Joanna Kerns (1953), Arsenio Hall (1955), Bill Laswell (1955), Josh  Brolin (1968), Christopher McCandless (1968), Chynna Phillips (1968), Christina Ricci (1980)

standpoint

Everyone talks about how the 1990s were a legendary time for music with groups like R.E.M. and U2 coming into their own, and unknown bands like Nirvana and Pearl Jam breaking out into the music mainstream.

For those of us who were in college during the 90s, we most likely enjoyed the best soundtrack ever to accompany warm beer from a keg and clumsy encounters with the other sex.

Even the one hit wonders were way better than their predecessors and those that have come since. Here’s 5 songs that make my last statement irrefutable.

5. The Refreshments – “Banditos”

4. New Radicals – “You Get What You Give”

3. Deee-Lite – “Groove Is In The Heart”

2. Harvey Danger – “Flagpole Sitta”

1. Hum – “Stars”

There’s tons and tons more, but I thought I’d start off with these classics. Enjoy!

quotation

Sleep, riches and health to be truly enjoyed must be interrupted. ↔ Johann Paul Friedrich Richter

tune

Finally. I found it. Years ago, I downloaded a demo by Glen Phillips titled “Easier.” He’s since released a studio version of it but it left me feeling a little light. It’s pretty effing great.

gallimaufry

Here’s hoping a speedy recovery to President Clinton, who underwent a heart procedure yesterday after experiencing chest pains. Apparently, Clinton is expected to make a full recovery.

→ Truth? Until yesterday, I had no idea who Alexander McQueen was. But, apparently, he was a cutting edge fashion designer who died Wednesday at the age of 40. As someone who’s now closer to 40 than 30, I hate hearing when someone that age dies.

→ Warning to my fellow bloggers: If you run an MP3 blog and you use Blogger, you’re about to be eradicated by Google. Probably a good time to move to WordPress, don’t you think?

04.14.09 – Tuesday

[Note: Today’s post is a little longer than usual due to the passing of Philadelphia’s legendary broadcaster, Harry Kalas – a man who will forever be remembered as “The Voice of the Philadelphia Phillies.”]

Word: sycophant [sikuh-fuhnt, – fant, sahy-kuh-] n. a self-seeking, servile flatterer; fawning parasite

Birthday: Shorty Rogers (1924), Rod Steiger (1925), Loretta Lynn (1935), Pete Rose (1941), Richard Jeni (1957), Brad Garrett (1960), Robert Carlyle (1961), Anthony Michael Hall (1968), Adrien Brody (1973), Sarah Michelle Gellar (1977), Win Butler (1980)

Occurence: 1865Abraham Lincoln is shot from behind by in Ford’s Theatre by John Wilkes Booth.

Standpoint: I remember one afternoon in college. My buddy Joe Taylor and I were watching NFL Films. I mentioned that the narrator’s voice sounded kind of familiar. Joe sat up from the couch. “You don’t know who that is?” I told my friend I didn’t. “It’s Harry Kalas! The guy who calls Phillies games with Richie Ashburn!  Are you shitting me?”I wasn’t “shitting” him. I just wasn’t an avid Phillies fan. At that point, I saw no reason to stir Joe up any further by explaining to him I didn’t know who Richie Ashburn was.

Harry Kalas died yesterday at the age of 73 while preparing to call a Phillies-Nationals game in Washington D.C. Before that afternoon with Joe, I did know who he was. It didn’t matter that I wasn’t a baseball fan. Growing up in Philadelphia, it was nearly impossible to not know the man who could’ve patented the phrase, “It’s outta here!”  After college, I eventually did get into baseball and came to share the common reverence held for “The Voice of the Philadelphia Phillies.” He was one of those rare announcers whose love for the game and his team oozed out into the living rooms of all watching. His soothing voice could go from completely relaxed to incredibly excited with the swing of a bat.

The game of baseball lost a true living legend yesterday. The one silver lining being repeated everywhere was that at least Kalas lived long enough to see one more Phillies World Championship last October. I was actually outside Citizens Bank Park when it happened and heard Kalas call it live when Brad Lidge got that third out. Simultaneously, I heard the roar from the crowd in the stadium. My friends out in the parking lot, looked toward the ballpark and lamented the fact that we weren’t inside to experience the ensuing euphoria. I thought to myself that I wouldn’t have changed a thing. I got to hear the best broadcaster in baseball history call the final out of the World Series. It was the people inside who missed out.

Further Reading.

Quotation: Duct tape is like the force. It has a light side, a dark side and it holds the universe together. Carl Zwanzig

Tune: I first heard this song back on MTV’s 120 Minutes. (Remember when MTV played good songs?) “Mr E.’s Beautiful Blues” immediately made me buy everything I could by Eels.

Gallimaufry: Amazon.com is under fire for their new “adult” policy. The online bookstore has being accused of removing only “adult” literature dealing with homosexuality. (Amazon is claiming a glitch on the site.) Click here to learn more and sign the petition. (Thanks to Beth Treisner)…I suspect that “Facebook Users Get Worse Grades in College” is the first of many articles I’ll read in the next year about the negative effects of the popular social networking site…Al Franken is still not a United States Senator but it appears to be a matter of time until he is. Hey, Minnesota, let the guy in already. Jesse “The Body” Ventura used to be your governor. I mean, seriously.

Incoming: Tomorrow – What’s StumbleUpon?  Thursday – More of your Annoying Sayings/Misused Words (This is now going to be a permanent Thursday thing.) Friday3 Things To Do In Philly When You’re Dead and 5 People I Wish Would Move to Another Planet.