03.14.11 – a monday

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word

banausic [buhnaw-sik, -zik] adj. serving utilitarian purposes only; mechanical; practical: architecture that was more banausic than inspired

birthday

Albert Einstein (1879), Sir Michael Caine (1933), Quincy Jones (1933), Billy Crystal (1948), Rick Dees (1950), Chris Klein (1979)

standpoint

I was going to write some scathing shit about the media’s coverage of the tsunami but while I was in the middle of it, I heard something so summarily sad.

In at least one town in Japan, survivors are lined up in front of a store and, before entering, informed they’re only allowed to leave with a total of ten items.

All of you great thinkers out there who are wasting everyone’s time bashing whoever happens to be on the other side of the aisle, try to gain a little focus.

Translation? Go to your neighborhood supermarket, purchase more than ten items, leave the store, step onto dry ground, look up at the sky and thank whatever imaginary deity you have chosen to believe in that an ocean didn’t destroy your life.

If you disagree with me, here’s some problems with your dumb-ass: You’re limited in functionality of the mind. You’re an absolute anchor to the furthering of the human race. You’re a joke and so irrelevant it’s beneath the rest of us to address it. And, the worst part is you’re completely oblivious to the fact I’m most likely talking about you.

Have a great day!

quotation

If you couldn’t write it and sign it, don’t say it. ↔ Earl Wilson

tune

I’ve most likely posted this before but if you think “Glynis” is Smashing Pumpkins‘ best song, well, I don’t want to finish the sentence. Use your imagination.

gallimaufry

Go explore the internet. Let me know if you find anything interesting. I’ll post it.

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11.16.09 – A Monday

WORD

foment [foh-ment] v. 1. to instigate or foster (discord, rebellion, etc.); promote the growth or development of: to foment trouble; to foment discontent 2. to apply warm water or medicated liquid, ointments, etc., to (the surface of the body)

BIRTHDAY

Tiberius (42 BC), Eddie Condon (1905), Burgess Meredith (1908), Griff Rhys Jones (1953), Dwight Gooden (1964), Diana Krall (1964), Lisa Bonet (1967), Martha Plimpton (1970), Oksana Baiul (1977), Maggie Gyllenhaal (1977)

STANDPOINT

OK, so I had a whole big thing written about how modern society is making the free-thinking individual an endangered species, but, for once, I want to recollect my thoughts on it, and rewrite it. So it’ll be here tomorrow. Count on it.

“If you are out to describe the truth, leave elegance to the tailor.”  – Albert Einstein

QUOTATION

Now I know the things I know, and I do the things I do; and if you do not like me so, to hell, my love, with you!Dorothy Parker

TUNE

Recently, I’ve been giving a closer listen to Time To Die by The Dodos. I think “Two Medicines” is the best track on the album. I’ll probably change my mind by tomorrow. But right now, that’s my official stance.

GALLIMAUFRY

→ Man, does everyone have a sex tape nowadays? Carrie Prejean, the moron who used to be Miss Calfornia, apparently let an old boyfriend tape her masturbating. And now some porn company has a hold of it. Just a matter of time before it gets leaked, if it hasn’t all ready. People get rich over this kind of shit. Even in this economy.

→ I don’t care what you think. I’ll admit it. I have always loved Allen Iverson. His current debacle with the Memphis Grizzlies might, sadly, be his swan song in the NBA.

→ I used to do a segment on this blog named Annoying Sayings & Misused Words. Check out how Cracked.com ripped me off. Also, they probably did it better than I ever did.

06.22.09 – Monday

Word: prevaricate [pri-var-i-keyt] v. to speak falsely or misleadingly; deliberately misstate or create an incorrect impression; lie

Birthday: George Vancouver (1757), H. Rider Haggard (1856), Erich Maria Remarque (1898), John Dillinger (1903), Bill Blass (1922), Kris Kristofferson (1936), Ed Bradley (1941), Brit Hume (1943), Todd Rundgren (1948), Meryl Streep (1949), Lindsay Wagner (1949), Graham Greene (1952), Cyndi Lauper (1953), Freddie Prinze (1954), Garry Gary Beers (1957), Bruce Campbell (1958), Erin Brockovich-Ellis (1960), Tracy Pollan (1960), Amy Brenneman (1964), Dan Brown (1964), Schooly D (1966), Carson Daly (1973), Donald Faison (1974

Quotation: It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer. – Albert Einstein

Tune: When you’re done going through a truly sucky break-up, the first song that you should listen to (loudly) is “I Feel Better” by Frightened Rabbit. Trust me.

Gallimaufry: While the world’s attention has been focused on the election debacle in Iran, few noticed Australia’s latest tragedy – the cancellation of The New Kids On The Block tour. It’s hard to comprehend the desolation and despair. I’m hoping they pull through this. If all this fucking rain contines on the East Coast, the 2009 U.S. Open might not be decided until there’s snow on the ground. As of Sunday night, Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods are all but out of it. Ricky Barnes and Lucas Glover are tied 7-under-par going into Monday morning with Apparently unable to make up his mind, Trent Reznor is back on Twitter. After denouncing social networking media just over a week ago, the Nine Inch Nails frontman came back to life with, “And fuck you, trolls. I’ll tweet if I feel like it … @Mariqueen and I are an unstoppable force of greatness – so SUCK IT.” Yeah. I guess if you’re a troll and you feel like Reznor shouldn’t be tweeting, you probably should suck it. I’m at least half-sure of that.

04.09.09 – Thursday

Word: histrionic [his-tree-on-ik] adj. 1. of or pertaining to actors or acting 2. deliberately affected or self-consciously emotional; overly dramatic, in behavior or speech

 

Birthday: Charles Baudelaire (1821), Hugh Hefner (1926), Tom Lehrer (1928), Jim Fowler (1932), Carl Perkins (1932), Marty Kroft (1937), Peter Gammons (1945), Dennis Quaid (1954), Marc Jacobs (1963), Paulina Porizkova (1965), Jenna Jameson (1974), Albert Hammond, Jr. (1979), Keshia Knight Pulliam (1979), Jesse McCartney (1987)

 

Occurrence: 2003Saddam Hussein’s statue is toppled to the ground and destroyed by the Iraqi people as U.S. forces take over Baghdad. That was six years ago. When, exactly, did we win that war?

 

Standpoint: A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a post about sayings or phrases that I find annoying. Since then, I’ve received emails and comments, both here and on Facebook, from all of you who wanted to share your annoying sayings. I found that what really bother some of you are frequently misused words. I picked the top three and did a little research. Here is that I found:

 

  1. “irregardless” vs. “regardless” – “Irregardless” is not a word. At least, not an accepted one. According to dictionary.com, “Irregardless” is a non-standard word because of the two negative elements ir- and –less. The site presumes that “those who use it, including on occasion educated speakers, may do so from a desire to add emphasis.” On the other hand, “regardless” means, “having or showing no regard.”  The winner: regardless
  2. “supposably” vs. “supposedly” – This one is going to disappoint some of you. Dictionary.com says both are fine. “Supposably” is defined as “to believe or assume as true; take for granted.” “Supposedly” is defined as “assumed as true, regardless of fact.” I don’t really see a difference, do you? The winner: it’s a tie
  3. “orientate” vs. “orient” – “Orientate” is actually a word. It means, “to arrange in order; to dispose or place (a body) so as to show its relation to other bodies.” (No, I don’t think that means an actual human body.) “Orient” has many different meanings, including one that resembles the above one for orientate. However, the one that fits with the way most people use both these words is “to familiarize (a person) with new surroundings or circumstances.” So when someone says, “I had to orientate him into the new apartment,” they’re misusing the word. The winner: orient

So, there you go. I still can’t believe that “supposably” is a word. Thanks everyone for your contributions.

QuotationIt’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer. Albert Einstein

 

Tune: Over the weekend, I was having a conversation with a certain someone who insisted that all bands would choose making the big time over being a consistently working, moderately profitable one. I disagreed. Example of one such band? Cloud Cult. Here’s a blurb from the band’s official bio: “Despite offers from major labels, Cloud Cult has chosen to remain independent, recording and releasing their albums through Earthology Records, a not-for-profit environmental record label established by Minowa in 1998. On a self-funded shoe-string budget they have achieved top 20 CMJ radio charting for all of their last three albums, a domain usually reserved for the SubPops and Merges of the world.” My favorite Cloud Cult tune is “Hurricane and Fire Survival Guide.”

 

Link: Lights – Not sure if I’ve posted this before, but wanted to share it. Takes a few seconds to figure out.

 

Gallimaufry: Everyone’s talking about the Philadelphia Phillies’ new World Champions rings. Reviews have been good. I even overheard on lady call them “stunning.” I think the rings are pretty god-awful but I’d probably wear one if I’d just won the World Series. A shame they can’t present the team with the rings every night. The Phillies won in impressive style, coming back late in the game to win 12-11 after being down 10-3 (Thanks to Phinally Philly for the link)…Iron Man 2 began filming recently. Looks like Iron Man cast members Robert Downey, Jr. (Tony Stark), Gwyneth Paltrow (Pepper Potts) and Samuel L. Jackson (Col. Nick Fury) will return for the second installment while Don Cheadle will replace Terrence Howard as James “Rhodey” Rhodes. New cast members will include Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Mickey Rourke (Whiplash) and Sam Rockwell (Justin Hammer). It’s rumored that there will be appearances by Jeff Bridges and Tim Robbins but nothing solid yet…Think status updates on Facebook and tweets on Twitter are getting impossible to follow? If so, you’re not going to like where Mashable’s Jennifer Van Grove is predicting for the future in “A Brief History of the Status Update.” Personally, I think it’ll be great.

 

Incoming: Tomorrow – My “Top 3 Incredibly Cool Things To Do in Philadelphia This Weekend” and some other amazing stuff.