October 28, 2011

word

benighted [bih-nahy-tid] adj. 1. intellectually or morally ignorant; unenlightened: benighted ages of barbarism and superstition 2. overtaken by darkness or night

birthday

Jonas Salk (1914), Iry LeJeune (1928), Charlie Daniels (1936), Dennis Franz (1944), Bruce Jenner (1949), Annie Potts (1952), Bill Gates (1955), Daphne Zuniga (1962), Jami Gertz (1965), Andy Richter (1966), Julia Roberts (1967), Ben Harper (1969), Brad Paisley (1972), Joaquin Phoenix (1974)

standpoint

Couple of things today:

→ Last night Keith Olbermann (@keitholbermann) tweeted about this Halloween costume designed for girls. It’s being sold in the UK primarily but, unsurprisingly, people over here are making a stink about it. Listen, people, if you’ve been to a costume shop lately, you’d find a whole bunch of un-PC shit to complain about. Lighten up.

→ It’s an admirable thing Michele Bachmann has done. This time last year she had the dubious honor of being the stupider version of Sarah Palin. And then she declared she was running for President. She started popping up in interviews and debates actually stringing coherent sentences together. People, myself included, were sort of impressed. But now she’s lost her staff, her political backing and her composure. Time to hang it up, lady, and get back to important work like this.

→ I was looking forward to seeing Anonymous but after reading this scathing review, well, I’m still gonna see it. I have no problem with a reviewer not liking a film but Keith Phipps is obviously too close to the subject material.

quotation

Every vice is only an exaggeration of a necessary and virtuous function. ↔ Ralph Waldo Emerson

tune

Jangly pop music of the indie persuasion. I’m an absolute sucker for it. Luckily, Army Navy is around to provide plenty of it. Here’s “Last Legs.”

gallimaufry

→ I hope everyone has a safe Halloween weekend. Don’t eat too much candy. But make sure you drink plenty. Thanks for reading.

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06.03.09 – Wednesday

Word: octogenarian [ok-tuh-juhnair-ee-uhn] adj. 1. of the age of 80 years 2. between 80 and 90 years old ∞ n. 3. a person who is between 80 and 90 years old 

Birthday: Jefferson Davis (1808), Josephine Baker (1906), Tony Curtis (1925), Allen Ginsberg (1926), Chuck Barris (1929), Raúl Castro (1931), Larry McMurtry (1936), Curtis Mayfield (1942), Billy Cunningham (1943), Anderson Cooper (1967), Rafael Nadal (1986)

Quotation: And in today already walks tomorrow. Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Tune: “After Hours” by We Are Scientists was released last year but it could’ve easily been used in a 1980s John Hughes film.

Gallimaufry: Two nights into Conan O’Brien‘s reign as the King of Late Night as host of The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien and the verdict? So far, so good. Not much has changed. Max Weinberg and the band are still in play. Andy Richter is back after nine years. Quality stuff. ∞ A new social research study is suggesting that we lose half of our close friends every seven years. According to Gerald Mollenhorst of Utrecht University in the Netherlands, our social networks do not diminish in size but 50% of the roster changes. 1,007 people were interviewed. Seven years later, 604 of them were re-interviewed. With the advent of Facebook, I’m not sure that Dr. Mollenhurst wouldn’t be better served starting over. ∞ I consistently mock individuals who preach the dangers of Twitter and Facebook screwing with people’s privacy. I still think the danger is minimal but, listen, you have to use common sense. Don’t be like this guy and announce to the world that you’re in a totally different city, miles and miles away. Why? Because just maybe someone will find out where you live and steal shit out of your house. It’s not the technology that’s dangerous. It’s the lack of common sense.

Incoming: TomorrowHollywood’s Quest to Remake Every Goddam ThingFriday3 Things To Do In Philly When You’re Dead