03.19.10 – A Friday

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tome [tohm] n. 1. a book, esp. a very heavy, large, or learned book 2. a volume forming a part of a larger work

birthday

William Bradford (1890), Wyatt Earp (1848), William Jennings Bryan (1860), Earl Warren (1891), Moms Mabley (1894), Irving Wallace (1916), Richie Ashburn (1927), Phillip Roth (1933), Ursula Andress (1936), Sirhan Sirhan (1944), Glenn Close (1947), Harvey Weinstein (1952), Bruce Willis (1955), Andy Reid (1958)

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Drums, please. Once again, it’s time for another installment of the Wishing Well, a weekly post detailing wrongs I wanted to see righted in this decaying world of ours.

I WISH everyone would stop with the, “I told you so’s,” about Philadelphia 76ers guard Allen Iverson. Like many of us, the fellow has his share of problems. Why is it that when people like A.I. start facing his their demons, most of us feel the need to point out how right we were all along? Cut the dude some slack, for crying out loud. Compassion is truly dead.

I WISH we’d all just agree to the fact that FOX News, like most other news channels, is a bunch of right-wing nonsense. Why are we still having this debate? Are people really that stupid? Don’t answer that. I’m all ready down on people to know the answer.

I WISH I’d never seen the footage of former Olympic skier Bill Johnson‘s crash on Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel. It made me so uneasy, I won’t even post it here.

I WISH I never read another “helpful” piece, or hear anyone complain, about how we are losing our privacy online. Seriously, folks, let’s get stop trying to figure out what’s wrong with the internet and start a nationwide search for our common sense.

I WISH I was at this year’s SXSW. Next year, I’ll be there. Try to stop me suckas!

What about you, people? What are you wishing for?

quotation

Paranoids are not paranoid because they’re paranoid, but because they keep putting themselves, fucking idiots, deliberately into paranoid situations.Thomas Pynchon

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One of the best kept secrets of the Philadelphia music scene, although he shouldn’t be because he’s that damn good, is Ben Arnold. He’s been playing around here for two decades now and, if you ever have the opportunity, you should definitely check out one of his live shows. Here’s “So Low.”

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I’ve never met Lerato Nomvuyo Mzamane but, for this alone, I love the woman. Let’s all hope she puts Oprah in her proper place.

→ When I read garbage like this, I’m absolutely certain, sooner or later, no one will be allowed to do anything at all. Ever.

→ Holy shit. When I grow up, I want to be exactly like this guy.

→ For the record, I’ll have nothing to say about college basketball, which is currently experiencing an episode of “madness,” due to an overall dearth of fondness for the proceedings.

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03.06.09 – Friday

Whereabouts: Philadelphia, PA

Word: reductio ad absurdum [ri-duk-shi-oh ad ab-sur-dŭm] Latin 1. proof of falsity by showing an absurd logical consequence  2. proof of truth by demonstrating the falsity of alternatives  3. the carrying of a  principle to impractical lengths

Birthday: Michelangelo (1475), Cyrano de Bergerac (1619), Lou Costello (1906), Ed McMahon (1923), Wes Montgomery (1925), Alan Greenspan (1926), Marion Barry, Jr. (1936), Ivan Boesky (1937), David Gilmour (1946), Rob Reiner (1947), Tom Arnold (1959), D.L. Hughley (1963), Shaquille O’Neal (1972),

Occurrence: 1899Aspirin becomes a registered trademark of Bayer. Still the best thing for a headache, in my opinion.

Irksome: An impoverished Michael Jackson held a news conference yesterday in London’s O2 arena announcing that the 10 farewell shows scheduled there for July of this year would be his last. The King of Pop uttered, by my count, 12-15 full sentences. The rest of the press conference amounted to, judging by the footage, a mostly adult-male audience screaming “Michael!” at the top of its lungs. Besides his brief statement, Jackson managed to bust out some impromptu moves and concluded the event by jutting his fist out in defiance (most likely aimed at his depleted bank accounts), poignantly staring at the crowd and blowing kisses, presumably at some of the younger members in attendance. People love to debate whether Jackson is still technically a member of the male gender. After watching yesterday, I’m inclined to debate whether he is still technically a member of the human race. At this point, I’m reasonably sure that he is the sole member of his own species.

Quotation: Damn, it feels good to disagree with the towering minds of the past. – A.J. Jacobs

Tidbit: The Lovenstein Institute of Scranton, Pennsylvania estimates that George W. Bush’s IQ score is 91. It puts Bill Clinton’s at 182. Click HERE to see how these conclusions were reached.

Song: You’ll either think “Jesus Was Way Cool” by King Missile is really funny or really stupid. There is no in-between.

Link: The Onion – Great site that makes fun of just about everything. Not a huge fan of the layout but the content can’t be denied.

Gallimaufry: Click HERE to listen to Miley Cyrus talk about how she is going to “ruin” Radiohead. Wow…Anyone out there want to explain the value of Twitter to me? I’m ready to listen…I’m becoming more and more embarrassed to be a member of a society that is actually debating Prop. 8. With all of the world’s problems, I find it unbelievably ridiculous that so many people waste energy on denying same-sex couples the opportunity to be happy…If you are looking for something to do this Saturday night, catch Ben Arnold at The Tin Angel. Showtime is 7:30pm…On a personal note, I would like to thank everyone for reading during the inaugural week of this blog with over 700 hits this week. I was hoping for 400. Keep coming back and remember to post comments. Let’s get some chatter started, people. Next post on Monday. Have a great weekend.