04.07.09 – Tuesday

Word: defunct [di-fuhngkt] adj. 1. no longer in effect or use; not operating or functioning: a defunct law; a defunct organization 2. no longer in existence; dead; extinct: a defunct person; a defunct tribe of Indians

 

Birthday: Francis Xavier (1506), William Wordsworth (1770), Percy Faith (1908), Billie Holiday (1915), Ravi Shankar (1920), James Garner (1928), Wayne Rogers (1933), Jerry Brown (1938), Freddie Hubbard (1938), Francis Ford Coppola (1939), John Oates (1949), Janis Ian (1951), Jackie Chan (1954), Christopher Darden (1956), Russell Crowe (1964), Bill Bellamy (1965)

 

Occurrence: Today is World Health Day 2009. Click here to see where the World Health Organization is concentrating its efforts this year.

 

Standpoint: 53. That’s the number of people who have been killed by violent gunmen in the past month. Each incident is totally saddening. The most heinous one (in my opinion) occurred this past Saturday night in Pittsburgh, PA when Richard “Pop” Poplawski shot and killed three police officers from point blank range. Positively nauseating. Truly. Since the shootings and his subsequent arrest, we’ve come to know some things “Pop”. We know that he was stockpiling weapons due to the assault weapon ban proposed by President Obama. We know that he thought law enforcement was unable to protect society as a result of the current economic crisis. We know that he was discharged from the United States Marine Corps for attacking his superior. We know that he was a white supremacist who despised Obama. Lastly, we know that no one around him thought those facts were cause for alarm. His friends and family are sounding off about him like he was a normal guy who simply had a bad day. Here are a few samples: “He wasn’t a racist. He was a cool person. He thought he was losing some of his rights. He said he’d be ready if there’s ever an invasion of the United States and that he had stockpiled food and guns.” “I mean, he’s not a bad kid.” “He was just an easygoing, fun-loving guy, telling jokes.” Huh? A cool person? Not a bad kid? Easygoing, fun-loving guy? I’m confused. I live in Philadelphia, not Pittsburgh, so I’m not an expert on how people talk on the other side of Pennsylvania. When I describe a guy as “cool,” it usually means he’s a relaxed guy, not a guy who’s buying massive amounts of assault rifles online. When I say someone’s “not a bad kid,” I’m always referring to an individual who hasn’t had a standoff with the law. When I think of an “easygoing, fun-loving guy,” I don’t think of a guy who spends his time on white supremacy websites, writing angry rants on ‘the Zionist takeover of America.’” These people should be ashamed of and hold themselves partially responsible for the events of last Saturday night. (To be continued in tomorrow’s post.)

 

QuotationIf by gaining knowledge we destroy our health, we labour for a thing that will be useless in our handsJohn Locke

 

Tune: Joshua Radin is flat-out amazing. His songs have a way of making you happy about feeling miserable. Confused? Listen to “Star Mile”.

 

Link: Create Your Own Flower – Just what it says – Create your own flower.

 

Gallimaufry: Tired of sad and depressing news? Me too. Try this article about a family reunited with its dog, found after months at sea…You can’t attempt to reproduce actual US currency, but no one’s stopping you from creating your own. Communities in Boston and Detroit are printing their own money. Really…The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced this year’s inductees. After I’m sure what was a long and intense deliberation, the selection committee decided to include Michael Jordan.

 

Incoming: Tomorrow – More on this past weekend’s violent events. Later this week – Your Annoying Saying contributions. Cross my heart. I promise.

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03.04.09 – Wednesday

Whereabouts: Philadelphia, PA

Word: aposiopesis [ap-uh-sahy-uhpee-sis] n. a sudden breaking off in the midst of a sentence, as if from inability or unwillingness to proceed

Birthday: Anthony Vivaldi (1687), Knute Rockne (1888), Shemp Howard (1895), Paul Mauriat (1925), Bobby Womack (1944), James Ellroy (1948), Catherine O’Hara (1954), Adrian Zmed (1954), Steven Weber (1961), Kevin Johnson (1966), Evan Dando (1967)

Occurrence: 1634 – The first tavern is opened in Boston, Massachusetts by Samuel Cole. The first of hundreds of thousands.

Irksome: I’m not going to bail after one show but Late Night with Jimmy Fallon is not really doing it for me so far. Mr. Fallon seems like an affable guy and his nervous energy was funny on SNL but he needs to lose a little bit of that awkwardness. Conan O’Brien mastered walking the line between acting confident and playing the geek. Fallon must do the same to capture the late night crowd, especially on the East Coast, where obviously more will be expected of him. I did like The Roots as the house band and the “Slow-Jam the News” of the stimulus package definitely made me laugh. I know Jimmy is capable of more than he showed me Monday night. I just hope he gets the chance to prove it.  

Quotation: Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity.Horace Mann

Tidbit: Yesterday, March 3rd 2009, was a Square Root Day. Third (3) day of the third (3) month of 2009 (9). 3×3=9. The next one is April 4th, 2016. Start planning your square root parties accordingly. I like Miller Lite.

Song: Last summer, I listened to the Public Enemy song, “Harder Than You Think” about 9 million times. I’m not saying you should listen to it that many times. But I don’t think it’s too much to ask.

Link: swaptree – Do yourself a favor and check this out. The premise of the site is paying for new stuff with stuff you already own. I think it’s a great idea.

Gallimaufry: HERE is the blog of one of my favorite authors, John Sellers. Not only is he a talented writer, he also happens to be a good dude. A few months back, I solicited some advice from John about something I was writing. He replied to me in helpful detail and told me not to hesitate to seek his council in the future. Very cool. Also, while visiting Philadelphia he visited The Dark Horse after he read about it one of my stories…Click HERE to read about Sam Roberts.