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.

03.19.09 – Thursday

Whereabouts: Philadelphia, PA

Word: zeitgeist [tsahyt-gahyst] noun the spirit of the time; general trend of thought or feeling characteristic of a particular period of time

Birthday: Wyatt  Earp (1848), William Jennings Bryan (1860), Earl Warren (1891), Richie Ashburn (1927), Sirhan Sirhan (1944), Glenn Close (1947), Harvey Weinstein (1952), Bruce Willis (1955)

Occurrence: 1987PTL Club televangelist Jim Bakker resigns due to a sex scandal, handing the reigns over to Jerry Falwell, who proceeded to lead a very esteemed career crusading against such evils as civil rights, homosexuality and Teletubbies, just to name a few.

Standpoint: The new Facebook interface is dreadful. The social networking site is claiming that it’s receiving “mixed reactions” to its new design but I haven’t found anything to suggest that anyone likes it at all. As I’m writing this on Wednesday night, the new Facebook application, “New Layout Vote on Facebook”, has the votes for at 31,825 and the votes against at 514,610. By my calculations (and math is not my strong suit), that’s a 16 to 1 ratio. Not exactly a close-call. Facebook seems to be emulating Twitter with the new design and I’m baffled as to why. Facebook dwarves Twitter in pure traffic volume so why would it change to a more Twitteresque appearance? The “News Feed” on my Homepage now gives me a staggering amount of information about my friends like their results of the “Who Sings That 80s Song?” quiz. I’m glad everyone seems to be scoring so high but do I really care? Not really. At this point, I’m wondering if/when Facebook will cave the way it did last month when it announced a new user’s terms of service only to rescind it days later. Bottom-line: If something is working perfectly fine, don’t redesign its homepage and make navigation cumbersome to the point of disinterest.

Quotation: The truth will set you free. But not until it is finished with you.David Foster Wallace

Soupçon: In the movie Game of Death, the studio changed the plot and used actual footage from Bruce Lee’s funeral after the actor died midway through filming.

Tune: William Shatner has made a name for himself in the music biz by working with the likes of Ben Folds and Brad Paisley. Check out “I Can’t Get Behind That” – a spoken word duet with Henry Rollins. (I like the puppets in the video.)

Link: Ultimate Flash Face – This is too cool. Hours of fun. Try it.

Gallimaufry: The previews for the new NBC drama “Kings” made the show seem pretty ridiculous. Somehow, I found myself watching it this past Sunday night and guess what? Pretty strong. Christoper Egan (Julian Shepherd) is a little too Ryan Phillipe and Ian McShane (King Benjamin Silas) seems to play the same guy in everything I see him in but neither of those things will keep me from watching next week… I’ve read Tucker Carlson’s article “How Jon Stewart Went Bad” a couple of times now and I do feel Carlson isn’t completely off-base about certain points like Stewart’s softball tactics with Kerry in ’04 and Obama in ’08. But, Mr. Carlson, please. If the rest of the media feel that they can’t attack him out of fear or reverence or whatever, I don’t see how the blame falls on Stewart…Check out the 2009 National Douchebag Tournament. And before the comments start coming, the answer is no, I’m not one of the contestants.