April 12th, 2012

word

pedantic [puhdan-tik] adj. 1. ostentatious in one’s learning 2. overly concerned with with minute details or formalisms, especially in teaching

birthday

Beverly Cleary (1916 and still alive!), Tiny Tim (1932), Herbie Hancock (1940), Ed O’Neill (1946), Tom Clancy (1947), David Letterman (1947), David Cassidy (1950), Jon Krakauer (1954), Andy Garcia (1956), Shannen Doherty (1971), Claire Danes (1979)

standpoint

I would love to offer up something amazingly poignant today but I simply don’t have it in me after the Philadelphia Flyers came back from an early 3-0 deficit to beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3 in overtime.

There’s nothing like playoff hockey.

quotation

You’re playing worse every day and right now you’re playing like the middle of next week  ↔ Herb Brooks

tune

I’ve never been much of a Talking Heads fan but I love “Life Is Long” by Brian Eno and David Byrne.

gallimaufry

→ So George Zimmerman was finally arrested for the murder of Trayvon Martin. But it’s Florida, the state that cheated Al Gore out of the presidency and exonerated Casey Anthony, so if you’re expecting some sort of satisfactory result, don’t hold your breath.

→ Sigh, Bobby Petrino, it’s douchebags like you that make it increasingly difficult to be a guy nowadays. I hope you get everything that’s coming to you.

→ Some of you seem completely uninterested with my recent iPhone 4S acquisition. For the record, I like it very much. Thanks for asking.

07.08.11 – a friday

word

adumbrate [a-duhm-breyt, aduhm-breyt] v. 1. to produce a faint image or resemblance of; to outline or sketch 2. to foreshadow; prefigure 3. to darken or conceal partially; overshadow

birthday

John D. Rockefeller (1839), Nelson A. Rockefeller (1908), Jerry Vale (1932), Jeffrey Tambor (1944), Wolfgang Puck (1949), Anjelica Huston (1951), Kevin Bacon (1958), Toby Keith (1961), Billy Crudup (1968), Beck (1970)

standpoint

I don’t normally post on Fridays, especially during the summer. The reason for that loose guideline is I feel most of you come here when you’re bored at work or bored at home or just simply bored in general and, of the five-day work week, Friday is the least boring and, in the summer, lots of you don’t work on Fridays at all. (The last few sentences were pretty much all conjecture.)

But I’m posting here on this particular Friday because I’m in the mood to do a little braindump. It’s mostly inconsequential nonsense but since not a lot of you will be reading it anyway, why the hell not?

→ This is the last time I’ll be bringing this up (on here, at least) until the fall but I couldn’t be more excited that James Spader is joining the cast of The Office full-time. I’m aware this has been a small obsession of mine since last season’s finale but, really, what’s the harm?

→ If you read yesterday’s standpoint you know exactly how disgusted I am with the Casey Anthony not-guilty verdict. I’m equally distressed with these idiots, like Dr. Phyllis Chesler, who are now coming to her defense to help her rebuild her life. What a fantastically shitty facet of our society.

→ The television ads for Ocean City MD featuring Rodney the lifeguard rescuing people from boredom and dragging them to the beach, well, those ads really annoy me. Just because Rodney is a certified lifeguard doesn’t mean I can overlook the fact that he’s essentially kidnapping people.

All right, folks, that’s all I got. Have a great weekend and, as always, thanks for reading.

quotation

The drive toward complex technical achievement offers a clue to why the U.S. is good at space gadgetry and bad at slum problems. ↔ John Kenneth Galbraith

tune

I was mildly enthusiastic about Duncan Sheik‘s latest album, Covers 80s. Yes, I know, I know, the guy is fluff of the highest order but he writes some solid lyrics and is an above average composer of pop music. Since I’m a fan of obscure ditties from the 1980s, I was cautiously optimistic when I purchased the album with a gift card my brother gave me for my birthday. On first listen, I was unhappy with most of what I heard. But tracks from it keep coming up when I’m shuffling on my iPod and I’m unafraid to say that some of them are growing on me. Like this cover of Talk Talk‘s “Life’s What You Make Of It” featuring Rachael Yamagata.

gallimaufry

It’s common sense to think that something is gonna come along and take a bite out of Facebook eventually. Maybe this will be it.

Josh Hamilton probably got exactly zero minutes of sleep last night because of this awful thing that happened.

→ My entire life, I’ve never experienced a single moment in which I felt the desire to play bass guitar. That all changed once I saw this.

07.07.11 – a thursday

word

catawampus [kat-uhwom-puhs] adj. 1. askew; awry 2. positioned diagonally; cater-cornered  adv. 3. diagonally; obliquely: We took a shortcut and walked catawampus across the field.

birthday

Satchel Paige (1906), Pierre Cardin (1922), Doc Severinsen (1927), Ringo Starr (1940), Joe Spano (1946), Shelley Duvall (1949), Jim Gaffigan (1966), Michelle Kwan (1980)

standpoint

I have a mostly cynical view of the world and, in particular, this country we live in. But, on the other hand, I have optimistic tendencies from time to time. Actually, if I have to be completely honest, it’s probably the other way around. I’m more of an optimist than a cynic.

The more I see of what’s going on around me, I don’t feel like I’ll be that way forever. Perhaps that’s the natural progression of life or whatever. But am I the only one who thinks everything is completely fucked up? Let’s explore the Casey Anthony situation.

Casey Anthony killed Caylee, her two-year old daughter. That’s the bottom line. In my mind, that’s factual information. I disregard the not-guilty verdict that came down earlier this week. She did it.

After her daughter went missing she felt no need to alert authorities. Instead, she partied her ass off for a month straight and even entered something called a hard-body contest. She got a tattoo that read, “Bella Vita” or “Good Life.” She created a story in which an imaginary nanny kidnapped her daughter. She told investigators she worked at Universal Studios, took them there and wandered around for a while before admitting to them she hadn’t worked there in years. She did internet searches for “neck breaking” and “chloroform.” Those are just a few items in the long list of incongruities surrounding the death of Caylee Anthony.

Those things, while damning, don’t translate to Casey Anthony being guilty of murder. But Caylee Anthony was murdered. Her remains were eventually found in three different bags, duct tape attached to her skull, around the area of Casey Anthony’s parents’ home.

Unless you’ve been conducting some sort of research in a remote area of the world for the past year, you all ready know all of the above and more.

And knowing what you know, you most likely had the same reaction on Tuesday when you found out Casey Anthony would serve less than another year in jail and then would be free to go about her life: nausea. Lots and lots of nausea.

I’m of the opinion that a lot of aspects of our society don’t work the way they’re intended but I’ve always been a fan of our legal system. I understand that the prosecution’s case had holes in it a mile wide. But, COME ON. We all know Casey Anthony killed her daughter. At the very least, she had intimate knowledge of how it happened.

I’m pissed about this. Yes, mainly because a defenseless little girl was murdered by the one person in the world who was supposed to be protecting her. But, on a lesser note, I’m pissed because it’s just another incident causing me to inch further away from a closet optimist to a devout cynic.

quotation

More than anything else the sensation is one of perfect peace mingled with an excitement that strains every nerve to the utmost, if you can conceive of such a combination. ↔ Wilbur Wright

tune

There’s a song by The Muppets that’s been in my head for days: “Movin’ Right Along.” I have no idea why I keep humming it but hopefully posting it here will exorcise it.

gallimaufry

I’m continually in awe of these gentlemen. Happy to hear they’re doing this.

I heard about this at work the other day. There’s a lesson here but for the life of me I can’t figure out exactly what it is.

→ I’m going to leave you with a trailer for Awake, a new show on NBC this fall. I’m asking all of you to watch it and let me know what you think. I’ll reveal my thoughts on it in tomorrow’s post.