04.18.11 – a monday

word

threnody [threnuh-dee] n. a poem, speech or song of lamentation, especially for the dead; dirge; funeral song

birthday

Clarence Darrow (1857), Hayley Mills (1946), James Woods (1947), Rick Moranis (1953), Eric McCormack (1963), Conan O’Brien (1963), Eli Roth (1972)

standpoint

Here are some items that are bugging me today.

→ I DVRed Vermeer: Light, Love, Silence, a documentary about my favorite artist Johannes Vermeer and I was all excited to sit down and watch it last night. And it sucked. Too analytical.

“The 10 Best Shins Songs (So Far)” by Wyndham Wyeth was just inaccurate. He included duds like “Saint Simon,” and “When I Goosestep,” while omitting “Australia,” “Girl On the Wing” and “Turn On Me.”

→ In 60 days, Federal wildlife officials are set to take 1,300 grey wolves off the endangered species list. Apparently, the wolves were pretty happy about it. At least they were until they got wind that Idaho and Montana all ready have wolf hunts planned for the fall.

→ On Saturday evening, the Philadelphia Flyers beat the Buffalo Sabres in Game 2 and I think maybe Claude Giroux is reading my blog because he was shooting early on and scored the game’s first goal. Now if we could just convince Jeff Carter to stop coasting aimlessly around the ice and put Scott Hartnell‘s bad decision making in check, Game 3 could be another Flyers’ win. Also, it’s time to go and stick with Brian Boucher in net. Sergei Bobrovsky seems a bit overwhelmed and we might be asking too much from him.

quotation

It’s a strange world of language in which skating on thin ice can get you into hot water. ↔ Franklin P. Jones

tune

In the past few years, I’ve been accused more than once of shunning female singers. Recently, I’ve started to wonder why and I’ve come up with no good reasons. So I decided to remedy that. Lately, I’ve been listening to The 1900s and I’m liking them. Here’s “Bmore.”

gallimaufry

First, my heart goes out to all those across the country who were devastated by the historic outbreak of tornadoes over the weekend. 241 tornadoes in 14 different states killed at least 39 people. The sadness is beyond words.

Also over the weekend, Nicolas Cage was arrested in New Orleans and booked on charges of domestic abuse battery, disturbing the peace and public drunkenness. What I want to know is, during his record pace of making some of the world’s most dreadful movies, how Cage found the time?

Good job, Philadelphia, another unwanted first as the Philadelphia Orchestra has decided to file for Chapter 11

04.15.11 – a friday

word

mythomania [mith-uhmey-nee-uh] n. lying or exaggerating to an abnormal degree

birthday

Leonardo da Vinci (1452), Kenneth Lay (1942), Emma Thompson (1959), Seth Rogen (1982), Emma Watson (1990)

standpoint

Here’s a few things that are on bugging the crap out of me right now.

→ The Philadelphia Flyers lost to the Buffalo Sabres last night in the first game of their best-of-seven series. I’m unhappy about that but still hopeful the Flyers will pull this one out and advance to the next round. For to happen, two things will be needed: First, Chris Pronger needs to get back in the lineup. Second, Claude Giroux needs to stop attempting to complete the perfect pass and shoot, shoot, shoot and shoot some more.

Charlie Sheen, you’ve gone from wildly entertaining to mildly amusing to sadly uninteresting in a few short weeks. Take a vacation. Come back and see us in a month or so, maybe a year. We’ll call you when we’re ready to talk.

→ One of my favorite sitcoms ever is NewsRadio. It was way ahead of its time and probably would’ve lasted years longer were it not for the tragic death of Phil Hartman. ReelzChannel is now playing reruns several times a day. It’s the little things, people.

That’s all I have for today. Thanks for reading.

quotation

The great majority of men are bundles of beginnings. ↔ Ralph Waldo Emerson

tune

A few weekends ago, I was browsing around Main Street Music in Manayunk and the lady behind the counter, who couldn’t have been more helpful, recommended I check out Panoptic Mirror Maze, a new release by Brown Recluse. I was ready to buy it but then she discovered she’d sold all the copies in the store. But I came home and checked the Philadelphia band out online and I definitely like what I hear. Here’s “Notorious.” (Brown Recluse will be playing at Main Street Music this Saturday for Record Store Day 2011.)

gallimaufry

Sometimes the comments morons make on an online news story are actually more interesting than the story itself.

Reading this article filled me with the desire to book a flight to absolutely nowhere. Maybe too much information.

Barry Bonds, you completely suck. Seriously. 

04.20.09 – Monday

Word: euphemism [yoo-fuh-miz-uhm] n. 1. the substitution of a mild, indirect or vague expression for one thought to be offensive, harsh or blunt 2. the expression so substituted: “To pass away” is a euphemism for “to die.”

Birthday: Napoleon III (1808), Adolf Hitler (1889), Lionel Hampon (1908), Tito Puente (1923), George Takei (1937), Ryan O’Neal (1941), Jessica Lange (1949), Luther Vandross (1951), Clint Howard (1959), Don Mattingly (1961), Crispin Glover (1964), Carmen Electra (1972), Joey Lawrence (1976)

Occurence: 1999Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold kill 13 people and injure 24 others before committing suicide during the Columbine High School Massacre.

Standpoint: Last week, I polled all my friends on Facebook and Twitter. I asked them to name the best movie with a one-word title. Also, I was asking everyone I talked to, including my co-workers at The Chestnut Grill, who came up with a ton of them. (Special thanks to Ezgi and Adina on that one.) So, I compiled over 200 suggested titles and whittled (Colleen, you were right. I misused “wheedle”. Live and learn. 4/21/09) the list down to 15 movies. Here is the list (alphabetically) of 15 Great Movies with a One-Word Title, followed by the reason each film made the final cut. Enjoy.

There you have it. Just in case you’re wondering, it’s pretty difficult deciding the best 15 out of 200. The Honorable Mentions are too many to list. I can give you a few movies that never stood a chance. Titanic. Volcano. Twister. Accepted.

I’m sure you can think of a few movies I overlooked or discarded. Tell me which ones and why.

Quotation: Everybody is wrong about everything, just about all of the time. Chuck Klosterman

Gallimaufry: Falling into the “How-Pathetic-Can-I-Possibly-Get” category, Spencer Pratt (“The Hills”) has challenged Ashton Kutcher to a 30-day contest to see who can get the most Twitter followers. Dude, you’re a little late. I suggest concentrating your efforts on something that doesn’t involve some crappy show like “The Hills.” Look into it…All season long on “American Idol,” people have been asking the question, “Why in the hell did they bring Kara DioGuardi on as a fourth judge?” It appears she’s wondering the same thing. Could this be a sign of her exit?…Yesterday was a good day in Philadelphia for sports. The Phillies beat the San Diego Padres, 5-4, off a two-run homer in the ninth inning by Raul Ibanez. The 76ers beat the Orlando Magic in the Game 1 of their first-round playoff series on a last-second jumper by Andre Iguodala. But the highlight of the day in sports, for me at least, was sitting at my brother Jeremy’s new house and watching the Flyers spank the Pittsburgh Penguins, 6-3. Claude Giroux registered a Gordie Howe hat trick. He’s the real deal. (Thanks to Phinally Philly for the link.)

Incoming: This week is up in the air. Besides more of your suggestions for Annoying Sayings & Misused Words, we’ll have to see where the wind takes us.