03.11.10 – A Thursday

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word

rigmarole [rig-muh-rohl] n. 1. an elaborate or complicated procedure: to go through the rigmarole of a formal dinner 2. confused, incoherent, foolish, or meaningless talk

birthday

Ivan Nabokov (1787) Lawrence Welk (1903), Ralph Abernathy (1926), Rupert Murdoch (1931), Sam Donaldson (1934), Antonin Scalia (1936), Bobby McFerrin (1950), Jerry Zucker (1950), Douglas Adams (1952), Joey Buttafuoco (1956), Jim Pinkerton (1958), Peter Berg (1964), Jesse Jackson, Jr. (1965), Wallace Langham (1965), Lisa Loeb (1968), Terrence Howard (1969), Johnny Knoxville (1971), Joel Madden (1979), Anton Yelchin (1989)

standpoint

For the past few months, I’ve been tinkering with the idea of fulfilling a lifelong dream of mine – doing a spot at a comedy open mic. I decided the other night, it was time to get serious about it and so I began to peruse YouTube for stand up clips for research purposes.

I discovered there was weeks and weeks of viewing options but the ones I found most fascinating were those that involved the comedians dealing with hecklers. Some comedians get angry, some get clever, some try both, but the result is always the same: Never mess with the guy holding the microphone. You’re just not going to win.

Here’s some of the clips I enjoyed the most.

Todd Glass

Arj Barker
Michael Showalter
(not really a heckler but still a distraction)
Jesse Fernandez
Zach Galifianakis

Each of these guys handled it pretty well, I think. I’d like to think that if this ever happens to me I’d be as smooth as Zach Galifiankis but I’d more likely be like Todd Glass.

quotation

When authorities warn you of the sinfulness of sex, there’s an important lesson to be learned. Do not have sex with the authorities. ↔ Matt Groening

tune

One of the coolest aspects of the acts that comprise indie rock is that they’re so much more collaborative than those who came before them. They seem to understand the notion that there’s power in numbers, frequently performing cameos in one another’s songs and, even more often, joining forces to record entire albums. Below is one such example, “The High Road,” the first single offthe new self-titled album from the recent team-up project of Gnarls Barkley’s Danger Mouse and The Shins’ James MercerBroken Bells.

gallimaufry

Just when you thought the bitch couldn’t get any crazier. I didn’t even make the connection until after I read about this lawsuit. But maybe she’s trying to drum up a little buzz because, you know, no one ever talks about Linday Lohan.

This will make you think twice before shushing a woman who’s trying to talk on her cell phone during a movie. Why this dude had a meat thermometer in a theater is something I’d like to find out but, in my experience, my experiences tells me I’m going to be disappointed.

→ Sometimes, when trying to figure out a societal issue, it’s not entirely necessary to pour a boatload of money into some unnecessary research study. In this instance in particular, it would’ve been just as effective to get outside and take a look around.

in memoriam

Corey Haim (December 23rd, 1971 – March 10, 2010) died yesterday of an apparent drug overdose. Here’s a video montage of the troubled child actor chronicling his happier days.

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12.23.09 – A Wednesday

WORD

rogue [rohg] n. 1. a dishonest, knavish person; scoundrel 2. a playfully mischievous person; scamp: The youngest boys are little rogues 3. a tramp or vagabond 4. a rogue elephant or other animal of similar disposition 5. Biology. a usually inferior organism, esp. a plant, varying markedly from the normal v. (used w/o object) 6. to live or act as a rogue v. (used w/ object) 7. to cheat 8. to uproot or destroy (plants, etc., that do not conform to a desired standard) 9. to perform this operation upon: to rogue a field adj. 10. (of an animal) having an abnormally savage or unpredictable disposition, as a rogue elephant 11. no longer obedient, belonging, or accepted and hence not controllable or answerable; deviating, renegade: a rogue cop; a rogue union local

BIRTHDAY

Joseph Smith Jr. (1805), Robert Bly (1926), Chet Baker (1929), Harry Shearer (1943), Susan Lucci (1946), Adrian Belew (1949), Victoria Williams (1958), Eddie Vedder (1964), Carla Bruni (1967), Corey Haim (1971)

STANDPOINT

In the spirit of the holiday season, I won’t rant about any of the issues making my blood boil right now.

Instead, I’ll just wish everyone a happy holiday season. Truly. Spend time with your family, friends or whomever. Enjoy it. Make it count.

Obviously, I won’t be posting for the rest of the week. Come back Monday for some more.

QUOTATION

If one morning I walked on top of the water across the Potomac River, the headline that afternoon would read:  “President Can’t Swim.” → Lyndon B. Johnson

TUNE

Best Christmas album ever? A Christmas Together: John Denver and The Muppets. Listen to it over and over again. You’ll dig it.

GALLIMAUFRY

→ Listen. I get it. George Lopez is not exactly someone who’s thought of as really hip. But his new late night show on TBS, Lopez Tonight, isn’t half bad. He probably dips too much into the whole Latino thing, but he’s kind of fearless about some of the shit he has to say.  

→ Fucking finally. David Goldman, who’s fought one of the most heart-wrenching battles of all-time for custody of his son, has won. Not sure what kind of bullshit law they’re practicing down in Brazil, but the whole country should be ashamed of themselves for putting Goldman through this ordeal.

→ I’ve been saying this for years. Say what you will about Kevin Costner, but Open Range has the best shootout in the history of Western movies. And AMC.com agrees with me.