08.24.11 – a wednesday

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holus-bolus [hoh-luh’s-boh-luh’s] adv. all at once; altogether

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Howard Zinn (1922), Yasser Arafat (1929), Vince McMahon (1945), Anne Archer (1947), Charles Rocket (1949), Mike Huckabee (1955), Steve Guttenberg (1958), Cal Ripken, Jr. (1960), Craig Kilborn (1962), Marlee Matlin (1965), Dave Chappelle (1973),

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Lots to cover today. Let’s get started.

→ When I’m driving, I often think about the speed limit. Whether it’s 25 mph or 65 mph, we all get kind of pissed when someone is not travelling at, or above, the limit of speed on any given road. I’m wondering if there’s any other aspect of our society in which we have similar expectations.

→ Holy shit, as I’m writing this I’m watching FoxNews’ On The Record with Greta Van Susternen and have come to the conclusion that everyone who has anything to do with this show should be fucking ashamed of themselves. In describing the earthquake, Greta showed why she is on the forefront of responsible journalism with words like, “mass chaos”, “people running for their lives”, “a terrifying 45 seconds which, to many, seemed like a lifetime”, “tremors paralyzed the city”, “some people at the Capitol saying it felt like a plane hitting the building, a very eerie and frightening reminder of 9/11”, and “it was a terrifying afternoon.” The earthquake, while probably caused a great deal of inconvenience to many, didn’t really register than more of a shimmy to those of us who experienced it. What’s worse, it seems like the media was consummately disappointed about the complete lack of casualties as evident in this article’s last line, “Only minor injuries were reported.

→ The folks who work at A&E must have the highest suicide rate of in the history of television. With shows like Hoarders, Relapse, Beyond Scared Straight and Intervention to name a few, it’s pretty much the highlights of how people can screw up their lives. I understand that the premise behind airing these programs is that viewers like to watch to feel better about their own lives but that’s equally pathetic.

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Silence moves faster when it’s going backwards. ↔ Jean Cocteau

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I stumbled upon “The Girl” by City and Colour one night while listening to Pandora. The video is good, the song even better.

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If this article is correct, zoos across the world are gonna become overpopulated pretty damn quick.

David Letterman is the alleged target of a fatwa. Craig Ferguson is receiving suspicious mail. Someone out there (Jay Leno) apparently hates the CBS late night lineup.

→ For the rest of their time together, I think it’s entirely safe to say that former NJ State Assemblyman Pat Delany will never ever again lose an argument with his wife. For instance, maybe she sends him to the supermarket for an assortment of items and maybe he comes home with the wrong kind of cereal. She might get annoyed and say something like, “Dammit, Pat, I wrote it down on the list. Why didn’t you look at the list?” Sample rebuttal? “Hey, I stopped reading shit you write ever since you sent that racist email to Carl Lewis.”

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05.17.11 – a tuesday

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carrel [kar-uhl] n. 1. also called cubicle, stall, a small recess or enclosed area in a library stack, designed for individual study or reading 2. a table or desk with three sides extending above the writing surface to serve as partitions, designed for individual study, as in a library

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Maureen O’Sullivan (1911), Dennis Hopper (1936), Taj Mahal (1942), Bill Paxton (1955), Sugar Ray Leonard (1956), Bob Saget (1956), Enya (1961), Craig Ferguson (1962), Trent Reznor (1965), Matthew McGrory (1973) 

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I went to grade school with Matthew McGrory (see the last name in today’s birthday section). He was a year older than me. I remember him vividly from back then due to the fact he was literally larger than life.

Years later, I was sitting with some friends, watching Big Fish and there was Matthew, sharing a scene with Ewan McGregor. I was psyched for him. I can state with relative certainty everyone watching the movie with me that night would say something like, “At first, I thought it was cool that Josh knew the guy who played the giant. But eventually his inability to shut the hell up about it proved to be a huge distraction. I had to re-watch it again a few days later.”

I was sad to learn a short while ago that Matthew passed away at the age of 32. Here’s a tribute video I found on YouTube.

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The chimpanzee who is flying in space took off at 10:08. He reports that everything is perfect and working well. ↔ John F. Kennedy

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All types of people like to rail on Will Smith. He’s not “hardcore” enough or “real” enough or something similar. But, the dude makes catchy songs. Also, I’ve met him on three different occasions and he seemed like a decent sort. Plus, he made the best shore anthem ever, fittingly named…”Summertime.”

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Last night I saw Doug Benson at Helium Comedy Club in Philadelphia. I have to give the guy props for putting on a great show while completely annihilated.

→ For those of you in the food and beverage industry, you need to read this for a little inspiration.

→ This sucks. I thought it was for real. But, as it turns out, he may have just been screwing around with the American public. If we can’t trust Donald Trump, who in the hell do we look to now?

03.31.10 – A Wednesday

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greenhorn [green-hawrn] n. 1. an untrained or inexperienced person 2. a naive or gullible person; someone who is easily tricked or swindled 3. Slang. a newly arrived immigrant; newcomer

birthday

René Descartes (1596), Joseph Haydn (1732), John Fowles (1926), César Chávez (1927), William Daniels (1927), Lefty Frizzell (1928), Gordie Howe (1928), Liz Claiborne (1929), Richard Chamberlain (1934), Shirley Jones (1934), Herb Alpert (1935), Barney Frank (1940), Patrick Leahy (1940), Michael Savage (1942), Christopher Walken (1943), Gabe Kaplan (1945), Al Gore (1948), Rhea Perlman (1948), Ed Marinaro (1950), Angus Young (1955), Marc McClure (1957), Ewan McGregor (1971), Josh Saviano (1976)

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My new laptop actually works with this old iPod I inherited so, after I got home from bartending last night later than usual, I started ripping old CDs and, hence, there is no new Standpoint today. Tomorrow, there will be definitely be one and a most unpopular one with some among you.

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Sometimes when you look back on a situation, you realize it wasn’t all you thought it was. A beautiful girl walked into your life. You fell in love. Or did you? Maybe it was just a childish infatuation, or maybe just a brief moment of vanity. Henry Bromell

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There’s a variety of songs out there with such an outstanding opening line, I don’t particularly care what happens throughout their duration. One such line is, “For once I want to be the car crash,” from “Headlights on Dark Roads” by Snow Patrol. In this instance, the entirety is solid as well.

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→ I try to steer clear of language so strong as this, but HOLY FUCK. The GOP leadership must be contemplating an assassination plot of this batshit crazy lady. To be fair, the video clip is at least four times as funny as anything she did on SNL.

→ For the record, if you don’t find Craig Ferguson funny, we’ll most likely never see eye-to-eye on anything at all. (This doesn’t mean I’m backing down from liking Jimmy Fallon, I just thrive on variety.)

→ It didn’t come as any surprise to me the Philadelphia Phillies made this decision. But I’ve been hearing gripes about it which is surprising since I was under the belief this city always rooted for the underdog. What other explanation could there be for all those damn Rocky movies?