07.18.11 – a monday

word

usufruct [yoo-zoo-fruhkt, -soo-, yooz-yoo, yoos-] n. Roman and Civil law the right of enjoying all the advantages derivable from the use of something that belongs to another, as far as is compatible with the substance of the thing not being destroyed or injured

birthday

Machine Gun Kelly (1895), Hume Cronyn (1911), Red Skelton (1913), Nelson Mandela (1918), John Glenn (1921), Hunter S. Thompson (1937), James Brolin (1940), Joe Torre (1940), Steve Forbes (1947), Sir Richard Branson (1950), Vin Diesel (1967), Kristen Bell (1980)

standpoint

So, yes, admittedly it’s been a while. I’m not updating with the frequency that most of you would like and, truthfully, I’ve got no real excuse.

But I’m back, at least for today, and here’s some things currently taking up space in my brain.

→ I can’t wait for the Harry Potter movies to go away and I suspect Daniel Radcliffe would agree with me on this one. I’ve never seen one all the way through and I don’t really feel a tremendous sense of loss over it. Also, I don’t want to hear one more person say to me, “But, dude, you should read the books. The books are so good.” I’m not reading the books. I simply have no interest. And while I’m at it, I’m not going to read The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo books, either. I understand that society deems me a bad person because of my refusal to read these books. I’m going to have to live with that.

→ Everyone needs to calm down about yesterday’s FIFA’s Women’s World Cup Final. In case you missed it, and there’s a good chance you did, Japan beat the US in a match that went down to the wire, ending in penalty-kick shootout that didn’t quite go our way. The outcome was beneficial for all: the Japanese people got a well-deserved reason to celebrate and we Americans got to bitch for a couple of hours about something we’ve all ready forgotten by now.

→ People are actually giving money to the campaign of this execrable, loathsome fuckstick (pardon the language). Also, I’ve changed my mind yet again on this crazy bitch. We’re in for some serious shit here, people. Get ready.

That’s it for today. Thanks for reading.

quotation

Depression is rage spread thin. ↔ George Santayana

tune

The other day, I went to Main Street Music as part of my “secret mission.” (There’s only one of you who will understand what I mean by that.) And, as sometimes happens, I like whatever particular song happens to be playing and an impulse buy ensues. And now I own Within And Without by Washed Out. Here’s “Amor Fati.”

gallimaufry

I have no idea what to say about this. But I hope Mila Kunis actually goes through with it.

→ With all of the uncertainties revolving around the Philadelphia Flyers‘ upcoming season, I didn’t need this news.

→ Of all the apps out there, I think this one is my current favorite.

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07.23.09 – Thursday

Word: chagrin [shuhgrin] n. 1. a feeling of vexation, marked by disappointment or humiliation v. 2. to vex by disappointment or humiliation: The rejection of his proposal chagrined him deeply.

Birthday: Pope Clement XI (1649), Raymond Chandler (1888), Pee Wee Reese (1918), Guy Fournier (1931), Claude Fournier (1931), Don Drysdale (1936), Anthony Kennedy (1936), Ronny Cox (1938), Charles Harrelson (1938), Don Imus (1940), Martin Lee Gore (1961), Woody Harrelson (1961), Eriq La Salle (1962), Slash (1965), Philip Seymour Hoffman (1967), Stephanie Seymour (1968), Charisma Carpenter (1970), Alison Krauss (1971), Joel Stein (1971), Marlon Wayans (1972), Monica Lewinsky (1973), Daniel Radcliffe (1989)

Quotation: The whole conviction of my life now rests upon the belief that loneliness, far from being a rare and curious phenomenon, peculiar to myself and to a few other solitary men, is the central and inevitable fact of human existence.Thomas Wolfe

Tune: Remember when, according to indie rock dweebs everywhere, Philadelphia-based then Brooklyn-based Clap Your Hands Say Yeah were supposed to be, like, the next Arcade Fire? Whatever happened with that? Haven’t heard a peep from them recently. Their website hasn’t been updated since May. Let’s get on the stick, fellas. In the meantime, you can listen to my personal favorite song by the band – “Over and Over Again (Lost and Found)”

Gallimaufry: In a season when it seems so many of our culture’s greatest legends are dying, the hits just keep on coming. On Tuesday night, after 15 years of glorious stardom, Gidget died. No. Not Sally Field. The chihuahua from the Taco Bell commercials. Truly, when will this all end? At the risk of sounding insensitive, I’m calling bullshit on the lady who’s accused Ben Roethlisberger of raping her last year in Reno. In my opinion, rape is probably the most heinous crime one can commit due to the fact it’s equal parts mental and physical abuse. Rapists should have their own prisons where the public is allowed to visit and throw rocks at them. In this case, however, I do believe this woman might be a bit unhinged and looking to get some money out of a highly-visible, very popular sports celebrity. Maybe I’m wrong, but my gut’s telling me no. Let the one-can-never-have-too-many-shoes jokes begin. Amazon.com has purchased Zappos.com for $850 million. Amazon’s going to paying Zappos’ employees $40 million in stocks and cash and none of them will be losing their jobs. It’s unclear what motivated the mega-deal or if Zappos’ super-awesome free shipping and return policies will be effected.