02.10.10 – A Wednesday

word

lambaste [lam-beyst, –bast] v. 1. to beat or whip severely 2. to reprimand or berate harshly; censure; excoriate

birthday

Charles Lamb (1775), Jimmy Durante (1893), Robert Wagner (1930), Roberta Flack (1937), Mark Spitz (1950), Jim Cramer (1955), Greg Norman (1955), George Stephanopoulos (1961), Glenn Beck (1964), Laura Dern (1967), Elizabeth Banks (1974)

standpoint

I’d love to say I had something amazingly clever and witty to write today, but I didn’t. And it wouldn’t have mattered since the ride from Skippack to Conshohocken last night took about an hour and a half. Plus, after lauding FiOS just yesterday, we awoke yesterday morning to find our router had lasted less than 24 hours. Guess it wasn’t ready for two people who spend as much time on the internet as we do.

But, hopefully, I’ll be back tomorrow with some more. Thanks for reading.

quotation

Aside from velcro, time is the most mysterious substance in the universe. You can’t see it or touch it, yet a plumber can charge you upwards of seventy-five dollars per hour for it, without necessarily fixing anything.Dave Barry

tune

Admittedly, I know next to nothing about Florida’s indie rock group, Surfer Blood. But I like what I hear of them so far. Someone wrote they sound like Weezer before they sucked. Or something like that. Try “Swim.”

gallimaufry

This section closed today due to snow.

07.03.09 – Friday

Word: id [id] n. the part of the psyche, residing in the unconscious, that is the source of instinctive impulses that seek satisfaction in accordance with the pleasure principle and are modified by the ego and the superego before they are given overt expression

Birthday: John Singleton Copley (1738), Albert Gottschalk (1866), Franz Kafka (1883), M. F. K. Fisher (1908), Lamar Alexander (1940), Fontella Bass (1940), Kurtwood Smith (1943), Dave Barry (1947), Montel Williams (1956), Laura Branigan (1957), Vince Clarke (1960), Tom Cruise (1962), Shawnee Smith (1970), Patrick Wilson (1973)

Quotation: What is a face, really?  Its own photo?  Its make-up?  Or is it a face as painted by such or such painter?  That which is in front?  Inside?  Behind?  And the rest?  Doesn’t everyone look at himself in his own particular way?  Deformations simply do not exist.Pablo Picasso

Tune: Meric Long and Logan Kroeber are better known as the San Francisco band, The Dodos. Check out “Walking” from the album Visiter.

Gallimaufry: If you live in Austin, TX and are a big Elliott Smith fan (if you’re not, I’d like to know what’s wrong with you), then this might actually be your lucky day. Someone is selling the late singer-songwriter’s 1999 Volkswagen Passat for $4,000. All the money will go to the SIMS Foundation, an Austin-based organization dedicated to the mental health of musicians. And, no, this is not a hoax. The person selling the car? Smith’s sister. I don’t pirate music off the web. I’ve got nothing against people who do. I’m just a big fan of buying an album(s), bringing it home and giving it a few quality listens. I have over 1,000 cds because of those old-fashioned tendencies. My thoughts on music piracy tend to go back and forth but I definitely think the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) is a complete fucking racket. If you don’t, or even if you do, you should read “8 Logical Rebuttals of Anti-Piracy Arguments” by BeatCrave.com’s William Barnes. Last summer, I had an extremely long conversation with a friend of mine who claimed she was “done with pretty guys because they’re all assholes.” Ashley Nelson is in full agreement with my friend. Check out her article, “Revenge of the Nerds: Four Reasons Women Dig Geeks.” When it comes to love, there’s hope for everyone out there. Well, probably.

04.08.09 – Wednesday

Word: abscond [ab-skond] v. to depart in a sudden and secret manner, esp. to avoid capture and legal prosecution: The cashier absconded with the money.

 

Birthday: David Rittenhouse (1732), Betty Ford (1918), Carmen McRae (1920), Kofi Annan (1938), Stuart Pankin (1946), Tom DeLay (1947), Steve Howe (1947), John Schneider (1960), Izzy Stradlin (1962), Julian Lennon (1963), Biz Markie (1964), Robin Wright Penn (1966), Patricia Arquette (1968)

 

Occurrence: 1992 – Tennis legend and Philadelphia native Arthur Ashe announces he’s contracted AIDS from blood transfusions during one of his two heart surgeries. Because I hail from Philadelphia, I’m ashamed to admit that I thought he had contracted AIDS sexually.

 

Standpoint: So. After I wrote yesterday’s post, I started doing my nightly internet research. While I was flipping through my RSS Reader, I noticed that Glenn Beck was on my TV screen, ranting pretty intensely about Richard Poplawski. He condemned so-called “liberal bloggers” for casting blame on the right-wing portion of our nation and its attitude about gun control. (I was only half-listening, really. A good deal of my attention was being put to use wondering how in the hell the dude ever got a talk show. Why do networks always mistake yelling for charisma?) In any case, he was going on and on about the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and casually alluding to the right to bear arms. Something struck me. Society is kind of fucking nuts. Nowadays, people are nearly hysterical about things like cigarettes, artificial sweeteners and Big Macs. (If you didn’t know, they’re bad for you.) People who smoke too much, use too much artificial sweetener or eat too much fast food are likely to die from some horrible disease. Proven facts. I’m not disputing them. But I’m reasonably confident that people who get shot at, even once, are more likely to die from the bullets hurtling at them. So why are tobacco, artificial sweetener and fast food companies under constant barrage and gun companies less so? It’s simple. The Second Amendment to which Mr. Beck was alluding. It says that we all have the right to own guns. No one ever thought to make a Constitutional Amendment about the right to puff on a Camel Light, pour Equal in coffee or woof down a Whopper. But as a United States citizen, Richard Poplawski was able to gather deadly weapons. The Constitution told him it was OK. I wonder if the loved ones of the fallen Pittsburgh Police officers give a rat’s ass about the Constitution right now. I know I don’t. I don’t think laws are made to be broken. I do, however, think laws should be re-examined after a certain amount of time and held up to our current reality. Gun laws need to be changed. Now.

 

QuotationThus the metric system did not really catch on in the States, unless you count the increasing popularity of the 9mm bullet.Dave Barry

 

Tune: Throw Me The Statue is a great band that I’ve had the opportunity to see in concert at least three times but, for various reasons, didn’t. Here’s “About To Walk”. (By the way, Matt Durkin, if you’re reading this, I want my Throw Me The Statue album back, punk. Also, the Elvis Costello album and the David Sedaris book.)

 

Link: 60 Incredible Aerial Photos from 640 Pixels – Simply amazing stuff.

 

Gallimaufry: Blockbuster Video is apparently close to kaput. Maybe that “no late fees” policy wasn’t such a hot idea…The actor who was inside the Darth Vader (James Earl Jones was the voice) suit for the first three Star Wars films (or the last three, depending on what level geek you are) hasn’t been paid residuals for Return of the Jedi yet. LucasFilm claims that David Prowse signed a contract that stipulates he only gets residual money when the film actually turns a profit. The studio claims that Jedi has yet to do that. You read that right…Fans of the FOX show House were taken off-guard last night when Kal Penn’s character, Dr. Kutner, committed suicide. Turns out the star of Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle is set to become an associate director at the Office of Public Liaison at The White House. Is there any other place Penn could’ve been going to work where that secret would not have been leaked? I think not.

 

Incoming: Tomorrow – Finally. Your Annoying Sayings responses will be addressed. Friday – My “3 Incredibly Cool Things To Do In Philadelphia This Weekend”. (I know. The title is way too long. I’m working on it.)