03.01.10 – A Monday

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word

semblance [sem-bluhns] n. 1. outward aspect or appearance 2. an assumed or unreal appearance; show 3. the slightest appearance or trace 4. a likeness, image, or copy 5. a spectral appearance; apparition

birthday

John Pell (1611), Frédéric Chopin (1810), Glenn Miller (1904), Ralph Ellison (1913), Harry Caray (1914), Pete Rozelle (1926), Harry Belafonte (1927), Robert Bork (1927), Robert Conrad (1935), Roger Daltrey (1944), Dirk Benedict (1945), Alan Thicke (1947), Burning Spear (1948), Catherine Bach (1954), Ron Howard (1954), Timothy Daly (1956), Nik Kershaw (1958), Mark-Paul Gosselaar (1974)

standpoint

Tomorrow will be the first anniversary of this blog. It’s hard to believe it’s been a year. Looking back to the first night, having a vague idea of what I wanted to accomplish and sitting here now, I’m slightly amazed with how it’s all transpired.

Some trial and error, some ups and downs, some hiatuses and I’m still borderline addicted to updating this blog almost every day. More importantly, I’m happy that so many of you come here daily to read what I’ve got to offer, especially those of you who take time our of your day to let me know what you think, both good and bad. All the feedback has been really helpful and I’d like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you. Truly.

I’m not going to make any promise of what’s to come or what’ll happen on the euneJeune daily, but as of right now, I have no intention of quitting. For the foreseeable future, I’ll be posting something most every day, except Saturdays and Sundays.

Thanks again for reading. Come back tomorrow for some more. I promise I’ll be back to my bitter self by then and will most definitely have something I need to get off my chest about the world around us. Indeed.

quotation

In the forest, there was a crooked tree and a straight tree. Every day, the straight tree would say to the crooked tree, “Look at me…I’m tall, and I’m straight, and I’m handsome. Look at you…you’re all crooked and bent over. No one wants to look at you.” And they grew up in that forest together. And then one day the loggers came, and they saw the crooked tree and the straight tree, and they said, “Just cut the straight trees and leave the rest.” So the loggers turned all the straight trees into lumber and toothpicks and paper. And the crooked tree is still there, growing stronger and stranger every day.Tom Waits

tune

One music artist I feel sometimes goes unnoticed is Peter Gabriel. Sure, I know the dude is a megastar and, right now, he’s probably sitting in a house so big most of us don’t possess the imagination to conceptualize its enormity, figuring out which charitable cause to throw his weight behind next. But he’s not on the top of anyone’s list. I talk about music constantly, and I always ask people whose music they simply couldn’t live without. I’ve gotten hundreds of different responses but no one’s ever said, “Peter Gabriel.” And I’m not sure why.  Sure, he’s got a couple strikes against him like the fact Genesis did their best work after Gabriel left, forcing Phil Collins to come out from behind his drumkit. And, yeah, his use of costumes during live shows was, to put it mildly, less successful as David Bowie and Elton John but, let’s face it, not everyone can pull that shit off. On the other hand, he’s credited with changing the way music videos (Remember those?) were made with songs like “Sledge Hammer.” And the scene from the movie Say Anything where John Cusack holds the boombox, blasting “In Your Eyes,” outside of Ione Skye‘s house is largely considered the greatest use of music in the history of cinema. 1986’s So is almost always mentioned in those Top 500 Albums of All-Time lists that music critics create when there’s not a lot going on. Obviously, Peter Gabriel’s done some stuff, some good, some bad, some puzzling, but you’ve got to give him his due because he’s done it all on his terms. And that’s pretty much the definition of cool. Here’s my choice for his best song – “Come Talk To Me.”

gallimaufry

As I’m sure you’re aware, one of the biggest earthquakes ever hit the South American nation of Chile over the weekend. So far, it doesn’t appear to be as devastating as the one that almost destroyed Haiti almost two months ago. From what I can tell that’s because, according to experts, the Chilean quake was “deeper” and its epicenter was located 20 miles offshore. Also, Chileans were better prepared for an earthquake both in terms of the structure of their buildings and the infrastructure of its government. As I write this, the death toll for Chile has been set at a little over700, but I suspect that number will climb in the days to come. If you know anyone who’s living in Chile and are looking for information on them, Google has setup a Chile People Finder.

→ Probably tomorrow, or maybe the next day, I’ll have some final thoughts on the 2010 Winter Olympic Games but right now I’d just like convey my appreciation to all the US Olympians who helped bring home a record 37 medals, especially the members of the Men’s Ice Hockey Team, who played some of the best hockey I’ve ever seen in my life. But more on that to come.

→ As of late, I know I’ve been in the need for some laughs and this article from The Onion did the trick. And, no, Dikembe Mutombo is not a US Senator. I had to look that up to make sure, though.

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01.19.10 – A Tuesday

WORD

burlesque [ber-lesk] n. 1. an artistic composition, esp. literary or dramatic, that, for the sake of laughter, vulgarizes lofty material or treats ordinary material with mock dignity 2. any ludicrous parody or grotesque caricature 3. Also, bur⋅lesk. a humorous and provocative stage show featuring slapstick humor, comic skits, bawdy songs, striptease acts, and a scantily clad female chorus adj. 4. involving ludicrous or mocking treatment of a solemn subject 5. of, pertaining to, or like stage-show burlesque v. (used w/object) 6. to make ridiculous by mocking representation v. (used w/o object) 7. to use caricature

BIRTHDAY

James Watt (1736), Robert E. Lee (1807), Edgar Allen Poe (1809), Paul Cézanne (1839), Minnesota Fats (1913), Jean Stapleton (1923), Tippi Hedren (1930), Michael Crawford (1942), Janis Joplin (1943), Shelley Fabares (1944), Dolly Parton (1946), Robert Palmer (1949), Desi Arnaz, Jr. (1953), Katey Sagal (1954), Paul Rodriguez (1955), William Ragsdale (1961), Drea de Matteo (1972), Frank Caliendo (1974)

STANDPOINT

As you must all ready know, last Wednesday a major earthquake devastated Haiti. And everyone, and I mean everyone, is doing what they can to help out. Of course, the American Red Cross and the U.N. are spearheading the efforts, but I’m impressed by what some less likely sources are contributing.

Ben Stiller, who’d already been helping the children of Haiti through his website, STILLERSTRONG.ORG, has, as of yesterday, raised over $130,000.

→ NBA stars Alonzo Mourning and Dwayne Wade have created The Athletes Relief Fund for Haiti and have all ready contributed $800,000.

Lady Gaga, having all ready promised to donate all the proceeds from her upcoming show at Radio Music City Hall to the effort, announced yesterday she’d created a Haitian relief t-shirt, the sales from which will also go to the effort.

Fucked Up, a hardcore punk band from Toronto, is even getting into the act, is auctioning off its upcoming collection of singles, Couple Tracks, with, you guessed it, all proceeds going to Doctors Without Borders.

That’s just a short list of what some people are doing to help.

What are you doing?

QUOTATION

I’ve seen a lot of strange stuff, but I’ve never seen anything to make me believe there’s one all-powerful force controlling everything. There’s no mystical energy field controls my destiny.Han Solo

TUNE

I continue my unabashed love for Fountains of Wayne, a band dismissed by most indie hipsters as “too poppy.” Well, that may be true but I just can’t help myself from digging on songs like “Radiation Vibe.”

GALLIMAUFRY

Hey, all you people who piss on Twitter, get this: it can actually be used for some kind of good. When a plane full of medicine from Doctors Without Borders was blocked from landing in Haiti on Sunday, Twitter users flooded the U.S. Air Force’s Twitter account and the plane was allowed to land shortly thereafter. Pretty cool, huh?

→ In what promises to be a couple of months full of great new music, another one of my favorite bands has announced an upcoming release. Matt Pond PA will release The Dark Leaves on April 6th.

→ Who says Taco Bell is bad for you? The company’s founder, Glen Bell, died Sunday at the ripe old age of 86. So there.