04.21.11 – a thursday

word

censure [sen-sher] n. 1. strong or vehement expression of disapproval: The newspapers were unanimous in their censure of the tax proposal 2. an official reprimand, as by a legislative body or of one its members  v. 3. to criticize or reproach in a harsh or vehement manner: She is more to pitied than censured 4. to give censure, adverse criticism, disapproval or blame

birthday

Anthony Quinn (1915), Charles Grodin (1935), Iggy Pop (1947), Tony Danza (1951), Andie MacDowell (1958), Robert Smith (1959), Glen Hansard (1970), Rob Riggle (1970), Nicole Sullivan (1970)

standpoint

I’m having a problem here.

If I write what I really want to write about, I’m going to compose a 50,000 word essay on how awful the officiating was in last night’s Flyers-Sabres game.

But I’m not going to do that. Instead, I’m going to cool off a little and come back tomorrow with a positive attitude.

Thanks for reading.

quotation

My father used to play with my brother and me in the yard. Mother would come out and say, “You’re tearing up the grass.” “We’re not raising grass,” Dad would reply. “We’re raising boys.” ↔ Harmon Killebrew

tune

Last night, my brother Jeremy told me I would like “When My Time Comes” by Dawes. And he was right.

gallimaufry

657 new islands were recently discovered right here on our own planet Earth. How in the hell did we miss 657 islands?

Bon Iver’s finally releasing a new album. And I will buy it. And so should you.

Six dollars per gallon for gas by this summer? It takes $40 to fill up my gas tank now. Can’t wait to pay $70. 

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06.29.09 – Monday

Word: sociopath [soh-see-uh-path, soh-shee-] n. a person, as a psychopathic personality, whose behavior is antisocial and who lacks a sense of moral responsibility or social conscience

Birthday: William Mayo (1861), Nelson Eddy (1901), Slim Pickens (1919), Robert Evans (1930), Harmon Killebrew (1936), Gary Busey (1944), Richard Lewis (1947), Colin Hay (1953), Maria Conchita Alonso (1957), Michael Nutter (1957), Jeff Burton (1967), Sam Farrar (1978)

Quotation: To do a common thing, uncommonly well, brings success – Henry John Heinz

Tune: “Orchestrated indie pop with brilliant melodies and a quiet sense of everything.” That’s what Hybrid Magazine has to say about Portland, Oregon band Derby. It’s a damn near dead-on description, too. Check out “If Ever There’s A Reason” from Posters Fade. Here’s a year-old review of the album by Conor McKay of NPR.

Gallimaufry: In what is now becoming an almost daily occurence, another celebrity has suddenly passed away. Professional pitchman Billy Mays was discovered dead in his bed by his wife yesterday morning. Saturday afternoon, Mays, a man who was famous for yelling at the top of his lungs about the effectiveness of such products as OxiClean and Orange Glo,  bumped his head as his plane touched down in Tampa International Airport in what was described as “a rough landing.” As of yet, no one’s claiming a connection between the landing and Mays’ untimely death. I don’t care what anyone else has to say about it. The fact that the US Men’s National Soccer Team made it to the finals of the FIFA Confederates Cup and actually came close to beating Brazil before eventually falling 3-2 late in the game is a good thing. I’m proud of them. And you should be too. For 2010’s FIFA World Cup South Africa, this year’s showing in the Confederates Cup will give US soccers fans (all 254 of them) something to look forward to. Spoon has got to be the hardest working band in the history of music. I know it and now so do you. Unlike Conor Oberst, who releases something new each week (some good, most bad), Spoon keeps pumping out quality track after quality track. Tomorrow, the Merge Records band is releasing a new EP called Got Nuffin. Go get it on Amazon.