April 4th, 2012

word

pyknic [pik-nik] 1. adj. (of a body type) having a fat, rounded build or body structure 2. n. a person of the pyknic type

birthday

Muddy Waters (1913), Maya Angelou (1928), Anthony Perkins (1932), Craig T. Nelson (1944), David Cross (1964), Robert Downey, Jr. (1965), Barry Pepper (1970), David Blaine (1973), Heath Ledger (1979)

standpoint

Sweet and short today.

As a society, we’re becoming dumber by the minute. But, really, it’s not entirely our fault. Because it’s not that we’re actively trying to be dumber, it’s just getting easier to be a dummy.

Case in point, the words being added to our dictionaries. Here are some of the standouts from the new entries: bromance, businessy, sexting, femcee, clickjacking and va-jay-jay.

To be fair, not all of these “words” will make the cut for the actual print editions for the upcoming year but who actually buys dictionaries these days? Are they flying off the shelves? I don’t think so.

Basically, the line between proper English and slang is being blurred beyond recognition. And, hey, I’m far from the most orthodox person you know but, still, it’s kind of annoying.

And that’s beyond refudiation. Wait, that’s not a word? WTF?

quotation

Part of getting over it is knowing that you will never get over it.  Anne Finger

tune

I can’t stop listening to Gotye‘s “Somebody That I Used To Know.” Let me know what you think.

gallimaufry

→ I was just starting to get into HBO’s “Luck.” So, of course it’s been cancelled. But, unlike the dozens of shows I’ve liked that’ve been jettisoned, this one’s actually for a solid reason.

→ This past Sunday night, I saw the movie version of 21 Jump Street. Growing up, the FOX series was one of my favorites. I was skeptical going into the theater and was pretty sure I wasn’t going to dig it. But I actually enjoyed the fact it wasn’t a true remake and there were enough allusions to the series without making it shitty. Not the best movie of all time, but worthy of a Sunday night, after-work viewing.

December 14th, 2011

word

panegyric [pan-i-jir-ik, –jahy-rik] n. 1. a lofty oration or writing in praise of a person or thing; eulogy 2. formal or elaborate praise

birthday

Nostradamus (1503), Michael Ovitz (1946), Beth Orton (1970)

standpoint

Jerry Sandusky. Maybe you’ve heard of him.

Yesterday, Sandusky and his lawyer, Joe Amendola, decided to waive his right to a preliminary hearing. Afterwards, Amendola accused Sandusky’s accusers of being in it for “the financial gain” as well as engaging in “some sort of collusion.”

Classy.

Sandusky is going to prison eventually, no matter how long his attorneys postpone it. It’s a fact. Fuck him.

But then there’s the matter of Joe Paterno, who’s experiencing some more difficulties after being fired as Penn State’s football coach for the past couple of centuries.

And it’s sad. It truly is. Up until a few months ago, Paterno was held in such high regard that some considered him to be the most influential person in the entire state of Pennsylvania. And it’s a legitimate shame that the sexual misconduct of one of his coaches will be the thing that, at least for the next decade or so, comes to mind when his name comes up.

But there’s a lesson here and it’s a good one: Do the right thing. When JoePa had the chance to get out in front of Sandusky’s crimes and report what he knew, he didn’t. For whatever reason, he just didn’t. Kids went through unimaginable anguish because of it. And all of Paterno’s great accomplishments, and there were a lot of them, were not so great when weighed against his decision to do absolutely nothing.

quotation

The point of philosophy is to start with something so simple as not to seem worth stating, and to end with something so paradoxical that no one will believe it. ↔ Bertrand Russell

tune

I don’t know much about Seryn but I’m liking what I’m hearing from them so far. Check out “We Will All Be Changed.”

gallimaufry

→ What started out as a pretty strong effort, the GOP presidential race has become a laughing stock.

→ Despite some cloud coverage, I actually witnessed a little bit of the Geminid Meteor Shower last night. Good stuff.

→ If you’re wondering what I’ll be doing at 10pm tonight, wonder no more. I’ll be watching the first installment of HBO’s 24/7 Flyers/Rangers: Road to the NHL Winter Classic.

December 12th, 2011

word

satori [suhtawr-ee, –torh-ee] n. Zen. sudden enlightenment

birthday

John Jay (1745), Frank Sinatra (1915), Bob Barker (1923), Ed Koch (1924), Dionne Warwick (1940), Grover Washington, Jr. (1943), Mädchen Amick (1970)

standpoint

There’s no new standpoint today. Blame my roommate Dan who recently bought the entire series DVD collection of the HBO series Deadwood. I’m officially addicted.

quotation

If music be the food of love, play on. ↔ William Shakespeare

tune

I’ve never been a fan of Bad Religion and I’m pretty sure I’ve only really listened to one of their songs. But it’s a great one. Here’s “Sorrow.”

gallimaufry

Tomorrow is going to be another long day for all those sports “experts” who’ve been waiting for Tim Tebow to fail. Rock on, God boy.

→ If you’re asking my opinion, Paste is the only music website that I know of that doesn’t completely suck. I’m currently exploring Paste’s 20 Best New Bands of 2011. Lots of good stuff.

→ I wanted to mention this a while back but it slipped my mind: the Philadelphia 76ers, under new ownership, finally got rid of Hip Hop, one of the most ridiculous sports mascots of all-time. How they stopped children from running for their lives when Hip Hop entered the stands will always remain a mystery.