02.10.11 – a thursday

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word

junta [hoon-ta,  juhn-, huhn-] n. 1. a small group ruling a country, esp. immediately after a coup d’état and before a legally constituted government has been instituted 2. a council 3. a deliberative or administrative council, esp. in Spain and Latin America

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

So it’s been a while since I’ve been doing this every day and it feels great to be back.

During the hiatus, lots of stuff has happened, some great, some bad, and some absolutely devastating.

November 30th, 2010 was, hands down, the worst day of my life so far. That was the day Harvey, my best friend, passed away after fighting leukemia for the better part of a year.

I’m completely aware that most of you who read this are folks who know me on a personal level and, if you’ve known me for any stretch of time in the past 20 years, you inevitably came into contact with Harvey.

Tomorrow, I’m going to attempt to pay tribute to him in the way he deserves. Today, however, I’ll leave you with one of my favorite pictures of him.

quotation

I do not diminish the incredible symbolic importance of a black man getting elected president. But my euphoria was a smart man getting elected president. Maybe for the first time in my lifetime we had elected one of the thousand smartest Americans presidents.Aaron Sorkin

tune

I’ve never made a secret of the fact that, while my music interests dwell almost completely within the indie rock realm, I tend to almost always lean toward the pop side of the genre. It’s true that hipsters and I don’t really see eye-to-eye while discussing the merits of certain music. Also, it’s true I have been involved in heated conversations in which, afterwards, one friend or another has accused me of “taking a friendly debate and turning it into an uncomfortable, evening-ending tirade.” Well, maybe but whatever. In any case, here’s Swedish pop duo Marching Band‘s “Another Day.” Enjoy.

gallimaufry

How much would you like to bet Dallas won’t be in the running for hosting any more Super Bowls for a while? Good job, Jerry Jones.

→ Dear Christopher Lee, now that you’ve suddenly found yourself with an abundance of free time, why not take that time to try to become smarter? Sending a shirtless pic to some random woman on you met on Craigslist? Dude, come on.

→ Have you tried Xtranormal? It’s the site responsible for the weird GEICO tv ads. You can make your own short movies using its characters, themes and whatnot. It was a pretty fun 20 minutes until I lost interest.

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02.10.10 – A Wednesday

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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.

03.20.09 – Friday

Whereabouts: Philadelphia, PA

Word: halcyon [hal-see-uhn] adj. 1. calm; peaceful; tranquil  2. rich; wealthy; prosperous  3. happy; joyful; carefree

Birthday: Napoleon II (1811), Henrik Ibsen (1828), Ozzie Nelson (1906), Jack Barry (1918), Carl Reiner (1922), Fred Rogers (1928), Hal Linden (1931), Lee “Scratch” Perry (1936), Jerry Reed (1937), Paul Junger Witt (1943), Pat Riley (1945), Bobby Orr (1948), William Hurt (1950), Jimmie Vaughn (1951), Spike Lee (1957), Holly Hunter (1958), Sting (1959), A.J. Jacobs (1968), Michael Rappaport (1970)

Occurrence: 1985Libby Riddles becomes the first female ever to win the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. Women everywhere rejoice. Dogs everywhere still pissed.

Standpoint: Why? That’s the only question I have for Joaquin Phoenix. Furthermore, that’s probably the question the dude should’ve asked himself before deciding to retire from acting to become the next Matisyahu, with brother-in-law Casey Affleck in tow to film the whole debacle. Has Phoenix never heard of Keanu Reeves? Jared Leto? Juliette Lewis? Don Johnson? They’re all actors who tried their hands in the music biz and came up with less-than-spectacular results. (Oddly enough, the same doesn’t hold true for musicians who make the leap into acting. See Will Smith, Jon Bon Jovi, Queen Latifah, Justin Timberlake.) Hopefully, the talented actor regains his senses and comes back from his trip to Jupiter. Odds are he will. After the novelty of his act wears off, people will stop buying tickets and Phoenix will undoubtedly have to return to acting. Just a matter of time.

Quotation: I don’t think that there are any limits to how excellent we could make life seem.Jonathan Safran Foer

Stupefaction: In Florida, scientists are firing rockets at lightning. Seriously. I hate to ruin the ending for you but the lightning won, remaining the undefeated champ of shit you don’t wanna screw around with.

Tune: Be honest. If you went to high school or college in the 90s, there was at least one time you drove around with the windows down listening to “I’m Free” by The Soup Dragons.

Link: FutureMe – Send an email to your future self.

Weekend (Fridays only): Do you long to hear 80s music sung by an all-male chorus? I thought so. Check out “That 80s Show” performed by the Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus at Prince’s Music Theater tonight and tomorrow night…For all of you with little ones, The Berenstain Bears’ Family Matters starts this weekend at the Walnut Street Theatre For Kids and runs through April 4th…Also on Saturday, why not check out one of the few remaining home games of The Philadelphia Phantoms as they take on the Binghamton Rangers at the Wachovia Spectrum – 7:05pm…Amazingly, tickets are still available for Morrisey’s show at The Academy of Music this Sunday (3/22) starting 8:00pm.

Gallimaufry: This week, California took time out of its busy schedule fighting gay marriage (see Prop 8) to debate whether legalizing marijuana would properly stimulate its flailing economy. Now there’s a debate worthy of everyone’s time and energy…March Madness is officially upon us and I still don’t care…I haven’t completely wrapped my head around it (who has?) but this bailout process reminds me of a video I once saw where a log sunk into quicksand…Want to feel better about yourself by listening to an audio clip of someone sounding like a jackass? Check out Lou Dobbs’ rant about St. Patrick’s Day…Following up on yesterday’s post, here is a link to the entire interview Jon Stewart conducted with Jim Cramer on The Daily Show…That’s it for me this week. Come back Monday for some more.