October 28, 2011

word

benighted [bih-nahy-tid] adj. 1. intellectually or morally ignorant; unenlightened: benighted ages of barbarism and superstition 2. overtaken by darkness or night

birthday

Jonas Salk (1914), Iry LeJeune (1928), Charlie Daniels (1936), Dennis Franz (1944), Bruce Jenner (1949), Annie Potts (1952), Bill Gates (1955), Daphne Zuniga (1962), Jami Gertz (1965), Andy Richter (1966), Julia Roberts (1967), Ben Harper (1969), Brad Paisley (1972), Joaquin Phoenix (1974)

standpoint

Couple of things today:

→ Last night Keith Olbermann (@keitholbermann) tweeted about this Halloween costume designed for girls. It’s being sold in the UK primarily but, unsurprisingly, people over here are making a stink about it. Listen, people, if you’ve been to a costume shop lately, you’d find a whole bunch of un-PC shit to complain about. Lighten up.

→ It’s an admirable thing Michele Bachmann has done. This time last year she had the dubious honor of being the stupider version of Sarah Palin. And then she declared she was running for President. She started popping up in interviews and debates actually stringing coherent sentences together. People, myself included, were sort of impressed. But now she’s lost her staff, her political backing and her composure. Time to hang it up, lady, and get back to important work like this.

→ I was looking forward to seeing Anonymous but after reading this scathing review, well, I’m still gonna see it. I have no problem with a reviewer not liking a film but Keith Phipps is obviously too close to the subject material.

quotation

Every vice is only an exaggeration of a necessary and virtuous function. ↔ Ralph Waldo Emerson

tune

Jangly pop music of the indie persuasion. I’m an absolute sucker for it. Luckily, Army Navy is around to provide plenty of it. Here’s “Last Legs.”

gallimaufry

→ I hope everyone has a safe Halloween weekend. Don’t eat too much candy. But make sure you drink plenty. Thanks for reading.

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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.