02.18.11 – a friday

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word

weltanschauung [velt-ahn-shou-oong] n. a comprehensive conception or image of the universe and of humanity’s relation to it

birthday

Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848), André Breton (1896), Jack Palance (1919), George Kennedy (1925), Toni Morrison (1931), Yoko Ono (1933), Dennis DeYoung (1947), Gary Ridgway (1949), John Hughes (1950), Cybill Shepherd (1950), Juice Newton (1952), John Travolta (1954), Vanna White (1957), Matt Dillon (1964), Dr. Dre (1965), Molly Ringwald (1968), Jillian Michaels (1974), Regina Spektor (1980)

standpoint

Since the updates weren’t working earlier this week when I asked for topics you all would like to see me write about, I’m going to ask again.

What’s bugging you? What problems do you think are out there?

Let me know and we’ll hash them out. Email me at eunejeune@gmail.com

quotation

Humanity is acquiring all the right technology for all the wrong reasons. ↔ R. Buckminster Fuller

tune

Yesterday, after years of hardly ever doing so, I decided to listen to the radio. The problem with most Philadelphia radio is the problem with most Philadelphia media: It’s a mostly bland experience. 88.5 WXPN is one of the few exceptions. Here’s a song I’m digging right now and would’ve never heard without WXPN – Alvin Cash & The Crawlers‘ “Twine Time.”

gallimaufry

Add geomagnetic storms to the list of crap we need to worry about. Does anyone else feel like the more we understand about our surroundings, the more we discover seriously scary shit?

→ If you don’t think Archer is one of the most hilarious television shows ever, I don’t know how to help you.

→ All right, who didn’t see this coming? Here’s a video of Miley Cyrus smoking a bong at her 18th birthday party. Apparently, it wasn’t marijuana but salvia, a psychoactive herb. Who cares what’s in the bong? Why is Bush playing in the background?

02.18.10 – A Thursday

word

crepuscular [kri-puhs-kyuh-ler] adj. 1. of, pertaining to, or resembling twilight; dim; indistinct 2. Zoology. appearing or active in the twilight, as certain bats and insects

birthday

Andre Breton (1896), Enzo Ferrari (1898), Jack Palance (1919), George Kennedy (1925), Toni Morrison (1931), Yoko Ono (1933), Dennis DeYoung (1947), Gary Ridgway (1949), John Hughes (1950), Cybill Shepherd (1950), Juice Newton (1952), John Travolta (1954), Vanna White (1957), Greta Scacchi (1960), Matt Dillon (1964), Dr. Dre (1965), Molly Ringwald (1968), Jillian Michaels (1974), Ike Barinholtz (1977), Regina Spektor (1980)

standpoint

Last night, I rediscovered RetroJunk, a website featuring lots of videos from the past. My favorite section was the PSAs (Public Service Announcements) Some of which I will share with you right now.

Obviously, Clint hates crack cocaine. The contempt on his face and in his voice is palpable.

Apparently, Gizmo had his own instructions. But the video footage is deceiving. Is Gizmo supposed to keep teenagers off drugs and alcohol or his fellow gremlins?

Cementing what Han Solo knew along: C-3PO was a fucking buzzkill. Let the little dude catch a smoke for crying out loud.

Two issues here. First, why are the kids sitting in the boat in the first place? Did they run aground? Second, why are they completely unfazed when Swamp Thing comes out from behind the stump? Shouldn’t they run for their lives?

Make sure to visit RetroJunk to find some of your favorites from yesteryear.

quotation

The basic tool for the manipulation of reality is the manipulation of words. If you can control the meaning of words, you can control the people who must use them.Philip K. Dick

tune

I find it fascinating when I go back and listen to a song from my past and realize it could’ve been written in the present. “Scarecrow People” by XTC is one such tune.

gallimaufry

Well, that didn’t take long at all. Cheating dirtbag Tiger Woods will break his silence on Friday. Some will laud his statements. Some will still hate him. But he’ll still make millions of dollars by year’s end. And all will be right with the world.

→ If after reading Mark Morford’s “Why Are You So Terribly Disappointing?” you experience difficulty understanding what the article is about, well, just never mind. It’s just not for you, I guess.

→ Olympic Update time. I still think curling is god awful. And it’s messing with me watching the hockey games.

01.20.10 – A Wednesday

WORD

providence [prov-i-duhns] n. 1. (often initial capital letter) the foreseeing care and guidance of God or nature over the creatures of the earth 2. (initial capital letter) God, esp. when conceived as omnisciently directing the universe and the affairs of humankind with wise benevolence 3. a manifestation of divine care or direction 4. provident or prudent management of resources; prudence 5. foresight; provident care

BIRTHDAY

George Burns (1896), DeForest Kelley (1920), Slim Whitman (1924), Buzz Aldrin (1930), David Lynch (1946), Paul Stanley (1952), Bill Maher (1956), Lorenzo Lamas (1958), Rainn Wilson (1966), Melissa Rivers (1968), Kerri Kenney-Silver (1970), Skeet Ulrich (1970), Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson (1971)

STANDPOINT

Oh, man, did you hear? Some GOP guy named Scott Brown won some Senatorial seat in Massachusetts yesterday. What that means is President Obama’s health care reform is in jeopardy and Republicans everywhere are experiencing something close to ecstasy. The NewsFeed on my Facebook resembles what I’m relatively sure a group IM session between Newt Gingrich, Pat Robertson and Dick Cheney would look like.

And I will be the first to ask the question, “What the fuck is wrong with you people?”

I hope that all of you who support whatever, one way or another, understand what it is you’re getting the rest us into. What kind of importance can government serve when a society of individuals, all feeling more entitled than one other, basically brings about a scenario in which its elected officials will never be provided enough time to do anything worthwhile?

I mean, Christ. We let George W. Bush do whatever the hell he wanted for eight years and, now, it looks like we’ve decided that one year of Obama is enough. When Obama got elected, I was legitimately excited. Not because I’m a staunch Democrat. Shit, I’m not a staunch anything. All I knew was the nation was in shambles and anything or anybody trying to move in a different direction was definitely a good thing. That’s basic logic. If something’s not working, there’s a good chance of literally any other alternative being a better option.

But not everyone thinks that way. We all want we want when we want it – and that means right now, please. And, due to the fact everyone feels so entitled, we’re on a straightaway path to nothing ever getting done again. Because the reasonable voices will always going get drowned out by the loudest ones. And the loudest voices will always belong to those out there who feel most wronged. Because, adversely, those of us who’re content won’t fight so hard as those of us who are not. And most of us have delineated ourselves as such that we’re on one side or another. And, instead of moving toward a society of free-thinking individuals, we’re headed directly into a big fucking mess.

And for what? Lower taxes? Health care? I’m no idiot. I know these things are important in a lot of ways. But I’m a realist and the one thing I truly know about what’s going on out there is that the more we nickel and dime about these issues, the less we’re grasping the big picture.The more we all bicker about our individual rights and squabble over who’s doing what and, more importantly, who’s getting what, the longer it’s going to take us to figure this whole mess out. And the longer it takes us to find a remedy for what ails us, all of us, we’re taking a greater a chance of having this fantastic situation we all occupy slipping away.

In the long run, one Senator getting elected somewhere doesn’t mean much of anything. Except to those of you who think it does. And, I fear your numbers have grown to uncontrollable proportions.

QUOTATION

It may be that life is only worthwhile at moments. Perhaps that is all we ought to expect. → Sherwood Anderson

TUNE

Yesterday, I announced that matt pond PA is releasing a new album, The Dark Leaves, in April. Check out the opening track “Starting.”

GALLIMAUFRY

Uh-oh. Soon, the United Kingdom might be a lot less fun. That is, if the soon to be proposed ban on drinking games and drink specials at pubs goes through. Here’s hoping that doesn’t happen. Even though it will have absolutely no effect on my life.

→ Just when I start to despise the guy, Jay Leno comes out and gives his version of what’s happening over at NBC. From his explanation, it’s hard to figure out who the bad guy(s) is. This fucking sucks.

→ Recently, at The Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, Death Cab For Cutie performed Simple Minds’ “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” during a tribute to late director John Hughes. Death Cab performed it very well, albeit in their minimalist way, but the video montage behind the band was kickass.

06.03.09 – Wednesday

Word: octogenarian [ok-tuh-juhnair-ee-uhn] adj. 1. of the age of 80 years 2. between 80 and 90 years old ∞ n. 3. a person who is between 80 and 90 years old 

Birthday: Jefferson Davis (1808), Josephine Baker (1906), Tony Curtis (1925), Allen Ginsberg (1926), Chuck Barris (1929), Raúl Castro (1931), Larry McMurtry (1936), Curtis Mayfield (1942), Billy Cunningham (1943), Anderson Cooper (1967), Rafael Nadal (1986)

Quotation: And in today already walks tomorrow. Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Tune: “After Hours” by We Are Scientists was released last year but it could’ve easily been used in a 1980s John Hughes film.

Gallimaufry: Two nights into Conan O’Brien‘s reign as the King of Late Night as host of The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien and the verdict? So far, so good. Not much has changed. Max Weinberg and the band are still in play. Andy Richter is back after nine years. Quality stuff. ∞ A new social research study is suggesting that we lose half of our close friends every seven years. According to Gerald Mollenhorst of Utrecht University in the Netherlands, our social networks do not diminish in size but 50% of the roster changes. 1,007 people were interviewed. Seven years later, 604 of them were re-interviewed. With the advent of Facebook, I’m not sure that Dr. Mollenhurst wouldn’t be better served starting over. ∞ I consistently mock individuals who preach the dangers of Twitter and Facebook screwing with people’s privacy. I still think the danger is minimal but, listen, you have to use common sense. Don’t be like this guy and announce to the world that you’re in a totally different city, miles and miles away. Why? Because just maybe someone will find out where you live and steal shit out of your house. It’s not the technology that’s dangerous. It’s the lack of common sense.

Incoming: TomorrowHollywood’s Quest to Remake Every Goddam ThingFriday3 Things To Do In Philly When You’re Dead