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

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04.28.09 – Tuesday

Word: postmodern [pohst-mod-ern] adj. 1. noting or pertaining to architecture of the late 20th century, appearing in the 1960s, that consciously uses complex forms, fantasy and allusions to historic styles, in contrast to the austere forms and emphasis on utility of standard modern architecture 2. extremely modern; cutting edge: postmodern kids who grew up on MTV

Birthday: James Monroe (1758), Oskar Schindler (1908), Ferruccio Lamborghini (1916), Harper Lee (1926), Saddam Hussein (1937), Ann-Margret (1941), Bruno Kirby (1949), Jay Leno (1950), John Daly (1966), Too Short (1966), Kari Wührer (1967), Bridget Moynahan (1971), Elisabeth Röhm (1973), Penélope Cruz (1974), Jessica Alba (1981)

Occurence: 1967Expo 67 opens in Montreal, Canada.

Standpoint: Originality. It’s one of the few qualities someone can possess and gain instant credibility. But one can’t attain originality. Striving for it is pointless since the process one would go through to achieve originality, would automatically make that person unoriginal. It’s confusing. But some have pulled it off. Here’s my 7 Original Individuals:

  • George Carlin – Invented (and perfected) the art of stand-up comedy as we know it today.
  • Tiger Woods – First golfer to be so good, he’s admired outside the realm of his sport.
  • Harvey Milk – Did more for Gay Rights in a short 8-year political career than most could hope to do in a lifetime.
  • Josephine Baker – Singer, dancer, first African American woman to star in a motion picture, Civil Rights activist, French Resistance supporter and recipient of the Croix de Guerre.
  • Chuck Klosterman – Writes the way people talk so effectively that sometimes I forget I’m reading.
  • Andy Kaufman – Should be remembered as more a performance artist than a comedian.
  • Wayne Gretzky – Did more for professional ice hockey than any other one person has done for a sport.

I’m sure you have someone in my mind that I didn’t include on his list. Tell who you think should have been there.

Quotation: A bargain is something you can’t use at a price you can’t resist.Franklin P. Jones

Tune: Another band I know very little about but love what I’ve heard so far. The Record Low. Listen to “The Bottom.”

Gallimaufry: Bea Arthur died over the weekend at the age of 86. Read what the remaining two “Golden Girls” had to say about her passing…Outside of Philadelphia, it’s called the TD Bank Philadelphia International Cycling Championship. Here we just call it “The Bike Race.” And it’s endangered of being cancelled this year. Here’s what you can do to help…Why is a president judged after his first 100 days? Find out why.

Incoming: No post tomorrow. Got some organizing to do due to the move.