12.29.09 – A Tuesday

WORD

flippant [flipuhnt] adj. 1. frivolously disrespectful, shallow, or lacking in seriousness; characterized by levity: The audience was shocked by his flippant remarks about patriotism 2. Chiefly Dialect. nimble, limber, or pliant 3. Archaic. glib; voluble

BIRTHDAY

Charles Goodyear (1800), Andrew Johnson (1808), Billy Tipton (1914), Mary Tyler Moore (1936), Jon Voight (1938), Rick Danko (1942), Marianne Faithfull (1946), Ted Danson (1947), Patricia Clarkson (1959), Paula Poundstone (1959), Glen Phillips (1970), Jude Law (1972)

STANDPOINT

No new post as far as the Standpoint today. I’m working on my end of the year lists. Stay tuned.

QUOTATION

Children are smarter than any of us. Know how I know that? I don’t know one child with a full time job and children.Bill Hicks

TUNE

Recently, I’ve discovered Ben Lee was once actually quite solid. (That being stated, I will admit I definitely dug on “Catch My Disease.”) Turns out he was capable of some pretty solid songsmithing. Check out “How To Survive a Broken Heart.”

GALLIMAUFRY

Just in case you’re looking for more proof that just about everyone is absolutely shithouse crazy and not what they seem, you might be interested in reading about Charlie Sheen, who I’ve recently witnessed appearing sane on talk shows, and what he did to his wife after she asked for a divorce. I still like his sitcom, though, Two and a Half Men. Funny is funny.

→ I’m sure some people might look at the story of the couple who got stranded by their GPS and curse technology. But, I’d like for all of us to keep in mind that stories about how GPS systems have helped people not get stranded aren’t really considered newsworthy.

→ Ever had a bad day at work? That’s exactly what Philadelphia Eagles safety Macho Harris had two days ago.  Luckily, the Eagles still managed to defeat the Denver Broncos 30-27.

12.22.09 – A Tuesday

WORD

chutzpah [KHoot-spuh, hoot-] n. SLANG 1. unmitigated effrontery or impudence; gall 2. unmitigated effrontery or impudence; gall

BIRTHDAY

James Oglethorpe (1696), Connie Mack (1862), Kenneth Rexroth (1905), Lady Bird Johnson (1912), Barbara Billingsley (1915), Hector Elizondo (1936), Steve Carlton (1944), Diane Sawyer (1945), Maurice Gibb (1949), Robin Gibb (1949), Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960), Luther Campbell (1970), Ralph Fiennes (1962)

STANDPOINT

I’m mostly certain being a weatherman is an anxious occupation.

We’re a news driven society.

Local news programming is the main source for everything we supposedly need to know. And, unlike the lead anchors who report on all of the awful shit that happened that day, or the sports guy who recaps the results of daily sporting events, the weatherman’s job is different. Most days, most everyone went outside and experienced the weather first hand. So the weatherman’s main purpose is not to tell us what already happened.

He’s asked to predict what’ll happen tomorrow. And the four days after that.

And that fucking sucks for the weatherman because when he predicts inclimate weather and he’s right, everyone point the finger at him as if he weaved some sort of spell and conjured up a brutal snowstorm, just because he could somehow. But when he’s wrong about the weather in any way, people throw up their hands, and curse the guy because, hey, he said it was going to rain and it didn’t and so I needlessly carried this umbrella around all day long.

Right or wrong, everyone complains about the weatherman.

 

QUOTATION

Oh look, yet another Christmas TV special!  How touching to have the meaning of Christmas brought to us by cola, fast food, and beer…. Who’d have ever guessed that product consumption, popular entertainment, and spirituality would mix so harmoniously?Bill Watterson

TUNE

Sometimes a band can have a solid song going on but they make a video to go along with it that’s kind of bad judgement. Case in point, Wheat‘s “Don’t I Hold You.”

GALLIMAUFRY

→ It’s sort of nuts when a basketball player, who went into the stands to assault fans during a game, makes a strong argument for Tiger Woods. But that’s exactly what Ron Artest did on his blog a few days ago.

→ Want to understand my problem with supposedly indie-rock websites? Check out Pitchfork’s Top 50 albums of 2009. I agree with about four of its choices. Apparently, even those who are supposed to be in possession of a discerning ear now have an agenda. Sad. Truly.

→ I’m about 94% sure I’ve never read any of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s works about the legendary Sherlock Holmes. I’m equally certain the upcoming movie Sherlock Holmes, starring an alarmingly buff Robert Downey Jr., isn’t going to be completely accurate to Doyle’s original vision of the character. But I don’t care. It looks kind of bad-ass. Despite the fact Jude Law is in it.