01.18.10 – A Monday

WORD

pabulum [pab-yuh-luhm] n. 1. something that nourishes an animal or vegetable organism; food; nutriment 2. material for intellectual nourishment

BIRTHDAY

Montesquieu (1689), Daniel Webster (1782), Thomas Watson (1854), A. A. Milne (1882), Cary Grant (1904), Danny Kaye (1913), Ray Dolby (1933), David Ruffin (1941), Kevin Costner (1955), Mark Messier (1961), Dave Attell (1965), Jesse L. Martin (1969), Joanna Newsom (1982), Seung-Hui Cho (1984)

STANDPOINT

While I type this, NBC and Conan O’Brien are said to be close to a deal that will end the O’Brien’s stint as host of The Tonight Show after a mere seven months.

The complete failure of Jay Leno’s nightly 10pm show on NBC caused the network to move the 60-year old back to his original time slot of 11:35pm, leaving no place for O’Brien.

Everyone’s talking about it and there’s really nothing new to say on the issue but I’d like to encourage everyone who reads this blog to boycott Leno from here on out, in whatever forum the dipshit appears. It’s a heartless thing he’d doing here, not to mention meaningless.

Is NBC expecting everyone to watch Leno just because? Old people will probably go back to watching Leno because most old people, from as much as I can tell, like the kind of dopey crap he presents.

O’Brien will land on his feet. FOX is very interested in talking to him. Plus, he’s probably going to get somewhere near $40 million for his trouble. But still, NBC and Leno should be kneecapped for what’s gone on.

QUOTATION

Everything is handed to society now. Before, you had to dig for it. I like that — digging for it.Al Green

TUNE

In my head, I’ve a list of ten songs of which I will never tire. R.E.M.‘s “The Great Beyond” is one of them. Maybe number three on that list. I’m not sure.

GALLIMAUFRY

My dream of a New Orleans SaintsSan Diego Chargers Super Bowl was destroyed yesterday as the New York Jets (that’s right) beat Philip Rivers and crew in a surprising 17-14 upset. Let’s go, Saints!

→ Dear Mark McGwire, please shut the fuck up. We all know you did steroids. We all know you are now admitting it so that you can get a job in baseball. We all know that you’re a disgrace to athletes everywhere. We get it. Go away.

→ In a shocking development, MTV is actually producing a show featuring (I hope you’re sitting down) – MUSIC! Vampire Weekend did an episode of MTV Unplugged. And there wasn’t even a cameo by the cast of Jersey Shore.

12.23.09 – A Wednesday

WORD

rogue [rohg] n. 1. a dishonest, knavish person; scoundrel 2. a playfully mischievous person; scamp: The youngest boys are little rogues 3. a tramp or vagabond 4. a rogue elephant or other animal of similar disposition 5. Biology. a usually inferior organism, esp. a plant, varying markedly from the normal v. (used w/o object) 6. to live or act as a rogue v. (used w/ object) 7. to cheat 8. to uproot or destroy (plants, etc., that do not conform to a desired standard) 9. to perform this operation upon: to rogue a field adj. 10. (of an animal) having an abnormally savage or unpredictable disposition, as a rogue elephant 11. no longer obedient, belonging, or accepted and hence not controllable or answerable; deviating, renegade: a rogue cop; a rogue union local

BIRTHDAY

Joseph Smith Jr. (1805), Robert Bly (1926), Chet Baker (1929), Harry Shearer (1943), Susan Lucci (1946), Adrian Belew (1949), Victoria Williams (1958), Eddie Vedder (1964), Carla Bruni (1967), Corey Haim (1971)

STANDPOINT

In the spirit of the holiday season, I won’t rant about any of the issues making my blood boil right now.

Instead, I’ll just wish everyone a happy holiday season. Truly. Spend time with your family, friends or whomever. Enjoy it. Make it count.

Obviously, I won’t be posting for the rest of the week. Come back Monday for some more.

QUOTATION

If one morning I walked on top of the water across the Potomac River, the headline that afternoon would read:  “President Can’t Swim.” → Lyndon B. Johnson

TUNE

Best Christmas album ever? A Christmas Together: John Denver and The Muppets. Listen to it over and over again. You’ll dig it.

GALLIMAUFRY

→ Listen. I get it. George Lopez is not exactly someone who’s thought of as really hip. But his new late night show on TBS, Lopez Tonight, isn’t half bad. He probably dips too much into the whole Latino thing, but he’s kind of fearless about some of the shit he has to say.  

→ Fucking finally. David Goldman, who’s fought one of the most heart-wrenching battles of all-time for custody of his son, has won. Not sure what kind of bullshit law they’re practicing down in Brazil, but the whole country should be ashamed of themselves for putting Goldman through this ordeal.

→ I’ve been saying this for years. Say what you will about Kevin Costner, but Open Range has the best shootout in the history of Western movies. And AMC.com agrees with me.

09-07-09: Monday

It’ s a holiday Monday, so I’m just going to keep it light and give you some of my favorite movie clips.

Enjoy the holiday. Come back tomorrow for some more.

04.20.09 – Monday

Word: euphemism [yoo-fuh-miz-uhm] n. 1. the substitution of a mild, indirect or vague expression for one thought to be offensive, harsh or blunt 2. the expression so substituted: “To pass away” is a euphemism for “to die.”

Birthday: Napoleon III (1808), Adolf Hitler (1889), Lionel Hampon (1908), Tito Puente (1923), George Takei (1937), Ryan O’Neal (1941), Jessica Lange (1949), Luther Vandross (1951), Clint Howard (1959), Don Mattingly (1961), Crispin Glover (1964), Carmen Electra (1972), Joey Lawrence (1976)

Occurence: 1999Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold kill 13 people and injure 24 others before committing suicide during the Columbine High School Massacre.

Standpoint: Last week, I polled all my friends on Facebook and Twitter. I asked them to name the best movie with a one-word title. Also, I was asking everyone I talked to, including my co-workers at The Chestnut Grill, who came up with a ton of them. (Special thanks to Ezgi and Adina on that one.) So, I compiled over 200 suggested titles and whittled (Colleen, you were right. I misused “wheedle”. Live and learn. 4/21/09) the list down to 15 movies. Here is the list (alphabetically) of 15 Great Movies with a One-Word Title, followed by the reason each film made the final cut. Enjoy.

There you have it. Just in case you’re wondering, it’s pretty difficult deciding the best 15 out of 200. The Honorable Mentions are too many to list. I can give you a few movies that never stood a chance. Titanic. Volcano. Twister. Accepted.

I’m sure you can think of a few movies I overlooked or discarded. Tell me which ones and why.

Quotation: Everybody is wrong about everything, just about all of the time. Chuck Klosterman

Gallimaufry: Falling into the “How-Pathetic-Can-I-Possibly-Get” category, Spencer Pratt (“The Hills”) has challenged Ashton Kutcher to a 30-day contest to see who can get the most Twitter followers. Dude, you’re a little late. I suggest concentrating your efforts on something that doesn’t involve some crappy show like “The Hills.” Look into it…All season long on “American Idol,” people have been asking the question, “Why in the hell did they bring Kara DioGuardi on as a fourth judge?” It appears she’s wondering the same thing. Could this be a sign of her exit?…Yesterday was a good day in Philadelphia for sports. The Phillies beat the San Diego Padres, 5-4, off a two-run homer in the ninth inning by Raul Ibanez. The 76ers beat the Orlando Magic in the Game 1 of their first-round playoff series on a last-second jumper by Andre Iguodala. But the highlight of the day in sports, for me at least, was sitting at my brother Jeremy’s new house and watching the Flyers spank the Pittsburgh Penguins, 6-3. Claude Giroux registered a Gordie Howe hat trick. He’s the real deal. (Thanks to Phinally Philly for the link.)

Incoming: This week is up in the air. Besides more of your suggestions for Annoying Sayings & Misused Words, we’ll have to see where the wind takes us.