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.

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01.19.10 – A Tuesday

WORD

burlesque [ber-lesk] n. 1. an artistic composition, esp. literary or dramatic, that, for the sake of laughter, vulgarizes lofty material or treats ordinary material with mock dignity 2. any ludicrous parody or grotesque caricature 3. Also, bur⋅lesk. a humorous and provocative stage show featuring slapstick humor, comic skits, bawdy songs, striptease acts, and a scantily clad female chorus adj. 4. involving ludicrous or mocking treatment of a solemn subject 5. of, pertaining to, or like stage-show burlesque v. (used w/object) 6. to make ridiculous by mocking representation v. (used w/o object) 7. to use caricature

BIRTHDAY

James Watt (1736), Robert E. Lee (1807), Edgar Allen Poe (1809), Paul Cézanne (1839), Minnesota Fats (1913), Jean Stapleton (1923), Tippi Hedren (1930), Michael Crawford (1942), Janis Joplin (1943), Shelley Fabares (1944), Dolly Parton (1946), Robert Palmer (1949), Desi Arnaz, Jr. (1953), Katey Sagal (1954), Paul Rodriguez (1955), William Ragsdale (1961), Drea de Matteo (1972), Frank Caliendo (1974)

STANDPOINT

As you must all ready know, last Wednesday a major earthquake devastated Haiti. And everyone, and I mean everyone, is doing what they can to help out. Of course, the American Red Cross and the U.N. are spearheading the efforts, but I’m impressed by what some less likely sources are contributing.

Ben Stiller, who’d already been helping the children of Haiti through his website, STILLERSTRONG.ORG, has, as of yesterday, raised over $130,000.

→ NBA stars Alonzo Mourning and Dwayne Wade have created The Athletes Relief Fund for Haiti and have all ready contributed $800,000.

Lady Gaga, having all ready promised to donate all the proceeds from her upcoming show at Radio Music City Hall to the effort, announced yesterday she’d created a Haitian relief t-shirt, the sales from which will also go to the effort.

Fucked Up, a hardcore punk band from Toronto, is even getting into the act, is auctioning off its upcoming collection of singles, Couple Tracks, with, you guessed it, all proceeds going to Doctors Without Borders.

That’s just a short list of what some people are doing to help.

What are you doing?

QUOTATION

I’ve seen a lot of strange stuff, but I’ve never seen anything to make me believe there’s one all-powerful force controlling everything. There’s no mystical energy field controls my destiny.Han Solo

TUNE

I continue my unabashed love for Fountains of Wayne, a band dismissed by most indie hipsters as “too poppy.” Well, that may be true but I just can’t help myself from digging on songs like “Radiation Vibe.”

GALLIMAUFRY

Hey, all you people who piss on Twitter, get this: it can actually be used for some kind of good. When a plane full of medicine from Doctors Without Borders was blocked from landing in Haiti on Sunday, Twitter users flooded the U.S. Air Force’s Twitter account and the plane was allowed to land shortly thereafter. Pretty cool, huh?

→ In what promises to be a couple of months full of great new music, another one of my favorite bands has announced an upcoming release. Matt Pond PA will release The Dark Leaves on April 6th.

→ Who says Taco Bell is bad for you? The company’s founder, Glen Bell, died Sunday at the ripe old age of 86. So there.

03.24.09 – Tuesday

Whereabouts: Philadelphia, PA

Word: ubiquitous [yoo-bik-wi-tuhs] adj. existing or being everywhere, especially at the same time; omnipresent

Birthday: Harry Houdini (1874), Ub Iwerks (1901), Thomas Dewey (1902), Clyde Barrow (1909), Joseph Barbera (1911), Gorgeous George (1915), Lawrence Ferlinghetti (1919), Norman Fell (1924), Steve McQueen (1930), Bob Mackie (1940), Nick Lowe (1949), Tommy Hilfiger (1951), Robert Carradine (1954), Kelly LeBrock (1960), Star Jones Reynolds (1962), Annabella Sciorra (1964), The Undertaker (1965), Lara Flynn Boyle (1970), Megyn Price (1972), Alyson Hannigan (1974), Peyton Manning (1976)

Occurrence: 1958Elvis Presley gets inducted into the army. I still think it’s strange that this happened. I know The King was drafted but do you think any celebrity today would actually do this at the height of their career? I tend to think no.

Standpoint: Last Friday, March 20th, was the first day of Spring. Around Philadelphia, it was cold outside. And this perplexed many people who, I guess, had it marked down on their calendar as the day to dust-off the flip-flops and shorts. “What the hell? I thought its Spring.” “It’s not that warm out. Winter is supposed to be over.” “I was all psyched to wear my new sandals today but it’s too cold and I had to wear my regular shoes.” This is just a mere sampling of comments I overheard last Friday. Apparently, many individuals were disappointed by the weather’s refusal to cooperate with their desire to “finally drive to work with the windows down.” In this Age of Entitlement, we even expect Mother Nature to do what we think is “right” and “totally fair.”

Quotation: Tomorrow may be hell, but today was a good writing day, and on the good writing days nothing else matters. Neil Gaiman

Digit: 13 – Number of cities and towns in the USA named Philadelphia. Besides the one in Pennsylvania there is one each in Illinois, Indiana, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico and New York. There are two each in Arkansas, North Carolina and Tennessee.

Tune: When I was younger and out in social situations, I often thought of “Halloween” by matt pond PA. Take a listen and you might know what I mean.

Link: Phinally Philly – An absolutely spectacular blog about Philadelphia sports.

Gallimaufry: Paul Berry, CTO of the Huffington Post, offers his opinion of the Facebook redesign that everyone (including me) has been deliberating to the point of exhaustion. A little bit of a different take…Kids can be cruel. Read all about one family who has launched a national campaign to educate high school students about “sexting”…In India, Tata Motors has announced that their Nano, the world’s cheapest car, will hit roads in July. It’s small and only costs 100,000 rupee ($1980)…Tonight, if you’re gonna be near the Chestnut Hill area in Philadelphia PA, make sure to stop by The Chestnut Grill for its first Karaoke Night run by my good friend Suzi Simon. Starts at 9pm. Plus, I’ll be there so that should be enough reason for you to come out.