March 21st, 2012

word

selcouth [sel-kooth] adj. strange; uncommon

birthday

Julio Gallo (1910), Russ Meyer (1922), Eddie Money (1949), Gary Oldman (1958), Matthew Broderick (1962), Rosie O’Donnell (1962)

standpoint

Okay, so I bought this new computer, my first Mac, an iBook G4. And I mostly love it. But it’s quirky. It does things I don’t want it to.

Like, for instance, I’ve been having a problem linking on here and, as you know because you read my blog as much as you can, I’m all about links. So, when I started this post I was linking like a maniac, throwing them down at will, raining links at will.

But then, all of a sudden, my laptop decided it’d had enough with links for the evening. It put a stop to the linking. I can’t figure it out and, believe me, I’m good at figuring shit out.

I’ve got two thoughts I’d like share on this matter.

One, I most likely acted too rash and purchased an out-of-date computer that has problems dealing with all of the technological advances that occur daily out here on the internet. My brother Jeremy, a computer whiz if there ever was one, warned me this might happen but I’d all ready completed the transaction and the laptop was en route when I told him about it. The smart move would’ve been to consult him beforehand but, while I’m a pretty smart guy, my intelligence sometimes seems to want nothing to do with decision making.

Two, now that I’ve got this computer, I’m sticking with it. I’m convinced I can get to the bottom of these minor problems. I’m certainly not buying a new laptop until I’ve exhausted all the options. After I’ve done everything in my power to get past these inconveniences, I’m fairly certain I’ll be going to Jeremy to get his advice on what kind Mac I actually should buy.

quotation

Advice to children crossing the street: damn the lights. Watch the cars. The lights ain’t never killed nobody. ↔ Moms Mabley

tune

I thought, what with it being Matthew Broderick’s birthday and all, that I would share the song made famous by Broderick’s most famous movie. Here’s “Oh Yeah” by Yello.

gallimaufry

→ Couldn’t get this section done properly because of the problem I mentioned in standpoint. Let’s face it, I’m not as effective when stripped of the links.

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03.19.10 – A Friday

word

tome [tohm] n. 1. a book, esp. a very heavy, large, or learned book 2. a volume forming a part of a larger work

birthday

William Bradford (1890), Wyatt Earp (1848), William Jennings Bryan (1860), Earl Warren (1891), Moms Mabley (1894), Irving Wallace (1916), Richie Ashburn (1927), Phillip Roth (1933), Ursula Andress (1936), Sirhan Sirhan (1944), Glenn Close (1947), Harvey Weinstein (1952), Bruce Willis (1955), Andy Reid (1958)

standpoint

Drums, please. Once again, it’s time for another installment of the Wishing Well, a weekly post detailing wrongs I wanted to see righted in this decaying world of ours.

I WISH everyone would stop with the, “I told you so’s,” about Philadelphia 76ers guard Allen Iverson. Like many of us, the fellow has his share of problems. Why is it that when people like A.I. start facing his their demons, most of us feel the need to point out how right we were all along? Cut the dude some slack, for crying out loud. Compassion is truly dead.

I WISH we’d all just agree to the fact that FOX News, like most other news channels, is a bunch of right-wing nonsense. Why are we still having this debate? Are people really that stupid? Don’t answer that. I’m all ready down on people to know the answer.

I WISH I’d never seen the footage of former Olympic skier Bill Johnson‘s crash on Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel. It made me so uneasy, I won’t even post it here.

I WISH I never read another “helpful” piece, or hear anyone complain, about how we are losing our privacy online. Seriously, folks, let’s get stop trying to figure out what’s wrong with the internet and start a nationwide search for our common sense.

I WISH I was at this year’s SXSW. Next year, I’ll be there. Try to stop me suckas!

What about you, people? What are you wishing for?

quotation

Paranoids are not paranoid because they’re paranoid, but because they keep putting themselves, fucking idiots, deliberately into paranoid situations.Thomas Pynchon

tune

One of the best kept secrets of the Philadelphia music scene, although he shouldn’t be because he’s that damn good, is Ben Arnold. He’s been playing around here for two decades now and, if you ever have the opportunity, you should definitely check out one of his live shows. Here’s “So Low.”

gallimaufry

I’ve never met Lerato Nomvuyo Mzamane but, for this alone, I love the woman. Let’s all hope she puts Oprah in her proper place.

→ When I read garbage like this, I’m absolutely certain, sooner or later, no one will be allowed to do anything at all. Ever.

→ Holy shit. When I grow up, I want to be exactly like this guy.

→ For the record, I’ll have nothing to say about college basketball, which is currently experiencing an episode of “madness,” due to an overall dearth of fondness for the proceedings.