07.08.09 – Wednesday

Word: gainsay [geyn-sey, geyn-sey] v. 1. to deny, dispute, or contradict 2. to speak or act against; oppose

Birthday: John D. Rockefeller (1839), Nelson A. Rockefeller (1908), Jerry Vale (1932), Phil Gramm (1942), Jeffrey Tambor (1944), Raffi (1948), Wolfgang Puck (1949), Anjelica Huston (1951), Kevin Bacon (1958), Toby Keith (1961), Joan Osborne (1962), Billy Crudup (1968), Beck (1970), Milo Ventimiglia (1977)

Quotation: I am a man, and alive…. For this reason I am a novelist.  And being a novelist, I consider myself superior to the saint, the scientist, the philosopher, and the poet, who are all great masters of different bits of man alive, but never get the whole hog. – D. H. Lawrence

Tune: I realize in certain music circles, it’s sacrilege to say this, but I’m not a huge Pink Floyd fan. I am, however, a huge fan of some of their songs. My favorite just may be “One Slip.”

Gallimaufry: OK, I’ll admit it. I was wrong. Yesterday’s memorial service in Los Angeles for Michael Jackson went down without a hitch. Everyone remained civilized, and, frankly, I was kind of proud of us for keeping it all together. I watched the memorial service, well, most of it and thought it was done tastefully and well. And then I read this article Steve Lopez and I kind of changed my mind. I’ll just be happier when this whole mess is put to bed, I think. NHL insiders are predicting today will be the day Joe Sakic retires from hockey. After a 20-year career that found him in the top 20 of all time in assists, goals and points, the Colorado Avalanche captain will be hanging up his skates. And while it probably the best thing for Sakic and his family, it’s always a shame when a class act with amazing talent exits the world of sports. There are very few like him. Yesterday, I saw “The Myth of DIY” from TinyMixTapes.com posted by my friend on Facebook. (Thanks, Annette) It’s a very compelling article on music piracy and shines a different kind of light on the issue. Definitely worth a read.

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07.03.09 – Friday

Word: id [id] n. the part of the psyche, residing in the unconscious, that is the source of instinctive impulses that seek satisfaction in accordance with the pleasure principle and are modified by the ego and the superego before they are given overt expression

Birthday: John Singleton Copley (1738), Albert Gottschalk (1866), Franz Kafka (1883), M. F. K. Fisher (1908), Lamar Alexander (1940), Fontella Bass (1940), Kurtwood Smith (1943), Dave Barry (1947), Montel Williams (1956), Laura Branigan (1957), Vince Clarke (1960), Tom Cruise (1962), Shawnee Smith (1970), Patrick Wilson (1973)

Quotation: What is a face, really?  Its own photo?  Its make-up?  Or is it a face as painted by such or such painter?  That which is in front?  Inside?  Behind?  And the rest?  Doesn’t everyone look at himself in his own particular way?  Deformations simply do not exist.Pablo Picasso

Tune: Meric Long and Logan Kroeber are better known as the San Francisco band, The Dodos. Check out “Walking” from the album Visiter.

Gallimaufry: If you live in Austin, TX and are a big Elliott Smith fan (if you’re not, I’d like to know what’s wrong with you), then this might actually be your lucky day. Someone is selling the late singer-songwriter’s 1999 Volkswagen Passat for $4,000. All the money will go to the SIMS Foundation, an Austin-based organization dedicated to the mental health of musicians. And, no, this is not a hoax. The person selling the car? Smith’s sister. I don’t pirate music off the web. I’ve got nothing against people who do. I’m just a big fan of buying an album(s), bringing it home and giving it a few quality listens. I have over 1,000 cds because of those old-fashioned tendencies. My thoughts on music piracy tend to go back and forth but I definitely think the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) is a complete fucking racket. If you don’t, or even if you do, you should read “8 Logical Rebuttals of Anti-Piracy Arguments” by BeatCrave.com’s William Barnes. Last summer, I had an extremely long conversation with a friend of mine who claimed she was “done with pretty guys because they’re all assholes.” Ashley Nelson is in full agreement with my friend. Check out her article, “Revenge of the Nerds: Four Reasons Women Dig Geeks.” When it comes to love, there’s hope for everyone out there. Well, probably.