06.16.09 – Tuesday

Word: vitiate [vish-ee-eyt] v. 1. to impair the quality of; make faulty; spoil 2. to impair or weaken the effectiveness of 3. to debase; corrupt; pervert 4. to make legally defective or invalid; invalidate: to vitiate a claim

Birthday: John Cleveland (1613), Adam Smith (1723), Geronimo (1829), Stan Laurel (1890), Irving Penn (1917), Roger Neilson (1934), Bill Cobbs (1935), Joyce Carol Oates (1938), Joan Van Ark (1943), Femi Kuti (1962), Phil Mickelson (1970), Tupac Shakur (1971), John Cho (1972), Ben Kweller (1981), Matt Costa (1982)

Quote: If you were going to die soon and had only one phone call you could make, who would you call and what would you say?  And why are you waiting?Stephen Levine

Tune: In the recent effort to listen to everything on my iPod, I discovered another band – Prabir and The Substitutes. The Richmond, VA band has toured with the likes of Dr. Dog and has drawn comparisons to early Beatles work. Listen to “Everybody’s Got Somebody” but beware the explicit lyrics.

Gallimaufry: What do you when the USA is at one of its ultimate lowpoints? Well, if you’re the folks at Marvel Comics, you bring back one of your all-time popular characters from the dead. That’s right. It’s the return of Captain America. Two years ago, the comic book company killed off the original Captain America – Steve Rogers. Says Executive Editor Tom Brevoort, “It feels like there’s a desire for hopefulness. A desire for heroes and for somebody to show us that we can be our better selves, and to help pull us all up by our bootstraps and get out of the situations that we find ourselves in.” Sounds good to me. As I reported yesterday, the Los Angeles Lakers won the NBA Championship. And, as has become their custom, city residents decided it was a perfect time to set things on fire and loot stores. Man, that town loves a good riot. According to a study by The Annenberg Center for the Digital Future, families are talking less and less due to the internet and, more specifically, social networking sites. They used to say the same thing about the effects of television and we all came out of that one OK, right? Oh. We didn’t? Never mind then.

06.15.09 – Monday

Word: sylvan [sil-vuhn] adj. 1. of, pertaining to, or inhabiting the woods 2. consisting of or abounding in woods or trees; wooded; woody: a shady, sylvan glade 3. made of trees, branches, boughs, etc n. 4. a person dwelling in a woodland region 5. a mythical deity or spirit of the woods

Birthday: Nicolas Poussin (1594), Sam Giancana (1908), Yuri Andropov (1914), Mario Cuomo (1932), Waylon Jennings (1937), Harry Nilsson (1941), Xaviera Hollander (1943), Simon Callow (1949), Jim Varney (1949), James Belushi (1954), Julie Hagerty (1955), Helen Hunt (1963), Courteney Cox (1964), Ice Cube (1969), Leah Remini (1970), Jake Busey (1971), Justin Leonard (1972), Neil Patrick Harris (1973), Gary Lightbody (1976)

Quotation: Failure and success seem to have been allotted to men by their stars.  But they retain the power of wriggling, of fighting with their star or against it, and in the whole universe the only really interesting movement is this wriggle.E. M. Forester

Tune: Rolling Stone had this to say about Blitzen Trapper‘s latest release, Furr – “Throughout the album, Blitzen keep their songs highly tuneful, making Furr a breakthrough worthy of toasting with a microbrew, or several.” Check out the title track – “Furr”

Gallimaufry: What a fucking mess. Friday’s presidential election in Iran has left the country in turmoil with many, both inside and outside, calling the election a farce. Apparently, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad beat his opponent, Mir Hossein Mousavi, by a large margin. The newly-elected President said Sunday, “Some believed they would win, and then they got angry.” He then likened the riots in his country to those of  “the passions after a soccer match.” (I thought we Americans were the only ones who called it “soccer.”) He furthered with, “In Iran, the election was a real and free one.”  He was so confident in his victory he shutdown text-messaging capabilities and dissenting newspapers. Dubai-based news network Al Arabiya was warned repeatedly on Saturday to “be careful in reporting ‘chaos’ accurately.” Seems totally normal to me. Just like every other “real and free” election.   Kim Kardashian is looking to switch gears by – you guessed it – launching a pop music career. Here’s her vision – “I would like the music to sound a bit like Lady Gaga, Britney Spears and J-Lo with a bit on an R & B twist to it.” Awesome. Sounds like she’s talking about something completely new and different and not at all about something 600 other idiot celebrities are currently working on. It’s refreshing when a real musician talk about real music for a change. Last Friday, Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins won The Stanley Cup. Last night, Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers won The NBA Championship. Both are proof that good things happen to shitty people. What an encouraging weekend it must’ve been for dipshits everywhere. 

Incoming: We’ll see what happens. Stay tuned.