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One, I most likely acted too rash and purchased an out-of-date computer that has problems dealing with all of the technological advances that occur daily out here on the internet.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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Tuesday – September 1st

After a month off, I’m back. Going to be tweaking this old blog quite a bit to get it where I know (deep down) it should be. I’ll be aggresively reshaping things and reworking sections. It may appear different from one day to the next as I attempt to find the perfect look and feel for your favorite blog. As usual, comments are always encouraged.

Word

 rubric[roo-brik] n. 1. a title, heading, direction, or the like, in a manuscript, book, statute, etc., written or printed in red or otherwise distinguished from the rest of the text 2. a direction for the conduct of divine service or the administration of the sacraments, inserted in liturgical books 3. any established mode of conduct or procedure; protocol 4. an explanatory comment; gloss 5. a class or category 6. Archaic. red ocher adj. 7. written, inscribed in, or marked with or as with red; rubrical 8. Archaic. red; ruddy

Birthday

 Engelbert Humperdinck (1854), Richard Farnsworth (1920), Rocky Marciano (1923), Art Pepper (1925), Boxcar Willie (1931), Ann W. Richards (1933), Conway Twitty (1933), Lily Tomlin (1939), Barry Gibb (1946), Dr. Phil McGraw (1950), Nicu Ceausescu (1951), Billy Blanks (1955), Gloria Estefan (1957), Kenny Mayne (1959), Bam Bam Bigelow (1961), Mohammed Atta (1968), Padma Lakshmi (1970), Jimmy Snuka Jr. (1971)

Standpoint

All right. While I was on my hiatus, my football team – The Philadelphia Eagles – signed ex-convict Michael Vick. Since I have been one of the biggest opponents of Vick‘s return to the NFL (not to mention society), I’m very much aware of the irony he’ll be wearing Eagles‘s green this autumn. Is it deplorable? Yes. Does it suck? Definitely. Can we do anything about it? Not at all. And, even if we could, it appears unlikely we even would.

Since the announcement of the signing, I’ve been listening to what everyone has to say on the issue (and it’s a lot), and whether an individual is completely outraged or just mildly annoyed by Vick coming to Philadelphia, it seems like everyone has he same plan for demonstrating their dismay. Not doing anything at all. For the record, posting anonymously on an internet message board or calling into a sports talk show does not qualify as taking a stand. Sorry.

According to official sources, “fewer than 10” season ticket holders have resigned and exactly none of the Eagles’ 44 corporate sponsors have withdrawn due to the Vick signing. So, while everyone with a working voice box was condemning Eagles’ management when it was announced and most fans were walking around staring incredulously at each other, asking the same question (“What the fuck?”), everything has returned to normal and I’m guessing Andy Reid and company knew that would be the case.

I still think Michael Vick is a disgusting excuse for a man, but now I’m looking at the rest of us and asking myself the same WTF question from above. Most likely, the reality is that we’ve become a bunch of gasbags who get animated and vocal about the things that bother us. Unfortunately, we’re not willing to do something as simple as depriving ourselves of watching a football game to try to force others to do the right thing.

Quotation

Nothing makes the earth seem so spacious as to have friends at a distance; they make the latitudes and longitudes.Henry David Thoreau

Tune

I’m in the middle of one of those phases I go through in which I try to find as much new music as humanly possible. So I’m listening to lots of stuff right now. Some good. Some not so much. One of the good I’ve come upon is Morning State – a band from Atlanta, GA. Check out “Oh Yeah.” (The YouTube video for this is weird, set to the opening of MST3K.) 

Gallimaufry

Check out my buddy John Sellers‘ piece – How Not To Behave On “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” – from TrueSlant.com. It’s funny because it’s true. Especially Rule 3.

Go on MyFOXPhilly.com and vote for RiverCrest Golf Club and Preserve in the category of Best Wedding Venue. You know. As a favor to me.

My good friend has started a new blog – Inspire Films and Television. Go take a visit and show him some love.