08.15.11 – a monday

word

entelechy [en-teluh-kee] n. 1. a realization or actuality as opposed to a potentiality 2. (in vitalist philosophy) a vital agent or force directing growth and life

birthday

Napoleon Bonaparte (1769), Sir Walter Scott (1771), Charles Comiskey (1859), Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875), Edna Ferber (1885), Julia Child (1912), Oscar Peterson (1925), Debra Messing (1968), Anthony Anderson (1970), Ben Affleck (1972), Natasha Henstridge (1974)

standpoint

To quote rock legend Aaron Lewis, “It’s been a while.” (I couldn’t remember that dude’s name and had to look it up. Sadly, Staind is still in existence. Why is it that the suckiest bands never seem to go away?) In any case, here’s some of the inconsequential nonsense floating around my cranium.

→ I’ve got a ton of t-shirts, each cooler than the next. It’s true. I recently found my He-Man and the Masters of the Universe t-shirt and I’ve been getting solid feedback on it. (That’s not me in the picture, it’s one of those pretentious t-shirt models.)

→ I finally watched Inception. It was good, not great.

→ I watched The A-Team movie again. It totally blew. Again.

→ Philadelphia dive bars. Ever since Brian McManus wrote a book , I’ve been involved in several conversations concerning real dive bars. (Sorry, brother, but Oscar’s? McGlinchey’s?) For my money, the Casmar Cafe in Conshohocken and Towey’s Tavern in Chestnut Hill (which I won’t even link to) are tied for the dive bar championship. McManus’ bars are simply a collection of spots that truly test hipsters’ comfort threshold.

→ The Ames Straw Poll is yet another reason I’m seriously considering moving to South America. Christ. Are you kidding me?

quotation

No one can get inner peace by pouncing on it. ↔ Harry Emerson Fosdick

tune

Foster The People‘s “Houdini” is one straight-up kickass track. I listen to it at least once a day. Minimum.

gallimaufry

“This has been a wake-up call for our country.” You think, Einstein?

→ If you’re one of the New York Giants fans who posted comments on Steve Smith’s Facebook page, the rest of us are wondering if maybe it’s high time you explored some therapy options in your surrounding community.

→ Sucks. TLA Video will be out of business within the next year. The times, oh, they are a changin’.

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03.10.10 – A Wednesday

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word

mellifluous [muhlif-loo-uhs] adj. 1. sweetly or smoothly flowing; sweet-sounding: a mellifluous voice; mellifluous tones 2. flowing with honey; sweetened with or as if with honey

birthday

Ferdinand I (1503), Bix Beiderbecke (1903), James Earl Ray (1928), Chuck Norris (1940), Robert Llewellyn (1956), Osama bin Laden (1957), Shannon Tweed (1957), Jim White (1957), Sharon Stone (1958), Mitch Gaylord (1961), Pam Oliver (1961), Jeff Ament (1963), Rick Rubin (1963), Neneh Cherry (1964), Jasmine Guy (1964), Edie Brickell (1966), Timbaland (1971), Eva Herzigova (1973), Shannon Miller (1977), Robin Thicke (1977), Carrie Underwood (1983)

standpoint

I like my camera. It wasn’t expensive but, sometimes, it takes some really good pictures. More than a few people have told me I have a good eye for shooting things.

The cool thing about a good photograph is it’s untouchable. It’s static and not responsible for anything more than it portrays. Although every part of my personality would suggest otherwise, I’m drawn to the unchanging nature of still photography.

So, today, I thought that instead of bashing one thing or another I find wrong with the world, I’d share with you some of the beauty I’ve found in it. Hope you enjoy.

From Oscar's Tavern in Philadelphia.

Silverware bin from my brother's kitchen.

East Falls train station in Philadelphia.

The view from the back of the shore house.

Last year's Bike Race in Manayunk.

I’ve got tons more but thought it would be best to start out light. I’ll post more in an upcoming post someday soon.

quotation

You use your money to buy privacy because during most of your life you aren’t allowed to be normal.Johnny Depp

tune

Local Natives make soaring, sky-scraping harmonies, dreamy orchestral melodies, and throbbing tribal beats that bash their way into your soul.” That’s according to the band’s label, Frenchkiss Records. Obviously, the statement’s a bit biased but it’s also pretty dead on. Be on the lookout for constant comparisons to Vampire Weekend and Arcade Fire as Local Natives gets bigger. Check out “Stranger Things” off the recently released Gorilla Manor. (Thanks to Ezgi for turning me on these guys.)

gallimaufry

All right, just because you discover something is possible doesn’t necessarily mean you make it happen. I love how this chef pairs the dish with a Riesling. Unreal.

→ For those of you shouting as loud as you can about how your privacy rights are being violated on the Internet by Google or the government or some other establishment you think of as “The Man,” you might want to reconsider your thinking. This woman might’ve gotten away with killing a Swedish artist. If it hadn’t been for those crazy kids at the Justice Department figuring out what she was up to before she had time to make it happen.

→ Yesterday, I was so immersed in Oscar hoopla that I failed to mention it was the 200th post to this blog. Can’t believe it’s been that many. Although, in a way, it’s sort of felt like more. Anyway, thanks for reading.