October 25, 2011

word

judder [juhd-er] v. 1. to vibrate violently: an old automobile with a clutch that judders n. 2. a state or instance of juddering

birthday

Pablo Picasso (1881), Minnie Pearl (1912), Marion Ross (1928), James Carville (1944), Adam Goldberg (1970), Katy Perry (1984)

standpoint

I spent much of last night on the phone catching up with a close friend.

So the next time I post you’ll get to read all about what I think about Herman Fuckin’ Cain.

Also, this was my 300th post. Pretty cool.

quotation

An ant colony is far more intelligent than an ant. ↔ E.O. Wilson

tune

If you don’t like music, you’re a straight up weirdo. But if you do like music, especially the good kind, you need to purchase Whatever’s On Your Mind, the latest album from Gomez. I seriously deliberated about which song to post up here today and decided on the title track.

gallimaufry

→ What genius thought it would be a good idea to bring back Beavis and Butthead? I’m gonna be upset about this for more than a day or two. Fucking depressing.

This story actually made me smile when I read it. Police officers from Albany inspiring a nation. Who would’ve guessed?

→ I’m just going to say it: Michele Bachmann is in full possession of the crazy eyes. I know it’s sexist and derogatory toward women but it’s also completely and 100% true.

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.

03.16.09 – Monday

Whereabouts: Philadelphia, PA

Word: syllogism [siluh-jiz-uhm] noun 1. Logic. an argument the conclusion of which is supported by two premises, of which one (major premise) contains the term (major term) that is the predicate of the conclusion, and the other (minor premise) contains the term (minor term) that is the subject of the conclusion; common to both premises is a term (middle term) that is excluded from the conclusion. A typical form is “All A is C; all B is A; therefore all B is C.”   2. deductive reasoning  3. an extremely subtle, suggestive or deceptive argument

Birthday: James Madison (1751), Marlin Perkins (1905), Henny Youngman (1906), Pat Nixon (1912), Jerry Lewis (1926), Daniel Patrick Moynihan (1927), Tommy Flanagan (1930), Chuck Woolery (1941), Erik Estrada (1949), Nancy Wilson (1954), Flavor Flav (1959), Todd MacFarlane (1961), Patty Griffin (1964), Alan Tudyk (1971), Wolfgang Van Halen (1991)

Occurrence: 1995 – Mississippi becomes the last state to formally ratify the 13th Amendment, officially banning slavery nationwide. It only took Ole Miss 130 years to jump on that bandwagon. Guess they were waiting to see if the rest of us were going to change our minds about the whole people-not-owning-people issue. Maybe they thought it was going to make a comeback?

Standpoint: We need to start a movement or an online petition or something. You, me and everyone we know need to unite and become a collective consciousness whose sole purpose is the elimination of ONE THING: CAPTCHAS. OK, maybe I’m being a bit dramatic but they are annoying. The folks at captcha.net have this to say about their invention, “a captcha is a program that protects websites against bots by generating and grading tests that humans can pass but current computer programs cannot.” I have news for you, captcha.net, most humans have trouble passing them, too. Take a look at this example. Why so squiggly and elongated? Is all that necessary? It seems that every time I go to make some snarky comment on some poor soul’s blog, I’m confronted with a captcha that looks like something I’m pretty sure must’ve been close to Salvadore Dali’s handwriting. After about 15 minutes of trying to figure out if that one letter is a lowercase “J” or a stretched-out lowercase “I”, I’m no longer impressed with the comment I was going to make and my attention wanders elsewhere.

Quotation: Art is the lie that enables us to reveal the truthPablo Picasso

Soupçon: The Beatles got the idea for the name of their band after John Lennon and Paul McCartney saw Buddy Holly and The Crickets at a show in Liverpool in 1958.

Tune: I’m not a huge singer-songwriter fan anymore but Jeb Loy Nichols is still one of the best around. Have a listen to “As the Rain.”

Link: Pipl – Want to see something spooky? Go this site, type in your name and see how much information there is about you on the internet. Eye-opening.

Gallimaufry: ESPN’s John Buccigross knows more about hockey than you do. Also, the man knows a ton about music and often references a band or artist he likes both on-air and in his weekly hockey column. Overall, Mr. Buccigross is a top-notch guy. Click HERE to see an entertaining video he did with the band Guster…This past Friday night, during a college basketball game, there was an altercation between the mascots of Utah State and New Mexico State. Apparently, a fan offered “Big Blue” (Utah State) $100 to rip off the moustache of “Pistol Pete” (New Mexico State). Utah State officials have stated that the money their mascot collected will be donated to charity…What is with all of these music artists dissin’ each other? In a recent post, I wrote about the feud between Miley Cyrus and Radiohead.  Now Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips is smack-talking Arcade Fire. Click HERE to read what Coyne said and then HERE to read Arcade Fire’s Win Butler’s response…According to this article, a recent breakthrough in battery technology might make it possible to recharge your cell phone in ten seconds…I caved this weekend. I’m now on Twitter. My hypocrisy knows no bounds…Just found this out as I was ready to post, Ron Silver has passed away. Great actor. He will be missed.