08.03.11 – a wednesday

word

gazump [guhzuhmp] v. 1. to cheat (a house buyer) by raising the price, at the time a contract is to be signed, over the amount originally agreed upon  n. 2. an act of gazumping

birthday

Tony Bennett (1926), Martin Sheen (1940), Martha Stewart (1941), John C. McGinley (1959), James Hetfield (1963), Tom Brady (1977), Evangeline Lilly (1979)

standpoint

I’ve been at this a while, the whole blogging thing I mean. Over the years, several friends have started their own blogs and have sought my advice.

One of the primary things I’ve told each and every one of them is this: Don’t blog angry. When people are angry, they feel like venting and writing is one of the best ways to vent. But writing angry material will most always turn readers away.

And, unfortunately, due to current circumstances, I’ve been angry, or some variation of it, lately.

So instead of embarrassing myself and writing things I’m going to regret later, I’ve been abstaining.

And that’s that.

quotation

We will all be flat on our backs at one time or another. That’s when you figure out what you’ve got inside. ↔ Vince Young

tune

My good friend Bill texted me last week and reminded me of “Ramona” by Beck from Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World which, if you’ve been reading this blog’s sporadic entries, you know know has become one of my all-time favorite movies. So, instead of responding to his text (sorry, Bill), I looked up the song on YouTube and, anyway, here’s a great video.

gallimaufry

→ Man, if it wasn’t for the Bible how would me make rational sense of all this crap going on lately?

CBS is set to kill and have a funeral for Charlie Sheen this fall. And we’ll be able to watch it on television.

→ I wanna hang with The Yes Men. Not for a super long time but just enough to see how insane they are.

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05.09.11 – a monday

word

élan [ey-lahn, ey-lan] n. dash; impetuous ardor: to dance with great élan

birthday

J. M. Barrie (1860), Mike Wallace (1918), James L. Brooks (1940), John Ashcroft (1942), Candice Bergen (1946), Billy Joel (1949), Rosario Dawson (1979), Andrew W. K. (1979),

standpoint

A few weeks back, I wrote about mental floss, a fact-filled magazine my roommate subscribes to, and shared a sampling of the nuggets of knowledge I’ve come across since reading it. I like factual information and, apparently, I’m not alone because I received quite a few thankful emails from those of you who subscribed to mental floss after reading that post. And, all I can say is, you’re welcome.

Here’s a few more tidbits I’ve come across since then.

→ Back in 1896, when the Dow Jones Industrial Average was created, it was based on the 12 most successful companies in the USA. Today, the Dow Jones is based on 30 companies including American Express and The Home Depot. The only surviving company of the original 12 is General Electric.

→ Each night after Disneyland closes, the park is invaded by hundreds of feral cats.

→ Every sports team in the country that featured the word “red” in its name in relation to Native Americans has changed it to something more innocuous. Only one refuses to join the rest of us in our attempts to forward civilization: the Washington Redskins.

George W. Bush’s Wikipedia page is the all-time most edited with 44,169 changes.

→ There are some out there who estimate that Americans are sitting on $30 billion worth of unused gift cards.

That’s all for this installment.

quotation

If the whole world were put into one scale, and my mother in the other, the whole world would kick the beam. ↔ Lord Langdale

tune

I don’t really like driving. It’s pretty frickin’ annoying. I mean, if it was just me on the road, I would absolutely love driving. But I’m not alone out there and most people haven’t got the slightest clue as to how to conduct themselves when behind the wheel. The only aspect of driving that makes it remotely bearable is music. And some songs are really good to drive to and almost make the experience of driving from one place to another enjoyable. Case in point, “Alex Chilton” by The Replacements.

gallimaufry

Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World is threatening to creep onto the list of my top-20 movies ever. There’s something about it that makes me want to watch over and over. I don’t care if that makes me uncool.

→ Often, I find stories for this blog on Drudge Report. It’s kind of useful but also kind of freaky. I imagine its headquarters underneath a secret mountain somewhere and everyone who works there is convinced they’re the only people who’ll survive whatever it is they’ve decided that day is going to cause Armageddon. Also, those dudes definitely play lots of online role-playing games.

→ Hey, news media types, I think we can take the “Breaking News” tag off the whole Osama bin Laden thing. It’s been a week now. How long can news actually break?