07.23.09 – Thursday

Word: chagrin [shuhgrin] n. 1. a feeling of vexation, marked by disappointment or humiliation v. 2. to vex by disappointment or humiliation: The rejection of his proposal chagrined him deeply.

Birthday: Pope Clement XI (1649), Raymond Chandler (1888), Pee Wee Reese (1918), Guy Fournier (1931), Claude Fournier (1931), Don Drysdale (1936), Anthony Kennedy (1936), Ronny Cox (1938), Charles Harrelson (1938), Don Imus (1940), Martin Lee Gore (1961), Woody Harrelson (1961), Eriq La Salle (1962), Slash (1965), Philip Seymour Hoffman (1967), Stephanie Seymour (1968), Charisma Carpenter (1970), Alison Krauss (1971), Joel Stein (1971), Marlon Wayans (1972), Monica Lewinsky (1973), Daniel Radcliffe (1989)

Quotation: The whole conviction of my life now rests upon the belief that loneliness, far from being a rare and curious phenomenon, peculiar to myself and to a few other solitary men, is the central and inevitable fact of human existence.Thomas Wolfe

Tune: Remember when, according to indie rock dweebs everywhere, Philadelphia-based then Brooklyn-based Clap Your Hands Say Yeah were supposed to be, like, the next Arcade Fire? Whatever happened with that? Haven’t heard a peep from them recently. Their website hasn’t been updated since May. Let’s get on the stick, fellas. In the meantime, you can listen to my personal favorite song by the band – “Over and Over Again (Lost and Found)”

Gallimaufry: In a season when it seems so many of our culture’s greatest legends are dying, the hits just keep on coming. On Tuesday night, after 15 years of glorious stardom, Gidget died. No. Not Sally Field. The chihuahua from the Taco Bell commercials. Truly, when will this all end? At the risk of sounding insensitive, I’m calling bullshit on the lady who’s accused Ben Roethlisberger of raping her last year in Reno. In my opinion, rape is probably the most heinous crime one can commit due to the fact it’s equal parts mental and physical abuse. Rapists should have their own prisons where the public is allowed to visit and throw rocks at them. In this case, however, I do believe this woman might be a bit unhinged and looking to get some money out of a highly-visible, very popular sports celebrity. Maybe I’m wrong, but my gut’s telling me no. Let the one-can-never-have-too-many-shoes jokes begin. Amazon.com has purchased Zappos.com for $850 million. Amazon’s going to paying Zappos’ employees $40 million in stocks and cash and none of them will be losing their jobs. It’s unclear what motivated the mega-deal or if Zappos’ super-awesome free shipping and return policies will be effected.

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06.23.09 – Tuesday

Word: auspicious [aw-spishuhs] adj. 1. promising success; propitious; opportune; favorable: an auspicious occasion 2. favored by fortune; prosperous; fortunate

Birthday: Oda Nobunga (1534), Cyclone Taylor (1884), Alfred Kinsey (1894), Milt Hinton (1910), Ted Shackelford (1946), Clarence Thomas (1948), Glenn Danzig (1955), Randy Jackson (1956), Frances McDormand (1957), Colin Montgomerie (1963), Joss Whedon (1964), Slash (1965), Selma Blair (1972), Zinedine Zidane (1972), KT Tunstall (1975), Jason Mraz (1977), Duffy (1984)

Quotation: The weirder you’re going to behave, the more normal you should look.  It works in reverse, too.  When I see a kid with three or four rings in his nose, I know there is absolutely nothing extraordinary about that person.P.J. O’Rourke

Tune: “Chicken Payback” has gotta be one of the most mindless/pointless songs I’ve ever heard. That’s precisely why the song from A Band Of Bees (known as The Bees outside the US) is so very very good. Off the album Free The Bees.

Gallimaufry: Jon and Kate Gosselin are getting a divorce. As usual, everyone’s up-in-arms when celebrities make decisions deemed reserved for only us normal, uninteresting folk. People, get over it. The dude cheated on her. If Kate was a friend of yours, you’d tell here to drop Jon like a box of fiery dogshit. But because some of us find their reality television series, Jon & Kate Plus 8, entertaining, all conventional thought is tossed aside. It’s almost like we’d rather see Kate suffer in silence for the noble purpose of the continuation of a television show that boasts the same level of importance as reruns of Hogan’s Heroes. Fear not, chumps, Jon & Kate Plus 8 will continue on. Probably so the Gosselins can afford the divorce proceedings and the mega amounts of therapy their children will inevitably require. This past Sunday in Toronto, Polo Molina punched Mario Lavandeira in the face, leading to assault charges being filed against Molina. You might be thinking, who cares? Well, what if I told you that Polo Molina is the tour manager for the Black Eyed Peas and Mario Lavandeira is the given name of none other than Perez Hilton? What? You still don’t care? Yeah. You and me both. WalletPop.com has made a list of the 25 Most Dangerous Neighborhoods in the US. 16th on the list is the area surrounding the intersection of Broad and Dauphin Sts. right here in Philadelphia. We didn’t even make the top ten. You might think of this as a good thing but, really, if you were any one of the neighborhoods mentioned, what would the actual risk of bodily harm percentage differential be if you were in the 25th on the list as opposed to being in the first? Most likely, it would yield the same result. Basically, all 25 are winners.

Incoming: Listen, I know I’ve been dragging. I’m adjusting to a new job and a new living situation while simultaneously dealing with TWO malfunctioning computers. Once I get back in the groove (shouldn’t be more than a week), I’ll get back to more, including new stories on euneJeune: True Story and more Standpoints on here. I’m not gonna promise because I’m aware I’ve burned many of you before with similar statements. I’m simply stating that I’m gonna try. There may not be a new post tomorrow due to the fact that I’ve got to take both of them (back) to my brother Jer for some TLC.