07.13.09 – Monday

Word: facetious [fuhsee-shuhs] adj. 1. not meant to be taken seriously or literally: a facetious remark 2. amusing; humorous 3. lacking serious intent; concerned with something nonessential, amusing, or frivolous: a facetious person

Birthday: Julius Caesar (100 BC), John Jacob Astor IV (1864), Bob Crane (1928), Jack Kemp (1935), Patrick Stewart (1940), Robert Forster (1941), Harrison Ford (1942), Roger McGuinn (1942), Cheech Marin (1946), Tony Kornheiser (1948), Michael Spinks (1956), Cameron Crowe (1957), Phil Margera (1957), Stephen “Steve-O” Gilchrist Glover (1974)

Quotation: What is guilt? Guilt is the pledge drive constantly hammering in our heads that keeps us from fully enjoying the show. Guilt is the reason they put the articles in Playboy.Dennis Miller

Tune: I used to work at a private club where the members (a small percentage of them, at least) played cricket. After deciding to learn everything about how the game was played, I was still disappointed watching it. Not a captivating spectator sport. A few days ago, I stumbled upon The Duckworth Lewis Method, which is a band named after a confusing mathematical formula used to determine “the target score for the team batting second in a one-day cricket or Twenty20 cricket match interrupted by weather or other circumstance.” Yeah. Sounds boring to me, too. But the Irish band, made up of The Divine Comedy‘s Neil Hannon and Pugwash‘s Thomas Walsh, has created an album of cricket-based songs that are most definitely not boring. It’s a theme album, narrating an entire cricket match, which can sometimes last a few days. With my limited knowledge, I can’t make heads or tails of what it’s all supposed to mean. (I’m sure there are many out there who can.) But it’s not all that important. The tracks are all pretty solid. Check out “Flatten The Hay.”

Gallimaufry: In this craptastic economy, it’s likely several of you might be looking for a job. That means going on multiple painful interviews. Before you head out on your next one, read “The 9 Worst Interview Mistakes” from SalesHQ.com. My favorite is the first one on the list – Not Acting Bored or Cocky. Since Michael Jackson’s memorial service last week, which reportedly cost the city of Los Angeles $1.4 million, more and more pundits have been harping on the fact that California is just about broke. However, according to some out there, economic restablization for Gov. Arnold‘s ailing state could be as simple as two logical steps – the legalization of both marijuana and same-sex marriage. Read CBS News.com’s “High Stakes: A Call To Legalize Marijuana” and watch Jimmy Fallon and The Roots Slow Jam The California Economy to see why the two ideas might be something to seriously consider. And not just to help the economy. While I’m on the topic of the death of Michael Jackson (and, I swear, this is definitely the last time I’ll bring it up), there are many out there speculating that the King of Pop faked his own death, thereby joining the ranks of a long list of celebrities (see Elvis Presley, Tupac Shakur, Jim Morrison) who chose the same path. For more on the topic read “Dead Celebrities Crazy People Insist Are Still Alive But In Hiding” by Paste Magazine’s Steve LaBate. Truly eye opening.

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03.04.09 – Wednesday

Whereabouts: Philadelphia, PA

Word: aposiopesis [ap-uh-sahy-uhpee-sis] n. a sudden breaking off in the midst of a sentence, as if from inability or unwillingness to proceed

Birthday: Anthony Vivaldi (1687), Knute Rockne (1888), Shemp Howard (1895), Paul Mauriat (1925), Bobby Womack (1944), James Ellroy (1948), Catherine O’Hara (1954), Adrian Zmed (1954), Steven Weber (1961), Kevin Johnson (1966), Evan Dando (1967)

Occurrence: 1634 – The first tavern is opened in Boston, Massachusetts by Samuel Cole. The first of hundreds of thousands.

Irksome: I’m not going to bail after one show but Late Night with Jimmy Fallon is not really doing it for me so far. Mr. Fallon seems like an affable guy and his nervous energy was funny on SNL but he needs to lose a little bit of that awkwardness. Conan O’Brien mastered walking the line between acting confident and playing the geek. Fallon must do the same to capture the late night crowd, especially on the East Coast, where obviously more will be expected of him. I did like The Roots as the house band and the “Slow-Jam the News” of the stimulus package definitely made me laugh. I know Jimmy is capable of more than he showed me Monday night. I just hope he gets the chance to prove it.  

Quotation: Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity.Horace Mann

Tidbit: Yesterday, March 3rd 2009, was a Square Root Day. Third (3) day of the third (3) month of 2009 (9). 3×3=9. The next one is April 4th, 2016. Start planning your square root parties accordingly. I like Miller Lite.

Song: Last summer, I listened to the Public Enemy song, “Harder Than You Think” about 9 million times. I’m not saying you should listen to it that many times. But I don’t think it’s too much to ask.

Link: swaptree – Do yourself a favor and check this out. The premise of the site is paying for new stuff with stuff you already own. I think it’s a great idea.

Gallimaufry: HERE is the blog of one of my favorite authors, John Sellers. Not only is he a talented writer, he also happens to be a good dude. A few months back, I solicited some advice from John about something I was writing. He replied to me in helpful detail and told me not to hesitate to seek his council in the future. Very cool. Also, while visiting Philadelphia he visited The Dark Horse after he read about it one of my stories…Click HERE to read about Sam Roberts.