08.24.11 – a wednesday

word

holus-bolus [hoh-luh’s-boh-luh’s] adv. all at once; altogether

birthday

Howard Zinn (1922), Yasser Arafat (1929), Vince McMahon (1945), Anne Archer (1947), Charles Rocket (1949), Mike Huckabee (1955), Steve Guttenberg (1958), Cal Ripken, Jr. (1960), Craig Kilborn (1962), Marlee Matlin (1965), Dave Chappelle (1973),

standpoint

Lots to cover today. Let’s get started.

→ When I’m driving, I often think about the speed limit. Whether it’s 25 mph or 65 mph, we all get kind of pissed when someone is not travelling at, or above, the limit of speed on any given road. I’m wondering if there’s any other aspect of our society in which we have similar expectations.

→ Holy shit, as I’m writing this I’m watching FoxNews’ On The Record with Greta Van Susternen and have come to the conclusion that everyone who has anything to do with this show should be fucking ashamed of themselves. In describing the earthquake, Greta showed why she is on the forefront of responsible journalism with words like, “mass chaos”, “people running for their lives”, “a terrifying 45 seconds which, to many, seemed like a lifetime”, “tremors paralyzed the city”, “some people at the Capitol saying it felt like a plane hitting the building, a very eerie and frightening reminder of 9/11”, and “it was a terrifying afternoon.” The earthquake, while probably caused a great deal of inconvenience to many, didn’t really register than more of a shimmy to those of us who experienced it. What’s worse, it seems like the media was consummately disappointed about the complete lack of casualties as evident in this article’s last line, “Only minor injuries were reported.

→ The folks who work at A&E must have the highest suicide rate of in the history of television. With shows like Hoarders, Relapse, Beyond Scared Straight and Intervention to name a few, it’s pretty much the highlights of how people can screw up their lives. I understand that the premise behind airing these programs is that viewers like to watch to feel better about their own lives but that’s equally pathetic.

quotation

Silence moves faster when it’s going backwards. ↔ Jean Cocteau

tune

I stumbled upon “The Girl” by City and Colour one night while listening to Pandora. The video is good, the song even better.

gallimaufry

If this article is correct, zoos across the world are gonna become overpopulated pretty damn quick.

David Letterman is the alleged target of a fatwa. Craig Ferguson is receiving suspicious mail. Someone out there (Jay Leno) apparently hates the CBS late night lineup.

→ For the rest of their time together, I think it’s entirely safe to say that former NJ State Assemblyman Pat Delany will never ever again lose an argument with his wife. For instance, maybe she sends him to the supermarket for an assortment of items and maybe he comes home with the wrong kind of cereal. She might get annoyed and say something like, “Dammit, Pat, I wrote it down on the list. Why didn’t you look at the list?” Sample rebuttal? “Hey, I stopped reading shit you write ever since you sent that racist email to Carl Lewis.”

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04.20.09 – Monday

Word: euphemism [yoo-fuh-miz-uhm] n. 1. the substitution of a mild, indirect or vague expression for one thought to be offensive, harsh or blunt 2. the expression so substituted: “To pass away” is a euphemism for “to die.”

Birthday: Napoleon III (1808), Adolf Hitler (1889), Lionel Hampon (1908), Tito Puente (1923), George Takei (1937), Ryan O’Neal (1941), Jessica Lange (1949), Luther Vandross (1951), Clint Howard (1959), Don Mattingly (1961), Crispin Glover (1964), Carmen Electra (1972), Joey Lawrence (1976)

Occurence: 1999Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold kill 13 people and injure 24 others before committing suicide during the Columbine High School Massacre.

Standpoint: Last week, I polled all my friends on Facebook and Twitter. I asked them to name the best movie with a one-word title. Also, I was asking everyone I talked to, including my co-workers at The Chestnut Grill, who came up with a ton of them. (Special thanks to Ezgi and Adina on that one.) So, I compiled over 200 suggested titles and whittled (Colleen, you were right. I misused “wheedle”. Live and learn. 4/21/09) the list down to 15 movies. Here is the list (alphabetically) of 15 Great Movies with a One-Word Title, followed by the reason each film made the final cut. Enjoy.

There you have it. Just in case you’re wondering, it’s pretty difficult deciding the best 15 out of 200. The Honorable Mentions are too many to list. I can give you a few movies that never stood a chance. Titanic. Volcano. Twister. Accepted.

I’m sure you can think of a few movies I overlooked or discarded. Tell me which ones and why.

Quotation: Everybody is wrong about everything, just about all of the time. Chuck Klosterman

Gallimaufry: Falling into the “How-Pathetic-Can-I-Possibly-Get” category, Spencer Pratt (“The Hills”) has challenged Ashton Kutcher to a 30-day contest to see who can get the most Twitter followers. Dude, you’re a little late. I suggest concentrating your efforts on something that doesn’t involve some crappy show like “The Hills.” Look into it…All season long on “American Idol,” people have been asking the question, “Why in the hell did they bring Kara DioGuardi on as a fourth judge?” It appears she’s wondering the same thing. Could this be a sign of her exit?…Yesterday was a good day in Philadelphia for sports. The Phillies beat the San Diego Padres, 5-4, off a two-run homer in the ninth inning by Raul Ibanez. The 76ers beat the Orlando Magic in the Game 1 of their first-round playoff series on a last-second jumper by Andre Iguodala. But the highlight of the day in sports, for me at least, was sitting at my brother Jeremy’s new house and watching the Flyers spank the Pittsburgh Penguins, 6-3. Claude Giroux registered a Gordie Howe hat trick. He’s the real deal. (Thanks to Phinally Philly for the link.)

Incoming: This week is up in the air. Besides more of your suggestions for Annoying Sayings & Misused Words, we’ll have to see where the wind takes us.