02.24.11 – a thursday

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word

penchant [pen-chuhnt] n. a strong inclination, taste, or liking for something: a penchant for outdoor sports

birthday

Honus Wagner (1874), Abe Vigoda (1921), Dominic Chianese (1931), James Farentino (1938), Joe Lieberman (1942), Barry Bostwick (1945), Edward James Olmos (1947), George Thorogood (1950), Debra Jo Rupp (1951), Steve Jobs (1955), Michelle Shocked (1962), Billy Zane (1966), Mitch Hedberg (1968)

standpoint

Last night might have marked the greatest quizzo comeback of all-time if our team had actually claimed the top spot. Instead we took third but it was remarkable all the same although some among us (you know who you are) simply weren’t satisfied with the bronze.

Anyway, there’s no new standpoint today but there will be tomorrow. Hope you enjoy the rest of the post. Especially you, Joe.

quotation

All television is educational television. The question is: What is it teaching? ↔ Nicholas Johnson

tune

Attention: Make sure you check this out before the ever-changing and unpredictable copyright laws swoop down and remove it forever. “Rhythm and Blues Alibi” by Gomez. Easily one of my top 20 all-time favorite songs accompanied by a kick-ass video. Enjoy.

gallimaufry

Last week, in an unprecedented move, the online music site Pitchfork announced some news that had absolutely nothing to do with Arcade Fire, Radiohead, Sufjan Stevens, LCD Soundsystem or any indie rock outfit with an animal in its name. (Panda Bear? Huh?) Death Cab For Cutie’s new album, Codes and Keys, will be released this May. I know, not much of a deviation but, seriously, let’s all get together and send the folks at Pitchfork some new albums or sign them up for emusic or something.

These douchebags got nine years each in jail for beating a Mexican immigrant to death by punching him with a “fist pack” and kicking him after he lost consciousness. Nine years? That’s it? Way to go, USA. Let’s make sure we cut out those newspaper clippings for the scrapbook.

→ How boring is living in Alabama? Well, apparently, it’s mundane enough to make you want to poison trees when you’re inconsequential football team loses a meaningless game. (Before all you college football zealots start popping off, I am fully aware Alabama-Auburn games are not meaningless in terms of college football. It’s just meaningless to the rest of the world.)

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07.01.09 – Wednesday

Word: egregious [i-gree-juhs, -jee-uhs] adj. 1. extraordinary in some bad way; glaring; flagrant: an egregious mistake; an egregious liar 2. Archaic. distinguished or eminent

Birthday: Comte de Rochambeau (1725), George Sand (1804), William Strunk Jr. (1869), Thomas A. Dorsey (1899), Estée Lauder (1906), Willie Dixon (1915), Olivia de Havilland (1916), Jamie Farr (1934), Jean Marsh (1934), Sydney Pollack (1934), Karen Black (1939), Deborah Harry (1945), Shirley Hemphill (1947), David Duke (1950), Fred Schneider (1952), Terrence Mann (1951), Dan Aykroyd (1952), Alan Ruck (1956), Diana, Princess of Wales (1961), Carl Lewis (1961), Andre Braugher (1962), Pamela Anderson (1967), Henry Simmons (1970), Missy Elliott (1971), Claire Forlani (1972), Sufjan Stevens (1975), Liv Tyler (1977)

Quotation: Every society honors its live conformists, and its dead troublemakers. – Mignon McLaughlin

Tune: Last year sometime (I can’t remember when exactly.), I saw The New Pornographers in concert. While its album are really good, the band is even more spectacular. It helped that the closing song was my favorite – “From Blown Speakers.”

Gallimaufry: Finally. Yesterday, the Supreme Court of Minnesota unanimously decided that Al Franken was indeed a US Senator. After eight months, his opponent, Republican Norm Coleman, conceded. In the end, Franken only won by 312 votes, but it was good enough. The nation was monitoring the election outcome because (a) Franken was once a popular member of Saturday Night Live, and (b) his winning the seat gives the Democratic Party control of an unheard of 60 seats in the Senate. Tom, everyone’s default friend on MySpace (remember MySpace?), has been shitcanned. Don’t feel bad for the guy, though, he’s making $500,000 for the next two years. This brings two questions to mind. One, is this the beginning of the end for MySpace? Two, if it is, will anyone notice? Unfortunately, print media seems to be disappearing. The lastest victim? VIBE magazine.