03.07.11 – a monday

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word

obloquy [ob-luh-kwee] n. 1. censure, blame or abusive language aimed at a person or thing, especially by numerous persons or by the general public 2. discredit, disgrace or bad repute resulting from public blame, abuse or denunciation

birthday

Willard Scott (1934), Michael Eisner (1942), Tammy Faye Bakker (1942), Townes Van Zandt (1944), John Heard (1945), Peter Wolf (1946), Bryan Cranston (1956), Taylor Dayne (1962), Bill Brochtrup (1963), Wanda Sykes (1964), Rachel Weisz (1970), Peter Sarsgaard (1971), Jenna Fischer (1974)

standpoint

Is anyone else a little unsettled by the current trend of fast food franchises actively seeking out the acceptance of the American public?

Hey, Dominos, get a little thicker skin, why don’t ya? You don’t see the cigarette companies coming out with nationwide apologies, right? Stick to your guns. I think it’s safe to say that not one person who ever called you guys up at 2am and ordered ten pies was bragging to everyone in the house that they were about to have the most amazing pizza experience of their lives.

You too, Taco Bell. No one’s expecting much out of you. Stop drawing attention to yourself.

quotation

Three times in my life I thought I was going to die. And I was reconciled to death, though I did everything I could to avoid it. ↔ Jimmy Carter

tune

I’m not a fan of everything Patty Griffin does but when she gets shit right, she gets it right. Check out “When It Doesn’t Come Easy.” “Tonight I cry for the love I lost and the love I’ve never found.” Indeed.

gallimaufry

If you don’t believe there’s life on other planets you’re a complete moron. But, don’t take my word for it, here’s a NASA scientist’s thoughts on the matter.

→ Dear Michael Moore, I know you’re only trying to help these people but, dude, do you even remotely understand how your involvement might actually be hurting them as well? Think about, tubby.

Domonic Brown breaks his hand in training camp? Chase Utley hurting? Not a great way to go into the new season. I hope the pitching’s good. Oh, wait, it is? Never mind.

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01.19.10 – A Tuesday

WORD

burlesque [ber-lesk] n. 1. an artistic composition, esp. literary or dramatic, that, for the sake of laughter, vulgarizes lofty material or treats ordinary material with mock dignity 2. any ludicrous parody or grotesque caricature 3. Also, bur⋅lesk. a humorous and provocative stage show featuring slapstick humor, comic skits, bawdy songs, striptease acts, and a scantily clad female chorus adj. 4. involving ludicrous or mocking treatment of a solemn subject 5. of, pertaining to, or like stage-show burlesque v. (used w/object) 6. to make ridiculous by mocking representation v. (used w/o object) 7. to use caricature

BIRTHDAY

James Watt (1736), Robert E. Lee (1807), Edgar Allen Poe (1809), Paul Cézanne (1839), Minnesota Fats (1913), Jean Stapleton (1923), Tippi Hedren (1930), Michael Crawford (1942), Janis Joplin (1943), Shelley Fabares (1944), Dolly Parton (1946), Robert Palmer (1949), Desi Arnaz, Jr. (1953), Katey Sagal (1954), Paul Rodriguez (1955), William Ragsdale (1961), Drea de Matteo (1972), Frank Caliendo (1974)

STANDPOINT

As you must all ready know, last Wednesday a major earthquake devastated Haiti. And everyone, and I mean everyone, is doing what they can to help out. Of course, the American Red Cross and the U.N. are spearheading the efforts, but I’m impressed by what some less likely sources are contributing.

Ben Stiller, who’d already been helping the children of Haiti through his website, STILLERSTRONG.ORG, has, as of yesterday, raised over $130,000.

→ NBA stars Alonzo Mourning and Dwayne Wade have created The Athletes Relief Fund for Haiti and have all ready contributed $800,000.

Lady Gaga, having all ready promised to donate all the proceeds from her upcoming show at Radio Music City Hall to the effort, announced yesterday she’d created a Haitian relief t-shirt, the sales from which will also go to the effort.

Fucked Up, a hardcore punk band from Toronto, is even getting into the act, is auctioning off its upcoming collection of singles, Couple Tracks, with, you guessed it, all proceeds going to Doctors Without Borders.

That’s just a short list of what some people are doing to help.

What are you doing?

QUOTATION

I’ve seen a lot of strange stuff, but I’ve never seen anything to make me believe there’s one all-powerful force controlling everything. There’s no mystical energy field controls my destiny.Han Solo

TUNE

I continue my unabashed love for Fountains of Wayne, a band dismissed by most indie hipsters as “too poppy.” Well, that may be true but I just can’t help myself from digging on songs like “Radiation Vibe.”

GALLIMAUFRY

Hey, all you people who piss on Twitter, get this: it can actually be used for some kind of good. When a plane full of medicine from Doctors Without Borders was blocked from landing in Haiti on Sunday, Twitter users flooded the U.S. Air Force’s Twitter account and the plane was allowed to land shortly thereafter. Pretty cool, huh?

→ In what promises to be a couple of months full of great new music, another one of my favorite bands has announced an upcoming release. Matt Pond PA will release The Dark Leaves on April 6th.

→ Who says Taco Bell is bad for you? The company’s founder, Glen Bell, died Sunday at the ripe old age of 86. So there.

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.