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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06.16.09 – Tuesday

Word: vitiate [vish-ee-eyt] v. 1. to impair the quality of; make faulty; spoil 2. to impair or weaken the effectiveness of 3. to debase; corrupt; pervert 4. to make legally defective or invalid; invalidate: to vitiate a claim

Birthday: John Cleveland (1613), Adam Smith (1723), Geronimo (1829), Stan Laurel (1890), Irving Penn (1917), Roger Neilson (1934), Bill Cobbs (1935), Joyce Carol Oates (1938), Joan Van Ark (1943), Femi Kuti (1962), Phil Mickelson (1970), Tupac Shakur (1971), John Cho (1972), Ben Kweller (1981), Matt Costa (1982)

Quote: If you were going to die soon and had only one phone call you could make, who would you call and what would you say?  And why are you waiting?Stephen Levine

Tune: In the recent effort to listen to everything on my iPod, I discovered another band – Prabir and The Substitutes. The Richmond, VA band has toured with the likes of Dr. Dog and has drawn comparisons to early Beatles work. Listen to “Everybody’s Got Somebody” but beware the explicit lyrics.

Gallimaufry: What do you when the USA is at one of its ultimate lowpoints? Well, if you’re the folks at Marvel Comics, you bring back one of your all-time popular characters from the dead. That’s right. It’s the return of Captain America. Two years ago, the comic book company killed off the original Captain America – Steve Rogers. Says Executive Editor Tom Brevoort, “It feels like there’s a desire for hopefulness. A desire for heroes and for somebody to show us that we can be our better selves, and to help pull us all up by our bootstraps and get out of the situations that we find ourselves in.” Sounds good to me. As I reported yesterday, the Los Angeles Lakers won the NBA Championship. And, as has become their custom, city residents decided it was a perfect time to set things on fire and loot stores. Man, that town loves a good riot. According to a study by The Annenberg Center for the Digital Future, families are talking less and less due to the internet and, more specifically, social networking sites. They used to say the same thing about the effects of television and we all came out of that one OK, right? Oh. We didn’t? Never mind then.