08.03.11 – a wednesday

word

gazump [guhzuhmp] v. 1. to cheat (a house buyer) by raising the price, at the time a contract is to be signed, over the amount originally agreed upon  n. 2. an act of gazumping

birthday

Tony Bennett (1926), Martin Sheen (1940), Martha Stewart (1941), John C. McGinley (1959), James Hetfield (1963), Tom Brady (1977), Evangeline Lilly (1979)

standpoint

I’ve been at this a while, the whole blogging thing I mean. Over the years, several friends have started their own blogs and have sought my advice.

One of the primary things I’ve told each and every one of them is this: Don’t blog angry. When people are angry, they feel like venting and writing is one of the best ways to vent. But writing angry material will most always turn readers away.

And, unfortunately, due to current circumstances, I’ve been angry, or some variation of it, lately.

So instead of embarrassing myself and writing things I’m going to regret later, I’ve been abstaining.

And that’s that.

quotation

We will all be flat on our backs at one time or another. That’s when you figure out what you’ve got inside. ↔ Vince Young

tune

My good friend Bill texted me last week and reminded me of “Ramona” by Beck from Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World which, if you’ve been reading this blog’s sporadic entries, you know know has become one of my all-time favorite movies. So, instead of responding to his text (sorry, Bill), I looked up the song on YouTube and, anyway, here’s a great video.

gallimaufry

→ Man, if it wasn’t for the Bible how would me make rational sense of all this crap going on lately?

CBS is set to kill and have a funeral for Charlie Sheen this fall. And we’ll be able to watch it on television.

→ I wanna hang with The Yes Men. Not for a super long time but just enough to see how insane they are.

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03.02.11 – a wednesday

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NOTE: Since I’ve come back, I’ve been posting sporadically. I’m trying to get back into the swing of things but things keep getting in the way. One night a friend of mine needed my help. Another night the power went out while I was composing the post. In any case I’ve been housesitting for the past two weeks but I’m back home starting today so posts will resume as usual. Hopefully.

word

au courant [oh-koorahΝ] adj. 1. up-to-date 2. fully aware or familiar; cognizant

birthday

Sam Houston (1793), Dr. Seuss (1904), Desi Arnaz (1917), Mikhail Gorbachev (1931), Tom Wolfe (1931), John Irving (1942), Lou Reed (1942), Gates McFadden (1949), Karen Carpenter (1950), Laraine Newman (1952), Jon Bon Jovi (1962), Daniel Craig (1968), Chris Martin (1977)

standpoint

Here’s why I think this planet, as a whole, is completely fucking doomed.

Charlie Sheen.

The dude’s a complete freaking mess. He’s hopelessly hooked on all types of chemicals. He employs a steady stream of hookers to keep him company. He’s bad to his children and worse to his wives. He’s a deplorable human being and he sucks but that’s not the real problem.

Everyone’s interested in what his next move will be. What’s gonna happen to his popular sitcom Two and a Half Men? Is he committing career suicide with his flippant and seemingly delusional remarks on his situation? An entire nation is wondering: What’s to become of Charlie?

We’re sure to find out since the national media is determined to show us it’s a much bigger whore than the ones on Sheen’s payroll. The guy’s been interviewed at least 429 times in the last three days and there’s no end in sight. And before you start rolling your eyes and sighing, lamenting the current state of news reporting in this country, you should know that Sheen opened up a Twitter account just yesterday and, after a few scant hours and four measly tweets, had over 500,000 followers.

Who else is wondering why? Why do we give a shit what the guy is doing? And before you start formulating your reply, stow it. I know why.

It’s easy. Concentrating on Charlie Sheen is just too damn easy. It’s way easier than, for instance, focusing on how, one after another, countries in the Middle East are becoming hotbeds of revolt. Or how our own country is impossibly gridlocked in an irresolvable dispute between its two main political parties while simultaneously maintaining its cherished status of “Most Hated Nation on the Planet.” Or how we’ll most likely end up destroying the Earth under our feet before we get a chance to annihilate each other.

Those issues not only require intelligent thought but force us to evaluate just what what the hell is going on and, man, that just brings the room down so let’s check out how fucked up Charlie Sheen is today. Did you see his tweet this morning? What in the hell did he mean by that? For real, the guy needs to seek some help, right?

Yes. Charlie Sheen needs help. And so do the rest of us.

quotation

Never miss a chance to shut up. ↔ Will Rogers

tune

I know very little about the band Favorite Saints. But, somehow, “First Words” found its way onto my iPod a few years back and is always on the top of my Play Count list. Enjoy.

gallimaufry

Want cool Philadelphia stuff from days gone by? Sure you do. Check out retrophilly.com for all you’ll need in that department. Thanks to my buddy Neal for sharing this on Facebook.

Newt Gingrich for President? How off-the-charts delusional is this guy?

→ Dear Blink-182, just release the new album all ready.

12.29.09 – A Tuesday

WORD

flippant [flipuhnt] adj. 1. frivolously disrespectful, shallow, or lacking in seriousness; characterized by levity: The audience was shocked by his flippant remarks about patriotism 2. Chiefly Dialect. nimble, limber, or pliant 3. Archaic. glib; voluble

BIRTHDAY

Charles Goodyear (1800), Andrew Johnson (1808), Billy Tipton (1914), Mary Tyler Moore (1936), Jon Voight (1938), Rick Danko (1942), Marianne Faithfull (1946), Ted Danson (1947), Patricia Clarkson (1959), Paula Poundstone (1959), Glen Phillips (1970), Jude Law (1972)

STANDPOINT

No new post as far as the Standpoint today. I’m working on my end of the year lists. Stay tuned.

QUOTATION

Children are smarter than any of us. Know how I know that? I don’t know one child with a full time job and children.Bill Hicks

TUNE

Recently, I’ve discovered Ben Lee was once actually quite solid. (That being stated, I will admit I definitely dug on “Catch My Disease.”) Turns out he was capable of some pretty solid songsmithing. Check out “How To Survive a Broken Heart.”

GALLIMAUFRY

Just in case you’re looking for more proof that just about everyone is absolutely shithouse crazy and not what they seem, you might be interested in reading about Charlie Sheen, who I’ve recently witnessed appearing sane on talk shows, and what he did to his wife after she asked for a divorce. I still like his sitcom, though, Two and a Half Men. Funny is funny.

→ I’m sure some people might look at the story of the couple who got stranded by their GPS and curse technology. But, I’d like for all of us to keep in mind that stories about how GPS systems have helped people not get stranded aren’t really considered newsworthy.

→ Ever had a bad day at work? That’s exactly what Philadelphia Eagles safety Macho Harris had two days ago.  Luckily, the Eagles still managed to defeat the Denver Broncos 30-27.