07.07.11 – a thursday

word

catawampus [kat-uhwom-puhs] adj. 1. askew; awry 2. positioned diagonally; cater-cornered  adv. 3. diagonally; obliquely: We took a shortcut and walked catawampus across the field.

birthday

Satchel Paige (1906), Pierre Cardin (1922), Doc Severinsen (1927), Ringo Starr (1940), Joe Spano (1946), Shelley Duvall (1949), Jim Gaffigan (1966), Michelle Kwan (1980)

standpoint

I have a mostly cynical view of the world and, in particular, this country we live in. But, on the other hand, I have optimistic tendencies from time to time. Actually, if I have to be completely honest, it’s probably the other way around. I’m more of an optimist than a cynic.

The more I see of what’s going on around me, I don’t feel like I’ll be that way forever. Perhaps that’s the natural progression of life or whatever. But am I the only one who thinks everything is completely fucked up? Let’s explore the Casey Anthony situation.

Casey Anthony killed Caylee, her two-year old daughter. That’s the bottom line. In my mind, that’s factual information. I disregard the not-guilty verdict that came down earlier this week. She did it.

After her daughter went missing she felt no need to alert authorities. Instead, she partied her ass off for a month straight and even entered something called a hard-body contest. She got a tattoo that read, “Bella Vita” or “Good Life.” She created a story in which an imaginary nanny kidnapped her daughter. She told investigators she worked at Universal Studios, took them there and wandered around for a while before admitting to them she hadn’t worked there in years. She did internet searches for “neck breaking” and “chloroform.” Those are just a few items in the long list of incongruities surrounding the death of Caylee Anthony.

Those things, while damning, don’t translate to Casey Anthony being guilty of murder. But Caylee Anthony was murdered. Her remains were eventually found in three different bags, duct tape attached to her skull, around the area of Casey Anthony’s parents’ home.

Unless you’ve been conducting some sort of research in a remote area of the world for the past year, you all ready know all of the above and more.

And knowing what you know, you most likely had the same reaction on Tuesday when you found out Casey Anthony would serve less than another year in jail and then would be free to go about her life: nausea. Lots and lots of nausea.

I’m of the opinion that a lot of aspects of our society don’t work the way they’re intended but I’ve always been a fan of our legal system. I understand that the prosecution’s case had holes in it a mile wide. But, COME ON. We all know Casey Anthony killed her daughter. At the very least, she had intimate knowledge of how it happened.

I’m pissed about this. Yes, mainly because a defenseless little girl was murdered by the one person in the world who was supposed to be protecting her. But, on a lesser note, I’m pissed because it’s just another incident causing me to inch further away from a closet optimist to a devout cynic.

quotation

More than anything else the sensation is one of perfect peace mingled with an excitement that strains every nerve to the utmost, if you can conceive of such a combination. ↔ Wilbur Wright

tune

There’s a song by The Muppets that’s been in my head for days: “Movin’ Right Along.” I have no idea why I keep humming it but hopefully posting it here will exorcise it.

gallimaufry

I’m continually in awe of these gentlemen. Happy to hear they’re doing this.

I heard about this at work the other day. There’s a lesson here but for the life of me I can’t figure out exactly what it is.

→ I’m going to leave you with a trailer for Awake, a new show on NBC this fall. I’m asking all of you to watch it and let me know what you think. I’ll reveal my thoughts on it in tomorrow’s post.

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04.16.10 – A Friday

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word

malaise [ma-leyz, -muh-; Fr. ma-lez] n. 1. a condition of general bodily weakness or discomfort, often marking the onset of a disease 2. a vague or unfocused feeling of mental uneasiness, lethargy, or discomfort

birthday

Wilbur Wright (1867), Charlie Chaplin (1889), Henry Mancini (1924), Pope Benedict XVI (1927), Herbie Mann (1930), Bobby Vinton (1935), Dusty Springfield (1939), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1947), Gerry Rafferty (1947), Peter Garrett (1953), Dave Pirner (1964), Jon Cryer (1965), Martin Lawrence (1965), Peter Billingsley (1971), Lukas Haas (1976), Akon (1977)

standpoint

What I was reminded of yesterday is that there’s a ton of shit in this life imaginary and inconsequential. Find the people who matter in your life and let them know their role. Just do it.

quotation

I am much better employed from every point of view, when I live solely for my own satisfaction, than when I begin to worry about the world. The world frightens me, and a frightened man is no good for anything. George Gissing

tune

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – The Weepies is one of the worst-named bands ever. But, conversely, Steve Tannen and Deb Talan have formed a music act of the highest caliber. One of my all-time favorite songs is “World Spins Madly On.”

gallimaufry

→ For all my SJU peeps who enjoyed those Parties-In-The-Park my friends and I used to throw, and, also, for everyone who stumbled into the original Grape Street Pub and was afforded the privilege of seeing this band live, I offer a link to the entire catalog of WNOC. Enjoy.

→ Man, I can’t believe Obama isn’t taking these idiots seriously. (That’s sarcasm, by the way)

→ Last night, I was reminded of the existence of Philadelphia’s fist cable channel – PRISM.

04.16.09 – Thursday

Word: anachronism [uhnak-ruh-niz-uhm] n. 1. something or someone that is not in its correct historical chronological time, esp. a thing or person that belongs to an earlier time: The sword is an anchronism in modern warfare 2. an error in chronology in which a person, object, event, etc., is assigned a date or period other than the correct one: To assign Michelangelo to the 14th century is an anachronism.

Birthday: Wilbur Wright (1867), Charlie Chaplin (1899), Henry Mancini (1924), Pope Benedict XVI (1927), Herbie Mann (1930), Bobby Vinton (1935), Dusty Springfield (1939), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1947), Gerry Rafferty (1947), Peter Garrett (1953), Ellen Barkin (1954)Ian MacKaye (1962), Dave Pirner (1964), Jon Cryer (1965)Martin Lawrence (1965), Peter Billingsley (1971), Lukas Haas (1976), Akon (1977) 

Occurence: 2007 – On the campus of Virginia Tech, Seung-Hui Cho shoots 32 people to death, injures 23 others and eventually kills himself. Would’ve been great if he’d reversed the order.

Standpoint: It’s Thurday (already). Time for me to address some of your suggestions for “Annoying Sayings and Misused Words.” Let’s get to it. 

  •  “hone in on” vs. “home in on” – Which one of the following do you think is correct? “He honed in on his true calling.” Or, “He homed in on his true calling.” Dictionary.com provides the answer. To “hone in on” means (a) “to move or advance toward a target or a goal,” or (b) “to direct one’s attention; focus.” To “home in on” means “to proceed, esp. under control of an automated aiming mechanism, toward a specific target as a plane, missile or location.”  So, unless you are in control of “an automated aiming mechanism”, (and if you are, I want to hang out with you), then you are misusing “home in on.” Winner: “hone in on”
  • “provoke” vs. “provocate” – This has always bugged me. My sister Tina and her kids say “provocate” all the time and I correct them when they do and tell them they should be using the word “provoke.” Turns out I’m the one that needs correcting. “Provocate”  is defined by dictionary.com as “to provoke” and is listed in Webster’s New Millennium Dictionary of English. Winner: My sister Tina and her kids
  • “they’re” “their” and “there” – Probably the three most misspelled words on Facebook and Twitter. Trust me, I’m as guilty as anyone. I’m sure everyone knows where to use these words and when but here are the rules, anyway. Just in case. They’re” is a contraction of the words “they” and “are” as in “They’re coming to take me away!” “Their” is a form of the possessive case of the word “they” as in “That’s their problem!” “There” means “in or at that place” as in “Don’t go in there!” Winner: We all win when we use these three words the right way.

Keep up the suggestions for “Annoying Sayings and Misused Words,” featured here every Thursday.

Quotation: Laziness is nothing more than the habit of resting before you get tired. Jules Renard

Tune: I know very little about Japanese recording artist and producer Cornelius. I do, however, know that “Drop” is terrific.

Gallimaufry: NASA has made a decision. They won’t name the new room on The International Space Station after Stephen Colbert, despite the fact that The Colbert Report host won an online write-in contest last month with the help of his viewers. Astronaut Sunita L. Williams appeared on the show two nights ago to deliver the news to the heartbroken host face-to-face. However, NASA will be naming something on the space station after Colbert – the Combined Operational Load-Bearing External Resistance Treadmill (COLBERT), a piece of exercise equipment. So he’s got that going for him. Which is nice…In what some are calling the least important race in recent history (and by “some,” I mean me), Ashton Kutcher, star of Punk’d and husband to Demi Moore, has challenged the news network CNN to a race on Twitter. Whichever gets to 1,000,000 followers first, wins. CNN currently has the most Twitter followers (921,432), while Kutcher is somewhere in the 800,000s. Kutcher has said that if he wins, he’ll “ding dong ditch” Ted Turner‘s house. I’m not sure why those terms are agreaable to the actor but I’d like to see how he would get to the front door of the CNN founder’s house…Any of you attend any of the “tea party” rallies staged across the country yesterday? If so, I’d like to hear all about it.

Incoming: Tomorrow3 Things To Do in Philly When You’re Dead, my list of 3 events I would attend if it were my last weekend in Philadelphia. Plus, 5 People I Wish Would Move to Another Planet, a roster of 5 folks I’d be happy to never hear from again.