November 4, 2011

word

obscurantism [uhb-skyooruhn-tiz-uhm, ob-skyooran-tiz-uhm] n. 1. opposition to the increase and spread of knowledge 2. deliberate obscurity or evasion of clarity

birthday

Will Rogers (1879), Walter Cronkite (1916), Art Carney (1918), Freddy Heineken (1923), Doris Roberts (1930), Laura Bush (1946), Robert Mapplethorpe (1946), Markie Post (1950), Kathy Griffin (1960), Ralph Macchio (1961), Jeff Probst (1962), Sean Combs (1969), Matthew McConaughey (1969)

standpoint

I like to draw from time to time. I don’t do it enough but when I do actually sit down to draw, I’m always pleased with the results.

Here are some samples of what I’ve drawn. I apologize for the resolution since I had to take pictures of them because I don’t have a scanner. But I think you’ll get the idea.

This is a simple viewpoint from the living room of the house that Harv and I lived in on Maiden St.

Five weird guys just hanging out.

A drunken rendering of the sunrise in Avalon.

The bottom of a tree outside the library at Saint Joseph's University.

Some weird creature I drew with lines.

I have a lot more but I think I need to wait to get a scanner. These were just the best ones that came out with crude photography.

quotation

Yeah, I’m cocky and I am arrogant. But that doesn’t mean I’m not a nice person. ↔ Jeremy Roenick

tune

You might recognize Cloud Cult‘s “Lucky Today” from a tv ad that aired a while back but it’s also kind of my theme song from time to time.

gallimaufry

Louis C.K. was on Conan last night. It wasn’t as good as the last time.

→ In the sports world today, the NBA and the NBA Players Association are still nowhere near a compromise. And no one’s all that broken up about it.

→ Here’s Why Being The Office Jerk Could Pay Off. I got nothing left in the tank. Take from it what you will.

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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.