05.25.11 – a wednesday

word

languid [lang-gwid] adj. 1. lacking in vigor or vitality; slack or slow: a languid manner 2. lacking in spirit or interest; listless; indifferent 3. drooping or flagging from weakness or fatigue; faint

birthday

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803), Dixie Carter (1939), Ian McKellen (1939), Frank Oz (1944), Mike Myers (1963), Anne Heche (1969), Stacy London (1969), Jamie Kennedy (1970), Demetri Martin (1973), Molly Sims (1973), Lauryn Hill (1975)

standpoint

Today’s standpoint will have to wait. But it’s gonna be a good one.

quotation

It is easier to act yourself into a new way of thinking, than it is to think yourself into a new way of acting. ↔ A. J. Jacobs

tune

XTC is another one of those bands that simply doesn’t get enough credit in the history of modern/alternative music. Here’s one of my favorites – “Love On a Farm Boy’s Wages.”

gallimaufry

Seriously? For real? Are these people out of their minds? Sadly, yes. Folks, I’m just too charged up to coherently comment on this absolutely ridiculous nonsense.

→ Another one of those great headlines: “Confirmed: Tennis Star Anna Kournikova Joining ‘The Biggest Loser’ As Trainer.” How awesome is your life if some editor pokes his head into your cubicle and says, “Hey, rumor has it Anna Kournikova might be a new trainer on ‘The Biggest Loser,’ I need you to get confirmation on that.” Keep marching on, society…keep marching on.

→ If you dislike confusing and pitiful behavior, please don’t click this link. I can’t decide which is worse, the completely biased nature of the article or the ignorant comments from every side of the political spectrum.

02.18.10 – A Thursday

word

crepuscular [kri-puhs-kyuh-ler] adj. 1. of, pertaining to, or resembling twilight; dim; indistinct 2. Zoology. appearing or active in the twilight, as certain bats and insects

birthday

Andre Breton (1896), Enzo Ferrari (1898), Jack Palance (1919), George Kennedy (1925), Toni Morrison (1931), Yoko Ono (1933), Dennis DeYoung (1947), Gary Ridgway (1949), John Hughes (1950), Cybill Shepherd (1950), Juice Newton (1952), John Travolta (1954), Vanna White (1957), Greta Scacchi (1960), Matt Dillon (1964), Dr. Dre (1965), Molly Ringwald (1968), Jillian Michaels (1974), Ike Barinholtz (1977), Regina Spektor (1980)

standpoint

Last night, I rediscovered RetroJunk, a website featuring lots of videos from the past. My favorite section was the PSAs (Public Service Announcements) Some of which I will share with you right now.

Obviously, Clint hates crack cocaine. The contempt on his face and in his voice is palpable.

Apparently, Gizmo had his own instructions. But the video footage is deceiving. Is Gizmo supposed to keep teenagers off drugs and alcohol or his fellow gremlins?

Cementing what Han Solo knew along: C-3PO was a fucking buzzkill. Let the little dude catch a smoke for crying out loud.

Two issues here. First, why are the kids sitting in the boat in the first place? Did they run aground? Second, why are they completely unfazed when Swamp Thing comes out from behind the stump? Shouldn’t they run for their lives?

Make sure to visit RetroJunk to find some of your favorites from yesteryear.

quotation

The basic tool for the manipulation of reality is the manipulation of words. If you can control the meaning of words, you can control the people who must use them.Philip K. Dick

tune

I find it fascinating when I go back and listen to a song from my past and realize it could’ve been written in the present. “Scarecrow People” by XTC is one such tune.

gallimaufry

Well, that didn’t take long at all. Cheating dirtbag Tiger Woods will break his silence on Friday. Some will laud his statements. Some will still hate him. But he’ll still make millions of dollars by year’s end. And all will be right with the world.

→ If after reading Mark Morford’s “Why Are You So Terribly Disappointing?” you experience difficulty understanding what the article is about, well, just never mind. It’s just not for you, I guess.

→ Olympic Update time. I still think curling is god awful. And it’s messing with me watching the hockey games.

04.03.09 – Friday

Word: satire [sat-ahyuh r] n. 1. the use of irony, sarcasm, ridicule or the like, in exposing, denouncing or deriding vice, folly, etc. 2. a literary composition, in verse or prose, in which human folly and vice is held up to scorn, derision or ridicule 3. a literary genre containing such compositions

 

Birthday: Washington Irving (1783), Marlon Brando (1924), Doris Day (1924), Gus Grissom (1926), Jane Goodall (1934), Wayne Newton (1942), Tony Orlando (1944), Richard Thompson (1949), Ray Combs (1956), Alec Baldwin (1958), David Hyde Pierce (1959), Eddie Murphy (1961), Mike Ness (1962), Picabo Street (1971), Jennie Garth (1972), Aries Spears (1975)

 

Occurrence: 1996 – The “Unabomber” Ted Kaczynski is arrested in Montana. Currently, he’s serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole in Florence, Colorado. Don’t bother trying to visit him. He’s not accepting visitors. (Note: Apparently, I was mistaken about yesterday being the anniversary of the assassination of Jesse James by Robert Ford. It’s today. That’s what fact-checking at 2am will get you. Lesson learned.)

 

Standpoint: Michael Vick is getting out jail in a month or so. It’s rumored that he will be playing football for some NFL team in the upcoming season. Probably the Dallas Cowboys. And that’s a sad sad thing. The former Atlanta Falcons quarterback funded a dog fighting ring and had direct knowledge of his friends killing dogs. I understand that I’m a little tough on the NFL. I apologize for exactly none of what I say about the league. If he is reinstated and resumes his playing career, it will be a new low for an organization that has already burrowed underneath the slimiest slime and muckiest muck.

 

Quotation: He who stands for nothing will fall for anything. Alexander Hamilton (Note: I’ve heard this attributed to Malcolm X. Guess he lifted it from Hamilton.)

 

Weekend: My picks for dope stuff to do in Philadelphia this weekend.

 

Tonight (4/3) – 8pm Go see Bob Mould (formerly of Husker Du and Sugar) at The North Star Bar. 

Saturday (4/4) – 8pm The 6th Borough’s Depression Isn’t Just a River in Egypt at Connie’s Ric Rac.

Sunday (4/5) – 2pm Take the kids down to the American Swedish Historical Museum to participate in Swedish Easter traditions.

 

Tune: Another favorite unsung band. Teenage Fanclub. Check out “Ain’t That Enough”.

 

Video: I’ve heard of American actors going over to Japan and doing crazy commercials. I’d never seen video evidence of it, though. Until now. Watch this collection of Nicolas Cage commercials. (Thanks to Tim Mulvey.)

 

Gallimaufry: NASA still has made no decision regarding the naming of the new room in the International Space Station. But Chaka Fattah (D-PA) is getting behind naming it after Stephen Colbert who won the contest after urging his Colbert Report viewers to cast write-in votes for him…People keep asking me questions about the new Facebook and what to do about all of the clutter. I’m still feeling it out myself but here’s an article that may help…The Onion’s AV Club encourages everyone to turn off the shuffle and listen to these 25 albums the way they were intended – straight through. Sadly, I own only one of these albums: XTC’s Skylarking…All right. That’s it for me. Thanks for another great week. Come back on Monday for some more.

03.27.09 – Friday

Whereabouts: Philadelphia, PA

Word: abrogate (request from Marc Schuster) [ab-ruh-geyt] verb 1. to abolish by formal or official means; annul by an authoritative act; repeal: to abrogate a law  2. to put aside; put an end to

Birthday: Gloria Swanson (1899), Pee Wee Russell (1906), Sarah Vaughan (1924), Michael York (1942), Tony Banks (1950), Quentin Tarantino (1963), Kevin Corrigan (1969), Mariah Carey (1970), Nathan Fillion (1971), Fergie (1975)

Occurrence: 1998 – The FDA approves Viagra. On a related note, someone recently told me that someone they knew was an orderly at some retirement village and that the number of cases of STDs in that retirement village had skyrocketed in recent years due to drugs like Viagra. I know. Not the prettiest picture. But the truth is not always sunshine and rainbows. In fact, most times it’s not.

Standpoint: I talk to a lot of people over the course of the day. I enjoy conversation with different types of folks. As I view it, every new conversation is an opportunity for undiscovered knowledge. There are, however, certain phrases that I hear that immediately make me want to walk away. Below, I’ve listed a few of them:

  • I could care less.” – Often erroneously used by someone attempting to inform another of how much they don’t care about an issue. Literally, it means that they do care. What they want to say is, “I couldn’t care less.”
  • It is what it is.” – Usually used after discussing a problematic situation. The speaker usually means either (a) “I’m unwilling to do anything about this,” or (b) “I’m not creative enough to find a way to fix this.”
  • I’m just saying.” – Constantly used as a weak ending after making a (normally) weak point.
  • At the end of the day…” – Frequently employed to sum up a conversation. Sure, that might be the case “at the end of the day,” but there will be another day tomorrow, right?

How about you? Do you have a phrase that annoys you? Please share.

Quotation: What I have dreamed in one hour is worth more than what you have done in four. Lorenzo de’ Medici

Digit: 21 – In the State of Missouri, if you are under 21 and disposing of empty alcohol containers, you can be arrested. I wonder how many times that law has been enforced.

Tune: If you’re like me (and why wouldn’t you be?) you think that XTC is a pretty good band. It’s a shame that Andy Partridge’s paralyzing stage-fright keeps us from ever seeing these guys live. We’ll just have to watch clips like “Yacht Dance” instead. Enjoy.

Link: Boxee – I don’t use this site, but it might be helpful to those of you with a large collection of movie files. Looks pretty cool.

Weekend Philadelphia (only on Fridays): Tonight (3/27), why not head down to The Academy of Music to take in Happy Days: A New Musical? Showtime 8pm…Teddy Thompson, son of Richard and Linda Thompson, plays a show Saturday night (10pm) at The Tin Angel…Also Saturday night; Projects Gallery’s Obama-rama exhibit comes to a close. Check it out while you still can…What about Sunday, you ask? How about checking out the Give & Take Jugglers at The Central Library? Starts at 2pm.

Gallimaufry: Just to reiterate from a post a few weeks ago: Nadya Suleman is a bad person…For many reasons, I consider myself lucky to not live in Iran. Here is one more reason. I think I’d definitely fall into the category of “offensive blogger”…I can’t decide. When I was Rory McIness’ age, if I did what he did, would my parents be as cool as his, or would they’ve sent me to some really awful military academy? I don’t think there would’ve been an in-between…Here’s a transcript of President Obama’s Tuesday night press conference, in case you’re interested…That’s it for me this week, come back Monday for some more.