Monday, December 22, 2014

Look forward to OLIVIA!

Olivia Munn as Princess Leia!


Joe Cocker dead at 70

Raspy-voiced rock singer Joe Cocker lost his battle with lung cancer today. He was 70. 

Weekend Box Office - 12/22/2014

Top Box Office
  1. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies(2014) $56.22M 
  2. Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb(2014) $17.30M
  3. Annie (2014) $16.30M 
  4. Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014) $8.07M
  5. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1(2014) $7.75M

The three newest movies took the top three spots. I don't think anyone was surprised that THE HOBBIT easily took the #1 spot, but with under $60 mill! I was expecting bigger numbers from that one. 

EXODUS dropped to #4, and hasn't even grossed $40 mill yet.

THE HUNGER GAMES is still hanging in there taking up the REAR in this week's top five and nearly $290 mill grossed so far. 

Monday, December 22, 2014

bovarism \ BOH-vuh-riz-uhm \ , noun; 
  • an exaggerated, especially glamorized, estimate of oneself; conceit. 
Origin: Bovarism is derived from the name of the titular character in Gustave Flaubert's 1857 novel, Madame Bovary . The theory of bovarysm was developed by the French philosopher Jules de Gaultier; the term entered English the early 1900s.

  • fear of too many santa clauses
He felt a bout of santaclaustrophobia coming upon him as the holiday season approached.

  • Embargo Act: the US banned trade with foreign countries in response to interference with neutral American ships by France and Britain, which were at war with each other (1807)
  • Beethoven's Fifth: and Sixth Symphonies premiered (1808)
  • Dreyfus Affair: French Jewish officer Alfred Dreyfus was wrongly convicted of treason in a trial that raised cries of anti-Semitism; he was later exonerated (1894)
  • USGA: governing body of golf was founded (1894)
  • Colo: the first gorilla bred in captivity was born in the Columbus Zoo; she is now a great-great-grandmother (1956)
  • Flight 63: American Airlines passenger Richard Reid attempted to blow up a plane with a shoe bomb; he is serving a life sentence for that plot (2001)
  • Giacomo Puccini 1858
  • Connie Mack 1862
  • Andre Kostelanetz 1885
  • Dame Edith Margaret 1907
  • Lady Bird Johnson 1912
  • Gene Rayburn (Rubessa) 1917
  • Frankie Darro (Johnson) 1917
  • Barbara Billingsley 1922
  • Peggy Castle (Blair) 1927
  • Hector Elizondo 1936
  • Red Steagall 1937
  • Steve Carlton (MLB) 1944
  • Barry Jenkins (Nashville Teens, Animals) 1944
  • Diane Sawyer 1945
  • Steve Garvey (MLB) 1948
  • Robin Gibb (Bee Gees) 1949
  • Maurice Gibb (Bee Gees) 1949
  • Bob Fitchner 1950
  • Rick Nielsen (Cheap Trick) 1950
  • Jan Stephenson 1951
  • Ian Turnbull 1953
  • Bernadette Stanis 1953
  • Ricky Ross (Deacon Blue) 1957
  • Luther Campbell 1960
  • Chuck Mead (BR5-49) 1960
  • Ralph Fiennes 1962
  • Dina Meyer 1968
  • Lauralee Bell 1968
  • Heather Donahue 1974
  • Teresa Noreen 1976
  • Jordin Sparks 1989

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Merry Merry!


Sunday, December 21, 2014

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apocryphal \ uh-POK-ruh-fuhl \ , adjective; 
  1. of doubtful authorship or authenticity. 
  2. Ecclesiastical . a. ( initial capital letter ) of or pertaining to the Apocrypha. b. of doubtful sanction; uncanonical. 
  3. false; spurious: He told an apocryphal story about the sword, but the truth was later revealed . 
Origin: Apocryphal is derived from the Greek term apókryphos meaning "hidden, unknown, spurious." Apocrypha was the name of a group of 14 books originally included in some versions of the Old Testament that were excluded from the Sacred Canon at Reformation for their disputed authenticity. Apocryphal entered English in the late 1500s. 

Gift Parasite
  • A person who adds their name to a gift tag in order to claim partial credit for giving the gift.
I'm totally broke so I had to be a gift parasite and sign on that present you're giving Grandma.

  • Pilgrims: arrived in the New World, seeking religious freedom; they went ashore near Plymouth Rock, having traveled west after their initial settlement in Leiden, Holland, became unsustainable (1620)
  • radium: radioactive element was discovered by Marie and Pierre Curie (1898)
  • crossword puzzle: Liverpudlian journalist Arthur Wynne published the first "word-cross" puzzle, in The New York World (1913)
  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: film version premiered in Hollywood (1937)
  • Pan Am Flight 103: went down over Lockerbie, Scotland, after a terrorist bomb exploded aboard, killing all 259 people on the plane and 11 on the ground (1988)
  • Jean Baptiste Racine 1639
  • Benjamin Disraeli 1804
  • Henrietta Szold 1860
  • Joseph Stalin (Dzhugashvili) 1879 (Obama's Idol)
  • Walter Hagen 1892
  • Pat Weaver 1908
  • Andor Foldes 1913
  • Heinrich Böll 1917
  • Kurt Waldheim 1918
  • Alicia Alonso 1921
  • Paul Winchell 1922
  • Phyliss Love 1925
  • Ed Nelson 1928
  • Freddie Hart 1933
  • Phil Donahue 1935
  • John Avildsen 1935
  • Jane Fonda 1937
  • Frank Zappa 1940
  • Ray Hildebrand 1940
  • Carla Thomas 1942
  • Albert Lee 1943
  • Gwen McCrae 1943
  • Jared Martin 1943
  • Michael Tilson Thomas 1944
  • Gordon Kannegiesser 1945
  • Josh Mostel 1946
  • Carl Wilson (The Beach Boys) 1946
  • Nate Wright 1947
  • Elliott Maddox 1947
  • Samuel L. Jackson 1948
  • Claude Chartre 1949
  • Betty Wright 1953
  • Chris Evert 1954
  • Jane Kaczmarek 1955
  • Jim Rose 1956
  • Lee Roy Parnell 1956
  • Ray Romano 1957
  • Florence Griffith Joyner 1959
  • Christy Forester (The Forester Sisters) 1962
  • Andy Dick 1965
  • Gabrielle Glaser (Luscious Jackson) 1965
  • Kiefer Sutherland 1966
  • Khrystyne Haje 1968
  • Brad Warren (The Warren Brothers) 1968
  • Julie Delpy 1969
  • Brett Scallions (Fuel) 1971  
  • Wendy "Four" "Fiore" Combattante 1983

Saturday, December 20, 2014

De Blasio should quit

NYC is desecnding into race war hell.

Two cops were just shot in Brooklyn, New York. It's said that it may have been in retaliation of the killing of Eric garner by a police offider. 

It started months ago with the choking death of Eric Garner by a member of the NYPD. Essentially, this guy was executed for selling untaxed cigarettes. Perhaps if the cops NOTIFIED him that despite the fact that they were summoned to the scene to break up a fight, they were instead arresting Garner for open warrants.

But no.

They insisted upon tackling the man without explaining why. Naturally he didn't give in because he didn't do anything wrong at that time and the cops refused to tell him their motivation.

Essentially, they executed him for selling cigarettes.

To fan the fires of this Police Brutality case, there has been no proper leadership. Mayor DeBlasio is completely ineffective and panders to the race baiters. Governor Cuomo won't get involved. President Obama and Eric Holder have done their parts to be ineffective at helping the situation, and only made the race tensions grow. 

The true racists, the followers of Al Sharpton turned this into a race war. I can understand their frustration with the system for finding that the cop was clear of any wrong doing in the situation, but it's an issue of police brutality that's systematically taught nationwide. 

The police are taught to presume that all citizens are guilty of something and to treat every situation with extreme prejudice and extreme force. That way, even if they don't go to jail for wrong-doing, it might just knock some sense into their heads. 

That's the problem at hand. 

However, some guy going and shooting two cops sitting in a patrol car in Brooklyn will only make matters worse. We can look forward to the possibility of more civil rights being taken away by the state in the interest of keeping people safe. There could be curfews. We might see a police state take effect. 

Two wrongs don't make a right. We're all going to end up losing as a result this mindless shooting today. 

Like Santa Claus said...

...She's a...

I'll drink to that!

Saturday, December 20, 2014

chiaroscuro \ kee-ahr-uh-SKYOOR-oh \ , noun; 
  1. the distribution of light and shade in a picture. 
  2. Painting . the use of deep variations in and subtle gradations of light and shade, especially to enhance the delineation of character and for general dramatic effect: Rembrandt is a master of chiaroscuro . 
  3. a woodcut print in which the colors are produced by the use of different blocks with different colors.
  4. a sketch in light and shade. 
Origin: Chiaroscuro comes from the Italian words for "bright," chiaro , and "dark," oscuro . It entered English in the late 1600s. 

  • Someone who continues to subject themselves to Christmas activities -- Secret Santa, caroling, etc. -- despite feeling painfully awkward at the event.
Ryan's uncomfortable laughter at the Secret Santa Pot Luck indicated he was an Christmasochist.

  • Louisiana Purchase: the United States officially took possession of the territory from France (1803)
  • South Carolina: became the first state to secede from the Union (1860)
  • It's a Wonderful Life: Frank Capra's drama was screened for the first time, in NYC's Globe Theatre (1946)
  • Berlin Wall: was opened for the first time since it was erected in 1961 (1963)
  • Operation Just Cause: the US invaded Panama to overthrow and capture military leader Manuel Noriega, who stood accused of corruption and drug trafficking (1989)
  • Samuel Mudd 1833
  • Harvey Firestone 1868
  • Walter Adams 1876
  • Branch Rickey (MLB) 1881
  • Susanne Langer 1895
  • Gabby (Charles) Harnett (MLB) 1900
  • Irene Dunn 1901
  • Max Lerner 1902
  • Sidney Hook 1902
  • Vagn Holmboe 1909
  • Hortense Calisher 1911
  • Eugene W. Smith 1918
  • Audrey Totter 1918
  • Ann Richards (actress) 1918
  • George Roy Hill 1922
  • James Leasor 1923
  • David Levine 1926
  • John Christiansen (NFL) 1928
  • John Hillerman 1932
  • Mattie Alou 1938 (MLB)
  • Kim Weston 1939
  • Bob Hayes (NFL) 1942
  • Angel Tompkins 1943
  • Bobby Colomby (Blood, Sweat & Tears) 1944
  • Peter Criss (KISS) 1945
  • Uri Geller 1946
  • John Spencer 1946
  • Dick Gibbs 1948 (NBA)
  • Little Stevie Wright (The Easybeats) 1948
  • Photobucket Image HostingOscar Gamble (MLB) 1949
  • Cecil Cooper (MLB) 1949
  • Bill Clement (NHL) 1950
    Joey Silvera (t3h pr0n) 1951
  • Jenny Agutter 1952
  • Michael Badalucco 1954
  • Blanche Baker 1956
  • Billy Bragg 1958
  • Mark Keyloun 1960
  • Kris Tyler 1964
  • Chris Robinson (The Black Crowes) 1966
    Brian O'Holloran (Clerks) 1969
  • Jonah Hill 1983 
    Jillian Grace (playmate) 1986
  • JoJo Noëlle Blagden Levesque 1990

Friday, December 19, 2014

Rock out for Christmas!

12 Pains of Christmas

See it here:

The Lyrics:The first thing at Christmas that's such a pain to me
Is finding a Christmas tree

The second thing at Christmas that's such a pain to me:
Rigging up the lights
And finding a Christmas tree

The third thing at Christmas that's such a pain to me
Rigging up the lights
And finding a Christmas tree

The fourth thing at Christmas that's such a pain to me

Sending Christmas cards
Rigging up the lights
And finding a Christmas tree

The fifth thing at Christmas that's such a pain to me
Five months of bills!
Sending Christmas cards
Rigging up the lights
And finding a Christmas tree

The sixth thing at Christmas that's such a pain to me:
Facing my in-laws
Five months of bills!
Oh, I hate those Christmas cards!
Rigging up these lights!
And finding a Christmas tree

The seventh thing at Christmas that's such a pain to me:
The Salvation Army
Facing my in-laws
Five months of bills!
Sending Christmas cards
Oh, geez!
I'm tryin' to rig up these lights!
And finding a Christmas tree

The eighth thing at Christmas that such a pain to me:
And whataya mean "YOUR in-laws"?!?
Five months of bills!
Ach, making out these cards
Honey, get me a beer, huh?
What, we have no extension cords?!?
And finding a Christmas tree

The ninth thing at Christmas that's such a pain to me
Finding parking spaces
Facing my in-laws Five months of bills!
Writing out those Christmas cards
Now why the hell are they blinking?!?!?
And finding a Christmas tree

The tenth thing at Christmas that's such a pain to me:
"Batteries Not Included"
No parking spaces
Get a job, ya bum!
Facing my in-laws!
Five months of bills!
Yo-ho, sending Christmas cards
Oh, geez, look at this!
One light goes out, they ALL go out!!!
And finding a Christmas tree

The eleventh thing of Christmas that's such a pain to me:
Stale TV specials
"Batteries Not Included"
No parking spaces
She's a witch...I hate her!
Five months of bills!
Oh, I don't even KNOW half these people!
Oh, who's got the toilet paper, huh?
Get a flashlight...I blew a fuse!!
And finding a Christmas tree

The twelfth thing of Christmas that's such a pain to me:
Singing Christmas carols
Stale TV specials
"Batteries Not Included"
No parking?!?
Gotta make 'em dinner!
Five months of bills!
I'm not sendin' them this year, that's it!
Shut up, you!
And finding a Christmas tree

WTF Friday: You had one job!

WTF Friday: Uh oh!



TGIF! Friday, December 19, 2014

star-crossed \ STAHR-krawst, -krost \ , adjective; 
  • thwarted or opposed by the stars; ill-fated: star-crossed lovers.
Origin: The earliest citation of star-crossed comes from William Shakespeare in the late 1500s, although the word star had been used to refer to celestial bodes that exercised influence on human affairs as early as the 1200s. By the 1600s, star had an expanded sense of "a person's destiny, fortune, temperament, etc., regarded as influenced and determined by the stars." 

christmas zombie
  • Days before Christmas, people become blind and get tunnel vision, causing them to only see what is in front of them, putting them into a trance like state while looking for the perfect gift. This effect usually happens two days before Christmas.
Guy: Dude, what was up with that chick driving the Esclade, she almost hit you.
Guy 2: Fuck her, she was a christmas zombie.

  • Benjamin Franklin: began publishing his Poor Richard's Almanack (1732)
  • "These are the times that try men's souls": Thomas Paine's famous quote was published in his first American Crisis essay (1776)
  • Altair 8800: the precursor to the PC was announced as a do-it-yourself kit (1974)
  • FIFA World Cup Trophy: the football trophy named for FIFA president Jules Rimet, consisting of an octagonal cup held by Nike and made of gold and lapis lazuli, was stolen in Rio de Janeiro (1983)
  • Titanic: movie with the highest box office earnings (and largest budget to that point) opened in the US, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet (1997)
  • Bill Clinton: was impeached for perjury and obstruction of justice (1998)
  • William Parry 1790
  • Minnie Fiske 1865
  • Fritz Reiner 1888
  • Ralph Richardson 1902
  • Leonid Brezhnev (Russia) 1906
  • Jean Genet 1910
  • Edith Piaf 1915
  • David Susskind 1920
  • "Little" Jimmy Dickens 1920
  • Doug Harvey 1924
  • Galt MacDermot 1928
  • Howard Sackler 1929
  • Cicely Tyson 1933
  • Al Kaline 1934
  • Phil Ochs 1940
  • Maurice White (Earth, Wind & Fire) 1941
  • Tim Reid 1944
  • Alvin Lee 1944
  • Charlie Ryan 1944
  • Richard Leakey 1944
  • Zal Yanovsky (Lovin' Spoonful) 1944
  • Elaine Joyce 1945
  • John McEuen (The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Ten Years After) 1945
  • Stan Smith 1946
  • Robert Urich 1946
  • Claudia Kolb 1949
  • Jeff Davis 1952
  • Janie Fricke 1952
  • Billy Brigg 1957
  • Kevin McHale 1957
  • Mike Lookinland 1960
  • Reggie White 1961
  • Jennifer Beals 1963
  • Robert MacNaughton 1966
  • Cristopher "Criss Angel"Nicolas Sarantakos 1967
  • Kevin Shepard (Tonic) 1968
  • Warren Sapp 1972
  • Alyssa Milano 1972
  • Daniel Patrick Adair 1975 - Drummer (Nickelback)
  • Marlo Sokoloff 1980
  • Jake Gyllenhall 1980

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Turtle Thursday - SLEEP!

You're in for a treat today! Turtles HATE being on their backs...

Silent Bob sleeping on his back
But here are a couple of pics taken by Mrs. Baxojayz recently of Silent Bob while I was playing with him. He just dozed off on his back like a baby! How cute!
Silent Bob sleeping on his back - close-up

Thursday, December 18, 2014

rufescent \ roo-FES-uhnt \ , adjective; 
  • somewhat reddish; tinged with red; rufous.
Origin: Rufescent was mostly used in zoological descriptions when it entered English in the early 1800s. Its Latin precursor rūfēscent was formed from the Latin term for "red" or "reddish," rūfus , the inchoative element -ēsc- .

you fit the description
  • Phrase that police use to justify arresting any African American in any situation.
I stopped you because you fit the description of a suspect who robbed a liquor store.

  • Amendment XIII: anti-slavery amendment to the US Constitution was declared ratified by Secretary of State William Seward, abolishing the practice (1865)
  • capital punishment in the United Kingdom: was abolished by both houses of Parliament (1969)
  • Tokyo Wan Aqua-Line: 1.5 trillion yen, 15-kilometer bridge-tunnel opened across Tokyo Bay after 31 years of construction (1997)
  • Joseph Grimaldi 1778
  • Saki (Hector Hugh Munro) 1870
  • imagebam.comPaul Klee 1879
  • Ty Cobb 1886 - Baseball player
  • Edwin Howard Armstrong 1890
  • George Stevens 1904
  • Christopher Fry 1907
  • Abe Burrows 1910
  • Willy Brandt 1913
  • Betty Grable 1916
  • Lynn Bari 1917
  • Ossie Davis 1917 - Actor
  • Anita O’Day (Colton) 1919
  • Roger Smith 1925 - Actor
  • Lonnie Brooks 1933 - Blues musician
  • Chas (Bryan) Chandler (Animals) 1938 - Musician and manager
  • Sam Andrew 1941 - Musician (Big Brother and the Holding Company)
  • Alan Rudolph 1943 - Writer and director
  • Keith Richards1943 - Musician (Rolling Stones) and possible zombie
  • Steven Spielberg 1947 Movie producer-director
  • Leonard Maltin 1950 - Movie reviewer
  • Gillian Armstrong 1950 - Movie director
  • Martha Johnson (Martha and the Muffins) 1950
  • Elliot Easton 1953 - Musician (The Cars)
  • Ray Liotta 1955 - Actor
  • Brad Pitt 1963 Actor
  • Robson Green 1964
  • Tracy Byrd 1966 - Singer
  • DMX 1970 - Rapper (My Niggaz)
  • Arantxa Sanchez Vicario 1971 - Tennis player
    Trish Stratus 1975
  • Katie Holmes 1978 - Actress ("Dawson's Creek")
  • Christina María Aguilera 1980 - Singer