Friday, July 29, 2016

Rock out with ASSASSIN

Love this song...

War is overdue
The time has come for you
To shoot your leaders down
Join forces underground

Lose control
Increasing pace
Warped and bewitched
And time to erase

Whatever they say
These people are torn
Wild and bereft
Assassin is born

Oppose and disagree
Destroy demonocracy


Whatever they say
These people are torn
Wild and bereft
Assassin is born

WTF Friday: Refreshing!

TGIF! Friday, July 29, 2016

busticate \BUHS-ti-keyt\, verb:
  • To break into pieces.
Busticate came into existence in the Northern United States during the 19th Century, as the common verb bust became wedded to the Latin root -icate. This phenomenon occurred across the U.S.; another example is the Southern coinage argufy.
strategic friendship default
  • Occurs when the debt owed from a friendly bet between two friends rises to an uncomfortable level causing one friend to cut ties with the other in lieu of paying up.
Robbie: "Did Justin ever make good on that golf wager you two made"
Randy: "Wouldn't know, he hasn't talked to me in weeks and he won't return my emails."
Robbie: "Sounds like you are the victim of a strategic friendship default."

  • Spanish Armada: was defeated by the English, led by Sir Francis Drake (1588)
  • NASA: President Eisenhower signed a bill creating the space agency (1958)
  • Lady Di: married Prince Charles at St. Paul's Cathedral in London (1981)
  • switch hitter: Red Sox batter Bill Mueller became the first Major League Baseball player to hit grand slams from both sides of the plate in a single game (2003)
  • Eris, a heavenly body slightly larger than Pluto, was discovered and called it the 10th planet. (2005)
  • Booth Tarkington 1869
  • Benito Mussolini 1883
  • Sigmund Romberg 1887
  • Theda Bara 1890
  • Clara Bow 1894
  • Melvin Belli 1907
  • Stephen McNally 1913
  • Richard Egan 1923
  • Lloyd Bochner 1924
  • Robert Horton 1924
  • Ted Lindsay 1925
  • Don Carter 1926
  • Paul Taylor 1930
  • Randy Sparks (New Christy Minstrels) 1933
  • Robert Fuller 1934
  • Peter Jennings 1938
  • David Warner 1941
  • Neal Doughty (REO Speedwagon) 1946
  • Simon Kirk (Bad Company) 1949
  • Ken Burns 1953
  • Geddy Lee (Rush) 1953
  • Michael Biehn 1956
  • Patti Scialia (E Street Band) 1956
  • Alexandra Paul 1963
  • Martina McBride 1966
  • Chris Gorman (Belly) 1967
  • Wil Wheaton 1972
  • Stephen Dorff 1973
  • Wanya Morris (Boyz II Men) 1973

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Turtle Thursday: Going WHERE? Redux

Time flies! This post was originally from 07/29/2010:

Tonight we're bringing Silent Bob in for his first meeting with the veterinarian. I hope he doesn't struggle too much!
He still isn't 100% healed yet. Poor guy. Plus he has taken a bunch of new injuries from a tank mate. Argh.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

behemoth \bih-HEE-muhth\, noun:
1. Any creature or thing of monstrous size or power
2. An animal, perhaps the hippopotamus, mentioned in the Book of Job.
Behemoth derives from the Hebrew b'hemoth in the Book of Job, but may be a folk etymology of Egyptian pehemau , "water-ox," the name for the hippopotamus.
  • The opposite of Reply-All, when an email-incompetent person sends you a blank reply to an email you sent them.
I really needed to hear from Felicia on this issue, but all I got was a Reply-None at 4:59.

  • Maximilien Robespierre: Reign of Terror leader was guillotined in Paris during the French Revolution (1794)
  • Peru: declared independence from Spain (1821)
  • 14th Amendment: granted full citizenship to former US slaves; introduced new civil rights safeguards, due process, equal protection (1868)
  • Austria-Hungary: declared war on Serbia, precipitating World War I (1914)
  • Kennewick Man: prehistoric remains were discovered on the banks of the Columbia River in Kennewick, Washington, sparking a debate between scientists and Native Americans (1996)
  • IRA: ended its armed campaign against British rule in Northern Ireland in favor of "exclusively peaceful means" (2005)
  • Beatrix Potter 1866
  • Joe E. Brown 1891
  • Rudy Vallee 1901
  • Richard Rogers 1902
  • Cameron Dragon 1914
  • Charles Hard Townes 1915
  • Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis 1929
  • Darryl Hickman 1931
  • Jacques d'Amboise 1934
  • Peter Duchin 1937
  • George Cummings 1938 - Musician (Dr. Hook)
  • Phil Proctor 1940
  • Mike Bloomfield 1944
  • Jim Davis 1945
  • Richard Wright 1945 - Musician (Pink Floyd)
  • Jonathan Edwards 1946 - Singer
  • Linda Kelsey 1946
  • Barbara Ferrell 1947
  • Sally Struthers 1948
  • Georgia Bright Engel 1948
  • Peter Doyle 1949 - Musician (The New Seekers)
  • Simon Kirke 1949 - Musician (Bad Company, Free)
  • Terry Fox 1958
  • Lori Loughlin 1964
  • Elizabeth Berkley 1972
  • Afroman 1974

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Hasselhoff Wednesday: Awesome

This pic is full of it.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

nitid \NIT-id\, adjective:
  • Bright; lustrous.
Nitid is related to the Latin nitidus, "glistening." 

Clutch Oven
  • To fart in a car full of people, crank the heat for maximum effectiveness.
Mike was driving us to Jake's party and he farted, trapping us in his clutch oven.

  • transatlantic telegraph cable: was completed, linking the US and Europe; the cord shortened communication time from days to minutes (1866)
  • insulin: physiologists isolated the hormone used to manage diabetes (1921)
  • Bugs Bunny: debuted in The Wild Hare (1940)
  • Billboard: the magazine published its first singles record chart (1940)
  • Korean War: the conflict ended with no clear winner, splitting the country into North and South (1953)
  • Coronation Street: British soap characters Ken Barlow and Deirdre Langton tied the knot; their wedding got higher telly ratings than that of Prince Charles and Lady Di (1981)
  • Charlotte Corday 1768
  • George Foster Peabody 1852
  • Keenan Wynn 1916
  • Homer (Henry D. Haynes) 1918
  • Charles P. Ginsburg 1920
  • Norman Lear 1922
  • Bob Morse (Hi-Lo's) 1927
  • Harvey Fuqua (The Moonglows) 1929
  • Jerry Van Dyke 1931
  • Nick Reynolds (The Kingston Trio) 1933
  • Don Galloway 1937
  • Irv Cross 1939
  • James Victor 1939
  • Dennis Ralston 1942
  • John Pleshette 1942
  • Bobbie Gentry 1944
  • Al Ramsey (Gary Lewis & The Playboys) 1946
  • Betty Thomas 1948
  • Peggy Fleming 1948
  • Maury Chaykin 1949
  • Maureen McGovern 1949
  • Michael Vaughn (Paperlace) 1950
  • Janet Eilber 1951
  • Roxanne Hart 1952
  • Duncan Cameron (Sawyer Brown) 1956
  • Karl Mueller (Soul Asylum) 1963
  • Rex Brown (Pantera) 1964
  • Juliana Hatfield 1967
  • Stacy Dean Campbell 1967
  • Julian McMahon 1968
  • Maya Rudolph 1972
  • Peter Yorn 1974
  • Alex Rodriguez (MLB) 1975
  • John Rhys Meyers 1977

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Review Tuesday: Summerland Tour 2016

There must have been a time warp because I was sucked into the 90s last Friday night! The Summerland Tour consisting of Sponge, Lit, Sugar Ray and Everclear played at The Paramount in Huntington, NY.

The Paramount Theater
Huntington, NY
July 22, 2016

The SUMMERLAND TOUR was invented by Mark McGrath and Art Alexakis years ago.  Named after an Everclear song, it seemed perfect for a summer tour with acts from the 1990s. 

Doors opened just after 7:00 PM and per Paramount website, Art Alexakis walked onstage just after 8:00 to discuss the tour and announce the first act... 

Before the show I would've been lucky if I could think of one song by Sponge. They hit the scene early in the 90s and were probably thrilled to escape Detroit alive. Today, the singer Vinnie (who also referred to himself as Diamond Bob) is the only original member left. They played a 20-25 minute set and sounded great and consisted of MORE than one song that I knew!

By 9:00 Lit hit the stage. Honestly, this was the band I really wanted to see. They played their hits and some newer songs as well. Their set was about 25-30 minutes long. They sounded great and put on a lively set. My only gripe is that they didn't play Lipstick & Bruises. 

I was shocked that Everclear was NOT the headlining act. Mark McGrath introduced the band around 10:00 and Art and the boys hit the stage. They performed a very polished and clean sounding ~40 minute set of all songs you could probably sing along with. Art is the only original member left.

Sugar Ray
Just before 11PM Sugar Ray hit the stage. I'll admit that I was never a big Sugar Ray fan but they had the best sound all night. Every level was perfect. They played all their songs that you will know, as well as several covers, including You're Unbelievable by EMF (and written by the current bassist). Mark had much more host-talent and spent a good amount of time relating to the crowd. 

In conclusion I didn't expect much from a bunch of bands from the 90s which allowed me to walk out with my socks knocked off and glad that I went. Good bands. Good music. Good fun!

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

potlatch \POT-lach\, noun:
  • A ceremony at which gifts are bestowed on the guests in a show of wealth that the guests later attempt to surpass.
Potlatch comes from the Chinook language, meaning "gift." Nearly identical words exist in the languages of various tribes of the Pacific Northwest.
sniff test
  • To test if an item of already worn clothing is suitable to wear out. common amongst students who cant be bothered to do their washing.
Friend1: Hey man cant you just wear those boxers?
Friend2:(sniff test) yeah i can get a couple more uses out of those

  • Lionel Nathan Rothschild: became the first Jew to sit in the British Parliament — 11 years after he was elected; the House of Commons had to allow a special oath (1858)
  • Unua Libro: the "First Book" of Esperanto was published, by Dr. L.L. Zamenhof (1887)
  • National Security Act: was signed by US President Harry S Truman; it created the Department of Defense, National Security Council, Central Intelligence Agency, and Joint Chiefs of Staff (1947)
  • Suez Canal: was nationalized by Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser, leading to an international crisis (1956)
  • Jimmy Hoffa: Teamsters union head was convicted of fraud and conspiracy (1964)
  • George Catlin 1796
  • George Bernard Shaw 1856
  • Carl Jung 1875
  • Aldous Huxley 1894
  • Gracie Allen 1906
  • Vivian Vance 1912
  • Erskine Hawkins 1914
  • Marjorie Lord 1921
  • Blake Edwards 1922
  • Jason Robards, Jr. 1922
  • Hoyt Wilhelm 1923
  • Louie Bellson (Duke Ellington Band) 1924
  • James Best 1926
  • Stanley Kubrick 1928
  • Bobby Lilly 1939
  • Bobby Rousseau 1940
  • Bobby Hebb 1941
  • Dobie Gray 1943
  • Peter Hyams 1943
  • Mick Jagger (Rolling Stones) 1943
  • Keil Martin 1944
  • Mickei King 1944
  • Helen Mirren 1946
  • Roger Taylor (Queen) 1949
  • Susan George 1950
  • Duncan Mackey 1950
  • Dorothy Hamill 1956
  • Kevin Spacey 1959
  • Gary Cherone (Extreme, Van Halen) 1961
  • Sandra Bullock 1964
  • Jeremy Piven 1965
  • Jennifer Ashe 1966
  • Kate Beckinsale 1973
  • Derek Jeter 1974
  • Taylor Momsen 1993