Saturday, August 27, 2016

Stand back

Saturday, August 27, 2016

schlep \SHLEP\, verb:
1. To move slowly, awkwardly, or tediously.
2. To carry; lug.
Schlep is a Yiddish word with a basis in the German schleifen, "to trudge."
reach out
  • An unfortunately creepy term that is means "to contact" or similar. Brings to mind grasping and undesirable contact from strangers.
1) Charles, please reach out to Jane and provide her the information she requires.
2) My (political) campaign will reach out to every voter.

  • Edwin Drake: drilled America's first successful oil well near Titusville, PA
  • Krakatoa: volcano erupted in the loudest explosion ever recorded; the resultant tsunami killed 36,000 (1883)
  • Anglo-Zanzibar War: the shortest war in history ended after less than an hour when Zanzibar surrendered (1896)
  • Kellogg-Briand Pact: multinational treaty signed in Paris outlawed war — about 11 years before the same nations took part in WWII (1928)
  • Mariner 2: the US launched a space probe to Venus; it flew past the planet in December (1962)
  • Mars: the red planet got up close and personal with Earth — only 55,758,006 km away (2003)
  • George Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel 1770
  • Margaret Hungerford 1850
  • Theodore Dreiser 1871
  • Charles Rolls 1877
  • Lyndon B. Johnson (U.S.) 1908
  • Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu (Mother Theresa) 1910
  • Martha Raye 1916
  • Jimmy C. Newman 1927
  • Mangosuthu Gatsha Buthelezi (South Africa) 1928
  • Ira Levin 1929
  • Carter Stanley 1935 - Musician (Stanley Brothers)
  • J.D. Crowe 1937
  • Tommy Sands 1937
  • Daryl Dragon 1942 - Musician (The Captain and Tennille)
  • Tuesday Weld 1943
  • Tim Bogert 1944 - Musician (Vanilla Fudge)
  • Marianne Sagebrecht 1945
  • Harry Reems 1947
  • Barbara Bach 1947
  • Jeff Cook 1949 - Musician (Alabama)
  • Buddy Bell 1951
  • Paul "Pee-wee Herman" Reubens 1952
  • Willy DeVille 1953
  • Alex Lifeson 1953 - Musician (Rush)
  • Diana Scarwid 1955
  • Glenn Matlock 1956 - Musician (Sex Pistols) 
  • Dean Delvin 1962
  • Mike Johnson 1965 - Musician (Dinosaur Jr.)
  • Bobo 1968 - Musician (Cypres Hill)
  • Tony Kanal 1970 - Musician (No Doubt)
  • Sarah Chalke 1976
  • Jon Siebels 1979 - Musician (Eve)

Friday, August 26, 2016

Rock out! Why U act crazy?


Alice In Chains
I Stay Away

Yeah, hey, I want to travel south this year
I won't, won't prevent safe passage here

Why you act crazy?
Not an act maybe
So close a lady
Shifty eyes, shady

Yeah, hey Yeah, tears that soak a callous heart
Why you act frightened?
I am enlightened
Your weakness builds me, so someday you'll see

I stay away
Why you act crazy?
Not an act maybe
So close a lady
Shifty eyes, shady
I stay away, I stay away, I stay away, I stay away

WTF Friday: Sign

TGIF! Friday, August 26, 2016

orthoepy \awr-THOH-uh-pee\, noun:
1. The study of correct pronunciation.
2. The study of the relationship between the pronunciation of words and their orthography.
Orthoepy is essentially a modification of the Greek orthoepeia, literally "correctness of diction."
lap flaps
  • the pieces of paper that fall out of magazines into your lap.
This magazine is full of lap flaps!

  • Battle of Crécy: longbows helped the heavily outnumbered English defeat the French, marking the decline of chivalry and the rise of England as a world power (1346)
  • 19th Amendment: women's suffrage became the law of the land in the US (1920)
  • Donoghue v Stevenson: woman found a snail in her ginger beer; this case became a cornerstone of British law in the field of negligence (1928)
  • MLB on TV: the first Major League Baseball game was televised from Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, New York; the Cincinnati Reds and the Brooklyn Dodgers split a doubleheader (1939)
  • Pope John Paul I: Italian cardinal dubbed the Smiling Pope assumed the papacy; he died 33 days later (1978)
  • Lee Deforest 1873
  • Christopher Isherwood 1904
  • Albert Sabine 1906
  • Mother Teresa (Agnesë Gonxhe Bojaxhiu) 1910
  • Jim Davis 1915
  • Ronnie Graham 1919
  • Georgia Gibbs 1920
  • Ben Bradlee 1921
  • Irving R. Levine 1922
  • Jan Clayton 1925
  • Ben J. Wattenberg 1933
  • Tommy Heinsohn 1934
  • Geraldine Ferraro 1935
  • Don Bowman 1937
  • Bill White 1939
  • Vic Dana 1942
  • Swede Savage 1946
  • Valerie Simpson 1948
  • Bob Cowsill (The Cowsills) 1949
  • Michael Jeter 1952
  • Brett Cullen 1956
  • Alex Trevino 1957
  • John O'Neill 1957
  • Jet Black (The Stranglers) 1958
  • Branford Marsalis 1960
  • Jimmy Olander (Diamond Rio) 1961
  • Chris Burke 1965
  • Shirley Manson (Garbage) 1966
  • Adrian Young (No Doubt) 1969
  • Melissa McCarthy 1971
  • David Grubka 1972
  • Chris Pine 1980 (Captain Kirk)
  • Macaulay Culkin 1980
  • Shellie Chapman aka Tori Black 1988 (t3h pr0n)

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Turtle Thursday: Not a happy camper 2010

Turtle Thursday: Not a happy camper


These are pics of Silent Bob from last Friday. He had some major shell work done and was left with a chasm in his belly. It's a little harsh to look at, but it's a grim reminder that even if you know what you're doing, and take all the best steps to keep your pet happy, something can sneak by and create a mess like this. Bob's life isn't in danger, but he has a long path to recovery. First that gap has to pill in. Then it will scab over. In the meantime the wound was cleaned, washed, disinfected, and packed with a healing cream daily plus antibiotic injections every three days. I'd say it hurts me more than it does him, but he glowers at me after each shot, so I have a feeling it's vice versa.

Update for 2016: This little guy has been through a lot since 2010 and still hasn't completely healed from this procedure. He's been making huge progress recently, though. 

Thursday, August 25, 2016

galore \guh-LOHR\, adjective:
  • In abundance; in plentiful amounts.
Galore comes from the Gaelic gu leóir, "enough."
Check your Totem
  • A reference from the Christopher Nolan movie Inception that suggests that a person should examine their totem (small personal object) in order to determine whether they are in reality or in delusional dreamland. Intended to be used sarcastically.
D-Bag: "I swear every b**** in that club wanted my D."
Smugster: Go Check your Totem.


  • New Orleans: was founded by French colonists (1718)
  • Great Moon Hoax: the first of six articles appeared in The New York Sun, discussing a variety of animal life supposedly discovered on the moon (1835)
  • English Channel: was swum for the first time, by Matthew Webb (1875); he died eight years later attempting a swim in the rapids beneath Niagara Falls
  • Paris: was liberated by the Allies in World War II (1944)
  • Aaliyah: singer/actor died in a plane crash in the Bahamas (2001)
  • Allen Pinkerton 1819
  • Bret Harte 1836
  • Emile Kocher 1841
  • Charles Richet 1850
  • Sir Hans Adolf Krebs 1900
  • Clara Bow 1905
  • Ruby Keeler 1909
  • Michael Rennie 1909
  • Walt Kelly 1913
  • Van Johnson 1916
  • Frederick Robbins 1916
  • Mel Ferrer 1917
  • Dan DeFore 1917
  • Richard Greene 1918
  • Leonard Bernstein 1918
  • George C. Wallace 1919
  • Monty Hall 1923
  • Althea Gibson 1927
  • Sean Connery 1930
  • Page Johnson 1930
  • Regis Philbin 1931
  • Tom Skerritt 1933
  • Wayne Shorter 1933
  • Hugh Hudson 1936
  • David Canary 1938
  • Marshall Brickman 1941
  • Walter Williams (The O'Jays) 1942
  • Anthony Heald 1944
  • Jacques Demers 1944
  • Rollie Fingers 1946
  • Anne Archer 1947
  • John Savage 1949
  • Gene Simmons 1949 - Musician (KISS)
  • Henry Paul (Blackhawk) 1949
  • Rob Halford 1951 - Singer (Judas Priest)
  • Elvis Costello 1954
  • Tim Burton 1958
  • Ally Walker 1961
  • Billy Ray Cyrus 1961
  • Vivian Campbell (Def Leppard) 1962
  • Morgan Englund 1964
  • Blair Underwood 1964
  • Joanne Whalley-Kilmer 1964
  • Albert Belle 1966
  • Terminator X (Public Enemy) 1966
  • Robert Horry 1969
  • Jo Dee Messina 1969
  • Claudia Schiffer 1971
  • Kel Mitchell 1978
  • Rachel Bilson 1981
  • Blake Lively 1986

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Hasselhoff Wednesday: Missing something?

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

lupine \LOO-pahyn\, adjective:
1. Savage; ravenous; predatory.
2. Pertaining to or resembling the wolf.
1. Any of numerous plants belonging to the genus Lupinus, of the legume family.
Lupine derives from the Latin lupinus, "of the wolf." The relation between the animal, savagery, and the plant of the same name is unclear.
half and half and half
  • A type of coffee so diluted by sugar, cream or milk that it no longer tastes like coffee, instead like milk and sugar, and has a beige or light brown color to it. The drink is typically concocted by those who want to appear as if they are drinking coffee but despise the taste.
Anne: Carrol is such a coffee poser, she'll only fill her mug with coffee halfway before she drowns it in milk and sugar.
Jill: Yeah, i hate the taste of her half and half and half.

  • St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre: the murder of 70,000 French Protestants (Huguenots) by Catholics began (1572)
  • White House: the seat of the US government was burned down by the British when they invaded Washington, DC, during the War of 1812 (1814)
  • Treaty of Cordóba: Mexico gained independence from Spain (1821)
  • Pluto: got demoted to dwarf planet following a redefinition of "planet" by the International Astronomical Union (2006)
  • Joshua Lionel Cowen 1880
  • Jose Luis Borges 1899
  • Edmund Germer 1901
  • Preston Foster 1901
  • Durward Kirby 1912
  • Dennis James 1917
  • Penny Edwards 1919
  • Louis Teicher 1924
  • Yasser Arafat 1929
  • Roger McCluskey 1930
  • Kenny Baker1934
  • Murray Balfour 1936
  • Mason Williams 1938
  • David Freiburg (Jefferson Starship) 1938
  • Ernest Wright (Little Anthony and the Imperials) 1941
  • Marshall Thompson (The Chi-Lites) 1942
  • John Cipollina (Quicksilver Messenger) 1943
  • Gregory Jarvis 1944
  • Jim Capaldi (Traffic) 1944
  • Jim Brady (The Sandpipers) 1944
  • Ken Hensley (Uriah Heep) 1945
  • Joe Regalbuto 1949
  • Mike Shanahan 1952
  • Jeffrey Daniel (Shalamar) 1955
  • Gerry Cooney 1956
  • Stephen Fry 1957
  • Steve Guttenberg 1958
  • Cal Ripken, Jr. 1960
  • Mark Bedford (Madness) 1961
  • Craig Kilborn 1962
  • John Bush (Anthrax) 1963
  • Marlee Matlin 1965
  • Reggie Miller 1965
  • Kristin Osborn (SheDaisy) 1970
  • David Chappelle 1973
  • Carmine Giovinazzo 1973
  • Chad Michael Murray 1981
  • Rupert Grint 1988

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Review Tuesday: "The Hellbound Heart" by Clive Barker

After reading a massive book like Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein (reviewed HERE) I needed some much "lighter" reading...

The Hellbound Heart
by Clive Barker
A man obsessed with pleasure, and the woman obsessed with him learn the error of their ways the HARD WAY.
If you weren't aware, the HELLRAISER movies were based on a book. The Hellbound Heart is a slightly longer short story, but it's quick to read nonetheless. 

Frank is a thrill seeker. His goal was to find some new level of pleasure previously unknown to him. That was when he came across the puzzle of the Lemarchand's box. Upon solving it, he was drawn into the world of the Cenobites and experiences that he never previously knew. NOT in a good way. 

A year later his brother Rory and his beautiful wife Julia moved into the same house. Apparently Julia had an affair with Frank before she married Rory and had something of a quiet obsession with the scoundrel. 

If anything this is a cautionary tale about being careful what you ask for. You might just get it. The story is cleverly written and keeps your interest. Barker's attention to the finer details paints a pretty horrendous picture in your mind. Plus, one of the more interesting characters in the book would be the most infamous Cenobite, Pinhead. Instead of being a central male character, Pinhead had a fairly minor role, and is described as a sixteen year old girl, or at least sounded like one. 

A fairly quick read and particularly interesting if you have any interest in the HELLRAISER series.  

ON AMAZON - The Hellbound Heart: A Novel

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

distrain \dih-STREYN\, verb:
  1. To seize the property of (a person) in order to compel payment of debts.
  2. To levy a distress upon.
Distrain is ultimately a combination of two Latin roots, dis, "apart," and stringere, "to draw tight."

Cubicle Coma 
  • When you wake up and feel energized but as soon as you enter the work place, a wave of exhaustion runs over you and you have trouble staying awake for the rest of your work day. Amazingly, once you leave the hellish work atmosphere, you suddenly feel energized and ready to run a marathon. 
As soon as I sat down at my desk this morning, cubicle coma came over me and I immediately passed out. An IV coffee drip could not pull me out of it but as soon as I walked out to go home, I felt like I could do an iron man.

  • William Wallace: Scottish nationalist who opposed British rule, and on whom Braveheart was based, was executed in London (1305)
  • Franklin: area that is now part of Tennessee seceded from North Carolina; it failed to win acceptance as one of the United States (1784)
  • Rudolph Valentino: death of the 31-year-old silent screen sex symbol known as the quintessential Latin lover caused mass hysterical mourning (1926)
  • Sacco and Vanzetti: Italian-American anarchists were executed by electric chair for murder during an armed robbery; questions about the fairness of their trial remain (1927)
  • Louis XVI (France) 1754
  • Oliver Hazard Perry 1785
  • Edgar Lee Masters 1869
  • Gene Kelly 1912
  • Bob Crosby (The Bob Cats) 1913
  • Tex Williams 1917
  • Jean Darling 1925
  • Peter Thompson 1929
  • Vera Miles 1930
  • Mark Russell 1932
  • Barbara Eden 1934 - Actress ("I Dream of Jeannie")
  • Sonny Jurgensen 1934
  • Rudy Lewis (Drifters) 1936
  • Ronnie Cox 1938
  • Tony Bill 1940
  • Richard Sanders 1940
  • Patricia McBride 1942
  • Antonia Novello 1944
  • Rex Allen Jr. 1947
  • Keith Moon 1947 - Musician (The Who)
  • Shelley Long 1949 - Actress
  • Rick Springfield 1949 - Actor / Singer
  • Woody Paul (Riders in the Sky) 1949
  • Mark Hudson 1951
  • Jimi Jamison 1951 - Musician (Survivor)
  • Bobby G. (Bucks Fizz) 1953
  • Dean DeLeo (Stone Temple Pilots) 1961
  • Shaun Ryder (Happy Mondays, Black Grape) 1962
  • River Phoenix 1970
  • Jay Mohr 1971
  • Ray Park 1974 (Darth Maul)
  • Kobe Bryant 1978 - Basketball player
  • Joanne Froggatt 1980 - Actress ("Downton Abbey") 

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