Thursday, October 20, 2016
- adjective: Marked by hypocritical self-righteousness, especially in observing rituals over understanding their meaning.
Etymology: After the Pharisees, a Jewish sect during 1 BCE - 1 CE, whose members were noted for strict observance of rites and rituals, and felt superior because of it. The word is derived via Latin and Greek from Aramaic prishayya, plural of prish (separated).
katie couric: "governor palin, how many fingers am i holding up?"
sarah palin: "you know katie, i'm sick and tired of this gotcha journalism."
- A picture taken of yourself that is planned to be uploaded to Facebook, Myspace or any other sort of social networking website. You can usually see the person's arm holding out the camera in which case you can clearly tell that this person does not have any friends to take pictures of them so they resort to Myspace to find internet friends and post pictures of themselves, taken by themselves. A selfie is usually accompanied by a kissy face or the individual looking in a direction that is not towards the camera.
- Louisiana Purchase: acquisition that doubled the territory of the United States was ratified by the Senate (1803)
- HUAC: opened hearings into alleged Communist influence in the movie industry (1947)
- Saturday Night Massacre: during Watergate, President Richard Nixon got rid of his special prosecutor, Archibald Cox, as well as his AG Elliot Richardson, and deputy AG William Ruckelshaus (1973)
- Sydney Opera House: distinctive building on Sydney Harbour was opened by Queen Elizabeth II (1973)
- Sir Christopher Wren 1632
- Arthur Rimbaud 1854
- James Mann 1856
- John Dewey 1859
- Charles Ives 1874
- Bela Lugosi (Blasko) 1882
- Ellery Queen (Frederic Dannay) 1905
- Arlene Francis 1908
- Will Rogers, Jr. 1912
- Granpa Jones (Louis Marshall) 1913
- Fayard Nicholas 1914
- Herschel Bernardi 1922
- Art Buchwald 1925
- Mickey Mantle (MLB) 1931
- William Christopher 1932
- Roosevelt Brown (NFL) 1932
- Michael Dunn 1934
- Jerry Orbach 1935
- Bobby Seale 1936
- Wanda Jackson 1937
- Juan "Manito" Marichal (MLB) 1937
- Jay Siegal (The Tokens) 1939
- Earl Hindman 1942
- Ric Lee (Ten Years After) 1945
- Isaac Curtis (NFL) 1950
- Al Greenwood (Foreigner) 1951
- Melanie Mayron 1952
- Dave Collins (MLB) 1952
- Tom Petty 1953
- Keith Hernandez (MLB) 1953
- Eric Scott 1958
- Viggo Mortensen 1958
- Mark King (Level 42) 1958
- David Ryan (The Lemonheads) 1964
- James G. Sonefeld (Hootie & the Blowfish) 1964
- Fred Coury 1966 - Musician (Cinderella)
- Dannii Minogue 1971
- Snoop Doggy Dogg (Calvin Broadus) 1971
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
viand \VAHY-uhnd\, noun:
- An article of food, now usually of a choice or delicate kind.
Viand ultimately stems from the Latin vivenda, "things to be lived on," related to the Latin verb "to live."
- I'm straight but shit happens
I knew she was heteroflexible the minute she walked in the room.
Dude, it's not my fault. I was drunk and it was fun. What can I say? I'm heteroflexible.
- Yorktown campaign: British General Charles Cornwallis surrendered, effectively ending the land war of the American Revolution (1781)
- Black Monday: the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 508 points — over 22% — setting a record for percentage decline that still stands (1987)
- Guildford Four: men wrongly convicted for a deadly IRA bombing were cleared after 15 years in jail (1989)
- Thomas Browne 1605
- Annie Peck 1850
- Charles Merrill 1885
- Robert Beatty 1909
- George Cates 1911
- Lawanda Page 1920
- Bern Bennett 1921
- George Nader 1921
- Jack Anderson 1922
- John le Carre 1931
- Robert Reed 1932
- Peter Max 1937
- Michael Gambon 1940
- Simon Ward 1941
- Peter Tosh 1944
- Divine 1945
- John Lithgow 1945
- Patricia Ireland 1945
- Jeannie C. Riley 1945
- Patrick Simmons (Doobie Brothers) 1948
- Lynn Dickey (NFL) 1949
- Charlie Chase 1952
- Nino DeFranco (The DeFranco Family) 1956
- Karl Wallinger (Waterboys, World Party) 1957
- Jennifer Holliday 1960
- Evander Holyfield 1962
- Todd Park Mohr (Big Head Todd and the Monsters) 1965
- Jon Favreau 1966
- Trey Parker 1969
- Chris Kattan 1970
- Pras Michel (The Fugees) 1972
- Omar Gooding 1976
- Cyndi Thompson 1976
- Benjamin Salisbury 1980
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
The family tries to stay alive and together in Mexico after civilization falls due to a zombie pandemic.
There were so many odd things going on with this show this season. First, it ran 15 episodes, unlike the standard TWD sixteen-episode season.
This season started with Strand leading the family out of LA on his yacht, headed to a secret compound in Mexico. This was one of the first odd things to come up. Strand appeared to be prepared for some impending disaster and was ready for it. But, as I gather, he was more of a con-man who was set up to get out of town in a hurry when things would, certainly, go south fast.
They developed some story arc around a woman who survived a plane crash with a family member. It was both overdeveloped and vague at the same time, and a waste of a story-arc. The pirate story arc hinged on it, but didn't need it. But it did seem like it didn't take long for people to start preying on others out in the sea.
Once at the compound that belonged to Strand's lover, it was like a FUBAR fest. Everyone decided to go crack from the pressure of living in a world overrun by the undead. Madison continues being a bitch. Travis continues standing around looking clueless. Nick, aka Johnny Dope, decides to feel a kindred with the zombies. Chris decides all life has no value. And finally, Daniel, played by Ruben Blades, who also happens to be the best character on the show, loses his shit and sets the compound on fire, killing himself in the process. That was the mid-season finale. The family ended up scattering in all directions.
When it picked up, Travis and Chris link up with a group of cut-throat slackers. Chris immediately identifies with their lack of value set on human life and leaves Travis behind to go off with them. Madison, Strand, Alicia, and Ofelia come across a hotel and decide to live there with the residents and clear out the resident zeds. Of course, Ofelia, like her dad, loses her shit and inexplicably steals Strand's pick-up and dashes off into the unknown, all alone.
Nick finds himself in "La Colonia." A town of living people who managed to set up a dam to keep both the living and dead away from them. Of course, they get found out and forced to get packing.
The season ended with everyone at or headed to the US border. Ofelia is captured by what seems like some border patrolman. Nick's group takes fire from a group of what appears to be border patrol. Madison and her group are headed that way too, as they were ejected from safety because Travis was an asshole. The good news was that he acted like an asshole because the guys Chris ran off with showed up at the hotel. They admitted that after a car accident they "put Chris down" because of his injuries. I hated that damned kid anyway, so I was happy to see his character meet his end. But back on the road, the family is not safe.
In all, I still don't really like this show all that much. I think they need to kill off either Travis, Madison, or Nick, or any combination or even all of them for the show to get better for me. The only characters from season one that I like are Alicia and Strand, and it seems they might have written Strand off in the season finale. This show has descended into the pitfalls that the original TWD fell into and it's aggravating. I am not sure if I will tune in when it returns next year.
You can watch episodes on AMAZON.
laconic \luh-KON-ik\, adjective:
- Using or marked by the use of a minimum of words; brief and pithy; brusque.
- the original version of a song that another band has made a remake of, often used in a sarcastic manner
My friend told me "Live and Let Die" was his favorite Guns-N-Roses song, he seemed suprised when I told him Paul McCartney had done a premake of that song.
- Great Basel Earthquake: Swiss city was destroyed, along with parts of France and Germany (1356)
- Edict of Nantes: law that had granted religious liberties to Protestants was revoked by Louis XIV and replaced with the Edict of Fontainebleau; many Protestants left France as a result (1685)
- Moby-Dick: Herman Melville's novel about Captain Ahab's quest was published; it was originally entitled The Whale (1851)
- Alaska: territory known as "Seward's Folly" was purchased by the US from Russia for approximately $7 million in gold bullion (1867)
- Persons Case: a Judicial Committee of the Privy Council ruling in Edwards v. Canada determined that in Canada women could be defined as persons for political purposes (1929)
- Giovanni Canaletto 1697
- Salomon Andree 1854
- Henri Bergson 1859
- Lotte Lenya 1898
- Miriam Hopkins 1902
- James Brooks 1906
- Bobby Troup 1918
- Anita O'Day 1919
- Pierre Elliott Trudeau (Canada) 1919
- Melina Mercouri 1923
- Chuck Berry 1926
- George C. Scott 1927
- Keith Jackson 1928
- Violeta Barrios de Chamorro 1929
- Forrest Gregg (NFL) 1933
- Inger Stevens 1934
- Peter Boyle 1935
- Mike Ditka (NFL) 1939
- Lee Harvey Oswald 1939
- Willie Horton (MLB) 1942
- Russ Giguere (The Association) 1943
- Joe Morton 1947
- Laura Nyro 1947
- Paulette Williams 1948
- Gary Richrath (REO Speedwagon) 1949
- Wendy Wasserstein 1950
- Pam Dawber 1951
- Terry McMillan 1951
- Jerry Royster (MLB) 1952
- Keith Knudsen (The Doobie Brothers) 1952
- Jean-Claude Van Damme 1960
- Erin Moran 1961
- Wynton Marsalis 1961
- Vincent Spano 1962
- Tim Cross (Sponge) 1966
- Michael Stich 1968
- Nonchalant 1973
- Peter Svenson (The Cardigans) 1974
- Ne-Yo (Shaffer Chimere Smith, Jr.) - Singer, rapper
- Jesse Littleton (Marshall Dyllon) 1981
- Frieda Selena Pinto 1984
Monday, October 17, 2016
Now Playing (Box Office)
- The Accountant: $24.7M
- Kevin Hart: What Now?: $12.0M
- The Girl on the Train: $12.0M
- Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children: $8.9M
- Deepwater Horizon: $6.4M
The movie with the awesome name but terrible star, THE ACCOUNTANT starring BatFleck, took the #1 spot. As of this moment it's a tie for second place between last week's #1 film, THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN, and the new Kevin Hart movie, WHAT NOW?
fulsome \FUL-sum\, adjective:
1. Offensive to the taste or sensibilities.Fulsome is from Middle English fulsom, from full + -som, "-some."2. Insincere or excessively lavish; especially, offensive from excess of praise.
- The one who struts his stuff the most in a given vicinity
Phil has had the most girlfriends and the most financial independence amongst his peers. Clearly he is cock of the block.
- cleavage visible from the part of the shirt that covers the bottom of the female breasts
If that is not a deliberate underboob, I don't know what is.
- Battle of Saratoga: key battle of the American Revolutionary War ended with a major British surrender (1777)
- Al Capone: mobster called Scarface who ruled much of Chicago was finally convicted — of income tax evasion; he served eight years of an 11-year sentence (1931)
- 1973 Oil Crisis: was sparked when OPEC cut oil supplies to nations that supported Israel in the Yom Kippur War
- Jupiter Hammon 1711
- Charles Kraft 1880 - Founder of Kraft
- Spring Byington 1893
- Jean Arthur 1900
- Irene Ryan 1902
- Cozy (William) Cole 1909
- John Mosley 1914
- Jerry Siegel 1914
- Arthur Miller 1915
- Marsha Hunt 1917
- Rita Hayworth 1918
- Elie Abel 1920
- Montgomery Clift 1920
- Julie Adams 1926
- Beverly Garland 1926
- Tom Poston 1927
- Johnny Klippstein (MLB) 1927
- Jimmy Breslin 1930
- Evel Knievel (Robert Craig) 1938
- James Seals (Seals and Crofts) 1940
- Earl Thomas Conley 1941
- Gary Puckett (The Union Gap) 1942
- Bob Seagren 1946
- Jim Tucker (The Turtles) 1946
- Michael McKean 1947
- George Wendt 1948
- Margot Kidder 1948
- Bill Hudson (The Hudson Brothers) 1949
- Howard Rollins 1950
- Sam Bottoms 1955
- Mae Jemison 1956
- Vincent Van Patten 1957
- Alan Jackson 1958
- Mike Judge 1962
- Norm MacDonald 1963
- Ziggy Marley 1968
- Chris Kirkpatrick ('N Sync) 1971
- Eminem 1972
- Felicity Jones 1983
Sunday, October 16, 2016
ineffable \in-EF-uh-buhl\, adjective:
1. Incapable of being expressed in words; unspeakable; unutterable; indescribable.2. Not to be uttered; taboo.
Ineffable is from Latin ineffabilis, from in-, "not" + effabilis, "utterable," from effari, "to utter," from ex-, "out" + fari, "to speak."
- Everything's allright, no harm done.
- No problem, No worries.
"Sorry but I ate the last slice of pizza."
- Marie Antoinette: extravagant queen was beheaded during the French Revolution (1793)
- John Brown's raid on Harpers Ferry: the abolitionist John Brown attempted to seize a US arsenal in West Virginia; his group was defeated and he was executed for treason (1859)
- birth control: nurse Margaret Sanger founded the first clinic in the US, in Brooklyn, New York, for which she was arrested (1916)
- Cuban missile crisis: cold war confrontation between the US and the Soviet Union began when Khrushchev installed ballistic missiles in Cuba (1962)
- Million Man March: black men rallied in Washington, DC, led by Louis Farrakhan, in an effort to increase voting and community involvement (1995)
- Noah Webster 1758
- Oscar Wilde 1854
- David Ben-Gurion 1886
- Eugene O'Neill 1888
- Linda Darnell 1921
- Bert Kaempfert 1923
- Angela Lansbury 1925
- Gunter Grass 1927
- Charles Colson 1931
- Tony Anthony 1937
- Nico (Velvet Underground) 1938
- Barry Corbin 1940
- Fred Turner (Bachman Turner Overdrive) 1943
- Dwight Douglas Lewis 1945
- Suzanne Somers (Mahoney) 1946
- Bob Weir (Grateful Dead) 1947
- Bob Collyard 1949
- Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers) 1962
- Wendy Wilson (Wilson Phillips) 1969
- B-Rock (B-Rock and the Bizz) 1971
- Kellie Martin 1975
- Jeremy Jackson 1980