Sunday, February 28, 2016

Pic of the Day

Awesome Woolrich Wallys

Movie of the Day

Title: Monster
Director/Writer: Patty Jenkins
Starring: Charlize Theron, Christina Ricci, Bruce Dern, Lee Tergesen

Song of the Day

Title: Big Ole Butt
Artist: LL Cool J
Album: Walking with a Panther


I was at the mall, sippin' on a milkshake
Playin' the wall, takin' a break
Admirin' the girls with the bamboo earrings
Baby hair and bodies built to swing
That's when I seen her
Her name was Tina
Grace and poise kinda like a ballerina
I said, "How you doin', my name's Big L
Don't ask me how I'm livin', 'cause, yo, I'm living swell
But then again I'm livin' kind of foul
'Cause my girl don't know that I'm out on the prowl"
To make a long story short, I got the digits
Calls her on my car phone and paid her a visit
She had a big ole booty, I was doin' my duty
I mean, yo, I admit that my girl's a cutie
But Tina was erotic, Earl's my witness
With the kind of legs that put stockings out of business
When I went home, I kissed my girl on the cheek
But in the back of my mind it was this big butt freak
I sat my girl down, I couldn't hold it in
And said to her with a devilish grin

Tina got a big ole butt
I know I told you I'd be true
But Tina got a big ole butt
So I'm leavin' you
[2x]

I went to the high school about three o'clock
To try to catch a cutie ridin' my jock
My homeboy's jeep, the system blastin'
Cold forty dogs, smilin' and laughin'
Girls all over, the kind I adore
I felt like a kid in a candy store
That's when I seen her
Her name was Brenda
She had the kind of booty that I'd always remember
I said to my man, "Stop the jeep"
She's only seventeen but, yo, don't sleep
I kicked the bass like an NFL punter
And scoped the booty like a big game hunter
I said to the girl, "Yo, you look tired
Let's go get some rest, relax by the fire"
I put the big booty on a bearskin rug
She gave me a kiss, I gave her a hug
I said to the girl, "Them young boys ain't nothin'
You want to get freaky, let me kiss your belly button"
When I was through, I wiped the sweat from my eyes
Went to the kitchen and got some sweet potato pies
Tina busted in my house while I was eatin'
You know what I said
Too bad you caught me cheatin', but

Brenda got a big ole butt
I know I told you I'd be true
But Brenda got a big ole butt
So I'm leavin' you
[2x]

I went to Red Lobster for shrimp and steak
Around the time when the waitresses are on their lunch break
I walked in the place, everybody was lookin'
And shrimp and steak wasn't the only thing cookin'
I sat down to eat, ordered my food
I said to the waitress, "I don't mean to be rude
But I'll take you on a platter"
She said, "You got a girl," I said, "It don't matter
You look like you're tastier than a pipin' hot pizza
What's your name?" She said, "My tag says Lisa"
I said, "O.K., you're smart and all that
But when you get off work, yo, I'll be back"
She walked out the door, I threw my tongue down her throat
Pushed her back inside and pulled off her coat
On and on to the break 'a dawn
All over the restaurant, word is bond
I heard somebody coughin', I checked my watch
I couldn't believe it said nine o'clock
I grabbed my pants, put on my Kangol
Who did I see, oh, yo, it was Brenda
Yo, she worked at Red Lobster but I didn't remember

Lisa got a big ole butt
I know I told you I'd be true
But Lisa got a big ole butt
So I'm leavin' you
See ya
[2x]

Artist of the Day

Sonia Delaunay, 1885-1979, Ukrainian-French painter


Thought of the Day

There seems to be an inordinate number of fruits that begin with 'P': plum, prune, pear, pineapple, papaya, passion fruit, peach, pomegranate, plantain, pumpkin...they should have spread the fruit names more evenly across the alphabet.

Quote of the Day

I believe that if life gives you lemons, you should make lemonade...And try to find someone whose life has given them vodka, and have a party. - Ron White

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Pic of the Day

The Milky Way

Movie of the Day

Title: Trouble with the Curve
Director: Robert Lorenz
Writer: Randy Brown
Starring: Clint Eastwood, Amy Adams, Justin Timberlake, Matthew Lillard, John Goodman


Song of the Day

Title: The World Is Filled...
Artist: The Notorious B.I.G. feat. Too $hort and Puff Daddy
Album: Life After Death


"Make it hot" - [Notorious B.I.G. (repeat 4X)]

The world is filled, with pimps and hoes
We'll just talk about those I knows
The world is mine, can't you see
I'm just trying to be all I can be
Oohaahaah, yeah

[Verse One: Puff Daddy]

Now first come the cash, then come the ass
Then come big blunts with big chunks of hash
When I score with a whore she be game for sure
Pimp so hard, a nigga drag his mink on the floor
Won't you admit it? I ain't gotta talk because I live it
Any chick fuckin' with me, believe me that's a privilege
I won't be satisfied, till all my niggas get it
See you hit it then I hit it, we get it back to split it
And Big be that nigga we be flyin' through your hood
And hoodrats scopin' with they eyes on my goods
See we date em like we hate em, see em like we don't need em
Treat em like we meet em, and never give up freedom
And we only give our number to selected few
And it's best that you, never knew, what good head'll do
Turn a freak to a bisexual
And if she's flexible fuck the nigga next to you

The world is filled, with pimps and hoes
But we'll just talk about those I knows
The world is mine, can't you see
I'm just trying to be all I can be
Oohaahaah, yeah

[Verse Two: Notorious B.I.G.]

When the Remi's in the system, ain't no tellin'
Will I fuck em will I diss em, that's what these hoes yellin'
I'm a pimp by blood, not relation
Y'all still chase on, I'll replace on, punks
Drunk off Dom, silk and gators
Spittin' words makin' birds till they flock see you later
Whether, drunk or high, skunk or thai
Nigga play against some playa shit, slugs gon fly
Ain't no lie, pimped out the SSI
Nigga don't ask why, just respect it
She bought me the necklace, the bracelet
The Benz-o, she laced it
Crib-o, got it, interior decorated
Now my popularity grew, in each state
Now I got two in each state
Used to drink brew and eat steak
Now I pop bottles with models, larger stakes on large estates

The world is filled, with pimps and hoes
But we'll just talk about those I knows
The world is mine, can't you see
I'm just trying to be all I can be
Oohaahaah, yeah

[Verse Three: Too $hort]

I had a whole lotta bitches in my lifetime
I been blessed with the game always say the right lines
Had a few prostitutes and if you knew the truth
They're like pimps, you can't let em do it to you
She ain't no sucker, I know that bitch man
She wanna be a Pretty Woman lovin' a rich man
Now here you come, drop top ridin'
You ain't no pimp fake nigga stop lyin'
Pussy makes money, stick to the business
Think about the real motherfuckers that live it
Street life, pimp shit, make the hoe respect the game
You bought her diamonds and cars, trick that's a shame
Say what you want, but I still figured
She left you cause you couldn't be, like them real niggas
She was a hustler by nature, and you was just faker
Than the average simps, found a badder pimp
Too $hort

Crazy ass man
I never woulda bought that bitch all them cars
and all that shit you bought that hoe man
After I heard about what the bitch did nigga, knew the hoe!
Man I'm thirty years old nigga
And that bitch was hoein when I was in 9th grade and shit
Think about that, she been around then right?
Shit... you just a rest haven for hoes man
Just the first nigga that came along when the bitch got out the pen
Bitch only fuckin' witchu cause you had a good ass job, nigga nerd
Treat the bitch better than anybody ever treated her
Stupid ass nigga
She ain't nuttin but a hoe
Bet you fell in love with her man
You can't turn a hoe into a housewife fool
Every time you turn your back that bitch is fuckin' with them gangstas
Eastside Westside these are my patnahs
Do that shit, you know what I'm talkin' bout nigga
I tell you about some real pimps and hoes
Tell you about these pimps and these hoes man, yeah I know a few
Shit, beyotch

Artist of the Day

Alfred Sisley, 1839-1899, British Impressionist painter

Thought of the Day

It recently came to my attention that 'firmament' refers to the sky. How can this be? With 'firm' in the beginning, you would assume it has something to do with solid ground. Another case of the peculiarity of the English language.

Quote of the Day

We are all here on earth to help others; what on earth the others are here for I don't know. - W.H. Auden

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Pic of the Day

Lamborghini Countach Legos

Movie of the Day

Title: Hot Rod
Director: Akiva Schaffer
Writer: Pam Brady
Starring: Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone, Bill Hader, Danny McBride, Isla Fisher, Ian McShane

Song of the Day

Title: Don't Wanna Fight
Artist: Alabama Shakes
Album: Sound & Color


Your lines, my lines
Don't cross them lines
What you like, what I like
Why can't we both be right?
Attacking, defending
Until there's nothing left worth winning
Your pride and my pride
Don't waste my time

I don't wanna fight no more [x6]

Take from my hand
Put in your hands
The fruit of all my grief
Lying down ain't easy when
Everyone is pleasing
I can't get no relief

Living ain't no fun
The constant dedication
Keeping the water and power on
There ain't no money left
Why can't I catch my breath?
I'm gonna work myself to death

I don't wanna fight no more [x6]

No, no, no, no!

I don't wanna fight no more [x7]
I don't wanna fight, I don't wanna fight!
I don't wanna fight no more [x8]

Artist of the Day

George W. Bush, 1946-present, American painter

Thought of the Day

I don't like it when people drink their coffee with all kinds of stuff in it. Even the customary cream and sugar bothers me. Needless to say, all these fancy variations - cappuccino, latte, espresso, macchiato, americano, etc. - really grind my gears. If you don't enjoy the taste of coffee, then find some other caffeinated beverage to call your own. Stop tainting a perfectly good product. Coffee is incredible on its own, and it's meant to be consumed that way.

Quote of the Day

Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything. - George Bernard Shaw

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Pic of the Day

Josh Gibson

Movie of the Day

Title: Dope
Director/Writer: Rick Famuyiwa
Starring: Shameik Moore, Tony Revolori, Kiersey Clemons, Blake Anderson, Zoe Kravitz, A$AP Rocky

Song of the Day

Title: Come a Little Closer
Artist: Cage the Elephant
Album: Melophobia


Time shakes, found you at the water
At first you were my father, now I love you like a brother
Earthquakes shake the dust behind you
This world at times will blind you
Still I know I'll see you there

Come a little closer, then you'll see
Come on, come on, come on
Things aren't always what they seem to be
Come on, come on, come on
Do you understand the things that you've been seeing
Come on, come on, come on
Do you understand the things that you've been dreaming
Come a little closer, then you'll see

Heartbreaks, the heavy world's upon your shoulders
Will we burn or we just smolder
Somehow I know I'll find you there
Ooh, I wanna see if you can change it, change it
Still I know I'll see you there

Come a little closer, then you'll see
Come on, come on, come on
Things aren't always what they seem to be
Do you understand the things that you've been seeing
Come on, come on, come on
Do you understand the things that you've been dreaming
Come a little closer, then you'll see
Come a little closer, then you'll see

Ten thousand people stand alone now
And in the evening the sun sets
Tomorrow it will rise
Time flies by, they all sang along
Time flies by, they all sang along
Time flies by, they all sang along
Time flies - bye, bye

Come a little closer, then you'll see
Come on, come on, come on
Come a little closer, then you'll see
Come a little closer, then you'll see
Come a little closer, then you'll see

Artist of the Day

Peter Blake, 1932-present, English pop artist

Thought of the Day

I talked to a guy a few days ago, a real gun nut, who informed me there are incendiary shotgun shells available to the public. He showed me a picture on his phone of these shells from a recent gun show he attended. Ten dollars for three rounds. How is there a market for this? And under what circumstances is an upstanding citizen using these explosive shotgun shells? The only thing that comes to mind is zombie apocalypse.

Quote of the Day

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. - Winston Churchill

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Pic of the Day

Drepung Monastery, Mount Gephel, Tibet

Movie of the Day

Title: Ex Machina
Director/Writer: Alex Garland
Starring: Domhnall Gleeson, Alicia Vikander, Oscar Isaac



Song of the Day

Title: Alright
Artist: Kendrick Lamar
Album: To Pimp A Butterfly


Alls my life I has to fight, nigga
Alls my life I
Hard times like God
Bad trips like, "God!"
Nazareth, I'm fucked up
Homie you fucked up
But if God got us we then gon' be alright

Nigga, we gon' be alright
Nigga, we gon' be alright
We gon' be alright
Do you hear me, do you feel me? We gon' be alright
Nigga, we gon' be alright
Huh? We gon' be alright
Nigga, we gon' be alright
Do you hear me, do you feel me? We gon' be alright

Uh, and when I wake up
I recognize you're lookin' at me for the pay cut
But homicide be lookin' at you from the face down
What Mac-11 even boom with the bass down
Schemin'! And let me tell you bout my life
Painkillers only put me in the twilight
What pretty pussy and Benjamin is the highlight
Now tell my mama I love her but this what I like
Lord knows, 20 of 'em in my Chevy
Tell 'em all to come and get me, reapin' everything I sow
So my karma come in Heaven no preliminary hearing
So my record and my motherfucking gang can stand in silence for the record

Tell the world I know it's too late
The hoes, the girls think I gone crazy
Try and fight my vices all day
Won't you please believe when I say

When you know, we been hurt, been down before, nigga
When my pride was low, lookin' at the world like, "where do we go, nigga?"
And we hate po-po, wanna kill us dead in the street for sure, nigga
I'm at the preacher's door
My knees gettin' weak and my gun might blow but we gon' be alright

Nigga, we gon' be alright
Nigga, we gon' be alright
We gon' be alright
Do you hear me, do you feel me? We gon' be alright
Nigga, we gon' be alright
Huh? We gon' be alright
Nigga, we gon' be alright
Do you hear me, do you feel me? We gon' be alright

What you want, a house or a car
40 acres and a mule, a piano a guitar
Anything, see my name is Lucy, I'm your dog
Motherfucker you can live at the mall
I can see the evil, I can tell it I know when it's illegal
I don't think about it, I deposit every other zero
Thinkin' of my partner put the candy, paint it on the Regal
Diggin' in my pocket ain't a profit, big enough to feed you
Everyday my logic, get another dollar just to keep you
In the presence of your chico ah!
I don't talk about it, be about it, everyday a sequel
If I got it then you know you got it, Heaven, I can reach you
Pet dog, pet dog, pet dog, my dog that's all
Pick back and chat I shut the back for y'all
I rap, I'm black, on track and rest assured
My rights, my wrongs are right till I'm right with God

When you know, we been hurt, been down before, nigga
When my pride was low, lookin' at the world like, "where do we go, nigga?"
And we hate po-po, wanna kill us dead in the street for sure, nigga
I'm at the preacher's door
My knees gettin' weak and my gun might blow but we gon' be alright

Nigga, we gon' be alright
Nigga, we gon' be alright
We gon' be alright
Do you hear me, do you feel me? We gon' be alright
Nigga, we gon' be alright
Huh? We gon' be alright
Nigga, we gon' be alright
Do you hear me, do you feel me? We gon' be alright

I keep my head up high
I cross my heart and hope to die
Lovin' me is complicated
Too afraid, a lot of changes
I'm alright and you're a favorite
Dark nights in my prayers


I remembered you was conflicted
Misusing your influence, sometimes I did the same
Abusing my power full of resentment
Resentment that turned into a deep depression
Found myself screamin' in the hotel room
I didn't wanna self destruct, the evils of Lucy was all around me
So I went runnin' for answers.

Artist of the Day

Ricardo Bellver, 1845-1924, Spanish sculptor

Thought of the Day

It's funny how people put arbitrary limitations on what is considered acceptable to eat, especially in Western cultures. For instance, it's a general rule of thumb not to eat reptiles, except with backwoods Southern folks who occasionally eat an alligator or frog. I can agree with this rule. Reptiles are evil and primordial, and I doubt they taste very good given their scaly and/or leathery skin. Insects, however, are unjustifiably banned from the Western menu. Why? Lobsters are considered a delicacy, and they are basically a marine cockroach. They eat cockroach in many other places, why not in the U.S.? This is an untapped resource. We are facing an ecological crisis due to our dependence on animal agriculture, and cockroach is a viable source of protein, as is cricket, and worm, and slug, and grasshopper, and so on. The food corporations should explore this opportunity.

Quote of the Day

The only rock I know that stays steady, the only institution I know that works, is the family. - Lee Iacocca

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Book Review

Title: The Sound and the Fury
Author: William Faulkner
Publication: 1929
Genre: Southern Gothic, Modernist

As a fan of literature and a writer, I have intended to read this classic for a long time. After recently coming across the trailer for James Franco's upcoming film adaptation of the work, I finally found the impetus to check it out of the library and give it a whirl. It's widely considered one of the greatest English-language novels of the 20th century, and I might agree with that consensus had I read it prior to the emergence of the information age. Like many classics, I found it doesn't stand the test of time. Granted, the writing is excellent and I understand why it's held in high esteem. The stream-of-consciousness technique Faulkner employs so adeptly is worth the read, but the plot, characters, and conflicts are lackluster. It would probably benefit from a second read given the nonlinear timeline, frequent changes in setting, and disorienting dialogue, and perhaps I will reread it in the future and give it a fair trial. Whether that happens or not, I can confidently say this one's exclusively for literature dorks. But by all means, whoever you are, go see the Franco film. It should be an interesting experience.

Pic of the Day

Pier Angeli

Movie of the Day

Title: Lost in Translation
Director/Writer: Sofia Coppola
Starring: Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson, Giovanni Ribisi, Anna Faris

Song of the Day

Title: High and Dry
Artist: Radiohead
Album: The Bends


Two jumps in a week
I bet you think that's pretty clever, don't you boy?
Flying on your motorcycle,
Watching all the ground beneath you drop
You'd kill yourself for recognition,
Kill yourself to never ever stop
You broke another mirror,
You're turning into something you are not

Don't leave me high, don't leave me dry
Don't leave me high, don't leave me dry

Drying up in conversation,
You will be the one who cannot talk
All your insides fall to pieces,
You just sit there wishing you could still make love
They're the ones who'll hate you
When you think you've got the world all sussed out
They're the ones who'll spit at you,
You will be the one screaming out

Don't leave me high, don't leave me dry
Don't leave me high, don't leave me dry

It's the best thing that you ever had,
The best thing that you ever, ever had
It's the best thing that you ever had,
The best thing you ever had has gone away

Don't leave me high, don't leave me dry
Don't leave me high, don't leave me dry
Don't leave me high,
Don't leave me high, don't leave me dry.

Artist of the Day

David Johnson, 1827-1908, American painter

Thought of the Day

In many Asian cultures, eye contact is considered inappropriate, even disrespectful, especially in the case of inferior-superior relationships. How did this come about? Do Asians feel about pupils the same way the American Indians felt about camera apertures?

Quote of the Day

The heart has its reasons of which reason knows nothing. - Blaise Pascal

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Pic of the Day

Jaguar chillin'

Movie of the Day

Title: Patriot Games
Director: Phillip Noyce
Writers: W. Peter Iliff, Donald E. Stewart, Steven Zaillian (based on the novel of the same name by Tom Clancy)
Starring: Harrison Ford, Anne Archer, Patrick Bergin, Sean Bean, Thora Birch, James Earl Jones

Song of the Day

Title: Neon Valley Street
Artist: Janelle Monae
Album: The ArchAndroid


May this song reach your heart
May your ears love the sweet melody
Every note, every chord
I've arranged them for you and for me

May the sound of my voice be your guide
Bring you closer to me
Let us bathe in the noise
Let the love in your heart speak to me

For now, I'll pretend
I'm holding your hand

May this song reach your heart
May this song reach your heart
May this song reach your heart
May this song journey on to you

We met alone forbidden in the city
Running fast through time like Tubman and John Henry
But the time was wrong
Illegal aliens moaned
It's such a pity that the city's just a danger zone
Atomic blues bombing hearts like Iraqis in Babylon
The droid control will take your soul and rate it
Berate, slay it
You hate it and debate it but you don't get caught
An outlaw outrunning the law, ha

May the strings make you smile
May they always remind you of me

For now let's pretend
I'm holding your hand

May this song reach your heart
May this song reach your heart
May this song reach your heart
May this song journey on for you

Artist of the Day

Chris Burkard, 1986-present, American photographer

Thought of the Day

Wawa now makes burrito bowls and they're tremendous. I predict the alleged heroin epidemic in Delaware County, PA will soon be replaced by a burrito bowl epidemic.

Quote of the Day

A classic is a book that doesn't have to be written again. - W.E.B. Du Bois

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Pic of the Day

The Cranberries, circa THE 90s

Movie of the Day

Title: The Drop
Director: Michael R. Roskam
Writer: Dennis Lehane (based on his short story Animal Rescue)
Starring: Tom Hardy, James Gandolfini, Noomi Rapace, Matthias Schoenaerts

Song of the Day

Title: Riders On The Storm
Artist: The Doors
Album: L.A. Woman


Riders on the storm
Riders on the storm
Into this house we're born
Into this world we're thrown
Like a dog without a bone
An actor out on loan
Riders on the storm

There's a killer on the road
His brain is squirmin' like a toad
Take a long holiday
Let your children play
If you give this man a ride
Sweet family will die
Killer on the road, yeah

Girl, you gotta love your man
Girl, you gotta love your man
Take him by the hand
Make him understand
The world on you depends
Our life will never end
Gotta love your man, yeah

Riders on the storm
Riders on the storm
Into this house we're born
Into this world we're thrown
Like a dog without a bone
An actor out on loan.
Riders on the storm

Riders on the storm
Riders on the storm
Riders on the storm
Riders on the storm
Riders on the storm

Artist of the Day

Tatsuo Miyajima, 1957-present, Japanese sculptor and installation artist

Thought of the Day

Let's not pretend the University of Louisville is the only school out there using prostitutes to encourage recruits to commit to their program. It's about time the NCAA and individual major sports universities admit to being what they are, a business, and adjust themselves accordingly for the sake of the players. We're talking about 18 to 22-year-old kids, amateur athletes, generating millions of dollars a year for their institutions, and they're expected to refuse favors!? Meanwhile, the university administration and athletic department is complicit in the actions of the very people putting these kids in compromised positions; dedicated fans, boosters, and other financiers and university "advocates," most of whom are alumni of the school and thus have a vested interest in building the athletic program's reputation by any means necessary. Don't get me wrong, I would love to get together with a bunch of MBAs from my alma mater, George Washington, and pool our money and resources to upgrade or replace the Smith Center, while simultaneously hiring a horde of high-end female escorts to reel in an excellent recruiting class, thus solidifying the competitive status of the team and the financial status of the athletic department. Then again, I took an ethics course at GW and know hypocrisy when I see it. This Louisville escorts scandal makes me wonder what kind of debauchery is going on at Nevada colleges, and whether or not the NCAA would interfere in those cases. Come on, let the boys be boys - whores have to make a living too.

Quote of the Day

We can all hang together, or we can all hang separately, but one thing is certain: we are going to hang. - Anonymous (derived from Ben Franklin)

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Pic of the Day

Philadelphia skyline