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November 30, 2006

Word of the Day – perfidy

Filed under: Word of the Day — Jason Christopher Hartley @ 6:39 pm
n. pl. per·fi·dies

  1. Deliberate breach of faith; calculated violation of trust; treachery: “the fink, whose perfidy was equaled only by his gall” (Gilbert Millstein).
  2. The act or an instance of treachery.

From American Heritage Dictionary, 4th ed.

…the legend of the Communist Party perfidy remained widespread until long after 1959.

From Cuba – A New History, by Richard Gott

November 29, 2006

Nada Surf, Stars, The Polyphonic Spree

Filed under: Music — Jason Christopher Hartley @ 10:19 pm

These are the last three songs I’ve downloaded from Soulseek.

Nada Surf – I think about the song “Popular” occasionally but I could never remember who sang it until a few days ago when I heard an advertisement for them on the radio.

Stars- I heard this song one night last month while I was drinking heavily and listening to Indie Pop Rocks on SomaFM. It appealed to me in my drunken state.

Polyphonic Spree- Someone sent me this song on a mix tape (a CD actually, but “mix tape” is part of our lexicon and much more ironic/nostalgic/postmodern than “mix CD”) while I was in Iraq in 2004 and I love it. It is the music to the opening scene of one of my imaginary shorts I shot in Iraq, one of my many imaginary projects.

Nada Surf
High/Low (1996):
Nada Surf – Popular.mp3
Stars (2003):
Stars – Time Can Never Kill The True Heart.mp3
The Polyphonic Spree
The Beginning Stages Of… (2000):
The Polyphonic Spree – La La.mp3

November 27, 2006

Word of the Day – available

Filed under: Word of the Day — Jason Christopher Hartley @ 6:32 pm

It just occured to me that when there is something you can “avail yourself of”, it is “avail-able”, or “available”. I just now figured this out.

November 26, 2006

Word of the Day – trencherman

Filed under: Word of the Day — Jason Christopher Hartley @ 3:40 pm

Today’s word is in honor of another wonderfully gluttonous Thanksgiving. This word is courtesy of the Dictionary.com Word of the Day.


  1. A hearty eater.
  2. Archaic. One who frequents another’s table; a hanger-on or parasite.

From American Heritage Dictionary, 4th ed.

Quietly, almost stealthily, Livingstone has transformed himself . . . into a knowing gourmand-about-town, whose commitment to lunch is only rivalled by that other fabulous trencherman, Fatty Soames.
— Catherine Bennett, “Vote Ken, vote polenta”, The Guardian, March 9, 2000

Expecting that the experience would be too exciting for him to find time to eat, we were amazed to watch him consume a trencherman’s breakfast, scarfing down French toast like it was going out of style.
— Sheila Rothenberg, “Disney Bridges the Generation Gap”, USA Today, March, 2001

In the space of the last five years, he fearlessly gained 40 pounds, displaying a trencherman’s appetite for life and an admirable disdain for cardiologists and Surgeon Generals whining about moderation.
— Martin Lewis, “Comb Back, Big Hair – All Is Forgiven”, Time, December 23, 2000

November 25, 2006

Words My Sister Dayna Can’t Stand The Sound Of

Filed under: Word of the Day — Jason Christopher Hartley @ 12:48 pm
  1. moist
  2. nouget
  3. morsel
  4. pouch
  5. module

Bonus: Words My Sister Dayna Likes The Sound Of

  1. rigormortus
  2. autoban
  3. junction

November 18, 2006

The New Yorker on Deftones

Filed under: Music — Jason Christopher Hartley @ 1:39 am

Chino Moreno – courtesy of Deftones.com

I’ve struggled to convince my friends of the greatness of the Deftones. It could be because context is everything with most art, or more simply put, what was going on in your life when you were first fully exposed to the art. Heavy bands like the Deftones are easy to understand when you are raised in a stimuli-deprived Christian suburbia. So I won’t try to explain them again here. However, I may not need to. Apparantly the highbrows at The New Yorker agree with me. This week’s music section (Feb 11, 2006) has a 1300 word write-up called “Heavy Weather” by Sasha Frere-Jones on the band and their new album, Saturday Night Wrist. Here’s a brief excerpt:

Listening to … any of Deftones’ best songs, is a bit like driving through a snowstorm: you lose your bearings, and it’s both scary and delightful.

I present to you, for your consideration, three great Deftones songs.

From their new release and fifth album,
Saturday Night Wrist (2006):
Hole in the Earth.mp3
From their second album,
Around the Fur (1997):
Be Quiet and Drive (Far Away).mp3
And from their third album,
White Pony (2000):
Knife Prty.mp3

November 16, 2006

Word of the Day – inanition

Filed under: Word of the Day — Jason Christopher Hartley @ 11:03 pm

  1. Exhaustion, as from lack of nourishment or vitality.
  2. The condition or quality of being empty.

From American Heritage Dictionary, 4th ed.

From commentary on the poem Nuptial Sleep by Dante Gabriel Rossetti.

The post-coital inanition described in the poem is employed as a figure of the lovers (as it were) “laid asleep in body” and become souls living in a world beyond “the tide of dreams”.