Friday, December 31, 2010

Beau: Josh Ritter



And here's the official video

New Year's Resolutions



I resolve...

1) To read more

2) To drink less

3) To cook more

4) To have sex more often

5) To get an Internet connection

6) To get bills paid off

7) To exercise more


...you know...the usual.

Happy New Year's, everyone. May your new year be peaceful, prosperous, and kiss-filled. :)

Thursday, December 30, 2010

I Want to Read This



The nineteenth-century eccentric Ida C. Craddock was by turns a secular freethinker, a religious visionary, a civil-liberties advocate, and a resolute defender of belly-dancing. Arrested and tried repeatedly on obscenity charges, she was deemed a danger to public morality for her candor about sexuality. By the end of her life Craddock, the nemesis of the notorious vice crusader Anthony Comstock, had become a favorite of free-speech defenders and women's rights activists. She soon became as well the case-history darling of one of America's earliest and most determined Freudians.In Heaven's Bride, prize-winning historian Leigh Eric Schmidt offers a rich biography of this forgotten mystic, who occupied the seemingly incongruous roles of yoga priestess, suppressed sexologist, and suspected madwoman. In Schmidt's evocative telling, Craddock's story reveals the beginning of the end of Christian America, a harbinger of spiritual variety and sexual revolution.

And of course the cover image got me too. This is possibly one of my favorite paintings. Too bad they cropped the angel guy's face - he is absolutely perfect!

The Year in HIV/AIDS



I have two giant microbe plush toys: the HIV virus and the Epstein-Barr (Kissing Disease) virus. The latter was given to me by my Boo. LOL

2010: The Year the Tide Turned Against AIDS

Hands up: anyone else annoyed by the use of the term AIDS? It's HIV we're fighting: it's what causes AIDS which like Borderline Personality Disorder is just an umbrella - a freaking large umbrella - covering a bunch of symptons that that don't really mesh very well!

Earlier this winter German doctors announced that a man who had been given a bone-marrow transplant had been HIV-free for three years. Last month, a drug used to contain HIV was shown to also prevent its spread from person to person. Meanwhile there may be a blueprint for a vaccine, more people are getting tested than ever, the Pope has loosened his stance on condom use just slightly enough to give experts a sliver of hope that contraception distribution will be easier, and a new breed of anti-AIDS activists puts increasing pressure on the government to act with urgency.

Repost: James Marsden



Modern Family is a show I wish I could watch more often...especially with James Marsden and Jesse Tyler Ferguson in a hot tub. More proof that we all look better at least partially wet. :)

Via OMGblog among others.

Beau: Jed Hill



Those are some very good arms.

Via WickedGayBlog

Burning Up This Song



As with many a horrendous movie (e.g. Slither), the Twilight series tends to have great soundtracks...as exemplified by this hottie and his Leonard Cohen-esque voice.

Thursday Beau



Via Dirty Pleasures

God, I'd much rather be doing this today. LOL!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

I Want to See This



...and luckily, we just got it at the library. However, I think I'll wait til I'm a little more stable emotionally. :)

Some books I want to read



I'm pretty sure the author is gay. One of the characters, Martin, is HIV+ and the author used to run a blog called the Gay Recluse.

Via NYT: To Wagner, With Love and Morbidity



Via NYT: Faith and Modernity



Via NYT: Exploring Our Relationship With the Lonely Moon

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Announcement



Just to let everyone know, I'll probably won't post much this week. Work is really busy and I don't have much time to look for things to post (especially the pretty I typically post).

I will however take some time today to respond to everyone's over-Christmas comments, and hopefully next week I'll get myself together enough to start posting regularly.

:)

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Must See: Black Swan



Yes, yes, yes...I know. There've been many a blog post saying Black Swan is a must see, and I'm not saying anything new.

AND I agree with Kirk that Black Swan would've had more punch in a world in which Fight Club had never already been created...but you must see it!

Seeing Natalie Portman on stage as the black swan makes the whole wild ride so worth it!

I love watching this girl put on makeup. I've watched her do Lady Gaga's makeup (well one of them) for Bad Romance - actually I think I may have posted it.

Currently Reading



Horrible cover, I know, but good so far...read about it here.

Something to tide you over Xmas Beau: Kadu Parga



I couldn't help myself!

Via Made in Brazil

Until After Xmas



I'm sure I'm in trouble for using the "X" instead of "Christ" but oh well...

At least I'm coming to you with a freshly fucked hole.

:)

Have a good one and I'll see you next week.

This is my internet gift to you.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Monday, December 20, 2010

Total Lunar Eclipse Tonight



There will an eclipse tonight starting 1:33 am EST that should be visible for all of North America. (Sorry, D.W., I don't think it'll be visible in Australia.)

For more information check out weather.com

Weekly Review


If everbody was silent for a year - if we could just stop this endless forward stumbling progress - wouldn't we all be better people? I think probably so. I think that the lack of poetry, the absence of poetry, the yearning to have something new, would be the best thing that could happen to our art. No poems for a solid year. Maybe two.
~Nicholson Baker, The Anthologist


This is a topic that I've been reading quite a bit about - ironically most of the articles comes from online publications: articles on how blogs and online surfing and reading are shortening our attention spans. I even posted previously the cover of the book The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brain by Nicholas Carr, who the author of this particular book David L. Ulin actually quotes.

On some level this is quite obvious: there's been a change in media. A change that allows us quicker access to the world around us - whether that be the latest bestseller or classics, music, news, the weather in Dubai. I'm not clear on the facts because that was a day I wasn't paying attention at all, but recently there was a stampede(?) in some south Asian country and pictures immediately appeared within minutes of the tragedy - grotesque, sad images that I thankfully ignored.

Ulin's thesis is that this change in media is changing how we read, how attentive we are, how we remember and thus how we identify ourselves. This is nothing new: I'm sure hand-written pamplets in the Lingua franca of the time bemoaning the "shocking" change flew out from underneath fevered, feathered pens all over Europe when the Bible was first translated into English and/or when Gutenburg first started using his moveable type.

But Ulin's point is that what happened over the course of hundreds of years with easier access to the written word seems to be taking place over the course of a decade with the new technology(actually he quotes a study in which it took 5 searches on the Internet for Internet-naive study-participants to start accessing the parts of the brain that more Internet-savy participants had already been accessing!). And it isn't simply that we are reading War and Peace on a screen. It seems (and so far I agree) that reading a book allows us to slow - basically I imagine The Lost Art of Reading as the Slow Foods manifesto for books.

It seems that the Internet has us distracted, according to Ulin, in a couple of ways: first as we read the short, sometimes really short posts, on the Internet, our attention spans shorten as well. This obviously makes reading longer pieces (whether in book form or on the web) difficult. But Ulin has calls cyberspace and ever-present entity: whatever we post is not forgotten - it's simply a Google search away. I don't know how much I agree with this. I realize that I blog, share things on Google Buzz, even simply add a star to items in my Google Reader, sometimes in an effort to remember things, but I don't remember them. I typically don't go back to check. For example, last week I added a star to a post on Björk and one to another post on gay Fort Worth City Councilman Joel Burns as though I was going to come back and post these on my blog. But I didn't.

However, according to Ulin, it is the always present nature of cyberspace that is also bad for us, saying that to remember something, for memory to actually work, we have to forget it, and though this sounds kind of backwards, I agree with it. So once again, as with shorter attention spans, we are affecting our neural network - creating new paths that lead to different issues of identity.

However, serious discussion of changing attention span, memory and neural pathways aside, the book also serves as one writer's path of reading and path to creating a space to continue reading. I find myself with another list of authors, books and short stories to look into.

Overall, I found The Lost Art of Reading very engaging. Ulin clearly states the issue, and through a discussion of his own reading life, his family life and his Internet life shows us how to strike a balance between reading and new technology.

(And, yes, I am fully aware of the irony involved in reviewing this type of book on my blog - well, on any blog. Also I'm aware that for this to be a "weekly" review, that I'm suggesting I do reviews weekly, so just suck it. K? ;) )


David L. Ulin is book critic for the Los Angeles Times and should you get some message that you're being talked about on my blog...HI!

My Week in Movies

So while the rest of you have been enjoying your Harry Potter and your TRON Legacy, when I'm not OD'ing on Doctor Who, I've been watching this...


Via Wikipedia:
My Family And Other Animals tells the story of the Durrell family, Lawrence Durrell, Leslie Durrell, Margaret Durrell and Gerald Durrell, as well as their mother Louisa Durrell, as they spend five years (1935–1939) on the Greek island of Corfu. The family reside in a series of villas, and spend their time indulging in their varying interests. Gerald develops his passion for wildlife, his mother spends her time cooking; Larry writes; Leslie develops his passion for ballistics and sailing, whilst Margo sunbathes and enchants the local young men.

This was superb! The acting was wonderful. Imelda Staunto is amazing! Matthew Goode is lovely and his performance along with Russell Tovey led to many enjoyable fantasies of the two actors lying together on the beaches of Corfu. (Sorry, Sophie!)

My favorite quote from the movie (and, sorry, this may not be completely correct): "If you can control your family you've obviously gone wrong somewhere."


From the DVD case:
This feel-good documentary follows Irlan and Isabela, two teenagers from the violent favelas of Rio de Janeiro, as they pursue their dreams of becoming professional ballet dancers. This inspiring story takes us from Rio - where their communities must raise the funds to support their ambitions - to exhilarating ballet competitions in New York and Switzerland. It's a film about their determination to dance, and the price one must pay for talent, ambition and success.

Includes the short film Lil'A:
12-year-old Lil'A found dance to be the perfect antidote for the severe tics he suffered because of a nervous disorder. Now the tics have subsided and he has decided to become the best dancer and choreographer in the whole world.

Needless to say I love Billy Elliott (the movie, I've neither seen or listened to the musical), and as someone who had the same dream (to fly without wings), both these movies speak to me.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Friday, December 17, 2010

Beau Book



As all my girlfriends have said again and again and again, he's just way to pretty NOT to be gay...

:)

Friday Beau: b1sh0p



Via Dudetube.

Be sure to click over and watch this guy's very very hot vid. Though you may have to follow the link to xTube itself - it seems that embedded xtube vids aren't playing properly.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Beau: Bradley Manning



Don't know who this is? Read here.

Hump Day Lunch



Via men of the world

Now that would make a very yummy lunchtime. :)

How's Your Junk



Casey Plett is a twenty-something dude who has dressed in women's clothes with gently increasing frequency over the last six years. He is taking estrogen and testosterone-suppressers, and will probably transition to being a woman in the next year or so. Barring unforeseen circumstances, we're going to put about a 90% probability on this one. Casey's genitalia is not the focus of Balls Out, but it does perennially show up uninvited and eat all the Nutella.

Read more via McSweeney's: Balls Out: A Column On Being Transgendered.

Author Beau: Adam Levin



We just got Adam Levin's new book The Instructions today, and I'm happy to say that it has a hold list - meaning there's a queue of people waiting to read it, and here I was about to write off Lexington's reading population as a bunch of blue-haired, middle-aged women looking for softcore bestiality porn - I mean, erm, paranormal romance. Sorry. Sorry.

The Instructions is published by McSweeney's:



Beginning with a chance encounter with the beautiful Eliza June Watermark and ending, four days and 900 pages later, with the Events of November 17, this is the story of Gurion Maccabee, age ten: a lover, a fighter, a scholar, and a truly spectacular talker. Expelled from three Jewish day-schools for acts of violence and messianic tendencies, Gurion ends up in the Cage, a special lockdown program for the most hopeless cases of Aptakisic Junior High. Separated from his scholarly followers, Gurion becomes a leader of a very different sort, with righteous aims building to a revolution of troubling intensity.

The Instructions is an absolutely singular work of fiction by an important new talent. Combining the crackling voice of Philip Roth with the encyclopedic mind of David Foster Wallace, Adam Levin has shaped a world driven equally by moral fervor and slapstick comedy—a novel that is muscular and exuberant, troubling and empathetic, monumental, breakneck, romantic, and unforgettable.

Happy Hump Day: Hot Gay Nerd Edition



Via Guys With iPhones

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Creepy Undead Beau: Otto







Via Billy Loves Stu.

Billy Loves Stu doesn't give the movie a good review, but says the naughty bits are worth watching. As one visitor commented, "Ok...you had me at 'gay zombie orgy.'"

In my defence I dated a goth guy in the early 90s who looks just like Otto. And honestly the second picture out of context is really rather sweet. :)

A Version of Nightmare that I Want to See



Via Billy Loves Stu

Leno vs. Ham



Read batshit crazy Ken Ham's response at Barefoot and Progressive

Health Care Setback



But what about car insurance? We are required by law to have car insurance: is that now unconstitutional?

Tuesday Beau: Ride Me Cowboy



Sent to me via email. Thanks, Kirk!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Monday Beau: Matthew Morrison



I very seriously need to buy the new issue of Details!

Monday Morning Beau



Via Kaiserin - the new issue is out.

Today is another snowy day here in the Bluegrass. Of course that means I'm here at work, and the executives are all at home, snug in bed. Blech.

;)

Friday, December 10, 2010

Friday Beau



Via Naked Came I

Pam Spaulding, Joe Solmonese and DADT

Via Joe.My.God.:
"Joe Solmonese should do the honorable thing and step down. It is shameful to cash all those checks without the follow through on the job. The White House was never put under serious pressure; the late calls now in the e-blasts for the President to do something ring hollow after the toadying that has gone on for two years.

"As we saw, Reid couldn't get it together in the Senate and the wingnuts will have more control in January. The watered-down repeal doesn't do much of anything at this point (even if it passes as a separate bill during the lame duck session -- good luck with that), and we're still dealing with all the GOP squawking by McCain and others who want a 'do-over' of the Pentagon's implementation report. It's a big f'ing mess because there has been piss-poor leadership by those who are lobbied in government.

"In turn it's the unelected, highly marketed, well-tailored representative of the entire LGBT community, Joe Solmonese of HRC, who also has to be held accountable for these failures. It's clear that those in power had no fear of the vast war chest of HRC being used to turn up the heat." --Pam Spaulding, calling a Solmonese resignation a "New Year's wish for the community."

I don't typically repost verbatim this much of someone else's post, but without more pressure from the gay blogosphere, I doubt Solmonese won't curl an eyelash, let alone, resign.

So if you feel the same way as Ms. Spaulding (and I) do, then repost this, let everyone repost this, until Mr. Solmonese gets the message!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Thursday Beau



Via MensRoom

Rachel Maddow Interviews David Bahati



Via HuffingtonPost (I tried to embed the videos but couldn't.)

I made it through part 1 but couldn't stand to listen to anymore of his tripe and didn't watch part 2 at all.

Rachel Maddow is amazing! Thanks to her, I've discovered the Conservative Rights' strength: the unwillingness to answer questions directly.

Online Buyer Beware


Via the NYT:

“Listen, bitch,” he fumed, according to Ms. Rodriguez. “I know your address. I’m one bridge over” — a reference, it turned out, to the company’s office in Brooklyn. Then, she said, he threatened to find her and commit an act of sexual violence too graphic to describe in a newspaper.

Ms. Rodriguez was shaken but undaunted. That day she called Citibank, which administers her MasterCard account, and after submitting some paperwork, she won a provisional victory. Her $487 would be refunded as the bank looked into the charge and discussed it with the owner of DecorMyEyes. A final determination, she was told, would take 60 days.

As that two-month deadline approached, Mr. Russo had dropped his claim for the contact lenses he’d never sent. But, she said, he began an increasingly nasty campaign to persuade her to contact Citibank and withdraw her dispute.

“Call me back or I’m going to drag you to small-claims court,” he wrote in an e-mail on Sept. 27. “You have one hour to call me back or I’m filing online.”

A few hours later, Mr. Russo sent details of what appeared to be a lawsuit filed in Brooklyn. It included a hearing date and time, the address of the court, a docket number and a demand for $1,500, which, the e-mail said, “includes my legal fees.”

Ms. Rodriguez did not respond. A few hours later, Mr. Russo raised the stakes sharply by sending another e-mail, this one with a photograph of the front of the apartment building where she and her fiancé lived.

Very frightening story, but a good read.

Vitaly Borker, a.k.a. Tony Russo, was arrested December 6.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Happy Hump Day II



Via Pornadelic

Wednesday Beau: Leonardo Corredor



Via Greek Brazilian Boy

Happy Hump Day



Via Hot As Fuck Blog

Hugh Plummer would make me happy any day.

Very Beau: Brad McGuire & James Roscoe


Via WickedGayBlog:
The pornography company Treasure Island Media is promoting a couple that includes an HIV-negative and an HIV-positive partner having unprotected sex as "role models." They are believed to be the first sero-discordant barebacking couple to be advertised as porn stars.

According to a Treasure Island statement, the acting couple’s James Roscoe is HIV-positive, while Brad McGuire is HIV-negative. In a scene featuring Roscoe and McGuire on a Treasure Island website, Roscoe is the receptive anal sex partner or bottom.

"The two are a real-life, long-term, promiscuous, bareback couple," stated the company in a press release.

The post also provides a link to further reading via Edge.

I LOVE Treasure Island Media and can't wait to see this scene!

Currently Reading



First a play and then a movie, "Fortune and Men's Eyes" is about Smitty who is sentenced to six months in prison for marijuana possession and eventually becomes the sexual subordinate to fellow prisoner Rocky. These stills are from a Los Angeles production starring Sal Mineo as Rocky and Don Johnson (yes, THAT Don Johnson!).

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

RIP Elizabeth Edwards



Image via Towleroad

From The Atlantic:
This is predictable to say, but I will say it: I am very sad to hear of Elizabeth Edwards's death, six years after she was diagnosed with cancer while in her mid-50s. Her untimely illness was the third great tragedy of her lifetime, and it is a sign of her toughness and character that she went so far toward overcoming the other two.

I *heart Nancy Pelosi



Via NYT: Obama Seeks to deflect Anger in Party Over Tax Deal:

"The tax proposal announced by the president clearly presents the differences between Democrats and Republicans," Ms. Pelosi said in her statement. "Any provision must be judged by two criteria: does it create jobs to grow our economy and does it add to the deficit?"

"The Democratic provisions will create jobs and help 155 million workers through tax cuts for the middle class, helping working families who are struggling and growing the economy. The Republican demands would provide tax cuts to the millionaires and billionaires, fail to create jobs and increase the deficit.”

She continued: "To add insult to injury, the Republican estate tax proposal would help only 39,000 of America’s richest families, while adding about $25 billion more to the deficit.Republicans have held the middle class hostage for provisions that benefit only the wealthiest 3 percent, do not create jobs, and add tens of billions of dollars to the deficit."

Tuesday Beau



Via Tommy Wells

Monday, December 6, 2010

Monday Beau



Via Sleazy Faggots

I really like this blog but they don't have an adult warning on their page, so no telling how much longer they'll last.

Music to Wake You Up

Friday, December 3, 2010

Craig Ferguson Explains Dr. Who to America



Via Joe.My.God.

LMAO! Is that little sailor in the white harness cute or what? LOL

What the GOP is doing to us



Via Balkinization: Parliarmentary parties in a Presidential System:

In a parliamentary system, the party out of power has no obligation to govern, since the majority party (or coalition of parties) controls the levers of power. Instead, the main goal of the party out of power is to destroy the party in power's coalition and take over control of the government. The party out of power hopes to win a vote of no confidence or force the majority to call for an election in a disadvantageous political climate.

In the American system, with fixed terms for the president, it is not possible to call for a vote of no confidence. As a result, a parliamentary party in a presidential system will do the next best thing. It will attempt to force the wheels of government to grind to a halt and make the populace sick of the president's party, reasoning that if the voters become disgusted with government, they will take out their anger on the party associated with the current Administration.

The key point is that even though cooperation from the minority party may be necessary to govern effectively in a presidential system, the minority party does not have sufficient incentives to cooperate if voters will not punish them--and may even reward them at the next election--for making things worse instead of better. An opposition parliamentary-style party in the Senate can also seek to prevent the president from staffing his Administration or appointing new judges. An opposition party in control of either House can use the appropriations process to defund policy initiatives, undermine efficient administration, and hinder legal enforcement. Finally, an opposition parliamentary-style party can attempt to harass the President through investigative hearings and (as in 1998) through impeachment.

Via Daily Kos: John Barrasso blocks help for unemployed, seniors:

WHITEHOUSE: "This past year, for the first time since 1975, Social Security recipients in Rhode Island and in New York and else where did not receive a cost-of-living adjustment, or COLA. And it appears they will not receive a cost-of-living adjustment, or COLA in 2011 either."

"I rise in support of the Emergency Senior Citizens Relief Act introduced by my colleague, Senator Sanders of Vermont. This will would help ease the strain on the budgets of our seniors by providing a special one-time payment in 2011 of $240 to all Social Security recipients. In effect, it would be a COLA replacement...."

"I ask unanimous consent that the Finance Committee be discharged of S. 3976....and that the Senate proceed to its immediate consideration."

PRESIDING OFFICER: "Is there objection?"

BARASSO: "...Would the Senator agree to include an amendment that would offset the cost of the bill with unspent federal funds, the text of which I have at the desk?"

WHITEHOUSE: "I am happy to discuss with colleagues on the other side how this can be paid for, but I cannot help but note that colleagues on the other side do not share their concern for the payment and paygo side of the equation when it comes to the tax cuts for people making many, many millions of dollars a year that we are trying to get exempted as we try to get tax relief to the middle class. It would be hard for me to hold seniors getting a $250 one-time benefit in a time when...they're not getting [a] COLA benefit despite their costs going up AND at the same time be asked to agree to hundreds of thousands of dollars per millionaire in some cases in tax relief."

BARASSO: "...I object"