Thursday, April 28, 2011

Check This Out

It's a zombie-proof house!



View from inside. How modern! How lovely! Hark! Is that a zombie in the distance?



View of house with glassed-in pool from outside. Upper concrete slabs moving to cover windows.



Metal door sliding down to cover back porch and first floor concrete moving into place.



And your literally safe as houses.



Fort Knox couldn't do better. :)

Check out more pics at All That Is Interesting

Beau: Boys Kissing



Thanks to Kenneth in the (212) and Kent State's Fusion.

Once You Become Real



Via Illuminations and Other Stuff

Possibly one of my favorite children's books, it still holds so much pregnant meaning for me. :)

NBA Beau: Danilo Gallinari



Okay. I'm pretty sure I've posted in the past (or possibly I've just said it to someone) but I really don't like professional sports. Most of the playing is sloppy and they're really not playing for anything.



College sports you're playing for the honor of your institution.

Professional sports you're playing to remind people why exactly you get paid more than you honestly should.



But to some degree they are our gladiators of our day, and still some of them are quite quite hot.

Paul and Ayn Sitting in a Tree



...or why I hate the bitch a long time.

Ah, dear sweet Jonah was so into it: Ayn Rand...well, actually I think he was into power. It was Kentucky in the early 90s, and he was not only gay but quite different from any boy I'd ever met, and so for him, I read The Romantic Manifesto and Atlas Shrugged and that other overly long, overly large monstronsity of a book. He even went with me to my first visit to Transylvania University here in Lexington and actually tried to get into an argument with one of the philosophy professors.

Of course, now, he hates the bitch, LOL.

Crooks and Liars posted a piece on Monday about Paul Ryan's inspiration for his "budget" that I wanted to share.

Howie has a great post up about Ryan and Rand: The Inspiration For Paul Ryan's Profoundly And Explicitly Anti-Christian Budget. Read it and weep because we're all parasites to the Galtian upper crust.

The philosophy, such as it was, which Rand laid out in her novels and essays was a frightful concoction of hyper-egotism, power-worship and anarcho-capitalism. She opposed all forms of welfare, unemployment insurance, support for the poor and middle-class, regulation of industry and government provision for roads or other infrastructure. She also insisted that law enforcement, defense and the courts were the only appropriate arenas for government, and that all taxation should be purely voluntary. Her view of economics starkly divided the world into a contest between "moochers" and "producers," with the small group making up the latter generally composed of the spectacularly wealthy, the successful, and the titans of industry.

The "moochers" were more or less everyone else, leading TNR's Jonathan Chait to describe Rand's thinking as a kind of inverted Marxism. Marx considered wealth creation to result solely from the labor of the masses, and viewed the owners of capital and the economic elite to be parasites feeding off that labor. Rand simply reversed that value judgment, applying the role of "parasite" to everyday working people instead. On the level of personal behavior, the heroes in Rand's novels commit borderline rape, blow up buildings, and dynamite oil fields -- actions which Rand portrays as admirable and virtuous fulfillments of the characters' personal will and desires. Her early diaries gush with admiration for William Hickman, a serial killer who raped and murdered a young girl. Hickman showed no understanding of "the necessity, meaning or importance of other people," a trait Rand apparently found quite admirable. For good measure, Rand dismissed the feminist movement as "false" and "phony," denigrated both Arabs and Native Americans as "savages" (going so far as to say the latter had no rights and that Europeans were right to take North American lands by force) and expressed horror that taxpayer money was being spent on government programs aimed at educating "subnormal children" and helping the handicapped. Needless to say, when Rand told Mike Wallace in 1953 that altruism was evil, that selfishness is a virtue, and that anyone who succumbs to weakness or frailty is unworthy of love, she meant it.

It's anti-American and anti-human being in a nutshell. That's what Rep. Paul Ryan is trying to sell us.

I'm not so worried about "anti-Christian" - I think "anti-human" trumps all possibilities, but still...

Poem in Your Pocket Day



According to Poets.org it was April 14 but in true Kentucky-lagging-behind-everyone-else fashion, we at the LPL are celebrating it today. LOL

My choice of poem is Dorothy Parker's Resumé:

Razors pain you;
Rivers are damp;
Acids stain you;
And drugs cause cramp.
Guns aren't lawful;
Nooses give;
Gas smells awful;
You might as well live.

What poem(s) would you keep in your wallet?

Thursday Beau



Via The Penis Soliloquies

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Hump Day for Dinner



Via The Homo Adventures of Ronny and Tito

New Books



A wryly funny and surprisingly moving account of an extraordinary life lived almost entirely in the public eye

A teen idol at fifteen, an international icon and founder of the Brat Pack at twenty, and one of Hollywood's top stars to this day, Rob Lowe chronicles his experiences as a painfully misunderstood child actor in Ohio uprooted to the wild counterculture of mid-seventies Malibu, where he embarked on his unrelenting pursuit of a career in Hollywood.

The Outsiders placed Lowe at the birth of the modern youth movement in the entertainment industry. During his time on The West Wing, he witnessed the surreal nexus of show business and politics both on the set and in the actual White House. And in between are deft and humorous stories of the wild excesses that marked the eighties, leading to his quest for family and sobriety.

Never mean-spirited or salacious, Lowe delivers unexpected glimpses into his successes, disappointments, relationships, and one-of-a-kind encounters with people who shaped our world over the last twenty-five years. These stories are as entertaining as they are unforgettable.



The fan-favorite Eisner Award-winning story, originally seri­alized in The New York Times Magazine, now collected and with forty pages of new material.

Meet Marshall. Sitting alone in the local coffee place. He’s been set up by his friend Tim on a blind date with someone named Natalie, and now he’s just feeling set up. She’s nine minutes late and counting. Who was he kidding anyway? Divorced, middle-aged, newly unem­ployed, with next to no prospects, Marshall isn’t ex­actly what you’d call a catch. Twenty minutes pass.

A half hour. Marshall orders a scotch. (He wasn’t going to drink!) Forty minutes.

Then, after nearly an hour, when he’s long since given up hope, Natalie appears—breathless, apologiz­ing profusely that she went to the wrong place. She takes a seat, to Marshall’s utter amazement.

She’s too good to be true: attractive, young, intel­ligent, and she seems to be seriously engaged with what Marshall has to say. There has to be a catch.

And, of course, there is.

During the extremely long night that follows, Marshall and Natalie are emotionally tested in ways that two people who just met really should not be. Not, at least, if they want the prospect of a second date.

A captivating, bittersweet, and hilarious look at the potential for human connection in an increasingly hopeless world, Mister Wonderful more than lives up to its name.



Legendary beer expert Charlie Bamforth presents the most compelling social history of beer ever written: where it’s come from, and where it’s headed. From centuries-old cultural values to radical new approaches, craft brewing to globalization, it’s an amazing story. Bamforth tells it all–with humor, behind-the-scenes insight, and sheer joy!



With its emphasis on social reform and simplicity in design—-bold lines, honest use of materials, and redeeming qualities of handmade goods—-the Arts and Crafts movement offered an antidote to the perceived ills of a rapidly changing world and the ornate and artificial Victorian aesthetic of the late 19th century. In the first years of the 20th century, the movement was popularized in the United States through the efforts of Gustav Stickley (1858 – 1942), a businessman who promoted a progressive American style and the ideal of the simple life through the efforts of his furniture factory and publication, The Craftsman.

Gustav Stickley and the American Arts & Crafts Movement accompanies the first nationally touring exhibition of Stickley’s work and explores his dual roles as a visionary business leader and enthusiastic proselytizer of design reform. The full range of Stickley’s workshops is illuminated, including more than 100 objects of furniture, metalwork, and textiles, as well as architectural drawings and related designs, many of which are previously unpublished. Essays by distinguished contributors provide diverse viewpoints on the Arts and Crafts movement and Stickley's evolving role as tastemaker, and the often contradictory messages conveyed through the construction and promotion of his designers’ works.

This handsome volume provides fascinating new insight into the dramatic transformation of a factory owner into one of the leading figures of the American Arts and Crafts movement.



From the best-selling author of The Working Poor, an impassioned, incisive look at the violations of civil liberties in the United States that have accelerated over the past decade—and their direct impact on our lives.

How have our rights to privacy and justice been undermined? What exactly have we lost? Pulitzer Prize–winner David K. Shipler searches for the answers to these questions by examining the historical expansion and contraction of our fundamental rights and, most pointedly, the real-life stories of individual men and women who have suffered. This is the account of what has been taken—and of how much we stand to regain by protesting the departures from the Bill of Rights.

With keen insight and telling detail, Shipler describes how the Supreme Court’s constitutional rulings play out on the streets as Washington, D.C., police officers search for guns in poor African American neighborhoods, how a fruitless search warrant turns the house of a Homeland Security employee upside down, and how the secret surveillance and jailing of an innocent lawyer result from an FBI lab mistake. Each instance—often as shocking as it is compelling—is a clear illustration of the risks posed to individual liberties in our modern society. And, in Shipler’s hands, each serves as a powerful incitement for a retrieval of these precious rights.

A brilliant, immeasurably important book for our time.



I feel like this next book is in some way a corollary of the previous book.

In Cairo in the 1940s, Leila Ahmed was raised by a generation of women who never dressed in the veils and headscarves their mothers and grandmothers had worn. To them, these coverings seemed irrelevant to both modern life and Islamic piety. Today, however, the majority of Muslim women throughout the Islamic world again wear the veil. Why, Ahmed asks, did this change take root so swiftly, and what does this shift mean for women, Islam, and the West?

When she began her study, Ahmed assumed that the veil's return indicated a backward step for Muslim women worldwide. What she discovered, however, in the stories of British colonial officials, young Muslim feminists, Arab nationalists, pious Islamic daughters, American Muslim immigrants, violent jihadists, and peaceful Islamic activists, confounded her expectations. Ahmed observed that Islamism, with its commitments to activism in the service of the poor and in pursuit of social justice, is the strain of Islam most easily and naturally merging with western democracies' own tradition of activism in the cause of justice and social change. It is often Islamists, even more than secular Muslims, who are at the forefront of such contemporary activist struggles as civil rights and women's rights. Ahmed's surprising conclusions represent a near reversal of her thinking on this topic.

Richly insightful, intricately drawn, and passionately argued, this absorbing story of the veil's resurgence, from Egypt through Saudi Arabia and into the West, suggests a dramatically new portrait of contemporary Islam.

Totally Inappropriate Song for the Day



Inappropriate given that I spent an hour and 15 minutes in the library's weather shelter this morning because Lexington was suddenly surrounded by tornados AND that that line of weather was described as mild compared to what we should be getting over the next few hours.

Ahhhh, Neko...

Hump Day for Lunch



Via Vintage Gay Media History

Ah, poor little bird with a broken wing. ;)

Hump Day for Breakfast



Thanks, Steven.

I like a biscuit for breakfast, sleepyhead. :)

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

What I do before bed each night



Via Hot As Fuck Blog

and each morning after I wake up...

and possibly on my 15 minute break...

and before or after lunch...

and if there's been a night particularly full of hot guys at Joe's...

NextReads: Horror April 2011

Sadly, I do not have a review of Elynia for you tonight, but I will push for this coming Tuesday. So, for your reading pleasure, I give you NextReads' suggestions for Horror...

Allison Hewitt is Trapped: A Zombie Novel by Madeleine Roux

The zombie apocalypse is in full swing, and Allison Hewitt and her co-workers are trapped in their book store, using whatever weapons they can get their hands on to fend off the voracious, mindless undead. Allison blogs, "I can't stress that enough, how much we rely on that door, how that one, metal door...has come to symbolize survival." But soon they must venture outside to look for food. Using wireless Internet to communicate, the surviving humans revert to a barter economy--and learn that zombies aren't the only threat they face. If you enjoy this story "with plenty of action and a high body count" (Booklist), you might also like Sleepless by Charlie Huston.

Blood Maidens by Barbara Hambly

It's 1911, and vampire Don Simon Ysidro has learned that Kaiser Wilhelm plans to create an army of vampires to fight against the Russians. He prevails upon James Asher, a former Secret Service agent for Queen Victoria, to help foil the German plot--which turns out to be even more complicated than Don Ysidro knew. Besides all that, James' friend Lady Eaton has mysteriously disappeared. The undead world of international intrigue enmeshes James and his scientist wife Lydia in this "nail-biting adventure" (Library Journal)--their 3rd, following Those Who Hunt the Night and Traveling with the Dead.

Rise Again: A Zombie Thriller by Ben Tripp

Before she runs away, Kelley Adelman leaves a good-bye note for her big sister "Danny" Danielle Adelman, the Sheriff of Forest Peak, California. But Danny has even bigger problems on her plate: at the town's Independence Day celebration people are dying and turning into ravenous zombies, and soon Forest Peak is overrun. Danny, an Iraq veteran with PTSD, flees to the desert with a small band of survivors. In this adventure full of "kinetically choreographed scenes of zombie carnage" (Publishers Weekly), Danny still has to find out what happened to Kelley...and what is behind the sudden zombie onslaught.

The House of Lost Souls by Francis Cottam

Ten years ago, psychic journalist Paul Seaton uncovered the horrific past of Fischer House, a deserted mansion on the Isle of Wight, and the experience devastated him and left him haunted. Now a new tragedy in the same place kills one student and drives three others mad. Paul teams up with a priest and Nick Mason, brother of one of the students, and returns to Fischer House. They're determined to exorcise the evil once and for all in this chilling, twisted tale of the battle between good and evil. For another haunted venture by author Francis Cottam, read Dark Echo.

The Gathering Dark by Christopher Golden

All over the world, demons called Whispers are taking possession of whole villages and sucking them into another dimension. Father Jack Devlin calls on the only mage who might have enough power to block the demons--Peter Octavian, a former vampire. The two form an alliance with other magicians and set out to rescue the town of Wickham, where they encounter a demon called Tatterdemalion who is more powerful than all the others. Peter's group must oppose Tatterdemalion in a terrifying battle between good and evil. This is the 4th in author Christopher Golden's Shadow Saga.

The Séance by John Harwood

Constance Langston's family has owned Wrexford Hall for generations. It's widely believed to be haunted, and the family's lawyer tries to explain why Constance should sell it sight unseen. Then she becomes intrigued by the mystery behind the haunting--and gets drawn further and further into her investigation. As each layer of the story develops the terror deepens in this Gothic horror tale "that will generate suspicions of trapdoors and bodies in the attic" (Booklist). If you want more of author John Harwood's scary yarns, read The Ghost Writer, which won the 2004 International Horror Guild Award for best first novel.

The Red Tree by Caitlín R. Kiernan

After novelist Sara Crowe moves into a rural New England house in hopes of finding solitude that will help her finish her overdue novel, she discovers an unfinished manuscript about New England folklore and learns that its author committed suicide. He was obsessed with a giant red oak tree that stands nearby and has been the focus of supernatural and violent events through many years--and now the tree and its eerie history become Sara's own nightmare. Kirkus Reviews notes elements of Lovecraft and Poe in this "evocative and chilling" novel.

On a personal note, though I haven't read The Red Tree, Caitlín R. Kiernan has written possibly one of my favorite horror books: In Alabaster Dancy Flammarion travels the Deep South armed with only a knife and one purpose, to kill demons. The only problem is she may be psychotic and the demons may not exist.

Okay, okay...so I have a thing for small blondish chicks with super powers fighting creatures that may only be in her head. Sue me!


The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer: My Life at Rose Red edited by Joyce Reardon

Originally a tie-in for the television miniseries Rose Red, this chilling chronicle of horror stands on its own. Ellen Rimbauer records in detail the supernatural occurrences in Rose Red, the Seattle mansion where she lives with her much older husband, who denies there is anything odd going on. But strange disappearances and horrible deaths keep occurring during construction work on the house. Ellen's compelling diary entries reveal the gradual change in her personality and shift in her relationship with her husband, along with the escalating menace the house exudes.

RePost: A Native American woman in Iceland



Here's another article from Boing Boing that I found really interesting.

Researchers at the University of Iceland have discovered genetic evidence that suggests at least one woman from North America may have traveled to Europe 1000 years ago.

Ten years ago, Agnar Helgason, a scientist at Iceland's deCODE Genetics, began investigating the origin of the Icelandic population. Most of the people he tested carried genetic links to either Scandinavians or people from the British Isles. But a small group of Icelanders -- roughly 350 in total -- carried a lineage known as C1, usually seen only in Asians and Native Americans. "We figured it was a recent arrival from Asia," says Helgason. "But we discovered a much deeper story than we expected."

Helgason's graduate student, Sigridur Sunna Ebenesersdottir, found that she could trace the matrilineal sequence to a date far earlier than when the first Asians began arriving in Iceland. In fact, she found that all the people who carry the C1 lineage are descendants of one of four women alive around the year 1700. In all likelihood, those four descended from a single woman. And because archeological remains in what is Canada today suggest that the Vikings were in the Americas around the year 1000 before retreating into a period of global isolation, the best explanation for that errant lineage lies with an American Indian woman: one who was taken back to Iceland some 500 years before Columbus set sail for the New World in 1492.

For now, the story of the lone American Indian woman taken on a Viking ship to Iceland remains a hypothesis. To prove it will require finding the same genetic sequence in older Amerindian remains elsewhere in the world -- family members, as it were, of that 1,000-year-old woman who ended up so far from home.

Original article via INDIAN COUNTRY

Beau LOL



There are at least two reasons why posting this under the "Beau" headline is wrong.

One: He's buttering his hand. Well, if you are in that group of men into fisting, I guess that really isn't wrong. However, I'm not particularly into it. I've done the deed; however, this guy reminds me more of someone who would be fisted rather than fisting someone himself.

Two: This picture originally comes from a post over at Boing Boing called What's the point of Cannibalism? which discusses an article by BBC Nature editor Matt Walker about the potential benefits of the act. Yeesh.

If Only



If wishes were drag queens, we'd all be fabulous!

Support Men's Fiction



Via HTMLGIANT

BULL is a literary journal aimed at Men's Fiction, and is now one of five semifinalists in the Levi's Dockers "Wear the Pants" contest for $100,000.

Men’s Fiction: Major publishers say men don’t read anymore. We say BULL. As the first and only magazine devoted to Men’s Fiction, our plan is to expand the operation into an independent publishing house producing thoughtful, engaging books that will get men reading again. If you want books made for thinking men, and stories that respect the glory days yet have a mind for the modern age, vote BULL.

TO VOTE you'll need a Facebook account. You'll also need to LIKE Dockers. Then you can vote daily. Currently, BULL has 814 votes.

I will admit that I don't know if I or my other gay brothers are part of BULL's audience, but Men's Fiction needs all the help it can get. Unless it's a Western, my library almost monomaniacally focuses on Women's Lit - and I'm not talking good Women's Lit - I'm talking please come rip my dress open and let's turn into leopards so we can have hot bestial love under the moon kinda lit.

SO VOTE BULL! ;)

Sad Day For Music



I'm sure most of you already know what I'm posting here, but if not:

Poly Styrene (on the left) of the X-Ray Specs passed away yesterday of breast cancer. She was 53.

Via Spinner:

Sadly, the punk world lost one of its great pioneers this week as X-Ray Spex's iconic leader Poly Styrene (aka Marian Joan Elliott-Said) succumbed to breast cancer. She was 53 years old.

The British-born singer was an inimitable voice in the first-generation London punk scene and the defining face of a heroic band that consistently broke from convention. On Tuesday, rumors of her death became increasingly credible, fueled by condolences on her Facebook page, and her UK spokesperson confirmed the news early Tuesday morning.

Visit Towleroad where a link is provided to Poly Styrene's new album Generation Indigo which was released today in the U.S.

Also Phoebe Snow died today as a result of a brain hemorrhage she suffered last year. She was 60.

Pop & Hiss:

Phoebe Snow, the jazz-pop singer best known for her 1975 hit "Poetry Man," has died at age 60 of complications from a brain hemorrhage she suffered last year.

She captured pop audiences and musicians alike with her rich, dark and wide-ranging voice, and scored another hit, the supercharged gospel-inflected "Gone At Last," in tandem with Paul Simon. Her debut album, "Phoebe Snow" reached No. 4 in Billboard and helped earn her a Grammy nomination as best new artist.

Visit Kenneth in the (212) for videos of Phoebe Snow performing.



Actually it's more of a sad week. I didn't realize that TV on the Radio's Gerrad Smith died of cancer last Wednesday (April 20), though I had previously read that he was battling lung cancer. He was 36.

Visit Pitchfork for more information, links, and TV on the Radio videos.

(And if you feel like you don't know who TV on the Radio is if you watched QAF, their song Satellite was used in a seen in which Brian Kenney was in a steamroom watching guys have sex while he kept having flashbacks of his recent testicular cancer operation.)

Kate Bush's Deeper Understanding



This is a reworked version of Kate's 1989 song "Deeper Understanding" which was from The Sensual World.

In the video Robbie Coltrane plays a man who falls in love with a computer program played by Kate's son Albert.

The cut comes from a collection of reworked songs that will be released May 16 as Director's Cut.

Via Pitchfork

Song For the Impending Storms

Tuesday Beau



Via The Penis Soliloquies

Friday, April 22, 2011

Kevin McDonald's Life in a Day



Via Gordon and the Whale:

Together with producers Tony and Ridley Scott, director Kevin Macdonald (TOUCHING THE VOID, THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND) made LIFE IN A DAY, an experimental documentary made from user generated content uploaded to YouTube. The videos all focus on the daily lives of people in the same 24 hours and include “a Korean man who has been cycling the world for nine years, a young mother battling cancer, and a Russian free-runner making Moscow his playground.” A portrait of real life in the 21st century in the truest sense, from compilation to completion.

Singing For Bradley



I'm sure y'all have already read, heard, watch something about this. I think I remember seeing a little headline at the bottom of CNN last night while slinging pizza. This is my first chance to actually read about it.

Via The Wired via BoingBoing.net

As Obama was speaking at the $5,000-a-plate breakfast fundraiser, an unidentified woman at one of the tables (above) reportedly began humming and singing a modified version of the song "Where's Our Change?," before she removed her blazer and shirt to reveal a t-shirt with a picture of the young Army intelligence officer who is suspected of leaking a massive cache of classified and sensitive documents to the secret-spilling site WikiLeaks. As the rest of the group at the woman's table joined in with her song, they held up signs that read "Free Bradley Manning," according to MSNBC.

"Each of us brought you $5,000 -- we'll vote for you in 2012, yes that's true. Look at the Republicans, what else can we do," the group reportedly sang (see video below). As White House aides escorted the woman from the room, she said, "Free Bradley Manning. I'm leaving. I hope I don't get tortured in jail."

An Oakland, California activist named Naomi Pitcairn told The San Francisco Chronicle that she paid $76,000 to get the protesters tickets to the event, which was held at the swanky St. Regis hotel downtown.

I'd say for $5,000 a plate, President Obama should've let them finish their song. LOL

Currently Reading

A very good friend over at Loki's Log sent me some books. I'm currently reading Elynia.

Elynia is a loosely connected set of short stories written by poet David Michael Belczyk. Consequently the language is thick and lush.

Hopefully, I'll have a review for you on Tuesday.

Happy Earth Day



In honor of Earth Day, and Mother Earth, here are a few things you can do while sitting at computer, consuming...valuable...resources...

Yeesh: maybe it would be better to go outside and take a walk. =/

;)

DIY Solar-Powered PC

Tell BP: Destroying our gulf shouldn't be a tax write-off

Protect Fish Populations in Southeast U.S.

Make an Earth Day pledge at the Sierra Club and you could win a trip to Carribbean

Protect the Grand Canyon Watershed from Uranium Mining

In Honor of Earth Day: Plant a Tree for $1

TGIF Beau



Via Zephyr-Files