Saturday, June 30, 2012

Last Picture from Home

Today we had all the family over for my sister's 40th birthday.

This is me and my 7-year-old step-nephew. We've spent the better part of today and yesterday watching a playthrough of the xbox came Alice: Madness Returns.

A playthrough is where someone plays the game and then records it as a video with commentary. A single video could last anywhere from 10, 20, 30 minutes to an hour. We watched 16 separate videos.

By the end of the day, when I drove him and his mom home, he was asking if they could come home [to Lexington] with me.

A few minutes ago his mom texted me that he was very sad, but he was also asking about my friend Brian: Did he live with me? So she texted, "Can I tell him about your fiance?"

I said, of course.

His response: "So when they get married I'll have 2 uncles? And we can play xbox...


For Mitchell...

...who missed Pride in Sevilla. :)

Happy Pride Lexington

Today is the Pride Festival in Lexington. And I wish everyone a good time.

And to my Brian. Remember, behave yourself. Not overly well, mind you, but if you get up to any shenanigans, I expect pictures. ;)

Friday, June 29, 2012

We Should Totally Watch This, Y'All

Arrest me, Officer, I've been naughty.

Two Birthdays

Debbie Harry turns 62, and Karen Black turns 73. Both on Sunday.

So in their honor, I give you two Debbie Harry songs...

(I hate that the video doesn't have the opening "Three Blind Mice" riff.)

...or if you'd rather, here's the finale of Rock 'N' Rule...Debbie did the singing vocal for Angel.

And Amelia, the 3rd story in the 1975 Trilogy of Terror starring Karen Black...

AfterElton has a great gif of the cutie, lil monster from it!

This Used to Be My Playground

Yesterday, my Dad and I drove to Hartford to visit Grandma Clemmie and Grandpa Tunney. Outside of their house stood this camper that has been there ever since I was a kid.

As kids, my cousins and I would play inside it.

Happy Pride

Happy Pride via Unicorn Booty

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Happy Pride

Huffington Post via Out Left: Films perfect for celebrating Pride

Above you can watch the documentary Paris is Burning in full!


Chief Justice John Roberts joins the liberal members of SCOTUS and upholds Obamacare!

Via Daily Kos: Supreme Court upholds Affordable Care Act

Tweet from @mattyglesias:

With this outcome, everyone gets what they want:health care for the uninsured, something to be angry about for the right.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Momma's Backyard

A deer eating crab apples in my Mom's backyard. Soon after I took these, the doe or another doe came through with a white-spotted fawn.

This is new to me. As a kid, we never had deer in the bottoms below the house. Though we did have flooding.

Happy Birthday, Stonewall

Via Joe.My.God.

What a Dick

Kentucky Idiot Senator tries to insert "Personhood" amendment into Flood Bill.

Via Jezebel

Also, via Daily Kos, Harry Reid: "This is ridiculous."

Senator Reid? You say tomato, I say Rand Paul.

Teen Lesbian Couple Shot in Corpus Christi

Via Sozo's Blog

Mollie Judith Olgin, 19, and Mary Christine Chapa, 18, were found in knee-deep grass in a nature area in Portland by a couple Saturday, said Portland Police Chief Randy Wright, who confirmed to details first reported by the Corpus Christi Caller Times. Olgin, originally from Ingleside but recently living in Corpus Christi, died; Chapa, of Sinton, was rushed to a hospital where she had surgery and was in serious but stable condition on Sunday, local NBC affiliate reported. Wright said Chapa was still in the hospital on Monday

When asked if police had been able to determine if the girls’ sexuality played any role in the shootings, Wright told “That’s always something that we’re looking for, but as of this point, we have not been able to establish that that had anything to do with the attack.”

He said they had been in communication with Chapa. He noted all indications were that “third parties” were involved in the assault. “If we had a name, you know, we’d be having a different conversation right now. But we have not been able to gather enough information to identify a suspect yet,” he said. “It appears as if … this was not just a random attack but that’s something that we really have to develop over time."

Happy Pride

Image via Unicorn Booty

Arjan Writes: New Music by Bright Light Bright Light

Daily Kos: Obamacare unpopular, unless it's not called Obamacare or people know what it really does.

Dangerous Minds: So you've been accuse of witchcraft...what do you do next?

Drop Dead: Clarifying the Republican position on Healthcare

A Queen's queen: Free Man in Paris

Sozo's Blog: Cartoon of the Day

World of Wonder: Jackson Prus is the future

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Bridge Over the Ohio

This is the bridge spanning the Green River from Muhlenberg to Ohio County.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Home in Muhlenberg

Me and my fiance Brian sitting in the basement living room of my childhood home just before he left to return to Lexington.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Oh. My. Goddess.

Dale Bozio IS Lady Gaga's Foremother.

Birthday Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

Cyndi Lauper turns 53 today.

Air Conditioning Is Good When You Are Ill

I'm at home...or rather Brian's home. I called in sick today at work and when you don't feel well there's nothing like a home with central air to make most things feel so much better.

I will be heading to Muhlenberg this weekend. I'm missing Lexington Pride for my sister who turns 40 on the day of Lexington's gay high holiday. I will be blogging from the 'berg, but it'll probably be a little more homespun than you are used to from me.

So have a good weekend, and I will see y'all on Monday.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

A Little Night Beau

Via Personal Willy

Picked a Peck of Pickled Politics

Image via Sozo's Blog

Via Balkanization: Barnett's Feudal Libertarianism:

Constraining government power, through newly crafted rules that were unheard-of when the law was passed, matters more than millions of people without health insurance.

Via AMERICAblog Gay: How Stonewall got it right and Occupy Wall Street got it wrong

Via Daily Kos: Obama: 'Keep the pressure on' Congress on student loan interest rates

Pelosi: Republican attack on Holder payback for voter protection efforts

Via Jezebel: Forcibly sterilized by the state of North Carolina? Too bad, say Senate Republicans

Via The Maddow Blog: Thomas Friedman's bad habits, redux

Via The New Civil Rights Movement: Why will GOProud automatically endorse, endow, and elect any Republican?

Via I Should Be Laughing: Paul Ryan wants your tax dollars...unless you're a millionaire:

How Swallowtails Become Dragons by Bianca Spriggs

Having opened to their fullest, they opened further
- Carl Phillips, Distortion

Too early, we grow teeth.

Too early, we are not content,
not knowing the longer
we remain one way - steeping -
the more brilliant we become.

And so harvest comes early.

We cannot help that the resin
running through us is so hot
and so sweet it overwhelms,
changing us.

We cannot help the one day
we desire to open another's flesh -
to know it better - and our own.

Here in a world of blood
(not so far below some hazed,
veined sky we do not remember
the sun), we wish to breathe fire.

Too early, though we do not know it
yet by name, we wish for alchemy:

water to blood
               blood to gold
                             gold to flesh
                                         flesh to wings

                  wings to wind.

Bianca Spriggs, is a writer and multidisciplinary artist who lives and works in Lexington, Kentucky. She is the author of Kaffir Lily (2010), How Swallowtails Become Dragons (2011), and the director of the short film, Waterbody (2011). She is a member of the Affrilachian Poets

Lunchtime Beaux

Via narcissing

The Maxx, Or...

...For my fiance, the comic book geek, who'd never heard of The Maxx until I asked him to buy the first two issues of the comic last week at the comic book store.

More episodes can be found here.

Is He Gay or European?

It's funny how novels that are both "gay" and "literary" have this secret handshake, hanky code, wink and nod subtext to their cover designs. Most mainstream GAY novels (as opposed to the more elegant (discreet?) "gay" novel) are easy to spot: just look for the shirtless hottie on the cover!

Well, first make sure you aren't in the paranormal romance section!

Actually, that isn't true either: now, the hottie is clothed (most often) and paired with another hottie with whom he may or may not be holding hands. When did we become so boringly mainstream?

(In the 90s, I was thrilled to see book covers such Michael Thomas Ford's That's Mr. Faggot to You. Okay so, yeah, MTF is kind of an average schlomo on said cover but it said Faggot and it was funny and in your face about it. His current book covers (when he still writes gay lit) have more in common with the lite FM stylings of Jennifer Weiner and Jodi Picoult AND there's very little flesh.)

But I digress...(picture it Sicily...)

But the code is still pretty easy to parse. So I put before you all John Lanchester's Capital.

Clue One: Cover Image - Man alone on cover in urban setting. Also there is a transgressiveness in that said man appears to be somewhere where he should not be.

This typically leads to a search of the advance praise on the back looking for already well-known and well-known-to-be-gay authors.

Clue Two: Well-Known-To-Be-Gay Author's Advance Praise - In this case, we have Cólm Toibín, author of the Lambda Literary Award and Stonewall Book Award winning novel The Master.

Clue Three: The Author's Bio-blurb on the Back Inside Flap - In this case, nothing much is revealed. Yes, he looks gay, but he could also be literary and there's that whole European thing he's got going on too. But, pay closer attention: there's no mention of a wife and children. AND, he was awarded the 2008 E.M. Forster Award! After Oscar Wilde, E.M. Forster was the other big Mo of that era.

Clue Four: Now read the book blurb - Nope, sorry, nothing there.

Clue Five: Google Stalking Reveals that Author is Gay or Not, but Author Reviews Lots of Gay Lit and Likes to Talk About Sex and the Writing of Sex. Well, that's not really a clue but the point is it's time for Google Stalking.

And really the point of this post was that I found this really cool essay John Lanchester wrote for the London Review of Books in which he discusses the writing of sex, Alan Hollinghurst (another gay author whose books have become "literary" and way less interesting in the book cover department) and Edmund White (ditto).

Catch 28:

Writing about sex tends to go wrong in one of two related ways. The first is through embarrassment or over-excitement on the part of the author: overly rhapsodic descriptions of sex, in particular, tend to cause feelings of unease (Lawrence, Mailer). The other, subtler way is through the failure to show sex as a function of character: to depict sex in fiction as a holiday from personality is to make sex, in fictional terms, merely digressive. One of the triumphs of The Swimming-Pool Library – a startlingly accomplished first novel – is the tonal control it achieves in writing graphically and explicitly about homosexual sex while never seeming flustered or prurient, and never wavering in the amused, ironic control of the narrating voice. ‘There were more reckless propositioners,’ the narrator says of the showers at his favourite swimming-pool, ‘like the laid-back Ecuadorian Carlos with his foot-long Negroni sausage of a dick; his (successful) opener to me had been: “Boy, you got the nicest dick I ever see” – a gambit only really useful to those who are pretty well set up themselves.’ The measured, formal movement of the prose, its hints of scholarly fastidiousness, give a flavour of comedy of manners to ‘acts in which’, the architecture-loving narrator remarks, ‘the influence of the orders, the dome, the portico, could scarcely be discerned’. However Dionysian the events depicted – fellatio, sodomy, an erection passing along a line of men in the shower ‘with the domino effect of a Busby Berkeley routine’ – the narrator’s tone remains, in keeping with his personality, resolutely Apollonian.

Kylie Minogue Eats Doritos...


Via Chart Rigger

Happy Birthday, Yusuf Islam...

...a.k.a. Cat Stevens.

Your Douche of the Day

Thank you, Maybe it's just me...

Obviously, he doesn't realize that if the people he don't like (everyone who isn't a heterosexual, white person) continues having the butt sex, it will lead to an increase of white people.


Thursday Beau: The Kinsey Scale

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

What Do I Stand For

Thank you, WickedGayBlog

Via BuzzFeed: 21 Pictures That Will Restore Your Faith in Humanity

Via BuzzFeed

Above: a Pride Parade participant's reaction to Chicago Christians showing up to Pride to apologize.

Vonnegut From the Great Beyond

Obama Unicorn Pride T-Shirts

Order your fabulous Obama Unicorn Rainbow Pride T-Shirt today and save $10. Sale ends Friday. Order via Feast of Fun

Via Unicorn Booty: Homegirl is Magic

I may not like all her songs, though I'm about to give 21 a new listen, but she has indeed the most beautiful voice of this generation, and I think I'd stand at midnight at any crossroads to be able to sing even remotely like her.

Via Unicorn Booty

On April 13, Charlotte Neve suffered a brain hemorrhage, and was rushed to Leeds hospital, where she underwent two operations. When she slipped into a coma, doctors informed her mother Leila, 31, that she was not expected to survive. Then, miraculously, after lying comatose for a week, Adele’s hit single came on the hospital radio, and Leila, recalling her daughter’s fondness for the tune, sang along. To the amazement of her doctors, Charlotte broke into a smile.

“Charlotte started smiling, and I couldn’t believe it,” Leila told the Telegraph. “It was the first time she had reacted to anything since the hemorrhage. The nurses were astounded and told me to keep singing, and she smiled again. The nurses said it was like I ‘unlocked her’ and from that day she started getting better and better.”

Several days later, she began talking, and was even able to get out of her hospital bed. Charlotte is now recovering at home, where she is learning to walk and talk again, has returned to school, and has even taken up dance classes again, all thanks to Adele’s song.

I Got Cake In My Ear

Alice in Wonderland Transit Map

Via Fashionably Geek

Happy Pride

This time in Madrid!

Also, who is Eliad Cohen? And why is he not sitting on my face right now?

(You know, besides that whole "I'm at work" thing.)

Let's Hope His 300 Hours of Community Service... with at-risk, bullied, gay teens (possibly gingers) so he has to think about Tyler Clementi for the entire 300 hours. You know, not that he will.

Via Sozo's Blog

Dharun Ravi, walked out of a New Jersey jail, ten days early, after meeting good behavior stipulations of his sentence. Wearing a dark blue shirt and khaki pants and sporting a beard, Ravi, 20, of Plainsboro walked out of the building with defense attorney Steven Altman’s arm around his shoulder, flanked by Altman’s son and fellow attorney Joshua Altman. Ravi, as you may recall, was sentenced to 30 days in county jail after he was convicted in March of multiple second-degree bias counts for capturing roommate Tyler Clementi on webcam in September 2010 and then tweeting about Clementi’s encounter with another man and inviting others to watch a planned second encounter. Ravi had 10 days knocked off his jail sentence for good behavior, in accordance with state regulations, said Edmond Cicchi, warden of the Middlesex County jail. Ravi faced up to 10 years in prison on the second-degree bias counts, but Superior Court Judge Glenn Berman sentenced him to 30 days in the county jail, three years probation and 300 hours of community service. The Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office filed an appeal of Berman’s sentence days after he delivered it, while Ravi’s attorney filed an appeal of his client’s convictions last week. Both appeals could take upwards of two years before a three-judge panel acts. Federal immigration authorities said Monday they will not move to deport Ravi, who was born in India.

It's nice to know that the United States still cares about justice. *SARCASM

Midday Beau

Via Boys Are Us 2

Alan Turing Centenary, June 23rd

BoingBoing may or may not have more on Alan Turing this week - I haven't checked - in honor of his 100th birthday. But here are the two articles I saved from yesterday.

In early celebration of the Turing centenary this week, Ars Technica's Matthew Lasar has a lovely list of seven of Alan Turing's habits of thought, including this one: Be Playful.

There was something about Turing that made his friends and family want to compose rhymes. His proud father openly admitted that he hadn't the vaguest idea what his son's mathematical inquiries were about, but it was all good anyway. "I don't know what the 'ell 'e meant / But that is what 'e said 'e meant," John wrote to Alan, who took delight in reading the couplet to friends.

His fellow students sang songs about him at the dinner table: "The maths brain lies often awake in his bed / Doing logs to ten places and trig in his head."

His gym class colleagues even sang his praises as a linesman: "Turing's fond of the football field / For geometric problems the touch-lines yield."

Turing's favorite physical activity, however, was running, especially the long-distance variety. "He would amaze his colleagues by running to scientific meetings," Hodges writes, "beating the travelers by public transport." He even came close to a shot at the 1948 Olympic Games, a bid cut short by an injury.

Also, Vint Cert on Alan Turing's legacy

For those of you unfamiliar with Turing, here is the introduction from his Wikipedia article:

Alan Mathison Turing, OBE, FRS (23 June 1912 – 7 June 1954), was an English mathematician, logician, cryptanalyst, and computer scientist. He was highly influential in the development of computer science, providing a formalisation of the concepts of "algorithm" and "computation" with the Turing machine, which played a significant role in the creation of the modern computer. Turing is widely considered to be the father of computer science and artificial intelligence.

Turing's homosexuality resulted in a criminal prosecution in 1952, when homosexual acts were still illegal in the United Kingdom. He accepted treatment with female hormones (chemical castration) as an alternative to prison. He died in 1954, just over two weeks before his 42nd birthday, from cyanide poisoning. An inquest determined it was suicide; his mother and some others believed his death was accidental. On 10 September 2009, following an Internet campaign, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown made an official public apology on behalf of the British government for the way in which Turing was treated after the war.

Repost: Gay Men Have Evolutionary Benefit For Their Families

Huffington Post via Out Left

While female sexuality appears to be more fluid, research suggests that male gayness is an inborn, unalterable, strongly genetically influenced trait. But considering that the trait discourages the type of sex that leads to procreation — that is, sex with women — and would therefore seem to thwart its own chances of being genetically passed on to the next generation, why are there gay men at all?

Put differently, why haven't gay man genes driven themselves extinct?

This longstanding question is finally being answered by new and ongoing research. For several years, studies led by Andrea Camperio Ciani at the University of Padova in Italy and others have found that mothers and maternal aunts of gay men tend to have significantly more offspring than the maternal relatives of straight men. The results show strong support for the "balancing selection hypothesis," which is fast becoming the accepted theory of the genetic basis of male homosexuality.

Happy Hump Day

Via MensRoom

Have you picked up your hump for the day?

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Tuesday Books

A Supreme Court lawyer and political pundit details the enthralling and groundbreaking story of the gay rights movement, revealing how a dedicated and resourceful minority changed America forever.

When the modern struggle for gay rights erupted—most notably at a bar called Stonewall in Greenwich Village—in the summer of 1969, most religious traditions condemned homosexuality; psychiatric experts labeled people who were attracted to others of the same sex "crazy"; and forty-nine states outlawed sex between people of the same gender. Four decades later, in June 2011, New York legalized gay marriage—the most populous state in the country to do so thus far. The armed services stopped enforcing Don't Ask, Don't Tell, ending a law that had long discriminated against gay and lesbian members of the military. Successful social movements are always extraordinary, but these advances were something of a miracle.

Political columnist Linda Hirshman recounts the long roads that led to these victories, viewing the gay rights movement within the tradition of American freedom as the third great modern social-justice movement, alongside the civil rights movement and the women's rights movement. Drawing on an abundance of published and archival material, and hundreds of in-depth interviews, Hirshman shows, in this astute political analysis, how the fight for gay rights has changed the American landscape for all citizens—blurring rigid gender lines, altering the shared culture, and broadening our definitions of family.

From the Communist cross-dresser Harry Hay in 1948 to New York's visionary senator Kirsten Gillibrand in 2010, the story includes dozens of brilliant, idiosyncratic characters. Written in vivid prose, at once emotional and erudite, Victory is an utterly vibrant work of reportage and eyewitness accounts, revealing how, in a matter of decades, while facing every social adversary—church, state, and medical establishment—a focused group of activists forged a classic campaign for cultural change that will serve as a model for all future political movements.

In a brilliant, nuanced and wholly original collection of essays, the novelist and critic Colm Tóibín explores the relationships of writers to their families and their work.

From Jane Austen’s aunts to Tennessee Williams’s mentally ill sister, the impact of intimate family dynamics can be seen in many of literature’s greatest works. Tóibín, celebrated both for his award-winning fiction and his provocative book reviews and essays, and currently the Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Columbia, traces and interprets those intriguing, eccentric, often twisted family ties in New Ways to Kill Your Mother. Through the relationship between W. B. Yeats and his father, Thomas Mann and his children, and J. M. Synge and his mother, Tóibín examines a world of relations, richly comic or savage in its implications. In Roddy Doyle’s writing on his parents, Tóibín perceives an Ireland reinvented. From the dreams and nightmares of John Cheever’s journals, Tóibín illuminates this darkly comic misanthrope and his relationship to his wife and his children. “Educating an intellectual woman,” Cheever remarked, “is like letting a rattlesnake into the house.” Acutely perceptive and imbued with rare tenderness and wit, New Ways to Kill Your Mother is a fascinating look at writers’ most influential bonds and a secret key to understanding and enjoying their work.

Something is wrong in Niceville...

A boy literally disappears from Main Street. A security camera captures the moment of his instant, inexplicable vanishing. An audacious bank robbery goes seriously wrong: four cops are gunned down; a TV news helicopter is shot and spins crazily out of the sky, triggering a disastrous cascade of events that ricochet across twenty different lives over the course of just thirty-six hours.

Nick Kavanaugh, a cop with a dark side, investigates. Soon he and his wife, Kate, a distinguished lawyer from an old Niceville family, find themselves struggling to make sense not only of the disappearance and the robbery but also of a shadow world, where time has a different rhythm and where justice is elusive.

...Something is wrong in Niceville, where evil lives far longer than men do.

Compulsively readable, and populated with characters who leap off the page, Niceville will draw you in, excite you, amaze you, horrify you, and, when it finally lets you go, make you sorry you have to leave.

Read the first thirty-five pages. Find out why Harlan Coben calls Carsten Stroud the master of “the nerve-jangling thrill ride.”

From one of our preeminent journalists and modern historians comes the epic story of Barack Obama and the world that created him.

In Barack Obama: The Story, David Maraniss has written a deeply reported generational biography teeming with fresh insights and revealing information, a masterly narrative drawn from hundreds of interviews, including with President Obama in the Oval Office, and a trove of letters, journals, diaries, and other documents.

The book unfolds in the small towns of Kansas and the remote villages of western Kenya, following the personal struggles of Obama’s white and black ancestors through the swirl of the twentieth century. It is a roots story on a global scale, a saga of constant movement, frustration and accomplishment, strong women and weak men, hopes lost and deferred, people leaving and being left. Disparate family threads converge in the climactic chapters as Obama reaches adulthood and travels from Honolulu to Los Angeles to New York to Chicago, trying to make sense of his past, establish his own identity, and prepare for his political future.

Barack Obama: The Story chronicles as never before the forces that shaped the first black president of the United States and explains why he thinks and acts as he does. Much like the author’s classic study of Bill Clinton, First in His Class, this promises to become a seminal book that will redefine a president.

The trope of the wedding weekend, with its contrived conviviality hastened by the joining of disparate but soon-to-be-connected tribes of families and friends, is zestfully yet acerbically parsed in Shipstead's crackerjack first novel. A seriocomic romp in a Meet the Fockers vein, Shipstead's satire follows the presumptive merging of the über-WASP Van Meter and Duff clans on the occasion of the marriage of seven-months-pregnant Daphne to steadfast Greyson. The ensemble of petulant sisters and stalwart mothers, tipsy aunts and boorish brothers is led in all its hauteur and debauchery by Daphne's father, Winn, a crusty Boston banker more concerned with his unsuccessful bid for membership in the Pequod Club than with his family's happiness on this vital weekend. As he seeks to assuage the affront with an ill-timed dalliance with Daphne's bridesmaid, past wrongs, present slights, and future injustices coalesce in a stew of zany proportions. Yet for all its madcap quirkiness, Shipstead's adroit escapade artfully delivers a poignant reflection on the enduring if frustrating nature of love, hope, and family.
Not until she visited Texas, that proud state of big oil and bigger ambitions, did Gail Collins, the best-selling author and columnist for the New York Times, realize that she had missed the one place that mattered most in America’s political landscape. Raised in Ohio, Collins had previously seen the American fundamental divide as a war between the Republican heartland and its two liberal coasts. But the real story, she came to see, was in Texas, where Bush, Cheney, Rove, & Perry had created a conservative political agenda that is now sweeping the country and defining our national identity. Through its vigorous support of banking deregulation, lax environmental standards, and draconian tax cuts, through its fierce championing of states rights, gun ownership, and, of course, sexual abstinence, Texas, with Governor Rick Perry’s presidential ambitions, has become the bellwether of a far-reaching national movement that continues to have profound social and economic consequences for us all. Like it or not, as Texas goes, so goes the nation.

Jenny Rosenstrach, and her husband, Andy, regularly, some might say pathologically, cook dinner for their family every night. Even when they work long days. Even when their kids' schedules pull them in eighteen different directions. They are not superhuman. They are not from another planet.

With simple strategies and common sense, Jenny figured out how to break down dinner — the food, the timing, the anxiety, from prep to cleanup — so that her family could enjoy good food, time to unwind, and simply be together.

Using the same straight-up, inspiring voice that readers of her award-winning blog, Dinner: A Love Story, have come to count on, Jenny never judges and never preaches. Every meal she dishes up is a real meal, one that has been cooked and eaten and enjoyed at least a half dozen times by someone in Jenny's house. With inspiration and game plans for any home cook at any level, Dinner: A Love Story is as much for the novice who doesn't know where to start as it is for the gourmand who doesn't know how to start over when she finds herself feeding an intractable toddler or for the person who never thought about home-cooked meals until he or she became a parent. This book is, in fact, for anyone interested in learning how to make a meal to be shared with someone they love, and about how so many good, happy things happen when we do.

By the best-selling author of The Dress Lodger, Sheri Holman’s new and most ambitious novel to date, Witches on the Road Tonight, uncovers the secrets and lies that echo through three generations of one Appalachian family. It is a deeply human, urgent exploration of America’s doomed love affair with fear.

On the eve of World War II, eight-year-old Eddie Alley lies in bed watching his first horror movie, hand-cranked and flickering on the bare wall of a backwoods cabin. In 2011, Eddie’s daughter, Wallis, an anchorwoman for a twenty-four-hour news channel, lies in bed with a stranger, spinning ghost stories. Between these two nights winds the story of the Alley family — Eddie’s mother, Cora, an Appalachian mountain witch who slips out of her skin after nightfall; Captain Casket, Eddie’s alter ego, a campy 1970s TV horror-movie host; and Jasper, the orphaned boy Eddie brings home, who is determined to destroy Eddie’s illusions even if it means destroying himself.

Deftly moving from the rural, Depression-era South to modern New York City, Holman teases out the dark compulsions and desperate longings that can blur the line between love and betrayal. Witches on the Road Tonight is an unflinching story that digs at the roots of myth — both familial and societal — and beautifully renders our perpetual yearning to make sense of the past in our present.

Sofia Vergara For Marriage Equality

AfterElton's comment is that due to a lack of Spanish comprehension, Sofia could be "pledging her undying loyalty to the grand cat conspiracy and I wouldn't know it" and I would have to agree.

As Some of You May Know

Via Fashionably Geek

So, yeah. I'm engaged. And above you can see the rings that we want for the wedding or possibly just the engagement.

I think for the wedding, we're going to be even geekier, and get bands that have elvish engraved on the inside.

And for those intrepid few who wanted to tap or be tapped (ass, that is), no worries: we're going to be sex tourists.

Thanks. Now You Tell Me

Via the NYT

People infected with H.I.V. have more heart attacks and have them earlier in life. Even patients whose infection is well suppressed by AIDS drugs are at higher risk.

Experts in the field said doctors need to be better informed about this little-known threat to their H.I.V.-positive patients. The threat also reinforces a message that public health experts keep emphasizing: H.I.V. is no longer an automatic death sentence, but it is still a dangerous disease.

“I think most cardiologists and most H.I.V. specialists are not really aware of this,” said Dr. Priscilla Y. Hsue, a cardiologist at San Francisco General Hospital who treats many AIDS patients. “Most of the people I see are referred to me after they’ve had a heart attack, a bypass, a stent. To me, that’s too late. We should be screening people for coronary disease, aggressively treating blood pressure, aggressively treating cholesterol.”

People with H.I.V. have more than four times the risk of sudden heart attack as their uninfected peers, Dr. Hsue and her colleagues reported last month in The Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

The most likely explanation is that both the virus and the drugs that fight it cause chronic inflammation, said Dr. Paul M. Ridker, a Harvard Medical School professor who led pioneering studies that established the connection between inflammation and heart disease. (He was not involved in the study published last month.) Also, he said, the drugs cause the liver to make more cholesterol, another heart attack risk factor.

Honestly, I'd say it's more the drugs than the virus.

Tuesday Beau

Via A gay college boy in Texas

Potentially under every suit is a sexy man in cute underwear.

Monday, June 18, 2012

It Is With a Heavy Heart...

It is with a heavy heart that I'd like to point out that one of my favorite pop culture blogs founded by one of the cutest guys on the planet is no longer with us.

For whatever reason, Blogger terminated Zombie Toenails. But as with any zombie, Lazarus or Jesus Christ, Zombie Toenails will return to us - I pray - but as a Tumblr blog rather than on Blogger.

As soon as I have a link sent to me I will have it posted in the Blog List to the right.

Until then, assume crash positions should Blogger decide to come after you.

Monday Beau

Via oh yeaaah

Friday, June 15, 2012

Have a Great Weekend Everyone

And be sure to dance some...even if it's a simply chair dance!

Andrew Christian's Suck and Blow via Queerty

Daily Caller Asshat Reporter Neil Munro Heckles President

Image via Joe.My.God. <-- click over and you can watch Obama smack him down.

Via The New Civil Rights Movement: Daily Caller: We are very proud of reporter who heckled Obama for doing his [the reporter's] job

"Are you going to take questions?" Munro continued. "Not while I’m speaking," the President, somewhat angrily, replied.

Politico called it "a surprising breach of normal etiquette."

The Daily Caller is a Tea Party site, and this ultimately is the problem with the Tea Party: they can't keep their racist, disrespectful mouths shut!

My! What a Lovely...

...chair you have there.

Via Daventry Blue

A few links to round out your week:

Plan to get weepy: The Story (and Viral Video) of My Wedding Proposal via Sozo's Blog

HIV+ man almost got 25 years in prison for having sex WITH condom? The WTF got struck down to 5 years probation. Lambda Legal is filing an appeal. Via Joe.My.God.

Mark Regnerus doesn't let Science get in the way of his "scientific" research via Slate

Cute guys The Cataracs discuss career, technology and new music via Arjan Writes

Up Shit Creek without a Republican paddle: 22 LGBT advances that will probably disappear under a Romney presidency via The New Civil Rights Movement

And BoingBoing wants to up your heart rate and maybe your blood pressure:

Celebrate Pride with Free Album Sampler Download from Astralwerks!

Get it free here

Thanks, Arjan Writes