Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Tuesday Books

For some reason, we got this book in the series with its original British cover, and it should thank its stars that it did, cause the series American covers suck!

A whole new reason to mind the gap.

It begins with a dead body at the far end of Baker Street tube station, all that remains of American exchange student James Gallagher — and the victim’s wealthy, politically powerful family is understandably eager to get to the bottom of the gruesome murder. The trouble is, the bottom — if it exists at all — is deeper and more unnatural than anyone suspects…except, that is, for London constable and sorcerer’s apprentice Peter Grant. With Inspector Nightingale, the last registered wizard in England, tied up in the hunt for the rogue magician known as "the Faceless Man," it’s up to Peter to plumb the haunted depths of the oldest, largest, and — as of now — deadliest subway system in the world.

At least he won’t be alone. No, the FBI has sent over a crack agent to help. She’s young, ambitious, beautiful…and a born-again Christian apt to view any magic as the work of the devil. Oh yeah—that’s going to go well.

I saw American Splendor in the theaters - LOVE, Hope Davis; HATE, Paul Giamatti, and since then I've been wanting to read all of Pekar's graphic novels. This posthumous work will probably be my first.

Harvey Pekar’s mother was a Zionist by way of politics. His father was a Zionist by way of faith. Whether Harvey was going to daily Hebrew classes or attending Zionist picnics, he grew up a staunch supporter of the Jewish state. But soon he found himself questioning the very beliefs and ideals of his parents.

In Not the Israel My Parents Promised Me, the final graphic memoir from the man who defined the genre, Pekar explores what it means to be Jewish and what Israel means to the Jews. Over the course of a single day in his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio, Pekar and the illustrator JT Waldman wrestle with the mythologies and realities surrounding the Jewish homeland. Pekar interweaves his increasing disillusionment with the modern state of Israel with a comprehensive history of the Jewish people from biblical times to the present, and the result is a personal and historical odyssey of uncommon power. Plainspoken and empathetic, Pekar had no patience for injustice and prejudice in any form, and though he comes to understand the roots of his parents’ unquestioning love for Israel, he arrives at the firm belief that all peoples should be held to the same universal standards of decency, fairness, and democracy.

With an epilogue written by Joyce Brabner, Not the Israel My Parents Promised Me is an essential book for fans of Harvey Pekar and anyone interested in the past and future of the Jewish state. It is bound to create important discussions and debates for years to come.

I picked this cause a) it was pretty and b) it was on NPR, but now I see that it's an apocalypse too! YES!

With a voice as distinctive and original as that of The Lovely Bones, and for the fans of the speculative fiction of Margaret Atwood, Karen Thompson Walker’s The Age of Miracles is a luminous, haunting, and unforgettable debut novel about coming of age set against the backdrop of an utterly altered world.

"It still amazes me how little we really knew…Maybe everything that happened to me and my family had nothing at all to do with the slowing. It’s possible, I guess. But I doubt it. I doubt it very much."

On a seemingly ordinary Saturday in a California suburb, Julia and her family awake to discover, along with the rest of the world, that the rotation of the earth has suddenly begun to slow. The days and nights grow longer and longer, gravity is affected, the environment is thrown into disarray. Yet as she struggles to navigate an ever-shifting landscape, Julia is also coping with the normal disasters of everyday life — the fissures in her parents’ marriage, the loss of old friends, the hopeful anguish of first love, the bizarre behavior of her grandfather who, convinced of a government conspiracy, spends his days obsessively cataloging his possessions. As Julia adjusts to the new normal, the slowing inexorably continues.

Yes, I'm shallow. And I fall in lust with drawings and cartoons. Sue me.

Ever since he was a boy, Daniel Suppleton has been deathly afraid of hurricanes, which he fears will arrive suddenly and reduce everyone he knows and loves to trembling skeletons. Retreating to live in a tipi in the woods, Daniel battles demons real and imagined. As his ex-wife, Karen, frantically searches for him, the long-awaited hurricane finally hits, and Daniel must find a way to save them both. Haunting, mesmerizing, and beautifully written, Daniel Fights a Hurricane is an affecting, original novel of love and loss, marriage and friendship, by a rising young talent.

That'll do, pig, that'll do.

A heartwarming debut introduces readers to the adventures of its overachieving porcine narrator

Blending the sophisticated satire of Jonathan Swift with the charming exuberance of a Pixar film, Pyg tells the story of Toby, a truly exceptional pig who lived in late eighteenth-century England. After winning the blue ribbon at the Salford Livestock Fair and escaping the butcher's knife, Toby tours the country, wowing circus audiences with his abilities to count, spell, and even read the minds of ladies (but only with their permission, of course). He goes on to study at Oxford and Edinburgh—encountering such luminaries as Samuel Johnson, Robert Burns, and William Blake—before finally writing his own life story. Quirky, beguiling, and endlessly entertaining, this memoir of a "remarkable sapient pig" is a sharp and witty delight.

Travel and miscellany? I'm there.

From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe: everything you never knew you never knew about every country on Earth.

A scientist by training and an explorer by passion, Dr. John Oldale has logged half a million miles visiting more than ninety nations. Now, he celebrates our weird and wonderful world in a cornucopia of fascinating facts brought vividly to life through the unexpected stories behind them. Touching on history, travel, politics, natural history and more, he paints a unique portrait of each country from the mightiest to the most miniscule. You won't find the following in your average travel guide:

  • Why is kissing on trains banned in France?
  • In what country are litigants expected to present their case at court in the form of a poem?
  • Which war did women win in 1929 just by sitting down?
  • If Panama hats aren’t from Panama, where are they from?
  • Who eats fresh camel dung as a cure for dysentery (and why does it work)?
  • Why were US disk jockeys once told they could play birthday requests on any day except the one requested?
  • Which modern dictator banned old age, libraries and gold teeth, and was later replaced by his dentist?
  • And 2,000 more funny, trivial, poignant, and telling facts

A must for active and armchair globe-trotters alike, A World of Curiosities will engross anyone who is at all curious about the world beyond their door. Explore and enjoy.

I wanna go! *bounces in chair like a teenage gay boy at his first Bieber concert.

Welcome to Comic-Con: where the future of pop culture comes to life

Every summer, more than 130,000 comic fans, gamers, cosplay enthusiasts, and nerds of all stripes descend on San Diego to mingle with the top entertainment celebrities and creative industry professionals in an unprecedented celebration of popular culture in all its forms.

From humble beginnings, Comic-Con has mutated into an electrifying, exhausting galaxy of movies, TV, video games, art, fashion, toys, merchandise, and buzz. It’s where the future of entertainment unspools in real time, and everyone wants to be there.

In Comic-Con and the Business of Pop Culture, author Rob Salkowitz, a recognized expert in digital media and the global digital generation (and unabashed comics enthusiast), explores how the humble art form of comics ended up at the center of the 21st-century media universe. From Comic-Con’s massive exhibit hall and panels to its exclusive parties and business suites, Salkowitz peels back the layers to show how comics culture is influencing communications, entertainment, digital technology, marketing, education, and storytelling.

What can the world’s most approachable and adaptable art form tell us about the importance of individual talent and personal engagement in the era of the new global audience, the iPad, and the quarter-billion-dollar summer blockbuster? Here are some of the issues Salkowitz explores:

How do you succeed in the transmedia maelstrom? Comics have hopscotched across the media landscape for decades. What can we learn from their successes and failures as we careen toward a converged digital future?

Have comics cracked the digital code? Everyone is scrambling to deal with the business disruptions of digital distribution. Does the recent success of comics on tablets demonstrate a new model for other industries, or do dangers lie ahead?

What’s next for “peak geek”? Will the ascendant nerd culture of the early 2010s keep its new audience engaged or burn out from overexposure?

Comic-Con and the Business of Pop Culture combines the insights business leaders need with the details fans crave about the future ofthe world’s most dynamic industry. Even if you can’t be in San Diego in July, this book brings the excitement into focus…no costumes required!

Yeah, can't help it: I love my state.

The storytelling tradition has long been an important piece of Kentucky history and culture. Folktales, legends, tall tales, and ghost stories hold a special place in the imaginations of inventive storytellers and captive listeners. In Kentucky Folktales: Revealing Stories, Truths, and Outright Lies Kentucky storyteller Mary Hamilton narrates a range of stories with the voice and creativity only a master storyteller can evoke.

Hamilton has perfected the art of entrancing an audience no matter the subject of her tales. Kentucky Folktales includes stories about Daniel Boone's ability to single-handedly kill a bear, a daughter who saves her father's land by outsmarting the king, and a girl who uses gingerbread to exact revenge on her evil stepmother, among many others. Hamilton ends each story with personal notes on important details of her storytelling craft, such as where she first heard the story, how it evolved through frequent re-tellings and reactions from audiences, and where the stories take place. Featuring tales and legends from all over the Bluegrass State, Kentucky Folktales captures the expression of Kentucky's storytelling tradition.

My first Tracy Hickman book (co-written with Margaret Weis) was the first book of the Darksword Trilogy - I think even back then I had a daddy/son-teacher/student thing going on in my prepubescent brain.

Hickman and Weis have written many books together and separately since then, but some sense of nostalgia must be hitting me today, so when this came by on the new cart, I knew I had to feature it.

From the New York Times bestselling co-author of the Dragonlance novels…the stunning conclusion to The Annals of Drakis.

It appears that an ancient prophecy is about to be fulfilled as the human named Drakis — formerly one of countless warrior-slaves to the elves of the Rhonas Empire — returns from his quest in the North. Flying into the rebel camp with his surviving companions on the backs of the legendary dragons that were once humankind's most powerful allies, Drakis is hailed as the champion of all the slave races. But it is not a prophecy that drives Drakis in his war against the elves and their emperor. Rather it is his burning desire for revenge against the cruel ruler whom Drakis believes has stolen any chance he has for finding peace. And this hatred will set Drakis and his rebel army on a path that may not only bring down the emperor, but Drakis and his entire world as well…

Honestly, the only thing I've ever read by Dean Koontz was a one off "children's" horror book that was published one Christmas in which good toys sparred off against evil toys in an effort to find a new, good toymaker. I loved that book so much as a kid, that I stole in from my local library - yes, the irony of that is not lost on me. (No worries, I eventually mailed it back - sadly the book is no longer available anywhere. Bitches.)

But his Odd Thomas series interests me.

The stallion reared over me, silently slashing the air with the hooves of its forelegs, a creature of such immense power that I stumbled backward even though I knew that it was as immaterial as a dream…

The woman astride the ghostly mount reaches out desperately, the latest spirit to enlist the aid of Odd Thomas, the unassuming young fry cook whose gift — or curse — it is to see the shades of the restless dead, and to help them when he can. This mission of mercy will lead Odd through realms of darkness he has never before encountered, as he probes the long-held secrets of a sinister estate and those who inhabit it.

ODD APOCALYPSE

Once presided over by a flamboyant Hollywood mogul during the Roaring ’20s, the magnificent West Coast property known as Roseland is now home to a reclusive billionaire financier and his faithful servants. And, at least for the moment, it’s also a port in the storm for Odd Thomas and his traveling companion, the inscrutably charming Annamaria, the Lady of the Bell. In the wake of Odd’s most recent clash with lethal adversaries, the opulent manor’s comforts should be welcome. But there’s far more to Roseland than meets even the extraordinary eye of Odd, who soon suspects it may be more hell than haven.

A harrowing taste of Roseland’s terrors convinces Odd that it’s time to hit the road again. Still, the prescient Annamaria insists that they’ve been led there for a reason, and he’s promised to do his best for the ghost on horseback. Just how deep and dreadful are the mysteries Roseland and her masters have kept for nearly a century? And what consequences await whoever is brave, or mad, enough to confront the most profound breed of evil? Odd only knows. Like his acclaimed creator, the irresistible Odd Thomas is in top-notch form — as he takes on what may well be the most terrifying challenge yet in his curious career.

Florence + The Machine vs. Calvin Harris

Tuesday Beau

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Monday, July 30, 2012

Happy Birthday, Kate!

Kate Bush turns 54 today. Love you, Gurl!

More at Dangerous Minds

So, everyone, go pull out your dog-eared copies of Wuthering Heights and Ulysses and read a little...will ya? (Just the ending of Ulysses, please.)

Weekly Review: Ready Player One

I didn't actually get a chance to work on a review for Ready Player One this weekend, so I'm gonna try and wing it.

Wade Watts seems like a normal kid. He lives with his couldn't-give-a-shit-aunt in the huge stack of trailer park on the outskirts of Oklahoma City. He goes to virtual school and tries not to fall asleep during Latin. But after school he is someone else.

In the online realm of the OASIS, Wade is Parzival, a third level gunter searching for James Halliday's Easter Egg that will lead to fame and forture. Halliday was the interventer of the OASIS and on his death, with no heirs to his will, he invited everyone in the OASIS to a game - a game involving every scrap of 80s pop-culture one could imagine: video games, TV shows, movies, Science Fiction from every decade, and scifi movies from 60s and 70s Japan, all mixed together to form the largest RPG the OASIS and IRL has ever known.

Will Parzival make it to the end first? Or will another gunter (i.e. Egg Hunter)? Or will the Sixers - gunters who work for the corporation IOI, who basically want to ruin the OASIS for profit - get there first?

Okay, let me just say it: you've got to be a big ol' nerdy geek to keep up with this book. There's no if, ands or buts about it. And not iffs either.

If you don't follow pop-culture, if you didn't play video games or D&D or at least have a Rubik's Cube as a child of the 80s, if you don't get a thrill at John Hughes films or the occasional Godzilla movie, then a lot of the book is going to go over your head...you might as well keep Wikipedia close to hand cause you're gonna need it.

The writing is enjoyable, but there's a level of knowledge that you need to have to enjoy the book. A level of "Oh I remember that"! For example, if reading about the Atari video games series Swordquest doesn't make you nostalgic, then you may not get a lot of this book. LOL.

Though the Wikipedia study might be a good idea, introducing you to things you don't remember or never even heard of, and this may increase your enjoyment of the book. BUT it may be more work than a lot of people want to do while reading.

But I LOVED this book - 5 stars on Goodreads - not simply because it was SO much fun to read but it did take me down memory lane and get me more in touch with my inner geek - Legend of Zelda anyone - and introduce me to knew layers of my geekiness - or how bout a game of Zork?

But not everything is unicorns and zombies, folks. The thrill of the book just builds and builds and builds until about 50 pages before the end, and then I just felt like it deflated. Don't get me wrong, and without any spoilers, the ending is good...you'll like the ending, but it felt so much less than the rest of the book. But given that that's only 50 pages out of 370, it is still a great read, and I'm already looking forward to the movie - which I really don't see how they're going to fit this whole book in one movie, so we'll see.

In the meantime, get your D&D modules out, find the Princess (sorry, she's in another castle) play a game of tic-tac-toe with a war hungry machine name Joshua and find all the Easter Eggs you can!

In an attempt to somewhat explain the OASIS, here is Wade's description of it and a taste of what'll be in store for you:

The Ontologically Anthropocentric Sensory Immersive Simulation was a big place.

When the OASIS had first been launched, it contained only a few hundred planets for users to explore, all created by GSS programmers and artists. Their environments ran the gamut, from sword-and-sorcery settings to cyberpunk-themed planetwide cities to irradiated postapocalyptic zombie-infested wastelands. Some planets were designed with painstaking detail. Others were randomly generated from a series of templates. Each one was populated with a variety of artificially intelligent NPCs (nonplayer characters) - computer-controlled humans, animals, monsters, aliens, and androids with which OASIS users could interact.

GSS had also licensed preexisting virtual worlds from their competitors, so content that had already been created for games like Everquest and World of Warcraft was ported over to the OASIS, and copies of Norrath and Azeroth were added to the growing catalog of OASIS planets. Other virtual worlds soon followed suit, from the Metaverse to the Matrix. The Firefly universe was anchored in a sector adjacent to the Star Wars galaxy, with a detailed re-creation of the Star Trek universe in the sector adjacent to that. Users could now teleport back and forth between their favorite fictional worlds. Middle Earth. Vulcan. Pern. Arrakis. Magrathea. Discworld, Mid-World, Riverworld, Ringworld, Worlds upon worlds. (48-9)

The other thing I was thinking about on the way to work this morning is that if you've read Orson Scott Shard's Ender's Game and at the time liked/loved it but hate his stupid ass because of his politics and therefore can't bring yourself to pick up his books, well, given that Cline includes a gay character (I'm not telling you who), we can assume his politics are at least slightly more progressive even with the Texas residence.

My point being both books are basically about someone sitting in a "chair" and playing a "game," so you can now throw out that paperback copy of Ender's Game that you still tearfully and guiltfully hold on to, and replace it with the much better, much happier, and definitely much more gay-friendly Ready Player One!

Monday Morning Coffee Beau

Good morning, y'all.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Beau: Ryan Lochte

Via The Man Crush Tumblr

Damn, Lochte may not be able to dance, but he sure can swim!

For Clara Bow's 107th Birthday...

...her first talkie, The Wild Party.

Digging For Gold Beau

From my friend Timo's Facebook.

Tribute to 2012 US Olympic Men's Gymnastics Team

Thank you, JoeMyGod

Possibly the Gayest Benjamin Godfre Picture Evah

Via A gay college boy in Texas where there is more.

Bloodthirsty and Inept

Bill Moyers - the modern voice of wisdom.

Via Daily Kos: Mitt Romney Is a Big Liar. Pass It On

Via Daily Kos <-- Click over for more.

I'm not sure what it would take to get the press to notice this as being an overriding campaign theme, but it has to be said yet again: Mitt Romney is a huge liar. His newest full-tilt campaign push has been based entirely on lambasting Obama for something Obama never said. We saw it again in his VFW speech, which did away with any pesky notions of foreign policy in favor of the same (and I do mean the same) anti-Obama accusations that have served as the cornerstones of his thoroughly dishonest campaign.

There's the "Obama apology tour" lie. It's been debunked six ways from Sunday, it was debunked long ago, the press has frequently noted its dishonesty, and the only evidence that the president ever did anything remotely resembling an "apology tour" was apparently plucked from the same place that Agenda 21 and other modern conservative fantasies come from. Still, Mitt Romney continues to repeat it. Why? Has it really not ever been pointed out to him that one of his main talking points is a fiction, or does he just not care? And what, if anything, has been the price extracted by the press for a presumptive nominee for the president lying repeatedly about something?

There's the lie that America is less well liked under President Obama than under President Bush. That's not just a lie, it's a freaking delusion. The Bush presidency was infamous for the pressure it put on otherwise stalwart allies, for the unwillingness to consider international opinion, for a bitter dispute with France over France not doing what we wanted them to do quickly enough or unquestioningly enough — Good Lord, I'm not sure there's been any administration in modern American history that caused more tension in the international community. But Mitt sticks to his guns, asserting sans-evidence that Obama is more disliked, merely because he says so.

Wee Ab Jekt

Via JUST A JEEP GUY

I So Wanted to Be a Gymnast as a Kid

Via oh yeaaah

I wanted to be a dancer as well (call me, Billy Elliott), but my Mom said it was for girls. Little did she know...

Check out the horse vault too.

Nathan Fillion on Reading

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Chick-Fil-A Brand Approval Rating Falls 26 Points

Via Back2Stonewall

YouGov BrandIndex’s latest index scores which measures “quality, impression, value, reputation, satisfaction and willingness to recommend” in the Top National QSR sector which includes such brands as Pizza Hut, Arby’s, Papa John’s, Domino’s, Taco Bell, KFC, McDonald’s, Burger King, and Long John Silver’s. Shows that Chick-fil-A has taken a massive hit with their score dropping 26 points since Chick-fil-A anti-gay sentiment and its yearly donations to anti-gay hate groups have been exposed.

Kisses

Via Scruffy Jizz Monkey

Weekend Dick

Via oh yeaaah

Meanwhile, at the Olympics Opening Ceremony

Dcotor Who and the Tardis by Craig Hurle posted this on Facebook this morning.

In the circle is potentially David Tennant and Billie Piper, a.k.a. the 10th Doctor and Rose Tyler.

Also, did anyone watching the ceremonies hear the Tardis landing/leaving noise during the Queen medley?

Friday, July 27, 2012

Currently Reading

I've just started reading one of the book's that Kyle over at JamTheCat was kind enough to mail to me. I'm very excited!

You should swing by and say hi to him, and possibly look into purchasing some of his books for yourself.

Also, over the weekend, I will be working on a review for Ernest Cline's Ready Player One, that I finished this week. Hopefully I'll have it posted Monday.

Nancy Pelosi Loves the Colonel

While the Skies Fall Down...

...let's have a kiki!

Do You See What I See?

Found on Google Maps: Service Station near Hull Road in York, United Kingdom.

TGIF Beau

Via FuckYearQueer!!!

Now...which one would I want to be...*taps finger on lips in thought.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Get Up and Dance, I Say!

Via WickedGayBlog

"Iconic pop songstress Cyndi Lauper is back with another certified club hit. Thanks to remixes from Wawa, Rich Morel, Danny Verde, RLP, Jochen Simms and Honey Dijon, Lauper’s new single “Sex Is In The Heel” is rapidly climbing the club charts and is on track to be her third consecutive No. 1 dance hit."

I'm Just a Bill: the ALEC Edition

Via Dangerous Minds

Midday Kissy Kissy Beau

Via MEN

I WANNA GO SWIMMING!!!

Hoping and Pruning and Mucking About

Patrick Leigh Fermor on writing and rewriting via A Different Stripe

House GOP caucus wants to shut down Government over Obamacare

Bless his heart...the tramp.

Via Daily Kos

Thirty-three futile repeal votes and $50 million (and counting) down the drain, and House Republicans are so obsessed with the Affordable Care Act that they're clamoring to their leadership to shut the government down in October over funding the law.

In a letter (PDF) dated July 18, some 127 House GOP lawmakers urged Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) not to permit “any legislation” to come to the floor that includes Affordable Care Act implementation funds. The implied message: shut down the government unless Democrats agree to defund President Obama’s signature law.

“Since much of the implementation of ObamaCare is a function of the discretionary appropriations process, and since most of the citizens we represent believe that ObamaCare should never go into effect, we urge you not to bring to the House floor in the 112th Congress any legislation that provides or allows funds to implement ObamaCare through the Internal Revenue Service, the Department of Health and Human Services, or any other federal entity,” the 127 lawmakers wrote (emphasis in original).

So far Boehner seems to not be taking the bait. He's got an uneasy truce right now with the Senate, a basic agreement to just fund the government through continuing resolutions, and says "our goal would be to make sure the government is funded and any political talk of a government shutdown is put to rest.”

Too bad for him that the majority of his extreme, insane Republican caucus wants exactly the opposite. Which could mean Boehner has to go to Democrats in order to pass a continuing resolution over the express objections of the majority of his caucus. Which further means Boehner's speakership is in grave danger. If he bucks his majority and passes a continuing resolution that funds the ACA with Democrats, he could make his caucus so pissed off they could dethrone him as leader. If he goes along with their shutdown and makes the Republican House even more unpopular (if that's possible), he faces losing the gavel because Republicans will lose the House.

Worst. Congress. Ever. Led by the Worst. Speaker. Ever.

Favorite Summer Pastime

Via Kenneth in the (212)

I've basically been an avid pedestrian since 1994, and one of my favorite summertime pastimes is watching the boys go by in their cars, Jeeps, SUVs, whatevs, and try to deduce from their shirtlessness, whether they have ANY clothes on at all.

I'm sure you're thinking, "qu'est-ce que c'est?" But as a driver in my teens, I spent many a warm summer night driving the roads of my hometown without a stitch on...or at least with my shirt off and my pants around my ankles. Granted, I was doing other things too, but we won't talk about that.

Go Harry, Go Harry

This is him using his Jedi mind-control powers. Though given the Repub ilk, he doesn't have to try hard.

Last night, Harry Reid did the undoable!

Via Daily Kos

The political maneuvering worked for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, and failed for Republican Mitch McConnell. The Senate just voted to advance a middle-class tax cut extension by a vote of 51-48.

Reid finally succeeded in doing what Republicans have been fighting for nearly two years: separating the middle-class tax cut extension from the tax cuts for the wealthy, and that breaks the hold the Republicans have had on this hostage.

His Radio Life is Dripping Away

As with all things Rush Limbaugh related, I will not/cannot post a picture of him here on the blog...it will break. The blog, that is. Therefore, to introduce the article, I give you cute non-emo puppeh.

Via Daily Kos

Rush Limbaugh has lost countless millions in advertising revenues for his syndicator and other radio networks, and the drip-drip-drip continues: Wal-mart's "Sam's Club" has just pulled advertising, and eBay has also joined the exodus. These follow closely on UPS abandoning Rush. Yet the greatest long term damage is likely to come from the exit of hundreds of small companies that do not make the news. In spite of the media largely losing interest in the Limbaugh boycott story, the StopRush effort is continuing to grow. For example, a new video featuring Rush Limbaugh's incessant attacks on working people and unions and a recent Daily Kos diary that made the front page brought in hundreds of new activists.

No one knows how many total advertisers (national and local, large and small) have dropped, but estimates I've heard put the number well above seven hundred. Radio stations have been forced to seek new sponsors for Limbaugh, and also for other radio talk show hosts impacted by collateral damage from the boycott.

Be sure to click over for links and more info.

Thursday Beau: Jake Bass

Via Catholic boys in trouble

I'm not exactly sure why I like Jake Bass: for starters, he's only in condom porn and except in rare instances, I avoid cp like the plague. But he's just so goofy and adorable! I at least have to look at the pics, if not the vids.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Late Night Beau

Via Gay Sex is the Answer

Boston Mayor's Letter to Chick-Fil-Ass

Via JoeMyGod

All kinds of AWESOME!

Let's Clean Out My Reader: Links

AfterElton: Jonathan Rhys Meyers set to play Dracula! Be still my heaving aorta. *swoons.

AMERICAblog Gay: Apparently the Washington Post is being a jackass over the post-death coming out of Sally Ride.

boy culture: James Taranto is worthless.

Also, check out Lifeguards in Love

Daily Kos: If the price of what we consume has gone up, then why hasn't the minimum wage?

DavidMixner: The Ukraine is set to pass a law making support of the LGBT community a punishable crime with up to 5 years in prison.

JoeMyGod: Tampa's titty bars are gearing up for the Republican Convention! Well, gosh, the boys gotta have SOMEplace to let their comb-overs down!

Joy the Baker: I'm not crazy about the tomato cobbler but bleu cheese biscuits? Yum!

Maybe it's just me...: And I'm sure you've seen these great images of Christian Bale visiting the victims of the shooting in Aurora. Awesome!

OMGblog: FKH8 tells Chick-Fil-A to go "Cluck" themselves.

OUPblog: Have you ever wondered about the origin of the word "fart"?

Sozo's Blog: Sozo has provided a link to the 2012 HRC Buyer's Guides.

Sozo also provided this tasty treat for Hump Day. Thanks, Sozo!

Happy Birthday, Thomas Eakins

Band of Thebes has a piece on one of my favorite painters/photographers Thomas Eakins on this the occasion of his 168th birthday.

Happy Hump Day

Via The Man Crush Tumblr

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Tuesday Books

A drowning, a magician’s curse, and a centuries-old secret.

1537. A man hurries through city streets in a gathering snowstorm, clutching a box in one hand. He is Johann Faust, the greatest magician of his age. The box he carries contains a mirror safeguarding a portion of his soul and a small ring containing all the magic in the world. Together, they comprise something unimaginably dangerous.

London, the present day. Fifteen-year-old Gavin Stokes is boarding a train to the countryside to live with his aunt. His school and his parents can’t cope with him and the things he sees, things they tell him don’t really exist. At Pendurra, Gavin finds people who are like him, who see things too. They all make the same strange claim: magic exists, it’s leaking back into our world, and it’s bringing something terrible with it.

First in an astonishingly imaginative fantasy trilogy, Advent describes how magic was lost to humanity, and how a fifteen-year-old boy discovers that its return is his inheritance. It begins in a world recognizably our own, and ends an extraordinarily long way from where it started—somewhere much bigger, stranger, and richer.

In an unnamed Middle Eastern security state, a young Arab-Indian hacker shields his clients — dissidents, outlaws, Islamists, and other watched groups — from surveillance and tries to stay out of trouble. He goes by Alif — the first letter of the Arabic alphabet, and a convenient handle to hide behind. The aristocratic woman Alif loves has jilted him for a prince chosen by her parents, and his computer has just been breached by the state’s electronic security force, putting his clients and his own neck on the line.

Then it turns out his lover’s new fiancé is the “Hand of God,” as they call the head of state security, and his henchmen come after Alif, driving him underground. When Alif discovers The Thousand and One Days, the secret book of the jinn, which both he and the Hand suspect may unleash a new level of information technology, the stakes are raised and Alif must struggle for life or death, aided by forces seen and unseen.

For those of you with a penchant for graphic novels be sure to check out Wilson's Cairo!

Adam Levin’s debut novel The Instructions was one of the most buzzed-about books of 2010, a sprawling universe of “death-defying sentences, manic wit, exciting provocations and simple human warmth” (Rolling Stone).

Now, in the stories of Hot Pink, Levin delivers ten smaller worlds, shaken snow-globes of overweight romantics, legless prodigies, quixotic dollmakers, Chicagoland thugs, dirty old men, protective fathers, balloon-laden dumptrucks, and walls that ooze gels. Told with lust and affection, karate and tenderness, slapstickery, ferocity, and heart, Hot Pink is the work of a major talent in his sharpest form.

Hot Pink also comes in your choice of pink, gray, and blue.

Well, we HAD to do something after that tripe O'Reilly tried to pass off as a legitimate biography!

From the best-selling author of The Emperor of Ocean Park and New England White, a daring reimagining of one of the most tumultuous moments in our nation’s past

Stephen L. Carter’s thrilling new novel takes as its starting point an alternate history: President Abraham Lincoln survives the assassination attempt at Ford’s Theatre on April 14, 1865. Two years later he is charged with overstepping his constitutional authority, both during and after the Civil War, and faces an impeachment trial...

Twenty-one-year-old Abigail Canner is a young black woman with a degree from Oberlin, a letter of employment from the law firm that has undertaken Lincoln’s defense, and the iron-strong conviction, learned from her late mother, that “whatever limitations society might place on ordinary negroes, they would never apply to her.” And so Abigail embarks on a life that defies the norms of every stratum of Washington society: working side by side with a white clerk, meeting the great and powerful of the nation, including the president himself. But when Lincoln’s lead counsel is found brutally murdered on the eve of the trial, Abigail is plunged into a treacherous web of intrigue and conspiracy reaching the highest levels of the divided government.

Here is a vividly imagined work of historical fiction that captures the emotional tenor of post–Civil War America, a brilliantly realized courtroom drama that explores the always contentious question of the nature of presidential authority, and a galvanizing story of political suspense.

A highly original novel about a young woman’s journey from shattered youth to self-discovery

After ten years in a London prison, Louise Adler (Lulu) is released with only a new alias to rebuild her life. Working a series of dead-end jobs, she carries a past full of secrets: a childhood marked by the violence and madness of her parents, followed by a reckless adolescence. From abandoned psychiatric hospitals to Edwardian-themed casinos, from a brief first love to the company of criminals, Lulu has spent her youth in an ever-shifting landscape of deceit and survival. But when she’s awarded an unexpected settlement claim after prison, she travels to the landscape of her childhood imagination, the central African range known as the Mountains of the Moon. There, in the region’s stark beauty, she attempts to piece together the fragments of her battered psyche.

Told in multilayered, hallucinatory flashbacks, Mountains of the Moon traces a traumatic youth and explores the journey of a young woman trying to transform a broken life into something beautiful. This dazzling novel from a distinctive new voice is sure to garner the attention of critics and readers alike.

In the early-morning hours of August 5, 1962, Los Angeles County deputy coroner Ben Fitzgerald arrives at the home of the world's most famous movie star, now lying dead in her bedroom, naked and still clutching a telephone. There he discovers The Book of Secrets - Marilyn Monroe's diary - revealing a doomed love affair with a man she refers to only as "The General." In the following days, Ben unravels a wide-ranging cover-up and some heartbreaking truths about the fragile, luminous woman behind the celebrity. Soon the sinister and surreal accounts in The Book of Secrets bleed into Ben's own life, and he finds himself, like Monroe, trapped in a deepening paranoid conspiracy. The Empty Glass is an unforgettable combination of the riveting facts and legendary theories that have dogged Monroe, the Kennedy's, the Mafia, and even the CIA for decades. It is an exciting debut from a remarkable new thriller writer.

From a bestselling Italian author comes a sharply observed new mystery set in the seedy underworld of 1970s Milan

Giorgio Faletti’s first thriller, I Kill, took Europe by storm, selling over five million copies. The Corriere della Sera, Italy’s leading newspaper, crowned him “the greatest Italian writer.” In 2010, with the explosive publication of A Pimp’s Notes, Faletti won international celebrity as a writer of world-class, tightly wound, psychologically nuanced thrillers.

It’s 1978. Italy has just been shocked by the kidnapping of the politician Aldo Moro by the left-leaning terrorist group the Red Brigades. In Milan, the upper class continues to amuse itself in luxury restaurants, underground clubs, and cabarets. This is Bravo’s milieu. Enigmatic and cynical, Bravo makes his living catering to the tastes, fantasies, and fetishes of the wealthy and depraved. When the mysterious Carla enters his life, what begins as a clandestine romance quickly becomes a nightmare that will transform Bravo into a man wanted by the police, by organized crime, and even by the Red Brigades. As the web around him tightens, Bravo will be forced to confront the violence of the times in which he lives as well as his own connections to the political and criminal networks that control contemporary Italy.

A stunningly imaginative, sharp, funny, and slyly tender novel featuring the Devil himself, John Scratch.

He's made of wood. He cooks an excellent gumbo. Cows love him. And he's the world's first love story . . . and the world's first broken heart. Meet the darkly handsome, charming John Scratch, aka the Devil. Ever since his true love, a fellow fallen angel named Arden, decided that Earth was a little too terrifying and violent, John Scratch has been trying to lure her back from the forgiving grace of Heaven. Though neither the wonders of Egypt nor the glories of Rome were enough to keep her on Earth, John Scratch believes he's found a new Eden: America.

John Scratch capitalizes on the bounty of this arcadia as he shapes it into his pet nation. Then, one dark night in the late 1960s, he meets three down-on-their-luck musicians and strikes a deal. In exchange for their souls, he'll grant them fame, wealth, and the chance to make the world a better place. Soon, the trio is helping the Devil push America to the height of civilization—or so he thinks. But there's a great deal about humans he still needs to learn, even after spending so many millennia among them.

Overflowing with imagination, insight, and humor, rippling with history and myth, Up Jumps the Devil is as madcap and charming as the Devil himself.