Friday, November 30, 2012

The Best Part of Last Night's Glee

Full performance of "Let's Have a Kiki"/"Turkey Lurkey Time" starring Sarah Jessica Parker, Chris Colfer, Lea Michele, that manwhore Brody (he's fallen so far into my disfavor), Shangela, Ryan Heffington, etc.etc.

AfterElton describes it thusly...

It's like one of those times when you're watching Glee like an inside joke between you and every gay person on earth, while all your straight friends just gawk at the screen and wonder when that actual fuck is happening. It's a real good time, is what I am saying. A real good time. It warmed me up in my bones.

Slate: The Overlooked Books of 2012

Just to state the obvious, be sure to click over for the full article and blurbs about the books.

Via Slate

Mitch McConnell's Wattle Went All A-Quiver

I loathe this man. It's so sad that Kentucky keeps voting for him.

Via Huffington Post

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner presented President Barack Obama's opening offer on a fiscal cliff deal to Republicans on Thursday, reportedly eliciting laughter from Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who found it absurd.

McConnell told the National Review that he "burst into laughter" as Geithner outlined the plan. The Republican said no offense was meant, and that it was simply a candid reaction to the proposal, which he characterized as one-sided and ridiculous over its calls for large increases in tax revenue, while being light on promises of the large spending cuts or entitlement reforms that many of McConnell's colleagues have demanded.

What McConnell chooses to ignore is that the people who voted for Obama voted for increased tax revenue! Dick.

PS Gay Car

Via Towleroad

TGIF Beau, or...

...floppy hair beau. One assumes he must be a normal teenager then?

Via The Boy Buffet

Thursday, November 29, 2012

It's That Time of Year

Time for different publications and organizations to issue their best books of the year lists.

Here is NYT's 100 Notable Books of 2012.

Because I Wasn't Here Yesterday

Via another country

Thanks to an ear infection, I wasn't here yesterday and spent most of the day in bed or on the couch sleeping. Thus, I missed the high hump holiday, Odin be praised.

I hope this makes up for it, at least, a bit.

Thursday Beau: Colby Keller Makes Treasure Island Media Debut

Via Fleshbot

Without warning, the “sexpert” video blogger and safe sex advocate is making his debut with Treasure Island Media, the piggy bareback studio that all your friends secretly jerk off to, but would never tell. Colby’s scene is one of five in Max Sohl’s new DVD, Milk It, which includes “hours of relentless edging, bondage, forced milkings, apple polishing, cum control and cum denial.”

What the fuck is "apple polishing"?

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

On This Day

Via a friend's Facebook page.

Tuesday Books

I'm currently reading this one, but it is a first for me cause I'm reading it as an ebook on the Nook my Mom got me for last Christmas. Moving beyond my "it's not a book" issue, my only problem so far with the ebook format is that at least with my Nook it does this strange thing with punctuation. Por ejemplo, if a parenthetical starts at the end of the line, the Nook will put the opening ( on one line with the rest of the parenthetical on the next line. I know, I know. Picky, but still...

Holland and Niles Perry are identical thirteen-year-old twins. They are close, close enough, almost, to read each other’s thoughts, but they couldn’t be more different. Holland is bold and mischievous, a bad influence, while Niles is kind and eager to please, the sort of boy who makes parents proud. The Perrys live in the bucolic New England town their family settled centuries ago, and as it happens, the extended clan has gathered at its ancestral farm this summer to mourn the death of the twins’ father in a most unfortunate accident. Mrs. Perry still hasn’t recovered from the shock of her husband’s gruesome end and stays sequestered in her room, leaving her sons to roam free. As the summer goes on, though, and Holland’s pranks become increasingly sinister, Niles finds he can no longer make excuses for his brother’s actions.

Thomas Tryon’s best-selling novel about a homegrown monster is an eerie examination of the darkness that dwells within everyone. It is a landmark of psychological horror that is a worthy descendent of the books of James Hogg, Robert Louis Stevenson, Shirley Jackson, and Patricia Highsmith.

Tom Tryon was hot. Anyone know if he was gay. From all the homoeroticism, I'm catching in this book, I'd have to say yes.

I could find this title only as a Nook book, but we just got a paperback copy. Of course the cover is luridly gay.

From SlashFiction.org

A male prostitute, a mangy cat, a murder and a maniachal mix-up that threatens his career, his impending marriage and his life. Nothing is going as planned for Austin Glass.

Austin – seems to have it all. At least on the surface. A loving fiancee. A future with the FBI and a healthy sized trust fund. He also has a grin and a wisecrack for every situation. But the smile he presents to everyone hides a painful past he’s buried too deeply to remember. And his quips mask bitterness and insecurity. Austin has himself and most of the whole world fooled. Until he meets someone who immediately sees him better than he sees himself.

As events unfold and Austin’s world unravels, he finds himself pushed into making quick life-changing decisions. But can he trust Peter or what’s happening between them when each meeting seems to be just a series of volatile reactions?

Is fox hunting a universal lesbian joy? Or a particularly Southern one?

New York Times bestselling author Rita Mae Brown bounds to the front of the pack with Fox Tracks, the thrilling new mystery in her beloved foxhunting series featuring the indomitable “Sister” Jane Arnold and, among others, the boisterous company of horses and hounds. Now, as a string of bizarre murders sweeps the East Coast, this unlikely alliance must smoke out a devious killer who may be closer than they first think.

While outside on Manhattan’s Midtown streets a fierce snowstorm rages, nothing can dampen the excitement inside the elegant ballroom of Manhattan’s Pierre Hotel. Hunt clubs from all over North America have gathered for their annual gala, and nobody is in higher spirits than “Sister” Jane, Master of the Jefferson Hunt in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Braving the foul weather, Sister and her young friend “Tootie” Harris pop out to purchase cigars for the celebration at a nearby tobacco shop, finding themselves regaled by the colorful stories of its eccentric proprietor, Adolfo Galdos.

Yet the trip’s festive mood goes to ground later with the grisly discovery of Adolfo’s corpse. The tobacconist was shot in the head but found, oddly enough, with a cigarette pack of American Smokes laid carefully over his heart.

When a similar murder occurs in Boston, Sister’s “horse sense” tells her there’s a nefarious plot afoot — one that seems to originate in the South’s aromatic tobacco farms. Meanwhile, Sister’s nemesis, Crawford Howard, will stop at nothing to subvert the Jefferson Hunt Club. There’s more than one shadowy scheme in the works in Albemarle County, and some conspirators are unafraid of taking shots at those evidencing too keen an interest in other people’s business. When Sister voices her suspicions, she, too, becomes a target. Fortunately for her, the Master of the Jefferson Hunt may rely upon the wits and wiles of her four-legged friends — including horses Lafayette and Matador, the powerful hound, Dragon, and even the clever old red fox, Uncle Yancy!

From Manhattan’s gritty streets to the pastoral beauty of Virginia horse country, Fox Tracks features the beloved characters from past Sister Jane novels in a fascinating new intrigue. This sly, fast-paced mystery gives chase from sizzling start to stunning finish!

The Dao of Dolly...

The legendary Dolly Parton shares for the first time her deeply held philosophy of life and her heartfelt hopes for everyone.

Based on the hugely popular commencement speech Dolly Parton gave at the University of Tennessee that became a sensation, Dream More is a deeper and richer exploration of the personal philosophy she has forged over the course of her astonishing career as a singer, songwriter, performer, and philanthropist.

Using her speech as a jumping-off point, Parton explores the four great hopes she urges us to embrace: dream more, learn more, care more, and be more. She culls examples of these values from her own life as illustrations, from growing up poor in the hills of eastern Tennessee to her experiences as the iconic performer she has become today.

Written by one of the cultural legends of our time, Dream More is a poignant and uplifting anthem for all who want to take charge of their lives and forge a future on their own terms.

Very exciting: a second volume of Ursula Le Guin's collected short stories!

Outer Space, Inner Lands includes many of the best known Ursula K. Le Guin nonrealistic stories (such as "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas," "Semley’s Necklace," and "She Unnames Them") which have shaped the way many readers see the world. She gives voice to the voiceless, hope to the outsider, and speaks truth to power—all the time maintaining her independence and sense of humor.

Companion volume Where on Earth explores Le Guin's satirical, risky, political and experimental earthbound stories. Both volumes include new introductions by the author.

"She is a splendid short-story writer...Fiction, like Borges's, that finds its life in the interstices between the borders of speculative fiction and realism."—San Francisco Chronicle

"Ursula Le Guin's prose breathes light and intelligence. She can lift fiction to the level of poetry and compress it to the density of allegory."—Jonathan Lethem

Kevin Phillips, yet another author that I've intended to read. Truly, the road to Hell is paved with unread books.

The contrarian historian and analyst upends the conventional reading of the American Revolution

In 1775, iconoclastic historian and bestselling author Kevin Phillips punctures the myth that 1776 was the watershed year of the American Revolution. He suggests that the great events and confrontations of 1775—Congress’s belligerent economic ultimatums to Britain, New England’s rage militaire, the exodus of British troops and expulsion of royal governors up and down the seaboard, and the new provincial congresses and hundreds of local committees that quickly reconstituted local authority in Patriot hands­—achieved a sweeping Patriot control of territory and local government that Britain was never able to overcome. These each added to the Revolution’s essential momentum so when the British finally attacked in great strength the following year, they could not regain the control they had lost in 1775.

Analyzing the political climate, economic structures, and military preparations, as well as the roles of ethnicity, religion, and class, Phillips tackles the eighteenth century with the same skill and insights he has shown in analyzing contemporary politics and economics. The result is a dramatic narrative brimming with original insights. 1775 revolutionizes our understanding of America’s origins.

Except for a flirtation with Agatha Christie and Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch? Yum.), I'm not much one for mysteries, but this the second book by Susan Hill, the author of The Woman in Black, said movie starring Daniel Radcliffe, and one of the only times that I and the straight guy next to me in the theater screamed in girly unison.

From Library Journal...

A little boy is kidnapped while waiting for a ride to school in Hill's second mystery featuring Detective Inspector Simon Serailler (after The Various Haunts of Men) and his bucolic English cathedral town of Lafferton. Few leads exist. Crime reconstruction and interviews with local pedophiles, ex-cons, transients, and the boy's family turn up no clues. The community is gripped by fear, and the boy's family unravels. Simon's personal life is also turbulent-his institutionalized sister has suddenly died, his other sibling is about to give birth to her third child and her medical practice is suffering, and his sometime girlfriend is in desperate need of attention and stalking him. Simon is clearly not functioning at his best in the face of this truly baffling and tragic case. Thanks to Hill's deft prose, his character gains both depth and humanity. This novel showcases the author's exceptional skill at complex plot development and the creation of a community of thoroughly engaging and believable characters. Fans of English mysteries will be delighted. Strongly recommended.

Tuesday Beau: Colby Keller joins Piefolk...

...for an interview and semi-naked baking.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

My Life in a Bottle

Funnily enough...I now have three writing assignments. Hopefully I'll get them done by the end of the day.

Sorry. Nothing today.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Hyelp.

Does anyone out there have experience using Box.com. I'm looking for a way to embed documents - I think particularly pdfs - into my genealogy website. I've seen this before on websites like Towleroad, NPR, or Daily Kos when those websites want to feature a whole document (released by an organization) in the body of the post. (Of course, I can't seem to find an example of this to make things easier.)

Basically I want to do something similar to the "Word-a-day" gadgets I see on different websites and blogs, but in this case I would be doing pdfs/images of different documents (deeds, death certificates, marriages, etc.) for my genealogy page.

Any takers?

Weekend Dick

Via oh yeaaah

Color Me Embarrassed

Rosecrans Baldwin, I totally thought you were a woman.

Via NPR: My Guilty Pleasure: Pterrifying Pterodactyl Meets Sexy Detective

Baldwin is the author of Paris, I Love You But You're Bringing Me Down and You Lost Me There.

This faux pas brings to mind...

Jayne: "Captain says you're to stay put. Doesn't want you runnin' afoul of his blushin' psychotic bride. She figures out who you are, she'll turn you in 'fore you can say... 'don't turn me in, lady'."

River: (looking at Jayne) "She's a liar."

Jayne: "That don't exactly set her apart from the rest of us. And the plunder sounds fun enough."

River: "She's a liar and no good will come of her."

Jayne: "Well, I say as a rule that girlfolk ain't to be trusted."

River: "Jayne is a girl's name."

Jayne: "She starts on that 'girl's name' thing, I'm gonna show her good an' all I got man parts."

Simon: "I'm trying to think of a way for you to be cruder. It's just not coming."

Larry Hagman Dies at 81

I find myself surprised by the mix of images of Larry Hagman. To me he was most assuredly the somewhat bumbling and frustrated and befuddled Major Tony Nelson, while J.R. Ewing was played by someone else.

Obituary via the NYT

Back to Work...

...blech.

I got back to Lexington yesterday, and today I am at work. And already I'm missing my family.

On the walk to work, I kept thinking about the libraries at home. I had given up on getting my Master's in Library Science thinking that I would be happy here as an assistant, but I kept thinking I could get my MLS, and get a good job back in the 'Berg. But mostly this is just me missing my family and my Mom. And how would I find some cutie who'd want to move to the country with me?

Cause really I'd be replacing one kind of loneliness for another.

If only, I could get this writing thing off the ground. Hell! I'm still a week behind on a writing exchange I joined. Grr...

Well, off to work.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Fucked Up Christians Think Killing Gays is in Line...

...with the birth of the hippie Christ.

All Out's petition campaign against the bill has over 160,000 signatures already. Add your name.

Or, Uganda may vote on anti-gay bill today. (via Joe.My.God.)

Earlier this month we learned that Uganda's infamous "Kill The Gays" bill was being pushed to a vote as a "Christmas gift to Christians." Alerts went out yesterday that the bill may be voted upon as soon as today. This morning the BBC reported a claim the the death penalty has been been dropped from the legislation.

A committee of Ugandan MPs has endorsed the proposed Anti-Homosexuality Bill but dropped the death penalty provision, an MP has told the BBC. MP Medard Segona said "substantial amendments" had been made to the bill but said he was not allowed to reveal further details. Speaker of parliament Rebecca Kadaga recently said the bill would be passed as a "Christmas gift" to its advocates. Homosexual acts are illegal in Uganda - this bill increases the penalties.

Foreign donors have threatened to cut aid if gay rights are not respected. The bill, tabled by MP David Bahati, proposes longer jail terms for homosexual acts, including a life sentence in certain circumstances. In its original form, those convicted of "aggravated homosexuality" - defined as when one of the participants is a minor, HIV-positive, disabled or a "serial offender" - faced the death penalty. Such offences would now be punished with life imprisonment, it is understood.

The original bill also prohibited the "promotion" of gay rights and called for the punishment of anyone who "funds or sponsors homosexuality" or "abets homosexuality". Mr Bahati has previously said that the death penalty provision would be dropped but this has not been confirmed until now. Mr Segona, who is on the Legal and Parliamentary committee of Uganda's parliament, told the BBC: "I can confirm it has been dropped."

Box Turtle Bulletin blogger Jim Burroway is suspicious of these claims because Ugandan legislators have lied about that in the past.

WBS Television in Uganda late yesterday posted another report on YouTube featuring statements by members of the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee, which is charged with marking up the Anti-Homosexuality Bill with recommended changes. There are a few troubling aspects to the report. First, the reporter claims that the death penalty has been removed for “homosexuality acts with minors,” which sounds very suspiciously like several other previous reports, later proven to be false, that the death penalty had been removed. The last time we heard that line, we would quickly learn that the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs committee, in fact, had not removed the death penalty from the bill, but instead had simply obfuscated the death penalty’s presence in the bill. A complete explanation can be found here.

Joanna Lumley is starring in a movie with Leonardo DiCaprio

Via BuzzFeed

Therefore, I may see my FIRST Leonardo DiCaprio movie.

It's Gonna Be a Hard Candy Christmas for Mayim Bialik

Via BuzzFeed

Mayim Bialik announced that she and her husband are getting a divorce:

"After much consideration and soul-searching, Michael and I have arrived at the decision to divorce due to “Irreconcilable Differences.” Divorce is terribly sad, painful and incomprehensible for children. It is not something we have decided lightly."

We will be ok."

Ben Wishaw is Eeeeevil...

...but, oh, so cute.

Via candidly candid lily

Also, check out these Sterek GIFs.

Mr. Murphy Goes to Washington

I'm sure you read over the week that Grand High Idiot Allen West finally conceded in Florida, so now Democrat Patrick Murphy is off to Washington! Happy Dance!

Via Daily Kos

Of all the big Democratic wins on election night, Democrat Patrick Murphy's defeat of tea party exemplar Allen West in South Florida is one of the sweetest. And it's not just because of who West is—though beating a man as hateful and crazy as West always feels especially great—but also because of the the guy who beat him. We all know West is a lunatic, but we aren't just getting rid of a lunatic: We're replacing him with a genuine progressive, one whom far too many people (including even myself at one point!) were far too ready to dismiss.

When he got into the race, Murphy was a young first-time candidate whom most Beltway folks were all too willing to view the same way West did, as some kind of entitled upstart. He never was. I admit that when we first heard about him all the way back in February of 2011—when Murphy was described as a "28-year-old accountant"—we had him figured for a proverbial Some Dude and even took to calling him "no, not that" Patrick Murphy to distinguish from the much better-known former congressman from Pennsylvania. But Murphy quickly wowed us with his fundraising, and he turned out to be a strong campaigner. After that, we started to take him seriously indeed—though many people had him written off until the end.

John Waters Double-Bill

I don't know if you were forced by your corporate overlords to return to work today or to venture out into the Black Friday chaos, but if by some chance you're sitting at home and don't want to watch and rewatch Friday on USA or some TV show marathon on another station, Dangerous Minds has provided a John Waters Double-Bill: Mondo Trasho and Multiple Maniacs - you know, if you didn't get enough of the fabulous trash that is your birth family. LOL.

Okay, I was totally projecting there.

Friday Beau

Via The Man Crush Tumblr

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving

Thank you to all my blogger friends, family and followers. Thank you for being a part of my blog and thank you for reaching out to me in my time of need. Have a great day, and may what you eat never exceed the size of your stomach.

Also, here are Thanksgiving wishes from Dylan O'Brien and Tyler Posey.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Off to Owensboro

Today is not so exciting. We're about to leave for Owensboro, Ky., which when I was growing up was the big city around here. Bowling Green and Evansville were even bigger but further away so might as well required a sudden tornado to get us there. And forget about Nashville. Though Opryland was another matter.

So, we're off for shopping and dinner tonight. See ya when we get home.

Jake Bass wishes you a happy Hump Day

Via Dirty Little Pig Boy

Plus, enjoy his...erm...O face.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

On Sale at a Mall in Paducah

I'll take 10.

Sadness: Kevin Clash resigns from Sesame Street

Via Maybe it's just me...

Sesame Workshop’s mission is to harness the educational power of media to help all children the world over reach their highest potential. Kevin Clash has helped us achieve that mission for 28 years, and none of us, especially Kevin, want anything to divert our attention from our focus on serving as a leading educational organization.

Unfortunately, the controversy surrounding Kevin’s personal life has become a distraction that none of us want, and he has concluded that he can no longer be effective in his job and has resigned from Sesame Street. This is a sad day for Sesame Street.

50% Drop in New HIV/AIDS Infections Across 25 Countries

Via Joe.My.God.

Results, by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), shows that unprecedented acceleration in the AIDS response is producing results for people. The report shows that a more than 50% reduction in the rate of new HIV infections has been achieved across 25 low- and middle-income countries - more than half in Africa, the region most affected by HIV.

In some of the countries which have the highest HIV prevalence in the world, rates of new HIV infections have been cut dramatically since 2001; by 73% in Malawi, 71% in Botswana, 68% in Namibia, 58% in Zambia, 50% in Zimbabwe and 41% in South Africa and Swaziland.

In addition to welcome results in HIV prevention, sub-Saharan Africa has reduced AIDS-related deaths by one third in the last six years and increased the number of people on antiretroviral treatment by 59% in the last two years alone.

“The pace of progress is quickening—what used to take a decade is now being achieved in 24 months,” said Michel SidibĂ©, Executive Director of UNAIDS. “We are scaling up faster and smarter than ever before. It is the proof that with political will and follow through we can reach our shared goals by 2015.”

In addition, the number of people with access to antiretroviral therapy increased by 63% in the last 24 months. AIDS-related deaths fell by more than 25% between 2005 and 2011 globally.

Down Into the Hole

Today, in a couple of hours, we'll be heading out to Mammoth Cave National Park. However, we won't be taking the Historic Tour - whose opening you see above - but the Frozen Niagara Tour.

I've been on this tour before, and if I remember correctly, there'll first be a brief bus trip to a different cave opening.

Once again, I won't be free to do any genealogy. I purportedly have family buried in a cemetery on the land that is part of the national park, so I'm hoping someday to be able to travel there for that.

First, however, the tribe gathers together for a nosh of soup and sandwiches.

Tuesday Beau

Via METRO DYSTOPIA

Gosh, I miss having fun at rest stops. On the way to Paducah, I noticed at least one rest stop that had been shut down and torn down. I assumed that it had been rather cruisy and so the state got rid of it. Shame.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Hunting/Gathering in Paducah

It is almost 8:30 here in the Western Wilds, and today the womenfolk are leading the tribe even further west...almost to the banks of the great Mississippi in search of that most elusive of creatures - fabric squares for quilting.

Our first stop is Eddyville for breakfast and then on to Paducah and then later today we have a reservation for dinner at Patty's, which I'm told is down around Land Between the Lakes.

I'd gotten my hopes up that in Eddyville, we might potentially be near a courthouse so I could look for my Memaw Sallie's second marriage, but we'll be eating at that denizen of countryness the Cracker Barrel and therefore will be on the outskirts of town.

So with a newly created Playlist, the Best American Essays of 2012 (Mark Doty, be my guide), and my digital camera, we' re off.

I have serious reservations that the above skyline will even come into view; it seems most likely we won't be getting past the outer edges of the city.

I've be told however (hopefully) there will be a bookstore.

Via Joe.My.God.: Nate Silver's Dorkiness

I completely agree with this. I remember as a kid thinking that I was possibly an alien from another planet sent to learn as much about this world as possible, and it was because of that outsiderness that I was able to succeed in school and had a keen eye for things. However, it left me rather high and dry socially and emotionally. LOL. Maybe I shouldn't have cared.

Via Joe.My.God.

"I've always felt like something of an outsider. I've always had friends, but I've always come from an outside point of view. I think that's important. If you grow up gay, or in a household that's agnostic, when most people are religious, then from the get-go, you are saying that there are things that the majority of society believes that I don't believe." - Nate Silver, telling Britain's Guardian that his "dorkiness" has helped him succeed.