Alright, let's see what we have today. First up, this. All of this. Stop asking these ridiculous, offensive questions:
The Oatmeal perfectly sums up my relationship with running. Well, mine also includes zombies, but otherwise, this is it.
Remember all those flags in The Force Awakens? They were inspired by the old Expanded Universe.
The Chronicles of Narnia are getting rebooted, with The Silver Chair. My second-least favorite of the books, but my brother's favorite, although we're both a bit skeptical it will actually happen, but here's hoping!
A new version of EarthRise has been released by NASA:
I'm still a bit wary of the Rocky Horror reboot, but at least Tim Curry will be in it, as the criminologist narrator.
A whole bunch of private, Christian colleges accept federal funding, but then request permission to discrimination against LGBT students.
An "ex-gay therapy" company was forced to pay it's victims and then disband, a huge win in the fight against this kind of abuse.
Once again, Surviving the World hits it out of the park:
A new tumblr: Hot guys holding BB-8, because of course we need that.
A Catholic school in Massachusetts has lost its case after it rescinded a job offer to their food service director because he's gay. Because of how the state's laws are, they are not able to discriminate, even though in most other states they are. Still, a victory!
And as a throw-back to a retreat I ran in college, this amazing cover of "Give a Little Bit," to benefit Broadway Cares:
That's it for now, have a great one!
Each year I put together a quick video of where I went, what I did and the things and people who made me smile. It's always a nice way to look back, and even if I'm feeling that last year was a tough year, I can still see all the awesome things that happened. Sadly, I can't put everything in, I only have so much room, and ten minutes is quite long enough, but I hope you enjoy my third annual year in review:
Here we go, the wrap-up videos for 2015.
First up, DJ Earworm:
Facebook put together a really good video:
A lot of the same things in the Google Zeitgeist video. The speech is great, but I'm really over Caitlyn Jenner and her constant disparaging remarks and inexplicable republican-ness, a party that expressly hates her for being trans*:
And it's L.A. centric (as it was made by the LA Gay and Lesbian Center), but a great recap of the year in queer news:
I'm putting together mine, so expect that soon!
I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas, Yule, Festivus and Hanukkah. To help you get through this, two awesome version of "All I Want for Christmas Is You." First up, in minor:
And secondly, by Steve Grand:
Or, if you'd like a video of a yule log, but need something nerdier, may I suggest the five hour version of the Darth Vader pyre from Return of the Jedi.
Ugh, Bill Donohue, crazed right-wing nut-job, credits his time in Pittsburgh, specifically his time with then Bishop Wuerl, as his reason for being involved with the hate group "Catholic League"
What to expect in the second season of The Outs.
All the feels from Johnnie Walker's new ad:
It's a good theory, and it may be too much to hope for, but now that Disney owns LucasFilm, maybe there is a gay character in the Star Wars movies after all (spoilers).
The best (Bloopers) of Nerdist News this year.
NASA has released a new version of "Earthrise" and it's beautiful.
Emotional short film about the very real life faced by queers around the world.
The VERY not safe for work Deadpool trailer:
The Downton Abbey Christmas video, which is just a cool parade of guest stars!
Remember that time SpaceX made history and landed a rocket on their floating platform? Yeah, it's amazing!
Surviving the World, again, hits it out of the park:
Straight people get a "dose" of torture: conversion therapy.
Six HIV+ people sit down and talk about stigma:
And speaking of HIV/AIDS, remember when the Ronald Reagan administration literally laughed as thousands died? Yeah, remember, he's the conservative hero.
That's it for now, but I'll be back soon. Year in Review wrap ups are coming soon!
Alright, November is coming to a close we're into December, so I'll have much more time to write here on the blog.
My old (sometimes current) stomping grounds of Farmington made it on the list of the most beautiful rural Pennsylvania towns. Maybe because of the work I did there, or maybe because of a heavy emphasis on Nemacolin, but I just don't see it. It does have it's charm, but just saying that it's close to Ohiopyle and Fallingwater, maybe those should have been listed instead.
TransParent season 2 is coming back. It's the only show I've ever binge watched, and I couldn't recommend it any more highly:
And in that vein, five things that Transgendered people teach us.
And an amazing video of Trans* men talking about their chests.
Using VR to play D&D is a thing, or at least, going to be a thing.
Make sure you go to Google and search "A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away."
Anti-gay bigots screamed that allow gays to marry would mean that (for some reason) the institution of marriage would collapse. Well, turns out they are (surprise!) dead wrong. Marriage rates (in 2014, the latest year with data) are up for the first time in years, and divorce rates are down.
A sneak peek of the new SyFy show, The Magicians. It looks amazing!
See, spreadsheets are awesome! Even J.K. Rowling uses them!
Beautiful Star Wars mugs, based on the locations in the series.
We're past World AIDS day, but here's a reminder that Ronald Reagan literally laughed at the death of thousands of gay men.
On the subject of "thoughts and prayers":
This is the most heartfelt tribute I've seen since the Paris attacks:
And you've probably seen this, verses from the Bible, but bystanders are told come from the Koran...
By the way, a lot of this craziness stems from this: white Christians are no longer a majority (population that is, still a majority of power), and a lot of this is the freak out to having to share.
Someone is replacing guns in Republican photos with dildos. Awesome, and not safe for work (obviously).
Another day, another chance for Scalia to compare gay men to child abusers.
All Out is launching a site to track the alarming rise of "conversion therapy"
And just a reminder, the Republicans hate gay people. Don't vote for them.
That's it for now, have a great one!
Alright, let's see what we have today, first up, appropriate: It's Going to Be Okay.
Alanis Morissette updated "Ironic:"
Also in music, Steve Grand performs an acoustic version of "We Are The Night"
Carrie Fisher spent years as a script doctor, and she worked on Hook and Sister Act! Check out the documentary here.
Billy on the Street bros out, and it's awesome:
Jessica Chobot stars in an amazing fan-made movie about Samas Aran (Metroid).
PornHub lost a ton of traffic on the day Fallout 4 (video game) was released.
I've been waiting for so long to type this, the trailer for Finding Dory:
You can craft a Butterbeer at Starbucks! I'm out on this, sadly, all the dairy would kill me.
The amazing lightsaber duel at a fencing competition:
The Mormon Church's new rules say that anyone in a same-sex marriage, and their children, must be disciplined. So thousands left the church this weekend.
A really, really good video about depression (British accents, FYI, which makes a couple lines difficult to understand, but still great)
That's all for today, have a great one!
Alright, quick update before I head back into more writing for NaNoWriMo. First up, NYC will be hosting World Pride to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Stonewall:
Rand Paul recently said that gay people should stay in the closet if we want to work, that we don't deserve employment protections. We don't have nationwide or even statewide protection (in Pa.), but he still goes against the vast, vast majority of people in this country, but it's a dangerous position that he holds.
17 instrument names better than their original. I played the Curvy Honk Glove!
Want to eat at Chick-Fil-A, but feel bad about the anti-gay hate? Chicken offsets.
Beautiful mausoleum in Allegheny Cemetery. I need to go find that!
Stephen Colbert brought the Symphony of the Goddesses to the Late Show:
The Mormon Church has decided that they will not baptize children who have gay parents....until they turn 18 and disown their parents. Because, honestly, I'm so exasperated that I can't even come up with anything snarky. Fuck the Mormon church.
Speaking of, Fuck the city of Houston. They recently repealed their anti-discrimination ordinance (which also put protections in place for other groups such as veterans), because of a long series of lies. Dan Savage takes us through it, and how to fight and win in the future.
That's it for now, have a great one!
Happy Guy Fawkes Day! (one of my annual posts):
Remember, remember the Fifth of November,
The Gunpowder Treason and Plot,
I know of no reason
Why the Gunpowder Treason
Should ever be forgot.
Guy Fawkes, Guy Fawkes, 'twas his intent
To blow up the King and Parli'ment.
Three-score barrels of powder below
To prove old England's overthrow;
By God's providence he was catch'd
With a dark lantern and burning match.
Hulloa boys, Hulloa boys, let the bells ring.
Hulloa boys, hulloa boys, God save the King!
A penny loaf to feed the Pope.
A farthing o' cheese to choke him.
A pint of beer to rinse it down.
A faggot of sticks to burn him.
Burn him in a tub of tar.
Burn him like a blazing star.
Burn his body from his head.
Then we'll say ol' Pope is dead.
Hip hip hoorah!
Hip hip hoorah!
If you can believe it, this past month has been so crazy, I'm looking forward to NaNoWriMo so I get some extra time. Either way, here's a quick update before I get started on my tenth (!) year of NaNoWriMo.
First up, in case you missed it, the poster for Episode VII:
And here's a supercut of all the trailers put together:
And, just to demonstrate the genius that is John Williams, here is the trailer with only his music.
The most Star Wars coffee table ever.
One of my favorite webseries, "The Outs," is coming back for a second season next year!
You guys, Pluto is beautiful:
I want to try this out next year for my jack-o-lantern (although this year I did Shy Guy from Nintendo, so it wouldn't have really fit). Looks intense!
Using GPS on family member's phone to recreate the Weasley's clock from Harry Potter!
Todrick Hall does a great mash up of Lady Gaga:
Remember, kids. The far right isn't really "pro-life" (I mean, they're really just anti-choice), they don't want you to have sex. Except to make babies, but that's it!
The final Curtain Call for Hedwig and the Angry Inch, cued up to the group version of "Wig In a Box"
That's it for now, but I'll be back soon with more, promise. Now it's off to the midnight kick-off for NaNoWriMo 2015!
Alright, fairly big update, it's been a while! First up,
Looking at Mary, and her "perfection" may not be all that good, at least not in the way we think.
Check out a great column about the actual affects of the Ashley Madison hack. Not even discussed: the people put in jeopardy of being put to death: in some countries, "cheating" or being gay (AM ran a gay hook up site as well), is punishable by death, and now those people's information are out as well.
Right after the Ashley Madison hack, the feds raided the offices of Rentboy. But should they have? Matt Baume explains:
A useless but awesome machine: the perpetual slinky machine!
The naming system for Charon is awesome, it includes references to Serenity and Darth Vader!
A Super Star Destroyer is bigger than you think.
And speaking of Star Wars, the poster for Episode VII is amazing:
How about some chewable coffee? I know so many people who will want this!
Our robot overlords are coming, but they're going to start out adorable, like this Pixar Lamp robot!
The Deadpool trailer!
Arby's says goodbye to Jon Stewart, in such great ways!
And sadly, remembering Satoru Iwata:
If Disney princes had Grindr profiles. Amusing, and all the puns!
An insane view of the Oval Office: with nothing in it (from when the floor was refinished).
The new trailer for Season 2 of Eastsiders has dropped, and it looks awesome. Check out season 1, it's a great webseries!
The trailer for the final series/season of Downton Abbey is here, and it's all the feels:
Do you want to see graphs that break down stats about tv series finales? Of course you do!
Finally, trans* service members will be able to openly serve starting in May, 2016!
The new single from Great Big World, my new jam:
Pennsylvania has introduced sweeping anti-LGBT discrimination legislation. You know, because even though I can get married, I can be denied being served at any business (job protections are covered under recent federal rulings, but they're not permanent yet). Hopefully it can finally pass, Pa. is the only state in the northeast without these kinds of basic protections.
Somewhat related: a new survey finds that a third of young Americans don't identify as completely straight. Which makes sense, for years, the conventional thinking was that women's sexuality was more fluid, but recent studies have found that the same is true for men, but society pressured men to identify as straight.
Ignorant, hateful bakers in Oregon, who lost a lawsuit for refusing service to a gay couple and then smearing them (leading to death threats and harassment), have been raking in the money via crowdfudning (it's the normal cycle: do something illegal against the queer community, get fined, cry about it online and rake in the money from other bigots across the country). Now, they're sending cakes to LGBT organizations....with copies of a DVD about how horrible LGBT people and protections are. Fuckers.
For more information, let's once again hand it over to Jon Oliver, because he nails it, this is required viewing:
In case you missed it, the teaser for Zoolander 2.
Here is the latest list of the most homphobic colleges in the country, no surprise, Grove City tops the list, but I was surprised to see LeHigh and IUP on the list as well.
We joked while in Arizona about "the last cactus." I think I found it:
That's it for now, have a great one!