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Real quick update, let's see what we have today.

First up, The Tea Party doesn't understand satire.  Or play video games, but probably not understanding basic concepts is the core problem here.

The future of Jell-O shots:

Also from 3D printers: human livers!  Good for after all those Jell-O shots....

Remember the gay soldier who got booed at the Republican debates?  Here's a great, in-depth telling of his story.

That's it for now, have a great one, and I'll be back with more in 2014!

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Alright, here we go, the big year in review post.  First up, DJ Earworm's United State of Pop:

Next up, a great review of the year by The Onion:

This year, Google's Zeitgeist is really short, but still very good:

Also really short this year, is JibJab's year in review:

Youtube's Rewind was really good this year:

And lastly, instead of putting together a slide show for the camp staff kids, I didn't want to let the music go to waste, so I'm starting a new tradition.  Here's a look at my life in 2013, all the adventures, friends and people that inspired me, hope you like it:

Here's to a great 2014!

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Alright, let's see what we have today.  First up, it turns out that intelligent people drink more.

In case you forgot, Rick Santorum is an idiot.  Like, there aren't enough words to decry this man.

If lawyers were copywriters.  It's sad, by the way.

And for fans of "Orange is the New Black"

The beginning of the year-end round-ups (I'll have a special post later, still waiting for one more video to be released), but here are 45 of the most powerful images of the year.

A man went an entire day (with one slip-up) by only saying "Hodor.

Research has proven that anti-LGBT legislation causes harm, especially on young people.

And sadly, speaking of, a prominent Russian actor was applauded when he said he wants to burn all gay men alive.

The final book in The Magicians trilogy comes out in August, and we have a cover.

That's it for today, have a great one!

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Alright, let's see what we have today.  First up, the trailer for Disney's Maleficient:

I really can't prepare you for this, but 12 awful sex tips from Cosmo...presented by Gollum.

All the weird stuff that Blockbuster is putting up for sale on Craigslist.

And also, the new Muppets trailer:

Sadly, I don't fit the age categories, but if you do, you can audition for Star Wars Episode VII

As it turns out, dinosaurs might have been bigger than we thought.  Scary!

Who knew that dollar bills could be such works of art.  Check them out here

In breaking news, women make less than men.  And it's awkward when it comes out in politics.

Personally, as a matter of style, I don't use the Oxford comma, but I'm always of the camp that whichever style you choose, you be consistent with it.  And XKCD covered it here.

That's it for now, but I'll be back with more soon, Happy Thanksgiving!

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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!

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Alright let's see what we have today. First up, I'm really hoping I can figure out a way to go see this, but here is the first poster of NPH as Hedwig.

A huge chart of beer. Freaking huge.

Chris Christie, Governor of NJ, is a giant asshole.  He's on the record stating that if one of his kids was gay, he would tell them they had no right to get married.  No, I take that back, he's not an asshole, he's a fucking monster.

A medal was struck to commemorate Pope Francis's first year and it quotes Lesus. Yep, they misspelled Jesus.

In case you forgot, Pat Robertson is a raging, evil asshole.  And Ccn we all just agree that Pat Robertson is just really reaching for ratings at this point?

In case you missed it, Firefly is coming back as a comic!

My favorite Halloween costume:

 

On Jupiter and Saturn, it rains diamonds.

I'm not sure what's going on with Vogue UK, but if you put in the Konami code, you see a raptor.  Seriously.

This is such a tragic and sad story.  Get the Kleenex ready.

A new kind of horror movie:

Also in the spirit of Halloween, living with Jigsaw.

Jessica Chobot is coming back to the Internet, this time on The Nerdist!

A statistic that will shock no one with a brain: when funding for mental health goes down, suicides go up.

The big Disney songs from our childhood:

The headline is a bit ridiculous, but still not cool.  But of course, it's Fox News, so it shouldn't surprise anyone.

I've never really trusted the ads using Google autocomplete, only because it's so easy to manipulate, or even photoshop.  But the UN is doing a campaign to highlight LGBT issues.

That's it for now, I'm not sure if the Youtube Videos are going to work, they've been a bit wonky lately (as has the whole site, actually).  They'll be some big updates coming next year (when the new version of Joomla is released), so we'll just stick it out until then.  Hopefully!

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Because as we've learned this week, the world can still be a scary and awful place.  But we make it better each and every day by coming out and being more visible; and just by that act, reminding those around us that we're humans.  Just like you.

So if you are in a place where you can safely (physically, emotionally, financially, work-relatedly, yeah, I made that "word" up) come out, start with yourself, and work your way outward.  You'll feel better, I promise.

And to celebrate the 25th annual national coming out day, a day dedicated to LGBT visibility, a quick video.  And yes, Randy Phillip's still chokes me up a little bit, because we're in a world where he had to ask his dad if he would still love him.

All my best,

Mike

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See, the title is a little bit of a pun, since I'm going to be talking about Pennsylvania.  Oh, I amuse myself.

So, Pa. is the only state in the northeast that doesn't recognize same-sex couples (all New England and Mid-Atlantic states have marriage equality, except New Jersey which has civil unions, and they're moving towards marriage).  And on top of that, Pa. has no employment protection for LGBT workers, meaning outside of areas (such as Allegheny county or places like State College), employers are able to fire workers for no other reason than that they're gay.

So if we are successful in obtaining marriage equality, we'll also be the only state to have done so without a state-wide ENDA.  Of course we're ass-backwards.

Our Governor is kind of the laughing stock of the country.  One of his staff previously compared same-sex marriages to the marriages of 12 year olds, he has now said a better analogy is that of incest.  And he has the fucking nerve to laugh:

And if you couldn't hear the drum beating before, now we have explicit calls from Brian Sims to vote him out of office:

Our job isn’t just to be frustrated with the homophobia coming from the Governor’s Mansion, it’s to do everything we can to ensure that his chapter in Pennsylvania’s political history is as sad and short as his record on schools, economic development and civil rights.

But this is also the state that has said spousal benefits for same-sex couples is just like throwing money at cats and dogs.  There is also a line of thinking (that I lost the link to, of course Nope, found the link), that he specifically used that reference to further demonize and demoralize LGBT citizens in very pointed way; either way, he's an asshole.

But marriage equality is being fought on four different fronts:

  1. ACLU lawsuit, the first in the country brought after the DOMA/Prop 8 decisions.
  2. Montgomery County and the Montgomery County Clerk have filed appeals to keep issuing same-sex marriage licenses.  These may be the same appeal, or they may be separate, I'm not sure, I've seen them reported on both ways.
  3. Twenty one couples who were issued marriage licenses in Montgomery County are now suing the state for recognition.
  4. Marriage equality bill introduced in the House.

I don't remember any other state moving forward on so many fronts, but I also don't follow other states as closely as Pa.

Also, a bill has also been introduced to stop the torture of "ex-gay therapy" on minors:

Almost four decades of science and medicine that says if you are LGBTQ, just like me, that there is nothing wrong with you, that you are not broken, you don’t need to be fixed and you don’t need to have a diagnosis, and that being LGBT, like so many other characteristics in your life, some days will be a blessing and some days will be a burden, but is not something that needs to be fixed or can be fixed and that you are just fine the way you are.

So we're moving forward, in any way (and many ways) possible, it's a lot of fighting, but when you have to fight for your rights, you do what you must, I suppose.  And who knows how long this will take and how messy it will get, but I'll keep you updated.

All my best,

Mike

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It's been a while, so I have a lot of fun stuff to share, let's get started.  First up, amazing facts about frogs:

Holy crap, scientists have invented Lightsabers!

The commissioner of the NBA slams the Olympics for their handling of the Russia LGBT laws.  And speaking of, Brian Brown, head of NOM, worked with Russia lawmakers to draft the legislation working its way through the Duma to forcibly take children from LGBT adults.

And lastly about Russia, a music video about the torture of the Russian church:

Sometimes, grandmothers play one of my favorite games, Cards Against Humanity.  Yeah, weird and creepy, and I would have given her the point for that round.

Just like you can't open a business and refuse to serve the Irish, or women, or Jews, you can't flat our refuse to serve the LGBT community.  Unless the Republican party gets it way, of course.

The new trailer for the next Hobbit movie:

You've probably seen the Chipotle ad that's making its way across the Internet, but here is the "truth" version.

Here's a great essay about the impact Harry Potter has.

And another great essay at the Good Men Project about gay sex.

This will make you smile, I promise:

That's it for now, have a great one!

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Alright, let's see what we have today.  First up, seriously, it's not hard.  With very few exceptions, there is nothing, absolutely nothing that your brand can add to the 9/11 conversation. Every marketer should memorize this immediately:

And if you ignore that, this is what happens

And interesting and awesome use for a prison, that saves money.

So check out this trailer for Dan Radcliffe's new movie.  His accent is jaw-dropping.

It's a scary and bad situation, but it really does look like Mt. Doom in the SF Bay area:

The head of the Sochi Olympic Games has asked the new head of the IOC for help stopping the criticism of Russia's anti-LGBT laws, which means, at least I think, they're starting to feel pressure.

A drone's view of Burning Man 2013:

That's it for now, short update today.  Have a great one! 

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