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Qickie Book Review: Bel Ami  »  A Life in the Day
by Guy de MaupassantGeorges Duroy wants more from life than just his dreary job and constant lack of funds. While moping around Paris, he happens upon a friend and former soldier who convinces him to try writing, setting him up at his paper -- the Vie Française -- where he's tasked with writing an article about his experiences in Africa during the war. However, writers block sets in and Duroy begs for help from his friend to get the article started. His friend introduces him to his wife Madeleine, a smart and attractive woman, who at once draws the ...
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Posted:  9/19 5:18am
QUEER QUOTE: Justice Ginsburg Gives Hints On How SCOTUS May Act In Pending Marriage Cases  »  The Mad Professah Lectures
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg gave some hints at apublic forum recently about how the U.S. Supreme Court may deal with the pending petitions from the 4th, 7th and 10th U.S. Circuits to resolve the question of marriage equality: Look to the 6th Circuit!Generally, the Supreme Court resolves splits between the Circuits. If the 6th Circuit rules, like all other appellate courts that have reviewed state bans on marriage equality in the last year and  a half that these laws violate the federal constitution then there would be no split to resolve and even though it's an ...
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Posted:  9/18 10:37pm
"Holy crap!"  »  Ron's Log
That's the considered opinion of the videographer who shot this flash flood in the Town of Joshua Tree a couple of days ago. I was impressed at how loud it was approaching, before you could see any of it. (Thanks, Ed!) ...
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Posted:  9/18 11:45pm
Just a Little Laugh  »  A Life in the Day
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Posted:  9/18 8:59am
The Temple Of Grace  »  Ron's Log
Mr. Mink's memorial was in a prime spot and heavily photographed and I'm sure that pleases him. I had not seen duplicate Whitman quotes at the Temple before. It could just be that more gay English majors came this year, but I'm bettin' these are Breaking Bad fans maybe because, you know, they misspelled "O." I was surprised at how many non-disabled (? upright?) people did not use the little disabled access slot. I didn't realize these were Mormon underwear ...
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Posted:  9/18 7:38am
An Onion Kickstarter?  »  Ron's Log
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Posted:  9/18 6:39am
Huge Burning Man Inner Playa Panorama  »  Ron's Log
It's a Gigapixel image by Michael Holden where I can see some things better than I could in reality. All it needs to achieve greater verisimilitude is a cup of playa dust dumped into a fan aimed directly into my face...while at least three different sound sources are playing EDM at full volume. Look for the three green laser spots on the mountain. ...
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Posted:  9/18 3:14am
Traffic  »  Ron's Log
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Posted:  9/17 11:39pm
COPE Was A Blast!  »  imagination is intelligence with an erection
(From M.Christian's Classes And Appearances)Just wanted to toss out a heartfelt and very enthusiastic THANKS to all the fun folks I met at COPE (The Central Ohio Perversion Diversion) - plus the great attendees to my classes - and ESPECIALLY to the organizers of this amazing events. It was a blast and then some!! ...
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Posted:  9/17 7:47pm
GODLESS WEDNESDAY: Bobby Jindal Gives Evasive Answers To Questions On Evolution  »  The Mad Professah Lectures
Not sure if this belongs in Godless Wednesday category but it is something I feel like I need to blog about to alert my fellow godless heathens! Governor Bobby Jindal, currently "praying about whether he will run for President in 2016" and former Rhodes Scholar (to study biology and public policy) refused multiple opportunities from reporters to say whether he believes in evolution or not.Instead, this is what Jindal said:"I'm not an evolutionary biologist"and"I will tell you, as a father, I want my kids to be taught about evolution in their schools, but secondly, I think local school ...
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Posted:  9/17 1:21pm
Mary Bonauto Wins 2014 MacArthur "Genius" Grant Of $625K  »  The Mad Professah Lectures
Mary Bonauto, one of the primary architects of the LGBT equality revolution in the courts for the last two decades in her long association with Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders, has been awarded a prestigious MacArthur Foundation "Genius" grant.Bonauto is a civil rights lawyer whose powerful arguments and long-term legal strategies have led to historic strides in the effort to achieve marriage equality for same-sex couples across the United States. The Civil Rights Project Director at Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) since 1990, much of her early work focused on adoption and parenting, censorship, ...
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Posted:  9/17 9:01am
Tennis Tuesday: Slow Part Of Season Ahead; Li Na Retirement Rumor  »  The Mad Professah Lectures
It's Tuesday so it's the day on the blog we definitely talk about Tennis. The picture associated with today's article was posted to Serena Wlliams instagram feed.It's the slowest part of the season, when both tours go to Asia and indoor hard courts, counting down to the end-of-season finales in London (ATP) and Singapore (WTA). Serena, Maria Sharapova and Simona Halep are the only players who have qualified so far, since 2014 Australian Open champion Li Na is not playing the event (and there are rumors she may be retired by then!)There are only two ATP ...
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Posted:  9/17 12:44am
DHS Planning Commission - September 9, 2014  »  Ron's Log
Wenzlaff School A representative of PSUSD gave a presentation on the construction work going on at Wenzlaff School. The school is about 40 years old and almost all of it was still original, which explains the extensive work that's we've seen going on. They will be putting up a new sign facing the parking lot that will make it more obvious where the entrance to the school is. Work is ahead of schedule and they expect it to be complete in Spring 2015. Future Warehouse Facility On Indian This is the annual extension of permits for the proposed big warehouse development that ...
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Posted:  9/17 1:44am
Kanye wants Kim to ditch ‘Keeping Up With The Kardashians’  »  popbytes
It’s been no secret that Kanye West hates reality TV and has no interest in being surrounded by cameras, so it’s a bit of a surprise that he’s with Kim Kardashian (WEST!), a woman who lives in front of reality TV cameras. Except it turns out that Kanye is now actively trying to get Kim to dump Keeping Up With The Kardashians, and you better believe that he’s about to incur the wrath of momager Kris Jenner and her legion of damned valkyries. “Jonathan, pencil in a 3PM smiting for me after we shoot that fight at Pink ...
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Posted:  9/16 9:00am
How 'bout more Burning Man pics?  »  Ron's Log
The Bug from Camp Walter at dusk just before the Temple burn. Submarine art car. This was parked exactly midway between the Temple and the Temple's porta-potties, so it was anybody's guess. Welcome to Gerlach. This is during the exit. Think what you'd have to pay to rent one of those rooms if it were in San Francisco! No, really, it was Saturday morning and they were cleaning out the interior of the Man in preparation for the big Burn...and this was probably when there was that previously secret accidental spill of fire retardant. ...
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Posted:  9/16 7:27am
Walk Los Angeles  »  Ron's Log
Some organized walks coming up in L.A.:
  • Saturday, September 7, Three Is A Magic Number. Twelve mile loop walk starting at Grand Park, downtown, 9 AM. The 12 miles is broken into three parts, and you can bug out when you want to.
  • Friday, November 28, Post-Thanksgiving Epic. Starts at Chinatown Gold line station, 9 AM. Fifteen mile loop.
  • Saturday, January 17, Ten Bridges Epic. "Walk over every bridge crossing the Los Angeles River between Broadway and Olympic Blvd." About 12 miles, 9 AM at the Chinatown Metro station.
  • Saturday, February 7, Stair Trek VIII. 25
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Posted:  9/16 3:44am
LiLo lied about touching Whitney Houston’s body bag  »  popbytes
All right, here’s the deal: I’m down in Las Vegas again for my partner’s birthday trip, and to be honest, the culture shock of going from Toronto to Vegas is doing weird things to my head. Even worse is the fact that on the flight in, our plane landed diagonally, so right now I’m not entirely convinced we didn’t die and I’m now in purgatory. Anyway, all this to say that when I woke up this morning, I wasn’t expecting to hear a story about how Lindsay Lohan claimed to have handled Whitney Houston‘s body bag when she ...
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Posted:  9/16 12:30am
COPE Was A Blast!  »  imagination is intelligence with an erection
(M.Christian's Classes And Appearances)Just wanted to toss out a heartfelt and very enthusiastic THANKS to all the fun folks I met at COPE (The Central Ohio Perversion Diversion) - plus the great attendees to my classes - and ESPECIALLY to the organizers of this amazing events. It was a blast and then some!! ...
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Posted:  9/15 11:57pm
GoPro - the whole ball of wax  »  Ron's Log
The New Yorker has published the most comprehensive (and literate, it almost goes without saying) article on GoPro cameras ever. The history, the culture, the danger, the blandness, the abuse. If you feel like there's any sort of GoPro information you missed, it's there...except for details about the hardware or where to get the best prices. Zak Shelhamer, a photographer and former professional snowboarder, joined the company to help edit and produce snow-sport videos and now runs the adventure-sports division. He told me that he'd recently been talking to a pair of young Frenchmen who were planning to ...
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Posted:  9/15 9:40pm