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Sunday, the culture continued, this time with me taking my Sister-in-Law to the Museum of Latin American Art. The museum's less than a mile from my apartment -- and provides free access every Sunday -- so I convinced her to join me for the Frida Kahlo exhibit, featuring roughly 200 photographs from her personal collection at La Casa Azul. The images were of people and places that inspired her or showed her in various stages of her life: as a child; in traction at the hospital after one of her many surgeries; dressed in traditional Mexican clothing; ...
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Posted:  4/16 8:03am
Celebs being dumb at Coachella #1: Lindsay Lohan got drunk?  »  popbytes
I don’t know much about the history of Coachella, save to say that from its humble roots it’s turned into the biggest collection of hipsters and various other rich and/or famous people pretending to be poor hippies. Oh, and there’s music sometimes. Anyway, it’s also offered us a new ongoing series for the week, which shall heretofore be known as ‘Celebs Being Dumb at Coachella.’ I know, great name. Anyway, in our first episode, we have Lindsay Lohan reportedly getting drunk off her ass on clear liquid. It could be water, but then again, her ...
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Posted:  4/16 6:40am
Celebs Being Dumb At Coachella #2: Justin & Selena reunite  »  popbytes
Yes, it’s another episode of your new favorite series, ‘Celebs Being Dumb at Coachella.’ Anyway, in the latest installment, we have Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber reuniting for the 261st time, because hey, if the first 260 times didn’t work, maybe this one will. And that’s why neither of them will ever be able to maintain a fulfilling adult relationship. TMZ reports … Even Justin Bieber’s hideous hat choices can’t keep Selena Gomez away — the two got up close and personal at Coachella this weekend, despite the fact that Bieber was literally dressed like ...
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Posted:  4/16 7:20am
Ice Cube: Having a meltdown over the MTV Movie Awards  »  popbytes
‘Best Onscreen Duo’ is one of those awards that they hand out at the MTV Movie Awards as a lighter, less serious award. Most people tend to regard the more fun awards as the fun little trophies they were supposed to be, and then there are those who just take things way too seriously. One of those people is Ice Cube, who apparently blew a gasket when the prize went to the late Paul Walker and Vin Diesel won it instead of him and Kevin Hart for Ride Along. USA Today ...
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Posted:  4/16 7:00am
Cover to Cover: Gay Novels  »  Guy Dads
A couple weeks ago NYC blogger, journalist and author, Matthew Rettenmund (boyculture.com), put together a list of gay novels he liked. He said his list was not intended to be a definitive list, just the one he liked. With his list, he included the first and last sentences of the novel.http://www.boyculture.com/boy_culture/2014/03/gay-lgbt-fiction-novels-cover-art.htmlThe list is quite extensive. Of the 120 novels he showcased, I have read the following 23 of them:Hold Tight (1988), Father of Frankenstein (1995), Gossip (1997) by Christopher BramDancer from the Dance (1978) by Andrew HolleranFaggots (1978) by Larry KramerThe Lost Language of Cranes (1986), While ...
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Posted:  4/16 2:18am
Amos Lassen Loves Brushes  »  imagination is intelligence with an erection
 Romantic, Erotic and Gorgeous:"Brushes" is great erotica set in a romantic setting. It is a multi-layered look at love, Paris and the world of art. We meet eight people, all of whom are involved in the art world. As their lives intertwine, each experiences a form of sexual contact that will change them completely.Escobar is a very talented artist but exactly who he is and how he works is the essence of "Brushes". The world sees him as a genius. His mastery of color, form and shape is unequaled and he has taken the art world by storm. ...
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Posted:  4/15 11:54pm
India High Court Recognizes Third Gender (Neither Male Nor Female)  »  The Mad Professah Lectures
Good news from India. A few months after the High Court upheld that country's archaic sodomy law, the court has now ruled that transgender citizens of India must be recognized as a separate third gender.Reuters reports:"Recognition of transgenders as a third gender is not a social or medical issue but a human rights issue," the Supreme Court's two-judge bench said in its ruling. "Transgenders are also citizens of India. The spirit of the constitution is to provide equal opportunity to every citizen to grow and attain their potential, irrespective of caste, religion or gender."A person who ...
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Posted:  4/15 8:26pm
QUEER QUOTE: VA AG Files Brief Arguing His State's Marriage Law Is Unconstitutional  »  The Mad Professah Lectures
The Democratic Attorney General of Virginia, Mark Herring, has made good on his statement that he did not think that his state's marriage law could survive constitutional scrutiny has filed a brief before a federal appellate court articulating this argument in no uncertain terms.The following excerpt from the state's brief in Bostic v. Rainey filed with the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is today's Queer Quote:The ban cannot satisfy the rational-basis test, let alone more demanding scrutiny. McQuigg’s claim that the purpose of marriage is to channel couples into a procreative relationship for the ...
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Posted:  4/15 8:44am
Exploring Caves...Musically  »  A Life in the Day
We drove to a bit theater Saturday night, but not for a big show. The La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts normally seats about 1250 people, but for Saturday night's performance, the builders blocked off the auditorium from the auditorium view, creating a three-sided square with about 180 chairs on the main stage. The more intimate setting felt right for the production of Floyd Collins. The musical centers on a Kentucky cave explorer, Floyd Collins, who was exploring Sand Cave (which later became part of the Mammoth Caves). After squeezing his way through tight ...
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Posted:  4/15 8:31am
The 2014 MTV Movie Awards were last night …  »  popbytes
Okay, so real talk here: As much as people regard the Oscars as the be-all, end-all for film excellence, 2014 MTV Movie Awards have a pretty decent track record. At least when they’re not giving the award for Best Movie to Twilight, because seriously, what was that? I know this is voted on by teenagers, but still. Anyway, the 2014 awards were yesterday, and The Hunger Games won, so I can’t complain. The full list of winners via HuffPo
  • Movie of the Year: “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”
  • Best Female Performance: Jennifer Lawrence, “The Hunger Games:
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Posted:  4/15 6:20am
Leonardo DiCaprio … the world’s greatest dancer?  »  popbytes
Real talk right now: I will fully admit to being a terrible dancer. Just absolutely the worst. On the plus side, I’m a gay man with no rhythm or dancing ability, so yay for breaking stereotypes! Anyway, I say that because here’s the video of Leonardo DiCaprio dancing at Coachella, and you know what? Good for him. It’s not the most elegant footwork in the world, but you can’t deny the fact that he looks like he’s having an absolute ball. F*ck what anyone else says, he’s having a blast. ...
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Posted:  4/15 7:00am
Of Course: Lindsay Lohan caused drama for Elle Indonesia  »  popbytes
Man, I bet when Oprah Winfrey first offered Lindsay Lohan a docu-series, Lindsay was probably all like, “this is my chance! I’ll show the world what a professional actress I am, and then they’ll give me an Oscar for my work in LINDSAY: The Television Reality Show!” And then the cameras came and everyone realized what a moron she is. So on the latest episode, we were treated to Lindsay doing a lot of stupid sh!t and then showing up late to an Elle Indonesia shoot. RadarOnline reports … On the episode, viewers saw celebrity ...
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Posted:  4/15 6:40am
Who Loves Train Travel? Silver Lariat To Roll Again  »  Ron's Log
You may recall that round trip train ride I took on the Silver Lariat in June 2013 from San Diego to Santa Barbara. Some photos are here. And here's the video I shot from the dome on the southbound leg. The Silver Lariat was built in 1948 and remained in service until 1980. It is now privately owned and in pristine condition. The trip by Great Outdoors is being repeated Saturday, June 7, 2014. I won't be going this time and there are still 3 seats to fill (out of a total of 48). ...
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Posted:  4/15 5:49am
Breaking Into Quadcopters Without Breaking The Bank  »  Ron's Log
If you have felt the urge to get up there and start shooting aerial videos and you want to go with the right equipment like a DJI Phantom 2 with a GoPro Hero3+ Black mounted on a Zenmuse H3-2D Gimbal with live FPV (like this) and have done your shopping research, you too will have found that the whole kit is more complex and expensive than you may have thought. And maybe you found that one of the best deals is this kit at B&H which includes everything - even a hardcase (but no propeller guards) ...
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Posted:  4/15 5:14am
An Important Message About Unicorns  »  Ron's Log
You all recall, of course, this photo I got of a couple of unicorns at Burning Man last year. They are more relaxed after dark and, therefore, easier to find and photograph. But some other Burner has put a lot more energy into researching the unicorn at Burning Man: ...
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Posted:  4/15 4:34am
Bar Staffer Fired, Allegedly  »  Ron's Log
Fired from a bar in Philadelphia for an offensive message. And this was only a message. In front of a bar. And somebody got fired. No one seems to have come to the defense of the unnamed employee. "In no way does Bar-Ly condone domestic violence nor do we find it humorous," a statement read. "We are sorry to everyone who was offended." ...
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Posted:  4/14 9:23pm
Today In Ohio  »  Ron's Log
Judge Timothy S. Black in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio has has ruled that Ohio's ban on recognizing same-sex marriages performed outside of Ohio is unconstitutional. Ohio has a ban on gay marriage within the state and this decision has no direct effect on that (yet). This is, perhaps, not as big an advance as declaring the ban unconstitutional, but Judge Black's decision is worth a read. The emphasis was written by the judge, not added by me. The Obergefell ruling was constrained by the limited relief requested by the Plaintiffs in that ...
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Posted:  4/14 8:45pm
Instant Justice  »  Ron's Log
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Posted:  4/14 9:28pm
My Favorite Sci-Fi Books "The Expanse" Will Become a SyFy TV Series!  »  The Mad Professah Lectures
Amazing news this week about a future television show! My favorite science fiction series is The Expanse by James S.A. Corey. He is the author responsible for the books Leviathan Wakes, Caliban's War and Abaddon's Gate. The fourth book in the series, called Cibola Burn, comes outthis June.The books are hard-core space opera thrillers with aliens, battles between vehicles in space, humans living in varying gravities throughout the solar system. One review of the first book said "As close as you'll get to a Hollywood blockbuster in book form" so it is interesting ...
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Posted:  4/14 7:29pm