Month: June 2007

Since I’ve trashed Pride…

Here’s a little something for me to make nice for all the dreadful things I’ve said about the half assed pride parades we have here in Providence. I know that Dorothy is something of an icon to the gay community. And Mad TV does a wonderful little take on The Wizard of Oz, adding to it a nice little surprise towards the end.

Gay Pride Providence 2007

This year we got pushed into Burnside Park towards Kennedy Plaza because FirstWorksKids took over our usual spot. And as usual, it’s one big commercial festival. There were a few informational booths but for the most part it’s people trying to sell crap.

But one trend over the past few years has been night parades. Here’s what I don’t get, these queens can’t figure out that lighting is their best friend. I really want to get on one of the float committees and kick in a few bucks to get some proper lighting.
Ever since I’ve started vlogging I’ve realized the importance of light.

I also want everyone to know that sticking a bunch of billboards for your club on the side of a box is NOT a float. And while we’re on the topic, putting a bunch of skinny little boys on a flatbed isn’t a float either. Put some effort into it, make it special. Pick a theme for the year, you know, things like that. Make people want to see what you’ll do next.

Right now I’m working on the videos I took of the parade and I have to be honest, they suck. While the camera performs relatively well in low light, it still sucks. The parade route starts on Fountain St, turns right onto Dorrance St, then right again to Washington St, left on Empire St then left on Weybosset St. I was right near the second turn onto Washington St.

So if they keep the same route next year I’m bringing a little 8kW generator and some spot lighting and a tripod with me. That way I can light the subject and maybe give them the idea that light is a good thing, except for some drag queens to whom low light is a friend. Maybe they don’t want the light, because then they’d have to put some effort into the parade. But I say bring it on.

I’ve been told the switch to a night parade was to prevent the poor little children from seeing too much man flesh. Oh for crying out loud let em’s see it. There’s probably a young homo among those ‘kids’ that wouldn’t mind seeing some flesh.

Colombia, I hardly knew ya!

Seems that the Colombians know how to treat people. That’s right, gay people in Colombia now have full rightsto inheritance among many other things.

And in other news, they didn’t manage to get an anti gay marriage constitutional amendment on the ballot in Massachusetts. They won’t stop trying of course but every year they try they’re marginalized more and more, as religious freaks should be marginalized.

Now if we could only get rid of the religious freaks in RI. You know which ones I’m talking about: Governor Carcieri, House Speaker Murphy and Senate President Montalbano. Actually on that last count, he may be going sooner than later since he’s a target of interest in anti-corruption investigations by the federal prosecutors. And a little birdie tells me Murhpy is next.

But that this could happen in Colombia, particularly Catholic Colombia speaks volumes. Christianity in the U.S. is very Protestant in behavior. Old Martin Luther was fundamentalist to the core what with his 95 theses he tacked to the church door in Wittenberg. That Martin Luther was probably German explains everything. Ordnung!

Catholicism on the other hand is a very strange beast. It’s very liberal socially or at least it was from the 60’s through the early 80’s. Then JP II got elected as pope and it all went to hell in a handbasket. Now we have Benny the Rat and he’s no prize, curiously another German.

I think we should stop Germans from being religious leaders.

Oh yes, the U.S. was first settled by Puritans and Calvinists. John Calvin was a dour old bastard. But his legacy lives on today.

Stereo systems and speakers

So I dusted off the Nikko NR-650 – list for that baby was $500 in the day, that had to be around 1987. It’s held up pretty well, I just have to clean the volume control out. But I’ve had it for near twenty years and it still works. No reason to commit it to the trash heap. I’m frugal that way. If something keeps working for me, I see no reason to throw it out. This system is one of the few things that kept on going. My first CD player was close to $300. Now they give the things away.

Anyhow the Advent Prodigy Towers are functional but the surrounds on the woofers have disintegrated over the years. So I needed to hookup something and then I remembered I had some Realistic Minimus 7 speakers around.

So I hooked those up. I forgot how good they sounded. Radio Shack stopped carrying them a couple years back and there was a lot of outcry. I originally paid about $40 for them when they were new, and I had them hooked up in the bedroom. But I like them, they’re unobtrusive, sounds fairly decent and with some simple mods can be made to sound even better. Highly recommended if you can find a pair, ebay is a good place to start.

One of these days I’ll replace the surrounds on the Advents. Those will blow you out of the house.

Another TMI Tuesday

Some of these TMI Tuesday questions make me a little leary. But I answer as honestly as I can so here goes for this week:

1. What is the meanest thing you’ve ever done/said to a lover/loved one?

You’ve gotten fat and ugly. It was a phase I went through.

2. Have you ever had sex on an elevator?

No. Well, yes, does oral count? I’ve been fellated on an elevator.

3. Have you ever lied about a rash and said it was a birthmark? OR Have you ever lied about a birthmark and said it was a rash?

I have a birthmark on my back that would scare the uninitiated. Been with me since I was a kid. It even freaks doctors out, except my latest one who just took it in stride. But no, never lied about it.

4. Have you ever had sex on a beach or in the water at a beach/pool?

Beach. Getting little grains of sand out of the crack of your ass and your nether regions is a real pain in the ass, quite literally in fact.

5. How old are you? How old do you feel? =P

I’m 42, there are days when I feel 22 and days when I feel 202.

6. Have you or your partner been injured so badly during sex that you/they had to go to the hospital?

Nah, never that bad. I’ve had my dick rubbed a little raw but it recovers quickly so no big deal.

7. Have you been to a strip club or “titty bar”? (Hooters does NOT count.) If so, did you get a lap dance?

Yes and yes. Back in the early 90’s I was doing a talk radio gig and every Tuesday evening we’d broadcast live from Club Fantasies in Providence. It was amusing to say the least.

Bonus (as in optional): Have you ever had a “blog crush” (i.e., a crush on someone, of whatever gender, that you haven’t met in person but only know through their blog)? Who? (Link, please, if you dare!) =P

I don’t know if I’d call it a crush but I do like to visit Onanites site because he posts all those articles about the fundamentalists getting busted for diddling little boys and girls. And he’s a cancer survivor and I admire his courage for were I in his shoes I’d be throwing the towel in.

Another fun blog is Polt’s Palace. Uncle Polt puts up some very interesting pictures from time to time.

17th Anniversary of the Tank Man

It was 17 years ago that the events of Tiananmen Square were broadcast to the western world. But in China it was suppressed.

There’s a very interesting video on Google from a British program called “The Cutting Edge – Tiananmen Square: The Tank Man”. It’s fifty two minutes long but it has some interesting moments in it.

The Tank Man is now an icon in the west but he hasn’t been completely forgotten in China. There is a part towards the end of the video where they show the picture of the Tank Man to university students in Beijing. Of the three two KNOW what it is but are afraid to say it.

The other interesting part is how Google, Yahoo, Microsoft and Cisco are enabling the ChiCom government to both limit what the people can see on the net while also giving Chinese police the tools they need to track internet usage.

They showed what a Google image search would yield when searched in the western world, the same search in China only shows positive images of Tiananmen Square, nothing about Tank Man or the uprising.

At this current moment I’m using Microsoft and Cisco gear to post this. And Cisco’s defense is weak to say the least, that they sell the same gear everywhere. Yeah, and I can fly without any external support.

The other thing the video touches on is the rise of cities in China and how the country is now China A and China B. China A is comprised of the cities, while China B is the peasant classes in the countryside which is by far the main composition of the Chinese population.

The problem is that China B is getting the message too. They want what their city brethren have. So there’ll be another revolution in China very shortly.

And if the government in the U.S. isn’t careful we may very well see the same thing here. It’s becoming a dispute between the haves and the have nots. And when push comes to shove it’s going to get ugly. I suppose that’s what we get for letting corporations pull the strings.

A reason to carry a camera with you

Today I was working on one of the computers in the state library when the chief librarian called me over to the windows near the balcony. Sitting on one edge was a Red Tailed Hawk.

I had my camera with me, with very low battery but managed to squeeze off this shot. I hadn’t noticed it earlier but my feathered friend is standing on one leg.

Apparently this guy loves to hunt the State House grounds. The chief librarian related to me that one day they saw him dive at a rabbit, and snatch it up. Of course the rabbit was right on the same path as a volleyball game. The raptor then took his rabbit up to the balcony outside the library and proceeded to have lunch. I would LOVE to have gotten pictures of that.

It’s a very healthy looking specimen of Red Tailed Hawk too. I took the picture with a little bit of zoom (I was all of about 8 to 10 feet from the bird!) and had the focus set for the bird, to the exclusion of the background. Came out very nicely if I do say so.

I’m fascinated by predators, be they birds of prey, sharks, or even cats. Those are what I would consider to be top predators though humans have the distinction of being able to kill all three.

I even got some other interesting shots before the battery died.

One was of the Story Corps project trailer. In a nutshell this woman is doing oral histories in the trailer. I might actually stop in one of these days.

Another nice one is the Bajnotti Fountain in springtime. This one looks so much better than the winter shot I did.

Then there’s the old Chevy. I think it’s an early 40’s model by the look of it but can’t quite place it yet.

It’s a one way street stupid!

The street I live on is a one way going south. And I always see people going the wrong way down the street. Today was a bit different. Saw the car going north instead of south, saw it turn onto Grove St. in front of a stream of cars that he’d just cut off.

It had to be his luck that the car behind the guy he cut off was a Providence Police cruiser. A friend of mine said his defense in such a situation would be that he was only going one way. I had to burst his bubble particularly since there are two DO NOT ENTER signs at the intersection with Broadway. But they aren’t very visible. DO NOT ENTER should be blazing in a yellow-green combination.

But in this particular case I’d seen this car do the wrong way bit more than once. So he got what was coming him.

Today’s Religious Fuckwit

I know that fuckwit isn’t a term everyone is familiar with so click the word to see the definition.

Anyhow I have to post the idiots letter verbatim since the Providence Journal requires registration and I’m loathe to subject my readers to that. The letter was of course titled “Lust is not love!” which geeks like me would write as lust != love.

Mr. Paul Kokoski of Hamilton, Ontario is a darling of the NY Times, Washington Post, and now the Providence Journal. For variations of his letters supporting Benny the Rat (Otherwise known as Pope Benedict the XVI) click here, and here is the google search.

Apparently this guy doesn’t stop. And it doesn’t matter where you live, he’s coming to get you. If you’d like to contact Mr. Kokoski send him an email.

I present his latest screed:

Lust is not love!

01:00 AM EDT on Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Concerning the April 24 letter “Love one another” by Linda S. Chandler: Many who support homosexual acts tend to recklessly characterize those in society who disagree with them as homophobic — the term “homophobia” itself intended to denote a disorder. Contrary to what Ms. Chandler writes, however, it is possible to condemn sin without condemning the person who engages in immoral activity.

All parents are aware of this when they, for good reason, discipline their children. The parent still loves the child despite the child’s failings.

The same sentiments are found in the Bible and the teachings of Jesus.

Jesus, who came to fulfill the law of the Old Testament, did not condemn the woman caught in adultery. However, he made it clear to her that she was to “go and sin no more.” This latter part of Christ’s teaching is often neglected by those, such as Chandler, who wish to offer a selective interpretation of Scripture in order to justify their own desires and whims.

The Bible, however, clearly and unequivocally condemns homosexual acts (Gen 1:27-28; Gen 2:24; Matt 19: 4-6; Rom 1:24-27; 1 Cor 6:10; 1 Tim 1:10 etc.). Sin is not about “inclusion, love and tolerance.” Ultimately, Chandler has misinterpreted Christianity by confusing love with lust.

PAUL KOKOSKI

Hamilton, Ontario

Indeed, once again he trots out tired religious arguments. And he makes a very big stretch with some of them, including the Genesis citations.

He violates his own beliefs because what he is preaching is not about inclusion, love and tolerance. It is about exclusion and hatred. Mr. Kokoski wants to be your bedroom police. I was rather surprised he didn’t bring out the old familiar citation from Leviticus.

You can’t choose which sections of the bible you wish to believe. It’s an all or nothing thing if you have faith. That’s why I find citation of bible verses to be so offensive, it misses the OTHER message of the book.

Such other messages can be found in Luke 10:27, Luke 6:37, or dare I suggest it, 6:41. Perhaps John 13:34, John 15:12,17, Romans 12:9-10, 15-21 and so on. It appears that the messages of love far outnumber the messages of hate proposed by Kokoski.

While he has to write letter after letter to newspapers I just take the shotgun approach and post it here. Mr. Kokoski needs his own blog so we can all blacklist it.