Month: June 2008

Gay Pride 2008

This evening was Gay Pride Providence 2008. The usual players were in attendance but the crowd was shall we say kind of big.

Once again let me rant about the parade. It seems to have gotten very commercial with regard to the floats. Bacardi, Trixx (A local adult entertainment complex) and a few others. The one thing missing this year was G.O.A.L, but I suppose that last year they marched because they had their conference here in the city.

My next rant is that it is a NIGHT parade, supposedly ‘illuminated’. I must have a different idea of illumination from the gay people on the Pride committee. I had threatened to bring a few million candlepower lights but that didn’t pan out this year. However I did get a video treat. Once I saw the parade wrap up I went looking for the people I was there with. I got across the street and the parade was coming up the street, under two streetlights none the less. And right up front was the Big Apple Corps. Quite entertaining, take a look.

I don’t know why but every year I look forward to Gay Pride. I look at how far we’ve come, and how far remains. But little by little things get better for us.

And then there’s the floats for the adult entertainment. Ick! If I see one more skinny little twink I think my head will explode! Gimme someone with a little meat on the bone, a little body hair, you know, a man.

Gay Pride Swag

So Keyron was out with friends of ours and they hit an event. Apparently Cox is adding Logo to their channel lineup. Too bad that they’re hiking rates. But they did a give-away

Anyhow some of the swag:

A Cox Tech Connect Post-It device (This is competition for my business damn it! I might just scrape off their stuff and screen on my business logo and send it back to them. )
A Logo Bag
A Logo Luggage Tag
A Logo Pen
Season 2 of Noah’s Arc
Season 1 of Rick & Steve
Season 2 of Big Gay Sketch Show

Keyron always walks into these things. Only thing I ever won was a copy of Making Things Talk at a Providence Geeks meeting.

Noah’s Arc ended after season 2. The last episode wrapped up a few things, mostly all things but it was a bit disappointing since that’s it for Noah’s Arc.

Noah ends up back with Wade, and Alex is finally proven right about manipulative Guy, to the point where Trey finally realizes it and tells Guy he has ten minutes to pack his shit and get the fuck out. And Ricky the slut ends up falling for Genito only to have Genito fall for someone else.

Rick & Steve is funny shit though. It’s animated but the gay references in there are pretty funny.

As far as the Big Gay Sketch Show, eh, not particularly funny. Maybe it has to grow on me. The show does have its moments though. An example is S02E03, towards the middle there’s an episode where a gay guy brings his lover to meet his grandmother (It’s titled Grandma Bell). Turns out the grandmother is a lesbian. But oh my, a very foul mouthed lesbian. Reminds me of my grandmothers favorite phrase, “Fuck em’ all” and she never meant that in a good way.

Another highlight of the show is “Today on Craigslist With America’s Treasure: Maya Angelou”. It’s done by cast member Colman Domingo. Another funny comedienne is Erica Ash. She played Grandma Bell. Whoooooo! Baby got mouth on her.

And then in S02E02 the character who parodies Elaine Stritch (Played by Nicol Paone) is surprised by the walk-on of the real icon who simply comes on and says “My name is Elaine.” and then proceeds with the sketch.

If you don’t know who Stritch is, she’s the one who did the original recording of Ladies Who Lunch. If you watched Camp they did this particular piece and it was funny as all hell. Conniving little bitch indeed.

I suppose that makes the show worth watching as you never know when to expect a real icon, or a truly foul comedic moment.

Cox raising rates in RI

This is interesting. Cox is crying that energy costs are forcing it to raise rates for video service in RI.

A 6.6% increase on basic expanded cable to $48.99 a month, and hiking the prices on all premium services like digital cable, subscription channels etc.

This is interesting since Cox is now more expensive than Verizon’s FiOS package if you get all your services from Cox (video, net, phone). I only get net service and they’re not hiking those rates, nor are they hiking phone rates.

But here’s an idea for Cox. How about investing in green technologies? For example all those cable amplifiers etc. are on telephone poles. Wouldn’t be too hard to use solar technology to power those during the daylight hours. You could even setup batteries so they could go through part of the night. Make it an intelligent network, e.g. if there’s nobody using the service then shut the amps down, make them on-demand devices.

As far as the vehicle fleet, how about looking at electric vehicles or hybridized electric vehicles.

There are a number of things that in the short run would cost them more but in the long run reduce their dependence on those energy suppliers like National Grid, et al.

Making the jump to Firefox 3 (Sage 1.4 Announced)

I downloaded Firefox 3 Beta 3 some time ago and the one thing that kept me from using it was that I couldn’t use my Sage RSS newsreader on it.

If you haven’t tumbled to RSS feeds yet I highly suggest you do so.

Anyhow it’s now been announce that Sage 1.4 has been released. It’s very first thing is that it now works with Firefox 3.

I suppose I’ll go and download the latest release candidate.

Troppe informazioni martedì numero un centinaio di nove e trenta (TMI #139)

This is a much more intimate TMI than I’ve seen in a long time.

1. What’s your favorite color of lingerie?

None. Who needs the wrapper? Well in some cases certain wrappers can be sexy and if I had to chose a color it’d probably be red.

2. Do you have a porn collection?

Surprisingly not anymore. Who needs one when the net is just chock full of free stuff. Seriously, the day of VHS was replaced by DVD and now the net will eliminate even that inconvenience. That is until the broadband providers like Time Warner, Comcast and at&t start metering bandwidth. I’m surprise I’ve not heard any noises from Cox about metering.

3. Do you have any fetishes?

This one is a bit personal. I like thickness, in all aspects none the less. And package something thick in a nice tight thong, jock, or what have you, oh yeah. Luckily Keyron meets the above requirements.

4. What is your favorite place to have sex?

Hmmm, the whole house counts doesn’t it? When the moment hits you just do it.

5. Do you like to scratch, bite, pull hair, etc? Do you like having it done to you?

I’m a biter. I don’t enjoy being bitten though. And of course Keyron loves it when I bite so we’re good there.

Bonus (as in optional): Do you think the number of sexual partners you’ve had is below average, average, or above average, and how does that make you feel?

No doubt, above average. How do I feel about it? I don’t really feel anything it about it, it just ‘was’. I played the field quite a bit in my youth and I don’t feel guilty about it. If anything I’m more happy about it.

I once had an orange t-shirt with a silver glitter grin on it with the words “He who sins grins”. That pretty much sums up my take on it.

AFA: Debunking Evolution

Those fun whacky folks at the AFA are now publishing a book titled “Disprove Darwin in Five Minutes or Less”. Curiously they don’t say who wrote the book. I’ve tried to find the author but it’s near impossible since the folks at the AFA have masked that well, relying on quotes from Dr. So and So. If someone would like to send me a copy contact me. I’ll grab the ISBN number and search on that and then publish the info here.

The title Doctor is an interesting thing. Their doctoral studies may have been in subjects like theology, but you’ll never know that until you ask them. I’ve exported the email to a pdf file and linked it below.

disprove-darwin-in-5-minutes-or-less-yahoo-mail

An excerpt from the email:

A few years ago, I joined some friends for brunch after church. At the table was the husband of a friend. Let’s call him, “Tom.”

Tom is not a Christian and was not at church with us. But he showed up for the sake of being social. At first, I thought nothing of it. But when I saw his reaction to our conversation, I knew trouble was brewing.

The sermon that morning was from the book of Genesis. Our pastor has a wonderful way of telling the story of Creation. And like many folks do, we got together after church to share our thoughts about it over coffee.

We weren’t talking 5 minutes before this man’s face turned to ash. Without moving a single muscle he said, “The idea that God created the world is childish… Educated men don’t believe in myth and fantasy.”

We were all stunned. He was usually tolerant. But there he was… trying to make us feel ignorant for believing in God’s power to create this marvelous world we live in.

It’s because you ARE ignorant. The folks at the AFA and other religious institutions have done one thing above all, they’ve abdicated personal responsibility for their own lives and their own free will.

It reminds my of when my grandmother died, the priest at the church must have seen the look on my face because he wouldn’t shake my hand. I suppose the look conveyed that I knew the game.

The friends husband is my hero. I don’t suffer religious fools gladly, nor should anyone.

Here’s where those ‘scientists’ are invoked.

Darwin himself said that future scientists would find fossils of “transitional forms.” Here’s what he meant: If fish really evolved into animals, you would find fossils of creatures that were half-fish, half-animal. This would show that one species was making a transition into another.

So far, no transitional forms have ever been discovered! And of course, no transitional creature exists today. Let’s be honest: Have you ever gone to the zoo and seen a cross between a fish and an animal? Or a half-man, half-monkey?
Fossil: This is a shrimp fossil found in Lebanon. These pictures tell scientists what fish and animals looked like long ago.

All the creatures living on this planet are perfectly formed. There is no record of any animal, fish, beast or creature EVER turning into a different species.

In fact, the real fossil record shows almost no change. That means many of the creatures on this Earth have not changed since the beginning of time.

Here’s something else you won’t read in the newspaper: Hundreds of scientists and university professors are coming out against evolution. This should be front-page news. But you’ll never hear about it in the media.

Check out what some of them are saying about these missing fossils:

• Professor Steven J. Gould, Harvard University: “The extreme rarity of transitional forms in the fossil record persists as the trade secret of paleontology.”

Translation: Dr. Gould is a little too kind. The number of transitional forms is ZERO.

• Dr. Colin Patterson, British Museum of Natural History: “I will lay it on the line – there is not one such fossil for which one could make a watertight argument.”

Translation: There’s simply no hard evidence for evolution.

• Dr. Gareth J. Nelson, American Museum of Natural History: “It is a mistake to believe that even one fossil species… can be demonstrated to have been ancestral to another.”

Translation: Darwin’s theory doesn’t have a leg to stand on…

First of all, Gould has been dead since 2002. Convenient that they use a dead guy to prove their point.

And then of course the AFA is guity of twisting words in the case of Dr. Colin Patterson. They didn’t just twist them, they’re guilty of the sin of omission.

Then there’s Gareth J. Nelson. Here’s an interesting little logical debate that he had with someone from the Skeptical Christian.

The whole skeptical thing is an oxymoron. If you were skeptical you wouldn’t be a Christian. It’s just that simple. Instead the author on the site is using a perversion of skepticism aimed at the outside world from within Christianity.

What the AFA is doing is seizing upon small gaps in the evolutionary record. There is enough evidence out there right now that indicates that evolution is a fact.

Look at the progress in finding hominid fossils. We go back about a few million years with fossils like Lucy who have features common to pan and homo. Then we come further forward to Homo Heidelbergensis, and finally Homo Sapiens. I’ve left out a whole bunch of intermediate forms of homo like Neanderthals, Homo Erectus, Australopithecus Afarensis, etc. The record is there and as time goes on we’re filling in more and more of the blanks, seeing the face flattening and the brain cases expanding from 400cc up to 1450cc.

Then of course there’s the recent news of E. Coli that mutated in order to metabolize citrate instead of glucose. And the beautiful part is the scientist in question, Richard Lenski of Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI has 40,000 generations of E. Coli that were spawned from one single E. Coli cell.

So it was easy to trace when the mutation that allowed citrate metabolism occurred. That’s evolution.

What the fundies don’t understand is that evolution is a branching process, not a linear one. As an example, humans, chimps and bonobos share a common ancestor but we all diverged from it. All three also share a common ancestor with the apes. I suspect the fundies have brain buckets that are a couple hundred cc’s short.

Imagine that.

Marriage Equality: Judge Patricia Hurst puts the legislature between a rock and a hard place

I am thoroughly delighted. Superior Court Justice Patricia A. Hurst in her opinion (View The Opinion) on the divorce petition brought forth by Cassandra Ormiston and Margaret Chambers had some interesting viewpoints that are now part of the case law.

She denied the request since the law in the 60’s gave exclusive domain to the Family Courts when deciding matters of divorce. But she did go one further.

She explained that as Rhode Islanders both Ormiston and Chambers are being denied rights granted under our Constitution.

“The question yet to be asked is whether the Family Court Act, now having been interpreted by the Supreme Court [in the Chambers and Ormiston case] impermissibly deprives spouses in a same-sex marriage to equal protection of law on account of the coincidence in their gender,” Hurst said. “Assuming the legislature and the executive branch continue to ignore this problem, the question will be whether the Family Court Act is unconstitutional for the reason that it violates state constitutional principles of equal protection.”

I think she’s referring to Article 1, Section 5:

Section 5. Entitlement to remedies for injuries and wrongs — Right to justice. — Every person within this state ought to find a certain remedy, by having recourse to the laws, for all injuries or wrongs which may be received in one’s person, property, or character. Every person ought to obtain right and justice freely, and without purchase, completely and without denial; promptly and without delay; conformably to the laws.

But here’s the clutch part of all this. Hurst has essentially backed the legislature (Speaker Murphy and President (Soon to be indicted) Montalbano) and the executive (Governor Asshat Carcieri) into a corner. Because if Ormiston and Chambers challenge the Family Court laws under Article 1, Section 5, guess what will happen.

What will happen is that the Family Court goes away. More interestingly, I wonder what happens when there is no more court, how about all those collections of fees and child support, what happens to that? This would be a very, very BAD thing. I think Justice Hurst knew what she was doing when she made the remarks about the Constitutional challenge. Bravo!

So now the legislature HAS to act. Time to shit or get off the pot Speaker Murphy, President Montalbano and Governor Carcieri. This is a very elegant way of doing this and I tip my hat to Justice Hurst.

And Rep. Brien, stick your DOMA where the sun doesn’t shine.