Month: January 2014

Advocate’s Flawed Gayest Cities

You can look here and I’ll paste the number one city which to save you the scroll is Washington, D.C.WASHINTON_DC_MAINX450[1]

Now here’s the criteria for their rankings. It stinks to high heaven.

best_cities_page_1x633[1]

Let’s take it point by point. I’m going to use Providence and the State of Rhode Island or more properly The State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations.

LGBT elected officials. Let’s see – the fed side we have Rep. David Cicilline, then on the state level at 1/10 point we have Speaker Gordon Fox. Yup.
So that’s 1.1 points.

Now we get to the major flaw and shame on The Advocate for this one. They only counted lesbian coupled households. What about gay male coupled households. So 5 points for their glaring omission.

Gay Rodeo – really? I’ve never seen a Gay Rodeo and have no desire to do so. This is an obvious give to the south and mid-west. So 5 bonus points here too as we don’t have Gay Rodeo here in Providence. We have had the Red Bull Run and a few other events though.

As to best gay bars, what determines what makes a bar the best?? So Providence gets at least 5 points here.

Women’s colleges? What the fuck? I thought the Advocate was a GLBT community. Notice I switched those first two letters. G comes before L in the alphabet people.

Concerts by artists. We do get some here in our little berg. Even had Netroots Nation here once.

But then they take the score and divide it by the population.

So I gave us 16.1 points – divided by 188,000  comes out to .000009 – this leads me to believe there were no real criteria for the Advocate’s little promo piece. They just pulled it straight out of their rectums.

Some music I love

A lot of it started with this tune, DJ Jazzy Jeff feat. Raheem DeVaughn – My Soul Ain’t 4 Sale:

Which leads me to one by Raheem DeVaughn  – Love Drug:

Another one I like is Q-Tip with Vivrant Thing:

And Raphael Saadiq – you know him if you ever heard Tony Toni Tone here he is with “Let’s Take a Walk” in very neo-soul style:

 

 

Gut bacteria key to weight loss

This article is very interesting. As they identify the things that help – I’ve already integrated a lot of it into our diet without even reading the article first.

They posit that our gut bacteria aren’t happy. They also state that people in the developing world have a lower prevalence of allergies, asthma, diabetes, etc.

I’m going to hazard a theory here. I think our over-use of antibiotics is to blame. Anti-biotics aren’t very selective; they’re rather a shotgun approach. What I mean is in addition to killing the disease, it also ravages the bacteria in our gut. It’s why you sort of get the shits when you’re on antibiotics.

And I’ve had more courses of treatment with antibiotics than I can count. Started when I was a kid and right up to a few years back when the inner ear thing happened.

The article does say cruciferous, legumes, garlic, onions, etc. are all great for gut bacteria. So too banana, asparagus, apples, etc. But the biggie is fermented foods – like the pickles I recently made au natural – no preservatives and fermented. I do want to try fermented sauerkraut too. Another thing I eat a lot of is pro-biotic yogurt. Try to restore the balance.

More on the fermented stuff – the book that turned me on to it was Michael Pollan’s “Cooked”. That got me watching Sandor Katz on YouTube. And my first crack – pickles. They’re a little soft as I need better tea to counter the softening. But they taste awesome. All it is is a two tablespoons of salt to one quart of water, then 3 or 4 lightly crushed garlic cloves, a chunk of dill. I cut off the flower end of the cucumber and then cut them into spears. Sterilized the jars and lids, then dropped the garlic and dill at the bottom and then packed the cut up cucumber in, poured the brine on and then sealed the jars. They were left to ferment for anywhere from 5 to 10 days. I sampled during the process. I prefer them to go longer – they get slightly more sour.

 

 

God Damn it’s colder than a witches tit in a brass bra!

So last night we got something I’ve not seen in a few years – a below zero night.

The place is uninsulated so of course the heating system struggles to keep it at 62F in the house when it’s set for 68F. The bed heater is set for 100F though. So nice and warm.

Right now it’s only 20F. So twelve degrees below freezing. However all this changes as of tomorrow. We get a mix of 40’s and 50’s along with rain. So a lot of the snow will get washed away and melted. Good.

Surprisingly the White Death from the Sky they predicted for the days preceding didn’t come to pass. We got maybe a max of 6 inches of snow. Here’s a little secret, I know how to drive in snow that deep. It’s easy. You do have to slow down though.

And then I remember, in about five weeks we start getting temp spikes in the 50’s, 60’s and up to the 80’s in the middle of February. Then March does it’s usual in like a Lion, out like a Lamb trick. April and through early July is gorgeous.

Happy New Year 2014

Feliz Anno Nuevo – sort of the same in Italian and Spanish with minor variations in spelling. But the year 2014 is upon us.

Some notable things of 2013:

Marriage Equality finally passed in Rhode Island as well as a bunch of other states either through legislative or judicial action. It’s amazing. And I suspect the bigots will continue to lose since it’s been demonstrated time and again that the arguments they’ve put forth over the past decade or more have been thoroughly debunked. Plus since their only source of animus is the Bible, they can’t come up with anything new.

On the job front 2013 was the year of the contract for me. But that got tiresome and I had finally landed a full time job with benefits in October as a Senior Linux Engineer – it lasted only a month before I was laid off. Seems the company wasn’t very healthy from a financial perspective. And I was being paid $80K – so when I heard rumor of layoff I knew I was on the chopping block. {GROAN}. I enjoyed the job too. Got along with everyone in the ops unit and was just starting to write some BASH scripts to automate tasks. Ah well. I doubt I’ll get called back as I see the likelihood of the company surviving through 2014 as extremely low. It’ll probably all get sold off to a bigger company at some point.

For the holiday we got the MIL a heated mattress pad – she usually gets practical gifts. The kids – the nephew got the four Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and the girls got Rory’s Story Cubes. That latter is pretty interesting. A bunch of cubes with pictograms and from the pictograms you have to formulate a story. A bit of a cerebral toy. But this year I had to break with the annoy the sister in law theme. the kids are getting too old for toys that annoy though next year I’d love to get the nephew a big Lego bucket. I don’t know if you’ve ever experienced the joy of stepping on the sharper edge of a Lego brick you’re missing something in life.

And for Keyron he got a book – he constantly sends me things he wants that he sees on Amazon so I just went through that list and picked the book.

For the secret Santa thing at DC401 I got a nice tool set for my recipient. Won’t know what I got until Jan. 8th.

The year 2014 should be better. I’ve gotten a heck of a lot of interest for new jobs although that tapered off about a week before Christmas.

In other news my aunt Lucy died in October. She was the last of that round of relatives.  Now I wait – my fathers generation is next on the chopping block and then it’s my turn. Yippee!

Other noteworthy things of the year. Finally read “Christopher and His Kind” and am plowing through “The Berlin Stories” now.

And after reading Michael Pollan’s “Cooked” I’ve begun an adventure into pickling via brine and flavorants. Made four pint and a half jars of pickling cucumbers with garlic and dill and a little black tea to maintain some crunchiness.

Also threw some orange peels in a jar with some water and sealed it. They say this makes a good household cleaner. It’s fermenting away as I speak.