Monday, July 31, 2006
Friday, July 28, 2006
Ok everybody! I'm off to San Diego for Pride this weekend. Hopefully I'll have so much fun I won't even remember it all. Here's a little eye candy for you all while I'm gone. See you when I get back!
Wednesday, July 26, 2006
Monday, July 24, 2006
Friday, July 21, 2006
In case you haven't noticed, internet porn has evolved to the point where every site needs an angle -- from straight, college jocks to men in suits to midgets. And so it is with MansImage. Their angle is that they are focused on behind the scenes action. Along with their photo sets, they include videos from the photo sets, along with interviews and webcam stuff.
One of the things I like about the site is that they have different guys than I'm used to seeing -- who the hell tells the supposedly straight college jocks that they're supposed to shave every bit of hair on their body so they look like a pre-pubescent boy? Ick. So, thumbs up to MansImage to having some hot guys with hair. That brings me to my favorite part of things -- model Matt York (pictured above). Reminds me of a gay Dan Futterman. HOT! Strikes me as a nice Jewish boy you'd want to marry, in addition to being hot.
A few downsides -- on just a technical level, their navigation system freaks out when you use Firefox. Content-wise, there isn't going to be as much as a more established site. Because these videos are taken from photo shoots, there's also not much beyond solo stuff and some playful groping. Not sure if they're looking to do more hard-core stuff.
On a conceptual level, there's one basic issue: In my opinion, porn is all about fantasy and appearance. Obviously real life doesn't happen the way it does in porn. What's more, the reality of what happens on a photo shoot is removed from the finished product. At least with the video content, all you're getting is the behind the scenes looks, which consists of the photographer taking photos and glimpses of the video guys -- even if they're off camera, there is no fantasy element, just the reality that this is a job for all these people. In an interview with Matt York on the site, he hits the nail on the head saying that when he watches porn, he's objectifying the guys and doesn't really want to know their personalities or look behind the scenes. I tend to agree. I think the behind the scenes stuff is great, but that's more icing than cake.
Thursday, July 20, 2006
According to Rabbi Moshe Sternbuch of the Eda Heredit rabinic court, "We have not protested enough against this parade of abomination and therefore we have received this warning. Who knows where things will get to if we do not act further and more stringently against it."
Nothing quite like a couple of whacko Rabbis reminding you the wonders that scapegoating can do for a community. Its sad that for all the struggles the Jews have gone through in their existance that there are Rabbis out there who don't get it and would rather blame another vulnerable group. I guess gays really are the new Jews.
Wednesday, July 19, 2006
Flash back to the Andrea Yates story -- the mother who drowned her 5 children in a bathtub back in 2001. Apparently, she's recently testified that she drowned one of her children because she feared he might become a "mute gay prostitute." Similarly, last year a man killed his 3-year old son by "forc[ing] him into a box and repeatedly slapp[ing] him on the head in an effort to prevent him from being gay." A friend of the father testified, "he didn't want him to be a sissy."
Admittedly, it appears that both these people might have had some significant psychological disturbances. That said, the underlying message they're receiving from society is chilling -- not only is it bad to be gay, its actually better to be dead if there's even the possibility that you're gay, even if you're just a little kid. I'm not even getting into the hanging of gay men in Iran... This is just another reminder that ultimately, the price of hatred and intolerance is paid in blood. This is true whether its the matter of homosexuality/gender-identity, race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, lack-of religion, fat-ness, thin-ness, baldness, left-handedness, whatever. Its time for the madness to stop. For all of us, its time to wake up.
Tuesday, July 18, 2006
Monday, July 17, 2006
Friday, July 14, 2006
Lewis Black talks about the gays. A great way to celebrate the end of the week. Thanks, AJ!
Wednesday, July 12, 2006
Tuesday, July 11, 2006
Unfortunately, they were right -- this movie is a big mess. Now, not King Kong bad, but a big mess. Let's get one thing out of the way: I LOVE KEIRA KNIGHTLY. Not in a sexual way, of course, but she's beautiful, always elegant and charming, and I loved her in Love, Actually. Of course, everyone knows about Johnny Depp gaying it up and shocking the Disney executives in the first movie. *yawn* I'm over it already. Orlando Bloom? Makes a good elf. Aside from that, I've never much cared for him.
So, in addition to the standards, throw in the obligatory cannibal tribe (I mean, all native tribes back then are backward cannibals, right?) and Miss Cleo, along with Jack Davenport from the BBC's Coupling making a reprise from the first movie, you basically have the main pieces for a tedious 2 and a half hour saga about trying to steal Davy Jones's heart. (Monkees flashback! I wanted to steal Davy Jones's heart too!)
The most distressing thing is that they were absolutely SHAMELESS in setting up the next movie. I didn't like it when they did it in Back to the Future: 2 and I liked it even less this time. What's worse is that I'll most likely end up going to see the next movie just to see what happens. Curse them.
I still like pirates. Well, maybe not the ones with icky bad teeth - those seemed to dominate this movie - but I love me some really hot pirates. They should make more movies about hot pirates. I'd gladly pay $9 to watch that.
Beyond those obvious lessons, I can't help but notice just how different my life is these days. People who were such a big part of my life back then are now off in countless different directions. Of course, the one constant of life is change, of course. On one hand, there were plenty of difficulties mixed in with those good memories and I wouldn't go back. At the same time, there are so many people I wish I could see again and spend some time with, if only for a short while. You never know how much time you have with the people in your life.
Sunday, July 09, 2006
Friday, July 07, 2006
We've also had the three X-Men movies. Now comes the triumphant return of the Transformers in a new live-action movie.
Right now my inner child is dancing on top of the couch with reckless abandon.
Thursday, July 06, 2006
NAMBLA has not issued an official statement.
Wednesday, July 05, 2006
There are few things as American as our affinity for junk food. One would presume that our junk food would be the best in the world. Take potato chip flavors, for example. I've seen BBQ, salt and vinegar, jalapeno, and various cheeses. What I hadn't seen (or tasted) until yesterday was roasted lamb with Moroccan spices.
One of the party goers had brought a bag back from a recent trip to the UK. I was floored. Here are these innocuous looking chips exploding with sublime meat flavoring. I come to find out this morning that they also have flavors such as roasted chicken with lemon and tyme, lime and thai spices, and vintage chedder and red onion chutney.
I'm not a big chip eater these days -- I've tried to reduce the number of nutritional disasters in my diet but if they had chips like that here I'd weigh 500 lbs. What a day to find out that we've been bested by the British.