Sunday, December 30, 2007
Atonement: A marvelously made movie of a ridiculous story. (Memo to Keira Knightley: Eat something!)
No Country for Old Men: Super! I saw this several months ago at the New York Film Festival.
Saturday, December 29, 2007
Thursday, December 27, 2007
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
● Driving with a GPS is wonderful.
● From the NY Times Metropolitan Diary column:
One of the perennial joys of the holiday season: the hearty good wishes for a very merry Christmas exchanged as my Jewish husband hands our Muslim doorman his year-end tip.Been there, done that--though I usually just say "Happy Holidays."
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Saturday, December 15, 2007
Friday, December 14, 2007
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
That's what I get for wearing women's trouser socks all the time. I can't really blame the cleaning woman for this mistake. The socks are pretty much identical, though my wife prefers the completely plain ones, and I like the ones with a bit of a pattern. But I do have some plain ones as well.
Monday, December 10, 2007
Sunday, December 09, 2007
Tuesday, December 04, 2007
Saturday, December 01, 2007
● Sometimes I simply must drop everything and do something. I just had one of those times. I noticed that I had worn mismatched socks yesterday. So I had to go through my entire sock drawer and a) find the mates to the two I had worn; b) make sure all the other pairs matched.
● I hate it when I try to log on to some site, and they say there's a problem with my account name or my password, but they don't say which one.
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Monday, November 26, 2007
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Joe Solmonese is the head of the Human Rights Campaign. An op-ed article by Jon Winkleman, the organizer of this rally, in the NY Blade, explains all this.
I'm going to be there. Join me!
Father to young son: The species tourist vulgaris is identified by the fanny pack and the new white sneakers.
Suit on cell: No, I'm just saying that you are being very unresponsive... Unresponsive! Do you know what unresponsive means? ... Hello?
● Somehow, my apartment seems quieter when my wife is away for a few days, even compared to when she is out for just a few hours.
● I see my friend Clover Honey has a picture of me in my Halloween costume (Tracy Turnblad from Hairspray) on her blog.
● There is an excellent summary of what happened with ENDA, and HRC's role in it, in an (I think) op-ed piece by Paul Schindler in the Gay City News.
Friday, November 16, 2007
Two minutes later steam starts coming up to the radiator.
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Someone came here doing this search, which lists my blog first. Apparently they were looking for information on this news story: Ghost-Like Blue Cloud Haunts Parma Gas Station.
When I lived in Cleveland, Parma was the suburb we all made fun of. Except the Parmasans, or whatever they call themselves, of course.
Monday, November 12, 2007
● I also just passed the first anniversary of my mom's death.
● It's not as much fun watching a recorded sports event when you already know the outcome--even when you like the outcome.
● Councilman To Introduce Bill That Would Ban The Feeding Of Pigeons. I thought it already was illegal. I'm all in favor of curbing the pigeon population (rats with wings), but I don't know if appointing a czar is really necessary.
● The absolute worst pick-up line I have ever heard of (courtesy of Overheard in New York):
You are so beautiful, I would suck on your father's dick just to taste where you came from.
Sunday, November 11, 2007
Sports encourages good healthy hate. If I'm an Auburn fan, I can hate you, an Alabama fan, from the bottom of my hater, and it's all right. Who knows where all that hate would go without sports?(But I wonder if "hater" is a typographical error--it is an anagram for "heart.")
Tuesday, November 06, 2007
Monday, November 05, 2007
Sunday, November 04, 2007
Gift is biggest ever, but won't require new name
My alma mater--I'm so proud.
But I'm not terribly surprised--they've always had smart people at the business school, people who understand how money can be used for good purposes. Their alumni showed it with this action, and the current students did also. They recently approved an increase in their own tuition, so better professors could be hired--a situation necessitated by the state legislature's refusal to adequately fund the university.
I wasn't in the business school, though I did take a course in accounting principles there. But I'm proud of my fellow Badgers.
Friday, November 02, 2007
● As a general rule of thumb, there is an inverse relationship between a rock group's quality and its volume.
● Where did all the South Beach Diet Whole Wheat Snack Crackers go? Suddenly none of the stores have them.
● Flats can cause just as many blisters as heels--but in different places.
● Am I the first person to notice that if a space gets between the N and the D, Indiana Jones becomes a porn movie?
● This weekend they're going to return the hour's sleep they "borrowed" from us last spring. The least they could do is to give us a few minutes interest.
Thursday, November 01, 2007
Monday, October 29, 2007
I discovered this from a post by Julia Serano on the Trans Group Blog. I recently got her book, Whipping Girl, which has been garnering a lot of praise on the My Husband Betty discussion boards. Now all I have to do is find the time to read it.
Getting back to Colbert, it's not just him. The transgendered are about the last minority group that's still pretty safe to make fun of, without being thought of as politically incorrect. Well, us and overweight people.
Come to think of it, I'm in both groups.
Friday, October 26, 2007
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
I'd love to have that. I spend over $20 a month so I can maintain my old e-mail address. I would like to switch to a new one, but it's too much of a hassle. But if things got forwarded it would make it easier. I'd still have to put in manual changes to where my e-mail address is my account name, and update my profiles on some other sites, but this would be a good start.
The petitioner wants the companies to provide this for free, but I'd be happy to pay for it. I'd even pay my full, regular charges for the six months if I could get this.
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Friday, October 19, 2007
What is curious is that there are three different sub-series: one for those in their 20's or 30's, one for those in their 40's and up, and one entitled "gay and lesbian events." If you're gay or lesbian your age doesn't matter.
What does matter, though, regardless of which sub-series you want to attend, is your gender--there are separate sign-up links for "females" and "males." I guess the gender-queer are out of luck.
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Google lists a half dozen references to "shittiquette," all dealing with shit in the literal sense, and mostly as synonymous with bathroom etiquette. Helen, though, has invented a new usage.
Just another example of why I like Helen's writing.
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
It's been quite a while since we had a comedian run for president. At least an intentional one. But I fondly remember Pat Paulsen's run in 1968. My favorite line of his concerned equal rights for women: "It is wrong to discriminate against someone because of the shape of her skin."
Monday, October 15, 2007
Colorado: Don't blame lack of bear hunt, says DOW, Pitkin Co. adopts emergency bear law
Nevada expands bear control efforts, Bear seeks necessities in kitchen
California: Bear report, South Lake Tahoe Bear Incident
Wyoming: Bear is killed during capture attempt
Saturday, October 13, 2007
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Tuesday, October 09, 2007
Monday, October 08, 2007
If you haven't contacted your CongressKritter (thanks to Betty for that moniker), please do so. Today their offices are probably closed for Columbus Day, but tomorrow would work very nicely.
Saturday, October 06, 2007
Wednesday, October 03, 2007
Tuesday, October 02, 2007
Monday, October 01, 2007
Just what the Democrats need: a third-party run that will siphon off votes from the Republicans. It almost makes me want to send some money to Giuliani's campaign.
Nah, that's really going too far.
Saturday, September 29, 2007
Nevada: Record Numbers of Bear Spottings, Shooting death of bear at Lake Tahoe criticized, Authorities say Tahoe bear complaints, Angora fire, linked, Black bear seen near Keystone grocery
Colorado: Bear's Long Trek Back To Boulder Gets Him Killed, Reports of bear conflicts on the rise in Colorado, Bear ventures into tree at Avery House, Bear barrage may intensify in Aspen
Ohio: A black bear is out there in Gates Mills
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Two intoxicated fans who police say were having sex in a Camp Randall restroom at the Washington State home game had their lewd and lascivious charges reduced to disorderly conducts in a district court Monday.
Sunday, September 23, 2007
Saturday, September 22, 2007
We were there to present our requests for help by the Governor to enact GENDA, the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act, and for other actions he could take to eliminate discrimination against trans-people. During his campaign Spitzer expressed support for GENDA, and we would like him to take some action now that he's Governor.
We were accompanied by Dick Gottfried, the main sponsor of GENDA in the assembly, and the Senior Legislative Aide to Tom Duane, the main sponsor in the State Senate. Midway in the meeting Tom himself showed up--resplendent in his pink shirt. It was great having our two strongest backers in the legislature there to support us. Also with us were members of the Empire State Pride Agenda (ESPA) staff, who came down from Albany. They're our logistical supporters and their expertise in lobbying is a great help to the Coalition.
The meeting was supposed to be with Maloney, but all he had time for was a brief apology for having to go to something else (I believe it was the press conference to announce that New York would be issuing driver's licenses to illegal immigrants--illegal immigrants being another part of his area of responsibility to the governor). He said he would be returning to our meeting, but when he did it was just to tell us that he wouldn't be able to stay, and that his "door was always open"--which is very nice, except it would help if he were actually in the office with the open door.
Anyhow, the meeting ended up being with an assistant counsel to the Governor, who attended via speakerphone from Albany. So much for our strategy of letting the Governor's staff see trans-peoples' faces. (Well, Maloney was with us for a few minutes.)
I won't go into the details of the meeting, other than it was somewhat of a disappointment to me. The assistant counsel couldn't commit to anything--even after some insistence from the Senator. Although he gave what information he could, I'm sure he had no authority to promise anything. He did give us one or two direct contacts, and said he'd e-mail more. If we do end up getting some positive results, I guess it was worth having Coalition members take off from work and traveling great distances to attend. We'll have to wait and see what support we get from the Governor.
There was one positive note: during the meeting Sen. Duane left the conference room, and returned with Eric Dinallo, the Superintendent of the State Insurance Department--someone who could be very helpful in getting better health insurance coverage for trans-people.
On the way out we ran into most of the lesbian, gay and bisexual members of the State Assembly, who were there for another meeting. Deborah Glick complimented my jacket. Micah Kellner, the recently elected bisexual assembly member, was there with his chief-of-staff, Eliyanna Kaiser, who worked closely with the GENDA Coalition as one of Gottfried's staffers. This was the first time I really saw Kellner up close. He is (allegedly) 28 years old, but he looks like he's 16!
Speaking about going out of the meeting, I had a couple minor kerfuffles (if that's not a word it should be) on my way in. No, not the misspelling of my name on the security guard's attendee list. It was the fact that the name on my driver's license wasn't on the list at all. But the guard didn't have a real problem with it. The other little problem was going through the metal detector they have at the entry to the Governor's office suite (two floors, actually). I kept setting it off, so I kept removing my jewelry, until the guard indicated it was something at my mid-section. Then I remembered I was wearing a steel-ribbed corset--which wasn't a problem for that guard either.
Of course, my major kerfuffle of the day was just getting to a 10:30am meeting (actually our pre-meeting) across town presenting as a woman. I got up at 5:00am to do that, and I was still a little late.
EDIT: Do read the comments for more info on getting my corset through metal detectors.
Thursday, September 20, 2007
I guess I've made a very good investment in Canadian currency. I have C$4.94 in Canadian change, some of which was left over from my last trip to Canada, in 1991. I also have C$2.34 in Canadian postage stamps (not to mention 4 Montreal Metro tickets from 1991, which are probably worthless).
As you may surmise, I do tend to favor the "buy and hold" investment strategy.
Saturday, September 15, 2007
Lady #1: The doctor has me on all kinds of medication for my STD.
Lady #2: Oh?
Daughter of lady #1: Mom, for the last time, it's 'SVT,' not 'STD.' You have a heart condition, not a sexually transmitted disease.
Lady #1: Shit, I really have to stop getting those two things mixed up!
via Overheard in New York, Sep 15, 2007
Friday, September 14, 2007
It reminds me of the joke about the nudist camp for crossdressers. It went bankrupt.
The problem is, the e-mail isn't sent until after I go to the comment moderation screen. So it's pretty useless.
So I want to report this bug to Blogger. Except I can't. Their bug reporting screen seems to have a bug in it.
Thursday, September 13, 2007
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
When I first saw this I thought, "Gee, what a horrible thing to call a researcher--especially one who just died." Well, no, that was really the second thing I thought. My first thought was that researchers had somehow kept a bird's brain alive in a jar or something.
Actually, it was just a poorly worded headline. "Brainy Bird Dies After Years of Research" would have been much better. (EDIT: the AP originally titled the article "Gifted Research Parrot Alex Found Dead." Two minutes later they came up with this one. Maybe they wanted a separate story for their weird news category.)
Anyhow, I hope people refrain from any Monty Python sketch comparisons now. But I kind of doubt they will.
Does this mean they can go back to calibrating their automobile speedometers in furlongs per fortnight?
Monday, September 10, 2007
I hope I've amused or enlightened at least some of you. As I continue to get a better handle on managing my time (it's a lot of fun being retired, but it's not as easy as one might think), I hope to get back to more serious blogging fairly soon.
Sunday, September 09, 2007
As far as I can tell, she is just a divorced mother of two, who is an assertive, excellent television commentator. She won't play the meek, deferential to men, role with her colleagues. That does not make her, or any woman, a lesbian.
Late Touchdown by Donovan Gives Wisconsin 20-13 Victory Over UNLV
They didn't play well, but they played well enough. The Wisconsin Badgers football team managed not to get upset by a much less-talented UNLV. Quarterback Tyler Donovan did enough. Running back P.J. Hill did enough. I never was too worried they'd lose--the size of the Badgers tends to wear down smaller opponents late the game. But it really wasn't much fun to watch. Especially with the lousy Versus commentators--half the time it sounded like they weren't even looking at the game.
Next week we play the Citadel--who we've never played before. I don't think it's being televised here.
Saturday, September 08, 2007
Friday, September 07, 2007
Thursday, September 06, 2007
Tuesday, September 04, 2007
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Right. I'm glad I'm done with college, so I don't have to think about stuff like this.
Monday, September 03, 2007
Sunday, September 02, 2007
Friday, August 31, 2007
Pennsylvania: Roaming bear eludes Lower Paxton police
Nevada: Official: Neighborhood at fault in preventable bear death
Colorado: DOW kills bear that broke into house
Wyoming: Wyo. Game and Fish kills black bear
Canada: Controversy in North Vancouver after police shoot aggressive black bear
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Now Rick Renzi is leaving. This guy was being investigated for a variety of things--election rules violations, the prosecutor firing scandal. I guess the third time is the charm.
Another good chance for the Democrats to pick up a seat.
Monday, August 27, 2007
Sunday, August 26, 2007
Saturday, August 25, 2007
West Virginia: Bear visits downtown art show
California: Alpine Meadows bear trap enrages neighbors
Romania: Bear mauls man to death
Washington: Trap Set For Bear Seen In Marysville
New Hampshire: Brazen Bear Enters Several Homes
Vermont: Bear killed in Brattleboro
Nevada: Bear activity: normal for this summer
Friday, August 24, 2007
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
the pigeon problem is one of many factors that dogged the structure.
Keeping pigeons off bridges usually requires a multi-pronged strategy that can include...spikes to keep them from landing...
Sunday, August 19, 2007
Friday, August 17, 2007
They tried something like this in Mexico City once, banning cars on certain days based on their license plate numbers. (I think they only banned one tenth of the cars each day.) It actually increased pollution a little. Many people just went out and bought another car to drive on their off days. The real problem was, what they usually bought was a cheap, old car that polluted much more than their regular one.
Maybe conditions are different in Beijing. Maybe most drivers there can't afford a second car, or maybe there just aren't that many old clunkers for them to buy. But I would not be the least bit surprised if this scheme fails to reduce air pollution the way the officials think it will.
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Millions of dollars have been collected, all of which goes to the custodial parents. I think this is great.