"Questions don't have to make sense, Vincent," said Miss Susan. "But answers do."
-- Terry Pratchet, Thief of Time
Tuesday, June 29, 2004
Monday, June 28, 2004
Auckland downtown supermarket opens.
A press release from Progressive Enterprises (owner of Foodtown) wouldn't have included the human interest bits, and would have omitted the most important news, the news that warranted the photograph, that Carlos Spencer, an All Black, owns a coffee shop in the same building.
Where, after all, do Universal Human Rights begin?
In small places - close to home. So close and so small that they cannot be seen on any map of the world.
-- Eleanor Roosevelt, 1954
Defending traditional marriage: Britney 2.0
Britney Spears is at it again. While thousands of Gay couples are being denied the right to marry because it supposedly would tear the very fabric of traditional marriage into worthless bits of taffeta, Britney is ready to step up to the alter for the second time -- the first having lasted just 55 hours.
Britney is engaged to marry Kevin Federline, her back up dancer -- who apparently was also a dancer in Justin Timberlake's troupe. Kevin has a 2 year old child with actress Shar Jackson, and they are expecting their second child together in July.
That's right. Kevin is engaged and reportedly living with Britney, while his ex, Shar Jackson, is due with their second child in July.
I'm officially bored over all the complaints that traditional marriage must be defended from the likes of Gay men and Lesbians, who want only to affirm their relationships with the same rights, priviledges and protections that -- Brittney and Kevin will soon have together.
Saturday, June 26, 2004
Just over 21 years ago, I invented a symmetrical way of tying my shoelaces that turned out to be super-fast as well. I named this technique the Ian Knot, boldly but confidently dubbing it the World's Fastest Shoelace Knot, and have been sharing it with the world in a variety of ways ever since. The tremendous feedback from site visitors since first adding a single "Ian Knot" page to my web site back in May 2000 has seen that page expand to become Ian's Shoelace Site.
After watching Dawn of the Dead, I am left to wonder about one thing: If we were to suffer an apocalypse where most of the living became flesh-eating zombies, how long, assuming I survived, would I continue to receive hydroelectricity from my power company? Is it a mean-time-before-failure situation, or would the system automatically shut itself down after a few days? (I am assuming that most of the people who were supposed to be maintaining things at my hydro company would be out looking for brains, and that the surviving hydro employees would be busy digging shelters, etc.) Also, what's the outlook like for people whose chunk of the power grid is supplied by coal, nuclear, and other types of energy? Just wondering how many solar panels I should be putting on my roof!
Thursday, June 24, 2004
The visionary potential of any minority depends in no small part on its persecution. When that burden is lifted, banality is a real possibility. But marriage doesn't create this condition. Nor will it turn us into Stepford spouses. If gays see normalcy as a prospect, it's because the norm is expanding to include us. And, yes, the meaning of marriage is changing.
This strip is from 11 years ago and is still very relevant. It shows what I don't like about the news media of today.
Click on the frame to get the full strip.
I an rss feed from wxinfo.net and bloglines to get regular updates to the strip.
Wednesday, June 23, 2004
It seems the extremes of both the left and the right are united in their need to express a daily dose of hate and vitriol.
-- Stephen H. Miller
Tuesday, June 22, 2004
'You know, falsifying a glowing reference for a chunk of human deadwood so they get a better job and leave the company.'
'Are you sure that's... uh... entirely... ethical?' the Boss asks.
'Yeah, course it is,' I say, hanging up.
'If a prospective employer is stupid enough to believe the current employer when they're poaching staff they deserve everything they get.'
Quizilla: What color do you see the world in?
Via De-Generation X
If you know anyone looking for a flat in Auckland direct them to me, or to my ad. I need to add some photos.
Monday, June 21, 2004
Quizilla: How would you survive the end of the world?
Via Tam I Am: Meme's Aplenty
You dig the groove man, nothing can bum you out. Too bad you're too stoned to notice.
INSTRUMENT: Like, you know, guitar, fer sure.
LAST BOOK READ: "Finding Your Past Lives on the Web"
FAVORITE EXPRESSION: "Fer sure, like, fer sure."
FAVORITE THINGS: Peace, love and, like, granola, totally.
NEVER LEAVES HOME WITHOUT: Her inner child.
Quizilla: What Muppet are you?
Via Sex, Boys, Literature, and Bitchy Comments.
The cleanup on Sunday wasn't too ardous, thanks to David's help. The next party that I expect to have will be the one where I get everyone to hang my Christmas tree decorations, a tradition in the making. (I've done it twice now.)
Thursday, June 17, 2004
Wednesday, June 16, 2004
The secret of staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age.
-- Lucille Ball
Youth would be an ideal state if it came a little later in life.
-- Herbert Asquith
Birthdays are good for you. Statistics show that the people who have the most live the longest.
-- Larry Lorenzoni
To think, when one is no longer young, when one is not yet old, that one is no longer young, that one is not yet old, that is perhaps something.
-- Samuel Beckett
We know we're getting old when the only thing we want for our birthday is not to be reminded of it.
Growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional.
-- Chili Davis
Tuesday, June 15, 2004
People forget how fast you did a job - but they remember how well you did it.
-- Howard Newton
Monday, June 14, 2004
Thursday, June 10, 2004
You want people to shape up, and you nag. But you mean well, and you're well loved despite it. Or because of it. You bring the donuts even as you tell people to eat more veggies.
Which ArchAngel are you most like? (Quizilla)
Via [v-hold] v.2.0
Wednesday, June 09, 2004
Willamson calls for ID debate.
Mr Williamson says he understands the reluctance of the Government to canvas the public. "I'm not going to propose a national ID, because the moment you start talking about it lunatics go wild in the asylum."
Tuesday, June 08, 2004
You're sensual and slightly dangereous. But deep down you have a heart of gold. After all, you're not bad, you're just drawn that way.
Who 's Your Inner Sexy Cartoon Chick?
Brought to you by Quizilla
Via Memes of Tam I Am.
The films of Miss Crawford, Miss Davis, Miss Turner, and both Miss Francis's (Kay AND Connie) are spoofed here to hysterical perfection. The "suffering in mink" school of over the top womens pictures were slightly unbelievable even in the fifties and sixties; but many a major female star soldered through them with her chin held high (you photograph younger that way, darling!). As in the inspiration films, the leading lady, Angela Arden here, is impeccably (if theatrically)gowned and coiffed for every occasion. The rest of the production values are delightfully uneven. Purposfully- Miss Arden is, of course, continuously backlit.
I didn't need to be fully aware of all the in jokes based on the films of the 50s and 60s to enjoy the film. You can buy it for me from Amazon, NZ DVD players are multizone.
Is there an increase in men playing a drag role straight?
Readers respond, some in agreement, some in opposition. More comments on usenet.
Archbishop's gay comments threat to young in INL and in the Herald
The head of a Maori sexuality research project at Auckland University, Clive Aspin, said yesterday that struggles in coming to terms with sexuality were a significant factor in a high suicide rate among young men.
I don't understand how the Anglican church in New Zealand can choose someone who's views will marginilise the church even more. We are not a very religious country and this guy is not promoting his cause very well.
Monday, June 07, 2004
Caleb is a hunky poli-sci major with an affection for aggressive girls. Gwen is an aggressive girl who falls for gay acting boys. It's a match made in therapy.
In a plan hatched by his crafty gay roommate Kyle, Caleb finds himself pretending to be gay to woo Gwen, but their scheme is thwarted when Gwen decides that Caleb would be the perfect catch for her own gay roommate, Marcóthe object of Kyleís affection.
Caleb is faced with a confusing proposition. Gwen wonders if she'll ever find a straight guy. Marc can't tell why the new guy is so hot and cold. And Kyle watches the two loves of his life leave him behind.
Out Takes has organised an extra screening of this movie on June 9, due to sales, and considering the theatre was packed I agree with their decision. I may even go and watch it again.
Saturday, June 05, 2004
Gone, But Not Forgotten tells the story of Drew Parker, a small town forest ranger, who rescues a man during a storm in the mountains. The man, suffering from amnesia, remembers only his name: Mark. The only clues to Mark's past are snippets of nightmares that slowly unfold the events of that fateful day. As recovers his identity, he falls in love with Drew. The two are forced to deal with Mark's past when it comes to reclaim him.
"As he remembers who he was, he discovers who he is, and who he really loves."
Unfortunately the characters did not have the chemistry the roles needed, the dialogue, at times, was similar to that of an early soap opera. (Quiet country hospital scenes do that to me.) I do not understand why Out Takes scheduled two showings for this film.
As this was a low budget film I can hope that there is enough promise to allow a bigger budget for future films from these people.
Thursday, June 03, 2004
5 Tips For Developing Your Writing Voice
- Write honestly, from the heart
When you write from your feelings, your voice will be automatic. Of course, youíll have to rewrite and edit, but allow your honest feelings to surface and show.
- Write as if you were writing or talking to a friend
When youíre writing or talking with a friend, the honesty and passion show up. So does the clarity. Clarity, even simplicity, expressed through you will make your writing sing - in your voice.
- Picture your reader
Every time you write, youíre writing for a particular audience. Think how you would address one reader in that group as if they were a friend. Write for that person.
- Read widely
Read all sorts of things. Get out of your field and read something youíre not inclined to read. Notice the voice. Can you see yourself writing that way? If not, why not? The answers donít matter; the key here is just to become aware of voice.
Break out of your comfort zone. If you always write articles, try a short story, or part of one. If you write mostly for high-end travel magazines, try something for children. The goal here isnít to break into a new market, although that may happen, itís to play and experiment and stretch your boundaries. You can even do this with a sentence or two as an exercise.
Via Blog Fu.
Via PhotoDude's Arbitrary Secondaries
Wednesday, June 02, 2004
Tuesday, June 01, 2004
Knight of ShadowsChanging Site
The Paper Napkin service
Free-to-air TV listings
An Enjoyable Night Home Alone
Quote - Love and marriage
Amazing Race catchup episode
Quote - History