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December 5th, 2019

Friday Five (false idol edition)

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It's the first week in December. Wait! December!? Already? But there's so much to do!

I managed to get the Christmas tree up and decorated last weekend, but I haven't gotten the outdoor lights up, nor have I set up Pendleton the Christmas Otter. I also need to put lights in the front windows (the outdoor lights are on the veranda, which is on the back side of the apartment). If all goes well, I'll get that done and finish most of the Christmas shopping this weekend. Wish me luck!

Meanwhile, welcome to the Friday Five. This week I bring you: the top five stories of the week, five stories about sciecne, five stories about deplorable people, and five videos (plus notable obituaries and a some things I wrote).

Stories of the Week:



Billy Dee Williams identifies as gender fluid, reveals acceptance of multiple pronouns - Everything you're about to read is true - the 'Star Wars' actor describes gender and his role in a 70s male 'love story' film.

Why the LDS Church Joined LGBTQ Advocates in Supporting Utah's Conversion Therapy Ban. The article doesn't give the actual answer: Public Relations. But it does show that the support isn't exactly enthusiastic.

NY Lawmakers Want to Ban Virginity Checks After T.I. Interview.

NBA player Dwyane Wade defends his preteen son from anti-LGBTQ trolls.

The best science fiction and fantasy of 2019.

This Week in Science:



Great auk extinction: Humans wiped out giant seabird.

Scientists have discovered a 'monster' black hole that's so big it shouldn't exist.

Found Frozen and Almost Perfectly Preserved in Permafrost, this 18,000-Year-Old Puppy Could Be a Huge Deal.

Extinction: Humans played big role in demise of the cave bear.

Dabous Giraffes - These ancient giraffes are the largest known animal petroglyphs in the world.

This Week in Deplorable People:



Red-Caped Catholic Loons Petition Theater To Cancel Drag Queen Xmas Show As “Insult To Birth Of Christ”.

A Harlem School That Former Students Say Is Run Like ‘A Cult’ Faces New Scrutiny.

False Idol — Why the Christian Right Worships Donald Trump.

I Was Harassed After Being Outed By My Students. Then Something Amazing Happened.

Liberty Counsel Had A Bad Year and is Begging for Money so They can Promote More Hate.

In Memoriam:



‘Star Trek’ Writer D.C. Fontana Dies at 80.

D. C. Fontana (1939-2019).

Joan Staley, Actress in 'The Ghost and Mr. Chicken,' Dies at 79 - She also slapped Elvis Presley in 'Roustabout,' sang to Audie Murphy in 'Gunpoint' and played Shame sidekick Okie Annie on 'Batman'.

Things I wrote:



To absent friends… 2019.

NaNoWriMo ’19 Retrospective.

Undying fiancées, melodramatic lab assistants, and monsters in the closet—more of why I love sf/f.

Videos!



Nancy Pelosi Asks For Articles of Impeachment for President Donald Trump:



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NO TIME TO DIE Trailer:



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A Holiday Reunion – Xfinity 2019:



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Adam Roberts - Glue:



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Darlene Love 2014 Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home) The Late Show David Letterman [2014] {I pray that I look one-tenth as good and can sing a quarter as well when I'm 73...}:



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Undying fiancées, melodramatic lab assistants, and monsters in the closet—more of why I love sf/f

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I don’t know exactly how old I was the first time I watched The Brain That Wouldn’t Die, but since I’m pretty sure that it was on the Saturday afternoon Science Fiction Theatre on Channel 2 out of Denver (long the home of “Blinky the Clown”). Which means that I couldn’t have been more the 10 years old. I know the second time I saw it was a late Friday night Nightmare Theatre offering during a time I was allowed to stay up after midnight on Fridays, so that means I was between 12 and 14 years old. The third time was many, many years later as an Mystery Science Theatre 3000 episode… and it was one of the times I really wanted a means to mute the commenters. Because as campy and awful as The Brain That Wouldn’t Die is, I’m actually very fond of it...

(The rest of this Throwback Thursday post about an old fave sci fi movie is at FontFolly.Net.

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December 1st, 2019

To absent friends... 2019

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Today is World AIDS Day. Each year, I spend part of the day remembering people I have known who left this world too soon because of that disease.

So: Frank, Mike, Tim, David, Todd, Chet, Jim, Steve, Brian, Rick, Stacy, Phil, Mark, Michael, Jerry, Walt, Charles, Thomas, Mike, Richard, Bob, Mikey, James, Lisa, Todd, Kerry, Glen, Brad, and Jack. Some of you I didn’t know for very long. Two of you were relatives. One of you was one of my best friends in high school and college.

I miss you all. It was a privilege to know you.

The themes of 2019 for the World Aids Day campaign are “Rock the Ribbon Together (#ROCKTHERIBBON)” and “Communities make the difference

“Not everybody is equipped with the facts on how to protect themselves and others, and stigma and discrimination remain a life-changing reality for people living with HIV... That’s why we’re asking you to Rock the Ribbon Together in 2019 – to stand in solidarity with people living with HIV, raise awareness, challenge stigma, end loneliness and isolation, and insist peer support is available for anyone who needs it.”

“Communities contribute to the AIDS response in many different ways. Their leadership and advocacy ensure that the response remains relevant and grounded, keeping people at the centre and leaving no one behind.”

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November 29th, 2019

Friday Five (debunking lies edition)

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We've reached the fifth Friday of November! The year is winding down!

I really needed this holiday break. It was nice having just a few quiet days at work to focus on thing and then jump into pie making.

Anyway, welcome to the Friday Five. This week I bring you: the top five stories of the week, five stories of interest to queers and our allies, five stories about certain types of deplorable people, five stories about politics, five videos, and the five MORE videos (plus notable obituaries and a some things I wrote).

Stories of the Week:



United Nations to Honor Cyndi Lauper for LGBTQ Youth Advocacy - Award Recognizes Lauper's Work to End Teen Homelessness and Promote Human Rights, Kesha to Present.

Le Guin’s Subversive Imagination.

A Plea to Resurrect the Christmas Tradition of Telling Ghost Stories - Though the practice is now more associated with Halloween, spooking out your family is well within the Christmas spirit. *Ahem* for 24 years I have been writing a new ghost story for Christmas and reading it at our annual Christmas party... the practice is not dead!

Measles Cases Continue to Rise Around the World.

You Can Join the Effort to Expose Twitter Bots.

This Week in News for Queers and Allies:



Anglican church elects gay, black, immigrant man in a same-sex marriage as bishop.

Meet the LGBTQ Bloggers Debunking Right-Wing Lies.

UTAH: Activists and Mormon Church Leadership Agree On Ex-Gay Torture Ban.

There are approximately a million same-sex households in America...That the government knows about.

Dolly Parton has an unreleased ‘uplifting and fun’ dance song called ‘Just a Wee Bit Gay’, and we need it right now.

This Week in Deplorables of the Particular Type:



Eric Dudley, St. Peter's founder and outspoken LGBT critic, subjected men to sexual misconduct.

Donald Trump Jr. insinuates HIV+ people offer nothing but death - The son of the President went out of his way to promote stigma around HIV-positive people which has long been false.

Devin Nunes blasted as ‘total traitor garbage’ by victim of his ‘illegal’ lawsuits against critics.

Penn State child sex abuser Jerry Sandusky to seek reduced sentence.

Trump Goes To Fantasyland, Claims He Beat Barack Obama In Mystery Election.

This Week in Politics:



Pete Buttigieg Is a Lying MF - Pete Buttigieg Lies About Education Disparities. Almost didn't include this since it was viral earlier this week... but then I kept running into otherwise informed people who missed it, so...

Queer Like Pete - Buttigieg is getting slammed for being a type of gay man America doesn’t understand. I understand where the author thinks he's coming from, but speaking as a queer person myself, no, we aren't questioning these aspects of Mayor Pete's personality because we don't understand it; we're challenging them because we very much DO understand that nearly every single type-A "best little boy in the world" we've ever known, both gay and straight, have been the same empathy-deficient libertarians hiding their lack of understanding of (or caring about) their own privilege behind that carefully constructed mask of affability. Also, speaking to the final paragraph: there are tens of thousands of queer men who don't have his problems equally capable and eager to talk about those political issues. Like me, for instance.

Behind Trump’s secret war-zone trip: A Mar-a-Lago escape, a twin Air Force One and a Twitter plan - The president gave his thanks to the troops in a visit to Afghanistan shrouded in secrecy and packed with the displays of military strength Trump loves.

GOP Lies Are 'Morally Treasonable' To The American Public, Berman Suggests.

‘Snowflake’ Conservatives Have White-Hot Meltdown Over Getting ‘Betrayed’ by Chick-fil-A.

In Memoriam:



Founder of Integrity and LGBT+ advocate Louie Crew Clay has died. Many, many years ago, before I ever owned my own domain and when I was posting my essays (I didn't think of them as blog posts back then) on Geocities, I got this very nice comment on an entry I wrote called "Pansies!" where I talked about my love for flowers, my struggles with accepting myself as a queer man, and related thoughts. Over the next couple of weeks, I got a LOT more comments from people who had never commented on my posts before, and that post got many more clicks than most of mine had before. And I found out it was because Louie had posted a link to it. And so I had to figure out who this guy was. Over the years since, I have always felt an extra warm fuzzy if I got a comment from Louie or saw there were clicks on my blog that were referred from his. Rise in glory, Louie.

LOUIE CREW CLAY.

Groundbreaking Cartoonist Howard Cruse, 75, has Died.

William Ruckelshaus, first EPA chief, dies at 87 - He twice served as the EPA chief - quit Justice Department job rather than obey President Richard Nixon’s order to fire the independent special Watergate prosecutor.

Gahan Wilson, Macabre Cartoonist, Dead at 89.

Things I wrote:



They aren’t even going to let us cook the turkey before they trot out more War on Christmas nonsense.

Let’s think about what we’re putting on the holiday menu, metaphorical or otherwise.

Being thankful for a peaceful day and other thing.

Videos!



How Tom Hanks and Matthew Rhys got into character for Mister Rogers movie:



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Daniel Craig And Rami Malek Shared A Kiss After A Long "James Bond" Writing Session:



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Dolly Parton Didn’t Let Elvis Sing “I Will Always Love You” (bonus, new Jolene verse):



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Alternative John Lewis Christmas Advert 2019:



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Fascinating Aïda's Christmas Message (warning: naughty language):



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More Videos!



All The Doctor's Regenerations (UPDATED) | Doctor Who:



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BD - gay - comic book - Howard Cruse interview - Stuck Rubber Baby - Wendel - gay comicsber baby:



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He's Just a GURL Who'll QUID PRO QUO! - Randy Rainbow Song Parody:



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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker | “Fate” TV Spot:



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A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD - Official Trailer (HD):



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November 27th, 2019

Let's think about what we're putting on the holiday menu, metaphorical or otherwise

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For several years while blogging on LiveJournal I would post a survey asking about food people were making for Thanksgiving dinner. Half the fun in these polls were the conversations that would happen in the comments about the differences in what we thought of as traditional holiday foods. The first few Thanksgivings after this became my primary blog I constructed similar polls... but no one responded (there were occasionally be a couple of comments, but not many votes). So it hasn't seemed worth it to construct a poll here.

I do think talking about the foods we loved as kids can be a great way to share memories and get to know each other better. But sometimes I have to remember that not everyone has great memories of holidays spent with family. And even some of us who do cherish a lot of those memories have a lot of bad memories associated with the holidays...

(The rest of this post about troublemaking, intentional and otherwise, is at FontFolly.Net.)

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November 25th, 2019

They aren’t even going to let us cook the turkey before they trot out more War on Christmas nonsense

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I wasn’t going to write about the so-called War on Christmas until after Thanksgiving. But some people just cannot let a day go by without claiming that they are the victims of wholly fictitious campaigns. I actually entertained the notion that these stories might go away...

(The rest of this post about oppressors who think they are being oppressed, with a historical digression involving 17th Century Puritans is a FontFolly.Net.)

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November 21st, 2019

Friday Five (goals and priorities edition)

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We've reached the fourth Friday of November and the temperatures are getting quite crisp here.

It's been a weird week. For a couple of nights I get a lot of writing done on my NaNoWriMo project. Then there was the day I barely stayed awake until time to log out of work, napped for nearly three hours, made a quick dinner, and went to bed more than on hour earlier than usual.

Anyway, welcome to the Friday Five. This week I bring you: one story that deserves its own category, the top five stories of the week, five stories about the fight for justice, and five videos (plus a couple things I wrote).

Literary Mystery of the Week:



The Disappearance of John M. Ford - I wanted to learn why a beloved science fiction writer fell into obscurity after his death. I didn’t expect that I would help bring his books back to life.

Stories of the Week:



Majority of Americans know they're under constant surveillance, don't trust the companies doing it, and feel helpless to stop it.

NASA has found sugar in meteorites that crashed to Earth.

American Medical Association Calls for Nationwide Ban on LGBTQ Conversion Therapy.

Return of the drink loved by Vikings and ancient Celts - High in the hills above Pitlochry in Perthshire a former soldier has embarked on a new mission to revive an ancient Scottish drink.

'Blob' hides long-sought remnant from star blast - Scientists believe they've finally tracked down the dead remnant from Supernova 1987A - one of their favourite star explosions.

This Week in the Fight for Justice:



Impeachment surprises boost Dems, but Republican resistance holds.

Secret Service spent more than $250K at Trump properties.

Prosecutors Investigating Trump Organization Zero In On Trump CFO Allen Weisselberg.

Study: Gabbard Favorite Dem Of Russian Propagandists.

‘Smoking Gun So Hot It’s Still on Fire’: Ex-US Attorney Astonished by Text Shown in Vindman Testimony.

Things I wrote:



Weekend Update 11/16/2019: Guess who is going to be a jailbird?

Tuesday Tidbits: Straight Pride sets new low attendance record and more….

Videos!



Impeachment Hearings: All The President’s Men Colluded | Full Frontal on TBS:



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Second Week of Impeachment Testimony Ends with More Damning Evidence: A Closer Look:



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Stephen Colbert: The Newest Zealander Visits PM Jacinda Ardern:



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Star Trek - Hawaii 5-0 Style:



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Christmas at the click of a button! Wallace & Gromit and Joules Christmas Campaign:



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November 14th, 2019

Friday Five (preventable deaths edition)

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We've reached the third Friday of November and the news has been quite interesting.

I'm plugging away at NaNoWriMo, so not getting much blogging done. While I'm really happy that the impeachment hearings are proceeding, I'm going to try focus most of my linking to news stories on things that you are likely to have missed with all the other coverage.

Anyway, welcome to the Friday Five. This week I bring you: the top five stories of the week, five stories about sciece & sci fi, five stories deplorable people, and five videos (plus a thing I wrote).

Stories of the Week:



Jimmy Carter’s humanity and Donald Trump’s vulgarity | Editorial.

3 Cows Swept Out to Sea by Hurricane Dorian Are Found Alive.

Millions in U.S. Lost Someone Who Couldn't Afford Treatment.

What ‘English style’ owes to Asia’s gardens.

5 Ways You Can Support Bullied LGBTQ+ Youth Like Jordan Steffy.

Science and Science Fiction:



NASA’s Curiosity rover makes a baffling oxygen discovery on Mars - Seasonal variations in Martian oxygen levels are puzzling NASA's planetary scientists.

Silver-Backed Chevrotain, With Fangs And Hooves, Photographed In Wild For First Time.

Disney+ Version of Star Wars: A New Hope Alters Greedo Scene Yet Again.

Are we living in a Blade Runner world?

Secrets of the largest ape that ever lived.

This Week in Deplorable People:



Principal who banned gay books charged with child pornography - “As I said to some friends last night when I got the news, ‘You can’t make this sh-- up,'" one of the authors whose books were banned said.. Surprise! Surprise! Surprise! [/sarcasm]

Of the incidents involving sexual-orientation bias, 60 percent targeted gay men- Of the incidents involving sexual-orientation bias, 60 percent targeted gay men.

SURVEY: 40% Of Evangelicals Say They Are Pro-Choice.

Judge Napolitano: Trump 'Pretty Clearly' Violated Criminal Bribery Laws.

VP Mike Pence proud of effort to steal LGBTQ tax dollars.

In Memoriam:



Virginia Leith, Star of 'The Brain That Wouldn't Die,' Dies at 94 - She also played the female lead in Kubrick's first feature and a woman threatened by fiance Robert Wagner in 'A Kiss Before Dying'.

Things I wrote:



The 11th day of the 11th month….

Videos!



SLAPP Suits: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO):



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Billionaires Freak Out About Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders: A Closer Look:



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Bill Taylor's Testimony Closely Ties Trump To Ukraine Quid Pro Quo:



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Greyson Chance - Boots (Official Video):



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Jakk Fynn - Fire:



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October 31st, 2019

Friday Five (convenient hypocrisy edition)

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And now we reach the first Friday of November!

It continues to be winter-cold, without any rain. Which means the spore counts keep climbing. Having hay fever when it's cold is never fun.

Anyway, welcome to the Friday Five. This week I bring you: the top five stories of the week, five stories about deplorable people, five stories about the impeachable one, and five videos (plus a thing I wrote).

Stories of the Week:



Who Gave You the Right to Tell That Story? Ten authors on the most divisive question in fiction, and the times they wrote outside their own identities.

Looking at Cute Animals Online Is Literally Good for Your Brain.

Are 90% of giraffes gay – or have their loving looks been misunderstood?

Blast from Waukee gender reveal felt over 2 miles away.

'He's a patriot': Republicans defend key impeachment witness from attacks.

This Week in Deplorable People:



Senate blocks effort to roll back Trump administration's ObamaCare rule. Excluding pre-existing conditions will kill thousands of Americans... which is what Trump and his billionaire buddies want.

Right-Wing Lobby Divorces Itself? In Lawsuit, NRA Says NRA-TV Is Racist. Which is true... but the NRA is also racist.

Missouri's state health director says he tracked Planned Parenthood patients' periods.

Evangelical conservatives are determined to go down in disgrace with Trump. Let them do it.

When One Good Day Is One Too Many.

This Week in Impeach the Mo-Fo Already:



Trump lures GOP senators on impeachment with cold cash.

Why it’s such a big deal that Donald Trump is suddenly selling his Washington DC hotel.

Trump Takes Swipe at Obama for Not Capturing al-Baghdadi Then Admits to War Crime at Police Chiefs Conference.

‘Music to Putin’s ears’: Ambassador McFaul blasts Trump’s pattern of furthering Russian interests.

Security Official Testifies Ukraine Transcript Was Edited.

In Memoriam:



Robin Brett, NASA scientist who studied ‘moon rocks,’ dies at 84.

Tributes pour in for John Witherspoon after actor dies at 77.

Things I wrote:



Weekend Update 10/26/2019: Cold hearts and webs of sin.

Yelling at clouds, pointless nostalgia, and blind spots.

Time to fire up those word processors! #NaNoWriMo.

…and then what happened? And then? And then? — getting the story started and keeping it going.

Evasive geniuses, invisible monsters, and helpful (sassy gay) robots—more of why I love sf/f.

Videos!



Stephen Colbert and the gang go after Hallmark and Lifetime Movies - Just In Time For Halloween, It's The Late Show Christmas Movies!:



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Lunar Module Costume: Big Sis Lunar Lander, Little Sis Astronaut (with flag):



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Trump & Syria: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO):



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TESS Catches its First Star-destroying Black Hole:



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Galantis & Dolly Parton - Faith feat. Mr. Probz [Official Music Video]:



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October 30th, 2019

…and then what happened? And then? And then? — getting the story started and keeping it going

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Several years ago I was on a writing panel at a convention. I don’t remember the exact title of the panel, but it was about what happens when you’re stuck or otherwise can’t seem to get a story moving. I was supposed to have a co-panelist, but they had to cancel at the last minute. The crowd in the room wasn’t really big, so I suggested we do something a bit more interactive. I briefly explained who I was and that most of my writing advice came from (at the time) about 12 years of reading the slush pile for a semi-prozine I was involved with. Then, rather than throw it open for any question, I asked for examples of times they had been stuck, and gave every in the room an opportunity to respond to it if they wanted...


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October 29th, 2019

Time to fire up those word processors! #NaNoWriMo

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I’m participating in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) once more...


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October 28th, 2019

Yelling at clouds, pointless nostalgia, and blind spots

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A lot of people have linked to the comments by people like Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola and so forth denigrating the modern superhero movie as not being “real cinema”, not being narrative, having more in common with an amusement park ride than a “proper movie” and so forth. And many other people have posted counter arguments, but most of the counter arguments I was thinking were being a bit too timid in their defense. And then Cora Buhlert weighed in...

(The rest of this post is at FontFolly.Net.)

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October 27th, 2019

Weekend Update 10/26/2019: Cold hearts and webs of sin

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It is time for another post about news that broke after I posted this week’s Friday Five, or didn’t come to my attention until afterward, or that didn’t quite make the cut, or about a previously linked story which has new developments. As usual I have some opinions that I wish to expound upon regarding this stories...

(The rest of the news-related post is at FontFolly.Net.)

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October 24th, 2019

Friday Five (starvation killer edition)

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Are we really already at the fourth Friday in October?

I believe I've figured out what I'm going to work on for NaNoWriMo next month. We've had a short break in the very rainy weather, but I'm not sure anything is going to dry out before the rain returns.

Anyway, welcome to the Friday Five. This week I bring you: the top five stories of the week, five stories of interest to queers and our allies, five stories about science fiction, five stores about science, five stories about injustice and justice, and five videos (plus a thing I wrote).

Stories of the Week:



Most people in Seattle are from somewhere else. So what does that say about the ‘Seattle Freeze’?

Ivar's, Seattle Seafood Restaurant Chain, and the Serial Killer. More than 100 years ago, Washington state was the home of a woman who was eventually dubbed the Starvation Killer...

I Ate Like a Member of the Royal Family for a Week and Here's What Happened.

The Phone Call Isn't Dead, It's Evolving.

Inside the Phone Company Secretly Run By Drug Traffickers.

This Week in News for Queers and Allies:



One of Comcast’s top executives is suing for anti-gay discrimination - He was called slurs, paid less, told he was "too gay and flamboyant," and the cable company retaliated when he complained.

Conservatives, religious right go to the outer limits of audacity in exploiting case of transgender child.

Drag Queens Are Hosting Story Hours Across the Country to Teach Kids Acceptance & We Say YAS to That.

This health care ruling could endanger untold numbers of LGBTQ Americans.

How 'It's a gay bar, Pamela' became the Twin Cities' favorite meme.

This Week in Science Fiction:



What Is the Time Signature of the Ominous Electronic Score of The Terminator? - The time signature of the Terminator score is a mystery for the ages.

Ray Bradbury's Tales of the Bizarre - Series 1 - Available for Streaming from the BBC.

Eminent writers, editors and critics choose some favorite works of fantasy and science fiction. Read it for Chabon’s Bradbury comments...

David Gerrold - I disagree with Scorsese. I disagree with Coppola....

‘Watchmen’ Review: A Dazzling Reinvention of a Landmark Comic.

This Week in Science:



Bam! Scientists Watch Distant Exoplanet Collision.

Remarkable fossils capture mammals’ recovery after the dino-killing asteroid - Survivors grew from the size of a rat to that of a wolf within 700,000 years of the impact.

U.S. Air Quality Was Improving. Now It’s Getting Worse .

After A DNA Surprise: 10 Things No One Wants to Hear.

New tsunami evacuation maps show the fastest way to escape the Big One on foot.

This Week in Crimes and the Fight for Justice:



She was raped 15 years ago. Her rape kit was finally tested and turned up a match.

New bulletproof memorial to Emmett Till replaces vandalized sign in Mississippi.

Tennessee Deputy Sued Twice In The Same Day Over A Roadside Anal Search And A Forced Baptism.

Police Seize High-Ranking Atomwaffen Division Member’s Guns. The stripping happened earlier this month. Kaleb J. Cole, the strippee, is a leader of the Atomwaffen Division's Washington State cell. The Seattle Police Department filed an “Extreme Risk Protection Order” petition against him late last month.

A Bangladesh court has sentenced 16 people to death for the murder of a student set on fire after accusing her teacher of sexual harassment.

Things I wrote:



Ah, yes, the Lady Mondegreen dancing with the devi.

Videos!



Trump Lashes Out After G7 Controversy, Mulvaney’s Ukraine Confession: A Closer Look:



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Colbert Gets A Surprise Visit From Rudy Giuliani:



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Republicans Storm Impeachment Hearing After Bombshell Testimony: A Closer Look:



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O Great Pumpkin | Robot Chicken | Adult Swim:



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MIKA - Dear Jealousy:



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October 17th, 2019

Friday Five (cockwomble edition)

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And now it is the third Friday in October.

It's been non-stop rain for several days and is expected to continue through the weekend, so I'm happy. Also, it was nice to be reminded this week of the word cockwomble, meaning: “A person, usually male, prone to making outrageously stupid statements and/or inappropriate behaviour while generally having a very high opinion of their own wisdom and importance.”

Anyway, welcome to the Friday Five. This week I bring you: the top five stories of the week, five stories og interest to queers and our allies, five stores about science, five stories about deplorable people, five stories about the Impeachable One, and five videos (plus things I wrote and notable obituaries).

Stories of the Week:



Religion Continues to Decline in America.

Cuomo signs law aimed at weakening Trump's pardon power, closes 'double jeopardy' loophole.

Twitter says it will restrict users from retweeting world leaders who break its rules. Um, well, I guess it's a start... or maybe just an empty gesture.

Former NASA scientist says they found life on Mars in the 1970s.

Trump tweeted a photo attacking Nancy Pelosi. She made it her Twitter cover photo.

This Week in News for Queers and Allies:



Justin Tranter Was Punished in H.S. for Enduring Anti-LGBTQ Bullyingv- The out songwriter shared a disturbing story of harassment at a Spirit Day concert and fundraiser.

Parents of Matthew Shepard use DOJ speech to criticize Attorney General Barr's stance on gender identity protections.

The way this trans man’s family expresses solidarity with his dream of having top surgery will make your heart burst.

Porno Pete Blames "Radical Lying Homosexual Activist" JMG For Beto O'Rourke's Stance On Ex-Gay "Torture" . Right, it's one gay blogger, and not the many juries, doctors, and medical associations that have all call it unconscionable, traumatic, and harmful.

Black lesbian Ernestine Eckstein was protesting when most gays thought protests were crazy - Closeted gays and even many early gay organizations criticized her for being visible and active.

This Week in Science:



Planetary 'autopsies' indicate worlds like Earth common in the cosmos.

480-million-year-old trilobite ‘traffic jams’ may reveal ancient migratory behavior.

Hubble telescope captures the best photo yet of the interstellar comet Borisov as it hurtles through the Milky Way at 110,000 miles per hour.

Space Mysteries: If the universe is 13.8 billion years old, how can a star be more than 14 billion years old?

Paris zoo unveils the blob, an organism with no brain but 720 sexes.

This Week in Deplorable People:



Trump’s Fox News Meltdown Proves He’s “the Snowiest, Flakiest Snowflake,” Says Kimmel.

Jury awards Sandy Hook father $450,000 for defamation by local conspiracy theorist.

Inside The Christian Legal Army Weakening the Church-State Divide.

The Heritage Foundation co-hosted a half day anti-LGBTQ event. Here are the worst comments from panelists.

2 Trump officials said the US should be run as a Christian theocracy.

This Week in Impeach the Mo-Fo Already:



Mulvaney acknowledges Ukraine aid was withheld to boost political probe.

THE ACTUAL LAWS TRUMP HAS BROKEN, JUST WITH THE UKRAINE AND CHINA AFFAIRS, COULD LAND HIM 10 YEARS IN PRISON.

Fox News' Andrew Napolitano: Trump holding G7 at Doral resort is a 'profound' emoluments clause violation.

Karma For Republicans: Clinton Rules Apply To Trump Impeachment - Andrew Napolitano reminds Fox and Friends that all the rules Adam Schiff is following were written by Republicans during the Clinton years. Womp, womp.

Sen. Mitt Romney raises a troubling theory about Trump and Turkey.

In Memoriam:



Stephen Moore - known as the voice of Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy's Marvin the Paranoid Android - has died aged 81.

Rep. Elijah Cummings, LGBTQ Rights Champion, Dead at 68.

Elijah Cummings 'signed subpoenas from his hospital bed' for Trump impeachment before his death.

Rep. Elijah Cummings, dignified Democratic nemesis of Trump, dies at 68.

U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings, key figure in Trump impeachment inquiry and longtime Baltimore advocate, dies at 68 .

Things I wrote:



Join us in the light! #NationalComingOutDay.

Celebrate Indigenous People’s Day — and recognize that Columbus was a violent unscrupulous invader.

Tuesday Tidbits 10/15/2019.

Where do they come from? (or, some things remain ineffable).

Videos!



GIULIANI! (Here He Goes Again) - Randy Rainbow Song Parody:



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Rudy Giuliani Associates Arrested as Support for Impeachment Rises: A Closer Look:



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Harry Styles - Lights Up (Official Video):



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Katy Perry - Harleys In Hawaii (Official):



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MIKA - Sanremo:



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October 16th, 2019

Where do they come from? (or, some things remain ineffable)

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I woke up Tuesday morning in an extremely dark room with the feeling that something was wrong. I rolled over to squint at the red large print display of the alarm clock to see that it was after 10. I exclaimed a swear word or three and scrambled to get out of bed, since I have a 9:30am meeting every day at work which I was now quite late for.

I wondered why my alarm hadn’t gone off...

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October 15th, 2019

Tuesday Tidbits 10/15/2019

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I started to do a Weekend Update post with a couple of the stories below on Saturday, but I needed to get shopping done and be back up and set up somethings before my gaming group logged into the group chat at 1pm. So I didn’t get to it. I also frequently save memes, cartoons, and the like to use as an illustration for a blog post or Friday Five. I always gather a lot more than I can actually use, so every now and then I share some that I didn’t use. And I was struck by the fact that for several of the stories I had been leaning toward putting in the Weekend Update, I have a related graphic...

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Celebrate Indigenous People’s Day — and recognize that Columbus was a violent unscrupulous invader

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...I don’t remember any of the school districts I lived in ever closing school for Columbus Day. Instead, at least during elementary school, it was a day that we would be given lessons that were extremely white-washed about the man who supposedly discovered America—a continent with tens of millions of inhabitants with rich cultures (and often knowing a whole lot more about agriculture the that later European invaders)...

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October 11th, 2019

Join us in the light! #NationalComingOutDay

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Today is National Coming Out Day. If Ray were still alive, it would also be the day we’d be celebrating the twenty-sixth anniversary of our commitment ceremony (he promised to stay with me for the rest of his life, and he did). My (very-much alive) husband Michael and I don’t have any anniversaries that are close to this date, but this is the twentieth National Coming Out Day we’ve lived together...

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Friday Five (coming out day edition)

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And now it is the second Friday in October.

Today is National Coming Out Day! I'll have some more to say about that later today. You'll find a few of this weeks stories and videos are related to that topic.

Anyway, welcome to the Friday Five. This week I bring you: the top five stories of the week, five stories about being queer and being out, five stores about science and science fiction-y things, five stories about deplorable people, five stories about the Impeachable One and related deplorables, and five videos (plus things I wrote and notable obituaries).

Stories of the Week:



Ancient Greek Scroll's Hidden Contents Revealed Through Infrared Imaging.

City Thinks Cops Can Legally Murder Undocumented Immigrants.

Male cat needs glucose drip after mating with five females in one night in pet hotel.

The Rich Really Do Pay Lower Taxes Than You.

For the first time in my life, I don’t give a shit what the science says.

This Week in News for Queers and Allies:



Saying ‘I am gay’ in mirror led track athlete on path to acceptance .

Navajo Nation's LGBTQ Pride Event Celebrates A Return To The Culture's History.

Once in closet, gay hockey player voted high school homecoming king .

Family and Friends Are Seeking Justice for Channing Smith, Outed Teen Who Was Bullied into Suicide .

The Supreme Court showed its liberal/conservative split in LGBTQ cases. Here’s how it went.

This Week in Science, Science Fiction, Tech and Related:



Saturn overtakes Jupiter as planet with most moons.

Why This Fanfiction Site’s Prestigious Literary Honor Is a Win for LGBTQ Representation - Archive of Our Own, a volunteer-run, queer-inclusive fanfiction repository, scored a Hugo Award earlier this year.

A Gothic Education, or: How I Learned to Love the Dark.

Monarch butterflies swarm Colorado park Video .

Computer historians crack passwords of Unix's early pioneers.

This Week in Deplorable People:



Florida’s DeSantis returns donation linked to Guiliani's Ukrainian Crooks.

San Diego Man Charged With Hate Crime After Beating Three Muslim Women Wearing Hijabs.

Tulsi Gabbard threatens to boycott upcoming debate claiming DNC and corporate media trying to rig 2020 primary. Let's re=write that headline: "Rep Gabbard, poorly disguised Republican mole and friend of dictators, whines about the fact that most democractic voters aren't falling for her scam."

Jerry Falwell Jr. settles Miami court case over South Beach ‘pool boy’ venture.

The Humiliation of Lindsey Graham. Too bad he has no shame...

This Week in Impeach the Mo-Fo Already:



Two men connected to Giuliani's Ukraine efforts charged with funneling foreign money into US election.

Trump Targets The Poor To Balance His Bloated Billionaires Budget.

H.R. McMaster: Seeking foreign assistance for a U.S. election never appropriate.

What The Parnas-Fruman Indictment Reveals About The Trump-Ukraine Pressure Scheme.

‘Donald Trump Is Not Well and You Know It!’: Morning Joe Scorches GOP for Standing by as President Falls Apart.

In Memoriam:



Diahann Carroll, first black woman to star in nonservant role in TV series, dies at 84 - Carroll was the star of "Julia," which ran for 86 episodes on NBC from 1968 to 1971.

Oprah, Ava DuVernay, Lee Daniels, Debbie Allen Remember "Icon" Diahann Carroll: "We Will Forever Sing Your Praises".

Rip Taylor, Flamboyant Comic and Host of 'The $1.98 Beauty Show,' Dies at 84 - Known as the "King of Confetti" and "The Crying Comedian," he made thousands of outlandish appearances on television and in nightclubs.

Things I wrote:



How we react to the world is both human and political, but I repeat myself.

A conspiracy of muses, or, the myth of writer’s block.

Videos!



MTV Documentary Films: Gay Chorus Deep South Trailer:



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These emotional coming out videos will restore your faith in humanity:



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Old Gays Share Their Coming Out Stories:



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Stephen Colbert Points Out That Trump's Achilles Heel Is... His Mouth:



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MIKA - Tomorrow:



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