Archive for August, 2005

Utah got something right

As you may or may not already know, Utah is one of the most conservative states in the nation. In the last presidential election, Bush took a higher percentage of votes in Utah (71% to be exact) than in any other state. A refreshing political change came to Utah in 2000 in the form of a Democratic Mayor named Rocky Anderson. He has done a good many things to help Salt Lake become a more pedestrian and bike friendly city, he has been supportive in equal rights movement for the gay community, he has attempted to bridge the communication gaps between members of “the” faith, and non-members, the city has seen a reduction in serious crime rates under his watch, and he has taken many steps to help revitalize the heart of downtown Salt Lake City, etc., etc.. While all of these things (and many more!) definitely impress me, I found it very moving and extremely brave of him when I read that he called on the people of Salt lake to “vigorously protest” the war in Iraq during President Bush’s visit there last Monday. Good for you Rocky!

In other Utah news, did you hear about the SWAT team making a mess out of a private rave? Reminds me of a time years ago when they sent the SWAT team after the pot smoking hippies at the Sunday drum circle in Liberty Park and a riot nearly ensued. (This last story was also the work of Mayor Andersons, just a gentle reminder that no one is perfect.)

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People are so sensitive

Apparently D.C. Comics is not terribly happy about Mark Chamberlain’s “Gay Batman” watercolor series currently on display at Kathleen Cullen Fine Art. I don’t understand what all the fuss is about, it is just someone else’s perception of the dynamic duo (and by someone else’s I mean EVERYONE else’s. Really, who hasn’t had the thought cross their mind? Especially in the Adam West days).

One of Stay Free Magazine’s readers, Larry, was particularly distraught.

AS USUALL THE F*CKING QUEERS HAVE TO F*CKIN RUIN IT FOR EVER ONE ELSE.BATMAN HAS NEVER BEEN GAY SO WHY IS HE BEING PROTRAYED GAY…MAYBE IT THE INSURCURITY THAT COMES WITH THE GAY PEOPLE…ME I CANT STAND GAYS AND NO IT HOMOPHOBIC WHICH BY THE WAY IS ANOTHER THE GAYS CAME UP WITH FOR PPL LIKE ME THAT BELEIVE MAN AND WOMEN WERE MADE FOR EACH OTHER

Wow Larry I really appreciate your articulate argument. So you can’t stand “gay people”? You don’t say! I would have never guessed. I suppose having a childhood hero’s sexuality challenged is just a little too much for you to handle especially because, as everyone knows, if you like something “gay” then you may as well consider yourself a card carrying member of the homosexual community.

I personally think the gay Batman series is a great idea and somewhat amusing. I hope that Chamberlain, Cullen and D.C. Comics can come to an agreeable solution that does not include D.C. confiscating all the remaining paintings as well as the cash for the items already sold.

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New and improved

Today’s Borowitz Report is rather funny (although I guess it is pretty much everyday).

One day after Madonna suffered a broken collarbone while riding a horse on her forty-seventh birthday, scientists successfully cloned the music superstar to enable her upcoming world tour to proceed as planned.

It reminds me of a movie I saw at Sundance a couple years ago called It’s All About Love. The female main character (played by Claire Danes) was a world famous ice skater. Her managers, distressed that she might quit and that they’d be out a shit load of money, decided to clone her. That way if she ever quit, died, what have you, her persona could continue on. Ultimately the movie was kind of long and boring, but it was an interesting idea. When a human becomes a commodity for their image or ability, it is no wonder one would want to grow them on trees. It is difficult for us to say goodbye to eras. I wonder if this is because something (or someone) was actually that good, or if we simply fear that it will never be that good again.

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Good for what ails you

I think this is the best idea I have heard since Placebon (you have to scroll way down to the “TMQ’s Health Care Solution” header)…
Apple Will Release Lower Cost iPlacebo

“The point of the iPlacebo is to allow the average person who can’t spend $340 on a limited edition U2 iPod to buy a similar, although not functional, product which will enable them to fit in with the rest of the crowd,”

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Where is the love?

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La douche

I randomly ended up on the Wiki bio for Rich Clifford, a NASA Astronaut (among other things). In the paragraph discussing his personal life it states:

[He and his wife] have two sons: Richard Benjamin (born March 14, 1980) and Brandon Brunson, who is a major douche (born May 19, 1983).

Ah the beauty of a communal encyclopedia. I hope this entry doesn’t draw anyone’s attention to it that might delete it because it has me laughing out loud.

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It really is the thought that counts

A recent study shows that “If you want to win the object of your affection, an extravagant gift that has no resale value is the way to go”. That is to say that gifts of shared experiences or gifts that required thought and preparation are more valuable to most people than gifts that are simply expensive. I like that they specify that men can “avoid gold-diggers” this way because lord knows there are NEVER instances where a man is using a woman for her money. Ultimately I agree and find the gifts that are dearest to me were the simple ones that were full of thought or personal meaning.

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New Banksy Installation

Banksy is “an ingenious and dexterous culture jammer, adept at hacking the art world and rewriting its rules to suit his own purposes” (wired) and he also has a number of amazing new pieces on the Palestine/Israel separation wall. If you haven’t seen his work before you can find his website here and a pretty extensive collection of photos of his work here.

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Defcon 13

What a hit this event was. We had to endure some serious heat and some serious drinking and lack of sleep, but we also got to enjoy some well thought out and intelligent talks, lots of interesting strangers and some great company with old friends and new.

A couple things about being a female at Defcon:

  1. There was NEVER a line for the bathroom. For the first time in my life I saw lines for the men’s room while I was always able to walk right in and have a pee.
  2. During the day I felt as a respected equal, but as the sun went down and the bellies filled with booze inevitably every guy that talked to me found themselves unable to do so without simultaneously man handling me.

Photographic evidence here

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