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ooppss, i did it again.

3 Mar

I missed a month! It hardly counts though, because it was a shmonth (short month).

Editor’s note: in the post below, I commented about seeing the movie, Milk. I announced that I had been recruited – which caused several people to question my sexuality. No – I was not coming out. I was simply stating that I had been recruited to Harvey Milk’s political stance(s). Whenever he gave a public speech, he said, “My name is Harvey Milk and I am here to recruit you.”

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To me, this means a commitment and an openness to equality. That’s what I meant – I believe in these things, just as he did. On this same note, Milk took home two Oscars, which makes me even more famous!

And, also, it’s finally raining in San Francisco.

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are you wondering what book it is yet?

1 Dec
1. cistern: noun 
1.
a reservoir, tank, or container for storing or holding water or other liquid.

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2. coronet: noun 
1.
a small crown

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3. venality: noun 
the condition or quality of being venal; openness to bribery or corruption.
4. desultory: adjective 
1.
lacking in consistency, constancy, or visible order, disconnected; fitful. 
5. mescal noun 
 
an intoxicating beverage distilled from the fermented juice of certain species of cactus.
6. ersatz noun 
 
an artificial substance or article used to replace something natural or genuine; a substitute.
7. bourgeois –noun 
1.
a member of the middle class.
2.
a person whose political, economic, and social opinions are believed to be determined mainly by concern for property values and conventional respectability.
3.
a shopkeeper or merchant.

- adjective

4.
belonging to, characteristic of, or consisting of the middle class.
5.
conventional; middle-class.
6.
dominated or characterized by materialistic pursuits or concerns.

8. fervent adjective

1.
having or showing great warmth or intensity of spirit, feeling, enthusiasm, etc.; ardent: a fervent admirer; a fervent plea. 
2.
hot; burning; glowing
9. pallor noun
unusual or extreme paleness, as from fear, ill health, or death; wanness.
10. immutable - adjective
 
not subject or susceptible to change or variation in form or quality or nature; "the view of that time was that all species were immutable, created by God"
11. lackeys - noun
1.  a male servant (especially a footman) 
2.  a person who tries to please someone in order to gain a personal advantage 

word to words.

19 Nov

The current book I’m reading makes me want to be smart again. So, I’m looking things up.

 

1. Concertina: [kon-ser-tee-nuh]

      noun. a musical instrument resembling an accordion but having button-like keys, hexagonal bellows and ends, and a more limited range.

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2. Imperceptible: [im-per-sep-tuh-buhl]

        adjective. 1. very slight, gradual or subtle. 2. not perceptible; not perceived by or affecting the senses.

3. Gyre: [jahyuhr]

       noun. 1. a ring or circle. 2. a circular course or motion. 3. a ringlike system of ocean currents rotating clockwise in the Northern Hemisphere.

4. Talismanic: [talis-manik]

      adjective. Possessing or believed to possess magic power.

5. “Double Indemnity“: refers to a clause in certain life insurance policies where the insuring company agrees to pay twice the standard amount in cases of accidental death. The Academy Award nominated movie was made in 1944.

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6. Acrimony: [ak-ruh-moh-nee]

    noun. sharpness, harshness, or bitterness of nature, speech, disposition.

7. “Stan Laurel“: English comic actor (of Laurel & Hardy)

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oi.

10 Mar

I know this video is making the rounds in the blogosphere… and I’m a little late to jump on the wagon, but I have to post it… if not for you, then for me. I will need to watch it frequently, I think.

Dr. Randy Pausch, a professor from Carnegie Mellon, gave a [now famous] last lecture series. He then redid the lecture on “Oprah.” But honestly, if you can’t watch the whole lecture series, then watch this one:

I know that I need to remember these points, for sure:

  1. Your critics are trying to make you better.
  2. Work very, very hard.
  3. Value people, not things.
  4. Always have fun.
  5. Have humility.
  6. Allow yourself (and others) to be creative.
  7. Always tell the truth.
  8. Apologize: “Im sorry. It was my fault. How do I make it right?”
  9. No one is all bad… be patient, and wait for the good to come out in people.
  10. Show gratitude… it’s not hard.
  11. Don’t complain or whine. Choose to take your finite time to “play the game hard.”
  12. Luck is where preparation meets oppurtunity.
  13. If you lead your life the right way, your dreams will come to you.

Presidential Forum on LGBTQ issues

16 Aug

In case you missed it, Logo and the Human Rights Campaign hosted a forum for the front-running Democratic candidates on August 12th. You can see the entire thing or more brief segments here.

I just watched the whole thing and found it extremely interesting. This issue is something that I feel very strongly about, have read a lot about, and have personal experience with – so the responses were important – and I was looking for something profound. I must say – while I was impressed with many of the candidates statements – I came away feeling like, really? That’s it? I know it takes time – moving items and concerns through politics and government is grueling. But I sort of agree with John Stewart’s analysis:

“…At the debate, the Democratic candidates were trying to reassure the gay community how much they support them, while reassuring the rest of the country that they don’t completely support them.”

Also – the Logo blog: Visible Vote ’08 has great posts with news summaries and updates on all things related to LGBTQ in the 2008 election.  

What I’ve been doing.

8 Jun

(sorry, in advance, for this journal-esque post) 

 My blog posts have been slight, and my postable thoughts even slighter, this past week. I don’t know what it is, but I suppose I’m just feeling uninspired by my world right now. Not sure. I know I’ve been awful tired. Working (part time) and job searching a whole lot. Life after college (aka: finding viable employment) has been much harder than I expected. Though I’m not tryin’ to freak out yet.

Since I love to illustrate my blog, I thought it could be cool to go through my picture archive (um, my photobucket album) and post some old pictures that I obviously thought were hilarious at some point. So here are some:

So, there’s something.

United.

28 May

So, I missed the actual wedding. It took 4 hours to get there, due to Memorial Day traffic. But, there was no WAY I was going to miss the reception, even if it meant driving on the shoulder of the interstate. I didn’t have to do that though, we pulled up at the church right as everyone was making their way to the gym-turned-into-reception-hall.

It was a small wedding. Like, 100 people? I spent the majority of the time arguing with Lindsay as to whether the accent color was pink or peach. Seemed pink to me… but in better light, I suppose she was right, it was peach. I also asked her if, as one of my bridesmaids, she would consider wearing a dress to my wedding (if I ever get married, that is). After careful consideration, we came to the conclusion that a Zoot Suit would be much better. Powder Purple.

It was good and awkward to see old friends (of my mom’s). None of them recognized me, which was rather disappointing, really. I thought I was one of those people that others just cannot forget. ha.

As for the newly-weds… they were cute. I just don’t think I could ever get married because I could never do the whole “first dance as man and wife.” With all those people looking at me and trying to decide if I had just made the biggest mistake of my life.