Thursday, June 01, 2006

Scary. Deadly accuracy.

Thursday, 1 June 2006
born 4 May 1960
©Astrodienst AG

Out of proportion
Valid during many months: At this time you have to be careful not to let your actions stir up resistance from others. Try to avoid acting in ways that say that you are out to change people's lives and habits and that you will not compromise at all. Without even being aware of it, you may become obsessed by achieving certain objectives with an energy out of all proportion to the significance of your goal. This is what scares people and may make them work against you.
On the other hand you may experience this kind of energy from others. Persons or circumstances may attempt to change you against your will. To a certain extent this is a positive encounter, because it forces you to become very conscious of what you are doing so that you can defend yourself against the pressures for change. And indeed it is inevitable that you will change, but the changes can be for the good, if you don't waste all your energies trying to fight them.

Your domestic life is particularly likely to change in some regard. Any tensions in your marital and family life will surface at this time, and you will have to do something about them. Do not hope that they will go away, because they won't. But you do have the opportunity to create a whole new relationship out of your present one, if your are willing to face the challenge. Sometimes these pressures for change are manifested externally. You may suddenly need repairs on your house, or appliances may suddenly break down, and as a result the physical health of either you or your family may suffer. This is also a sign that changes are needed, so you should look very intensely for the cause of the difficulty. Perhaps you need to move. Sometimes this influence coincides with a change of residence, which enables you to see what to do more easily because your new surroundings reveal previously hidden problems. You need not expect catastrophe with this influence by any means, but do not shrink from the challenge of change. Only in this way can you keep your life vigorous and challenging.

Pluto Square Med.Coeli
December 2005 until beginning of October 2007.

Wednesday, May 31, 2006


A picture is worth 1,000 words.
I couldn't possibly say anything to justify this.
You were either there,
or you weren't.

What have you learned today?

education

n 1: the activities of educating or instructing or teaching; activities that impart knowledge or skill; "he received no formal education"; "our instruction was carefully programmed"; "good teaching is seldom rewarded" [syn: instruction, teaching, pedagogy, educational activity] 2: knowledge acquired by learning and instruction; "it was clear that he had a very broad education" 3: the gradual process of acquiring knowledge; "education is a preparation for life"; "a girl's education was less important than a boy's" 4: the profession of teaching (especially at a school or college or university) 5: the result of good upbringing (especially knowledge of correct social behavior); "a woman of breeding and refinement" [syn: training, breeding] 6: the United States federal department that administers all federal programs dealing with education (including federal aid to educational institutions and students); created 1979 [syn: Department of Education, Education Department, Education]

ed·u·ca·tion
n.
The act or process of educating or being educated.
The knowledge or skill obtained or developed by a learning process.
A program of instruction of a specified kind or level: driver education; a college education.
The field of study that is concerned with the pedagogy of teaching and learning.
An instructive or enlightening experience: Her work in the inner city was a real education.

Today was a real education.

Personal Daily Horoscope
Wednesday, 31 May 2006
born 4 May 1960

©Astrodienst AG

Touchy and irritable
This influence can be quite difficult. You are inclined to feel touchy and irritable and to regard almost any communication from another person as a challenge. And you will make this attitude so clear to people that they may even tread lightly around you for fear of setting you off. Anyone who crosses you will be told off in no uncertain terms. The worst way to handle this influence, but what you are most likely to do, is to identify your own ego with what you believe or think. This will make you act as if your very life were threatened, which of course it is not. If you have to fight for your beliefs, this influence can be a help, but don't look for a battle or create an issue where none exists.

Mercury Square Mars exact at 13:06
activity period from 31 May 2006 to 1 June 2006.

Mission WHAT?

Military:
2,685 as of 26 May 2006 at a rate of 2.3 per day.
These are total coalition casualties not counting Iraqi ally soldiers or Iraqi police.


The White House said on October 29, 2003 that it had helped with the production of a 'Mission Accomplished' banner as a backdrop for President George W. Bush's speech onboard the USS Abraham Lincoln to declare combat operations over in Iraq. This file photo shows Bush delivering a speech to crew aboard the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln, as the carrier steamed toward San Diego, California on May 1, 2003. (Larry Downing/Reuters)

26 October 2005
U.S. death toll in Iraq reaches 2,000
Wednesday, October 26, 2005; Posted: 8:08 a.m. EDT (12:08 GMT)

BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- The U.S. military death toll in Iraq reached 2,000 Tuesday with the reports of three new deaths, and President Bush prepared the nation for more casualties, saying the "defense of freedom is worth our sacrifice."

"We've lost some of our nation's finest men and women in the war on terror," Bush said in a speech to military spouses at Bolling Air Force Base in Washington.

"Each loss of life is heartbreaking. And the best way to honor the sacrifice of our fallen troops is to complete the mission and lay the foundation of peace by spreading freedom."

Go to Google, type in FAILURE, and guess what?
Hit "I'm feeling lucky."

Love Entry #1.

Freddie Fuckin' Rocks!


Fuckin' a, this is one hot photograph.
Photographer Unknown.
I was front row 1977 in New Haven.
Energy unbridled.
Queenzone.com



Tuesday, May 30, 2006

The Queen SE iPod debate rages on!

Edwin Starr

WAR|Edwin Starr

War...huh...yeah
What is it good for?
Absolutely nothing
Uh ha haa ha
War...huh...yeah
What is it good for?
Absolutley nothing...say it again y'all
War..huh...look out...
What is it good for?
Absolutely nothing...listen to me ohhhhh

WAR! I despise,
'cos it means destruction of innocent lives,
War means tears to thousands of mother's eyes,
When their sons gone to fight and lose their lives.

I said WAR!...huh...good God y'all,
What is it good for?
Absolutely nothing...say it again
War! Huh...What is it good for (Edwin sings 'Wohh oh Lord' over the top)
Absolutely nothing...listen to me

WAR! It ain't nothing but a heartbreaker,
War. Friend only to the undertaker.
Ohhh! War is an enemy to all mankind,
The thought of war blows my mind.
War has caused unrest within the younger generation
Induction then destruction...who wants to die? Ohhh

WAR! good God y'all huh
What is it good for?
Absolutely nothing...say it say it SAY IT!
WAR!...uh huh yeah hu!
What is it good for?
Absolutely nothing...listen to me

WAR! It ain't nothing but a heartbreaker,
War! It's got one friend that's the undertaker.
Ohhhh! War has shattered many a young man's dream,
Made him disabled, bitter and mean,
Life is much too short and precious to spend fighting wars these days.
War can't give life, it can only take it away!

Ohhh WAR! huh...good God y'all
What is it good for?
Absolutely nothing...say it again
War!...huh...woh oh oh Lord
What is it good for?
Absolutely nothing...listen to me

War! It ain't nothing but a heartbreaker,
War. Friend only to the undertaker...woo
Peace lovin' understand then tell me,
Is there no place for them today?
They say we must fight to keep our freedom,
But Lord knows there's got to be a better way.

Ohhhhhhh WAR! huh...good God y'all...
What is it good for?...you tell me!
Say it say it say it saaaay it!
War! good God now...huh
What is it good for?
Stand up and shout it...NOTHING

Disconnect.


(AP Photo/Hammurabi Human Rights Group, File)

This image taken from a videotape made by a Haditha, Iraq journalism student and obtained by Time Magazine via the Hammurabi Human Rights Group, shows a scene in what appears to be a morgue following an alleged fatal raid by United States forces which took place on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2005, in Haditha, Iraq. The U.S. military is bracing for a major scandal over the alleged killing of Iraqi civilians in Haditha - charges so serious that they could threaten President Bush's effort to rally support for an increasingly unpopular war.
(AP Photo/Hammurabi Human Rights Group, File)

And on the other side of the fence:
the Pat Tillman cover-up:

Elliott Yamin


I'm definitely not part of the AI machine in that I only watched because they performed Queen tunes this season. Now that they're doing a full-court press on who won and who didn't, I thought I'd post my vote. I don't know why, but for the "chosen one" and the runner-up, I'm smelling a "Richard Hatch" moment somewhere in the next five. I don't think these reality shows are terribly healthy, for the participant or the viewer. As a matter of fact, I'd like to know the hospitalization|nervous breakdown rate for those who don't make it, and can't handle the rejection. Daresay it's high?

The only place "success" comes before "work" is in the dictionary. I'm not going to touch "fame" and "fortune" at all.

"I'm an underdog, I'm viewed as a kid who came from nowhere. People know that I've beaten a few odds here and there and I think people can identify with that. It's real. It's who I genuinely am. It's me." Elliot Yamin, as quoted in USA Today.

The Purple Heart


I didn't really know the particulars behind "The Purple Heart" so I thought I'd read up on it. Odd, that a grenade or a shell can go off right next to you, and if you somehow end up with a blown-out eardrum, or shatter your leg because you PERHAPS took cover, or were thrown into a bunker, you're ineligible.


Then again, it appears everything has a price.
In this instance, it's somewhere around $40.
I know there's a sick Visa ad here somewhere.
One (1) Purple Heart = $40+shipping.
Life = priceless.

Pet Shop Boys


If you hurry over to iPopped, you can pick up the remix of PSB's FLAMBOYANT. While Hanka previews some really great stuff (Madonna's SORRY remixes, Texas WHAT ABOUT US? among them) you gotta be fast to grab the downloads, as they're only up for a week or so, or until a maximum number of downloads is attained.

In the interim, the US customers of the iTMS is getting the shaft, yet RHINO is taking up the slack. The press release is here.

Monday, May 29, 2006

Surprise!


Why I do
what I do.

Make a difference.

©Shamus Fatzinger



I think these photographs of Shamus' really work well together.
Sadly, too well.

High Flyin' Bird|Elton John + Bernie Taupin 1972

You wore a little cross of gold around your neck
I saw it as you flew between my reason
Like a raven in the night time when you left
I wear a chain upon my wrist that bears no name
You touched it and you wore it
And you kept it in your pillow all the same

My high-flying bird has flown from out my arms
I thought myself her keeper
She thought I meant her harm
She thought I was the archer
A weather man of words
But I could never shoot down
My high-flying bird

The white walls of your dressing room are stained in scarlet red
You bled upon the cold stone like a young man
In the foreign field of death
Wouldn't it be wonderful is all I heard you say
You never closed your eyes at night and learned to love daylight
Instead you moved away...

Arlington National Cemetery

I'm sure you don't recognize the aerial view...



but I'm sure you recognize this view.



CNN said today's "official" count is
2,466 US service personnel dead,
in Iraq.

More people know the price of gas.
And where they can go to get it, cheaply.
I wonder what a poll of the "man on the street" would reveal,
if asked "how many US service personnel have died, to date, in Iraq?"

The correct answer?
One too many.

Steve Jobs|Stanford University Commencement Speech 2005

OMG! What have I started?


It's kinda funny, to read the postings.
Shows me a few things:
1. anything is "true" on the Internet
2. there's definitely a market for an "official" Queen SE iPod
3. some people take this stuff way too seriously

I was, indeed, quite happy to learn of the other SE iPods coming out.
Def order yours today!

Seven red stripes.
Six white stripes.
50 white stars against a blue background.

The National Moment of Remembrance.

I'm sure this will get enormous coverage on the various
evening news and cable channels.

What about the soldiers?

I repeat myself:
while the casualty "stands" at 2,464 and rises,
more people bitch about the price of gas,
and know which "number" to watch for a sale.

How many people know the US Iraqi casualty count?
Either way,
the worst number
is
one.
Rumour has it
all around the town...
– Donna Summer



Return to Karaoke!



See the stars, they're shining bright,
everything's alright tonight...

Yep.
I did it.
It was the best DM tune they had on their playlist...

(the downside: I was thinking of someone who wasn't in attendance...)
He knows who he is.
He let me down.

Sunday, May 28, 2006


It's about time someone brought up that Paul Rodgers debacle.
And re-re-releasing the Greatest Hits, for the billionth time.
Oh, and the re-release of "A Night at the Opera" on a 2-disc DVD/SACD,
and then a DVD on "The Making of ANATO" a short while later.
Listen:
I'm bummed Freddie died.
But do you really need to milk the cash cow?
Try talking to Gregg Brooks and dipping into the (video) archives.
N.B.: I must say I was impressed you did some of the music for GALLIPOLI.

While this is Interview's February 1992 cover,
it's got a decent resonance for the start of Summer 2006.


©Shamus Fatzinger
Kinda wild in a good way to think I was the one responsible for this guy's career as a photographer. He was in the right place at the right (?) time, with a camera, a hunger, and the all-important eye.
Brilliant work all around.

What's with the sudden rush of publicity about Freddie's upcoming 60th?
Some of us were on that long ago!

And what's with the SE iPods rumoured to be released by Apple?
Certainly would give the U2 iPod a run for its charitable donation money!
Homelessness Is Not the Stuff of a Reality Show
Chris Gardner. Wow.
Nothing makes me happier than someone
who bottoms out, and rises up.
And, if my reading is accurate,
there was no cocaine binge, no bottle-livin',
and I didn't hear a peep of the "woe is me" bullshit.
OK. So maybe I can't relate to buying Michael Jordan's car,
or even having a luxury condo in Trump Towers.
Fine. IT MAKES HIM HAPPY.
But DAMN! the man has a box of dirt from Nelson Mandela's yard.
Rise up!


This is now on my "must-read" list:
The Pursuit of Happyness
By Chris Gardner with Quincy Troupe
Amistad/HarperCollins; ISBN: 0-06-074486-3

Shotworthy has an interesting, and telling, posting about cyber-etiquette. Perhaps it's a bit stronger than my usual cup of java,
but the basic tenets couldn't be truer.

I remember "back in the day" when, after a night of dancing (read: not cruising) you called your best buddy and raved "you won't believe what song they played last night..." (standouts in my history include Patrick Juvet|I Love America, Voyage|Lady America, Amii Stewart|Knock On Wood, to name just a few) and that's what it was all about: the music. You danced alone, you danced with a partner; hell, you even danced in groups. Another definitive stamp of that time is that you really didn't take women with you to the gay bars (yep, we were a bit territorial then) and while the serious parquet polishers amongst us did take our shirts off, generally, there was only one guy there who had "the body" and, of course, everyone wanted to go home with him.

Reminds me of my nights with my good friend Bob Braucci (God rest his soul) and how Bob, who had the only torso, would walk around with no shirt, and in my foolish, youthful bravado, I would do the same, t-shirt tucked into my belt behind my back. What made this especially funny is that more often than not, Bob would hit the bar for a drink, and the bartender would say "what are ya' havin'?" and we'd each give our orders, and ready our cash.

The drinks would be placed up on the bar, with a wink and a nod from the bartender, accompanied by "this is for you and your friend, from (voyeur of the evening)" and Bob and I rarely paid for drinks (including the infamous evening at The Ground Round with pitchers, and I mean PITCHERS of kamikazis, and no waitress/waitstaff to take our cash, but that's another posting!)

Clubs have degenerated into the Tina and meth, steroid crowd, with this insane noise which is indistinguishable from the last clanging beatbeatbeat, causing anyone to flip over into a manic panic mode. House, trance, techno, hip-hop, breakbeat, industrial, names names names. And the DJs have become "DJ Culture" and celebs in their own (dubious) right (I can think of one absolute prick from my Miami days who wouldn't even look at you unless your biceps were the size of my neck (17.5") and you were packing a serious beercan in your button-fly Levis. Who really cared he was a member of the bar. Fast-forward he must have done something right as I hear he and his partner adopted a few kids, and that really says something about gay guys these days, unless children are the new accessory.)



I should, at this point, shout-out to Mark Leventhal, who really was one of the coolest DJs on the South Beach scene, circa 1994's T|Dances. That guy really knew how to spin disco, and he never ceased to surprise me when I'd request something one week, and the next week, after he was sure to catch my eye, he'd hit the vinyl with the needle.

I kinda got side-tracked here, but will finish up this post later. I seriously need some Café Cubano, especially since I'm on a Miami kick.
Archives|JStrickland

This is NOT your typical Photoshop I class!
I don't know what was better about this:
my Texas-big hair, with the equally big Armanis
(and I thought I was cool?)
the typo (which kinda killed me, but made me laugh like hell!),
the clown suit, and the clown nose, which I still have,
the fight with Ernesto to get the makeup on,
the fact that NO ONE saw me, but my class,
the fact that the school's WebSense filter prevented me from showing
David LaChapelle's work,
the "stories" I've heard from Paul and whatshisname in Stamford
about LaChapelle "back in the day",
or just showing RIZE.
And now knowing that Miss Prissy is one of Madonna's lead dancers...
Teaching.
I'm certainly NOT in it for the money, honey!
Now Hear This!



From Amazon.com:
The wildly successful Red Hot + Blue project, featuring such world-class artists as U2, Annie Lennox, Tom Waits, and Sinead O’Connor, and such acclaimed directors as Wim Wenders, Alex Cox, and Jonathan Demme, is finally being released with the care that it deserves. Originally issued in 1990, the Red Hot + Blue: A Tribute To Cole Porter album created massive media attention for AIDS relief and became the first release in a 15-album series. An eclectic musical homage to the legendary songwriter Cole Porter, it went platinum, spent 24 weeks on the Billboard charts, and generated $3 million dollars for AIDS charities worldwide, but its companion piece, a VHS collection of music videos, was somewhat relegated to the shadows. That changes with the 2-disc Special Edition package of Red Hot + Blue, which contains all the music videos on a DVD and the album, complete with a much-needed remastering, on a CD, both in the same package.
DVD Program Listing:
1. David Byrne—Don’t Fence Me In
2. Neneh Cherry—I’ve Got U Under My Skin
3. Jimmy Somerville—From This Moment On
4. Jody Watley—After You, Who?
5. Salif Keita—Begin The Beguine
6. Erasure—Too Darn Hot
7. Sinead O’Connor—You Do Something To Me
8. The Jungle Brothers—I Get A Kick Out Of You
9. The Neville Brothers—In The Still Of The Night
10. k.d. lang—So In Love
11. Les Negresses Vertes—I Love Paris
12. Aztec Camera—Do I Love You?
13. Debbie Harry & Iggy Pop—Well, Did You Evah!
14. Lisa Stansfield—Down In The Depths
15. Kirsty MacColl & The Pogues—Miss Otis Regrets / Just One Of Those Things
16. Tom Waits—It’s All Right With Me
17. U2—Night And Day
18. Annie Lennox—Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye
19. Bill Irwin—Comedy Sketches
20. Annie Lennox—Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye (Live on VH1 Honors)

With standout performances from Lisa Stansfield, kd lang, U2, and Annie Lennox, you still can't beat the plaintive and evocative performance of Aztec Camera's DO I LOVE YOU?

Pick this up, and I guarantee it'll find its way into heavy rotation, fast!
And you'll support AIDS research in the meantime!

Also honoured were punk-rock trio Green Day, who received ASCAP's Creative Voice Award "for advocating change, questioning the status quo and supporting the truest of ideals."

Green Day singer/guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong also chose the theme of mateship in his speech, saying "the best advice you can give somebody is to play music with your friends."

But before things could get too sappy, he snapped back to reality, and asked, "Is this where I'm supposed to say 'F–- George W Bush?'"

As the laughter and cheers died down, he answered himself, "You know what? He's done a great job of f–-ing himself."

– Reuters