Saturday, January 31, 2009

RITES XXX
Tix on sale Tues, Feb 3, 2009

Bitch. Illustrated.

A slut sleeps with everyone.



A bitch sleeps with everyone but you.

(Bitch.)

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Himbo.


himbo
The male version of a bimbo, whore, or slut.

He is such a himbo; can't talk to save his life,
but what a body!

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Forget the "Kodak moment..."


The vanishing species: The Polaroid Moment.

Woof!

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Beyonce's Birthday Boy!


Justin Timberlake photographed by Herb Ritts.

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I hate fucking grasshoppers.

The Master at Work.
Photographer unknown.

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The difference between a slut and a bitch?

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A slut sleeps with
EVERYONE.
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A bitch sleeps with everyone but
YOU!

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I'm a bottom boy.
I've been screwed three times!!!


One week, post-op.
ACDF, C4-5, C6-7.
01 December 2008
St Raphael's Hospital, New Haven CT

(really. would I say I was a bottom boy on my BLOG? I have to have SOME standards...)

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1978 – 2009|Update
Journals: 17 years, documented.

1978|Annual by Day appointment book
1978|journal (denim-look, red lines); noted January 1978

80s|mid-eighties; handmade US letter, pale orange cover,
black plastic spine binding; rotted
80s|eighties; b/w Composition-style; lined; rotted
1982|5" x 7" artist sketch-type, unlined; heavy rotting
1985|embossed, smooth + patterned leather binding; broken; heavy rotting
1986|Colored Pictures handmade planning book; red textured cover; heavy rotting
1986 – 1987|handmade book, pale-blue laminated HALSTON cover; heavy rotting
1988|January; antique RECORD journal-type; lined; 10ç at a Key West flea market
1989|mid-April; 8" x 11", black sketch book; unlined; pencil sketches, notes

1991|late November, antique RECORD journal-type; lined
1995|May 28; Ledger, small; lined; broken spine
1996|September; Ledger, small; lined; ink mostly dissolved
1997|July; Ledger, large accounting-size; lined; broken spine
1998|Diary: Mapplethorpe b/w negative gerber; daily

2003|September; small, black, leather-bound; Italian; gift of Mickey $5 @ Marshalls in Cheshire; crayon-colored edges; flip book; each way has entries
2005 – 2009|blogs

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Happy Birthday! 1919
Here's to you, Mr Robinson!


Broke major league baseball's color barrier...

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Friday, January 30, 2009

Pig Roast on an open fire...
Rush Limpbaugh


All smoke, no fire.
Hey Rush, why don't you get together with Ted Haggard and he'll give you something to stick in your mouth!

When it comes down to you, President Obama, and Ali Velshi...no one's going to remember you for anything.

Except those Oxys. Want some?


parody ad © remains with the original (unknown) artist

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OrangeMercury's NEWEST icon
The Safety Cone



Seeing as how I'm predisposed to some rather salty language, and that inkling that it's only going to get much, much worse, I thought I'd steal borrow this icon from one of our corporate friends. I mean, they've stolen so much of my time, it's only fair I return the favor, somewhat.

So if you should see this icon, chances are it's going to get really, really raunchy, which, to me, means a helluva lot funnier.

Live or die. Make your choice.

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Annie Lennox|Shining Light
New Video!

video

Love the band members!

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Bateman's Birthday Brawn|Christian Bale


I Stihl love this guy...
"Don't just stare at it...eat it."

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CK Menage-a-trois
WWM? MMW? WWW? WTF?












At .08, you'll see a quick flash of this image.
Hmmmm. MWM? What up?

video

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Thursday, January 29, 2009

Quote|Unquote

I'm a mess.
–|Ted Haggard.

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The Woman, Scorned.
Mike Jones

Ted Haggard|FAGGOT!
A Wider Stance


Cocksucking, motherfucking, lying, hypocritical, evangelical FAGGOT!

The "I've Been Saved"
media blitz tour.

Coming soon
to a tearoom near you.

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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

The 34th Star|1861

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Posting #6,666
And eye'm not kiddding!


iSight self-portrait; ©2005

Now booking...and unmasked!


So the mask is off, and you know where I can be found.

It was, really, only a matter of time.

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Promo 2009

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Born, This Day in History|1933
Susan Sontag


photo ©Diane Arbus (?)

To collect photographs is to collect the world. Movies and television programs light up walls, flicker, and go out; but with still photographs the image is also an object, lightweight, cheap to produce, easy to carry about, accumulate, store. In Godard's Les Carabiniers (1963), two sluggish lumpen-peasants are lured into joining the King's Army by the promise that they will be able to loot, rape, kill, or do whatever else they please to the enemy, and get rich. But the suitcase of booty that Michel-Ange and Ulysse triumphantly bring home, years later, to their wives turns out to contain only picture postcards, hundreds of them, of Monuments, Department Stores, Mammals, Wonders of Nature, Methods of Transport, Works of Art, and other classified treasures from around the globe. Godard's gag vividly parodies the equivocal magic of the photographic image., Photographs are perhaps the most mysterious of all the objects that make up, and thicken, the environment we recognize as modern. Photographs really are experience captured, and the camera is the ideal arm of consciousness in its acquisitive mood.

To photograph is to appropriate the thing photographed. It means putting oneself into a certain relation to the world that feels like knowledge -- and, therefore, like power. A now notorious first fall into alienation, habituating people to abstract the world into printed words, is supposed to have engendered that surplus of Faustian energy and psychic damage needed to build modern, inorganic societies. But print seems a less treacherous form of leaching out the world, of turning it into a mental object, than photographic images, which now provide most of the knowledge people have about the look of the past and the reach of the present. What is written about a person or an event is frankly an interpretation, as are handmade visual statements, like paintings and drawings. Photographed images do not seem to be statements about the world so much as pieces of it, miniatures of reality that anyone can make or acquire.

–|excerpt from ON PHOTOGRAPHY

*Susan Sontag's website biography references her birth date at January 16,1933, not January 26, as noted on BrainyHistory's dot-com site.

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Apple's Latest Screw-Job
The Mac Box Set


Here we go, again.
Apple, in an effort to "sweeten" the package, has bundled Leopard (10.5.6) with iWork '09, and iLife '09.

iLife '09 retails for $79.
iWork '09 retails for $79.
Leopard 10.5.6 retails for $129.

Total? $287, before tax.

The Mac Box Set is retailing for $169.



Chances are, if you are a Mac-thusiast, you purchased Leopard when it was first released on October 26, 2007. And, using Software Update, you now have 10.5.6, so you don't need to purchase the latest Leopard in the box.

OK. And chances are you purchased iLife '06 and iWork '06. And chances increase, and more than likely, you purchase iLife '08 and iWork '08.

So for $158, not including taxes, you can purchase both iWork '09 and iLife '09. And for a whopping $11 more, you can purchase the box version of what you already have: Leopard 10.5.6.

You'd think that if you could actually go to one of the many Apple stores, and present your original discs for iWork and iLife '06, along with iWork and iLife '08, you'd get a sweet discount on iWork and iLife '09.



I've purchased each and every one of these Mac OS iterations. And I paid full-price. Additionally, I'm a dot-Mac member (ok, now called MobileMe, which translates to "screwed wherever you are.")

And Apple will wonder why software piracy is on the rise. Why bother with the Family Pack? When you can help out your friends...

Sorry, Apple. I'm not falling for this one. Perhaps I'll see how many people I can get to chip in on the purchase of the '09 suite, and then pass the discs around.

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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

1978 – 2009
Journals Found & Indexed

1978|Annual by Day appointment book
1978|journal (denim-look, red lines); noted January 1978

80s|mid-eighties; handmade US letter, pale orange cover,
black plastic spine binding; rotted
80s|eighties; b/w Composition-style; lined; rotted
1982|5" x 7" artist sketch-type, unlined; heavy rotting
1985|embossed, smooth + patterned leather binding; broken; heavy rotting
1986|Colored Pictures handmade planning book; red textured cover; heavy rotting
1986 – 1987|handmade book, pale-blue laminated HALSTON cover; heavy rotting
1988|January; antique RECORD journal-type; lined; 10ç at a Key West flea market

1991|late November, antique RECORD journal-type; lined
1995|May 28; Ledger, small; lined; broken spine
1996|September; Ledger, small; lined; ink mostly dissolved
1997|July; Ledger, large accounting-size; lined; broken spine
1998|Diary: Mapplethorpe b/w negative gerber; daily

2003|September; small, black, leather-bound; Italian; gift of Mickey $5 @ Marshalls in Cheshire; crayon-colored edges; flip book; each way has entries
2005 – 2009|blogs

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This Day in AP History|1987

July 2008|Studio Visitor
The Praying Mantis

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Sombras obscuras.

I wasn't looking,
but somehow you found me.

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Monday, January 26, 2009

Haunting.

You
have placed a chill
in my heart.
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Come to me
Run to me
Do
and be done with me

cold.
cold.
cold.

Absolut Blue Sadler 2|SU 1979


The Ultimate Orange Man
Halloween 2006

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Syracuse University|Sadler 2 1979
30-year Reunion


Thanks to Todd for his tenaciousness in getting some 24+ people to attend! And a special thanks to Jeff for his fifty-some-odd photographs!

If you are interested in downloading the 200+ photos of the weekend, here's your link.

I created a Zip file, which is both Mac and PC-compatible. The Mac folks can download StuffIt Expander (the free version) and the PC folks can download the trial version of WinZip.

A Mac Photo Gallery is being assembled, and will be posted by the end of the week. If you have photos you would like added to the gallery, shoot them to me via e-mail at the address in the header for this blog.

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Blog Milestone!
35,000 Unique Viewers!


Not too shabby, considering the blog's 3rd anniversary is February 19, 2009!!!!

Thanks to everyone who drops by for a bit of the madness!

I'd love to see an increase on the comments though...I'd love to know what you think, and if you are a direct-hit viewer (destination-oriented), I'd enjoy knowing what you like, and what you'd like to see more of!

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This Day in History|1992
The Americans with Disabilities Act


The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was passed July 26, 1990 as Public Law 101-336 (42 U.S.C. Sec. 12101 et seq ) and became effective on January 26, 1992. The ADA is landmark federal legislation that opens up services and employment opportunities to the 43 million Americans with disabilities. The law was written to strike a balance between the reasonable accommodation of citizens' needs and the capacity of private and public entities to respond. It is not an affirmative action law but is intended to eliminate illegal discrimination and level the playing field for disabled individuals.

The law is comprised of five titles that prohibit discrimination against disabled persons within the United States. Titles I and II are the primary sections that affect local governments.

Title I
prohibits employers, including cities and towns, from discriminating against qualified job applicants and workers who are or who become disabled. The law covers all aspects of employment including the application process and hiring, training, compensation, advancement, and any other employment term, condition, or privilege.

Title II prohibits state and local governments from discriminating against disabled persons in their programs and activities. Title II also sets forth the applicable structural accessibility requirements for public entities.

Title III
prohibits private enterprises who provide public accommodations and services (e.g., hotels, restaurants, and transit systems) from denying goods, services and programs to people based on their disabilities. Title III also sets forth the applicable structural accessibility requirements for private entities.

Title IV makes available telecommunications devices and services for the hearing and speech impaired. These regulations spell out certain mandatory minimum standards telephone companies must maintain to be in compliance with the ADA.

Title V includes some miscellaneous provisions that relate to the construction and application of the ADA, including alternative dispute resolution.

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I'm taking a ride with my best friend...
Best Buds|1979 – 2009



What started as a college friendship back in 1979 stayed the course, and resulted in each of the guys' being best men at each other's weddings.

A lucky opportunity for me to update the 1979 original photograph with the 2009 version!

Let's update this in 30 more years!

Never Let Me Down Again|Depeche Mode

I'm taking a ride
With my best friend
I hope he never lets me down again
He knows where he's taking me
Taking me where I want to be
I'm taking a ride
With my best friend

We're flying high
We're watching the world pass us by
Never want to come down
Never want to put my feet back down
On the ground...

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Sunday, January 25, 2009

A Texas Chainsaw Birthday|1943


In 1974, Tobe Hooper organized a small cast comprised of college teachers and students, and with Kim Henkel, on a budget of $60,000 (which eventually rose to $90,000 or some reports say up to even $120,000) made The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. Hooper claims to have got the idea for The Texas Chain Saw Massacre while standing in the hardware section of a crowded store. While thinking of a way to get through the crowd, he spotted chainsaws for sale. The highly successful film changed the horror film industry, and landed Hooper in Hollywood. Media reportings of people throwing up at the theaters and storming out of the theaters because of the film, swept the nation. Hooper wanted an MPAA PG rating for The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (as there was no PG-13 at the time).

Filmography

• Eggshells (1969)
• The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)
• Eaten Alive (1977)
• Salem's Lot (1979)
• The Funhouse (1981)
• Poltergeist (1982)
• Lifeforce (1985)
• Invaders from Mars (1986)
• The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986)
• Spontaneous Combustion (1990)
• I'm Dangerous Tonight (1990)
• Night Terrors (1993)
• Body Bags (1993)
• The Mangler (1995)
• The Apartment Complex (1999)
• Crocodile (2000)
• Toolbox Murders (2004)
• Dance of the Dead (Masters of Horror) (2005)
• Mortuary (2006)
• The Damned Thing (Masters of Horror) (2006)
• From A Buick 8 (2009)

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A very fearful birthday|1882


Virginia Woolf

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This Day in History|1905
The Cullinan Diamond|3106 carets


Late one afternoon in 1905, Mr. Frederick Wells, the superintendent of the prolific Premier Mine in South Africa, was making a routine inspection trip through the mine when his attention was attracted by something reflecting the last slanting rays of the setting sun. Curious, he stopped for a closer look. He was eighteen feet below the surface of the earth, and the shiny object was on the steep wall of the mine a few feet above him. Mr. Wells quickly scaled the wall and extracted from the blueground what appeared to be a large diamond crystal. At first, he thought he was being fooled by a large piece of glass, but tests proved it to be the largest gem-quality diamond ever discovered. It weighed 3106 carats, or about 1⅓ pounds. It was named after Sir Thomas Cullinan, who opened the mine and was visiting on that eventful day. Many diamond experts believe that the huge stone was only a fragment, and that another piece, (possibly as large or even larger) either still exists and awaits discovery, or was crushed in the mining process. The latter is very unlikely. The prospect of finding the portion of the Cullinan has added zest to the activities of numerous miners and prospectors. The Cullinan was sold to the Transvaal government, which presented it to King Edward VII on his 66th birthday on November 9th, 1907. It was insured for $1,250,000 when it was sent to England. The King entrusted the cutting of the stone to the famous Asscher's Diamond Co. in Amsterdam, which had cut the Excelsior and other large gems. The huge diamond was studied for months. On February 10th, 1908, Mr. Asscher placed the steel cleaver's blade in a previously prepared V-shaped groove and tapped it once with a heavy steel rod. The blade broke, but the diamond remained intact! The second time, it fell apart exactly as planned, and an employee at the factory reported that Mr. Asscher had fainted. A second cleavage in the same direction produced three principal sections; these in turn would produce nine major gems, 96 smaller brilliants, and 9.50 carats of unpolished pieces. The nine larger stones remain either in the British Crown Jewels or in the personal possession of the Royal Family. These historically celebrated gems and their present mountings are as follows: The Cullinan I, also known as the Star of Africa, weighs 530.20 carats. King Edward placed it in the Sovereign's Royal Sceptre as part of the Crown Jewels, and it is now on display in the tower of London. The Cullinan II is a 317.40 carat cushion cut stone mounted in the band of the Imperial State Crown, it is also in the Tower of London as part of the Crown Jewels. The Cullinan III is a pear-shaped diamond weighing 94.40 carats, and is in the finial of Queen Mary's Crown and can be worn with the IV as a pendant-brooch. Many of Queen Mary's portraits show her wearing these two stones, and Elizabeth II makes use of them the same way. The Cullinan IV, a 63.60-carat cushion shape, was originally set in the band of Queen Mary's crown, but can also be worn as jewelry, as described above. The Cullinan V is a triangular-pear cut weighing 18.80 carats, was originally mounted in a brooch for Queen Mary, to be worn alternately in the circlet of her crown as a replacement for the Koh-i-Noor. This was after the Koh-i-Noor was removed to the new crown that was made for Elizabeth (now the Queen Mother) in 1937.



Publicity photo of the Cullinan crystal being handed from Fred Wells (right)
to McHardy, who then hands it to Sir Thomas Cullinan (left).

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If it was good enough for Obama...

"...but in the words of scripture,

the time has come to set aside childish things."

Greetings...

from a very bitter cold New York City!