Saturday, April 17, 2010

Mars Square Neptune

Don't cave in!

Valid during many months:

During this time most people have to deal with feelings of doubt, discouragement and inadequacy. Also you may find yourself unpleasantly confronted by the consequences of past actions that you hoped would simply go away. The challenge is to confront them without caving in and feeling hopeless. Now you will question whether you are doing what you should with your life. The temptation is to decide that you are not, and to give up. Others may try to convince you that you are on the wrong course and give you very demoralizing advice. Of course, you may in fact be wrong in some area, and there you should change course. But you must avoid the tendency to cave in. Evaluate what you are doing in your own terms, not someone else's, and decide whether you are acting properly in various matters.

A Model Chart|David R.

The Screaming Room|The Hitcher


88|Depeche Mode_Playing the Angel [2005]
Precious [Disco Mix]

Precious and fragile things

Need special handling

My God what have we done to You?

We always try to share

The tenderest of care

Now look what we have put You through...

The National Day of Silence.


Late to the Prom
16 April 2010
National Day of Silence

Hey there Timber:

Fuck "operating under the umbrella of the archdiocese" and really do something to make a difference and leave a legacy. What would your faculty meetings be like, and how many counselors would you bring in if a student decided to end it? And you could have done something? Is that what it's going to take? Holy Cross High School in Waterbury CT. Straight. No gays allowed.

Don't give me your "I'm profoundly sorry" bullshit. Make a difference. Stand up, and take a Fn stand.

Right, Timber?

Friday, April 16, 2010

The Boston Marathon 2010
Help my friend raise money
for kids' summer jobs in Boston!

Help my friend Fran raise money for kids' summer jobs in Boston. It's a great cause, and will keep kids working, and off the streets this year. I could never run ANY marathon.

For me, life is a marathon.

But help Fran out here.

Go Fran!

88|Elton John_Caribou [1974]
Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me

I can't light no more of your darkness
All my pictures seem to fade to black and white
I'm growing tired and time stands still before me
Frozen here on the ladder of my life
Too late to save myself from falling

Help me find my diamond ring, please?

Self-Portrait in Orange Reflection

Rock Pile

Black Loam

Sometimes both heaven and Earth erupt. In Iceland in 1991, the volcano Hekla erupted at the same time that auroras were visible overhead. Hekla, one of the most famous volcanoes in the world, has erupted at least 20 times over the past millennium, sometimes causing great destruction. The last eruption occurred only two years ago but caused only minor damage. The green auroral band occurred fortuitously about 100 kilometers above the erupting lava.

Did YOU ask for an extension?

Would you like ketchup with your fries?

Le gustarĂ­a estar en la salsa de tomate
con papas fritas?

Ray Kroc starts McDonald's chain of fast food restaurants
in Illinois in 1955.

The Fashion Alphabet|A

President Obama Grants Same-Sex Couples Visitation

President Obama signed an order Thursday night requiring hospitals to allow gays and lesbians to have non-family visitors and to grant their partners medical power of attorney.

Let me get this straight.
Larry King's getting his 8th divorce?

And gays and lesbians can't marry?

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Leonardo da Vinci's THE LAST SUPPER
16 Billion Pixels

Here's a link to every last one of
the 16 billion pixels: enjoy.

How would you crop it?

88_You Hurt Me (and I Hate You)

Don't need a teacher
I've got my eyes

Born this day|1452
Leonardo da Vinci

Cave Canem. Caveo effeminatus populus.

No more! Stop! No, really. STOP!!!

C'mon. Take my picture...

Take My Picture...

On the porch...

Brutus the Cat

Street Fashion|Belt Buckle

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Sticky & Sweet v The Confessions Tour

OrangeMercury Unveiled|Exhibiting in CT 2010
New Photography

Message from An-Ming Truxes, Arts Division Director

Dear Bernard,

I am pleased to inform you that your artwork has been selected for the CHANGE Juried Exhibition of Visual Art created by Artists with Disabilities.

Congratulations and thank you for submitting your artwork for what will be an exciting series of exhibitions in 2010.

Best regards,

An-Ming Truxes

Arts Division Director

Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism

This Day in Art History
The Metropolitan Museum of Art is formed

JK:USA and The Wedding Ring Guest

Do you think the shared wedding ring on John King's hand and Dana Bash's hand is the reason she's a very frequent guest on JK:USA?

Hmmm. Do you think in the interest of full disclosure they should annouce their post-work partnership??

Bob Braucci
11 April 1961 - 15 January 2000

DJ extraordinaire.
The best model.
A great friend.

And the only person who knows where he found my diamond earring after a wild New Year's Eve night.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Last Night a DJ Saved My Life...
Happy Birthday, Bob Braucci!
11 April 1961 – 16 January 1990

The original Freddie Mercury "porn-stache!"
Bob wore that mustache as much as he never wore his t-shirt.

Always tucked in his right back pocket, he was a blast to go out with. Many MANY weekend nights, we'd end up at BACKSTREET (Hartford CT) with Bob and I standing there, neither of us wearing shirts (and I daring not to, but back in the day, I was scrawny, so you "could" call it "lean and mean") and more often than not, as we stood at the end of the bar towards the back patio door, someone would send two drinks for the guy with the great chest, and his friend. Somehow, I always knew I was "the friend." When we had our time together, we were a great pair, from THE CLUB straight through to BACKSTREET. I was nailed to the dancefloor, and Bob always found his way into the (DJ) booth.

The best memories are the foggiest memories. Bob ALWAYS guest-listed me when he worked at THE SAINT. It was wild. Everyone was lining up as it was a "members and their guests only" club, and I managed to sneak into the far left black door. I was wild-eyed with amazement. A plain black door, a long hallway, and the counter on the left. "Good evening, sir" was always the greeting. I'd let them know I was on the guest list, and then it became "have a good evening, Mr L." Bob and I would cross paths at some point, or points, during the evening|morning, and I'd have enough time to thank him for sliding me in, and he'd have enough time to ask me if I was having fun. Unreal.

Here's the receipt from the infamous Hallowe'en party I went to some 26 years ago.

Somewhere in the flotsam and jetsam of my life, I have a cassette tape Bob mixed, entitled "Holiday Hoopla." I remember it had a flawless mix containing Depeche Mode's NEVER LET ME DOWN back when you just "didn't" play DM in the gay clubs.

I last saw Bob in Hartford, typically, in the booth at Backstreet. Somewhere, in some box, in some dated envelope, I have a file on Bob, with great photos, and some b/w photos of him in the booth at BIRDS (Waterbury CT).

I remember hearing of Bob's death via a telephone call from my mom. I was in Miami, and Bob was in Hollywood. The next morning, I was fired from my job as a photographer's assistant, a Monday. "I hired an assistant, not a personality." I didn't care. I was glad to be more than an assistant, and even happier to think I had a strong personality.

Guess what? The music never died, and, to me, neither did Bob.

I'm taking a ride with my best friend...

Descanse en pace, Robert!