Saturday, April 25, 2009

Why Won't Ellen Out the Coop?

Listen closely to Ellen:

I'll get it someday from you.


Don't say I didn't warn you!

Look at this fucking hipster!


Depeche Mode|Sounds of the Universe 2009

In the WRONG DM studio.

CNN's New Asian Eye-Candy
Reggie Aqui

Reggie's got a much lighter skin tone on camera,
and is a bit toooooo "familiar" ifyaknowwhatImean.

I still want to know why Don Lemon's gotten the shuffle,
as well as TJ Holmes.

A funny thing happened on the way to get my coffee...

In the interest of full disclosure: I blurred out the clearly-visible numbers on the license plate, and also the face of the police officer on the far left. As is typical here, I was only able to snap a few shots before, again, I was threatened with, well, a photo, room, and board, and a nice set of stainless steel bracelets.

Photojournalism. It's called "spot news" and I have as much right to this scene as the local paper's photographers, who will, no doubt, have a photograph of the car being hauled up on a flatbed, or something after the "in situ" shot.

Now, back to that coffee.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Another 11 y/o commits suicide?
When will bullying end?

ATLANTA, Georgia (Mallory Simon|CNN) -- Eleven-year-old Jaheem Herrera woke up on April 16 acting strangely. He wasn't hungry and he didn't want to go to school.

But the outgoing fifth grader packed his bag and went to school at Dunaire Elementary School in DeKalb County, Georgia.

He came home much happier than when he left in the morning, smiling as he handed his mother, Masika Bermudez, a glowing report card full of A's and B's. She gave him a high-five and he went upstairs to his room as she prepared dinner.

A little later, when his younger sister called him to come down to eat, Jaheem didn't answer.

So mother and daughter climbed the stairs to Jaheem's room and opened the door.

Jaheem was hanging by his belt in the closet.


I still say this news anchor known 'round the world 'can' make a difference by stepping up to the plate, and stepping out of the closet, in a very public fashion.

Do it, get it out, get it over and done with, and then move on with life.

Just like the diminished sting of the 'n' word due to President Obama's occupying The White House, if Anderson Cooper speaks out, he won't be see by "those who already know" but by the bullies who need to know.

I'm sorry.
Anderson Cooper needs to be outed if he is to continue reporting on these terrible stories.
One small gesture of his may just save a life.

If it's "the biggest open secret" why doesn't someone else open up?
Why continue to cover for him?

How many suicides will it take?

Susan Boyle
The Makeover Seen 'Round the World

What is this?
The "lesbiatification" of Susan Boyle?
Either that, or someone's been hanging out in a few drag bars!


Death to the Original Muscle Car
GM Kills the Pontiac!

NEW YORK ( -- General Motors is preparing to announce that the Pontiac car brand, once marketed as GM's "Excitement division," will be killed off, according to a source familiar with the decision.

An official announcement is expected Monday. GM spokesman Jim Hopson declined to comment on Pontiac's fate, saying the automaker has no announcements to make at this time.

David v Goliath.
He said v She said v What is.

Time Magazine says Susan Boyle's "not quite out of nowhere."

While American Idol isn't about singing.

Either way,
the true curse in life is mediocrity.

World Malaria Day|25 Apr 2009

To think that simple mosquito netting hung over the beds of those in the afflicted countries would save countless lives is unbelievable.

Mosquito netting.


The Soloist
No one changes anything by playing it safe.

Life has a mind of its own.

Depeche Mode|Wrong, LIVE
Jimmy Kimmel Live

Hey Jimmy: can you fuckin' count?
"There are more than 20 million people flooding the streets of Hollywood right now..."

Huh? Twenty million?
That many?


Thursday, April 23, 2009

Pet Shop Boys
Love Etc

Don't have to wear
a smile much colder than ice...

I remember Andrea!
The Stripper's High-School Reunion...NOT!

Sorry. But this is too. fucking. funny.

Magda v Joel
Kertesz v Lynch

This Day in AIDS History

AIDS-virus identified:
acquired immune deficiency syndrome

1 Massive Hit Song That Almost Didn't.Get.Made.

A little bit of music trivia from CRACKED.COM:

Pretty much all you need to know about the music video.

Believe it or not, there was a point when no one had ever heard of Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart--better known as Eurythmics, even better known as the scary chick in the tuxedo and the guy playing the cello in the cow pasture and even better known as "that 80s band that wrote that Marilyn Manson song." That "song," "Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)," almost didn't exist because the band, dropped from their label after a lackluster and hitless first album, almost completely dissolved before composing it.

In 1982, the band, which had started in 1980, had yet to make a single that even approached the minor success of their previous band. Their first album was plagued by management troubles, and by the time they were recording "Sweet Dreams," they were reduced to recording in an improvised "home studio" (read: attic of a warehouse) and were in-between labels.

Also, they were really weird.

Their arguments became more severe--which tends to happen when you combine artists with poverty--to the point where Lennox could not take it anymore and threatened to leave. Then, with a cold suaveness more easily expected from James Bond than a pasty synth-pop composer, Stewart replied "Okay, fine, you don't mind if I go ahead and program the drum computer then, do you?" (he's British, so we don't know if "drum computer" is a euphemism for something filthy, but we'd guess that, no, it is not). And there, with Dave Stewart fucking around on a drum machine, and Annie Lennox curled up on the floor sobbing, commenced what is likely the most awkward, creepy and uncomfortable recording session since Phil Spector held a gun to Leonard Cohen's head.

While screwing around, Stewart accidentally reversed a synthesized bass line, and holy shit did it sound badass. Badass enough that Lennox "could not resist" getting on her keyboard and laying down a synth line. The words just came to her and she improvised the lyrics and vocals right there in one take. From the looks of it, they probably made up the "plot" of the music video on the spot right then too.

Of course, this incident just followed the standard behavioral instinct of "if you're in the middle of an argument that angry sex can't solve, just get on the computer" that most guys possess. Except instead of playing World Of Warcraft until four in the morning, Dave Stewart put together an international hit song, and married one of the chicks from Bananarama. Kind of puts your life in perspective, doesn't it?

This Day in History|1662

Connecticut chartered as an English colony.

On a field of azure blue is an ornamental white shield with three grapevines, each bearing three bunches of purple grapes. The states motto "He who Transplanted Sustains Us" is displayed on a white ribbon. The vines stand for the first settlements of English people who began to move from Massachusetts in the 1630's. These settlements were thought of as grapevines that had been transplanted.

WalMart Pharmacy|Naugatuck CT?
Bad Rx Batch Kills 21 Horses!

(CNN) -- A veterinary pharmacy in Florida acknowledged Thursday that it incorrectly prepared medication used to treat 21 horses who all died around the time of an international polo match last weekend.

The deaths of the ponies, witnessed in full view by spectators Sunday in a dramatic scene where horses collapsed one after another, have shaken the prestigious polo tournament at the marquee International Polo Club Palm Beach in Wellington, Florida.

An internal investigation by Franck's Pharmacy in Ocala, Florida, "concluded that the strength of an ingredient in the medication was incorrect. We will cooperate fully with the authorities as they continue their investigations," the company said in a statement issued Thursday afternoon.

"There were five horses that did not get the vitamin, and those were the only ones that survived," Nero said.

The horses collapsed one after another in front of spectators at the International Polo Club Palm Beach in Wellington, Florida, while being prepared for a tournament Sunday. Most were dead within an hour.

Bless me, Father, for I have sinned...
The Confessions of Eliot Spitzer.

photograph ©Newsweek photographer

ex NEWSWEEK Magazine:

When your résumé says 'disgraced ex-governor,' what do you do next?

By now we were standing in front of his apartment building. The cameras and reporters were long gone. Their likes had been seen on the Upper East Side again, of course, plenty of times in the past year—outside the apartment of Stan O'Neal, the dispatched Merrill Lynch CEO, on Park Avenue, or Bernie Madoff's building, over on Lexington. They will come again, surely, to some other building, there but for the grace of God. But in front of the Spitzers' building, it was only the tourists, spilling in and out of the park. As we talked, Spitzer grew distracted. In front of the building stood a large, bronze, modern statue. A pair of passersby had stopped to take its photograph. "People always take pictures of that statue," Spitzer said. "It's amazing." He looked at the statue with real wonder, and maybe just a little jealousy. Soon, the picture snappers passed, unaware of the fallen idol a few feet away. We talked for a while longer until we said our goodbyes. Spitzer turned and disappeared into the lobby, for just that moment a normal man.

Good read on a big dope.

Goodbye, Las Vegas Strip!

Guess who I saw at the gym?

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Earth Day 2009
Ten things to save Mother Earth!

Ten ways to save the Earth:

1. don't leave the water running when you are
• shaving
• brushing your teeth

2. do you really need to flush every time you take a leak?

3. leaving a room? turn off the light!

4. lower your heat. wear a sweater or two, or three.

5. keep off the AC. open a windown, or three.

6. don't throw your trash out your car window. really.

7. save what you don't use: fast food utensils, condiments, napkins et al

8. throw your coffee grounds outside

9. digital downloads save paper, plastic, discs and a whole lot more

10. disposing of a computer? monitor? keyboard? mouse?
Try bringing them back to the store where you made your purchase.
Chances are you may receive a discount on a future purchase.

And if you're at The Apple Store, the kids will marvel over a blue & white G3 tower!

Take a good look at your Mother!
Mother Earth|Google Earth

Download this Windows|Mac|Linux-friendly app,
and take a good look at your Mother.

Past, present and future.

Trash the iPhone...get the iWood!

Check out the iWood here.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Bad Influence|1990

I wanna take you down
I wanna take you down
I wanna take you right down down

It's 1980-something ALL OVER AGAIN!
Then + Now!

Why I walked out of church on Sunday.
Make the call!

Ever hear of the problems with priests (not all) molesting kids (not all)?
Me neither.

Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.

As you may have been seeing on television and in the paper, the "Religious Right" is really pushing their lies about the marriage codification bill, which will likely be voted on in the state Senate this week.
The lead story in today's Courant was about this...
There was also an excellent editorial in today's Courant which exposes the fear-mongering and some of the lies that are being spread about this bill...
Love Makes a Family is strongly recommending that you call your state Senator today:
The Religious Right is turning up the heat with their lies about the marriage codification bill.
And your state senator specifically needs to get calls from constituents. Please do not take his or her position for granted.
Can you call their office RIGHT NOW? It will only take a minute:
In case you don't know it, go here to get the name and party affiliation of your state Senator
1. Call 800-842-1420 (Democratic Senators) or 800-842-1421 (Republican Senators) and ask to speak to your Senator by name.
2. Tell him or her that you support SB 899 as currently drafted and urge the senator to support it with NO AMENDMENTS.
A staff person will likely take your name or town. That’s it.
The vote in the Senate will likely be this week. YOUR one call can make a difference.

The End of the World|Matt Alber

Thanks to Deev for sending this my way!

Yes, the new Pet Shop Boys disc is out.
I love it, etc.

This Day in History|1948
Polaroid Introduces the 1st Instant Camera

There's always the new Polaroid!

OrangeMercury v Depeche Mode

Monday, April 20, 2009


The Original Bitch Slap!
So long, Martha!

Hey Coop: Have you seen this?
The Orignal Gay-Bashing Video

The original gay-bashing video,
way ahead of its time.

Seen it?

Acting Birthday Brilliance|Jessica Lange

Probably my favorite actress.
Anything she's in is almost guaranteed to be ground-breaking.
Frances, Blue Sky, Hush, Postman...

Amazing woman.

Pretty damn good-looking too.

Self-Portrait Vault|1987
W Hartford CT

My new website is up.
Contact me for details.

I’ve seen an awful lot. Some great stuff, and some stuff which really bothered me. Mostly, it was what I saw, and opted not to photograph, which bothered me the most, and stays with me the longest. A dead woman covered in a yellow tarp beneath a yellow “Cross Here” street sign, her feet sticking out from under the tarp. Someone’s mother, sister, wife. Not me. Never. And I’ve gotten into lots of trouble (LOTS) for photographs I took which I thought were completely harmless.

And I’ve won many awards for my photographs; even took photographs of Miami Beach which accompanied a story by Isaac Bashevis Singer, Nobel Prize-winning Polish-born American author and one of the leading figures in the Yiddish literary movement.. I’ve had “self-indulgent bullshit” (to quote my instructor Tony Golden at Syracuse University) on exhibit in museums, my work downstairs, Arbus, Avedon, Penn, Cartier-Bresson and Mapplethorpe upstairs (Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale).

But to some people, a photograph is dangerous.

What is really dangerous is a gun in the hands of a child.

Which is exactly how I feel with a camera: armed, dangerous, incisive, insightful, invincible and very invisible. Especially in a crowd. And by the time you notice me, the damage is already done.

And some very smart people (at least I thought, for the moment they were smart) have refused the opportunity for me to photograph them, when I expressed an interest. I think they knew I didn’t like what I saw in them. And truth be told, you never know.

Until it’s over, and you see what I saw. “You don’t know what I fear.”

There’s a lot more, a great deal more, to be posted.

And in the words of the immortal, “I’ve only just begun to scan.”

Sunday, April 19, 2009

This Day in History|1897

1st American marathon ran, John J McDermott wins in 2:55:10 (Boston)

The Boston Marathon is the world's oldest annual marathon and also one of the most prestigious. The race, managed by the Boston Athletic Association, is one of the most popular sporting events in Boston, where it is held every year on the third Monday in April.

Happy Birthday My Sweet Transvestite,
from Transexual Transylvania!
Tim Curry 1946

Good luck trying to find a clip you can share!


I rarely (how about never!) give instructions for the best viewing of this blog, but, here's an exception.
Play both at the same time, start the bottom one first (it's always the bottom first! did you ever notice?) Then pause it after the first "how'd you do I..."
start the karaoke version (on top) and they sync them. It's really easy, requires a bit of work on your part, but it's worth the effort!

Happy Birthday Tim Curry!
(PS: that is Susan Sarandon in her first movie role, as "Janet." Brad is Barry Bostwick!

The above is the karaoke version, no vocals.

This is the vocals only.

And I've already spent over an hour trying to use QuickTime Pro, VLC, Audio Hijack Pro and several other software programs, so good luck to you if you can match the audio and the video, and output as a .mov file!

I'm stumped! And I've got a Master's in this field!


Caravaggio|Doubting Thomas

19Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.

20And when he had so said, he shewed unto them his hands and his side. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the LORD.

21Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.

22And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost:

23Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained.

24But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came.

25The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the LORD. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe.

26And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you.

27Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing.

28And Thomas answered and said unto him, My LORD and my God.

29Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.

30And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book:

31But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.

Pet Shop Boys|Love etc.
Don't have to be (beautiful, but it helps...)

You need more You need more You need more You need more
You need more You need more You need more You need more
You need more

Boy it's tough getting on in the world
When the sun doesn't shine and a boy needs a girl
It’s about getting out of a rut, you need luck
But you’re stuck and you don’t know how, oh

(Don't have to be) A big bucks Hollywood star
(Don't have to drive) A super car to get far
(Don't have to live) A life of power and wealth
(Don't have to be) Beautiful but it helps
(Don’t have to buy) A house in Beverly Hills
(Don’t have to have) Your daddy paying the bills
(Don’t have to live) A life of power and wealth
(Don't have to be) Beautiful but it helps

You need more
Than a big blank check to be a lover, or
A Gulfstream jet to fly you door to door
Somewhere chic on another shore

You need more You need more You need more
You need more You need more You need more
You need love
You need love
You need love

Too much of anything
Is never enough
Too much of everything
Is never enough

Boy it's tough getting on in the world
When the sun doesn't shine and a boy needs a girl
It’s about getting out of a rut, you need luck
But you’re stuck and you don’t know how, oh

(Don't have to be) A big bucks Hollywood star
(Don't have to drive) A super car to get far
(Don't have to wear) A smile much colder than ice
(Don't have to be) Beautiful but it’s nice

You need more
Than the Gerhard Richter hangin’ on your wall
A chauffeur-driven limousine on call
To drive your wife and lover to a white tie ball

You need more You need more You need more
You need more You need more You need more
You need love

I believe that we can achieve
The love that we need
I believe, call me naïve
Love is for free

(Don't have to be) A big bucks Hollywood star
(Don't have to drive) A super car to get far
(Don’t have to live) A life of power and wealth
(Don't have to be) Beautiful but it helps
Beautiful but it helps
Beautiful but it helps

Wedding Day Photography Horoscope
Lisa & Tim
Mercury Square Uranus

Taking notes
18 April 2009 to 19 April 2009

Mercury Square Uranus

Your mind will be very stimulated today. You are fascinated by every new phenomenon that you encounter and eager for more. If you are relatively flexible, this need for excitement means that you may get bored more easily than usual. If you are not flexible, this could be a very nerve-wrecking day, full of little surprises and upsets that overtax your nerves. The plans you have made for the day may not work out at all, and the more you are counting on precisely one set of conditions to be fulfilled, the more upsetting this influence will be. Either way, the day's tempo will be brisk. Thoughts will flash through your head at such an amazing speed that it will be difficult to keep track of them. Perhaps you should keep a tape recorder handy in order to record your ideas before they disappear.