"I'm not even an atheist so much as I am an anti-theist; I not only maintain that all religions are versions of the same untruth, but I hold that the influence of churches, and the effect of religious belief, is positively harmful." - Christopher Hitchens in Letters to a Young Contrarian.
"When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying the cross." - Sinclair Lewis
“Religion has ever been anti-human, anti-women, anti-life, anti-peace, anti-reason, and anti-science. The god idea has been detrimental not only to humankind, but to the earth. It is time now for reason, education, and science to take over.” - Madalyn Murray O'Hair
Eòin - Painter and government employee. Writer, photographer, pitbull wrangler, devourer of books and films and knowledge, gardener, hesitant self-taught cook, and brave little traveler. People say I should have been an archivist of some sort. I think I should have been a paleontologist - I’d be out digging right now. I have always had rescue dogs and you can see two of them throughout these pages.
Recently divorced after fifteen years. Still figuring out the life that follows. Over three decades, I lived in Seattle, San Francisco, and then Manhattan - now I make my home in rural New England. I like the quiet. I like the forest. I like snow in the winter. I like growing my own broccoli rabe. I like buying fresh, local goat's milk cheese.
A couple of days after I wrote about him here, I cornered him during a delivery and asked, “Are you as happy and content as you present yourself as being, or is it just and act to get through the day?”
He laughed and laughed. And then he said:
"Everyone is always so concerned with whether the glass is half full or half empty, as if that’s all that matters. You know what? I’m just glad to have a fucking glass of my own."
"There are no more words to be said
All we have left are the bombs
Which burst out of our head
All that is left are the bombs
Which suck out the last of our blood
All we have left are the bombs
Which polish the skulls of the dead"
soulproprietorship asked: My father was an audiophile before they invented the word, with high end built in speakers in our family room and a built in cabinet for the receiver and turntable that automatically dropped up to 6 LP's. He was a huge fan of the 5th Dimension and Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass. My mother was a bit hipper, and dug the Beatles. I had a slew of 45's, but didn't really get into music til I was a teen. My first LP ever was Band on the Run by Paul McCartney and Wings. All good memories. :)
As you know, I was never allowed to listen to anything but classical and religious music at home, though they did bend a little towards the end with orchestral scores to movie soundtracks of movies they approved of. Like Star Wars and The Bridge Over The River Kwai.
(Pop music at home started and ended with Ferrante and Teicher.)
I had a trio of cousins (some of the inbred hillbillies) who were allowed to listen to The Devil’s Music, so not only did I love some of the late 60s and early 70s stuff I heard at their house (technically a mobile home but they had sold the wheels), but I would make up the most ridiculous reasons to visit them so we could play their 45s over and over and hear The Beatles and The Mamas and The Papas. They also had Melanie. (“Brand New Key” anyone?) And The Troggs. “Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey” by Paul and Linda. God, I loved that song when I was six. The Carpenters a bit later, although in retrospect liking The Carpenters as a pre-adolescent sounds really faggy.
(I was much too sheltered to like any of their real rock like Jimi Hendrix or Janis Joplin or Jefferson Airplane. I missed all that until I was in my early 20s and the Woodstocky phase passed in a matter of months. I already had The Smiths and The Cure and R.E.M., for God’s sake. Remember the first time you heard “This Charming Man” and “10:15 Saturday Night” and Talk About The Passion?” Did anything else in music matter?)
But then my cousins started liking the disco shit and I shunned them permanently. Not only did they not believe in God, they also had bad taste … and that was unforgivable. (A little David Sedaris in there?)
Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass, though. HUGE fan yet today. I actually made a video about Ernie that used snippets from “Tangerine” and “Spanish Fly.” And isn’t the cover to Whipped Cream and Other Delights one of the best things ever?
"Speaking of OKCupid, do they have one for middle-aged non-practicing homosexuals who don’t want a boyfriend, sex, visitors to their house (announced or otherwise), or to ever be asked ‘Can I borrow that book?’ by anyone but Tilda Swinton?"
I don’t know anything about OKCupid other than what scottstartsover has said about it - nothing good - but this sounds like good advice. Not just for online dating.
First date at the Italian restaurant where neither of you order anything with garlic? “You know, I was thinking about what you said in you first text this morning. Before we consider the perfectly mediocre tirimasu, I was wondering what you have …”
If I was straight and she wasn’t married - and Tilda Swinton wasn’t available and Felicia Day wasn’t available and Julianne Moore wasn’t available, or if things were still as they are and markruffalo wasn’t available and lonely - I’d ask tacocattacos to marry me for reblogging this post alone.
If you can think of a better headline from the last year that doesn’t involve Sarah Palin, I NEED to hear from you.
soulproprietorship asked: "Sodomy Fellatio Cunnilingus Pederasty Father, why do these words sound so nasty? Masturbation can be fun Join the holy orgy Kama Sutra Everyone!" I loved this song as a kid and hadn't a clue what it was about. Now, I have had many clues (hell, I've solved the mystery) and love love love this song even more!
I’m not a big musical theatre fan because most of it is crap and I think Little Shop of Horrors, Strange Passage, and Next To Normal are the new only shows of the last 30 years that even warrant a second viewing. And Hedwig. I’ll concede Hedwig for giving us “Wig In A Box.” Also because John Cameron Mitchell is awesome.
(If I ever in my life have to hear a song from Rent again I swear to The White Baby Jesus™ that whoever is playing it is going to be disemboweled. Probably with my bare teeth.)
I know I have previously gone on and on about it, but Hair is and was magic, magic, magic on stage. (Not the film, of course, which wasn’t Hair.) I’m so sorry for anyone who didn’t get to see the revival in 2009. I’m just sorry I’m not old enough to have seen it the first time around when people were gasping, fainting, and rushing from the theatre with heart palpitations and promising to sue.
I may have told this story before on the Tumblrs before, but the first time I saw it it was the night after winning the Tony. A youngish, high-tech-type couple with seats in the middle of the second row comes in after “Aquarius.” Will Swenson, who played Berger, stops, crosses his arms, stares at them, and waits as they climb over a dozen people to be seated.
When everyone is settled and the audience is growing audibly uncomfortable, he addresses them directly. “Where have you been? You know she just sang the shit out of that song? Should we start over and have her sing it again? That wouldn’t make your rudeness too apparent would it?”
The male half of the couple finally realizes what 900 silent people, the band, and the entire cast are waiting for and sheepishly says, “Sorry.”
Everyone claps and yells for a full minute. Pure euphoria fills the theatre.
And then he sings “Donna” like nothing at all had happened. It was brilliant.
7:15 pm Hair - The New Broadway Cast begins playing.
8:00 pm Titus tries and fails three times to stand up after laying on the floor beside my desk. On the fourth he slowly gains his feet as poop just falls out of him.
8:01 - 8:30 pm Titus lays under the dining table because he is so ashamed of pooping in the house. (I did not yell or chastise him in any way.) He whines now and again with lots of sighing in between said whines.
8:31 pm Hair - The New Broadway Cast starts its second play.
8:32 pm Ernie jumps off the couch, and then stalks and eats a black spider with a shiny body about the size of a dime.
8:47 pm Eòin contemplates whether or not buying and admitting to have consumed tequila is trashy … for the 19th time of the evening. He decides the Tequila Sunrise transcends trashiness when it is still 75 degrees at 8:47 pm.
9:15 pm Eòin restarts Hair - The New Broadway Cast so that it will have time to play in its entirety before bed.
9:20 pm Eòin makes a second Tequila Sunrise and continues trying to get through his Tumblr dashboard.
9:50 pm Eòin asks the dogs if they are ready to go outside. He promptly forgets to turn on the big blue light over the garage that takes five minutes to warm up and attain full luminescence.
10:10 pm Ernie barks. He is indeed ready to go outside and has seen no further spiders to stalk and eat.
10:12 pm Eòin tells the dogs, “Hey, kids. Let’s go for our walk. Let me get a bag.”
10:13 pm At the front door, Eòin is slipping on his man clogs for the walk. Suddenly revived to puppy-esque energy and playfulness, Titus grabs one and runs away with it.
10:15 pm Eòin regains possession of his shoe and the whole family of sleepy old hound dogs go out for their walk.
10:27 pm Eòin does his “Hare Krishna/Be In” dance. He then moves the iTunes back to “Hair” and does that dance, too.
10:45 pm A grumpy email is sent to Graham because he hasn’t had an annual visit with his GP in years.
11:05 pm Eòin finishes reading and looking at his dashboard. He moves the iTunes back to “Hair” again and does the dance again and then remembers that the cold brew coffee for tomorrow needs to be vigorously stirred.
11:19 pm Ernie jumps up on the now-ready bed and commands 82 percent of it. Eòin finishes his day with a stupid post about pooping indoors, show stealing, spider eating, and dancing to extremely catchy hippie songs written for Broadway audiences who are either filthy rich or skipping meals to pay for the day-of-show tickets.
"This whole talk about impeachment is coming from the president’s own staff, and coming from Democrats on Capitol Hill. Why? Because they’re trying to rally their people to give money and to show up in this year’s election. We have no plans to impeach the president … Listen, it’s all a scam started by Democrats at the White House."
House Speaker John Boehner - July 29, 2014
Well, that’s inconvenient for about 60 million True Americans™. There are a lot of teabaggers who are going to be really, really pissed off to find out that Sarah Palin and Ted Cruz are actually plants within their lunacy and secretly working for the president.
Well, that’s about as Gay Bar September 1990 as you can get, isn’t it? Still danceable? I don’t know.
Reminds me of my old friend Churchill, who moved to Southern Spain a few months later to teach for a year … and never came back. Something about grilled fish and uncut brown boys who don’t speak English.
He loved this song.
Churchill was also the one who, when his third grade class in 1974 was instructed to write to their biggest hero, directed his letter to stage and screen legend Gloria Swanson. Some weeks later, he received a handwritten reply for Ms. Swanson that I have actually seen. It hung, framed, in his parents’ living room. Three legal size pages of 48 pt scrawl, about three words of which were decipherable.
(No, our seven-year-old son isn’t a screaming queen. He just really likes old movies.)
It’s probably still there if the parents are still living.
What’s the Difference Between Weather and Climate?
The difference between weather and climate is a measure of time. Weather is what conditions of the atmosphere are over a short period of time, and climate is how the atmosphere “behaves” over relatively long periods of time. When we talk about climate change, we talk about changes in long-term averages of daily weather.
Today, children always hear stories from their parents and grandparents about how snow was always piled up to their waists as they trudged off to school. Children today in most areas of the country haven’t experienced those kinds of dreadful snow-packed winters, except for the Northeastern U.S. in January 2005.
The change in recent winter snows indicate that the climate has changed since their parents were young. If summers seem hotter lately, then the recent climate may have changed. In various parts of the world, some people have even noticed that springtime comes earlier now than it did 30 years ago. An earlier springtime is indicative of a possible change in the climate.