Monday, June 30, 2008

Cristiano Ronaldo on Vacation

Why don't our sportsmen go on vacation more often? Or take showers?

James Dobson vs. Barack Obama: WWJD?

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Going Out of Town Again

Gay Pride is this weekend in SF, so I'm gettin' out of Dodge. Friends and I are heading up to Russian River for a quieter weekend outside the city. I'll be poolside with my book and the signature cocktail I've devised for the weekend: the M. Night Shyamalemonade. It's a mixture of silver tequila, limoncello, lemon juice, superfine sugar, and some soda.

If you've seen his latest movie, you'll understand why I feel the need to hear people saying "Why are you eyein' my lemon drink" all weekend long.

Happy Pride!!

Voguing with John McCain

I would be doing you a disservice if I didn't post this:

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Scenes From Missouri


La Pequeña Hillary Clinton

Just when I thought this political season couldn't get any weirder, I found this:



Please explain it to me. I'm scared that I may have to vote for her now.

Have you discovered Wordle yet?

I like words. And this site takes words and makes them art. Well, more art.

Wordle - Queers Read This

I made this from the text of "Queers Read This" which just happens to be one of my favorite angry queer documents of all time.

Okay, your turn now. Go play with Wordle.

The Long Silence is Over!

I'm back from the wilds of Missouri, and I have an interesting little video to share. I hope it will remind us of a few things:

1. There is always someone crazier than you.
2. Rejoice in the crazy people.
3. The definition of art may need some editing.
4. YouTube is the greatest invention of our age.



I'll be back soon with some Missouri pictures. I know you can't wait!

Monday, June 16, 2008

Just Gay Married!! Congratulations!!

Today is the first day in California that gay couples can get legally married.

I wish you all the best!

Gay wedding cake

Sunday, June 15, 2008

But Does He Do Windows?

Artist Paul Curtis makes art by selectively cleaning dirty surfaces. This recent project was completed in the Broadway Tunnel in San Francisco. Behold the power of bleach!!



I wonder if he'd be willing to steam clean my kitchen floor?

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Want a Catholic Wedding?

Better buy some Viagra just in case:

An Italian bishop has refused to allow a church wedding for a paraplegic man who was rendered impotent by a crippling automobile accident.

A spokesman for Bishop Lorenzo Chiarinelli of Viterbo explained that although the bride was aware of her fiancé's condition, their union could not be celebrated as a Christian marriage because impotence is grounds for annulment.

I'm Voting Republican

Gotcha!! Prepare yourself for more sarcastic liberal propaganda:

Embracing Propaganda

Since I'm in Missouri right now, I feel the need to post some Democratic agitprop. Sex sells, but can it make us vote?

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Coming Soon to a Gas Station Near You

5dollargas

Taken in Redwood City, CA.

Remember when people could scrounge for change in their car and buy enough gas for the day/night? Well, unless you've got $5 bills falling out of your purse, you may have to put on your comfie walking shoes.

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Friends Helping Friends: Binding Wedding Invitations

Several of us gathered this week at Chronicle Books to help Renee and Yasu bind their wedding invitations. Each letter pressed page had to be put in order to form the booklet. Then we punched three holes on the side and bound them like a little Japanese booklet with red thread. They looked great. And whoever punched all those holes did a FANTASTIC job!! (Okay, it was me.)

Kudos to the binding crew: Beth, Amanda, Joyce, Courtney, Michael, Todd X, and special unexpected guest star (no, not Heather Locklear) Michelle Clair.

We finished around 8 or 8:30 PM, then Renee, Courtney and I went to dinner at Koh Samui and the Monkey. Yum. Thai food. I had the red curry with chicken and we shared some delicious green beans.



And a little video to celebrate the event:

Today in the Haight

The annual Haight Street Fair happened today. And what a gorgeous day for it. Warm and sunny all around. Only the pesky wind to deal with. Thankfully, the thousands of people who attended managed to block much of the wind.

I also wandered around the Panhandle of Golden Gate Park. People were outside enjoying the sunshine. I saw dogs running, people running, golfers, and hula hoopers. Then I went to Faletti's and bought some wine and cheese for Beth's dinner party. Not a bad way to spend a day.



Got Meat?

Sunny Day in the Panhandle

Hula hoops in the Panhandle

"Oh So Quiet" Dance in Union Square

Here's the full video!

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Update on the 12345678unionsquaresf.com Event

Here's what happened at 3:45 PM today in San Francisco's Union Square: spontaneous dancing to Bjork! I loved it and so did all the innocent bystanders. Sorry for the quality of the short video clip. All I had was my phone. Luckily, the weather today was gorgeous. A perfect opportunity to dance with abandon in public.



Bjork Dance San Francisco

Bjork Dance San Francisco

And, then it ended as quickly and quietly as it began. The people dispersed as though nothing had been planned. I think this kind of happy thing should happen more often.

Full video here

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Something's Happening This Saturday in SF

12345678unionsquaresf

Does anyone know anything about this?

We're All Juicy Inside

This seems to relate to the email I posted earlier. But, I still have no idea what it means. And WHAT is ballerina fluid? Gross.

Allergic to the Internet?

A group of Santa Fe residents is taking the city to task over WiFi Internet systems installed in public buildings.

Why? They claim they’re allergic to the wireless signal. They say the city is violating the ADA by limiting their access to those buildings.

ADA cases involving sensitivity to perfume and other chemicals have made it to court with varying results, but so far, no court has ever ruled on whether so-called “electro-sensitivity” can be considered a disability under the law.

Experts say it’s unlikely for a company to be sued by an employee over this issue, but stranger things have certainly happened. If electro-sensitivity ever gets legal protection, employers would be in big trouble, since many workplaces run their own WiFi networks.

This gives me an idea. I think I'm allergic to homeless people, smokers, people who walk on the wrong side of the sidewalk, skateboarders, pretentious Marina people, self-absorbed Mission hipsters, and Republicans. Can I sue someone?

Cover Letter Poem

This was an actual email sent in with someone's resume/portfolio:

I work as an illustrator in Japan.
I draw the cut of the children's book mainly.
I send the sample of my picture.
I am happy when I have you like it.


I love it. It's like a poem.

I am happy when I have you like my blog, too. :)

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Vacations Too Expensive? Try Staycations!

Have you heard this term before? I just read this little article about them. Little did I know that I spent most of my weekends on "staycation." ;-)


The Summer of Staycations

WHAT'S HAPPENING

* Now when the kids ask "Are we there yet?" the answer can be a confident "Yes." With skyrocketing gas prices, the days of loading the family into the SUV and hitting the road may be coming to a close (Los Angeles Times 4.7.08).
* Long weekends near home or just plain time off are replacing the annual summer vacation as cost-conscious consumers look for ways to keep the family entertained without draining the savings account.
* Popular staycations include backyard BBQs, hiking, boating, spa outings (for friends). Solo flyers are turning down connectivity in favor of gardening, reading or napping.

WHAT THIS MEANS TO BUSINESS

* Skimping on vacation miles traveled doesn't mean skimping on vacation quality. Cost-conscious consumers are still looking for all the fun, just without the hassles and expenses that are associated with today's travel.
* Suburbanites and city slickers exploring what their local metropolis has to offer are patting themselves on the back for being doubly responsible: to their wallets, and to the environment.

Not So Healthy Ways to Quench Your Thirst; Or Diet Tips from Coca-Cola



Have you seen this list of the Top 5 Most Unhealthy Drinks from Men's Health? It's shocking.

5. Worst "Healthy" Drink
Glaceau VitaminWater (any flavor 20oz bottle)
130 calories, 33 grams of sugar.
Vitamins and water might seem like a good idea but what they don't advertise is that this water contains nearly as much calories and sugar as a can of soda. It should be no surprise that this stuff is made by The Coca-Cola Company.

4. Worst Juice Imposter
Arizona Kiwi Strawberry (23.5 oz can)
360 calories, 84 grams of sugar.
These bottles which are just 5 percent juice cost 99 cents which makes them one of the cheapest source of empty calories in the country.

3. Worst Smoothie
Jamba Juice Peanut Butter Moo'd Power Smoothie (30 oz)
169 grams of sugar, 30 grams of fat
Whether you call it a smoothie or a milk shake, it has more sugar than a bag of chocolate chips.

2. Worst Summer Cocktail

Pina Colada
625 calories, 75 grams of sugar
Because of the super sweet pineapple juice and fatty coconut milk, the only wise thing to consume here may be the garnish. Try a lime daiquiri or mojito instead and save 400 calories.

1. The Unhealthiest Drink In America

Baskin Robbin's Large Heath Bar Shake (32. oz)
2,310 calories, 266 grams of sugar, 108 grams of fat
73 ingredients go into this milk shake.
66 teaspoons of sugar.
11 Heath bars equal the calories in this shake
8-12 minutes to consume this drink.
240 minutes on a treadmill running at a moderate pace to burn it off.

Monday, June 2, 2008

Contrarian Mondays with Todd X: Crazies on the Train

When I leave work, I generally have two choices on how to get home: walk up to Market St. and catch a train OR catch a train at the 2nd and King MUNI stop just a block from my office. 99 times out of 100, I choose the closer option. Unfortunately, there are only two train lines that pass this particular stop: the T and the N-lines. Even more unfortunate, fate and the universe typically choose to send me a T-line train first.

You see, the T-line connects San Francisco proper to some of its more economically depressed, outlying neighborhoods. So, the passengers are more, um, eclectic and varied. I rode a jungle train in Costa Rica for hours when I was in college. I think I preferred the slow moving, stuffy, crowded jungle train to the T-line.

Today, for example, I had to stand next to Crazy Homeless Man with a bike while he cursed and yelled at the man who, as far as I could tell, was his "friend" and companion. They were debating on when to get off so they could be on Market St. Everyone knows that all the MUNI lines go down Market St. Ah, but, as the CHM w/bike pointed out, it drops you off UNDERGROUND. Apparently, that would not be conducive to his bike riding. Eventually, they got off at the Folsom St. stop and, presumably, rode gleefully to Market St.

Their absence enabled me to focus on Drug Dealer Guy with a cellphone. DDG was, in my humble opinion, conducting drug deals while he was riding along with the rest of us on the T. Supposedly, he had some "really good sh*t" for only $500. Sounded like a bargain to me.

Add to this the crush of people packing themselves into the train at 6:45-7:00 PM (I thought everyone got off early in this city!!??) and you can see that I had a lovely if not idyllic train ride home tonight.

Next time, I pull off the mask of introspective, withdrawn human being and release the killer robot within.

You've been warned. Stay off the T.

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Review: 1300 on Fillmore

Rand and I had our second dinner at 1300 last night with our friends Sean and Blake. From the first cocktail to the banana cream pie, the whole experience was really good. I like the decor, the space, and the overall vibe. Our service was attentive and friendly.

I began with a Mandarin Cosmo. It's fantastic and I highly recommend this drink. I mean, I was going to see Sex and the City afterwards. What else should I have been drinking?

To start, we had the Warm Poached Egg Salad. It was like eating a delicious plate of bacon-y goodness. Sean ordered the Shrimp Hushpuppies and Blake got a Baby Arugula salad.

For our entrees, I had the Fried Chicken. It's deboned, battered and friend and was really good. The breading might have been a little thick and crunchy for my taste (if we're splitting hairs here), but I ate every bit and liked the little bit of spiciness. The truffled potatoes were good, too. I would have appreciated another veggie, but I'll live.

Blake ordered the lamb with grits. It was tender and delicious. We had the best two entrees if I do say so myself. Rand and Sean both (I think) ordered the halibut. They said it was good, but the portion seemed a little small.

For dessert, Sean ordered Banana Cream Pie for us all to share. I had one bite and it was really tasty.

I also had a Pomegranate Martini during dinner. It was a little too sweet but drinkable.

All in all, I would have to recommend 1300. I've had two good meals there. It's a great addition to the neighborhood.