Sunday, March 29, 2009
Here's a lovely spacious home on a street called Farm Rd. in the peaceful and bucolic suburb of Chester Township, in New Jersey. Unfortunately, this renter's dream was home to a woman by the name of Wanda Oughton and her 20 year old daughter, as well as 93 cats, half of which were breeding. Police and NJSPCA say the cats and the entire house were covered in feces and urine. Garbage that was not strewn about the floors was stuffed inside ovens and microwaves. The stench was so bad that SPCA workers could only enter the house for 5 minutes at a time, and only with masks on and Vick's VapoRub stuffed in their nostrils. I repeat, two people actually lived there.
Friday, March 27, 2009
You can read the entire post here.
I don't necessarily agree or disagree with anything "Brendon" wrote. Nor do I endorse "risky" behavior, or bareback sex between HIV+ people and negative sex partners. But judging by this blog and a lot more like it, as well as reading the latest HIV data out of Washington DC and the Maryland suburbs, people are increasingly opting to engage in bareback sex, regardless of the consequences. And until that is acknowledged and discussed openly, nobody will be able to figure out a way to realistically prevent new infections.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Saturday, March 21, 2009
The exact moment that spring sprang here in the New York City, we were experiencing an early morning snow. Fortunately it didn't last more than a few hours and nothing really stuck to the ground. The late afternoon was partly sunny and warm-ish. And it still doesn't negate the fact that I spent part of the day before wandering around the park taking pictures of the first crocuses to poke their heads up and greet the neighborhood with a very welcome presentation on some beautiful shades of purple.
Friday, March 20, 2009
"That's one small step for bats, one giant leap for bat-kind."
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
But my travels along the interwebs eventually had me wondering a) what does a copyeditor actually, really do? and b) can I get a job as a copyeditor? The answer to "b" appears to be no, but in searching for the answer to "a" I came across the AP Stylebook, which as the name implies is a reference book, answering all sorts of grammar, spelling and AP approved usages for newspapers.
You can order a copy of the AP Stylebook, and subscribers can submit questions to the editor, some of which were reprinted on the web page. I should probably be worried that I love shit like this, but in case you do as well, here's a few questions to the editor. Answers in tiny type below.
1. I've seen the term website listed various ways including: Website, website and Web site. Are these all acceptable? Can you explain your decision?
2. Does the term Farmers Market use an apostrophe after the s? Or should we not use one at all?
3. I know quotation marks always go on the outside of periods, does the same rule apply to question marks? Ex. How do you define “appropriately address”? Are quotes correct or should they be on outside?
4. e-mail or email
5. What was the rationale for dropping the parentheses from area codes in telephone numbers?
1. AP uses Web site as two words. We decided early on that Web site was a component or part of the World Wide Web, not a compound noun based on it (as, say, webcam).
2. AP style, based on information from the Washington State Farmers Market Association and the USDA, is "farmers market" with no apostrophe. (Generally, the farmers do not own the market.)
3. The placement of the question mark with quotation marks depends on the meaning. In the case you cite, the question mark would go outside (as in: Who wrote "Gone With the Wind"?) (See the Punctuation Guide section of the AP Stylebook.)
4. AP style is the hyphenated e-mail.
5. Since area codes are required in virtually all phone calls, there is no longer anything parenthetical about them. They are part of the phone number; no reason for the parentheses.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
UPDATE: Case dismissed! Or rather, an adjournment in contemplation of dismissal. I showed up and as expected, the former owner of Spotlight Live and the lawyer that was representing them/me were nowhere to be found. I guess since the venue is well and truly closed and since the summonses were in my name, the owner opted to not show up and dump the problem back in my lap. Fortunately I had anticipated this would happen, and I ended up throwing myself on the mercy of the court. More specifically, I met with a lawyer for the city and stated that I no longer worked there and I was only a lowly manager, with no real say when it came to licenses, permits and sprinkler systems. And I pointed out that answering summonses for a business that closed was a little pointless.
Fortunately, they agreed and decided to offer to dismiss the summonses assuming I don't get any more for the next 6 months. Hence the contemplation of dismissal. This is a good thing, considering at least one of the violations was a misdemeanor and would have gone on my record. Not that I worry about such things, and getting arrested for something interesting is on my list of things to do before I die, but this scenario most definitely didn't qualify. I was thinking it would be more along the lines of sucking off a foreign naval officer in a public park. You know, "interesting".
Sunday, March 15, 2009
At least 3 percent of District residents have HIV or AIDS, a total that far surpasses the 1 percent threshold that constitutes a "generalized and severe" epidemic, according to a report scheduled to be released by health officials tomorrow.
"Our rates are higher than West Africa," said Shannon L. Hader, director of the District's HIV/AIDS Administration, who once led the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's work in Zimbabwe. "They're on par with Uganda and some parts of Kenya."
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Friday, March 13, 2009
A Senate bill that would have banned gay couples from adopting or fostering children in Kentucky appears to be dead this legislative session.
The measure's sponsor, Republican Sen. Gary Tapp of Shelbyville*, said Senate leaders will not bring Senate Bill 68 to a vote in the final four days of the legislative session. Tapp said Wednesday that he plans to file the bill again next year.
The bill would restrict future foster and adoptive parents to people who are married under Kentucky law, which would eliminate gay couples or unmarried couples from adopting or becoming foster parents. -via Queerty.
*This legislation would in no way impact marrying attractive cousins or the theft of neighboring lemon trees.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
GQ ran a piece on Arlo Weiner, 8 year old son of Mad Men creator Matt Weiner. Precocious gayby Arlo reportedly asked his parents for a top hat at age three, and Missy has never looked back.
"This is my Valentine’s Day outfit. The jacket and the pants are velvet. I love the tie because it’s really two ties stacked on top of each other. (My dad had to tie it for me.) The pink tie matched the pink shirt. I wore brown-and-white argyle socks for a random pattern."
Welcome to the family, girrrrrl!
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
I spent part of the weekend cleaning the apartment. One room a day got a thorough scrubbing. Furniture moved, floors swept and mopped, appliances wiped down. My bedroom was particularly grubby. I suppose because it's pretty much a no man's land, meaning no man has been in there in well over a year.
Haven't heard anything regarding the two good interviews I had last week, but I wasn't expecting to until at least today. I'm waiting on a phone call from some recruiter I sent my info to that contacted me this morning. I swear, if it's for a management job at that damn Bubba Gump's again I may hurt someone. They've already contacted me twice and then turned me down both times. I don't want to be one of 83 managers it seems to take to run a restaurant, and I don't want to sell your damn scrimps.
Of course, since I have no sex, no life, and no sex life, I watched Dancing With The Stars as they kicked off a new season last night. My reactions:
And say goodbye to the rodeo cowboy. While a case could be made that the "Teletubby gone mad" was equally inept, the legions of Mac Heads will save their god at least for the first week, meaning Ty Murray will be the first to go. And Li'l Kim giving a shout out to the friends she made in prison was classic.
Friday, March 06, 2009
Don't people usually post pics of their aminals on Friday? Or is that Monday? Anyway, here's my pooter and his ginormous tongue from September and another shot from last weekend's snowstorm. There is a huge basketball court across the street from my apartment and we go there to play sometimes.
Thursday, March 05, 2009
"It was Destiny that told me to rob the white bitch." is now officially my catch-all excuse for anything I get caught doing wrong.
In other news ...
I had two really great job interviews yesterday and this afternoon. I will be really shocked if one or both of them doesn't result in a job offer.
Wednesday, March 04, 2009
Lil Rounds- Done deal.
Jorge Nunez- When he cried at the end of his number, I almost called. Well played, my friend. But please, I need to whisper two words to you ... eyebrow threading. For the love of god.
(And this has nothing to do with my well-documented partiality to Black girls and Puerto Rican men)
Scott The Blind Guy- Will make America feel good about themselves.
More later ...
Ha! SUCK IT, JESUS! What did I tell you?
So, needless to say I've gotten a little invested in this season of Idol. I really, really need to get a job. I'm sure you have seen the pictures rocketing around the interwebs of Idol contestant Adam Lambert. As it turns out, he couldn't be gayer if his name was Gay Gayerson. That's not a criticism. I'm excited that he seems like a total freak.
If the published photo's don't show it, perhaps this You Tube video of Missy Lambert going all Freddy Mercury at The Avalon in Los Angeles will illustrate the point.
At first I was thinking that Adam would be hiding his extreme gayosity under a bushel until he got further in the competition, but now I'm afeerd he will stick with this Emo/Goth drag he's got going on (and is almost too old to pull off) and try to play it "straight" (AS IF!). Pointless if you ask me, as his Gay-O-Vac battery is fully charged and simply should not be contained.
And while I wanted to predict that we had seen the last of young headband horror, drive-by piercing victim (below the lip? really?) Nathaniel before tonight's show, every time he appeared on camera the same phrase kept popping in to my head: Dirty Little Pig Bottom. I don't necessarily think we've seen the last of him. I think there's at least one video yet to surface with dirty little Nate tied up, shaved and getting peed on. Or there soon will be.