I watched Dateline NBC on Sunday evening as Meredith Vieira interview JK Rowling. It was a great interview. Not too much was new, but Rowling did share a few tidbits on what our favorite characters went on to do after the end of Deathly Hallows. The next day I came cross a transcript of a live chat Rowling participated in. There’s lots of good stuff on why she killed on certain characters, and how she envisions the future of her characters.
I’ve decided not to review Deathly Hallows, because it’s still too soon and I don’t want to give away the ending for anyone. Of course, at a certain point, everyone will have read it and no one will care about my review anyway. So there.
Instead of going to the Dore Alley Street Fair today, I instead opted to stay home and rent a dvd. The gays probably know about Race You to the Bottom because Tara from Buffy is in it. I had heard about this movie via the gay blogosphere a few months back because of this.
Although this is a gay-themed movie, it’s not your average throw-away gay fluff. The story revolves around a couple who takes a road trip from LA to Napa. The twist is that he’s a self-hating homo, she’s his straight fag hag, and both have boyfriends that they’re cheating on. The drama unfolds when on the trip she expresses her love for him and he can’t admit the same. Continue reading →
Yesterday I went to see Sunshine with a whole gaggle of gay friends. The movie was not at all what I expected. Here’s what I knew of the plot before watching: The Sun is dying and a team of scientists and astronauts are on their way to detonate a bomb that will re-ignite the Sun. On their way there, things start to go wrong.
Little did I know that this was going to be more of a thriller than a sci-fi flick. True to the few blurbs I’d read about it, Sunshine is a sumptuous visual feast. The cinematography and editing were elegant. The sci-fi element was noticeably absent, but I liked that it was down-played. There was no attempt to explain why the Sun was dying out, how the bomb would re-ignite it, or how the Earth and humankind had survived 7+ years through a solar winter. The movie focuses heavily on the malfunctions (computer and human), and the eeriness that unfolds.
I enjoyed Sunshine, even if Chris Evans didn’t get half-naked. I liked the fact that the movie didn’t deliver what I was expecting – a standard sci-fi action flick. What I got instead was a subtle, uncomfortable space-thriller that was pretty to look at.
On the way home from the Priceless camp-out this year, Neal and I were trying to tell Shelby about the various DJs, their personalities, and the drama inevitably tied to the world of DJs. We had listed a dozen or so names, and Shelby was clearly a little confused. We tried to explain which DJ was which. Finally Shelby said:
“I don’t know who you’re talking about. All DJs look the same to me.”
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This Salon article is sobering. It makes me really sad to read about how America is treating Mexican immigrants. This quote from one of the immigrants detained in Massachusetts was included at the end of the article. It moved me quite a bit:
“The thing that everyone is waiting for is immigration reform,” Tum says. “We came here to escape poverty, to allow our children to study and become educated … We are not hiding. We are not trying to not pay our taxes. We are willing to do whatever it takes to comply with the law if we are given the opportunity to do that.”
It’s time to stop vilifying Mexican-Americans and to stop treating them as illegals who don’t want to pay taxes and steal jobs from hard-working white Americans. I grew up in the Central Valley of California where 67% of my high school was Latino, mostly of Mexican descent. The Mexican immigrant families I knew were hard working and willing to submit to low wages, poor working conditions, and long hours so that they could create a better life for their kids. What’s so bad about wanting to give your kids a better life than you had? Seems pretty noble to me.
My family is descended from Irish immigrants not so many generations ago. Most caucasians in America probably have a similar background. How is it that middle-class whites forget that two, three, or four generations ago their families and ethnic groups were being discriminated against in the same exact way Mexicans are being treated today? It’s time to put an end to the xenophobia and stop hating and being afraid of people because of the color of their skin. /rant
Ever wonder how much caffeine is in your Starbucks Grande Double Latte? What has more caffeine, Red Bull or Rockstar? I came across this awesome chart put together by the Center for Science in the Public Interest. Add up your tally for the day. How much caffeine do you ingest? I’m in the 100-150mg/day range. Yay caffeine!
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