Thursday, September 14, 2006

Save The Kitties of Brooklyn!

Attention folks who live in the Brooklyn/NYC area!! My good friend Jesse along with some hearty volunteers runs a TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return) in Park Slope and they are really awesome and helping to make a positive difference in the huge feral at population in the Brooklyn area. Here are the links to their site and their blog:

Slope Street
Slop Street Cats Blog

They are in desperate need of any basement space and/or temperature controlled enclosed area. Get in touch with them if you can help. They also help with adoptions and have a lot of information, resources and help to offer the community. So check them out. And if you don't live in Brooklyn/NYC but know cat lovin' folks who do, pass it on!

Monday, September 11, 2006

Keith Olbermann Lays The Smack Down on George W. Bush

Seriously, you need to watch this video (the link at Crooks & Liars has the transcript).

Breathtaking. I am so glad someone finally said this out loud with such vehemence, unbridled anger and razor-sharp eloquence.

Saturday, September 09, 2006

It's time to move.

Not a hint of irony.
Originally uploaded by ohnochriso.

No, really. The Castro has just become way too much. I mean, it really always has been, I guess. But it seems like lately I just can't handle it anymore and neither can Red. It might be weird to think of two queer guys not wanting to live in The Gayest Neighborhood Ever but it's so not for the kind of gay we are. We don't go to the gym 5-7 times a week. We don't tan. None of our tattoos are barbed wire armbands, random tribal designs or a panther crawling up from our crotch to peek above the underwear line. There are no cargo pockets on any of our clothes and I personally think Madonna stopped being relevant back around the time she stole vogueing from the fags of color in NYC.

Think of it this way: say you love cheese a lot., right? You love to eat it and you enjoy it on, in or with any kind of food. Well let's say you walk through your neighborhood one day and it's all made of cheese Cheese buildings, cheese lamp posts, cheese restaurants, cheese stores, cheese people, etc. You will most likely find yourself saying "Okay, I love cheese and all but I don't needthis much all the time!" I understand why people flock to the Castro, especially if it wasn't easy or okay to be gay where they used to live. I am not denying them that desire or that need. But even though I grew up in ass-backwards New Hampshire I still don't need this much gay. Especially not this much mainstream gay. I don't need everything to be advertised to me with the image of some wax-chested, orange fake tanned, vapid looking pretty boy alongside it. And everything feels so consumer oriented and wealth-focussed and just a little gross sometimes. Where's the subversive element? Where's the queerness?

In the end, I want a neighborhood that has a bit more diversity. Moving here from Fort Greene in Brooklyn where you really saw so many kinds of people all the time, it was a bit of a shock to land in such a homogenized little slice of SF. I don't need Gay Disneyland 24/7 because even though I'll always be a fag there's a whole lot more to me than that. It's part of my life it's not my lifestyle. I can actually do something or be somewhere that doesn't focus solely on being gay and I will actually not explode and die. I like the idea of being able to come to the Castro by choice and not always have to be soaking in it. It'll be nice to feel like I don't live in a year 'round gay beauty pagaent.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Project Runway Up The Wazzoo

So I have this other thingy over on Livejournal. I've had it for years, so it's not like I am cheating on my blog or anything. But it's pretty much been 99.9% friends only viewable save for some tour dates posted for my band. Every week while Project Runway is on I do little recaps in my LJ to amuse my friends and alleviate boredom at work. There have been so many positive responses to them I decided to share the love and make the posts public. They are meager compared to the other awesome PR recaps out there in the world o' blogging, but maybe they will help to distract you a little more from that soul-crushing day job.

Click Heidi to go check them out!

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Photoshop for Babies

Who the hell dyed this child's hair?!

Okay really though, let's break it down. I need to show you another photo. This is a promo shot of my band taken a few years ago by Blioux:

In this photo we all appear to be trapped in an invisible "box" together. Here is the reality of this photo:

- Only 2 of the 3 of us were in the photo at the same time, Colin (on the ground) and Peter (in the middle). I did my portion of the photo alone and was photoshopped in later.

- We were not in a white room at all. We were in Blioux's home studio which has hardwood floors and cream colored walls. We were crouching on some black studio floording under a sawhorse with a wooden door on top of it to act as the top of the "box".

- In front of Peter was a piece of not so perfectly clean plexiglass that he pressed his hand against to create that trapped effect you can see.

So really, that picture is a study in the power of Photoshop and, in some ways, is a complete lie. What you see is not really what happened at all. So as far as I'm concerned every single thing about Baby Suri Cruise Holmes Whatever-Her-Real-Last-Name-May-Be is nothing but smoke and mirrors. And somehow they got Annie Leibovitz to put her name to it all. Frightening.

P.S. Holy fucking hilarious.