Monthly Archives: January 2011

Queer Landia: Lady Ga Ga

I ran across this article on Out Magazine’s website when I saw another article they posted about Lady Gaga’s new song. On February 13th, Lady Gaga will be performing her new song at the Grammys.

I first heard about Lady Gaga on the New Kids on the Block album that came out a few years ago. She sang with them on the song Big Girl Now. I really liked her then, but missed the first couple years that she went viral.

I am a fan of Lady Gaga, but not a huge fan. I don’t follow her around or wait desperately for her next song to come out. I don’t own her first album, although I do own a couple of her songs.

With that said, I really enjoyed this article. If you are a huge fan or even just a fan, I think you will truly enjoy this three page article.

via Queer Landia.

State of the Queer Union « Queer Landia

Here is my first post over on Queer Landia:

After the State of the Union, the LGBT community suddenly transformed into those annoying birds from Finding Nimo. What about me? Me? Me? Why didn’t the President talk about marriage equality? Why didn’t the President talk about ENDA? DOMA? What about the issues affecting me?

Step back for a minute and shift your perspective just a little bit. Think about America as a large business with 300 million employees. Pretend that you run this business. You have 300 million employees that are looking to you for help. All of these employees are screaming “Me! Me! Me!”.

via State of the Queer Union « Queer Landia.

The Maverick | Queer Oakland

For those of you that are following me here on Back To Me, I have been asked to start contributing to the Queer Oakland blog. Queer Oakland is part of network of blogs run by Queer Networks. They run numerous LGBT blogs across the country. The best part of this is that Queer Networks is not owned by a large corporation. The network is independently owned and operated.

If you want to stay up to date on LGBT news, check out their blogs. Below is an excerpt from my first post. I hope to see you over there!

I have written at least a dozen “first” posts for Queer Oakland. I have been trying to figure out how to introduce myself to the readers of the QO blog, along with the whole Queer Network. I have deleted every one of these posts because they came across cheesy or too silly.

via The Maverick | Queer Oakland.

Resting in Peace

When my grandmother died, you licked the tears off of my face. When I was sick, you curled up next to me to keep me warm. When I was sad, you were silly in order to make me laugh. I often think you jumped on my stomach to keep me thin, but I could never prove that.

I had a divine experience once, which brought me to my knees. (quite literally, actually, in front of the toilet). That didn’t scare you away, though, you just curled up next to me and purred.

You awakened a magick inside of me that I never knew I had. You gave me a sense of belonging in the universe that I desperately needed.

In the end, you suffered, yet you still tried to comfort me while I worried about you. I cried when I found out you were diabetic, but you just curled up on my chest and purred. I stressed when I needed to give you your shots, but you just purred (and sometimes tried to bite me).

One of the most terrifying moments of my life was watching your seizure that night just days after the Solstice. To see you in so much pain and not be able to do anything was devastating to me after everything you had done for me. But alas, you have moved on to a better world. A world where pizza boxes are everywhere and sadness does not exist. A world where the gods and goddesses pamper you. A world where you no longer need the insulin shots, the diabetic food and the overly concerned actions of me.

I know you are not resting in peace. I know you are chasing birds, feathers and pizza boxes. You don’t have time to rest anymore. You are too busy for that, but I miss you all the same. I love you, Azul, for now and forever.

Worst Idea Ever? Buffy the Vampire Slayer Is Getting a Reboot—Without Joss Whedon – E! Online

Say it isn’t so…

Hear that? It’s the sound of Buffy the Vampire Slayer die-hards pumping their fists in rage. Or wait, is that just here in our office?

After years of fans hoping Joss Whedon’s incarnation of the Buffy-verse might make it to the big screen, Warner Bros. has just offically announced they’re doing a “reboot” version of Buffy, without any apparent involvement by the original creative team for the movie or TV show, including the man considered the end-all be-all Buffy mastermind, Whedon.

via Worst Idea Ever? Buffy the Vampire Slayer Is Getting a Reboot—Without Joss Whedon – E! Online.

Starbucks: Bigger is Better?

Starbucks is upping the stakes for some of you coffee drinkers. The iced coffee, iced tea and lemonade drinks will soon be available in a new “trenta” size, which is a whopping 31 ounces. Click the link below for more details.

I hope they include the iced lattes in the iced coffee list. I would love to try out a trenta iced vanilla latte. What about you? Would you try taking on this behemoth new size? Leave me comment on what you think.

Starbucks is introducing a whopping new beverage size, but limiting the types of beverages that can be ordered in such a quantity.

Until now, coffee retailer Starbucks offered 3 sizes: “tall,” “grande,” and “venti.” The coffee giant is adding a new size, which will hold more than the contents of many human stomachs. The new “trenta” size will hold 31 ounces, or 916 mL of select Starbucks beverages, and will top the current largest offering (“venti”) by 7 oz.

via The Escapist : News : New Starbucks Size Larger Than Average Capacity of Human Stomach.

Bite Me Ryan – Zander on Ryan Kwanten Again

I have not been blogging much over the last couple of months, but I recently checked my stats to see what my most viewed posts were since I started. Surprisingly, the Ryan Kwanten post has had over 4500 views so far. That is by far the most viewed post in my blog, so I decided to follow the post up with a sequel. I hope you enjoy these photos.

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Adam Levine says get your junk checked

Adam Levine, the lead singer for Maroon 5, posed nearly nude for Cosmo’s February edition to draw attention to prostate and testicular cancer checkups. The article below is not from the Cosmo edition, but the photos are from there. The article below is from the Prostate Cancer Foundation.

If you are under 40, enjoy the view and go on with life. If you are over 40, enjoy the view and then read the actual article. Yes, I said read the article. See your doctor if and ask about screenings for prostate and testicular cancer.

When to Start—and Stop—Screening

When to start screening is generally based on individual risk, with age 40 being a reasonable time to start screening for those at highest risk (genetic predispositions or strong family histories of prostate cancer at a young age).

For otherwise healthy men at high risk (positive family history or African American men), starting at age 40-45 is reasonable.

Guidelines differ for men at average risk. Some recommend an initial PSA and DRE at age 40, and others recommend starting at age 50. In general, all men should create a proactive prostate health plan that is right for them based on their lifestyle and family history.

When to stop screening is also controversial. Some groups propose 75 as a reasonable cut-off age. Other groups suggest this is an individual decision based on life expectancy and overall current health.

You can find a useful resource for making these decisions at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention site.

via Early Detection & Screening – Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF).

HP planning WebOS event for February 9 | The Digital Home – CNET News

My heart just stopped. Salvation is only weeks away. I love my Pre, but the phone is starting to fall apart. I need a new phone and possibly a tablet. HPalm, don’t disappoint me.

Don’t expect all the big announcements to end at the Consumer Electronics Show this week.

Hewlett-Packard will be hosting a special WebOS event on February 9 in San Francisco. The company didn’t say what it will announce at the event, but the invitation’s tagline says, “Think big. Think small. Think beyond.”

via HP planning WebOS event for February 9 | The Digital Home – CNET News.

Arizona education chief moves to ban ethnic studies in Tucson schools –

What is the country turning into? Is this really what the Republicans and Christians are pushing for America? If so, I am really scared for Americans.

(CNN) — Arizona schools superintendent John Huppenthal has told the Tucson district to stop teaching its controversial Mexican-American studies program or face losing $15 million in annual state aid under a new law, he said Tuesday.

Huppenthal told CNN he was backing this week’s decision by exiting state superintendent Tom Horne giving the state’s second largest district 60 days to comply with a new 2011 law banning certain ethnic studies programs in public schools.

Horne is now Arizona’s new attorney general, and Huppenthal was sworn in Monday as the newly elected Arizona schools superintendent. Both men are Republicans.

via Arizona education chief moves to ban ethnic studies in Tucson schools –