The Queer Women of Color Film Festival: June 8-10

The Queer Women of Color Film Festival is held every year in June in San Francisco and features films that address the vital social justice issues that concern women of color and our communities, authentically reflect our life stories, and build community through art and activism. Enjoy the creativity of emerging media artists who are Asian/Pacific Islander, Black/African American, Chicana/Latina, Native American and Mixed-Race lesbians, same-gender loving, bisexual, queer, questioning women, and genderqueer, gender non-conforming, transgender folks.

Now in its eighth year, the Festival started in June 2003 in one room at the San Francisco’s LGBT Community Center with a free screening that drew standing-room-only crowds. In 2005, the packed annual film screenings expanded into the 1st Annual Queer Women of Color Film Festival. In 2007, we expanded into the 375-seat Brava Theater. This year the festival has expanded again, moving to the 757-seat Novellus Theater at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. The Film Festival is still free thanks to generous grants, donors and partners; includes free refreshments provided by local restaurants and businesses; and features an exciting panel and/or performance each year.

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Fox cancels The Finder: latimes.com

I am very saddened by this news. The Finder was one of my favorite shows this year. I think a second, full season would have given Fox the needed following to keep this show around for years. Unfortunately, a show needs viewers to stay on the air.

And “The Finder” couldn’t find its footing with viewers, despite its connection to “Bones.” Up against pedigreed series such as “Grey’s Anatomy” in its Thursday slot, it soon found a new home on Fridays at 8 — which did little to help its cause.

When Show Tracker spoke to creator Hart Hanson last week, he was hopeful but realistic about the series’ chances of making it to a second season.

“The funny thing is, my life would be easier if “The Finder” wasn’t renewed,” Hanson said. “If ‘The Finder’ doesn’t go, I could actually go on a little vacation with my wife for maybe a week or 10 days. And if it does go, I can’t — and yet, sadly, I still want it to get picked up.”

He added: “It was not a priority of the network — I say that without bitterness, by the way. They have to make their decisions. It’s like triage. They have to decide what’s gonna work best for them early on and put those promotional dollars behind that.”

via Fox renews ‘Touch,’ cancels ‘The Finder,’ ‘Alcatraz’ – latimes.com.

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1st Annual ALC Bachelor Calendar

AIDS LifeCycle has created a calendar to support the SF AIDS Foundation. The calendar has beautiful pictures for every month and is only $20. Additionally, all proceeds from this calendar will go directly towards fundraising efforts in support of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation.

The calendar is a great way to show your support, while getting beautiful, artistic pictures to hang in your office or home.

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Why Microsoft Is Being Left in the Dust – Yahoo! News

If you are interested in technology news, this is an excellent article that you have to read.

There are now a number of companies — Apple, Google, Amazon, and others — that have Microsoft in their rear-view mirrors, disappearing quickly on the horizon in a cloud of dust.[More from Mashable: Mother’s Day: 10 Digital Gifts for Last-Minute Shoppers]That kick of dust in the company’s face is being emitted by Apple’s iPhone and iPad, Amazon’s Kindle, and Google’s search and cloud domination. Microsoft’s own wild lunges into various technology segments are also contributing considerably to it being left behind. Take the company’s recent acquisition of 18% of the Barnes & Noble Nook e-reader for $605 million in cash and future guarantees. This was a move to compete with Amazon, but can it really compete?If you want to know why Microsoft’s share price has been flat for 11 years while Apple, Amazon, and Google shares have soared, this is why. Microsoft is not innovating aggressively. It is not leading categories or blazing trails. No, it’s acquiring aggressively as a shortcut to innovation. That isn’t working. Its own history suggests as much.

via Why Microsoft Is Being Left in the Dust – Yahoo! News.

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‘Supermoon’ May Outshine Meteor Shower This Weekend – Yahoo! News

The biggest full moon of the year, a so-called “supermoon,” will take center stage when it rises this weekend, and may interfere with the peak of an annual meteor shower created by the leftovers from Halley’s comet.

The supermoon of 2012 is the biggest full moon of the year and will occur on Saturday (May 5) at 11:35 p.m. EDT (0335 May 6), though the moon may still appear full to skywatchers on the day before and after the actual event. At the same time, the annual Eta Aquarid meteor shower will be hitting its peak, NASA scientists say.

“Its light will wash out the fainter Eta Aquarid meteors,” NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke of the Marshall Space Flight Center told SPACE.com in an email. Still, Cooke said there’s a chance that the brightest fireballs from the meteor display may still be visible.

A supermoon occurs when the moon hits its full phase at the same time it makes closest approach to Earth for the month, a lunar milestone known as perigee. Scientists also refer to the event as a “perigee moon,” according to a NASA video on the 2012 supermoon.

via ‘Supermoon’ May Outshine Meteor Shower This Weekend – Yahoo! News.

Locally Grown, Small-Farmed Produce Can be Nearly Orgasmic*

*my experience may not be typical

Would you like some oranges? No? You might reconsider.

Some friends of mine gave me some oranges from the tree in their yard. The oranges weren’t the perfect, beautiful specimens that you see in the grocery store, but that didn’t matter. As I started peeling the first one, juice sprayed everywhere. These were the juiciest oranges that I have ever had in my life. But was it just from peeling them? Nope. Eating these oranges was almost an orgasmic experience. I was addicted from the first one, as if these oranges came from the original tree from a mythical garden.

Want some oranges now? I thought so. This experience has taught me a new lesson about the ugly duckling as well as the benefit of buying local, small-farmed fruits and vegetables. These oranges were not the prettiest, but they were the best in every other aspect. I would pay a dollar each to have more of these oranges, which my friends scoffed at as they handed me more, free of charge.

But knowing me, you know that nothing is truly free of charge. No product or service can be free. So how did I repay them? Well, I started with thank you and moved on to buying one of them a drink while tipping the other (he was the bartender that night).

But Jason had the best idea. He took the oranges and made an orange cake. Now remember, I don’t like cake. I find it boring. Cupcakes are great, but cakes in general just don’t appeal to me. This orange cake that Jason made for the Victorian Garden party was beyond any cake, though. This cake, made with locally grown and small-farmed oranges from our friends, was indecently delicious. I could eat that cake every day.

The moral? I don’t really have one; but, if you need a moral for every story, think about this: buying locally grown fruits cuts back on the pollution in the world, while supporting people in your area and helping your city/state. Buying locally grown fruit gives you a chance to see where the fruit comes from (well, if you go to the place instead of a farmer’s market. Locally grown fruit isn’t put through the rigorousness needed to ensure “perfect looking fruit”. Therefore, if you can afford it, you need to spend the extra few bucks on your fruits and vegetables and get them locally. You will get a superior product that is healthier for you and the world around us.

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Maryland Marriage Equality: Coming to a Couple Near You in 2013

This week, Governor Martin O’Malley signed into law a bill that will extend marriage equality to same-sex couples. Maryland will become the 8th state to offer this equality (plus Washing D.C.). The law will not go into effect until 2013.

Washington State previously passed a marriage equality law that will go into effect in June, 2012. That means that over 15% of United States will have marriage equality beginning in 2013. This has been a very good year for us.

Image from the Washington Post

 

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Newt Gingrich Explains Why Marriage Equality Should Be Legal (without meaning to)

On January 25th, Newt Gingrich held a conference call for some of his religious supporters. During the call, Newt was explaining why the Religious Right should be supporting him for President. Interestingly enough, Newt brought up an idea that I had years ago about marriage equality, but I have neither the money nor the connections to pursue this idea. The following is a quote from that call.

It’s pretty simple: marriage is between a man and a woman. This is a historic doctrine driven deep into the Bible, both in the Old Testament and in the New Testament, and it’s a perfect example of what I mean by the rise of paganism. The effort to create alternatives to marriage between a man and a woman are perfectly natural pagan behaviors, but they are a fundamental violation of our civilization.

You may have stopped reading that quote during the first or second sentence. If you did, please go back and read the entire quote. Believe me, it will be worth the bile that forms whenever you think of Newt talking about marriage rights. Go on. Read the whole quote. Continue reading

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