Queer As Folk
When Queer As Folk ended, like many, I was unsatisfied with that ending so, I began a journey that became this fanfic, which continues the story of most of the main characters while also introducing several new ones. There is also an underlying narrative provided by the Editors of The Brian Kinney Operating Manual
that Michael was always so fond of quoting to Justin. This fanfic spans nearly sixty years and in that time people die, but before they do, a lot of living happens and in almost every case, those lives are lived to the fullest of my capabilities. From Daphne to Ted, from Jennifer to Carl, everyone has the life I would have wished for them including Brian and Justin.
Adam Lambert & Tommy Joe Ratliff
My one, my only. During the 2010 tour, Tommy deals with his frustrations in the only way he knows how, by not talking to Adam, by not talking to anyone, by taking matters into his own hands, thereby eventually making the situation so very uneasy, Adam must finally confront him. Some angst but with a better future available to them if they chose to take it.Original StoriesGwynedd
These three essays are about Fundamental Particles and some of what I consider to be the most awesome objects in the cosmos like Stars & where they are born and Black Holes & Quasars.
This is the finished version of The New York Times puzzle I mentioned a while back, the front page of President Obama's second inaguration, that I purchased fro Aaron for Christmas. Because it was special-made it did take a while to arrive to us. Aaron and I put it together but most Aaron did :) Gotta lay praise where praise belongs. And it hurts, looking at this family, knowing what this man's presidency will bring and then remembering, realizing where we are now. Polar opposites, from class to crass. This too shall pass, right?
...as long as I have on this planet and have never seen anything like this?!!?
We live in such a astonishingly beautiful place.
An Active Night over the Magellan Telescopes
Copyright: Yuri Beletsky (Carnegie Las Campanas Observatory, TWAN)
Music: “Airglow” by “Club 220” (Creative Commons License)
What a wild ride, man!! Two months and FOUR baked goods. Be still my beating heart :)
As you will not recall in Baked Goods Post Numero Uno we made Eggnogg Bread
and Alex's Corn Muffins
Now, Magic Muffins
and Indian Spice Trail Muffins
which, as you may have noticed, look basically the same :)
Below left are Magic Muffins
and can handily be found on the side of a box of
Gourmet all the way :)
And honestly, so so easy and so so good apparently, because they were gone in three or so days. Half were little for snaking, half were normal for dinner.
While below right are Indian Spice Trail Muffins
which beyond chopped pecans and in living up to their name, include ground cinammon, nutmeg and cloves.
What next?? What next? I can never know :)
All pretty in pink!!
A heart cloud that needs no description
AND The Cat's Eye Nebula from Hubble
which really doesn't but I will describe anyway :)
From: NASA Astronomy Picture of the DayImage Credit:
NASA, ESA, Hubble, HLA; Reprocessing & Copyright:
To some, it may look like a cat's eye. The alluring Cat's Eye
nebula, however, lies three thousand light-years from Earth across interstellar space. A classic planetary nebula, the Cat's Eye (NGC 6543) represents a final, brief yet glorious phase in the life of a sun-like star. This nebula
's dying central star may have produced the simple, outer pattern of dusty concentric shells by shrugging off outer layers
in a series of regular convulsions. But the formation of the beautiful, more complex inner structures is not well understood. Seen so clearly in this digitally reprocessed Hubble Space Telescope image, the truly cosmic eye is over half a light-year across. Of course, gazing into this Cat's Eye, astronomers may well be seeing the fate of our sun, destined to enter its own planetary nebula phase of evolution ... in about 5 billion years.
It seems like ever since we moved here, but probably not, around this time of year, large, pointy white tents sprout up right off our 85 freewy at the Taylor Street Bridge singnaling the yearly arrival of the circus!!!
The tents as seen from ground level.
Terrific advertising because every year at least once during a drive-by, David has said, 'Ya know, we should do that some day'. And every year I conveniently forget because I'm imagining major traffic problems getting out, if not in, and I don't want to deal. But this year, feeling benevolent, I gather-up the required information, and after asking for and recieving my fam's go-ahead, I bought tickets for Cirque du Soleil's Luzia.
And am I glad I did!! Below a pic of the gift store with happy souvenir-shoppers.
Of the show itself, it is a joyful celebration of Mexico. I compelled myself not to live through the camera. I did take a couple though :) Gotta prove I was there, am I right? Below, as the tent fills up,
The narrative, of a hard-luck guy who finds his way, takes place at a beach resort in 1930s Mexico with a muscle man, a juggler, a contortionist, bathing beauties, and tropical 'birds', all underscored by gorgeous music, and much dancing and singing.( more photos under the cutCollapse )
And one final photo, also with waterfall because I loved the waterfall and I'm so glad others were able to get a decent photo of it. The two women spun and spun in their hoops making something you know is very difficult look so fluid and beautiful.
Attend if you can especially if you, like us, had never seen a Cirque du Soleil production before.
The Butterfly Nebula from Hubble_Image Credit:
NASA, ESA, Hubble, HLA:
Reprocessing & Copyright:
Jesús M.Vargas & Maritxu PoyalExplanation:
The bright clusters and nebulae of planet Earth's night sky are often named for flowers or insects. Though its wingspan covers over 3 light-years, NGC 6302 is no exception. With an estimated surface temperature of about 250,000 degrees C, the dying central star of this particular planetary nebula has become exceptionally hot, shining brightly in ultraviolet light but hidden from direct view by a dense torus of dust. This sharp close-up of the dying star's nebula was recorded by the Hubble Space Telescope and is presented here in reprocessed colors
. Cutting across a bright cavity of ionized gas, the dust torus
surrounding the central star is near the center of this view, almost edge-on to the line-of-sight. Molecular hydrogen
has been detected in the hot star's dusty cosmic shroud. NGC 6302 lies about 4,000 light-years away in the arachnologically correct constellation of the Scorpion (Scorpius
Our local museum, the aptly named San Jose Museum of Art
, hosts of monthly, Wendesday at nnon, hour-long Luncheon Lecture series
each of which is tied into one of their current exhibitions. Aaron and I have been attending these fairly regularly of recent months, three I think in the past four months all tied to the exhibition Beauty_Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial
Last week's was Textile in Fashion and Beyond. Presented by
Matt Gerring, instructor in the School of Fashion Merchandising
, Academy of Art University, San Francisco who talked about trends in fabrics and fibers. Below: The 'crowd', the speaker, the museum -the old section and the new with sculpture.
Aaron, characteristically, took notes. His favorite takeaway:
Fashion, like other visual arts, allows us to find meaning in our own bodies, interactions, wider cultures and to explore beauty on an intimate level.
Not unreasonable that this should ressonate with a transmale :)
Mine: (And I'll explin in another post why this idea ressonates to me )
Beauty is an legitimate way to fight authoritarianism.