Category: Entertainment


bow1I’ve been having issues with my insomnia last night. I fell asleep relatively early, especially by my standards. When I woke up in the middle of the night, my partner told me that David Bowie had died.

Now, of course, my first response to that is going to be, “Are you serious?”

He told me yes and that he looked it up in several places, including the Hollywood Reporter. He does know me well… I always try to find multiple sources. Now that information is so much easier to get, it’s much easier to also confirm things.

So, I stayed up for a bit, largely because my brain wasn’t going to allow me to sleep again… to the tune of 3.5 hours. While this is not surprising or an unusual occurrence, I was glad for it this time. It allowed me to churn my thoughts, to see how I felt about hearing this news.

Like many out there, David Bowie has been a fixture in their lives since they were a child. I remember hearing the Thin White Duke singing “Ziggy Stardust” and “Life on Mars”. These songs that I remember from my childhood, largely off the radio. I was, to the best of my knowledge, the only one in my family who actually liked Bowie. I felt that I was listening to a kindred spirit.

Now, granted, not as much as I felt with Kurt Cobain. Then again, that was because I identified so deeply with the pain and angst that it was hard to deny. And his death resonated with me very deeply.

But Bowie was still around. Even when I was watching Kurt’s pain that he poured into one of the most amazing covers of “the Man Who Sold the World”. It helped add to my love not only of Bowie, but also to help him resonate with this teen who was so lost, hurt, and angry. Even though I had lost Kurt, I still had some of the other bards who spoke to me, who spoke to the disenfranchised and tossed away.

Then, along comes Earthling.

It came out in 1997. And it was everything that I wanted to hear. It was dark, it was electronic. It was also the album that had the song “I’m Afraid of Americans”. It’s funny because I find that song is even more relevant today than when it came out then. In many ways, some of his music felt fairly prescient. And as I wrote a piece a few months ago, it felt great to find another person who was bisexual and genderqueer who wanted people to express themselves however they feel is them.

I’m still trying to sort through how I feel about this. Suffering with cancer for 18 months is very hard. I’ve watched people die of cancer, so in this instance both Lemmy and Bowie feel so very intimate to me. I’ve last 3 family members to cancer. Most recently it was my grandmother who died last year. I also lost my great-aunt and my step-father.

So, there’s this part of me that’s angry that we put so much money to pills that help men get erections, but there’s still nothing we can really do about cancer. Now, I do realize that cancer is *a lot* more complex. But, damn it. It’s a horribly painful thing to watch someone literally waste away, especially once to you get to the final stages. I’ve seen someone die that way, it’s horrible.

The fact that in two weeks, we lost two prominent musicians to cancer…

I’m still processing how I feel about this, especially David Bowie. This hits on too many memories, especially recent ones. I am incredibly saddened that he’s dead. I’m also so fucking angry that cancer took another person, one who meant so much too so many people.

Long live the Thin White Duke. You have given us so much. You left us so many wonderful songs. You are and will be missed. I shall take solace in the legacy that you left behind.

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The last 2-ish weeks have been incredibly busy. I feel even more rushed off my feet than I normally do. It also feels like this is just the beginning.

The reason why I missed last week’s post was because I’ve worked the San Francisco Film Festival. I have seen at least one movie every day since the festival began. So, needless to say I’ve seen a lot of movies.

If I were to choose the best movie I’ve seen of the festival… I couldn’t pick one. I really enjoyed… well, a lot of them. Hell, I’d say pretty much everyone I’ve seen. I’ll pick a few that I really enjoyed: What Happened, Miss Simone?, 54: Director’s Cut, Devil’s Backbone, Advantageous and Theory of Obscurity. There are so many more that I also adored, but I don’t want to roll out the list of virtually everything I’ve seen.

This 2 weeks is also the longest I have been “on”. As an introvert, constantly having to be social is very draining in all ways on me. I’m not going to lie, I feel both emotionally and physically drained. I need a good week of just taking some me time. I think that getting back to my normal schedule will help. It’s not that I crave normalcy (because what about me screams normal), but getting back to a routine will give me the time to come back to reality.

Friday is the first day where I can start to get back to normal. That also means getting back to a somewhat normal writing schedule.

Just thought I would give you all an update about what’s going on.

Here we are again… another weekly round-up.

Life is getting busier now. I got me a press pass for the San Francisco International Film Festival. Now it’s about setting up interviews with people. This is both exciting and scary. I feel like things are actually starting to move forward for me. This is an incredibly scary thought. It’s continuing in to the unknown. If I want it bad enough, I’ll keep going. I really would like to write and not being in an office job.

More importantly, I’ve got plenty of writing that I’ve done over the last week. I will get some more writing up on Thursday.

Enjoy!

There are somethings that politicians say that make me think WTF.
Square Enix takes some sexy away.
Who can forget Torchwood?
This is a reassuring story.
Remember the “what gender is Sheik” question?
More politician WTF.
Business world scandals can be equally be interesting too.
If you hadn’t heard, Hillary Clinton is running.

That’s it for this week’s round-up. I hope you enjoy the articles. I’m pretty proud of all of them.

‘Til Thursday!

Here we are, once again. It’s time for our weekly round-up.

LIfe is still pretty busy. I’m working out how best to make some time for some personal writing. I have a feeling I’m going to need to be better at it. One thing I’m really hoping to get more work on is my screenplay. I also want to work on a new story as well as continuing to work on the old one that I posted a new part for here. I’m hoping to he able to post again on Friday.

So, what did I write last week, that wasn’t here…
An article about Fred Phelps’ granddaughter who left the WBC
The backlash of Indiana’s “Religious Freedom” bill
Arkansas makes their “Religious Freedom” bill better
This op-ed piece that I’m *really* quite proud of. Seriously, reaxd it.
A study about sex and the modern Millennial
Some stuff happening at the San Francisco International Film Festival
Conventions are safe spaces for the genderfluid

So, there you have it. I hope you enjoy reading them Especially read the op-ed piece. I’m very proud of it. I think I did a good job.

I hope you enjoy it!

Until then!

Life certainly likes to keep me on my toes. This is a very good thing.

I’m still doing my internship. I’m going to be covering the San Francisco International Film Festival. This is huge and incredibly exciting for me. I’m hoping to be able to get an interview with some of the people. This is exciting on so many levels.

I’m still enjoying writing a lot. It still doesn’t feel like work. I wasn’t really sure if I would be OK with writing in volume. I wasn’t sure if it was going to feel like work. It doesn’t. This is a lot of fun. It’s something that I wasn’t sure if I would enjoy. Now I know this is something I love doing. It’s something that I would love to keep doing. Here’s to hoping.

It’s also that time. It’s time to go over my writing for the last week… so, here we go. Feel free to go and read my pieces I have written in the last week.

Talking about the LGBT points of “Empire”.
Rand Paul’s Moral Crisis (I just love that title).
A recap of the winners from the GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles
Tokyo is trying to make itself LGBT-inclusive by the 2020 Olympics.
A snarky look at the bill called the “Sodomite Suppression Act”.
Mika’s latest single
Gencon makes decides to stand by their LGBT attendees.
Looking is canceled after 2 seasons.

Feel free to go, read and enjoy! I’m still pretty proud about these pieces.

I may or may not be able to get another piece up here this week. I’m going to try to see if I can’t manage to make that happen. I would like to write about other things. So, I’m going to see if I can make that happen.

Until then!

Here we are, back again with the daily round-up. This week has been busy, busy,busy. I’m taking a day to do things like get tax papers together, set-up auto-payments on my health care and  the laundry. I live large on my days off.

Does that mean that I haven’t been doing anything?

Of course not. I have a whole slew of articles that came out in the last week.
Chipotle’s environmental conscience is grounds for discrimination?
Barney Frank is quite outspoken when it comes to Aaron Schock
Bi-sexual Make-Up Tutorial
An interview that I really enjoyed with an interesting person

There is one more article that I could add, but it seems to not be working currently. I hope to be able to add it soon, but I have to wait in the mean time. What’s more… I think I’m going to try to get in another article this week (what?!?). I’ll see if I can squeeze that in there for you… and a “short story” post. At some point, I think I’m going to have to change that designation as I think that I’m stretching the meaning beyond… well… reason.

So, things to look forward to this week. Huzzah!

Until then!

Here we are again, time for the round-up of other writing stuff I have done. This time it’s 2 weeks. This is longer than what I was planning. I’m still recovering from a respiratory virus. I apparently got worse than a cold, but better than bronchitis. On the plus side, I am on the mend. I still get moments of feeling pretty draggy and tired. Thankfully, I have today off. I can sleep and rest and relax. That is the plan.

So, what have I done in that time… I have a lot of stuff for you to read. I seem to be quite prolific. So, here we are.

A review of the memoir “My Avant-Garde Education”
Dr. Ben Carson Op-Ed
The embracing skeleton video
Skeleton Twins movie review
St. Patrick’s Day and the LGBT community
Elton John vs. Dolce & Gabbana
Planet Fitness really is a Judgment-Free Zone
LGBT offerings at Tribeca Film Festival
Another Op-Ed, this time about the staffer who sexually assualted 17 children
TBT: Ellen
Terry Pratchett’s death
Frank Underwood’s sexuality in “House of Cards”
Moar the Wicked + the Divine
LGBT characters represent on TV

I know, it’s a lot. It’s been a couple of weeks. I hope you enjoy reading more of my stuff. It’s been fun getting to write like this. I hope that I get to keep doing this. I wake-up every morning excited to go to work.

Huzzah to that!

Here we are once again… another week under my belt. Here is a listing of posts I made over at my other new job.
Enjoy!

Alan Turing’s family petitions British government to pardon 49,000 other men convicted for being gay.
Neil Patrick Harris at the Oscars
Poly in the tech industry. I’m not gonna lie, I love this post.
TBT, Will and Grace
Tegan and Sara, the duo of the moment
Transphobia and violence
Community, a show I love

I hope you enjoy and read these. I’m pretty proud that I’m getting published. I do hate that I’m still sick this week. I’m hoping to be up and running again by Thursday. I need to write more.

I’ll try to get more writing up here this week… possibly even tomorrow.

Until then!

Here are the posts that I made in the last week. There’s a lot of them. I didn’t realize that I could be this prolific.

Neil Patrick Harris at the Oscars: http://dot429.com/articles/5746-oscars-a-mixed-bag-even-with-neil-patrick-harris-hosting
Zachari Logan:http://dot429.com/articles/5742-zachari-logan-and-the-deconstruction-of-the-male-form
Bi Invisibility: http://dot429.com/articles/5741-the-problem-with-bisexual-invisibility
Japan and Gay Culture: http://dot429.com/articles/5739-shibuya-proposes-japan-s-first-formal-same-sex-unions
Polyamory: http://dot429.com/articles/5736-polyamory-a-primer
Kai Teichert: http://dot429.com/articles/5734-the-varied-work-of-kai-teichert
Chasing Amy: http://dot429.com/articles/5733-throwback-thursday-a-look-back-at-chasing-amy
Same_Sex Relationship Longevity: http://dot429.com/articles/5726-how-personality-affects-long-term-relationship-longevity

There you go. That’s all of them. Plenty of stuff there to enjoy! I’ll return tomorrow with some actual content. 0_0 (I know… I keep saying that. I mean it this time.)

Until then!

I had posted about had I had a writing internship, well… here it is.

I’m writing as an intern for dot429 while I’m not maintaining my secret identity as a mild-mannered bookkeeper. I really enjoy this internship. I finally feel fulfilled when I wake up in the morning.

I have had 5 articles published on their web presence. If you’re curious, I’m posting them below for you to read.

So, what else do I have in store for the week… well, I have a nifty little rant that I’ve written. I’ll also post some more of my story… maybe. Or I might post my write-up of Final Fantasy XIV Fan Fest. I haven’t decided which one. We’ll see when I get there.

So, here are those links I spoke of:
A review of “The Way He Looks”
A write-up about Geeking Out!
A review of The Divine and the Wicked
A bit about Keith Haring
A write-up about LGBT geek conventions

Hope you enjoy these articles as much as you enjoy the ones I write here.

Until next time!