One of my favorite places to visit is the Grand Canyon. I’ve been there about four times and each experience was a very real reminder of the beauty and majesty that exists in the world. On any day, the Grand Canyon is a sight to behold, but this past weekend, a rare meteorological occurrence called an inversion, which made the canyon look like this:
Basically, a dense fog filled the canyon and made things look “prettier.” So on this Hump Day, here are a few images of this “once-in-a-lifetime” event to remind us of the wonders that are out there.
In an era of increasingly progressive attitudes toward homosexuality, it saddens me that former San Francisco 49-ers and Oakland Raiders’ lineman and all around assmunch Kwame Harris didn’t feel comfortable revealing his sexuality until it was revealed for him when he beat the shit out of his ex-boyfriend, Dimitri Geier.
It’s all part of the equality package: gay marriage, gay divorce, gay domestic abuse. Equal rights for everyone, huzzah!
And it all came down to soy sauce and underpants.
Harris and his ex Dimitri Geier weren’t even an item when it happened. According to Craig Charles, Geier’s attorney, “They’d broken up and gotten back together a couple times. It was not a formal relationship.” I believe that’s code for “fuck buddies,” no? Read more...
Brother Steven lit a votive candle as we gathered around the small, portable wooden altar.
Behind the candle was a simple crucifix. We had gathered in our plastic aprons, latex gloves and hairnets. Katherine, one of the regular volunteers, led us in prayer.
“In the name of the Father and the Son and The Holy Spirit,” she said, and we made the sign of the cross. “Today we have a reading from Luke.”
Katherine is a woman of maybe 30, with a tremor in her hand, and she leads us every Friday in prayer before we begin serving the patrons of the St. Vincent de Paul Soup Kitchen. After she reads from the gospel, she asks if anybody has any intentions they’d like to share. Read more...
A few weeks ago I heard from Damon, an old friend, that Corinne, an acquaintance of ours, was gravely ill, and had asked friends and family to help her put together a memory book to leave for the daughter who would survive her. A few days ago I received this from Damon:
Just wanted to let you know that Corinne passed away about 45 minutes ago.
A few days before she died, she wrote a final message to be posted on Facebook after her death…I wanted to share it with you.
Fan voting for this year’s inductees into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame closes on December 10th, so you still have time. You can vote for five winners out of 16 nominees. And once you press “vote,” you get to see how your opinion compares with the rest of the hoi polloi.
Here are the nominees:
Peter Gabriel – Genesis and his solo work including “In Your Eyes,” made famous by that iconic moment in “Say Anything.”
The Paul Butterfield Blues Band – I think they’re from the 60′s. I’ve seen their albums in thrift stores for years.
I’m late to this party since I more or less am just returning to the world of the internet. BUT I have to say, watching these two 11 year old girls (they may have been younger when this was filmed) kicking some MASSIVE bouldering butt and being super competitive, well, it just inspires the title IX heart in me to a huge happy balloon!!!
“Do not throw paper towels inside the toilet.” Pretty straightforward. I have a bar – I understand the unfun of a clogged toilet. But at this Berkeley coffee shop, of course all that unblemished white space was too tempting for the hordes of academics, autodidacts and aspiring witticists to leave alone.
Somehow two simple words – “do” and “not” – provoke four responses: cloying politeness, a contraction, a homophone and an ampersand. Read more...
The Taste of Cinema blog just posted “25 Awesome Behind the Scenes Photos From Famous Horror Movies” and they’re a hoot. A lot of these films are from the ’70s and ’80s and were integral to basically scaring the shit out of me when I first viewed them as a latchkey kid. I either snuck into theaters or asked my irresponsible uncle to take me to them. Some, I watched on HBO or Cinemax at weekend sleepovers at friend’s houses who were so lucky to actually have pay cable channels. To see these BTS photos now, definitely humanizes these evil, demonic, terrifying characters, but also showcases the tactile, in-camera effects that made these films so special. Nowadays, it’ll be a CGI shark or Chucky that is designed in post-production and you’ll just see a tennis ball on a stick when it comes to BTS photos for current horror films (not far from the truth). Read more...
Yesterday was the day we set aside to honor the sacrifices our war veterans have made, and Spring Grove Cemetery in Cincinnati decided to honor the memory of 28 year old Army Corporal Kimberly Walker, who served two duties in Iraq, by removing her headstone eleven days after they allowed it to be put up.
Kimberly loved SpongeBob Squarepants. She really, really loved him.
Yes, this is actually a real bootleg DVD. Apparently the pirate who did this was confused when he was making the cover for this bootleg DVD of Michael Bay’s THE ROCK starring Sean Connery and Nicholas Cage. It’s a great film, especially coming from Bay himself. Anyway said pirate probably assumed THE ROCK meant that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson was in it, hence the images from THE SCORPION KING, but he one-upped himself, because he (or she) misspelled ROCK with COCK. Ergo, hilarity is afoot, especially if you’re digging through the DVD store in Guangzhou, and come across this cover.
Reminds me of SNL’s Darrell Hammond’s Sean Connery on Celebrity Jeopardy — “I’m the cock of the walk!”
One of my dearest friends, Damon, who I’ve known since ninth grade, sent this to me last week:
Hi Alf, hope you had a great Halloween. Remember Corinne? This is from her Facebook post today.
I am so sorry to have to do this in a Facebook post, but the last few weeks have been very overwhelming. I have tried to phone or email as many of you as possible, but I don’t think I have time to contact everyone in a timely way.Read more...