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Video: Kid Cudi “Day N Nite (Crookers Remix)”

12.10.2008 @ 12:47 PM in Culture
Kid Cudi is a smart new force rolling out of the Fools Gold label, and with a little remix love from the Crookers, "Day N' Nite" just gets better and better. This remix, now an offish video, throws in a little breakbeat and sirens to liven it up, and who doesn't love a good siren? This is definitely a signature Crookers remix. Kid Cudi should push out his debut record sometime in 2009, but for now check out the video and put "Day N' Night" on your iPod.

Snap! – let it snow!

12.10.2008 @ 10:10 AM in Lifestream
After a dissapointing wet and rainy day yesterday that washed away any trace
of winter cheer, Jack Frost is back with a little more presence. Its
supposed to get colder today too, meaning this snow will stick around. #snap
grats goes to my scranto.

Hot Bear du Jour – Larry

12.09.2008 @ 5:59 PM in Lifestream
This is Larry, he's one of our behavior specialists for our agency. He's
really cute but sometimes he shows up to work wearing bowling shirts... I
wanna take him shopping. He has a cute butt. I don't think his wife
appreciates it like I would #snap.

WANT: Pecan Pals

12.09.2008 @ 3:23 PM in Lifestream

With sharp mountain peaks on one side and thickly forested plains on the other, Carrara Island rises majestically from the Pacific Ocean.

Like all worthy places of interest, there are a great many stories to tell about this island. But what good is a story without some characters to meet and greet? Exactly, not very interesting at all! Well, this island happens to be inhabited by a group of characters almost as remarkable as the island itself, and with the word “remarkable” in the sentence, you know something exciting is bound to happen! They are the Pecanpals and as much as I would love to introduce them all to you now, it is far better for you to find out yourself. So, have fun!

A little diversion from my normal vinyl obsession, these 5.5"-6" figures are 100% handmade from wood, with articulated joints, and come with accessories. Only 200 of each character were made (five in all at this moment), and you can pre-order starting tomorrow. I really dig the classic blocky wood style, and the pastels are beautiful and dreamy. Let it be noted that I'd like Pecan... ...he looks a bit like the Android Logo, does he not? noferin.com

Should you call in “Gay” Tomorrow?

12.09.2008 @ 1:47 PM in Lifestream

From the site: Gay people and our allies are compassionate, sensitive, caring, mobilized, and programmed for success. A day without gays would be tragic because it would be a day without love. On December 10, 2008 the gay community will take a historic stance against hatred by donating love to a variety of different causes. On December 10, you are encouraged not to call in sick to work. You are encouraged to call in "gay"--and donate your time to service!

Here's my take: show up for work. If you wanna fight H8, that's all well and good, but no need to piss off your straight allies by not showing up for work. Even worse, If you live in one of 30 states that you can be fired for your sexual preference (or gender identity), this isn't the best solution. The site suggests that you spend your time helping out with some LGBT or other civil rights organization. What good is that going to do? Spending your time around people of like minds isn't going to change anything. One must reach out to our hetero allies, asking them for support for future change. I feel that a "rainbow strike" isn't the best avenue.

What should you do instead?

How about a day with a gay? How many of your co-workers have no idea you are queer? Maybe let your boss know that you were asked to participate in this event, but decided to dedicate yourself to your workplace. Perhaps, instead of those FWD:FWD:FWD:FWD:FWD:FWD: chains, send a note to your interoffice peers, letting them know how you feel about the aftermath of Prop8, the importance of equality,  and why its important to you. Lastly of all: be fabulous! Be a super employee tomorrow, show off your skills and let your workplace really know what a valuable part of the team a gay employee really is! DayWithoutAGay.org isn't useless, check some alternatives they list if you decide not to participate.

DC-A-Go-Go: Weekend Roundup

12.09.2008 @ 3:44 AM in Lifestream

Or: To which I try to apply all the thing I've learned.

Or: I found my key, can you show me to the slingroom?

Lets say you are locked in a room. Trapped. Its really dark, and there is this odor of stale poppers and the walls are really sticky. You know on the other side is a clean towel and a fresh bottle of poppers, but you lost your key somewhere and now you can't go anywhere.  What do you do? Nothing. You'd sit around and try to make the best of it when all of a sudden someone throws a key under the door.  What do you do? you blog about the key... Yes, I found my key. It came in the shape of a LGBT Blogger and Citizen Journalist Summit, arranged by Mike Rogers, and supported most graciously by Jonathon Lewis, the HRC, the Victory Fund, and many more sponsors (Bolthouse Farms Juice anyone?). I wasn't too sure what I was going to get out of this; I'm not much of a politico. However, this weekend opened my eyes to a community that I was just outside of. A community of the most unshady queers I have ever met in my life. First, I arrive to the meet and greet, after a full day with the loverbear, to the HRC. This was the  most uncomfortable moment of the trip, because I spent about 30 minutes circling the space, not sure what to make of it all. I didn't know anyone, and the buzzwords flying around have never been in my tagcloud. Mormons? Prop 8? LGBTQ? when did we add Q? What's Q? Queens? DC-A-Go-Go  - 31 A lot of my insecurities went away as the social cruising progressed. I met a few people who seemed genuinely intrigued about this silly little casual tech blogger from Buffalo; I still felt out of my league but I figured I could fierce it out (Thanks Eric!). The "Milk" showing was Friday night. Nestled in the same row as Tammy Baldwin, I started to realize what a big weekend I was to be part of. Then came the panel discussion with Cleve Jones, Dustin Lance Black, and Bruce Cohen... it hit me. I'm a gay blogger. I have a voice, but I'm very silent. I should be using my snark a little more constructively. Saturday morning, I bumped into this woofy individual named Eric. His hyperosity attracted me and we exchanged some friendly words.  As we plug into our blogger corners, I notice Eric hugs an individual I recognize to be Joe Jervis, AKA Joe.My.God. JMG has been a big inspiration to me; I queened out, and pleaded Eric to introduce me. Then, Father Tony sits next to me, and I got a little nervous again. DC-A-Go-Go - 062 [the fierce and furry Eric of knucklecrack] After the first few sessions (prop 8 aftermath and a panel), we head to the Mayflower Hotel to have lunch with The Victory Fund. I did not go to room 871, but I heard Barney Frank talk as I watched Joe eat three berry tarts. Father Tony and I went into sordid psychological discussions, and we got yelled at by Jimbo for being too loud. I started to loosen up a bit more after lunch, and Eric gave me some kind words of encouragement. DC-A-Go-Go - 075 L2R: Jimbo.Info Father Tony, Joe.My.God After some workshops, and during a coffee outing that ended up on the Washington Blade, I found out about all these blogs I don't read because I'm too introverted on the web. I decided to unsubscribe to all my non-fodder blogs and bookmark them instead. This way I'll be forced to physically visit sites, comment, and possibly get some folk on my side to say hello, too. I hear this web thing is very quid pro quo. The friendly and talented Bil Erico Browning of Bilerico introduced me to his partner Jerame to talk some gaygeek shop. It was refreshing to see that I wasn't the only queer there who really loved his gadgets.

Me & Jerame (Washington Blade Photo Gallery)

That night, despite thwarting plans from a crackhead (video soon), I end up at Town Dance Boutique with Scranto and some bloggers from the summit. I learned that Eric is an amazing dancer, and that I can't keep my shirt off in a new place. I also learn that DC drink prices suck balls.

If Saturday was activism day, then Sunday was all about writing directions, making money, and branding. I admit I didn't pay as much attention Saturday (I doubt I'll ever be 100% into activism and investigative journalism), but Sunday was my meat and potatoes. First was Tim McFeeley, who encouraged us to put a new perspective on LGBT media coverage. The biggest point I took to heart was to start looking at things from a landscape perspective (the misled congregation), instead of portrait (the hypocritical priest). DC-A-Go-Go - 173 Joel Silberman and Cathy Renna taught us about branding ourselves and PR. Eric and I got to double team the amazing Andy Wibbels for some blog-metric-crunching. I've already implemented a couple bits of Andy's advice. For instance, you can now subscribe to email updates if you'd rather that over a feed. After Andy, our summit came to a close. While some were saying this wasn't as intensely scheduled as other events, I had definitely ran out of energy and was ready for a nap. I exchanged cards with a lot of people, and heard some great comments on this silly little blog. If nothing else I have a new blogroll that I'll finish adding to. Check out the OMG1TZTEHGAY! section. This was an amazing opportunity. I feel like I'll get more, now that I've officially popped my LGBT blogger social cherry. Mike Rogers is such an amazing person, I'm truly grateful for the chance to attend the summit. I'll have to buy him a drink or two when he rolls into Buffalo this week.

Hot cub du Jour

12.08.2008 @ 4:56 PM in Lifestream
Ok, so I'm sure this guy isn't really a bear, he looks hairless... but he's
cute with a bit of a belly.. and he gave my rec group the rest of his bucket
o' balls. For that he gets a nod. #snap

DC-A-Go-Go: Thanks Microsoft!

12.07.2008 @ 6:33 PM in Lifestream
Have to give thanks to Microsoft for giving away Office 2008 Special Media
Editon to all the bloggers who attended the summit this weekend. I've been
really needing to buy this for Mac; its good to see them reaching out even
when the percentage of macs to PCs for attendees was 3:1. #snap

DC-A-Go-Go: Pure Knucklecrack

12.07.2008 @ 1:49 PM in Lifestream
One of my new fierce blogger buddies, Eric Leven, from KnuckleCrack. He's been so much fun to talk to and really helped me gain some confidence about blogging with a passion. He's also not too bad a dancer, but more on that a little later. Eric also blogs for the Bilerico Project, and he's really motivated about spreading information about HIV/AIDs, safe sex, and other bits of important LGBT activism. Blogroll this foo! #snap

DC-A-Go-Go: Group Blogging Workshop

12.06.2008 @ 3:40 PM in Lifestream
Having a little chit chat... seeing what I can do to fix wnymedia and maybe
start mywny.net.... #snap