Wednesday, December 31, 2008
This video is hilarious. It's got that foggy-colored look of early videos. Sylvester, man or woman, is the biggest drag queen I've ever seen (well, almost). The waif, jogging suit dancers are a riot! (I don't know what those two women are trying to do to each other, butt to butt). And the lip syncing at the end is horribly mismatched! And of course what would a boogie night be without a disco ball!
I was about 13 or 14 at the time, but I didn't have any awareness of the gay rights battles that were going on. In fact I'm pretty amazed that the Briggs proposition was defeated in California. That's 30 years ago!
Unfortunately I do remember Anita Bryant.
I think she was on the cover of Time magazine, which my Dad had a subscription to. God was she scary! And so wasn't Briggs!
Some years ago I saw the documentary "The Times of Harvey Milk" (1984). Last night I came home directly from the movie "Milk" and watched the documentary again. Here it is for your viewing pleasure. If you have any trouble with this viewing go directly to Hulu.com.
Monday, December 29, 2008
Babette’s Feast (1987)
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958)
Drugstore Cowboy (1989)
Elizabeth I (2005)
Henry and June (1990)
I Shot Andy Warhol (1996)
Ken Burn’s Civil War (1990)
Laundrette, My Beautiful (1986)
My Brilliant Career (1979)
Ordinary People (1980)
Piano, The (1993)
Queen, The (2006)
Rear Window (1954)
Summer of Sam (1999)
Taxi Driver (1976)
Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988)
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)
Young Frankenstein (1974)
Zorro, The Gay Blade
Sunday, December 28, 2008
- finish reading mayflower
- read the universe in a single atom
- finish reading proust & the squid
- transfer funds from obra X
- direct deposit to orange acct.X
- make t-shirtsX
- go to bank abt. pmiX
- get 2nd job in bookstore
- visit grand canyonX
- visit western
- nyc ellis island
- nyc the strand bookstore
- nyc judy
- visit n. s. Dakota
- make dentist appt.X
- go to dentistX
- get c.X
- exercise 2x wk 60% for 3 months X
- hair cut/perm colorX
- disability insurance
- Tibetan singing bowlX
- camera fixed or newX
- lose weight to 175X
- mediate daily for 1 weekX
- glacier national parkX
- yoga wkly 80% for 4 months
- get m
- sound barrier on door
- insulate windows in bd. & k X
- send inquiry to limerick, ireX
- return book to border’sX
- have friend appreciation partyX
- close b of a credit cardX
- pay off car loanX
- indoor skydiving
- go to antiques fairX
- take literature class
- take basic Norwegian
- land in
- hybrid car
- mini cooper
- paint bdrm.
- get ticket to fenway dance X
- join non-fiction book club
- civil war pantsX
- frame or hang rug
- hang posters in laundry roomX
- move treadmillX
- sign up for 2nd cello classX
- bring lunch to work 70% for 3 monthsX
- do a 3 day fastX
- backpacking trip
- see Little Big Horn
- cross country scooter trip
- see American Indian reservationX
- sweat lodge
- put case on back of scooterX
- tune up for carX
- go for walks with n
- update resumeX
- get up off chair X
- sign up for journaling course
- extra lights on scooter
- massages 1x month for 3 months
- buy teasX
- write in grateful journal 2x month for 6 monthsX
- get another bookcaseX
- try para-gliding
- take collage classX
- cook a dinner for friendsX
- get a tattoo
- buy a watchX
- play tourist in concord, ma
- finish 101 things listX
- get on earthwatch website againX
- take spanish & get a B
- read Lolita
- read anglos, saxons, celts
- get iron on patch for pants X
- no x for 900 more daysX
- get flower box for porchX
- return celloX
- organize laundry roomX
- organize photographs
- plan earthwatch trip
- organzie tools/ cleaning suppliesX
- go to marathon sportsX
- order new checksX
- go check on pdp pointsX
Saturday, December 27, 2008
1. Probably the best part of the show is that you get to see beautiful old houses, castles, lighthouses, inns, forts, etc... and you get to hear some history.
2. It's interesting to listen to people's stories. Whether 'provable' or not, their experiences seem very real.
3. Unfortunately, most of the recordings made by the teams are nebulous. The team always investigates in the pitch dark (why? I don't know), and are talking, moving around, and wearing clothes that make rustling noises. The team 'hears' something (usually a footstep or thump), but the viewer does not clearly hear the same. There's also strangely malfunctioning equipment right at the critical moment.
4. The same dramatic scene is played out again and again. The team hears something, runs in the other room, and lo and behold, "There's no one there!"
5. It seems that in this modern age, many houses have 'electrical hot spots' in the basement or walls. This may explain a lot of 'paranormal' or 'poltergeist' activity.
6. Most of the sites investigated by the team are business places or historical sites for tourists. It adds quite a bit of attraction to claim the site is 'haunted.' The setting also gets featured on T.V. Free advertising. hmmmm.
7. Occasionally, the team records something very intriguing. For example, they record a moving figure on the thermal camera, or an unmistakable, clear voice. In this case, it's either outright fraud by the T.V. crew, or there is something there that's unexplainable.
8. Guess what? We'll never know.......
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Of course the big question is: are N.D.E's proof of 'life after death,' or, that our consciousness can exist outside the physical body? If our consciousness can exist outside the physical, then all the facts we currently have about neuroscience and physics will be challenged.
That's a big tamale, if you think about it. Here are my random thoughts about Near Death Experiences.
1. There seems to be no doubt in my mind that the experience, to these people, is very real and very vivid. People have painstakingly accurate recall, and often their lives are significantly altered after the N.D.E.
2. On the other hand, we know other events can bring on such vivid 'hallucinations,' such as drugs, extreme emotional trauma, epilepsy, and sudden acceleration of the body (jet pilots have reported these experiences).
3. I'm intrigued that the majority of people report an experience that closely parallels a Buddhist philosophy of life; one I happen to have an affinity for.
4. It's interesting that prior to modern medicine, N.D.E.s are rarely, or vaguely, reported. Is it because with modern resuscitation methods, and modern drugs, more people 'live to tell the tale?' Or, centuries earlier more people believed in god and afterlife, so reports of such experiences were hardly surprising or newsworthy? Finally, is it because modern medicine and procedures cause these events?
5. The 'out of body' portion of the experience is most intriguing to me. People report hearing conversations of loved ones and medical personnel verbatim, while in a coma, or 'unconscious.' People see their own body from above, and can later report details they couldn't have seen with their physical eyes.
6. I'd be willing to consider that there are aspects of human consciousness that we are yet to understand. But science should be able to prove it, and, this higher level consciousness would not be exclusive to humans.
Here are some reported N.D.E.'s. Enjoy tickling your brain.
Friday, December 19, 2008
1. Jessie Driftlow's Civil War Pipe
2. Aunt Millicent & Her Special Plate
3. 3 Old Ladies Born in 1902
4. Judge Pipshaw's False Teeth
5. Old Maid Larson's 1903 Bloomers & Matching Stockings
6. An OriginalBag of Hortense Weegleworth's Old Home Flour
Thursday, December 11, 2008
1. Bennie and the Jets, Elton John
ME: "she's got electric boobs, her ma does too,
you know I read it in a magazine...."
REALITY: "she's got electric boots, a mohair suit,
you know I read it in a magazine..."
2. Everybody Plays the Fool, Main Ingredient
When I was about 8, because of the music, I thought the song was, "Everybody plays the flute." But I thought it odd. I knew plenty of people that didn't play the flute. In fact, I didn't know anybody that played the flute.
3. Scar Tissue, Red Hot Chili Peppers
ME: "With bird shit it's a lonely view....."
REALITY: "with the bird I'll share this lonely view..."
Saturday, December 6, 2008
This landmark research study, published in BMJ, has been getting a lot of buzz lately. Basically, the study concludes that other people's happiness 'spreads' and elevates our own. All I can say is: "Come on, happy person, be my friend!"
This citing is the abstract. For the full published article, go to http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/full/337/dec04_2/a2338
Published 4 December 2008, doi:10.1136/bmj.a2338
Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a2338
Dynamic spread of happiness in a large social network: longitudinal analysis over 20 years in the Framingham Heart Study
James H Fowler, associate professor1, Nicholas A Christakis, professor2
1 Department of Political Science, University of California, San Diego, CA, USA , 2 Department of Health Care Policy, Harvard Medical School, and Department of Sociology, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA
Correspondence to: N A Christakis firstname.lastname@example.org
Design Longitudinal social network analysis.
Setting Framingham Heart Study social network.
Participants 4739 individuals followed from 1983 to 2003.
Main outcome measures Happiness measured with validated four item scale; broad array of attributes of social networks and diverse social ties.
Results Clusters of happy and unhappy people are visible in the network, and the relationship between people’s happiness extends up to three degrees of separation (for example, to the friends of one’s friends’ friends). People who are surrounded by many happy people and those who are central in the network are more likely to become happy in the future. Longitudinal statistical models suggest that clusters of happiness result from the spread of happiness and not just a tendency for people to associate with similar individuals. A friend who lives within a mile (about 1.6 km) and who becomes happy increases the probability that a person is happy by 25% (95% confidence interval 1% to 57%). Similar effects are seen in coresident spouses (8%, 0.2% to 16%), siblings who live within a mile (14%, 1% to 28%), and next door neighbours (34%, 7% to 70%). Effects are not seen between coworkers. The effect decays with time and with geographical separation.Conclusions People’s happiness depends on the happiness of others with whom they are connected. This provides further justification for seeing happiness, like health, as a collective phenomenon.
Friday, December 5, 2008
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Below are 3 pieces I think are sublime. Actually, I found out the third piece features the viola da gamba, not the cello. I still included it, though, because I love it.
Tuesday I will be participating in my final cello class for the semester. We will put on a mini concert, and have some drinks and snacks. Our teacher will also be playing for us. If any friends want to come, they are welcome.
1. Yo-Yo Ma "Prelude -Bach's Cello Suite No. 1"
2. Jacqueline du Pre "Elgar, Cello Concerto in E minor, opus 85 1st mov."
3. Marin Marais "Sonnerie de Sainte-Genvieve du Mont-de-Paris"