mudcub: (Badhat)
I was so busy moving from Washington DC to New York City that I forgot to post my "best of" list from last year. Oh well, maybe you've got more time to check out these in the new year!

Best CDs of 2010 )

Best Techno CDs of 2010 )

Best CD Reissues of 2010 )

Worst CDs of 2010 )

Best CD Cover of 2010 )

Worst CD Cover of 2010 )

Best Movies of 2010 )

Worst Movies of 2010 )
mudcub: (Pipe)
So, I finished my first week of "funemployment". I packed my things up in Washington DC last week, and Thor moved them into a storage unit a few blocks from O/our new apartment. I'm glad all my stuff is safe and secure. The new place is great... spacious, and full of everything I need right now. Moving took up all my energy in December, and now I'm without a job but with tons of free time.

Actually, that's not true. I'm not doing "funemployment"... )

This is what I wear all day since I don't have to shower or leave the apartment anymore: a red union suit and fuzzy bear slippers.


PJS1

PJS2
mudcub: (Wetsuit)
If you're free this Sunday and you live near Washington DC, you may want to stop by our Sale of Curiosities and Other Sundries.

Garage

I'm having a garage sale on December 19, 2010 from 10 am until 4 pm. I live at 426 North Union Street in Alexandria, Virginia - about 10 minutes from downtown DC. Stop by if you need a last-minute Christmas gift, or if you just want to say "hi" to [livejournal.com profile] mudcub  or [livejournal.com profile] thornyc , who will be in town for the weekend.

Here is the ad on Craiglist:

Plus uniforms, rubber, sports equipment, and more )
mudcub: (Haleon)
Sorry guildmates, I can't play the upcoming Cataclysm expansion for World of Warcraft coming out tomorrow, because I'm too busy playing ProgressQuest.



Seriously, you need to check it out. Click on the picture. You don't need to install anything. In fact, you don't need to play the game at all... try it and you'll understand what I mean.
mudcub: (Black eye)
I loved the first few moments of the Prop 8 hearing, where judge smacked down anti-gay attorney Robert Tyler. Tyler wanted to launch a soliloquy of rhetoric about the "justice" to discriminate against gay people, and Judge Michael Hawkins wasn't having any of it!

TYLER: "May it please the court, my name is Robert Tyler. The plaintiffs think that justice is served where appellate review is frustrated in this case. Where the state defendants circumvent any defense to state law that they are politically opposed to..."

JUDGE RANDY SMITH (interrupting): "Well I don't think they are talking about justice. They are talking about procedural rules. So."

TYLER: "Yes, your honor."

JUDGE HAWKINS: "Why don't you start by telling us where Dolores Provincio is."

TYLER: "A, a, a, I'm sorry, your honor. Could you repeat that?"

JUDGE HAWKINS (speaking slower, as to an idiot): "Could... you... tell... us... where... Dolores... Provincio... is. You know who she is?"

TYLER: "Yes, your honor. Ah..."

JUDGE HAWKINS: "She is THE clerk."

TYLER: "Yes, your honor, she is... a... not our client, I cannot speak on her behalf. Um, the fact is... is that the deputy clerk, Miss Vargas, is a commissioned... ah... officer, she is the ah, under the California family code and government code, she is a civil commissioner of marriage. She has all the same responsibilities. In the county of Imperial, there are two persons..."

JUDGE HAWKINS: "Is there anything in the record to suggest that she's acting with THE clerk's authority."

TYLER: "Um... ah...

JUDGE HAWKINS: "The answer is NO, isn't it?"
mudcub: (Muppet)
In Alexandria, Virginia, the men celebrate Christmas by putting on kilts and walking around in cold temperatures. What does a Scotsman have under his kilt? Goosebumps!

Last year, the event was canceled due to the huge blizzard that year. This year the Scottish government stepped in with foreign funding because the city is bankrupt. If it happens hext year, I highly recommend you take the metro down from DC for see it.

And bring your camera! Here are some photos of the over hundred men in kilts:

Wolf

A wolf-head on a pike is THE fashion accessory this holiday season.

Medieval

Pict of a pict!

No_We_Won

More boers!

And the march goes on... )
mudcub: (Pipe)
The announcement of civil unions in Illinois this week is bigger news than you might think. Illinois is the 5th most populous state in the US, and Chicago is the 3rd biggest metropolitan area. With the addition of Illinois, now over 37% of all Americans live in a state with civil unions or full marriage rights. An additional 6% Americans live in a state with at least domestic partnerships.

Marriage

Sure, we will work on the other 57% of the population, but until then, having gay rights recognized in over four-fifths of the population and two-fifths of the states is a sign of progress and the people fighting for equality should be congratulated.

Cut for data )

Gay World

Dec. 1st, 2010 01:43 am
mudcub: (Farrier)
When I was sixteen years old, before I went to college, before I realized I was gay, I saw this video on public television. I was riveted. I couldn't believe they would broadcast this on TV. And I haven't seen it since. It's by therapist Brian McNaught, who leads a small audience in a "visualization" to imagine a world where everyone is gay. Except you.



Here is a bit of it that I typed out for you to read, if you don't have ten minutes to spare to listen to the whole thing:

"What if every billboard you passed featured two people of the same sex? If every comic book hero was gay? What would it feel like if every station you turned on the radio or television featured gay people - every movie you went to featured gay people? What would that feel like? What if your homeroom teacher was gay? And the librarian? And the principal? And the guidance counselor?

What if everyone in school thought you were too?

Now not everyone in this fantasy is gay. There are people who are sexually interested in, attracted to, people of the other gender. You learn this word later in your life - they're called 'heterosexuals'. Most people though when you're younger - mean people particularly - they don't call them heterosexuals. They call them 'breeders'. MAKE LOVE NOT BREEDER BABIES the bumper sticker says.

When a handful of breeders tried to get legislation passed so they wouldn't lose their apartment or their job, you saw a bumper sticker that said KILL A BREEDER FOR CHRIST.

These people want special rights for what they do in the bedroom the night before. Breeders.

The boy thought to be a breeder is the one hit in the head with a dodge ball in seventh grade. Your best friend whispered in your ear in seventh grade that God would vomit in the presence of a breeder.

That's what you think you are."
mudcub: (8-bit)
I love the eighties! It was the era when I grew up. Max Headroom! Duran Duran! Laurie Anderson! And of course, the movie Tron. It's funny that all of those things I just listed are thought of as computer-generated, when in reality all of them used analog techniques to create the illusion of a purely digital world. They all dreamed of a world where the computer ruled, but had to use cut-and-paste techniques to achieve their vision.

So, of course I can't wait for the new Tron movie. I used a little cut-and-paste of my own (and my bad Photoshop talents) to create the following logo:

Legs_Tronacy

In the meantime until the sequel is released, please feel free to watch the following eighties video!

mudcub: (Badhat)
I've been thinking a lot lately about the Dictator Game. It's a psychological experiment where one person plays the role of a "dictator". There is another person called the "charity" in a separate room who can't see the experiment. The dictator is given an amount of money, like $50. They can choose to split their money with the unseen charity person, give a partial amount like $5, give it all away, or they could take everything. The charity person will never know who the dictator was.

One important theory in economics is that individuals try to maximize their own well being. In this model, the dictator would always take the entire $50. Instead, most trials of this experiment show the dictator taking most of the money, but still giving about a third to the charity. The Dictator Game is used to disprove the idea of rationality in economics, and has a lot of variations that try to show the ideas of altruism, trust, or revenge.

If I ever played this game, I'd split the money 50/50. Each of us would get $25. But then, I thought... what if there was a whole classroom of 100 subjects who all got to be the dictator, and only one charity? If everyone used my theory, the charity person would get $25 * 100 = $2,500! While all the rest of us got only $25, (which is one percent compared to the lucky charity person).

So, I decided that the amount I would give as dictator would be dependent not only on my own choices, but a guess at what everyone else would do. Plus, I might take into account the need of the charity. For example, let's say the whole classroom is going to go to the circus! Whoo! The circus! And $10 out of the $50 will be used for admission.

One idea is to achieve complete economic equality. Put everyone's money into a bucket ($50 * 100 = $5,000) and then divide it out equally among the dictator and the charity person (5000/101 = $49.50). Of course, that idea completely negates the idea of the Dictator Game... all dictators are forced to contribute everything.

Or, maybe the goal would be to make sure the charity person got enough to attend the circus, but not too much. Let's say $10 for admission, and another $10 for food. Then, each dictator just needs to contribute (20/100 = twenty cents). Two dimes, and the entire class of 101 people can all attend the circus.

People

You may guess where I'm going with this. )
mudcub: (Football)
For some reason, this scary nun with a screw going through her head is in the box office window at the 9:30 Club.

Nun

I saw Brendan Benson and the Posies at the 9:30 club tonight. Can it really be twenty years ago that Dear 23 was released? That makes me feel old. It feels like yesterday I bought the CD when it came out. I had forgotten how "grungey" their sound was. But what a great CD. I surprised myself when I knew all the lyrics... even after all these years. The Posies came back after their set to back up Brendan Benson, and it was a banquet of tasty guitar riffs.
mudcub: (Rubber)


The latest issue of Bizarre magazine has a great article about therianthropy, the act of a human turning into an animal.

They talk about Thailand's "wai khru" festival, where hundreds of men show off their "yantra" tattoos. These tattoos have pictures and text describing an animal that is the spirit guide for than individual. Want more wisdom? Get a tattoo of a "ruusii", a local type of monkey. Want to be a better lover? Then you need an image of a lizard.

But this festival isn't just a tattoo show. Instead, after a brief ceremony, the participants start to inhabit the animal pictured on their skin. I'll let the magazine describe it: )


mudcub: (Grease)
I saw Steven Page tonight at the 9:30 club in DC. He was the lead singer of the Barenaked Ladies, but after a cocaine bust is now a solo act. He's really lost a lot of weight, and now looks a little scary, like the "Price Is Right" era Drew Carey. But the guy still has an amazing voice. And a great back catalog, since he wrote and sang most of the Barenaked Ladies songs. But he made me cry a little when he sang "The Old Apartment", so I decided to do a cover version.



I don't think Thor has ever seen me play guitar. Here is my first attempt: I was nervous and played it way too fast. But I lost the E string for the second version and didn't have a spare... so give it a listen. Sometimes it's best to go with the first raw attack.

First version of "The Old Apartment" covered by Patrick Kellogg (with high E string)
mudcub: (Black eye)
I heard my first Salvation Army beggar today. And how can you NOT hear them? Those damn bells are really fucking loud.

I don't think people realize the extreme lengths the group has gone through in the past to discriminate against gay people (see here and here and here and here and here). It's a HUGE issue for them. So when you drop money into their bucket, you are funding an attempt by a religious group to get involved in anti-gay politics in the US.

I made up a card I will hand to the next bell-ringer I hear. I will look them in the eye and say, "Why do you hate me? You're an asshole."

Front

Back

Download a PDF file you can print out for yourself (10 cards per sheet, or use Avery-brand perforated business card in styles 5871, 8371, or 8871):

Front of card (http://www.patrickkellogg.com/stopringingthatdamnbell/Front.pdf)
Back of card (http://www.patrickkellogg.com/stopringingthatdamnbell/Back.pdf)

Card
mudcub: (Sad)
My first truckload to New York City went well. We put enough furniture in the new apartment to fill a bedroom and part of the living room! It's livable now, and I'm hoping to move kitchen stuff and the rest of the furniture up next week.



Alabama, Arkansas,
I do love my ma and pa,
Not the way that I do love you.
Holy, Moley, me, oh my,
You're the apple of my eye,
I've never loved one like you.
Man oh man you're my best friend,
I scream it to the nothingness,
There ain't nothing that I need.
Well, hot and heavy, pumpkin pie,
Chocolate candy, Jesus Christ,
Ain't nothing please me more than you.

(Chorus)
Ahh Home. Let me come home
Home is wherever I'm with you.
Ahh Home. Let me go ho-oh-ome.
Home is wherever I'm with you.

La, la, la, la, take me home.
Daddy, I'm coming home.

Do you remember that day you fell outta my window? )

Scary

Oct. 26th, 2010 08:45 am
mudcub: (Gas Mask)

I went and saw Paranomal Activity 2 last night. I can't really recommend it. As one internet poster said, "Six things almost happen!" And the ending is too quick.

Instead, if you're looking for a scary movie for Halloween, go rent Trick 'R Treat. It's scary, but not gory. It's a series of four related films, so it feels like Creepshow did in the eighties, or maybe a bunch of really good Twilight Zone episodes.



As an added bonus, here is a scary song. I love this recording; it's by a guy named Barry Adamson, who played with Nick Cave and a band called Magazine. He creates these amazing soundtracks for movies that never existed... like a musical version of Cindy Sherman. When I was in a fraternity, I played this track over and over during the pledge initiation, until one of the members made me stop. It's that scary!

Barry_Adamson_On_The_Wrong_Side_Of_Relaxation.mp3

mudcub: (8-bit)
Some_People
mudcub: (Bearhat)
I really wish this was a joke, but evidently, it's not.

Otter
mudcub: (Gas Mask)
Majestic

When I tell people that I am moving into an apartment with Thor, they say, "You are a lucky man."

When Thor tells people he is moving in with me, they say, "You will have your hands full with Patrick!"

I wonder why that is?
mudcub: (Hockey)
I'm wearing purple today to show my support for gay teens combating homophobia.

Purple

Here is a great video by Googol Bordello:

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