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Tuesday, October 31, 2006

The Pink Spotlight on Steve Walker


One Family's Values

"One Family's Values"
Click on the picture to goto his website. Tons of homoerotic&#185 litho's available.
Not Porn!


BIOGRAPHY: Drawing is one of Steve Walker's earliest childhood memories. He recollects drawing pictures from about the age of three or four years old. Drawing came naturally to the Toronto artist, and his love of the art form continued into his adulthood. As a self taught artist, Walker only began painting after a trip to Europe when he was 25 years old. During the trip, he spent much of his time in Europe touring the great galleries and museums. In his words it was the first time he was exposed to great painting, and the first time he The Pink Spotlightrecognized the potential power of the art form. "I was moved by something that I was capable of doing," he said. His first paintings were done in a somewhat secretive way, as he had no intention of exhibiting or selling, and had no aspirations of becoming a professional artist.

Producing art about his life and the lives of those around him is as natural to Walker as his first childhood drawings. As a gay man, Walker is acutely aware that he is living during a period of history that is both the best of times and the worst of times. There is more freedom and acceptance for gay men and women, while at the same time AIDS has devastated the gay population.

But Walker's paintings are not about gay people or homosexuality. He describes his art as being about love, hate, pain, joy, touch, communication, beauty, loneliness, attraction, hope, despair, life and death. His art includes universal themes regardless of race, gender, socio-economic class, culture or sexual orientation. However, his work is unique because he conveys these themes through the subjects in his paintings, young gay men. "Remove the gender of the painting's subjects and what we have is human relationships in general, and one's relationship to the world itself," he said. "As a homosexual I have been moved, educated, and inspired by works that deal with a heterosexual context. Why would I assume that a heterosexual would be incapable of appreciating work that speaks to common themes in life, as seen through my eyes as a gay man. If the heterosexual population is unable to do this, then the loss is theirs, not mine."

If Walker were an abstract painter or a landscape artist, he says his sexual orientation wouldn't matter. But since his paintings are about gay life, his sexual orientation becomes more important than his cultural background, age, or nationality.

The focus of his paintings often depict sadness and loneliness to reflect the reality that much of anyone's life is sad and lonely. Walker often portrays people in relationships as separate entities because that is the way he views them. He also uses a small and consistent palette of colours because he is comfortable with them and the colours provide the desired results. "Colour is very powerful and a little can go a long way if used effectively," he said. "Some colours are very exciting to me, while others are quite offensive. Painting flesh is very exciting because of the huge variations possible within a very small colour range."

Walker's artworks are very large, always measuring 36" by 48". He creates large paintings because he believes that a large image is more appealing than a smaller one. "Whether it's a television screen, cinema screen, or an image in a magazine, the size of the image connotes a degree of importance," he said. Walker said belonging to an oppressed minority group has been a driving force in creating his art. "Any minority wants and needs to find artistic voices that reflect their own personal situations, and, in doing so, validate and record their lives and cultures for themselves, and for the larger world," he said.

Walker said he experiences many small rewards during the creative process. "After hours of painting, I stand back and look at something that wasn't there before -- a hand, face, or piece of fabric will exist where there was once a blank canvas," he said.

As an artist, Walker said it's exciting to be working at a point in history where there is an audience ready to appreciate and consume his creations. "It is very rare to find success as an artist in your lifetime," he said. "My work will be around long after me, but seeing it affect people at the time that I am creating it is very rewarding."

In recent years Steve Walker's work has been exhibited in galleries in Toronto, Montreal, New York, Philadelphia and Key West.

The gay community of North America has responded very positively to Walker's art. "I am very aware of the appreciation from a group of people who recognize the time, energy and talent devoted to a body of work that speaks specifically to them but at the same time exists in the larger world that we all live in," he said.


&#185 ho·mo·e·rot·ic ( hō ' mō-ĭ-rŏt ' ĭk ) adj. Of or concerning homosexual love and desire. Tending to arouse such desire.

TRUE or FALSE?


True or False?


The average U.S. citizen generates 2.7 pounds of solid waste per day.





FALSE! The amount generated by an American was 2.7 pounds per day was in 1960. According to the most recent EPA study in 2001, we now generate 4.4 pounds of waste every day. That amounted to 229 million tons of municipal solid waste that had to be disposed of in 2001.

Recycle

Snappy Answer


A college teacher reminds her class of tomorrow's final exam.

"Now class, I won't tolerate any excuses for you not being here tomorrow. I might consider a nuclear attack or a serious personal injury or illness, or a death in your immediate family but that's it. No other excuses whatsoever!"

Choke the chickenA smart-ass guy in the back of the room raises his hand and asks, "What would you say if tomorrow I said I was suffering from complete and utter sexual exhaustion?"

The entire class does its best to stifle their laughter and snickering.

When silence is restored, the teacher smiles sympathetically at the student, shakes her head, and sweetly says, "Well, I guess you'd have to write the exam with your other hand."


*Thanks, Daryn

ie Holes; MS woes


ie Holes, MS woes Another IE 7 pop-up problem discovered

Security researchers on Monday warned of a problem in Internet Explorer 7 that could allow malicious attackers to alter content in a legitimate Web site's pop-up window.


The browser issue could affect users who visit a trusted site by opening a pop-up window in that site that contains malicious code. This is the second IE 7 problem that has been discovered since Microsoft released the browser two weeks ago. Last week, a security flaw was discovered in IE 7 that could spoof the address of a pop-up window.

The two IE 7 security holes, if used in conjunction with each other, can easily dupe all but the most security-minded users, said Thomas Kristensen, chief technology officer of security company Secunia, which discovered the problems.

Secunia has classed the latest problem a security vulnerability, while Microsoft states the situation arises from "by-design behavior" in the browsers.

"The (Secunia) report describes a by-design behavior in popular Web browsers that allows a Web site to open or re-use a pop-up window," a Microsoft reprensentative said. "In Internet Explorer 7, the Web page's actual URL is displayed in a pop-up window address bar, enabling users to accurately make a trust decision."

Microsoft said that people who follow its safe browsing guidelines and verify an HTTPS connection before entering sensitive personal information can increase their ability to guard against an exploit.

Secunia rated the most recent flaw as "moderately critical" because viewing the content does not provide attackers access to a user's computer. But it can still prove harmful if a user enters sensitive information into the malicious pop-up window, such as credit card information, usernames or passwords, Kristensen noted.

The vulnerability is also rated moderately critical because it requires user interaction and affects only particular trusted Web sites.

Secunia noted that the security flaw can affect a fully patched system running IE 7 and Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2.

The security company advises users to avoid browsing untrusted sites while browsing sites that they trust.


*Dawn Kawamoto, CNET News

Death by Caffeine


Mr YukFind out how much caffeine is in your favourite drinks and how many it will take to kill you.

http://www.energyfiend.com/death-by-caffeine/

Death by Penguin Mints

Same as above but with candy.

http://www.energyfiend.com/death-by-penguin-mints


*Energy Fiend

Riddle Me This!


Will Turn 10

The day before yesterday, Chris was 7 years old. Next year, she'll turn 10. How is this possible?



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Irrepressible.Info


Irrepressible.info from Amnesty International, helps bring the problem of censorship of Human Rights to the masses. I have decided to place the linked ads on 'OZ' because I support free speech. People have their rights trampled on all over the globe... following is an exerpt from their website:

Chat rooms monitored. Blogs deleted. Websites blocked. Search engines restricted. People imprisoned for simply posting and sharing information.

The Internet is a new frontier in the struggle for human rights. Governments – with the help of some of the biggest IT companies in the world – are cracking down on freedom of expression.

Amnesty International, with the support of The Observer UK newspaper, is launching a campaign to show that online or offline the human voice and human rights are impossible to repress.


Please join the fight for free speech. Put the link on your page now!

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Monday, October 30, 2006

TRUE or FALSE?


True or False?


McDonald’s restaurants in India do not serve beef.







TRUE! Though the hamburger is the cornerstone of McDonald’s American empire, its Indian restaurants serve only chicken, fish, and vegetables. In Hinduism—the main religion in India—cows are considered sacred and not eaten.





McDonald's in India

Ain't This A Kick In The Nuts!


Roofer nails testicle to roof

An Austrian workman who slipped while working on a house nailed his own testicle to the roof with a nail gun.

August Voegl, 59, from Jennersdorf, shot the four-inch nail into his left testicle with the compressed air nail gun.

He was unable to extract it or pull himself away from the roof.

Emergency medics were called in to separate the man from the roof after which he was airlifted to a nearby hospital where he is reportedly recovering well after surgery.

*Ananova

Cliff Notes


Cliff Clavin

"Everyone is the Swiss Army owns a Swiss Army Knife. That's why no one messes with Switzerland."

"It's a little known fact that cows were domesticated in Mesopotamia and were also used in China as guard animals for the forbidden city."

"It's a little known fact that smartest animal is a pig. Scientists say if pigs had thumbs and a language, they could be trained to do simple manual labor. They give you 20-30 years of loyal service and then at their retirement dinner you can eat them."

"I wonder if you know that the harp is a predecessor of the modern day guitar. Early minstrels were much larger people. In fact, they had hands the size of small dogs."

"If memory serves, the umbilical chord is 90% postassium."

"It's a little known fact that the tan became popular in what is known as the Bronze Age."

"If you were to go back in history and take every president, you'll find that the numerical value of each letter in their name was equally divisible into the year in which they were elected. By my calculations, our next president has to be named Yellnick McWawa."

"There's no rule against postal workers not dating women. It just works out that way."

"They did a study between postal workers and chimpanzees. They proved chimps were 32% slower. Of course, they were better with public relations."


Musical condom hits the high notes


A musical condom designed to play louder and faster as lovers reach a climax is to go on sale in Ukraine.

Grigoriy Chausovsky, from Zaporozhye, said his condoms came fitted with a special sensor that registers when the condom is put on.

It transmits a signal to a miniature speaker in the base of the condom which play a melody.

He told local media: "As the sex becomes more passionate, it registers the increased speed of the movements and plays the melody faster and louder."


*Ananova

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The Pink Spotlight on Gays on TV


When looking at the history of gays on television, size doesn’t matter.

Though the raw number of homosexual characters on prime-time series is still miniscule — particularly on broadcast TV — the depth and richness of their portrayals has grown exponentially.

Call it personality tube lube.

Hard to believe, but it’s been almost 30 years since Billy Crystal played the firstThe Pink Spotlight gay running character on a series: Jodie Dallas, on ABC’s then-controversial satire Soap.

We’ve come a long way in three decades, babies. Their numbers may be small, but gays are playing large with mainstream America .

We’re not talking niche networks here. We’re talking N-B-C, for one. We’re talking big, boffo hits like Will & Grace, which ended its eight-season run in May.

The first mainstream-network smash with gay lead characters, W & G proved that Americans would embrace a straight-looking queer who never had sex and a goofy-looking queen who never stopped — as long as they made them laugh.

The key? Characters with layers. Texture. Nuance. Playing to and against type. queerasfolkCreated by great writers and producers, many of whom were gay. At W & G’s height, more than 17 million viewers tuned in each week to watch the queer boys. Advertisers paid top dollar.

W & G’s success made it cool to be queer on TV. And premium cable, with no restrictions on language and content, was off and running.

There was Showtime’s queerasfolk, featuring a cast of gay studs in heat. Then it was the girls’ turn, with beautiful lesbians bumping uglies on the The L Word, also on Showtime.

The moral center of HBO’s Six Feet Under was a gay undertaker. Even TV’s butchest show, HBO’s The Sopranos, got into the act last season with Tony’s top earner turning out to be a closet queer.

In the reality genre, the boys of Bravo’s Queer Eye for the Straight Guy became media darlings. Reichen and Chip, then a couple, won season four of CBS’s Amazing Race.

Gays are routinely included in Bravo’s Project Runway (duh) and Top Chef. There are even two gay cable networks — Logo and here! (CQ)

Pre-Will & Grace, two major factors increased gay visibility: The integration of gay characters into popular mainstream shows, and the proliferation of gay writers and producers pushing the envelopes on their own series.

ABC’s Roseanne (1988-97), a breakthrough comedy, featured a gay wedding and a bisexual character played by Sandra Bernhard. Innkeepers Ron & Erik tied the knot on CBS’s Northern Exposure in 1994. The same year, HIV-positive gay man Pedro Zamora became a cult hero on MTV’s The Real World.

In the numbers game, however, gay characters continue to barely register a pulse on the TV landscape.

Only 1.3 percent of all scripted-series regulars on the ‘06-‘07 schedules of the six major broadcast networks are homosexual, according to an analysis by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation.

Last season, it was a whopping 1.4 percent.

In cable and unscripted shows, GLAAD counts 25 series regulars, one fewer than last year.

L’est we forget, it was a woman who broke open the doors. Remember what a huge deal it was when Ellen DeGeneres and her sitcom character both came out in April 1997?

“The Puppy Episode” drew a mondo 34 million viewers, but the next season, Lesbianism 101 replaced comedy and the show tanked.

Now DeGeneres is a hugely-successful daytime chat show host. She never talks about her sexuality.

Coincidence? You decide.

Our representation remained low, if not invisible until the 99-00 season on broadcast networks (it began to climb on cable in 1993), since the beginning of this century it's remained relatively consistent with some minor fluctuations.


*by Gail Shister, 365Gay.com

Seniors on Sex


Two elderly ladies are sitting on the front porch, doing nothing. One lady turns and asks, "Do you still get horny?" The other replies, "Oh sure I do." The first old lady asks, "What do you do about it?" The second old lady replies, "I suck a lifesaver." After a few moments, the first old lady asks, "Who drives you to the beach?"
Hyuk!
An old lady was standing at the railing of the cruise ship holding her hat on tightly so that it would not blow off in the wind. A gentleman approached her and said: "Pardon me, madam. I do not intend to be forward, but did you know that your dress is blowing up in this high wind?" "Yes, I know," said the lady, "I need both hands to hold onto this hat." "But, madam, you must know that your privates are exposed!" said the gentleman in earnest. The woman looked down, then back up at the man and replied, "Sir, anything you see down there is 85 years old. I just bought this hat yesterday!"
Hyuk!
Ethel and Mabel, two elderly widows, were watching the folks go by from their park bench. Ethel said, "You know, Mabel, I've been reading this 'Sex and Marriage' book and all they talk about is 'mutual orgasm'. 'Mutual orgasm' here and mutual orgasm' there-that's all they talk about. Tell me, Mabel, when your husband was alive, did you two ever have mutual orgasm?". Mabel thought for a long while. Finally, she shook her head and said, "No, I think we had State Farm.
Hyuk!
Three old ladies were sitting side by side in their retirement home reminiscing. The first lady recalled shopping at the green grocers and demonstrated with her hands, the length and thickness of a cucumber she could buy for a penny. The second old lady nodded, adding that onions used to be much bigger and cheaper also, and demonstrated the size of two big onions she could buy for a penny a piece. The third old lady remarked, "I can't hear a word you're saying, but I remember the guy you're talking about."

Hyuk!


*Thanks, Daryn

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*Thanks, Allen

Arthur Hill, aka Owen Marshal, passes away


Arthur HillLOS ANGELES (AP) - Veteran Canadian character actor Arthur Hill, whose dozens of television and movie appearances included the title role in the series "Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law," has died.

He was 84.

Hill died Sunday at a Pacific Palisades care facility after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease, his friend Walter Seltzer said Thursday.

Hill, who hadn't worked in the motion picture or television business since 1990, was a well-known face on TV, appearing on "Alfred Hitchcock Presents," "The Athur HillDefenders," "Ben Casey," "The Untouchables," "The Nurses," "The FBI," "Mission Impossible," "The Fugitive" and "Marcus Welby, M.D."

He was the star of "Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law" from 1971 to 1974.

Hill also appeared in the films "Harper," "The Ugly American," "The Andromeda Strain" and "A Bridge Too Far."

Born Aug. 1, 1922, in Melfort, Sask., Hill served in the Royal Canadian Air Force and attended the University of British Columbia, where he studied law but was lured to the stage.

He moved to Great Britain in 1948, where he performed in a variety of stage productions, then he moved to New York City 10 years later and established himself on Broadway.

Hill made his Broadway debut opposite Ruth Gordon in "The Matchmaker," then went on to star in such stage hits as "Look Homeward Angel."

The actor won Tony and New York Drama Critics awards for his role as George in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf" in 1962.

Hill is survived by his wife Anne-Sophie Taraba, son Douglas, stepdaughter Daryn Sherman and two sisters, Pat and Eunice of Winnipeg.


*Thanks, Bill

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Did You Remember?


Daylight Savings End For You.. Not here in Saskatoon, tho... We never change!

Hope you enjoyed your one more hour of sleep!!! Put yer clock back, eh?

Daylight Savings Time Ends Today

What creates strife?


StressA careless word may kindle strife,
A cruel word may wreck a life;
A timely word may lessen stress,
A loving word may heal and bless.


To Silence Gossip, Refuse to Repeat it.


Joke of the Day


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The 12 days of Halloween


Happy Halloween

On the first day of Halloween my best friend gave to me.
A boney witches knee.

On the second day of Halloween, my best friend gave to me.
Two bats a flying,
And a boney witches knee.

On the third day of Halloween, my best friend gave to me.
Three pumpkins growing,
Two bats a flying,
And a boney witches knee.

On the fourth day of Halloween, my best friend gave to me.
Four vampires biteing,
Three pumpkins growing,
Two bats a flying,
And a boney witches knee.

On the fifth day of Halloween, my best friend gave to me.
Five haunted houses,
Four vampires biteing,
Three pumpkins growing,
Two bats a flying,
And a boney witches knee.

On the sixth day of Halloween, my best friend gave to me.
Six ghouls a dancing,
Five haunted houses,
Four vampires biteing,
Three pumpkins growing,
Two bats a flying,
And a boney witches knee.

On the seventh day of Halloween, my best friend gave to me.
Seven witches cooking,
Six ghouls a dancing,
Five haunted houses,
Four vampires biteing,
Three pumpkins growing,
Two bats a flying,
And a boney witches knee.

On the eighth day of Halloween, my best friend gave to me.
Eight ghosts a flying,
Seven witches cooking,
Six ghouls a dancing,
Five haunted houses,
Four vampires biteing,
Three pumpkins growing,
Two bats a flying,
And a boney witches knee.

On the ninth day of Halloween, my best friend gave to me.
Nine monsters dancing,
Eight ghosts a flying,
Seven witches cooking,
Six ghouls a dancing,
Five haunted houses,
Four vampires biteing,
Three pumpkins growing,
Two bats a flying,
And a boney witches knee.

On the tenth day of Halloween, my best friend gave to me.
Ten bats a hanging,
Nine monsters dancing,
Eight ghosts a flying,
Seven witches cooking,
Six ghouls a dancing,
Five haunted houses,
Four vampires biteing,
Three pumpkins growing,
Two bats a flying,
And a boney witches knee.

On the eleventh day of Halloween, my best friend gave to me.
Eleven Trick-or-treaters,
Ten bats a hanging,
Nine monsters dancing,
Eight ghosts a flying,
Seven witches cooking,
Six ghouls a dancing,
Five haunted houses,
Four vampires biteing,
Three pumpkins growing,
Two bats a flying,
And a boney witches knee.

On the twelfth day of Halloween my best friend gave to me.
Twelve Jack-o-lanterns,
Eleven Trick-or-treaters,
Ten bats a hanging,
Nine monsters dancing,
Eight ghosts a flying,
Seven witches cooking,
Six ghouls a dancing,
Five haunted houses,
Four vampires biteing,
Three pumpkins growing,
Two bats a flying,
And a boney witches knee.

Fire Hydrant

HAPPY HALLOWEEN

Just in time for Hallowe'en...


The Wacko-Jacko Mask


Well kiddies, I've got some chilling news for ya! Those merciless merchants of the macabre over at Fright Catalog have been kind enough to provide I-Mockery with all sorts of Halloween goodies to feature this year! I tell ya, there's nothing like having the UPS guy come up to your door before October with a big box that has Fright Catalog stamped all over it. I could tell by the look on his face that he thought some cult activities were possibly taking place inside my home. Good, maybe that'll scare him enough so that he doesn't deliver my packages to the wrong place again.

Wacko-Jacko


Anyway, the first Grab Bag item we've got this year is probably one of the creepier masks you'll find out there. I'm sure it's meant to be taken lightheartedly, but in all seriousness, the thing is pretty hideous.

Wacko-Jacko


Yep, that's supposed to be Michael Jackson, and let's be realistic here for a sec... even he doesn't look that bad. Then again, maybe the creators of the mask (Morbid Industries in case you're interested) have some way of looking into the future. If that's the case, I'd love to know what made the huge gash on his right cheek and why he's now apparently being quite liberal with applying bright red lipstick.

Wacko-Jacko


I almost think people wouldn't recognize it as Michael Jackson, and instead think you were dressed up as some kind of a psycho zombie she-male junkie prostitute. Er, scratch that.

A balding psycho zombie she-male junkie prostitute. Wacko Jacko appears to be losing a good chunk of his/her hair, which isn't making the ol' face look any prettier.

Wacko-Jacko


That's how the hair is attached to the mask. You know, I've never seen a "vagina knot" before, but hey, I guess there's a first time for everything.
Wacko-Jacko


Anyway, I wonder if putting on the mask will in fact make me feel like the king of pop. I mean, he can be the most disturbed individual you'll ever find... but he'll still always be the guy who made "Smooth Criminal", "Beat It", "Billie Jean" and "Thriller".

Sure enough, within minutes of putting on the freaky mask, I was moonwalking all over the place. My crotch wasn't used to being grabbed in such a violent fashion, but hey, I get lost in the moment. And speaking of lost...

Some of Michael's other problems emerged from within me. I simply couldn't help myself. There I was dangling an infant (who just happened to look like a doll, but trust me, it was a real baby) from a deadly height. What was wrong with me? Had I gone mad? NO! I JUST WASN'T FEELING PRETTY ANY MORE AND I NEEDED SOME ATTENTION OK? OKAY!???

Wacko-Jacko


Don't worry though, I quickly found a tube o' lipstick and made myself feel all better. Yes, I was pretty once again...


OH SO PRETTY!

Riddle Me This!


What do blondes and Jack-O-Lanterns have in common?



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TRUE or FALSE?


True or False?


In 1973, U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger shared the Nobel Prize for Peace with Menachem Begin, prime minister of Israel.





FALSE! Kissinger shared the prize that year with Le Duc Tho, a founder of the Indochinese Communist Party and the North Vietnamese delegation’s spokesperson. In 1973, Kissinger and Tho were awarded the prize for negotiating a cease-fire. But Tho declined it, saying his country was still at war. The United States withdrew from Vietnam that year, while Tho and the North Vietnamese fought two more years under his military leadership before South Vietnam finally surrendered.

Kissinger and Tho