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Monday, July 31, 2006

The Da Vinci Code and The Pentacle

It is NOT a symbol of devil worship! In fact, Wiccan's don't believe in the devil, so why would we worship it?????

With the popularity of Dan Brown's book, "The Da Vinci Code" and now that it's a motion picture, people have noticed the references to The Pentacle, Wicca and the like. I had made a webpage that tries to explain The Pentacle, and why Wiccan's use it almost universally as their symbol of The Sacred Feminine. In most Pagan religions, there requires a balance in everything.... Goddess and God, male and female, positive and negative, the Ying and Yang as you will. Click on The Pentacle below and find out more about this most mis-understood symbol:

The Pentacle

Click Above.

The Tip Of The Day

Do you know the “no-zone”? 

animated carrot truck The no-zone is the area near a semi-truck’s side and rear where cars seem to disappear into blind spots. Vehicles lingering in the “no-zone” can’t be seen by truck drivers, causing a potential hazard if a lane change becomes necessary. 

Tailgating in the rear “no-zone” not only hides you from the truck driver, but also radically reduces your view of traffic ahead. Also when passing, avoid cutting in front of a truck too soon, then abruptly slowing down. 

Because it takes longer to pass large trucks, maintain your speed and wait until the front of the truck is visible in your side rearview mirror before shifting back into the other lane.

*from WisdomTips.com # 4472


True or False?

The first man to play an accordion in Carnegie Hall serenaded the audience with “The Beer Barrel Polka.” 

FALSE! In 1939, Charles Magnante, along with Joe Biviano, Abe Goldman, and Gene von Hallberg were the first to play accordions within the hallowed walls of Carnegie Hall. Their first selection was Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D Minor.

Beer Barell Party

Baseball Bat Attack At San Diego Pride

(San Diego, California) Three gay San Diego men were in hospital Sunday recovering from an attack by at least three men as they left the city's annual Gay Pride celebration. The men had just left Balboa Park when the assailants began taunting them with homophobic remarks. The attackers then began fighting with the men and at one point one of the assailants began swinging a baseball bat hitting one of victims in the back of the head. The other two victims were also struck by the bat and one of them said he then felt what he described as something sharp stabbing him in the back possibly from a knife.

The names of the victims have not been released. Police say all three men received serious injuries but were not considered life threatening. The victims were able to give investigators "good descriptions" of their attackers. If they are caught police said the trio would be charged with attempted murder with a hate crime enhancement. It was the second violent attack on gays in Southern California in a week. The alleged gang members are charged with assault and committing a hate crime in connection with attacks on customers at a gay club in Riverside. Last week California's Attorney General released a report showing one-in-five hate crimes in the state was perpetrated against members of the LGBT community. Close to 150,000 people celebrated Pride in San Diego on the weekend. It was the city's 32nd annual Pride.

This year's theme was "Equality! No Turning Back". The highlight of the celebration was Saturday's parade which featured 185 floats and hundreds of marchers.


Dead Man’s Switch for Windows

When you die, do you want to send an e-mail to loved ones? Or even to an old enemy? Want to tell your boss what you really think of him or her? Now you have the opportunity to send some "final remarks." Best of all, no one can answer because, after all, you’re dead!

Dead Man's Switch

Dead Man’s Switch is a program designed to carry out those last minute computer details that you are concerned about when you are on your deathbed. It's a program that, if not reset on a regular basis, assumes you are off to that great motherboard in the sky. It then sends e-mails to loved ones or to anyone else you wish. It also posts messages to (some) Web sites and even deletes files or encrypts files to prevent embarrassment or snooping. Hmmm, perhaps this is the tool to use to tell somewhat where to find the keys to the safe deposit box. Or to notify a distant relative that "you’re not really the son of the man you think you are." I’m sure that each of us could dream up a dozen other uses. 

Dead Man’s Switch installs on any Windows system. To keep it from launching its tasks, you must periodically "reset" the program by entering a secret password. If the password hasn’t been entered for the period of time that you specify, the program assumes that you are deceased and then executes the tasks you have previously specified. Dead Man's Switch gets its name from a safety device that used to be installed a century ago in locomotives: a spring-loaded pedal or lever the engineer would have to stand on or pull to operate the train. If the engineer left his assigned position -- or if he fainted or died while at his post -- the pedal or lever would be released, and the train would automatically stop. I’m not sure how you handle the possibility of being incapacitated and unable to reach your computer for some time. You could even be delayed from returning home by an airline strike or some similarly unpredictable event while on vacation. Would Dead Man’s Switch activate and send those messages? I’ll leave that for you to investigate. Dead Man’s Switch for Windows is twenty-first century software that uses steam-age ideas and sensibility. 

Software not available anymore

Mouse Story ...

Mouse Story ...

animated mouse A mouse looked through the crack in the wall to see the farmer and his wife open a package. "What food might this contain?" The mouse wondered - he was devastated to discover it was a mousetrap. Retreating to the farmyard, the mouse proclaimed the warning. 

"There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!" The chicken clucked and scratched, raised her head and said, "Mr. Mouse, I can tell this is a grave concern to you but it is of no consequence to me. I cannot be bothered by it." The mouse turned to the pig and told him, "There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!" 

The pig sympathized, but said, "I am so very sorry, Mr. Mouse, but there is nothing I can do about it but pray. Be assured you are in my prayers." The mouse turned to the cow and said, 

"There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!" The cow said, "Wow, Mr. Mouse. I'm sorry for you, but it's no skin off my nose." So, the mouse returned to the house, head down and dejected, to face the farmer's mousetrap-- alone. 

That very night a sound was heard throughout the house -- like the sound of a mousetrap catching its prey. The farmer's wife rushed to see what was caught. In the darkness, she did not see it was a venomous snake whose tail the trap had caught. The snake bit the farmer's wife. The farmer rushed her to the hospital and she returned home with a fever. Everyone knows you treat a fever with fresh chicken soup, so the farmer took his hatchet to the farmyard for the soup's main ingredient. But his wife's sickness continued, so friends and neighbors came to sit with her around the clock. To feed them, the farmer butchered the pig. The farmer's wife did not get well; she died. So many people came for her funeral, the farmer had the cow slaughtered to provide enough meat for all of them. animated mouse The mouse looked upon it all from his crack in the wall with great sadness. So, the next time you hear someone is facing a problem and think it doesn't concern you, remember --

When one of us is threatened, we are all at risk. We are all involved in this journey called life. We must keep an eye out for one another and make an extra effort to encourage one another. REMEMBER: EACH OF US IS A VITAL THREAD IN ANOTHER PERSON'S TAPESTRY; OUR LIVES ARE WOVEN TOGETHER FOR A REASON. One of the best things to hold onto in this world is a friend.


*Thanks, Dad

Dear Tech Support

Dear Tech Support:

Last year I upgraded from Boyfriend 5.0 to Husband 1.0 and noticed a slowdown in the performance of flower and jewellery applications that had operated flawlessly under Boyfriend 5.0.

In addition, Husband 1.0 un-installed many other valuable programs, such as Romance 9.9, but installed undesirable programs such NFL 5.0 and NBA 3.0. Conversation 8.0, no longer runs and Housecleaning 2.6 simply crashes the system.

I've tried running Nagging 5.3 to fix these problems, but to no avail.

What can I do?


Dear Desperate:

First keep in mind. Boyfriend 5.0 is an entertainment package, while Husband 1.0 is an operating system.

Try to enter the command: C:/l THOUGHT YOU LOVED ME and install Tears 6.2. Husband 1.0 should then automatically run the applications: Guilty ~.0 and Flowers 7.0. But remember, overuse can cause Husband 1.0 to default to Grumpy Silence 2.5, Happy Hour 7.0, or Beer 6.1. Beer 6.1 is a very bad program that will create Snoring loudly.WAV files.

DO NOT install Mother-In-Law 1.0 or reinstall another Boyfriend program.

These are not supported applications and will crash Husband 1.0.

In summary, Husband 1.0 is a great program, but it does have a limited memory and cannot learn new applications quickly. You might consider buying additional software to improve performance.

I personally recommend Hot Food 3.0 and Lingerie 6.9.

Good Luck,

Tech Support

*Thanks, Bright Eyes


Reality Check RBION

Oliver Stone

(Los Angeles, California) The subject of September 11, 2001 undoubtedly elicits a variety of emotions from people around the world, the most prominent one, anger, for the majority.

But September 11, 2001 - what with its horrifying images played out on televisions everywhere, people jumping to their deaths from the towering infernos, The World Trade Center - also brought forth a number of stories of survival.

And leave it to none other than two-time Academy Award winning director Oliver Stone to bring two of those stories to us in one of this year’s best and most heart wrenching films.

“World Trade Center” tells the story of the two PAPD (Port Authority Police Department) cops who were buried alive, when one of the towers collapsed on top of them, and who were dug out and rescued a day later - all while enduring a gun that went off was shooting at them, accidentally, from one of the other PAPD cop’s guns, also buried (dead) with them. (Yes, that really happened. When you see the movie, you’ll know what I am talking about.)

“A lot of people, most people,” says Stone, sitting in a suite at Hotel 1000 in downtown Seattle, a hop skip and a jump from The Space Needle, one of the possible American landmarks targeted by terrorists on September 11, 2001, “think I am this left wing nutcase. And when they hear that I chose to direct this picture [“World Trade Center”] all the bells and whistles start sounding. ‘What agenda is he going to bring to this picture?’ they ask. And what I say is ‘This is America. Every citizen, of which I am one, has the right to speak up, whenever he wants to. The fact is, in between my pictures, my political comments may be picked up and played out in the media. But my comments have nothing at all to do the way I direct any movie. I dare anyone to watch ‘JFK’ and find anything in it that would remotely paint that picture as an agenda picture. I took no sides. It just so happens that a lot of the stories I am attracted to, most, in fact, are based on true events and real people.”

And Stone is not kidding.



Sunday, July 30, 2006

Brain Teasers

Read out loud the text inside the triangle below:
A bird in the bush
More than likely you said, "A bird in the bush," and........ if this IS what YOU said, then you failed to see that the word THE is repeated twice! Sorry, look again. Next, let's play with some words. What do you see?
In black you can read the word GOOD, in white the word EVIL (inside each black letter is a white letter). It's all very physiological too, because it visualize the concept that good can't exist without evil (or the absence of good is evil ). Now, what do you see?
You may not see it at first, but the white spaces read the word optical, the blue landscape reads the word illusion. Look again! Can you see why this painting is called an optical illusion? What do you see here?
This one is quite tricky! The word TEACH reflects as LEARN. Last one. What do you see?
You probably read the word ME in brown, but....... when you look through ME you will see YOU! Do you need to look again?

Test Your Brain. This is really cool. The second one is amazing so please read all the way though. ALZHEIMERS' EYE TEST Count every "F" in the following text: FINISHED FILES ARE THE RE SULT OF YEARS OF SCIENTI FIC STUDY COMBINED WITH THE EXPERIENCE OF YEARS... (SEE BELOW) 

HOW MANY ? WRONG, THERE ARE 6 -- no joke. READ IT AGAIN ! Really, go Back and Try to find the 6 F's before you scroll down. The reasoning behind is further down. The brain cannot process "OF".

Anyone who counts all 6 "F's" on the first go is a genius.
Three is normal, four is quite rare. Send this post to your friends buy clicking on the 'Permanent Link'. Copy this into an email and VOILA! It will drive them crazy! And keep them occupied for several minutes..!
Animated brain

More Brain Stuff . . . From Cambridge University. raed tihs. I cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Amzanig huh? yaeh and I awlyas tghuhot slpeling was ipmorantt! if you can raed tihs psas it on!!

*Thanks, Ken

Washing Clothes Recipe

Alabama Gramma

Years ago an Alabama grandmother gave a new bride the following recipe:

(This is an exact copy as written and found in an old scrapbook along with the spelling errors and all.)


Build fire in backyard to heat kettle of rain water. Set tubs so smoke wont blow in eyes if wind is pert. Shave one hole cake of lie soap in boilin water.

Sort things, make 3 piles
1 pile white,
1 pile coloured,
1 pile work britches and rags.

To make starch, stir flour in cool water to smooth, then thin down with boiling water.

Take white things, rub dirty spots on board, scrub hard, and boil, then rub colored don't boil just wrench and starch.

Take things out of kettle with broom stick handle, then wrench, and starch.

Hang old rags on fence.

Spread tea towels on grass.

Pore wrench water in flower bed. Scrub porch with hot soapy water. Turn tubs upside down.

Go put on clean dress, smooth hair with hair combs. Brew cup of tea, sit and rock a spell and count your blessings.

Animated washerAnimated washerAnimated washerAnimated washerAnimated washer

OK people, paste this over your washer and dryer. Next time when you think things are hard, read it again, kiss that washing machine and dryer, and give thanks.
First thing each morning you should run and hug your washer and dryer, also your toilet those two-holers used to get mighty cold!

For you non-southerners - wrench means rinse. ;-)

Ask The Wizard (Email Hoaxes)

The Wunnerfull Wizard of 'OZ'

Dear Wizard of 'OZ',

I keep getting emails from friends which I then pass on to other friends. Recently I was berated by an advanced computer user that the email was a hoax and told not to SPAM him anymore.

Now I feel stupid. Any way to spot these "Hoax" emails?


Addle-brained Allan

Dear Addle-brained,

Without researching the factual claims made in a forwarded email there's no 100 percent sure way to tell it if it's a hoax, but here you'll find a list of common signs to watch for...

1. Note whether the text you've received was actually written by the person who sent it. Did anyone sign their name to it? If not, be skeptical.

2. Look for the telltale phrase, 'Forward this to everyone you know!' The more urgent the plea, the more suspect the message.

3. Look for statements like 'This is NOT a hoax' or 'This is NOT an urban legend.' They typically mean the opposite of what they say.

4. Watch for overly emphatic language, as well as frequent use of UPPERCASE LETTERS and multiple exclamation points!!!!!!!

5. If the text seems aimed more at persuading than informing the reader, be suspicious. Like propagandists, hoaxers are more interested in pushing people's emotional buttons than communicating accurate information.

6. If the message purports to impart extremely important information that you've never heard of before or read elsewhere in legitimate venues, be very suspicious.

7. Read carefully and think critically about what the message says, looking for logical inconsistencies, violations of common sense and blatantly false claims.

8. Look for subtle or not-so-subtle jokes — indications that the author is pulling your leg.

9. Check for references to outside sources of information. Hoaxes don't typically cite verifiable evidence, nor link to Websites with corroborating information.

10. Check to see if the message has been debunked by Websites that debunk urban legends and Internet hoaxes (see below).

11. Research any factual claims in the text to see if there is published evidence to support them. If you find none, odds are you've been the recipient of an email hoax. Then CHOOSE NOT to forward them!


1. Virtually any email chain letter you receive (i.e., any message forwarded multiple times before it got to you) is more likely to be false than true. You should automatically be skeptical of chain letters.

2. Hoaxers usually try every means available to make their lies believable -- e.g., mimicking a journalistic style, attributing the text to a 'legitimate' source, or implying that powerful corporate or government interests have tried to keep the information from you.

3. Be especially wary of health-related rumors. Most importantly, never act on 'medical information' forwarded from unknown sources without first verifying its accuracy with a doctor or other reliable source.

Urban Legends Website

Hope this helps you Allan.


The Wizard

Well.... He ain't lying!

Bunny Sex
*Thanks, Auntie 'M'

New Anti Smoking Vaccine

Doctors test anti-smoking vaccine

Mickey shouldn't smoke! MADISON, Wis. (Associated Press) -- Doctors are testing a radical new way to help smokers quit: a shot that "immunizes" them against the nicotine rush that fuels their addiction. That pleasurable buzz has seduced Mario Musachia into burning through nearly half a million cigarettes in half a century. Now the Madison man is among 300 people around the country who are testing an experimental vaccine that makes the immune system attack nicotine in much the same way it would fight a life-threatening germ. 

The treatment keeps nicotine from reaching the brain, making smoking less pleasurable and theoretically, easier to give up. The small amount that still manages to get in helps to ease withdrawal, the main reason most quitters relapse. If it works -- and this has not yet been proved -- the vaccine could become part of a new generation of smoking cessation treatments. They attack dependency in the brain instead of just replacing the nicotine from cigarettes in a less harmful way, like the gum, lozenges, patches and nasal sprays sold today.

Saturday, July 29, 2006

Can You See it?

There is a hidden picture inside the picture below. It can be seen in 3D without 3D glasses! Take a hard look and see if you can find the 'hidden candies'...

Hidden Candy
*Magic Eye

Canadian PM 'Snubs' Outgames

(Montreal, Quebec)(CP) Prime Minister Stephen Harper has chosen to "support intolerance'' by refusing to attend an international gathering of gay athletes, singer k.d. lang said Friday. lang was critical of her fellow Albertan for failing to support the World Outgames, which is expected to attract up to 13,000 gay, bisexual and transgendered athletes when it begins Saturday. "It's a sad statement that the national leader of a country that's one of the most progressive countries in the world chooses to support intolerance," the lesbian singer told a news conference at the Olympic Stadium. But lang added that the gay community shouldn't take Harper's absence personally. "It's our job to see that as an unfortunate ignorance, rather than as a statement against us,'' she said. "It's just that he hasn't got there in his heart." Given that Quebec Premier Jean Charest, interim Liberal leader Bill Graham and the Bloc Quebecois' Gilles Duceppe will all make appearances at the games, Harper's absence is likely to be noticed. But a spokesman for the prime minister said there in nothing political in Harper's decision to skip the Outgames.

"The prime minister receives hundred of invitations to attend several events at the same time," Dimitri Soudas said in a telephone interview. "He simply can't be everywhere at the same time." Soudas said Public Works Minister Michael Fortier will represent the government at the games along with several Conservative MPs, although he didn't specify which ones. Soudas also wouldn't respond to lang's criticisms, pointing out ``she's not the first celebrity to comment on the activities of the prime minister.'' The gay community isn't exactly a hotbed of Conservative support and the party probably won't win any new fans with plans to revisit the gay-marriage debate in the fall. Without going into details, lang said she expects the gay community will experience setbacks under the current government. "They will probably make it (homosexuality) a political issues," she said. "It's not a political issue. It's a human rights issue." But lang said the setbacks likely wouldn't be permanent and could be positive in the end. "It's a good indication and a good reminder that our struggle continues as human beings." lang will perform Saturday at the Olympic Stadium as part of the Outgames' opening ceremonies.


Word around the office is that you have an attitude problem...
*Thanks, Auntie 'M'

A great prayer

Thought you might enjoy this interesting prayer given in Kansas at the opening session of their Senate. It seems prayer still upsets some people!!

When Minister Joe Wright was asked to open the new session of the Kansas Senate, everyone was expecting the usual generalities, but this is what they heard:

"Heavenly Father, we come before you today to ask your forgiveness and to seek your direction and guidance. We know Your Word says, 'Woe to those who call evil good,' but that is exactly what we have done. We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and reversed our values.

We have exploited the poor and called it the lottery.

We have rewarded laziness and called it welfare.

We have killed our unborn and called it choice.

We have shot abortionists and called it justifiable.

We have neglected to discipline our children and called it building self esteem.

We have abused power and called it politics.

We have coveted our neighbor's possessions and called it ambition.

We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography and called it freedom of expression.

We have ridiculed the time-honored values of our forefathers and called it enlightenment.

Search us, Oh, God, and know our hearts today; cleanse us from every sin and set us free. Amen!"

*Thanks, Allan


It has been said that the amount of sleep required by the average person is just five minutes more! Too many of us are chronically sleep-deprived. Late to bed and early to rise. And it costs us dearly.

Dr. Dean Ornish wrote a bestselling book called STRESS, DIET AND YOUR HEART. It was a good book. In it he talks about how to manage stress, how diet promotes a health life and why proper stress management and good diet affects ones heart.

He should have been on top of the world. He had just turned forty. He was fit and healthy. STRESS, DIET AND YOUR HEART soared to the top of The New York Times bestseller list. So what was the problem?

Where was the joy and fulfillment he so desperately wanted?

He was working more than 80 hours a week, what with speaking, promoting his book and working, and he was exhausted. A wake-up call came in a conversation with a flight attendant. Ornish had just barely made it in time for his flight and he collapsed into his seat.

A flight attendant noticed his frazzled state. She remarked, "You look harried."

"I feel harried," he admitted.

The attendant tried to encourage him. She said, "I just read a book that might help! She said she highly recommended it. It was a book called STRESS, DIET AND YOUR HEART. She told him that it had some wonderful stress-management techniques that he might try.

At that point Dr. Ornish decided to make the changes he so desperately needed.

(From "Why Being Happy Keeps You Healthy," by Dean Ornish, M.D., "Family Circle," April 1, 1998)

We need lots of rest. These bodies are beautiful creations. They run practically on peanuts and, when well cared for, they can serve us splendidly for many years. But when neglected they run down like an unwound clock.

Sir John Lubbock once said this about relaxation: "Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass on a summer day listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is hardly a waste of time."

Is it time to rest?

by Steve Goodiera

They Walk Among Us


Some guy bought a new fridge for his house. To get rid of his old fridge, he put it in his front yard and hung a sign on it saying: "Free to good home. You want it, you take it." For three days the fridge sat there without even one person looking twice at it. He eventually decided that people were too un-trusting of this deal. It looked to good to be true, so he changed the sign to read: "Fridge for sale $50." The next day someone stole it. Caution...

They Walk Among Us

who left this bag of idiots open

While looking at a house, my brother asked the real estate agent which direction was north because, he explained, he didn't want the sun waking him up every morning. She asked, "Does the sun rise in the north?" When my brother explained that the sun rises in the east, and has for some time, she shook her head and said, "Oh, I don't keep up with that stuff."

They Walk Among Us!

who left this bag of idiots open

I used to work in technical support for a 24/7 call center. One day I got a call from an individual who asked what hours the call center was open. I told him, "The number you dialed is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week." He responded, "Is that Eastern or Pacific time?" Wanting to end the call quickly, I said, "Uh, Pacific" . .

They Walk Among Us!

who left this bag of idiots open

My colleague and I were eating our lunch in our cafeteria, when we overheard one of the administrative assistants talking about the sunburn she got on her weekend drive to the shore. She drove down in a convertible, but "didn't think she'd get sunburned because the car was moving"

They Walk Among Us!

who left this bag of idiots open

My sister has a lifesaving tool in her car it's designed to cut through a seat belt if she gets trapped. She keeps it in the trunk...

They Walk Among Us!

who left this bag of idiots open

My friends and I were on a beer run and noticed that the cases were discounted 10%. Since it was a big party, we bought 2 cases. The cashier multiplied 2 times 10% and gave us a 20% discount....

They Walk Among Us!

who left this bag of idiots open

I was hanging out with a friend when we saw a woman with a nose ring attached to an earring by a chain. My friend said, "Wouldn't the chain rip out every time she turned her head?" I explained that a person's nose and ear remain the same distance apart no matter which way the head is turned...

They Walk Among Us!

who left this bag of idiots open

I couldn't find my luggage at the airport baggage area. So I went to the lost luggage office and told the woman there that my bags never showed up. She smiled and told me not to worry because she was a trained professional and I was in good hands. "Now," she asked me, "has your plane arrived yet?"

They Walk Among Us!

who left this bag of idiots open

While working at a pizza parlour I observed a man ordering a small pizza to go. He appeared to be alone and the cook asked him if he would like it cut into 4 pieces or 6. He thought about it for some time before responding. "Just cut it into 4 pieces; I don't think I'm hungry enough to eat 6 pieces."

Yep, They Walk Among Us, too.

Tick Removal

Apply a glob of liquid soap to a cotton ball. Cover the tick with the soap-soaked cotton ball and swab it for a few seconds (15-20), the tick will come out on it's own and be stuck to the cotton ball when you lift it away. This technique has worked every time it was used.It's much less traumatic for the patient.Unless someone is allergic to soap, I can't see that this would be damaging in any way.


Please pass on everyone needs this helpful hint.

*Thanks, Daryn

Friday, July 28, 2006

Lance Bass of 'N Sync reveals he's gay - Well... DUH!

Lance Bass comes out as gay NEW YORK -- Lance Bass, band member of 'N Sync, says he's gay and in a "very stable" relationship with a reality show star. Bass, who formed 'N Sync with Justin Timberlake, JC Chasez, Joey Fatone and Chris Kirkpatrick, tells People magazine that he didn't earlier disclose his sexuality because he didn't want to affect the group's popularity. 

"I knew that I was in this popular band and I had four other guys' careers in my hand, and I knew that if I ever acted on it or even said (that I was gay), it would overpower everything," he tells the magazine. 'N Sync is known for a string of hits including "Bye Bye Bye" and "It's Gonna Be Me." The band went on hiatus in 2002. Bass has also found headlines for undertaking astronaut training and failing to raise money for a trip into space. Bass says he wondered if his coming out could prompt "the end of 'N Sync." He explains, "So I had that weight on me of like, `Wow, if I ever let anyone know, it's bad.' So I just never did." 

The singer says he's in a "very stable" relationship with 32-year-old actor Reichen Lehmkuhl, winner of season four of CBS' "Amazing Race." Bass and Fatone, 29, are developing a sitcom pilot inspired by the screwball comedy "The Odd Couple," in which his character will be gay. "The thing is, I'm not ashamed -- that's the one thing I went to say," Bass says. "I don't think it's wrong, I'm not devastated going through this. I'm more liberated and happy than I've been my whole life. I'm just happy."

*Associated Press

Paul Reubens

Paul Reubens
 Paul Reubens has taken on dozens of minor film and TV roles, but he could take on dozens more without ever blunting the iconic impact of his signature character, Pee-wee Herman. As an L.A. improv comic, Reubens came into his own when he invented the spastic, gray-suited man-child and developed a cult-hit stage show around him. Pee-wee was later a hit in theaters (in Tim Burton's 1985 feature Pee-wee's Big Adventure and the 1988 follow-up Big-Top Pee-wee) and on TV (on CBS' trippy Saturday-morning show Pee-wee's Playhouse). Unfortunately, in 1991, shortly after Playhouse ended its five-year TV run, Reubens was arrested during a sting on an adult-movie theater.

For the next year, he was a public punchline. He rebounded with a recurring role on Murphy Brown, a slew of voiceover work in animated features, including Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas, and a series of bit parts in films, including a joyously flamboyant, well-reviewed performance in 2001's Blow. But in 2002, he made headlines again for a scandal involving his private erotica collection. (He pled guilty to a misdemeanor, and more serious charges were dropped.) Since then, Reubens has largely stayed behind the scenes, doing more voiceover work and working on scripts for two Pee-wee Herman movies: a black comedy intended for adults, and another children's movie. 

Pee-wee is also making a comeback in other ways: Playhouse is now appearing on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim lineup, and Reubens' live stage performance The Pee-wee Herman Show just debuted on DVD. To commemorate both, Reubens recently chatted with The Wizard of 'OZ' about his work in and out of the little gray suit. 

The Wizard of 'OZ': Several years back, you were working on producing two new Pee-wee Herman movies. What's the status of those projects? Paul Reubens: It's funny, a few years ago, I thought what I refer to as the "dark Pee-wee movie" was going to get made first, but now it looks like the beginning of 2007, like February-ish, I could be ready to start filming the second script, which is the movie version of the CBS kids' show Pee-wee's Playhouse. In that show, we never left the playhouse. Whereas this is kind of an epic adventure. It's all those really kind of clunky characters… Chairry, for example. It's a little cumbersome getting him out of the playhouse. So just that aspect of the story alone makes it kind of a fun script, because you've never actually seen any of those characters out of the playhouse. 

The Wizard of 'OZ': Are you planning to use the same puppets, or are you going to update their look, or use CGI? PR: I'm not sure about that. My feeling is to try to make it look as low-tech as possible, so I'm not sure whether that means CGI that's designed to look low-tech, or whether it really is low-tech. That's kind of a budgetary thing. I don't know the answer to that. 

The Wizard of 'OZ': Do you have a director in mind? PR: No, I don't really. I wish I could direct it, but that just seems like too much to me. I don't really want to direct myself, but I'm certainly torn in that direction. 

The Wizard of 'OZ': If you found you could only get funding for one or the other of those films, which one would you make? PR: Jeez, that's a great question. I love both of these scripts, and I've been living with them and talking about them, as you mentioned, for years now. One of them was written before Playhouse was going, so… Gosh, I just don't know how to answer that. I really like both of them. I could answer that easier if… I have three scripts, actually, and one of them, I could easily not make, but these two? I feel really compelled to make both. They're very different.

The Wizard of 'OZ': You've said that for a few years, you stopped referring to the adult film as "dark Pee-wee" or "adult Pee-wee" because that label scared producers off. That seems surprising, given all the nostalgia for the '70s and '80s, and the way people love to see their favorite childhood characters recontextualized for adults. PR: I don't think it's so much the idea that frightens people as the idea that Pee-wee Herman had a kids' show. So would people be confused and come to a black comedy if they thought it was for kids? I really don't know. And it's probably an exaggeration. I doubt if anyone is really scared off by it. I guess more than anything, I never really subscribe to many of those kinds of rules anyway. I feel like when I started out, people weren't banging down the doors, like "Let's make a Pee-wee movie." When we announced we were working on Pee-wee's Big Adventure, people said, "I don't get it, I don't see how it's a movie. It seems like a David Letterman sort of thing." 

The Wizard of 'OZ': In the '80s, you played Pee-wee almost as a performance-art piece, refusing to be photographed out of character and building him up as a discrete entity from yourself. If you return to the character, will you be that immersed in the role again? PR: I don't think so. I think there was a time when most people didn't realize that I had a different name and wasn't Pee-wee Herman. That's not the case any more, and that's just how it is. I just thought it worked better if it didn't seem like an actor playing that person. I guess at this point, some people will think that, and other people won't. 

The Wizard of 'OZ': Given some of the highly publicized issues you've been though, do you think that separation from the character insulated you at all? PR: You know what, I've commented on all that a couple of times, and I don't really like to think about it or comment on it. 

The Wizard of 'OZ': You had a lot of success as Pee-wee, obviously, but you have a career outside him these days. If you go back to playing him, are you risking typecasting yourself and killing your outside career? PR: I sure hope not. Honestly, Hollywood is such a competitive place… A lot of people ask, "Do you feel you were typecast during the Pee-wee years?" And I have no idea the answer to that, honestly. I feel that I just gotta do what I feel is right. It certainly is a constant conversation in casting, where I say, "You know, you could think of me in this role or that role, I'm not always Pee-wee Herman." And sometimes I've been successful in convincing them, and other times, people just go, "No, I really can't see him in that role." And that's just the way it is. That's the way it is for almost anyone in Hollywood—you do one thing, and that's suddenly who you are. So I think it's really up to me to write something for myself and make it happen. 

The Wizard of 'OZ': People do get excited when you break your mold, for instance with your part in Blow or the movie version of Buffy The Vampire Slayer. Do you have the same sort of glee when you step far away from your signature role? PR: Yeah, it's definitely refreshing, and it's definitely a lot of fun for me to be in someone else's movie, be an actor for hire. You don't have all the stress of "I'm carrying this project," those kinds of things. So yeah, it's really fun. I just did one day on the Reno 911 movie, and it was fantastic. I haven't done anything like that in a long time. You just kind of breeze in and breeze out, with no worries about anything. Part of me gets a funny, devilish kind of glee out of seeing other people—walking on the set and watching the television director or producer jumping around and stressing out. It's fun to watch that person and think, "I don't have that kind of responsibility for this project." 

The Wizard of 'OZ': One of your more recent credits is for a 2007 film called The Tripper, David Arquette's directorial debut. What's your role in that like? PR: It's a movie about a bunch of young people who go to an outdoor music festival. And I play the festival promoter, who's very materialistic and a very funny guy.

The Wizard of 'OZ': What's David Arquette like as a director? PR: He's fantastic. He's a good friend of mine—he got a lot of his friends to be in the movie—and he has an incredible eye. He's very talented. 

The Wizard of 'OZ': What's your ideal director like? PR: Someone with an eye for detail. Someone who's watching everything, watching what's in the frame, composition, beauty, performance. There are a lot of things that make a director great. 

The Wizard of 'OZ': You've done a lot of cartoon voiceover work lately. How did you get into that field? PR: I've done a lot of that kind of stuff over the years. When I was just starting out as Pee-wee Herman, I got a call from someone to go in and work on the second set of Flintstones cartoons they made in the early '80s, where a monster family moved next door to the Flintstones, and it was like the Addams Family, only monsters. So that was a firm beginning of that for me. It's just that every once in a while, I'll get a call. Sometimes I'll go in for an audition for something, and other times it's just "Do you want to do this?" I just did a pilot for the Cartoon Network, called Reanimated. It's almost like a Who Framed Roger Rabbit-type thing, with live action and cartoon characters mixed together. Did a voice in that, worked with some amazing people. It's just one of those things that happens every once in a while, and it's a lot of fun, because you're working with great people and it's very casual and relaxed. You don't put the makeup on, and you don't worry about what you look like. 

The Wizard of 'OZ': You tend to be physically expressive in your roles, and Pee-wee in particular has a very distinctive way of moving. Does that come out of your improv background, or have you had specific movement training? PR: You know, I don't know the answer to that, I certainly went to various acting schools, and I had movement classes, and I grew up in Sarasota, Florida, which is the winter headquarters of the Ringling Brothers circus, so there are a lot of circus things going on there, and I went to a camp that had a circus program. But I don't know. Pee-wee just kind of popped out one day, pretty much fully fleshed-out and fully formed. 

The Wizard of 'OZ': Various biographies have claimed he was specifically based on someone you knew, but they often disagree on who it was. Do you identify him with any particular person from your past? PR: Yeah, there are certainly little bits and pieces of other people in him, but mostly, he's just a made-up creation. I spent a lot of years prior to that just observing behavior and watching people. So it blends lots of stuff, including people I don't actually know. 

The Wizard of 'OZ': From your early comedy days to the end of the CBS TV series, you played Pee-wee for about 20 years. How did he develop, or how did you refine the character over that time? PR: More than really developing him or refining him, he sort of expanded. At a certain point, I realized "This is what you're doing." I sort of let Pee-wee do things that I hadn't originally thought of. I can't really explain that, but the boundaries of what Pee-wee could be and what he could do just sort of expanded. 

The Wizard of 'OZ': The Pee-wee Herman Show was a little more aimed at adults. When did you decide to make him primarily a kids' character? PR: It was sort of two-fold. We did performances of the stage show at the Roxy Theater on the Sunset Strip in L.A., and it was designed to be performed at midnight, so obviously it was for adults. But it was designed to mesh together all the shows that the audience had grown up on, to push nostalgic buttons for old-fashioned kids' shows. It wasn't particularly… I would argue that it was very similar to Pee-wee's Playhouse. It's certainly a little racier, but racy like people going "No, I reeeally like you," instead of saying "I'm hot for you." So it's racy, but just in an corny, old-fashioned kind of way. There's probably more innuendo in the actual kids' show. 

The Wizard of 'OZ': Is it true that the idea for Pee-wee's Playhouse came from Andy Kaufman? PR: No, it's not. I've heard that a lot, but I don't know where that came from, actually. Andy had Andy's Funhouse around the same time. I saw it performed—I was this huge Andy Kaufman fan. But no, we were just both doing kids' shows. In fact, around the same time, David Arquette's father, Lewis Arquette, was doing this kids' show for late-night television called Uncle Late Night. So there were a lot of things that were kind of the same thing. When I look back at them now, I think what Andy did wasn't really similar to what I did.


The Wizard of 'OZ': The Internet Movie Database says you had "complete creative control over Pee-wee's Playhouse, with three minor exceptions," but it doesn't give any details. Do you remember what the exceptions were? PR: In the first episode, the network said "You can't stick that pencil in that potato, because pencils are sharp, and you might encourage kids to stab things." So we didn't do that. Let's see. There was an episode they got a letter about, where there was a fire in the playhouse, and a firefighter showed up and he and Miss Yvonne were flirting, and he said "You have to have a smoke detector," and she said "I have one in my bedroom, above the bed." They asked us to change that for subsequent airings of the show, so we went in and looped dialogue over it, so instead, she said "I have one in my kitchen." I put it back to the original version for the DVD release. There was a shot of a bathroom door that we held for a really long time, and you could hear Pee-wee peeing. They asked us to tone the sound of the peeing down, and add a score so it was a little less graphic. All the changes they asked us to make seemed really reasonable to me, and we accommodated them. I think in 45 episodes, there were only maybe three other changes they ever asked for. 

The Wizard of 'OZ': Was it difficult to secure that kind of creative freedom? PR: No. It was a really remarkable situation—they were completely open to what we were trying to do. They liked what we were doing, and understood it, and they'd go along with almost anything. It'd be very difficult to get that kind of situation today. 

The Wizard of 'OZ': Were you ever tempted to push the envelope, to see how far you could go or what you could get away with? PR: Honestly, I think we did that every day, though never in a conscious or deliberate kind of way. 

The Wizard of 'OZ': Do you think Pee-wee appealed to you for the same reason he appealed to children? PR: I really think it's the same for me as it is for them. I've always felt like a kid, and I still feel like a kid, and I've never had any problem tapping into my childhood, and my kid side. And I think that's a very universal thing, I don't think it's unique to me at all. People I've talked to in their 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s have all told me "You know, I still feel 20." So I don't expect that I'm going to be any different. 

The Wizard of 'OZ': You work in an industry that loves scandals and can be merciless about publicly exploiting and judging any sign of impropriety. And it's certainly been merciless with you. Did you ever consider getting into another line of work? PR: You know, I'm not sure there's anything else out there I'd really be suited for. Some job where I got to boss people around, I guess. It just never really entered my head to leave. I think my entire career path was determined for me when I was 6 years old, watching reruns of I Love Lucy on TV and thinking about making people laugh.

*Actually interviewed by Tasha Robinson, A.V. Club

Sometin' Smells kinda funny....

*Thanks, Daryn

Overheard at WAL*MART

As I was retrieving a shopping cart in Wal Mart yesterday a particularly unkempt, unattractive and mean spirited woman who actually reeked of body odor pushed me aside. Shoving past me, the woman snarled at her kids, almost knocking another older lady down, grabbed the first cart and swung it around hitting an older man working there as one of the Wal Mart Greeter.

As she pulled the cart away from the Greeter's stomach, in a kind and calming voice the Greeter, while gesturing towards the two children said to to her, "Are they Twins?"

Glaring at him she snapped back saying, "No you old fool, the brat's 9 and the little witch is 7, are you so blind you think they look alike?"

"No replied the Greeter calmly, "I just couldn't believe you got laid twice.


*Thanks, Daryn


Babies are a gift from GOD

Miami Vice

Sexy rock 'n' roll world of crooks and cops

Starring: Jamie Fox, Colin Farrell

Synopsis: Ricardo Tubbs (Jamie Foxx) is urbane and dead smart. He lives with Bronx-born Intel analyst Trudy (Naomie Harris), as they work undercover transporting drug loads into South Florida to identify a group responsible for three murders. Sonny Crockett (Colin Farrell) [to the untrained eye, his presentation may seem unorthodox, but procedurally, he is sound] is charismatic and flirtatious until - while undercover working with the supplier of the South Florida group - he gets romantically entangled with Isabella (Gong Li), the Chinese-Cuban wife of an arms and drugs trafficker. The best undercover identity is oneself with the volume turned up and restraint unplugged. The intensity of the case pushes Crockett and Tubbs out onto the edge where identity and fabrication become blurred, where cop and player become one - especially for Crockett in his romance with Isabella and for Tubbs in the provocation of an assault on those he loves.

After a tragic security breach in the Joint Inter-Agency Task Force (JIATF), the FBI ask for help from the Miami authorities, who are not part of the compromised group. This assignment goes to Detectives James 'Sonny' Crockett and Ricardo 'Rico' Tubbs. Going undercover as offshore boat racers and outlaw smugglers Sonny Burnett and Rico Cooper, they take on the narcotrafficking network of the mysterious Archangel de Jesus Montoya-Londono and his Cuban Chinese banker Isabella. The intensity of the case pushes Crockett and Tubbs out onto the edge where identity and fabrication become blurred, where cop and player become one - especially when Crockett falls for Isabella, and when there is an assault on Tubbs's loved ones.

Review: (Los Angeles, California) Unlike other recent film versions of TV shows like The Dukes of Hazzard, Starsky & Hutch and Bewitched, which toyed with the innate campiness of their source material, Miami Vice plays it straight.

Deadly straight, actually.

It's so self-serious at times, it'll prompt you to laugh out loud at moments that aren't supposed to be funny. Which is a total letdown because, theoretically, this is Michael Mann's pure, true vision, now that he's free from the television decency standards that constrained him when his series was at the height of its pop-culture prowess in the mid-1980s.

The film looks fantastic, though - shot in intense, intimate high-definition like Collateral, in which Mann explored the seedy side of Los Angeles with Jamie Foxx in the driver's seat.

It's still a sexy, rock 'n' roll world of crime and corruption that the ever-fashionable vice cops Sonny Crockett and Ricardo Tubbs inhabit. And a couple of shootouts are inordinately creative in their violence and bloodshed. You truly feel as if you're in the back seat when high-powered rifle fire pierces the windshield, then the bad-guy driver, then the leather seat. It's disturbing and, at the same time, extremely cool.

But the story is simultaneously convoluted and forgettable (it has something to do with the duo infiltrating a drug cartel to determine the source of an intelligence leak, in case you care). It's actually quite easy to lose track of what these people are supposed to be doing while they're zooming around in expensive convertibles and slashing by speedboat through Biscayne Bay.

This time, Foxx rides shotgun as Tubbs to Colin Farrell's Crockett. And he's woefully underused, even though he clearly serves as the film's sole source of depth, while Farrell gets the corny lines.

No pastel T-shirts or white linen suits like Don Johnson and Philip Michael Thomas used to wear; everything in this modern-day Miami setting comes in dark, understated shades of steely blue and grey. The most striking style statement is Farrell's hair: You'll sit there mentally debating, is that a mullet or not? And does playing an undercover detective dictate that he has to wear that porn-star moustache?

These guys don't screw around, though, and that can be thrilling to watch. They bust in, kick butt, blow things up and leave, all in time to grab a couple of mojitos afterward. But don't expect any buddy-cop banter from this incarnation of Crockett and Tubbs. They're all business, and Mann, as writer-director, has made a refreshing choice by not trying to force a cutesy friendship on them.

Tubbs has his partner's back when Crockett gets involved with the dangerous Isabella (Gong Li), the cartel's money launderer. Gong, long a favorite actress of Chinese director Zhang Yimou, is stunningly gorgeous as always but often incomprehensible in a rare English-language role. (Many actors are, though; the frequently muffled dialogue seems to have been intentional. It's definitely off-putting.)

But her scenes with Farrell, which include an impromptu jaunt to Havana for all-night drinks and dancing, exude an undeniable heat.

Crockett knows it's stupid to get involved with Isabella, who's already involved with the deadly Montoya (Luis Tosar), who runs the cartel. The question that lingers throughout Miami Vice is: Is he really into her? Or merely wielding his sexy-bad-boy wiles to get close to her and extract information? The duality of his identity, and the few moments of introspection he allows himself, result in some of the film's most cringeworthy moments.

But they're not as bad as the entire performance from John Ortiz, who clearly watched Scarface too many times in preparation for his role as midlevel drug runner Jose Yero.

He never asks you to say hello to his little friend, but you suspect he could at any moment.

*Review by Christy Lemire, Associated Press

¹: "One Sheet" Size: 27" x 41" (typically pre - 1985); 27" x 40" (typically post - 1985)

Type: Printed on paper stock. Before 1985, usually folded; after 1985, usually rolled.

History: Traditionally, the one-sheet (OS) is the "standard" size for movie advertising in North America. The one sheet is undeniably the most popular size for collectors and consumers alike. Most new movie releases since 1985 were advertised using this size

In addition to the regular release One-Sheet poster produced for most movies, there are also "special" versions made for some films. They are as follows:

Advance: Sometimes called "Teasers", Advance One-Sheets are released before the film comes out. Some of the Advance posters have completely different artwork than the poster accompanying the final release version. Some are identical to the release One-Sheet, with the only difference being the word "Advance", "Coming Soon", or a specific date will be printed along the bottom.

Anniversary: These one-sheets mark the anniversary of the original release date of an all-time favorite movie, such as "Casablanca" or "Gone with the Wind". They can be elaborate with different artwork than the original release One-Sheet.

Awards: Award One-Sheets indicate somewhere on the poster that the movie has either won an award, or been nominated for an award.

Different Versions: Sometimes a film will have a series of One-Sheets as part of its advertising campaign. You might see many styles of One-Sheets for the same film, called Style A, B, etc. Each of these styles will have different artwork.

Double-Sided: Many of the One-Sheets that are currently produced are double-sided, meaning that they have printing on both the front and the back of the poster. These can be used in light boxes in movie theater lobbies.

Lenticular: Lenticular posters are three-dimensional, holographic designs. An example of a Lenticular poster is "The Lost World: Jurassic Park"

Limited Edition: Limited Editions contain original artwork and are released in limited numbers. Some are even individually numbered.

Re-Release: If a film is re-released, you will often find different artwork for each release. Examples of this are "Gone with the Wind" and "Star Wars".

Review: These One-Sheets have very little artwork or credit information, and contains mostly quotes from movie critics, newspapers and magazines.

Video Release: Often the artwork on a poster that is produced for the Video Release of a film differs from the One-Sheet artwork produced for the theatrical release.

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Tyler Lewis - Saskatchewan IDOL Hopeful

Tyler Lewis

Age: 19 Occupation: Waiter Hometown: Rockglen, SK Audition City: Regina, SK Place of Birth: Moose Jaw, SK Studied In: Medicine Hat, AB Nickname: “Lou” or “Lewy” Musical Style: “All types.” Identifies With: Bryan Adams Canadian Idols: Nickelback Favourite Song: “Depends on mood.” Motto: “I don’t do things halfway.” “I just want the viewers to know that I am just a small town kid and music is the most important thing to me.” 

Tyler credits his strong singing and his tremendous determination for securing himself a position in the Top 22 of Canadian Idol. He is proud of this accomplishment and proud of the fact he has finished high school and paid for his own car. What was Tyler’s worst day of his life? “During the week in Toronto when the hair and make-up ladies attacked my eyebrows with the tweezers,” he says. ”I didn’t know my eyebrows were capable of generating that much pain.” Tyler would love an opportunity to attend a Bon Jovi or Guns ‘n’ Roses concert and have a career similar to that of Bryan Adams. “If I could have a career as good as his someday, I’d be pretty happy.” Tyler is a huge fan of steak and potatoes, Will Ferrell, The Family Guy and his belt buckle that sports a beer bottle opener. He could not live without the CD player in his car. 

However, he could live without haunted houses. “I’ll go on pretty much any ride but I hate those creepy ones.” In order to become the next Canadian Idol, Tyler says, “I’m just going to take things one day at a time and put on the best performance I can every week. I plan to just be myself.” The song title that best describes Tyler? Small Town, Big Dreams, he says.

* -- CTV
Listen to the song "I've Been To Moose Jaw"

Oprah Says She's Not Gay

Rumors of Oprah's alleged homosexuality have been circulating for some time, but Oprah herself set the record straight in the August 2006 issue of O Magazine.

Oprah says that although she and rumored lesbian friend Gayle King are very close, she is not gay.

Winfrey says, "There isn't a definition in our culture for this kind of bond between women."

She also says she believes there is nothing wrong with gay people, which is evident by her close professional relationship with openly gay feature designer Nate Berkus.

Oprah's Not Gay, But These Celebrities Are:

Gay celebrities keep us in awe with their talent, persona, irresistible looks and charm. These red carpet celebrities are the top gay hotties on the screen, in print, on the runway or the airways.

 1) Rufus Wainwright
Rufus isn't picture perfect, but his mystique, voice and style make him irresistable. He's sincere and his lyrics hit the heart harder than your high school crush.

 2) Darryl Stephens
Darryl Stephens got his break in MTV's racy 1999 series, "Undressed," about college love and relationships. The series was my first exposure to mainstream gay characters. Stephens has grown quite a bit since then in another cutting edge series, LOGO's "Noah's Arc". Stephens plays the heartthrob and lead character Noah Nicholson.

 3) Chad Allen
There is nothing more appealing than a hot gay man that knows what he wants and how to get it. Chad Allen is one of the few teen stars that have matured into great adult actors. He's open about his recovery, his political ideas and his longing for a equal society.

 4) Nate Berkus
When you get Oprah's stamp of approval, you know you've made it! But Nate Berkus' talent speaks for itself on Oprah's Decorate With Nate. This self-taught hottie created Nate Berkus Associates in 1995 at the age of 24.

 5) Keith Boykin
Some would argue that author and public speaker, Keith Boykin, is all about controversy. Don't let his boyish looks and sexy bald head fool you, the author of "Beyond the Down Low : Sex, Lies, and Denial in Black America" will tell it like it is (and say the things we all want to avoid). Look Keith in the eye and he'll quickly draw you into his world and his place on this top ten hot list.

 6) Christopher Rice
Christopher Rice takes after his mom, Anne Rice, in many ways. He writes compelling novels and his characters are among the most intriguing in the literary world. No wonder, he himself exudes a sex appeal that spills over into his characters.

 7) Kyan Douglas
You picked it! Queer Eye for the Straight Guy Grooming Guru, Kyan Douglas won the favorite queer eye poll. Kyan is dangerous with a blow dryer and eyebrow pencil, but many of us wonder how gentle he is with the heart.

 8) Tom Ford
Tom has taken the fashion world by storm, redefining top houses Perry Ellis, Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent. TIME magazine named him Best American Designer in 2001. Everything Tom touches turns to gold and he has the looks to sweeten the deal. Now riding solo as the head of his own company, Tom Ford, he's embarking on new adventures, including this top ten list.

 9) Randy Harrison
Randy has been acting since age seven, but his gay coming of age role as Justin Taylor on "Queer as Folk" put him on the gay map. Randy is now catching eyes and turning heads on Broadway.

 10) Jensen Atwood
Another Noah's Arc favorite hits the top list. This up and coming actor is one to be reckoned with. Atwood acted along Halle Berry in the 2005 TV movie "Their Eyes Were Watching God." Once fans defog their glasses, they can watch the heartthrob on reruns of LOGO's "Noah's Arc."

Attitude IS Everything!

Attitude is everything!


Adam and Eve

After creating heaven and earth, God created Adam and Eve. And the first thing he said was "DON'T!"

"Don't what?" Adam replied.

"Don't eat the forbidden fruit." God said.

"Forbidden fruit? We have forbidden fruit? Hey Eve..we have forbidden fruit!!!!!"

"No Way!"

"Yes way!"

"Do NOT eat the fruit!" said God.


"Because I am your Father and I said so!" God replied, wondering why He hadn't stopped creation after making the elephants. A few minutes later, God saw His children having an apple break and He was angry ! "Didn't I tell you not to eat the fruit?" God asked.

"Uh huh," Adam replied.

"Then why did you?" said the Father.

"I don't know," said Eve.

"She started it!" Adam said

"Did not!"

"Did too!"


Having had it with the two of them, God's punishment was that Adam and Eve should have children of their own. Thus the pattern was set and it has never changed.

*Thanks, Allan


Larry gets home late one night and his wife, Linda, and says, "Where in the hell have you been?"

Larry replies, "I was out getting a tattoo."

" A tattoo?" she frowned. "What kind of tattoo did you get?"

"I got a hundred dollar bill on my privates," he said proudly.

" What the hell were you thinking?" she said, shaking her head in disdain. "Why on earth would an accountant get a hundred dollar bill tattooed on his dick?"

"Well, for one, I like to watch my money grow. Two, once in a while I like to play with my money. Three, I like how money feels in my hand. And, lastly, instead of you going out shopping, you can stay right here at home and blow a hundred bucks anytime you want."

Larry is recovering in room 232 at John Hopkins Hospital.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Image of Hope

I believe in these difficult and mean-spirited times in which we live there needs to be a message of hope. Just a single image that speaks to us of love, harmony, peace and joy. An image that suggests the universal brotherhood of man. I have found that image, and I ask that you take a moment to be inspired by it.

Image of Hope

*Thanks, Daryn

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Where would you be?????????

















Peter Paige

Gay Celebrity Profile: Actor
by Ramon Johnson From Ramon Johnson, Your Guide

About Peter Paige: Peter Paige is an accomplished stage, film and television actor. Peter enjoys tennis, sushi and candy during his "limited" off-time in Los Angeles.

Peter's First Break: On his first Los Angeles audition, Peter landed a guest starring role on the TV series, "Suddenly Susan". His television credits also include guest roles on "Will & Grace", "Time of Your Life", "Girlfriends", and "Caroline in the City".

The Queer As Folk Legacy: Millions of households invited Emmett into their homes during Showtime's previous breakthrough series, "Queer As Folk". Peter Paige played the essentric Emmett Honeycutt.

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Peter Paige on Stage: Peter Paige has worked with several regional theaters throughout the U.S. His favorite theatrical roles were "A Midsummer Night’s Dream" (Portland Center Stage), "The Rivals" (Portland Center Stage), "Secret Agents" (Artemis Productions), "You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown" (Charles Playhouse ), and "Pantophobia" (HBO Workspace), his two-man show written and performed with Abraham Higginbotham.

Peter Paige on Screen: Peter created his own production company, Best Little Boy Productions, in 2003. Its inaugural feature, "Say Uncle", was written and directed by Peter himself and starred Kathy Najimy, Anthony Clark, Lisa Edelstein, Jim Ortleib, Melanie Lynskey, and Gabrielle Union.

Other film credits include Don McKellar’s "Childstar", the Showtime movie "Our America" (Sundance 2002), "Pop", and the award-winning shorts "The Four of Us" and "The Shooting".

Monday, July 24, 2006

Ever locked your keys in your car?

If you lock your keys in the car and the spare keys are at home, call someone on your (or someone else's) cell phone.

Hold your cell phone about a foot from your car door and have the other person at your home press the unlock button of your key fob (clicker), holding it near the phone on their end. Your car doors will unlock. Saves someone from having to drive your keys to you.

Distance is no object you could be hundreds of miles away, and if you can reach someone who has the other "remote" for your car, you can unlock the doors (or the trunk!).

Editor's Note * It works fine! We tried it out, and it unlocked our car over a cell phone!)

Mary Ann's Note: We tried this on two different types of vehicles here at the office and both times it worked for us. It also will work if the person calling is on a cell phone or land line Phone. Just might come in handy one day.

Pass this one on to your friends.

*Thanks, Andy

Claim: Any car equipped with a remote keyless entry system can be unlocked via cell phone.

Status: False.

See Urban Legends.com

Why can't I own a Canadian

Dr? Laura Schlessinger

Dr. Laura Schlessinger is a radio personality who dispenses advice to people who call in to her radio show. Recently, she said that, as an observant Orthodox Jew, homosexuality is an abomination according to Leviticus 18:22 and cannot be condoned under any circumstance. The following is an open letter to Dr. Laura penned by a east coast resident, which was posted on the Internet. It's funny, as well as informative:

Dear Dr. Laura:

Thank you for doing so much to educate people regarding God's Law. I have learned a great deal from your show, and try to share that knowledge with as many people as I can. When someone tries to defend the homosexual lifestyle, for example, I simply remind them that Leviticus 18:22 clearly states it to be an abomination. End of debate. I do need some advice from you, however, regarding some of the other specific laws and how to follow them:

When I burn a bull on the altar as a sacrifice, I know it creates a pleasing odour for the Lord - Lev.1:9. The problem is my neighbours. They claim the odour is not pleasing to them. Should I smite them?

I would like to sell my daughter into slavery, as sanctioned in Exodus 21:7. In this day and age, what do you think would be a fair price for her?

I know that I am allowed no contact with a woman while she is in her period of menstrual uncleanliness - Lev.15:19- 24. The problem is, how do I tell? I have tried asking, but most women take offence.

Lev. 25:44 states that I may indeed possess slaves, both male and female, provided they are purchased from neighbouring nations. A friend of mine claims that this applies to Mexicans, but not Canadians. Can you clarify? Why can't I own Canadians?

I have a neighbour who insists on working on the Sabbath. Exodus 35:2 clearly states he should be put to death. Am I morally obligated to kill him myself?

A friend of mine feels that even though eating shellfish is an abomination - Lev. 11:10, it is a lesser abomination than homosexuality. I don't agree. Can you settle this?

Lev. 21:20 states that I may not approach the altar of God if I have a defect in my sight. I have to admit that I wear reading glasses. Does my vision have to be 20/20, or is there some wiggle room here?

Most of my male friends get their hair trimmed, including the hair around their temples, even though this is expressly forbidden by Lev. 19:27. How should they die?

I know from Lev. 11:6-8 that touching the skin of a dead pig makes me unclean, but may I still play football if I wear gloves?

My uncle has a farm. He violates Lev. 19:19 by planting two different crops in the same field, as does his wife by wearing garments made of two different kinds of thread (cotton/polyester blend). He also tends to curse and blaspheme a lot. Is it really necessary that we go to all the trouble of getting the whole town together to stone them? - Lev.24:10-16. Couldn't we just burn them to death at a private family affair like we do with people who sleep with their in-laws? (Lev.20:14)

I know you have studied these things extensively, so I am confident you can help. Thank you again for reminding us that God's word is eternal and unchanging.

Your devoted fan, Jim