ARTICLE: HX my interview with liza minnelli. yes, liza minnelli. to read the story: click on this link; log into the site; then come back and click on this link again, and you'll be brought to the right page.
As was reported in the news last week, Florida's fine folks braced themselves (ourselves, I should say) for the wrath of Tropical Storm Isaac; hurricane shutters were pulled, outdoor furniture was relocated to the refuge of indoors, and I dismantled the various planters I've constructed in our building's front yard so I could stash the plants in our front entryway. Among the plants were some pots of milkweed, which are vociferously eaten by the hordes of Monarch caterpillars living on them. Seriously, there are always so many caterpillars on them, I've never seen one plant sprout a single flower.
The storm passed with just some rain, so I moved everything back outside again. Time marched on. Then that brings us to today, much to my delight, which is the day another round of butterflies has hatched. I spotted three outside, including this lady drying her wings:
It's all very exciting. Hello, ma'am. Best of luck to you on your travels and subsequent repopulating of your almost-endangered species.
I walked back inside, and what's this? Apparently a caterpillar crawled off one of the plants during the hurricane interlude and made a cocoon somewhere in the entryway--which means she hatched right there.
I might have gasped and oooed and ahhed a little bit but no one was there to hear it so I wasn't embarrassed about my lapse in masculinity. I scooped her onto my phone and tossed her out the door. She flew away, at first a little herkily-jerkily but then she got the hang of it, sort of like the buttefly version of throwing a kid into the deep end of the pool and calling it swimming lessons.
I say "she," btw, because the orange/black ones are female. Males are more orange.
I was introduced to the McKayla Is Not Impressed meme, a homage to McKayla Maroney (who happens to be my favorite Olympian because of her reluctance to give insincere hugs to her competitors). As a result, I've spent hours making my own photos. Sadly, the person running the page has NOT accepted my photos for publication, so I'm posting them here.
McKayla does not approve of Ryan Lochte's grill. McKayla thinks it is gross. McKayla wants him to keep his mouth closed in general, grill or no grill, because his attempts to form sentences usually don't work well. Instead, he should just stand there in his Speedo so she can giggle.
McKayla think Danell Leyva has nice abs but she prefers the youthful pert of Tom Daley. Although McKayla is pretty sure Tom Daley would be a good friend to, perhaps, take shopping.
Although I always enjoy watching the gymnasts fall off the equipment achieve feats of super-human strength and agility, the highlight thus far has been the absolutely awesome white water rafting course constructed for the London 2012 Olympics. I hope to get in a raft and zoom down the course some day. Can we please organize a trip to England to zoom down this thing?
I saw this guy--
--compete on the rings, and it was like Harry Potter was using magic to levitate him in the air. He was unreal, so so good.
On the heels of my own victory in chemistry class--
(...oh, did I mention this?
--where I had to prove myself amongst people half my age, I am now rooting for the grey-haired Bulgarian, Jordan Jovtchev.
NBC censored this part of the Olympics opening ceremonies--a tribute to victims of a terrorist attack in London--because, apparently, they didn't want to make people mad there wasn't also a tribute to the Israeli athletes killed at the Munich games back in 1972. Whatever the reason...NBC made a choice to censor the opening ceremonies from American audiences.
It's especially ironic considering these few minutes were probably the best part of the otherwise dismal ceremony, where the main attractions were YouTube videos played on giant screens, with people pantomiming action on the ground. What is English slang for "crap"?
Two years ago, I had an idea for a story: compose a definitive list of the Top 10 "must-see" movies that gay people must see, as an introductory crash course in their history and culture. Lots of these lists exist on various blogs--anyone who takes the time to write anything and publish it on the internet for the world to enjoy is inherently someone who gives a lot of value to his/her own opinions on things. But rather than me put together what I thought was right, I emailed all the LGBT film festivals and asked their programmers to vote. And I emailed Sundance, just for the hell of it. And surprise surprise, almost everyone responded--even the Sundance fellow. How cool is that?
Hundreds of emails and much begging later, it is now 2012 and it is finally finished--stretched from Top 10 to Top 12, but they're not in any particular order. Click here: LGBT film
This is a great starter for people who haven't seen many independent films, or have heard of "Brokeback Mountain" and that's the extent of their knowledge. My goal is to send this to student groups at colleges, so they can plan movie nights. Times change, and there are images of gay people everywhere now, but for some people it's still not enough to ease the stress of living a closeted life. Watching a film, particularly one with a positive message, can be life-changing.
...and they're also good movies regardless of the social significance. My personal favorites are "Priscilla" and "Bound."