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Goodbye 2016

2016 Has been a really rough year

Beyond all of the politically motivated lies, distortions and animosity generated by the U.S. Presidential election, 2016 was intense, to say the least. My friend James passed away early in the year. His long battle with lung cancer and COPD sort of prepared us, but it was still shocking when his passing finally happened. He was one of the first people I met when I moved to San Francisco. While he hadn’t been a day-to-day friend for some years, he was still in the mix. I’ve thought about him quite often throughout the year, and for me, I’ll always remember 2016 as the year of James’ passing.

Good things happened in 2016, too.

One of the definite highlights of 2016 for me was the 25th anniversary of the Wicked Sound System. I’m proud of all that we’ve accomplished as a collective over the past quarter century. We held several events to celebrate our milestone, and it was awesome to see so many people that have supported us over the years. Wicked represents a community of like-minded, musically-focused people and we create a powerfully uplifting energy when we groove together. I’m looking forward to another 25 years of dance-magick with a touch of mayhem.

I’ve been interviewed for and featured in several documentary films. All of them are at various stages of production, but one finally had a premiere. I thought it was OK, but it reflected the filmmakers’ version of events and IMHO the story telling was tepid at best. I believe they received a lot of similar feedback because they told me the film is being recut. We shot my parts about 4 or 5 years ago, so it was cool to see the work come to fruition. I’m glad I got to go to the film festival and experience the premiere, overall, it was a great experience.

Another lovely but mainly bittersweet experience of 2016 was the memorial service for my friend James. His partner of 16 years did an excellent job of organizing everything through his grieving process. He had help, James had quite a few friends, and it was a beautiful and fitting tribute. We held the service in Golden Gate Park on a lovely spring day. It was sad, and I cried more than a few times that day, but it was so nice to reconnect with people I haven’t seen live and in person for years. As much as I love the Internet and social media for keeping in touch with far-flung friends, nothing beats being together IRL.

I had a lot of fun traveling in 2016. I got to reconnect with friends in the Mid-West, and I even met some new friends. It was busy, but still an exciting summer for me.

In Autumn of 2016, I focused mainly on work. One of the highlights was participating in my first NaNoWriMo. I met some interesting writers, and I won NaNo by writing 50,000 words in the 30 days of November. To document the project, I set up a YouTube channel and that has been a cool experience. I was in the AV club in Junior High and the video club in High School. I went to film school for a couple of years before dropping out for financial reasons. It’s been exciting to see how the technology has evolved. Production and editing are so much easier now, and I’m learning a lot about the platform and the medium.

Music Lost Some Luster

IDK if this is a comprehensive list of those who passed in 2016, but it sure made me sad to compile it.

From my world of late night dancing:
David Bowie, David Mancuso (DJ & Pioneer of NYC Dance Culture), Colonel Abrams (House Music artist).

From my world of 80’s classics:
Prince Rogers Nelson (better known as Prince)m Denise Matthews (aka Vanity), John Berry (Beastie Boys). As well as Pete Burns (Dead or Alive) and George Michael (Wham!).

From my world of 90’s classics:
Attrell Cordes (aka Prince Be from P.M. Dawn), and Malek Isaac Taylor (aka Phife Dawg from A Tribe Called Quest).

From my world of black radio:
Nicholas Caldwell (Whispers), Maurice White (Earth, Wind & Fire), Joey Feek (Joey + Rory), Leon Haywood (The singer is best known for, ‘I Want’a Do Something Freaky to You’). Also, Bernie Worrell (Parliament-Funkadelic), Juan Gabriel, Prince Buster (original pioneer of Ska music),

From the realm of, I never knew how much I should have appreciated you:
Rod Temperton (Band member of Heatwave; Songwriter who penned ‘Thriller,’ ‘Rock With You,’ ‘Off the Wall,’ ‘Give Me the Night,’ ‘Boogie Nights,’ ‘Always and Forever’).

From my world of Baby Boomer Rock:
Glenn Frey (Eagles), Signe Andersen (Jefferson Airplane), Paul Kantner (Jefferson Airplane), Greg Lake (Emerson, Lake & Palmer), Keith Emerson (Emerson, Lake & Palmer).

While their work doesn’t personally resonate with me, the world also lost Leonard Cohen, Leon Russell, Gato Barbieri, Sharon Jones, Lemmy from Motorhead, and Merle Haggard.

Connect with Q

I won #NaNoWriMo2016 by writing the first 50,000 words of the first draft of my current work in progress #WiP. You can follow the development of this project on my YouTube channel

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Word Nerd

Emoji is the fastest growing language in the world

Shigetaka Kurita designed the first emoji set that laid the foundation for what is now the world’s fastest-growing form of communication. Kurita’s original 176 designs, which launched in February 1999 for Japanese mobile phones, were weirdly specific, including no fewer than five phases of the moon, three timepieces (watch, clock, sand-timer) and two states of an umbrella (open, closed).

Today, more than 1,800 emojis are in the current set. And emoji are estimated to be used by more than 90% of the world’s online population.

For some, these “brainless little icons” (as Guardian art critic Jonathan Jones described them last year) represent not an adjunct but a regression for our species. Their precursor, hieroglyphics, Jones argues, never produced an Iliad or an Odyssey because, put simply, the written word is infinitely more adaptable. But, for most, emojis offer not a substitute for the written word, but a complement, lending brevity or wit, irony or joy, to a text message.

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The people who use emojis are indeed proving detractors wrong, at least regarding the form’s adaptability. For example, denied a pictorial penis, millions have come to rely on the aubergine emoji – purple engorged, topped with a pubic shock of green leaves. This abusage is now so widespread that, in 2015, Instagram banned search results for photographs tagged with an aubergine emoji, fearing their users would include it as a signifier of nudity. An American woman solidified the double meaning in the minds of many, when, last month, she launched a vibrator made in the eggplant’s image.

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QBooks

NaNoWriMo Wednesday Weigh-In #5

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NaNoWriMo Update

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NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month, an annual event where writers try to complete a 50,000-word draft in November. This is my 5th, and final progress report.

This week’s Word Count
It’s the last day of the month, and The NaNoWriMo HQ Team has verified my final word count as: 50,212
I passed the 50k mark around 8 pm on November 30th. I did it! I set a goal for myself, I worked every day to achieve it, and I accomplished my goal. Yay me! Continue Reading

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Word Nerd

Deter | Word Nerd’s Word of the Week

This week’s word is: Deter

The word Deter means to turn aside, discourage, or prevent from acting. It can also mean ‘inhibit’. An example of it in a sentence: The cold weather didn’t deter people from holiday shopping.
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Current Event QBooks

Clown Pranks reported all across the country

Keep Calm and Carry On

Based on a (sort of) true story

All month long, I’ve been working on the first draft a manuscript for #NaNoWriMo2016 As I was discussing my #WiP with another writer, I mentioned that my subplot includes pranksters who dress up like a ghost. She told me there’s currently a creepy clown epidemic in this country… I had no idea Continue Reading

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Word Nerd

Verbatim | Word Nerd’s word of the week

This week’s word is: Verbatim

The word Verbatim made its way into English via Latin and it means, “in the exact words.” and is used when you’re copying or quoting someone or something ‘word for word, exactly.’
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Uncategorized Word Nerd

Grammar Report 14 November 2016

I didn’t really analyze a whole lot of words last week, but I did make a video of my grammar report, which you can see below Continue Reading

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QBooks

Diversity in Progress for my WiP

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Diversity in my WiP

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The mix of characters in my WiP reflects the diversity of my experience in the SF Bay Area. It only seemed natural to me to have my characters reflect the diversity of the place where the story takes place.

While discussing my Work in Progress (WiP/Two weeks into this, and I’m already learning the lingo!) with one of the other NaNoWriMo participants, she told me about this group called, We Need Diverse Books.
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Word Nerd

Fallacies | Word Nerd

Logical Fallacies

Defined as common errors in reasoning that will undermine the logic of your argument, fallacies can be either illegitimate arguments or irrelevant points. They are often identified because they lack evidence to support their claims. Continue Reading

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NaNoWriMo Wednesday Weigh-In #2

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NaNoWriMo Update

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NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month, an annual event where writers try to complete a 50,000-word draft in November. This is my 2nd progress report.

This week’s Word Count
Second report of the month and my word count is now,
16,747
Hopefully, I can keep this up for a strong finish! Continue Reading

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Word Nerd

Word Nerd: That’s What She Said

Double Entendres

This week’s Word Nerd features the concept of a “double entendre,” which comes to English from a French phrase that can be understood to mean, ‘two ways of hearing.’ It is a word or phrase open to two interpretations, one of which is usually risqué or indecent. Continue Reading

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QBooks

NaMoWriMo Wednesday Weigh-In #1

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NaNoWriMo Update

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NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) spans the month of November which ends on a Wednesday this year. Because of that, Wednesdays are the days I’ll be posting updates every week.

As a first-time participant, I have pledged to write 50,000-word words of the first draft of a new novel in 30 days. Each week, I will report my word count totals as part of a “Wednesday Weigh-In” series. This video is my 1st progress report.

My word count right now is, 2,571

At a minimum, I need to write about 1,667 words every day to reach the 50k threshold. Given that metric, I’m already ahead by about 904 words! Hopefully, I can keep this up! Continue Reading

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Holidays

Some of the origins of Halloween and Trick or Treating

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Origins of Halloween

Straddling the line between fall and winter, plenty, and paucity, life, and death, Halloween is a time of celebration and superstition. Continue Reading

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QBooks

NaNoWriMo Preparation is going fairly well

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NaNoWriMo Prep

With one week to go before the event officially begins, I have completed more than half of my summary/outline. I’m fairly confident that this approach will put me in the best position to just sit down and bang out words every day. NaNo is all about daily word counts, which is a metric fraught with inherent tension. Continue Reading

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NaNoWriMo – I signed up

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NaNoWriMo is a global event

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) began as a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. Over the years it has grown to be a global event for writers of all kinds who commit to writing at least 50,000 words during the month of November.

On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30. And I signed up to do this! Continue Reading

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Books Word Nerd

“No-E” in this novel: Gadsby

Word Nerd: The “no-E” novel

Believe it or not, there’s a 50,000-word novel that doesn’t contain a single letter ‘e’ in it, beyond the cover or the introduction explaining the constraints of the project. Continue Reading

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Current Event Film Holidays

Happy Mean Girls Day

Mean Girls – The Movie

The 2004 movie, Mean Girls clearly illustrates the passive-aggressive ways that girls are socialized to interact with one another. It’s a slice of life type of film that resonates with the zeitgeist. It’s a rare film that resonates in such a way to transcend its own time period to become a classic. IMHO, Mean Girls is just such a film. Even a decade on, I think it still holds up really well. Continue Reading

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Community

IDK Why This Is A Thing on Tumblr

I set up a Tumblr

One of my author friends suggested I check out Tumblr. She’s been very successful on the platform; connecting with other authors, finding beta readers and interacting with a community of people who are passionate about books. It didn’t take much to convince me. She wasn’t the first person to sing the praises of the platform. Continue Reading

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Word Nerd

Word Nerd: Another Batch of Podcasts to Checkout

The UK’s Guardian Online posted their top podcast picks to “make you smarter by listening”

A Podcast For Fans of Fiction

The New Yorker Fiction PodcastPodcast for Fiction Book Lovers is close to being the greatest book group, English seminar and public lecture you never joined. Each month the magazine’s fiction editor, Deborah Treisman, invites a different New Yorker author as a guest. Each guest chooses and reads aloud a story from the magazine’s archive then they discuss it.

The Guardian started with AM Homes reading Shirley Jackson’s short story The Lottery, set in a sinister and haunting village. It’s the short story I wrote about back in 2012 when I covered some of the parallels it has with the Hunger Games.

A Podcast For Language Lovers

Is the English language your bag? Then Helen Zaltzman’s “The Allusionist” is the etymology party you’ve been waiting for. After all, who knew a simple word like ‘please’ could have such completely different meanings and uses on either side of the Atlantic?

A Podcast For Journalism Junkies

If you like your journalism lengthy, give a listen to the Longform Podcast. It features interviews with journalists such as Malcolm Gladwell and Kathryn Schulz. Speechwriters like Jon Favreau who worked with President Obama and editors like David Remnick have also been featured.

The Guardian’s own excellent podcast is a nice option too. It’s called, Long Reads audio series.

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Artist Current Event News

RIP: Alexis Arquette

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Alexis Arquette died today

Alexis made her transition surrounded by family in the late night hours of September 11, 2016. We were quite friendly for several decades and it was extremely shocking news to wake up to this morning. Continue Reading

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Word Nerd

Word Nerd: “Abracadabra”

The word “Abracadabra” is often said while one uses slight of hand. A magician might say it before pulling a rabbit out of his hat. Your kid brother could utter the word with a theatrical flair while doing a card trick.

Past Power of Abracadabra

In the past, the word itself held a power all its own.

Yes, hundreds of years ago people actually believed that the word “abracadabra” was a magical spell and its mere utterance could have a magical effect. Continue Reading

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Current Event

Haterade for Cargo Shorts? I don’t get it.

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Recently my social media feed has been filled with lots of hate for cargo shorts. The tirades have run a wide gamut. They go from trite quips on Twitter to tongue in cheek barbs that might be serious. (Thanks, Derrick Carter).

This morning I found an all-out screed railing against the “fashion infraction” of cargo shorts. Continue Reading

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Streets

Chicago

I’m excited to go to Chicago for a week to see family and friends. Of course I’ll stop by Gramophone Records and Smart Bar but until then, here’s a song to get me in the mood.

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Current Event Holidays Song

Star Spangled Banner’s Evolution

How the Star Spangled Banner evolved from a battle poem to standard sporting song.

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Books

Bucket List: Important Books to Read

MsMojo’s video below counts down their Top Ten Books To Read Before You Die. They claim that reading these novels will help to change your understanding of what it means to be human, will help you develop or deepen aspects of your character in some way or just make you a better person. In any case, they can make you a more thoughtful person if you consider the ideas they put forth and ruminate about how they might be applied to your own experience and to your own life. Continue Reading

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Current Event QBooks

Brexit Vote Results Shocker

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Wow! Brexit passed…

Welp, the people have spoken. The United Kingdom’s vote to exit the European Union has shocked the world. Like many people who value #Unity of all kinds, I’m doing my best to make sense of it now. My initial shock hit Thursday night but after some sleep and a bit of reflection, I’m not entirely surprised by the result. The Remain Campaign seemed weak in their marketing efforts. In my view, Cameron was the wrong face to lead the ‘stay in’ appeal. He engenders such visceral antagonism, that in many ways a vote for Brexit was, by proxy, a referendum on Cameron and Tory policy. In my view, the Remain Campaign didn’t do much to resonate with people’s emotions beyond a few knee-jerk fears. They appealed to reason too much and emotion too little. As a result, they ran a lackluster effort and the poll results reflect that.
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News

Social Media Accounts are now updated

You can now follow Quartknee on social media again

Everyone has their faves, so I’ve updated my web presence. You can find everything from the world of Q on the three main social platforms.

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Illustrates a slice of life from an author’s wanderings. Sidewalk Sofas, Good Times and Garden Lions are all recurring themes.

Mythosonix on Instagram
Follow the fictional adventures of the Mythosonix crew as they dive deep into the mix of Festivals, EDM Nightlife and DJ Culture.

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Word Nerd

Word of the Week: Cellfish

Cellfish is the word of the week. When spoken it sounds like ‘selfish’ which is basically what a person does with their phone when they’re being ‘cellfish’
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Word Nerd

Word of the Week: Mansplaining

The word of the week is: Mansplaining. It is a portmanteau of the words ‘man’ and ‘explaining.’ It is generally defined as “to explain something to someone, typically a man to woman, in a manner regarded as condescending or patronizing.”

Lots of men ‘mansplain’ to one another without condescension. When present, it often goes unnoticed or unacknowledged. As such it’s often unlabeled and just considered a normal part of conversation. To rise to a level that requires a label, the explaining has to be done without regard to the fact that the explainee knows more than the explainer. This is too often done by a man to a woman. Continue Reading

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Word Nerd

Word of the Week: Homunculus

Homunculus is our word of the week. It comes from Latin and generally means “Little Man.” Some translate it as “Little Person” which has become an emotionally charged term. Many see “Little Person” as condescending while others feel it empowers them. The Midget/Little Person issue has caused an outsized sense of consternation. Like many ‘politically correct’ terms, “Little Person” is a clunky alternative. The options for the plural often overwhelm. “Little Persons” and “Little People” are both acceptable English variations. Use of either term often leads to confusion as to which might be more acceptable. With no clear agreement, a neutral alternative was needed. Homunculus is a centuries old word with a variety of applications. Because of its Latin origin, homunculus has a more scientific or medical ring to it. The term has gained wider use in recent years. It often replaces both ‘midget’ and ‘little person’ in spoken and written communication.

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Babies in Medieval religious art were often depicted as small, diminutive men. To modern eyes they are “Super Ugly Medieval Babies.” Its acronym, ‘Sumba’ or ‘FMB” (Fugly Medieval Baby) can be seen all over the Internet and especially social media.
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Word Nerd

Word of the Week: Multisyllabic

Multisyllabic is an adjective used to describe words that have two or more syllables.
Some use the word interchangeably with ‘polysyllabic’. Words with only one syllable are called, “monosyllabic.” English has over nine thousand monosyllabic words. In comparison, words with six syllables are fairly rare. “Accountability” and “Generalization” are two words with six syllables.

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Word Nerd

When Words Are Not Enough

Words are incredibly versatile things. Even when they are supposed to be simple and unambiguous, they can often be anything but.

Ordinary communication is replete with figurative, non-literal word use. Juliet is the Sun. Time is money. Linguists have documented in detail how pervasive metaphor and other types of figurative expression have become. They are now so pervasive in everyday language that most can no longer discern them. These days, a fish is more likely to notice the water it swims in. Continue Reading

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Books

Classic Literature For Listening

Classic literature used to be required reading for high school and college students. As the idea of “language arts” replaced English language studies, these standards have fallen by the way side. Just because they’re no longer required as they once were, the classics still have so much to offer. Continue Reading

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Word Nerd

Words literally change their meanings all the time

When it comes to expressing ourselves, the world has been getting it wrong for hundreds of years… literally.

The word “literally” means “in a literal way or sense” but, to the fury of language purists, many people now use it simply to stress a point. Continue Reading

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Holidays

My Manischewitz Miracles

About six weeks before Passover, my local grocery store put up an end cap display for the holiday. Included among the items were Manischewitz Potato Chips, both salted and unsalted. They provided me with an opportunity to try something new and to experience something miraculous amidst my mundane visits to the grocery store. Continue Reading

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Word Nerd

A truce for use – Oxford Comma

A battle rages online about the serial comma. It is more commonly known as, “The Oxford Comma.” While I typically tend to favor it, I’ve never been a ‘grammar nazi’ about its use. Seeing so many rants and screeds online that demand its universal use seem like a waste of time to me. Often it feels like people are just tilting at windmills. Continue Reading

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Word Nerd

Understanding Grammar

I think grammar is interesting and useful but I’ve never really considered the question, “Does grammar matter if you’re still understood?”

It can be hard sometimes, when speaking, to remember all of the grammatical rules that guide us when we’re writing. When is it right to say “the dog and me” and when should it be “the dog and I”? Does it even matter? In the video below, Andreea S. Calude dives into the age-old argument between linguistic prescriptivists and descriptivists — who have two very different opinions on the matter. Continue Reading

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QBooks

Beginning Betas

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Today I sent the first part of my next series to several Beta Readers. It’s the first sign that the composition phase is pretty much completed now and the editing/revision phase has officially begun.

Beta Readers review an early draft of a manuscript while it’s still in the revision stage but before it’s had a professional edit. It’s a little scary to send out something so raw but I feel my work is at a point where I can no longer nurture this project on my own and I need a fresh set of eyes on the material.

I’m so happy to be starting this new phase of the project!

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Books Current Event

Printed Card Catalogs for Libraries are Dead

Yep, it’s official. The last company to print card catalogs for libraries has called it quits.

“Print library catalogs served a useful purpose for more than 100 years, making resources easy to find within the walls of the physical library,” Skip Prichard, CEO of OCLC, said in a blog post. Now, with comprehensive, cloud-based catalogs like OCLC’s WorldCat available to libraries, there’s just no need for cards any longer.

Read more: on the Smithsonian Website

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QBooks Word Nerd

British Regional Dialects/Accents

I have plenty of friends from all over the English speaking world. Because I know where they are from, and what they sound like, I have become quite familiar with the nuances of each variety of English. By hearing someone speak and then comparing it to the way my friends talk, I can almost always deduce a person’s origins. Continue Reading

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Spirit

10 Simple Things To Be Happier At Home

Scientific studies have shown that we can have an impact on our happiness by adjusting the tiny little habits and routines that constitute our daily lives — we are, in fact, in control of our outlook on life.

It’s amazing how a few tweaks to our daily habits can become a catalyst for meaningful, positive change. Here are a few simple things you can do every day to feel happier at home.
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Current Event

Galleries are back online

I fixed the database issue. Galleries are back online – check out the relics to see Quartknee’s ever evolving looks.

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Holidays

Independence Day 2012

This year I went to 3 different BBQ’s and bar hopping with the blonde boy. It was fun but the only fireworks I saw this year were the illegal ones people were lighting in the streets.

Today I saw this photo posted of the fireworks along Main Beach in my hometown, Laguna Beach. Got a little melancholy twinge thinking of all the fun I had down there over the years.

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Holidays

Happy Independence Day Patriots

Happy 4th of July!

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Artist

RIP Tony De Vit

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14 years ago today Tony De Vit made his transition to the other side of Life. Tony was a British club DJ, Producer and Remixer. He was also one of the first gay friends I met when I moved to London.

His single “Burning Up” reached number 25 in the UK Singles Chart in March 1995, with “To The Limit” making number 44 in September 1995. When I arrived his star was on the rise but he was always so friendly and nice – not just to me, but to everyone.

He is widely credited with helping to take the “Hard house” and faster “Hard NRG” sounds out of the London gay scene and into mainstream clubs.

So many young producers now seem to be rediscovering the sounds of that era. Tony was such a musical innovator and a total sweetheart – he remains gone but not forgotten!

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Song

A “Good Song” is good in many genres

I’ve been hearing this song, “Somebody That I Used To Know” By Gotye everywhere – someone is going through a break-up at work so it’s probably featured quite a bit more than it should be around the office…

I can always tell a song is a “good song” when I hear it in a different genre.

Here’s the original version of this song:

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Film

Counting down to the DVD/Streaming Release

The Hunger Games is released on DVD/Streaming in August… a cruel summer indeed.

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Film

How did I miss this?

How did I miss so much of this pre-release buzz for The Hunger Games?

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Artist News

RIP Robin Gibb

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The Brothers Gibb, aka The Bee Gees brought the underground sound of black disco to a largely white mainstream audience which paved the way for so many artists to cross over to the pop charts.

In many ways the homophobic disco backlash in the early 80’s helped obscure many of Robin’s contributions to music but not for long as the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997.

I was shocked when his fraternal twin Maurice died in 2003. As a twin myself I could only imagine the horrific grief he must have felt. When they announced a new Bee Gees tour a couple of years ago I thought it was amazing that he could be so resilient and it’s so tragic that he’s gone now too.

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Books Film Word Nerd

Can’t stop thinking about The Hunger Games

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I’ve been thinking a lot about different aspects of The Hunger Games film and something that keeps coming to mind is a short story called, “The Lottery.” We read it in High School back in the 80’s but the story was first published in the New Yorker Magazine in 1948. It is sometimes seen as a protest against totalitarianism, a form of authoritarian government that permits no individual freedom. The story explores the potential of ordinary people to do evil things solely because of a sense of tradition. Only it doesn’t do that exactly… there is no authoritarian government forcing people to take part in the Lottery the way it is in the Hunger Games. I think for me the story explores what happens when people cling to old ways of doing things not because they work or because they continue to serve society’s cohesion or progress but unquestioningly because that’s the way they’ve always been done.

An unexamined life is no life at all so I decided to explore some of the parallels between The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and 1948’s short story, The Lottery by Shirley Jackson…

HG – Josh Hutchinson stars as the boy whose name is drawn
TL – Bill Hutchinson is the man who draws the dot

BOTH – names are drawn and the “winner” will be killed to make the crops grow or keep people eating well for another year or a variety of reasons.

BOTH – villagers gather in the town square for the lottery/reaping/drawing of names

HG – Only older children ages 12 to 18 participate
TL – Everyone participates

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Artist News

RIP Donna Summer

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Undeniably talented but such a conflicted character. As the “Queen of Disco” Donna Summer was a gay icon. As a reborn Christian she said some amazingly ignorant things about gay people. When the gay backlash began she began to deny that she ever said that AIDS was a punishment from God for the immoral lifestyles of homosexuals. She wrote letters to Act-Up and the Advocate Magazine but the gay boycott was in full effect. From 1987 to 2012 I never heard a Donna Summer song ever played in a gay bar, restaurant or dance club.

During her “Geffen Years” which coincided with the height of the boycott, she released the single “Dinner With Gershwin” and I heard it on the radio while driving around LA. I always liked that song but because of what she allegedly said I couldn’t bring myself to buy the single. Even now, decades later it’s still painful to think about how the allegations affected all my sick friends, now dead, who loved her music in the late 70’s and early 80’s.

The statements alleged to be hers were quite common from the “reborn” at that time. There was much fear and loathing not just of gay people but also of the newly discovered disease of AIDS which seemed to only affect gay people as far as the mainstream media was concerned. I will never know for sure if she was misquoted or if her denials were motivated by commerce or conviction. I do know that my friend Charles died believing she turned her back on people like him who loved her so much. I also know that to this day, I can’t hear a Donna Summer song without thinking about Charles.

Such an amazing talent, squandered by personal demons… hopefully now she can finally be at peace.

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News

Pop Music is emotionally ambiguous

This Slate article chronicles the emotional changes in Pop Music over the last few decades. The conclusion is that Pop is becoming sadder and more emotionally ambiguous seems like it’s just mirroring the kids who listen to it.

Pop Music is sadder than it used to be

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Film

The Hunger Games

Just saw The Hunger Games and it’s so… wow.
I’m not in the target market for teen thrillers so I missed the sensation caused by the books but after seeing the film, I’m totally reading the whole trilogy. Yeah, it’s that kind of movie. You know where the pacing is so action packed and the world is so similar yet different to our own that one can’t help but wonder what kind of background and context the author originally brought to the material.

The film is a totally stand-alone entity in that it totally works on its own without the books. Total edge of your seat, OMG what will happen next kind of movie… I might need to see it again.

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Birthdays Holidays

Happy Pi Day 3.14

Professor : You are a Christian, aren’t you, son ?

Student : Yes, sir.

Professor: So, you believe in GOD ?
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Artist Current Event

Whitney’s Same-Sex Relationship Explains A Lot

Finally someone in the media remembers and acknowledges Whitney’s bisexual moments:

Whitney Houston’s relationship with Robyn Crawford does much to explain her tragic life and death.

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Artist Concerts

Subway Violin

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A man sat at a metro station in Washington DC and started to play the violin; it was a cold January morning. He played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes. During that time, since it was rush hour, it was calculated that 1,100 people went through the station, most of them on their way to work.

Three minutes went by, and a middle aged man noticed there was musician playing. He slowed his pace, and stopped for a few seconds, and then hurried up to meet his schedule.

A minute later, the violinist received his first dollar tip: a woman threw the money in the till and without stopping, and continued to walk.

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Artist News

RIP Whitney Houston

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After the erroneous Internet reports of Jon Bonjovi turned out to be false, I was reluctant to believe that Whitney Houston died tonight. When someone so young dies it’s shocking but in her case, it’s also not very surprising. I feel she kind of died inside years ago.

Such an amazing talent, squandered by personal demons… hopefully now she can finally be at peace.

I wish Whitney listened to the lyrics of her song and let them lift her the way they’ve lifted me over the years.

This is probably my favorite Whitney song – def my fave mix:

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Holidays

Gung hey fat choy! Happy New Year!

There was a new moon in late December so the second new moon after the Winter Solstice falls on January 23rd this year. That means that Monday marks the lunar new year.

Gung hey fat choy! Happy New Year!

People all over Asia celebrate the lunar new year. Since I live near Little Saigon, I’ve seen all the little pastries and moon pies arrive in the shops. Even non-Asians get into the spirit of the holiday. Water Dragon decorations can be seen far and wide across San Francisco – even the windows of an optometrist shop in the Mission District are decked out for the holiday.

I don’t know why the Southwest Airlines Chinese New Year Parade is next month and not next weekend. I thought the new year festival lasted a week. Perhaps the parade marks the end of the lunar month.

Over 100 contingents will participate in the Southwest Airlines Chinese New Year Parade this year. It’s been a San Francisco tradition since just after the Gold Rush and one I look forward to every year. As far as I know it’s the only nocturnal parade in San Francisco and there are tons of parades and marches around here.

When the weather is good hundreds of thousands of people come to watch the parade on the street and many more tune in to watch it on San Francisco Bay Area television. Will I see you there?

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Current Event Spirit

Please don’t fear 2012

There are strong forces that find it convenient and useful for people to remain fearful. Please do not feed into them by buying into the fear. Instead, please acknowledge that these forces do exist and understand that they only have power because you make it so.

We do co-create our own reality and our conscience does have an effect on the outside world. Because we are so interconnected we also have to deal with the realities and effects of others.

2012 is about a planetary alignment with the center of our galaxy – please use this as a prompt to make your own personal alignment with the center of your being.
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Current Event

Occupy SF Action: FAIL

Last night I stopped by Walgreen’s on my way home. It was the one on Franklin Street just up from the old Cathedral Hill Hotel which looked like the end of the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) “January 20th Day Of Action”

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Holidays Spirit

MLK Jr Day – Follow Your Conscience

“Cowardice asks the question: “Is it safe?”
Expediency asks the question: “Is it politic?”
Vanity asks the question: “Is it popular?”
But consciences asks the question: “Is it right?”

And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but one must take it because one’s own conscience tells one what is right.”

– Martin Luther King Jr.

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Spirit

Love, Reality, and the Time of Transition

Every year at this time I like to reflect on the life, love, words and work of Martin Luther King Jr. and the video posted below does an amazing job of centering it into a much wider, universal context.
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News

A New Year – A New Look

You may have noticed that I’ve updated the template for this site… this new one should be better for mobile devices… comment below if you like it.

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News

Tap, tap, tap… this thing on?

I haven’t completely forgotten this site – just got busy with other things… From the emails and notes on Facebook/twitter it seems people have missed my updates – so I’ll do my best to post more stuff throughout 2012.

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Holidays Spirit

2012 – the long anticipated year is finally here!

New Year’s Day and 80 degrees outside – riding bikes on the beach is there any wonder that I’m starting this year with more optimism, buoyancy and hope than I’ve experienced in a long time.
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Artist

Top Ten With Ten+

Rihanna has just scored her eleventh pop chart #1, prompting an update in Billboard’s list of acts with ten or more chart-topping pop singles.

1. Beatles – 20
2. Mariah Carey – 18
3. Elvis Presley- 17
4. Michael Jackson – 13
5. Madonna – 12
6. The Supremes – 12
7. Whitney Houston – 11
8. Rihanna – 11
9. Janet Jackson – 10
10. Stevie Wonder – 10

NOTE: Paul McCartney has nine additional #1 singles as a member of Wings and as a part of duets with Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson. Similarly, Diana Ross had six number one pop singles as a solo act.

ALSO NOTE: Mariah Carey’s initial string of consecutive #1 singles is highly questioned by some, as at the time she was romantically involved with Sony president Tommy Mottola, who dumped millions of Carey’s singles into the retail market at hugely discounted prices. Those singles often sold for 99 cents at retail when other releases were selling for three to four times that much. I’d love to see her get three more and show all the H8ers that she earned her place in history.

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News

I’m back – I think

I haven’t disappeared and joined some jihad. Quartknee.com was hacked by someone in Saudi Arabia. I think I have full access again and have finally secured it… will post some stuff again soon.

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Artist

Thank You Shakespeare

So many common phrases and idiomatic expressions in English come from the works of Shakespeare… here are just a few:

Seen better days

Too much of a good thing

Send him packing

Laughing stock

Wear your heart on your sleeve

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News

Amy Winehouse Dead (Finally)

After being dead inside for nearly a decade, she will be remembered by a whole generation as a cautionary tale and mentioned at every intervention attempt for the foreseeable future.

The only thing really shocking about her passing is how long she managed to hang on living the half-life of a heroin addict. When you’re so brazenly antagonistic toward going to rehab there are really only two options left: jail or death… I guess now we know which one she chose.

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Fun

12th Annual GayVN Awards Show

Showtime is finally airing the 2010 GayVN Awards. Tonight marks my cable TV debut as I’m featured in the behind-the-scenes portions of the program as well as parts of the stage show.

Comedian Alec Mapa hosts the show that honors the best in gay adult filmmaking. Many consider the GayVN Awards the porn world’s version of the Oscars©.

The “fleshtivities” of the program include a red-hot red carpet, prison-theme dance number and the Top Ten awards, plus other categories that include Best Newcomer and Best Actor, with appearances by the hottest stars in gay adult movies.

The show will also include me dressed as a prison guard

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Birthdays

Happy Birthday True Blue

True Blue is the third studio album by pop diva Madonna. It was released on June 30, 1986 so today is the album’s birthday.

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Streets

Pride© Parade & Festival

I’ve been to over half of the Pride events ever held in San Francisco so for me, the parade lost its luster once it passed the two hour mark – it’s long because SF includes everyone if they’re based in the city or not because, hey, it’s their pride too…

An ever accelerating phenomenon of the SF Pride events is attendance by younger and more ethnically diverse people. While I think it’s great that 20 and under kids that are too young for bars are coming out and finding a place in our community, I think there needs to more of a place for them at the event. Women outnumbered men at least 3-to-1 in every area of the festival except maybe the Faerie Village but there was so much androgyny in that space that I can’t be certain.

What is certain is the organizers are out of touch with their demographics. Instead of courting alcohol vendors and airlines to underwrite the event with sponsorships, they should look to companies more in line with the folks who actually turn up.

It felt like they were selling 25-45 year-old Gay White Men to their sponsors and delivering 16-25 year-old Black, Hispanic and Asian Women.

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Streets

Pink Saturday 2011

When Ggreg Taylor and Gilbert Baker launched the Pink Saturday street party on the night before the big Freedom Day Parade & Festival, they asked me to help out with a few things. .

While I only helped produce the first three or four, I don’t think I’ve missed more than one in this event’s history. After this year’s Pink Saturday event, I think it’s safe to say that if I never go to another one, I’ll still have a really fun and interesting life.

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Streets

Dyke March 2011 – Lapidge Is For Lovers

The Dyke March wasn’t a huge priority for me this year. I love seeing the spectrum of female expression parading around the streets exuding a sense of empowerment and sometimes they take their tops off too…

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Birthdays

Happy Birthday Stud Bar

I haven’t been to the Stud Bar’s anniversary party for at least 18 years. It used to be the hottest ticket in town and even though there are other priorities for the denizens of SF’s nightlife these days – it was a super fun party.

The guy who made the badges is dead.

Back in the 80’s my friends and I used to wear the commemorative badges from the Stud’s birthday party on our jackets so I asked the bartender if they still made them or the gift bags and he directed me to the guys at the front door. While I was a bit sad to hear there were no gift bags, it’s understandable in this economy. How utterly heart breaking to hear that the guy who made the badges moved on to the other side of life and took the tradition with him.

The food and free booze was nice and the show was just as good as it’s always been so it was nice to see that the more things change, the more they stay the same.

 

Happy Birthday
Stud Bar!

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Streets

Pride© Kick-Off Party

The Pride Parade with the cultural events & parties built around it is like a bit of grit or sand in the LGBT community oyster. Everyone adds their own layers around it to make the biggest pearl in the same-sex calendar. As my friend Steve calls it, “The highest of the High Homo-Holidays”

This year I attended the official Pride kick-off party at the Clift Hotel. It was a festive party to present the official Pride Weekend events to the media and public at large.

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Birthdays

Happy Birthday Tamale Lady

As an underground hero Virginia Ramos, a.k.a. the Tamale Lady roams the working-class environs of the Mission and the shirtless gay bars South of Market — an itinerant chef who peddles her homemade feasts out of plastic coolers.

She always seems to turn up at just the right time with super tasty treats.

Finding The Tamale Lady at a bar is one of those “Only In San Francisco” moments that makes living here so special.

 

Happy Birthday
Tamale Lady!

 

 

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Artist

A Hall & Oates Kinda Day

A friend IM’ed me this morning asking how my day was going and I replied, “It’s a Hall and Oates kinda day”. Apparently unfamiliar with their body of work, my friend wanted an explanation…

SRSLY – it’s a mellow Saturday – do I really need to explain the finer nuances of Soft Rock and it’s place in the Adult Contemporary landscape?

When he asked what my ‘favorite’ song by the band is, I couldn’t decide. They have so many songs that I enjoy so I checked the play counts to see which songs I listen to most. Play counts don’t lie. Apparently it’s a tie between two songs that shocked me…

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Current Event

Shirtless Candidates

Ever since it was legal for me to do so, I have voted. Every year the people I vote for loose and every year I resent the older, deeply entrenched forces holding back progress, innovation and efficiency from not only the political process but from the machinations of government.

Ever since I began voting, I’ve often thought the establishment candidates promising change but delivering more of the same wouldn’t have a chance if they had to campaign shirtless.

Yes I have expressed this sentiment in a variety of settings over the years and usually as a toss-out laugh line in a bar. But honestly, deep down inside I truly believe the dinosaurs and their special interest pandering wouldn’t stand a chance if they had to campaign while showing only skin from the waist up.

Of course this policy might favor women – at first but I think it will also favor younger people with fresh ideas. They are the demographic that has to live the longest with the policy enacted by the current government so why shouldn’t they be better represented in the chambers of power?

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Birthdays

Happy Birthday To Boy George

On 27 January 2011 Boy George announced to the BBC that there will be a 30th anniversary Culture Club reunion tour sometime later in the year and that they would be releasing a new album in 2012.

I’ve loved Boy George since his days as a poser on the New Romantic scene in London. Our paths have crossed more than a few times over the last couple of decades and he’s always been super sweet to me even though his reputation has often led people to believe he’s anything but nice or sweet.

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Song

Moving Into Light

This song popped up from my library today in a compilation or playlist I haven’t heard in awhile and I really like it… I mean I really want to like it… or maybe I’m just a bit conflicted about it.

At first it seems like the guy singing has met someone he’s super into – like her light and beauty uplift him in a way that is sadly all too rare. The first couple of verses make it seem like they’re totally vibe-ing on each other – but this isn’t your standard issue dance flavored love song – though it might seem that way with the first iteration of the chorus:

My body’s moving into light
When I breathe and hold you in my sight
My body’s moving into light
I feel your inner light, I feel your inner love

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Concerts

Band Works

I’m not a fan of Jack Black but it became clear to me this week that his 2003 movie, School of Rock has had quite a far reaching influence on the zeitgeist of popular culture. In the movie, Black portrays a wannabe rock star in need of cash who poses as a substitute teacher at a prep school. He then tries to turn his class into a rock band. Obviously the meme of learning to be a rocker in a formalized scholastic setting is a strong and sticky one.

This commercial featuring the meme is still playing in heavy rotation.

 

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News

High On Hope: End of AIDS

First man ‘functionally cured’ of HIV – This could mean the end of AIDS is sooner than anyone previously believed.

A man with leukemia and HIV had a bone marrow transplant in Germany in 2007 and now he seems to have no replicating virus that causes AIDS anywhere in his body anymore. He isn’t taking any medication. His doctors say he will now probably never have any problems with HIV or AIDS.

I’ve lost so many friends to this disease and it makes me so happy to finally hear this news confirmed from reputable sources. I’ve heard tell of it in bars and foreign news articles on the Web but now it looks like it’s really true. YAY

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Fun

Grammy Museum

I wanted to check out the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles and see what it was all about. It was OK but just OK. I’ve been to other music oriented museums with the best being in Seattle. I expected less focus on Baby Boomer crap and more focus on what actually makes the Grammy’s so important to the music industry.

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Maxim

Maxim 2: Everyone Needs A Wild Friend

A maxim is more than just words to live by, it’s an expression of a general truth or principle or a rule of conduct. This is the second in a series of maxim’s I’ve found useful in my life.

When I first embraced this maxim the ideology of “inversion” was very popular. Younger LGBT folks like me were embracing words like “Queer” and ‘inverting’ them to polarize their meaning from something bad to good. The pink triangle was inverted from a symbol of discrimination and shame to one of pride and community.

Blacks and African Americans had been using the same technique with phrases like “Get Down” which inverted to mean “Get Up And Dance” among other things. Hip Hop and then Rap seemed to accelerate many inversions so that adjectives like ‘bad’ were used to describe things that were ‘good’ in the 1970’s and through the 80’s and 90’s there was a succession of such inverted adjectives with ‘dope’ ‘sick’ ‘ill’ and many others all finding favor for a time.

Originally this maxim was, “Everyone Needs To Have At Least One Slutty Friend.” Even back then it revealed the general truth that we can stretch our comfort zones more and maybe even live vicariously through the lives of others.

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Motto

Life Motto #2: More Glitter, Less Bitter

I’ve been friendly with the world famous photographer Danny Nicoletta for a couple of decades now. Last year he had a show called, ‘More Glitter – Less Bitter’ and it’s been one of my life Mottoes ever since I heard the phrase.

The show was a poignant romp through Danny’s vigilant documentation of San Francisco’s vibrant gay, lesbian, bisexual transgender communities.

In 1975 Dan Nicoletta was hired by Harvey Milk to work in Milk’s Castro Street camera store and there at age 19, Dan’s life path as documentarian for the emerging LGBT scene began. He was portrayed in Gus Van Sant’s Academy Award winning film MILK by actor Lucas Grabeel and he even got me in as an extra.

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Maxim Spirit

Maxim 1: Everyone Has Their Favorites

A maxim is more than just words to live by, it’s an expression of a general truth or principle or a rule of conduct. This is the first in a series of maxim’s I’ve found useful to remember.

Everyone Has Their Favorites – So Let Them Enjoy Them

It’s generous and magnanimous to allow everyone to enjoy the things they like and because we are all One in Spirit when you give others the freedom to enjoy their favorites without criticism and condemnation, you’re really offering yourself the same freedom to enjoy what you like too.

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Current Event

World’s End: 2012 Solstice

Now that the Rapture predicted for yesterday has proven to be more rupture than rapture, we can look forward to the next event in the terror monger’s calendar – Armageddon 2012.

Yes, the ancient Mayan calendar ends on the Winter Solstice in 2012. Yes, they are probably the most time obsessed culture our planet has ever known but they do have another calendar to use for the day after this one runs out.

My pal Mark Heley has written a book about the big transition/transformation/transubstantiation to occur in 2012.

If you’re still embroiled in fear and terror that 2012 will be more Armageddon than Apocalypse, you might want to check out this kit.

2012 Armageddon Survival Kit

 

 

 

Quartknee is an internationally beloved author, storied entertainer, and legendary night-life impresario. He’s also a prominent aesthete and all around tall guy.
Birthdays

Happy Birthday Mark Bingham

Mark Kendall Bingham was an American public relations executive who founded his own company, the Bingham Group. More importantly, he was my friend.

I knew Mark for a number of years before he was murdered. He was 6-foot5 and always easy for me to spot in a crowd. He was outgoing and naturally gregarious and so much fun to be around.

The week before he died we were in New Orleans together and he would call random people over and encourage them to join our conversation. We met some sorority girls from Ohio that way. We had so much fun with those gals carrying on in the streets of the French Quarter.

It was such a blessing to have that time with him and to get to know his boyfriend Matt. It was a really great week away.

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Current Event Song

Summer To Simmer

Summer officially begins on the Summer Solstice exactly a month from today. For many people though, summer unofficially begins next weekend with Memorial Day. The three day holiday bookends warm weather for most Americans between now and Labor Day weekend in September.

2011 has been an interesting mix of mayhem and music so far and I’m excited to see what’s in store for the summer season ahead. As with the past three summers, economic issues will be front-and-center so it could be a cruel summer monetarily for many. I hope it’s just cruelly hot as the song below suggests. I love San Francisco during a heat wave.

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Current Event

World’s End: Rapture 2011

Preacher and evangelical broadcaster Harold Camping has announced that Jesus Christ will return to Earth this Saturday, May 21, and many of his followers are traveling the country in preparation for the weekend Rapture.

WARNING: False Rapture Kills

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Concerts

Eurovision Song Contest 2011

With a strong 211 points, Azerbaijan’s plastic-pop duo Ell & Nicki were the surprise winners tonight at Eurovision Song Contest 2011 in Dusseldorf. Cheesy pop sung in English has long been a staple of Eurovision so while it was a surprise it wasn’t much of a shock.

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Current Event

Royal Pain Part 2

The Associated Press still won’t let it go. As if all the pre-wedding coverage wasn’t enough, they’re still wringing every last drop out of last week’s royal wedding. At least they’ve finally noticed that Kate Middleton is just the most recent in a long line of commoners to wed European royalty.

I was so happy to see the Dutch Princess Maxima mentioned in our local paper. Her royal wedding on 02/02/02 was all but ignored by the American media even though it had all the elements they seem to love: fairy tale love of a prince marrying a commoner, scandal and controversy with her family history and the couple’s ties to New York City where they began dating. She is now so popular in the Netherlands that there is already a retrospective on her first ten years in the country.

Quartknee is an internationally beloved author, storied entertainer, and legendary night-life impresario. He’s also a prominent aesthete and all around tall guy.
Holidays

Mother’s Day

I’m lucky to have two mothers. Not in a lesbian way, just in a universe abhors a vacuum sort of way.

I didn’t always feel this way, in fact for most of my early years I felt that I only really had half a mother at most.

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Quartknee is an internationally beloved author, storied entertainer, and legendary night-life impresario. He’s also a prominent aesthete and all around tall guy.
Streets

Bay To Breakers: Footstock 2011

Great news about this year’s Bay To Breakers – Geographer is headling Footstock, the official party in the park at the end of the race!

If you’re not familiar with this B2B, it’s one of those “Only in SF” events where people dress up in silly costumes and get drunk in the streets. As much as the organizers try to downplay the debauchery the event will always be a sort of straight version of gay pride…

I’ve worked at a few Geographer shows over the last couple of years and I’m so happy for them. This gig will raise their profile considerably and I hope it introduces their music to a much wider audience coz they’re really nice guys and they do make some great music.

Bay 2 Breakers Finish Line Party

Zazzle Footstock

Sunday May 15th 2011

Speedway Meadow, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco

8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

FREE Admission to all, courtesy of Zazzle

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Current Event

Bittersweet About Bin Laden 2

It seems I’m not alone in having mixed emotions about the assassination of Osama Bin Laden. The reactions I’ve seen online and reported in the media have been just as mixed. They’ve ranged the gamut from elation to ambivalence. From sadness at the loss of life to fear of reprisals.

I understand the government and military following Islamic protocol in disposing of the body and not wanting to release images of his dead body to avoid outrage and backlash from Muslims.

I do, I totally get it but I also think they can’t have it both ways. Either this guy wasn’t a true Muslim because he espoused a murderous ideology of hatred toward “infidels” that is anathema to ‘true’ Muslims or he was a proper Muslim who deserved a proper Muslim burial.

Not wanting to upset Bin Laden’s compatriots seems a specious argument because they hate us already and no matter what we do they will still do everything they can to recruit new members and to attack us at every chance they get.

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Quartknee is an internationally beloved author, storied entertainer, and legendary night-life impresario. He’s also a prominent aesthete and all around tall guy.