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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.

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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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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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Current Event Holidays

Hunter’s Moon is also a “Supermoon” this year

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Hunter’s Moon: Oct. 16

Fall has set in. Crops have been harvested, and it’s time for hunting. At least that’s how it’s traditionally been done for centuries. In subsistence cultures, at this period of the year, the deer have fattened themselves up on summer grasses. It makes them more desirable to hunters preparing for the long winter, hence the name, Hunter’s Moon. 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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Artist Current Event News

RIP: Alexis Arquette

Rest In Peace - Rest In Power

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

Cargo Shorts - Summer Fashion

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).

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Helen the Hall Monitor is almost ready for another school year

Principal Mahrris, I’m gonna need back-up…

For everyone gearing up to go back to school, this one’s for you!

Don’t laugh Dianne, this is a good night for me!

If a white van picks you up, you’ll get all your holes resized…

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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.

4th July - fat

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Current Event QBooks

Brexit Vote Results Shocker

Albert Union Jack UK

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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Artist Current Event

A Post-Prince World

prince dearly beloved banner

Like many people, I’m still coming to grips with the passing of Prince. Dave Chappell called it “The Black 9/11” and it certainly feels like the same kind of earth shattering occasion with such a poignant sense of loss that touches every aspect of my world. Music means so much to me, and to many people #SoundtrackToMyLife Continue Reading

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Artist Current Event

The Kingdom of Music Has Lost its PRINCE

Prince, the musical megastar is dead at 57. It’s an unbelievable shock to think of a world without his light, love, truth and beauty. He brought so much joy to the lives of so many and it seems like the whole world is mourning his passing. Continue Reading

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Current Event Word Nerd

Donald Trump’s grammar ranks at a fifth-grade level

A Readability Analysis of Campaign Speeches from the 2016 US Presidential Campaign by the Language Technologies Institute in the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA found that the grammatical usage of Donald Trump scored the lowest of any other candidate. Continue Reading

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Current Event

A good case against Time Zones

Time Zones cause DST

Many people have suggested doing away with Daylight Savings Time as irrelevant and anachronistic. The same case can be made against Time Zones. They were basically invented for train travel and now that most people travel by air and Internet, I think we should do away with them entirely. Continue Reading

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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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Birthdays Current Event Film

House of Xtravaganza Birthday Ball

I appreciate the new style of Vogueing and I love to see how each House interprets the genre in their own style. I applaud today’s Children & Future Legends for living their dreams – it warms my heart to see them respecting the history of House Balls and the culture they have inherited. Continue Reading

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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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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.

Whitney was happiest and at the peak of her career when she was with Robyn. Sadly, she suffered family and church pressure to end her greatest love of all. Continue Reading

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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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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”

I should say that I agree something should be done to fix things in this country and that those responsible for ruining the global economy for their own personal gain should be held accountable.

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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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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

 

 

 

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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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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.

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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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Bittersweet About Bin Laden

Quartknee with Mark Bingham

It’s cool that we’ve closed a chapter in our nation’s history with Bin Laden’s death but the news for me feels bittersweet because it won’t bring back my friend Mark or anyone else that died on 9-11.

“I’ve never wished a man dead, but I have read some obituaries with great pleasure.” – Mark Twain

I pray that this event marks a real turning point in our confrontations with islamofascists and that we can move forward to increase the peace.

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Current Event

Royal Pain: Wedding Wills & Kate

The American news media has jumped the shark – need proof? Review any/all of the air time devoted to coverage of the impending nuptials of Brittani’s Prince William & Kate Middleton.

Besides acting like an echo chamber for every rumour and innuendo about all the wedding related minutia, they’re acting like this is some important event with a global impact

The royal wedding is only really important to Americans because the American media makes it out to be and I for one, am utterly sick of it.

The subtle and inarticulate implication is that nothing else is as important – not the economy, rising costs of gasoline or health care or all four of Obama’s active military actions around the world.

Nothing is more important than organizing a royal wedding viewing party and every news outlet has some unique or tawdry angle to make their coverage hit us like water torture – each drop seems small and innocuous on its own but taken together its excruciating!

 

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Current Event Holidays

Quake!

Today marks the anniversary of the 1906 Great Quake and Fire that ravaged San Francisco. There was also a small 3.8 earthquake on the peninsula just south of San Francisco today.

 

 

 

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Current Event

Supermoon 2011

On Saturday, March 19, the moon’s expected to be about 350,000 kilometers from the Earth, — the nearest it will have come since 1992, according to NASA. And while the moon’s distance change is marginal, a “Supermoon” falling on a full-moon night has only happened 15 times in the last 400 years.

Previous “supermoons” occured around the time natural disasters – including the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami and Cyclone Tracy which devastated the Australian city of Darwin in 1974 – but scientists say there is no evidence to suggest the phenomenon is a sign of impending doom. It’s helpful to remember that correlation does not indicate causation.

 


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