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Happy New Year [02 Jan 2010|01:06am]
[ mood | pensive ]

Wow, I just realized I haven't posted anything here in LJ since August! Facebook is the culprit, and I've continued reading and commenting, but dare I venture that I may be becoming one of those folks who finds even a LiveJournal entry too much trouble? :-& At least I don't Twitter and have no plans to.

BUT...for my own posterity, I should at least recap what I think I will recall of 2009.
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Excerpts from TGMC concert upcoming [09 Jun 2009|01:01am]
My Chorus, of which I am a singer, Board member/Treasurer AND Membership chair, and which has been the bane of my existence these past few months (due to stress, drama, people not holding up their workload, etc), has our final concert of the season (and my final concert as a singer for QUITE a while) in a couple of weeks. One of our non-singing members took a video of a rehearsal recently, and it ain't half bad; it always sound SO much better "from the front" than from among the group, of course, but we rarely get video.

I am at least one IOTA more enthusiastic about the concert now--though that will change the moment someone else sends yet out another Drama-filled email, any minute now...


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Censorship at Amazon.com? [13 Apr 2009|12:06pm]
Evidently, there is quite an ado today because amazon.com has removed "adult" titles from their sales rank lists, which also lead to search hits. While I can comprehend a reasoning behind this, even though I disagree with it, the real controvery is that many other categories other than just "adult" books have also fallen to the censor's ax and no longer appear in sales rankings. Most notably, and books related to Gay/Lesbian issues! This seems to have applied whether or not the book even has any sexual content. Meanwhile, you can still buy sex toys from amazon... Other whole categories that have been censored include those having to do with reproductive freedoms and incest survivorship, among others.

I'm too lazy to find a "definitive" article on this alarming incident, but google "amazonfail" to get started.

Also, the site www.smartbitchestrashybooks.com has recommended posting a link to their site using the term "amazon rank", so I did:

Amazon Rank
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For the show tunes queens [12 Apr 2009|01:35am]
Something to make you smile on Easter:


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The things you see on Facebook [06 Feb 2009|01:40pm]
[ mood | silly ]

So, while poking around, following various links through Facebook, I came upon a group wherein employees of Emergency Rooms bitch about the "emergencies" people come in with.

I am still ROFLMAO about this one:


"...I worked 13 years in the ER and just about heard and seen it all. Had a female come in one day with a foul smelling purple vaginal discharge. Found out after the ER Doc saw her, she went to the OBGYN Dr and got a Diaphram, Dr told her to use jelly before insertion. YEP you guessed it Smucker's grape from the the refrigerator..."

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This is likely more common than you think. [31 Jan 2009|08:05pm]
[ mood | amused ]

Thanks to jimwnyc...

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Clip of the Lesbian & Gay Band Association in the Inaugural Parade [21 Jan 2009|03:15pm]
I sat through most of the Inaugural Parade yesterday, just to see the Lesbian & Gay Band Association, the first time a GLBT group had been invited to Inaugural events of any sort.

Unfortunately, CNN cut to commercial just as they were approaching, and when they came back, cut to an anchor in the field, talking about the crowd sizes that morning. You could see the LGBA in a tiny "inset" screen, but they didn't really get any "feature" press. Later, someone mentioned in passing the fact that they had been there and it was a first, etc., but I was disappointed with the actual coverage (which I don't think was a deliberate snub, just timing).

Luckily, thanks to Joe. My. God., I learned that evidently C-SPAN had gotten the full coverage:




Someone elsewhere noted that they had been preceded by a group playing Diana Ross's "The Boss" and followed by those campy "Azalea Queens" and then a group playing "Over the Rainbow". LOL...
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So much good news. [05 Nov 2008|01:49am]
[ mood | optimistic ]

Almost an across-the-board Good Day on the politics front!

1. OBAMA!
2. Kay Hagan kicks Liddy Dole's butt back to wherever she calls home (which sure ain't NC).
3. Looks like NC will go BLUE! No more being included in those derisive "Red State" comments.
4. Marilyn Musgrave, obsessively anti-gay congresswoman from Colorado, OUT!
5. Sarah Palin's stunned look during McCain's (very respecatble) concession speech.

But not good news: Florida and Arizona upheld their same-sex marriage bans (FL even had to hit 60% and they did), and as of now, it looks like Proposition 8 is going to pass in Calif.

The silver lining, of course, is that a Democratic-appointed SCOTUS will hear the inevitable challenges to those laws.

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Thanks, Joe.My.God. [02 Sep 2008|11:24am]
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Go, California!! [17 Jun 2008|11:11am]
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Boy Scout meme [13 Jun 2008|04:12pm]
I was never a Scout, but according to the Boy Scout Law,

A Scout is:
Trustworthy
Loyal
Helpful
Friendly
Courteous
Kind
Obedient
Cheerful
Thrifty
Brave
Clean
Reverent

Which three MOST apply to you, and which three LEAST?

MOST:
Helpful
Thrifty
Courteous

LEAST:
Reverent
Cheerful
Clean (as in "sloppy", not as in "dirty"!)
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I now know who the gayest person on Earth is... [21 May 2008|12:31am]
[ mood | impressed ]

Maybe I'm late to the party, but I'd never heard this song.

But this I know: whoever took the time to make this video is THE GAYEST PERSON ON EARTH.

And for that, my hat is off. I can only imagine the creative process that led to this:

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Time for "Seasonal Songs of the 70s & 80s" once again! SPRING! (pt. 2) [09 Apr 2008|04:13pm]
Throughout the past year, I have posted my own calculations of the Top 20 songs from 20 years, for various seasons. Summer, fall, and winter can be found on my public journal if you're interested. (Calculations based on Billboard Top 40 charts, not personal opinion!)

All that's left is:

SPRING!
Top 20 songs of spring (March 1 to, but not including, Memorial Day), part 2: 1980s:Collapse )
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Time for "Seasonal Songs of the 70s & 80s" once again! SPRING! (pt 1) [09 Apr 2008|04:11pm]
Throughout the past year, I have posted my own calculations of the Top 20 songs from 20 years, for various seasons. Summer, fall, and winter can be found on my public journal if you're interested. (Calculations based on Billboard Top 40 charts, not personal opinion!)

All that's left is:

SPRING!
Top 20 songs of spring (March 1 to, but not including, Memorial Day), part 1: 1970s:Collapse )
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Time for More Song Charts: WINTER Part 2 [04 Feb 2008|05:26pm]
I have previously calculated and posted the Top 20 songs of each Summer for the decades of the 1970s and 1980s, and then later did the same for Fall. Now it's time for WINTER SONGS!

Again, these are calculated using Billboard Top 40 charts for the period of December through February ("Cultural winter", not scientific winter--I think most of us think of December as winter and March as spring) for each year. I just tabulate 'em, I don't speak for the "quality" of the songs!

Behind the cut: Part 2, 1979 to 1989Collapse )
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Time for more song charts: WINTER Part 1 [04 Feb 2008|05:22pm]
I have previously calculated and posted the Top 20 songs of each Summer for the decades of the 1970s and 1980s, and then later did the same for Fall. Now it's time for WINTER SONGS!

Again, these are calculated using Billboard Top 40 charts for the period of December through February ("Cultural winter", not scientific winter--I think most of us think of December as winter and March as spring) for each year. I just tabulate 'em, I don't speak for the "quality" of the songs!

Behind the cut: Part 1, 1969 to 1979Collapse )
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Pop Songs of Fall (Part 2) [16 Nov 2007|05:15pm]
Another Pop Music of Yesteryear post.

Below are the Top 20 (according to Billboard charts of the time) songs from "cultural autumn" of various years, defined as Labor Day through Thanksgiving (I had previously calculated "cultural summer" as "Memorial Day to Labor Day").

1969 to 1988 are the years I best associated with popular music (which happen to correspond to 1st grade through my second college degree, as it turns out). There are some hideous songs here, but I hope the memories of them are happy (and Fall-ish :) )

Part 2: Fall 1979 to Fall 1988Collapse )
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Pop Songs of Fall (Part 1) [16 Nov 2007|05:10pm]
Another Pop Music of Yesteryear post.

Below are the Top 20 (according to Billboard charts of the time) songs from "cultural autumn" of various years, defined as Labor Day through Thanksgiving (I had previously calculated "cultural summer" as "Memorial Day to Labor Day").

1969 to 1988 are the years I best associated with popular music (which happen to correspond to 1st grade through my second college degree, as it turns out). There are some hideous songs here, but I hope the memories of them are happy (and Fall-ish :) )

Part 1: Fall 1969 to Fall 1978Collapse )
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EXCUSE THE DOUBLE POST--SUMMER SONGS PT 2 [02 Sep 2007|03:02pm]
[ mood | nostalgic ]

Top 20 Summer songs yearly, Part 2: 1979-1988Collapse )

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EXCUSE THE DOUBLE POST--SUMMER SONGS PT 1 [02 Sep 2007|03:01pm]
[ mood | nostalgic ]

Top 20 “Summer” songs yearly, Part 1: 1969-1978Collapse )

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