Sunday, November 22, 2015

Mugshot or Passport?

They don't let you smile for passport fotos in Australia. Messes with the nanny facial surveillance, apparently. You think I could have smiled with my eyes? My eyes look dead, or like if you walk past this photo, the eyes will follow you around. Like eyes in a painting hanging in a haunted house on Scooby Doo.



But I've got dual citizenship now and if you can't tell, which you can't, I am happy to be Americalian!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Babysitting

The moment when the oldest kid (me!) at the Trampoline Park realizes he's blown out his crotch. Ahh... the drop-crotch pant. Not only age-inappropriate, but movement-restrictive!

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Monday, November 16, 2015

On est Paris

WW1 was the last time they used horses in wartime and the first time they used poison gas. WW 2 gave us the advent of nuclear war. I'm not going to ignore the power vacuum created by war hawks and criminals like Bush and Cheney that allow for ISIS to exist, or the Western interference and imperialism that practically demand revenge plots, but today we have war without borders, a war against civilians and against civilisation fought by brainwashed demagogues of a bankrupt ideology.


"Religion is an insult to human dignity. With or without it you would shave good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion."
– Nobel-winning physicist Steven Weinberg

Reflect on that for a second and it not only sheds light on radical Islam, but bring us to the Mormon Church. A church that purports to value the family has put out new rules that not only labels same-sex couples apostates, but says that their children cannot be baptised, be full members of the church or go on their mission... until they move away from home and disavow their parents. Watch the gay youth suicide rates rise. And loving parents be made to feel as if they are child abusers. As if children didn't have enough to resent their parents for -- now they can blame them for taking away heaven!

This reminds me of that tale in the old testament of that devout goober who god told to go sacrifice his only son to prove how much he loved him. Then when Abraham was ready to do it, to commit murder, to kill his only child, god says "just kidding -- just wanted to see how much you love me!" We would label this today psychopathy. This is not an all-powerful god who loves. This is not Jesus who hung out with the outsiders. This is a weak, needy, mentally ill, fucked up creator who needs to be shut away from human society. Similarly this Mormon cult, supposedly "pro-family", is now driving an evil wedge between loving parents and their children to further its own selfish, egocentric, inhumane and warped ends... it is a Sophie's choice that it is the opposite of love: it is destruction.

And it is also the root of the violence in that bastion of peace, prosperity and culture that is Paris.

"For good people to do evil things, that takes religion."


Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Now I Come In Cotton!

The painting I posed for artist Paul Richmond's War Paint series has now been made into activewear! He even sent me a tank... I must say it's all very META to be wearing a tank with your image on it. I went out on the town in it the day it arrived...


These lovely lasses are pulling some focus, however, from the tank… even from my model friend Bryce. They are wearing nearly as much war paint as I am in the painting. Yes, these are two of Sydney's best-named drag queens: Tora Hymen and Penny Tration.

Below is the artist himself in his studio with painting and long-sleeves. Find it all and more at PaulRichmondSwag.com.

For more on the painting itself, including work-in-progress and details, visit his site here.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

The Big O!

Out Magazine scores the most admired man in the world on the cover of this historic issue. President Barack Obama is "Ally of the Year" in its annual OUT 100 issue, becoming the first President to ever grace a GLBT publication. Huge congrats to the team at Out on this achievement.  
In an excerpt from the interview (linked above), Obama tells Out's Editor-in-Chief Aaron Hicklin:

"My sense is that a lot of parents across the country aren’t going to want to sit around the dinner table and try to justify to their kids why a gay teacher or a transgender best friend isn’t quite as equal as someone else. That’s also why it’s so important to end harmful practices like conversion therapy for young people and allow them to be who they are. The next generation is spurring change not just for future generations, but for my generation, too. As president, and as a dad, that makes me proud. It makes me hopeful."

Monday, November 09, 2015

Google Goes Gaga For Hedy

Hollywood icon Hedy Lamarr is honored on Google's home page with a google doodle.. and for a very good reason. She, and a composer friend, invented frequency hopping - intended to send radio messages and scramble the signals so they couldn't be intercepted. They gave their patent to the US Navy in 1942 and it has since been developed into bluetooth and... wifi.
In the eyes of the world, Hedy was foremost a legendary beauty, called the most beautiful woman in the world, but she had a brilliant mind and considered her looks a hindrance. She once famously said, "It's easy to look glamorous - all you have to do is stand still and look stupid."
She had one of the most storied lives imaginable - the first actress to appear nude (in 1933's Czech film, Ecstasy, which was banned nearly everywhere), she then married a Nazi arms dealer who was so controlling he not only tried to buy all the copies of Ecstasy, but Hedy was held prisoner in her own home. She escaped, in a maid's laundry basket (as I recall) and made her way to Hollywood where she signed with MGM and swiftly became one of the biggest draws of her day. Unfortunately, life didn't end well. She was picked up for shoplifting (accusations she refuted) twice as an old woman, and was only honored for her frequency hopping patent in 1997, saying "It's about time."
Hedy Lamarr died in 200, a recluse, alone in her Florida home, never seeing how her invention has changed the way we live. I'm so thrilled to see Google reviving interest in this pioneering woman.