“If you can’t love yourself, how the hell you gonna love somebody else?” - RuPaul - - - - - - - - - - - “if by a "Liberal" they mean someone who looks ahead and not behind, someone who welcomes new ideas without rigid reactions, someone who cares about the welfare of the people -- their health, their housing, their schools, their jobs, their civil rights, and their civil liberties -- someone who believes we can break through the stalemate and suspicions that grip us in our policies abroad, if that is what they mean by a "Liberal," then I'm proud to say I'm a "Liberal.” - John F. Kennedy - - - - - - - - - - - - “Imagine finding someone you love more than anything in the world, who you would risk your life for but couldn’t marry. And you couldn’t have that special day the way your friends do – you know, wear the ring on your finger and have it mean the same thing as everybody else. Just put yourself in that person’s shoes. It makes me feel sick to my stomach …. When I shared a picture of my tattoo on my Twitter page and said, ‘ALL LOVE is equal,’ a lot of people mocked me – they said, ‘What happened to you? You used to be a Christian girl!’ And I said, ‘Well, if you were a true Christian, you would have your facts straight. Christianity is about love.’ The debate resulted in a lot of threats and hate mail to people who agreed and disagreed with me. At one point I had to say, ‘Dude, everyone lay off.’ Can’t people have friendly debates about sensitive topics without it turning into unnecessary threats?” - Pop star Miley Cyrus on her marriage equality tattoo - - - - - - - - - - -

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Time to Share: I Have The Most Wonderful News!!!!

I received some great news today and would absolutely love to share it with you.  I use my blog to record important events like this, because as I mentioned when I started this blog; We go about our daily lives "Facebooking," not realizing that our lives are being shared daily with our friends and family. There are times we wish to reflect on the past, especially the good times, and before you know it, it's gone. We share things with people we don't know in the physical sense, yet they are there to listen. We share things with the people we love, yet they seem to forget.

Countless times I have attempted to remember what I've posted on Facebook and what I've told the people I love or the great discussions we've had. And it's difficult to go back and reflect on all the good that's happened in our lives, or all the drama that's made us laugh. In order for me to go back I have to keep clicking that "older posts" link, without a date, without a tag, without no way of searching for that special moment I wanted to remember forever.

Well... the awesome news I want to share with you is....

I'm receiving a promotion, with a 15% increase in pay and I'm absolutely ecstatic about it.  This is such great news at a time when I was worrying about our staffing issues at work.  People seem to be dropping like flies around here.  Yes, some leave because they are over-worked, really stressed-out, asked to do jobs they were not hired to do, but others leave because they're able to find greater jobs here at MD Anderson, so they make lateral moves.  But being that I have worked in Breast Oncology for such a long time (9 years to be exact), I have stood my ground for the past four years, exceeded in areas I never thought I could achieve, and have proven to be a leader in our department.  This holiday season will be mine and Ryan's greatest holiday to date, and I am so grateful he has stood by my side for the past 6-1/2 years and will continue to enlighten me every moment of every day.  I couldn't have done this without him.  I couldn't.

I know I rant on my blog on a daily basis, but it's more than just ranting.  I like sharing.  I like sharing my opinions with happiness, my happiness with heart, but most importantly, my heart with all of you.

Thank you for reading my blog and enjoy your holidays this season.

Peter aka Blade 7184

I Kissed A Girl, And I Liked It !

If you missed last night's episode of Glee, you didn't miss much.  Just the part where Santana came out to her "abuelita" aka grandmother.  Actually, the entire show was about Santana and the support she garnered from the rest of the Glee cast.

The performances featuring hit songs by Pink, K.D. Lang, and Melissa Etheridge, were commendable at best, but it was the "I Kiss A Girl" song by Katy Perry that made the night.   I'm sure it will create a lot of controversy with the religious right, but it was great.  

In the end, grandma wants nothing to do with her Latina grandaughter, and kicks her ass out of the house.  "It would have been best to keep it a secret than to disgrace the family," she says.

Uh, sorry grandma, but a liar and a deceiver are two things I wouldn't want to be.

What a Hot Mess: Santa and Machine Guns

In times like this I would say, "Only in Texas".  But imagine my surprise when I learned that in Scottsdale, Arizona, you can take pictures with Santa holding a machine gun.  Oh, and by the way give the rest of the family a gun too, it makes for a much better picture. Jesus Christ!  

Wasn't Christmas supposed to be about celebrating someone's birthday?  What a Hot Mess!
The family event allows people to take a holiday card picture with St. Nick -- and a high-powered fire arm.

Santa poses against a backdrop of an $80,000 Garwood minigun.

Families can choose to pose with other firearms, ranging from pistols to modified AR15s.

They also get a chance to test out the machine guns.

It's Purely Animal - Issue No. 37 - Bad, Bad, Doggy!

I can actually see this happening while Ryan and I are at work.  Our three monster chihuahuas patiently wait for us to walk out the door, and as soon as we drive off, they start partying.  LOL. Seriously though, this couch has the same fabric design we have. Too funny.

The Shopping List Pranksters

Meet Greg and Ryan.  Two pranksters who go into a store and ask for things off of a shopping list.  It's not just an ordinary shopping list, the guys have written each other's lists, and cannot see what they've written until they get to the store.


Of course, the prank being, they will have to ask someone for help, and get through most of their list of items before the employee gives up.  It's actually quite funny. And of course, they pick on target customers, because it seems to be the ideal place for pranksters. Remember Jack Vale?

Cable TV Channels and Their Shows

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

'Twas Marry The Night

Yes, Little Monsters, Lady Gaga will be debuting her "Marry The Night" music video this coming Thursday on E! She states that the video will be about one of the most horrible days of my life when I got dropped from my first record label and it’s the story of what happened that day.

This will be the first time she has ever directed a video entirely on her own, so big kudos to her.  But she's also given you a special treat.  Not only did she release a teaser on Thanksgiving night, she also released another short teaser to tie you over till then.

During a trip to India, Gaga opened up a bit about shooting the clip and being a first-time director. "It has been a wonderful experience. I worked alongside director of photography Darius Khondji, who is an absolutely amazing DP, and I worked with Gideon Ponte, who is an incredible art director," she explained. "So I'm looking forward to sharing this autobiographical video with the world. I'm very excited. It's my favorite song on the album."

Quoted: C.S. Lewis on Love

"Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket, safe, dark, motionless, airless, it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable." 
- C.S. Lewis (English essayist & juvenile novelist)

Is Newt Gingrich The New Conservative Angel?

Newt Gingrich., Stephen Voss / Redux
Can someone please explain to me how the conservative evangelicals on the right are jumping on the Newt Gingrich bandwagon?  Please, can someone explain to me how these people are seeing him as viable candidate over Mitt Romney?  Granted, I don't like Romney, but then again, I'm not Republican.  The man has been married to the same woman for 42 years!  I at least give him that much credit.

Never mind that he divorced his first wife while she was suffering from cancer, something he used in many of his campaign speeches.  He then had an affair on his second wife with a congressional aide, who is currently his third wife.[source]

Isn't this the party of Family Values?  Isn't this the party of religion?

Then again, what am I saying? these same people helped elect Ronald Reagan, our first and only divorced President.

The Social Network 2: How The World Ends

LMAO!  "Zuckerberg deleted Facebook!  And then he killed himself... Forever!"
So what would happen if Facebook suddenly disappeared?  The trailer parody below takes a look at how our society would cope with this tragedy.  Watch as people start writing on each other's walls, literally. LOL.

Video provided by Nice Piece Productions.

OMG Hilarious! - Alzheimer's

Gay Ads That Matter - Issue No. 008 - A Skateboarder's Love

When the commercial down below first aired, the amount of backlash from the conservative right was endless.  This went on for months, even years.  I have to hand it to MTV for standing their ground, for being big supporters of anti-discrimination.  And since then, we have watched as ABC, NBC, CBS, and yes, even FOX have been showing programming directed at gay youth, bullying, and teen suicides.

In the Following Video two serious-looking young guys in baseball caps arrive with a big tool kit, blocks of wood and some blueprints. They begin sawing, drilling and hammering.

They build a half-pipe for skateboarding and, when it's complete, give each other a macho handshake and then pull each other forward for a sensual kiss. The text then offers, "You never know."

The young audience of MTV of course respects the idea of skaters, but would not expect them to be gay. The kiss is an unexpected juxtaposition against the macho handshake, thus breaking stereotypes.

MTV has set the gold standard among all advertisers for the most ads that refer to the community, more than 25 since 1996, in addition to carrying numerous gay ads from other companies and running its own supportive gay-inclusive programming.  Check out the commercial below.

If The World Were A Village of 100 People: Issue No. 13 - Age

This is the 13th poster out of the 20 posters I have shared with you over the past several months.

Every week I have been asking, "What if the world were a village of 100 people?"  And by using statistics based on the spread of the population in the world, Toby Ng Design created these posters as another way of looking at how our world is today. 

If you missed any of the previous issues, click here.

Are People Really This Stupid? Issue No. 14 - Corvette Racing Fail

So what do you do when you drive up behind two corvettes at a red light?  

You tape the idiots driving them with your cell phone.  

And then you watch as they rev up their engines, anxiously waiting for the green light.  Never mind that seconds before, you see a father running alongside their child on a bicycle, several cars crossing the street, a cyclist coming alongside one of the corvettes as the light turns green.

Wait till you see what happens to both of these fools.  Sad thing is... this happened next door to Ryan and I, in The Woodlands, Texas on Thanksgiving Day.

Monday, November 28, 2011

OMG Hilarious! - Bad News 2

I wonder if it was his wife who got bad news back in Feburary?

Must Watch: Just Put the F*cking Turkey in the Oven

Seriously, just put the f*cking turkey in the oven.  According to Mary Risley (aka Tante Marie from Food Runners) we shouldn't be wasting so much time on a damn turkey.  In the end, a turkey is a turkey, whether brined, cooked in a paper bag, barbecued, deep fried, no matter how you cook it, it's just a turkey, you'll never have an outstanding turkey.
I simply adore this woman, she's funny, and makes cooking so much fun.  

Mary Risley started Tante Marie's Cooking School as a full-time School almost 30 years ago. In 1997, she was honored "The Cooking Teacher of the Year" by BON APPETIT magazine. In 1998, she was awarded "Humanitarian of the Year" by the James Beard Foundation, for her efforts to help alleviate hunger in San Francisco, through the volunteer organization she directs called Food Runners. In 2008 she received the Jefferson Award in San Francisco for Food Runners. She is the author of THE TANTE MARIE'S COOKING SCHOOL COOKBOOK published by Simon & Schuster in 2003.

Tweets From The Perfect Teenager

Ahhh, the perfect teenager.  If only.  LOL.  Check out this hilarious illustration posted over at nickmom.  "score. mom and pop out of town ALL weekend!! Totally gonna vacuum the whole house while they're gone!" LOL.

Which Glue Should I Use?

How many times have you purchased glue after glue, after glue, to repair something, and you can't seem to find the right one?  I have, and it's very frustrating.  Well... wait no longer.  This handy little chart will help you make the right decision.
You see... My blog does some good :-)

Must Watch: You Get One Call, That's It!

So what do you do if you're arrested and held in the county jail for impersonating an officer?  And you only get one phone call?  Ummmm... I don't know.  Call the sheriff in charge of the department? Provided he thinks you're the Governor, CIA or the President, of course.  LMAO!  

I know all of you hate Mondays, so I'm posting this to start your day off on the right track. Enjoy!

New Facebook Phone Revealed!

Facebook is coming out with a phone of their very own.  No, I'm not shitting you.  It's true!  Doesn't mean, Joy of Tech, can't have a little fun with it.  

Take a look at the chart below and check out all the fascinating features.  No numberpad!!! The phone only makes calls to Facebook friends (since why would you want to call anyone who is not on Facebook), right?

Sunday, November 27, 2011

OMG Hilarious! - Cool Shades

A Love Story: It's Time

You think our country is the only one in the world demanding full equality?  No.  There are countries like Australia, Colombia, New Zealand, Nepal, and Europe that are currently debating marriage equality in their countries.

I want to be able to marry my partner, Ryan some day, and regardless of the laws in the state of Texas and our country, we will.  It isn't just about a paper stating we are married, we could care less about that.  It's about treating us the same as you would a straight couple.  The argument of faithfulness and family values can no longer be justified when you have people marrying, divorcing, committing adultery at every corner, and yet still say that this is the way it should be.  That's hypocrisy at it's core!  

We need the benefits that are afforded to heterosexuals applied to us, we need them so that I don't have to worry about me dying and Ryan having a hard time getting my social security check, or getting the house he so rightly deserves.  Sure we can get lawyers and all that crap, but I shouldn't have to worry about all that.

Ryan showed me the video above last night, and it was absolutely beautiful.  It was made in conjunction with the Get Up! campaign in Australia.  Check it out, it is lovely.

Poster of the Week - Issue No. 36 - Insanity

Continuing alphabetically, I bring you this week's poster, "Insanity".

Sunday Funday: Dancing Video of the Day - Part II

Since we had Sunday Funday last week, why not have another one this week? :-)

This week's international music hails from Bulgaria.  And it comes courtesy of a guy dancing his little heart away.

Have Yourself A Mountain Dew Christmas

Oh my lord Jesus!  He is rolling around in his grave right about now.  Oops, sorry, he's up in heaven looking down, wondering what on God's green earth has happened to His world.  A Christmas tree out of Mountain Dew cans, really?  Check out the astonishing photos.  Go ahead, you know you want to.  You already made it this far.

What Are The Most Dangerous Blocks In Your City?

So the only thing I can think of is that New York and Houston are so big, that crimes in these areas can't be mapped just yet.  But when you look at cities, like Austin, San Antonio and Dallas, I'm thinking maybe I don't want to know.  Geez.

Trulia maps is the newest, most innovative way to visualize the most dangerous blocks in your city.  Literally. To the very street you live on.  And I'm sure you'll feel absolutely wonderful once you realize your block is the most dangerous one in the city.
The information Trulia uses to power these sortable—by location, crime, and time of perpetration—displays isn't anything new; sites like EveryBlock.com and SpotCrime.com, among others, have been making local crime statistics publicly available for years. But when it's all laid bare for you, and you start seeing some yellow/orange seeping into your cul de sac, well, you may just take that neighborhood watch a little more seriously.[source]
Let's take a look at Austin, Texas, for example.  Look at all that sea of yellow and red, doesn't it make you shiver?  Well, it should.  Click on the image and check out Trulia Maps to see how your city fares in this country full of crime.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

OMG Hilarious! - My Other Cat

Are People Really This Stupid? Issue No. 13 - Black Friday at Urban Outfitters

Seriously people.  If I ever get to an age where I have to act like a teeny bopper waiting to see Justin Bieber, please shoot me or have me committed.  Are people really this stupid?

Look at the hundreds of shoppers waiting for Urban Outfitters to open up on Black Friday, and watch as they rush in in droves.  It's almost laughable.  This is downright ridiculous.  What on earth could one possibly need that they can't get tomorrow?

Crimes of the Century - No. 1 - The Lindbergh Kidnapping

On a winter's night 75 years ago, a child was stolen out of a house in New Jersey. He was no ordinary infant but the "Eaglet," the 20-month-old son of the aviator Charles Lindbergh, America's great hero who, just five years before, had become the first man to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. For the next two and a half months, America and much of the world were riveted by daily updates and speculation from the police search for Baby Charles. Suspicion spared no one -- not even the Lindberghs. In April, news spread that a ransom had been paid but still no child was recovered. 

Finally, in May, a battered, mutilated little corpse was found by the side of the road, not far from the Lindberghs' home. Baby Charles had been bludgeoned to death not long after he had been kidnapped. The resulting trial, sentencing and execution of German carpenter and ex-convict Bruno Richard Hauptmann for the crime would extend the infamy of the case four more years. But the Lindbergh kidnapping had become more than just a particularly heinous act. It had become the Crime of the Century. Many other crimes have earned the distinction -- but what makes an infamous event deserving of the title Crime of the Century?
TIME Magazine has put together a list of notorious crimes that might vie for that distinction. I will be blogging about these crimes throughout the next few weeks as I continue with my blogging adventures.
You may notice in the coming weeks, that there are no political assassinations on the list. Nor mass suicides or genocide. All of those are certainly terrible crimes and possibly even graver sins. But there is a degree of conscious orchestration to those acts. The Crime of the Century must strike at the most undefined and thus most vulnerable part of the soul: it must touch the messy unconscious, where all kinds of emotions meld into each other. Pity and envy are involved; desire and revulsion; fear and sometimes schadenfreude (glee). And while each person has his or her own brew of emotions, we all recognize them. So our fascination with the crime becomes a populist mania: an obsession with the wreckage of the rich and famous, comeuppance for hubris, a communal grasping for a moral to a sordid tale. These horrible disruptions of ordinary life must be able to function as a way to order our most frightening thoughts, becoming cautions and lessons for the future.
As you read through the 25 crimes Time Magazine has selected, they will make you wonder which of them will remain in the popular, perhaps even the artistic imagination in the years to come? How will they be retold and with what kinds of lessons and cautions in mind? Here's the first issue, the first crime on Time's infamous list.  How do you think they will fare?  Visit my blog every Saturday as a new crime will be posted each week.

Siri Caught In The Middle [NSFW]

So I'm sure everyone knows by now that Siri is the next best thing to come along since, I don't know, The Ford Pinto?  In either case, that little bitch is up to no good once again.  This time she gets in between a loving marriage and makes things so difficult. This video is rated NSFW due to it's vulgar language.
As you know, the Siri is the new intelligent software assistant and knowledge navigator functioning as a personal assistant for, the all so fabulous, iPhone. The application uses a natural language user interface to answer questions, make recommendations, and perform actions by delegating requests to a set of web services. Siri claims that the software adapts to the user's individual preferences over time and personalizes results, as well as accomplishing tasks such as making dinner reservations and reserving a cab.

Friday, November 25, 2011

OMG Hilarious! - Turkey

Post Secret Fridays - Issue 083

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Hope you enjoy my daily posts, and hope to hear from you soon.

- Blade 7184 aka Peter