“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 - - - - - - - - - - -

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Kitty Sleepover

Awwww, let's have a kitty sleepover.  I wish we could have a cat, but we have chihuahuas and as long as my love is happy - that's all that matters.

Check Out This Paper

I don't know about you, but this is pretty freaking awesome.  Check out this paper, and tell me what you think.  Ring any bells?

Documentaries To Watch: Always My Son

When I first saw this video 2 years ago I was struck by how close it hit to home.  It was hard enough being hispanic in a country where we're considered a minority.  But I also had to lie to keep my homosexuality a secret from the people I cared most about, and it tore me up inside. I would pray to God every night hoping he would fix me.  Little did I know, he couldn't fix what he had created.

Here you have a father who's an ex-marine, a devoted christian, and a loving husband and he has to come to grips with the fact that he has a gay son.  As you watch the video below you will come across one of my favorite parts of the documentary - when the boy's father realizes God couldn't possibly condemn his son.  "I thought to myself inside that everything I've ever been taught that it's an abomination and yes, he's going to hell, but I also quicky thought.... my son, he's a beautiful kid, he's compassionate, he's warm, he cares for people, he's respectful, he's kind. How? If we have such a loving God, How could God condemn my son to hell?"

Always My Son is one of a series of short documentary films that were being produced by the Family Acceptance Project to help ethnically and religiously diverse families decrease their LGBT children's risk for suicide, substance abuse, depression, HIV, homelessness and placement in foster care or juvenile justice settings -- by increasing family support.[source] [source]

Keeping It Old Skool - Issue No. 11 - Etch A Sketch

Who never had an Etch A Sketch growing up?  If you didn't, I don't know what to tell you. You lost out on a piece of history that you'll probably never get back. LOL.  Don't get me wrong, you can still buy them, but c'mon would you?  Why would you want to buy it when you have the PS3, Xbox, or Wii?

These were the coolest things ever!  You could draw with them, write with them, take notes with them, and then erase it within a matter of seconds.  A simple shake is all it took.  The two white knobs, and the stylus underneath the gray screen did all the work.  All you would do is move the knobs around and line would appear.

Ironically enough, the toy was invented in the late 1950s and not the 80s like you might have imagined.  The toy became popular in the 60s, so I'm sure you're grandmother played with one before you ever got to.  Regardless, it has become one of the most creative toys of the 20th century.  It was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame in 1998. [source] 

Well, I found another place for Ryan and I to visit when we go on our travels. :-)

Make sure to check out my previous "Keeping It Old Skool" issues here.

OMG Hilarious! - Trap

Poster of the Week - Issue No. 44 - Losing

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

Would You Follow Them To Battle?

35 Years and 100,000 Toothpicks Later...

I love breathtaking art, and this truly is breath-taking.  When this artist took on the task of creating a masterpiece, the majority of you were toddlers.  Some of you were not even conceived, or even thought of.   And some of you were probably in your 30's or graduating high school or college. But "artist Scott Weaver had already begun work on this insanely complex kinetic sculpture, Rolling through the Bay, that he continues to modify and expand even today. "The sheer magnitude is amazing!  You will have to see the video to know what I'm talking about.
The elaborate sculpture is comprised of multiple “tours” that move pingpong balls through neighborhoods, historical locations, and iconic symbols of San Francisco, all recreated with a little glue, some toothpicks, and an incredible amount of ingenuity. He admits in the video that there are several toothpick sculptures even larger than his, but none has the unique kinetic components he’s constructed. Via his website Weaver estimates he’s spent over 3,000 hours on the project, and the toothpicks have been sourced from around the world. [source]
I have used different brands of toothpicks depending on what I am building. I also have many friends and family members that collect toothpicks in their travels for me. For example, some of the trees in Golden Gate Park are made from toothpicks from Kenya, Morocco, Spain, West Germany and Italy. The heart inside the Palace of Fine Arts is made out of toothpicks people threw at our wedding.
You can catch the amazing video narrated by the artist himself after the jump...

Sunday Fail - The Moment

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- Blade 7184 aka Peter