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Queer As Folk

  • A Time From Now_Post513

When Queer As Folk ended, like many, I was unsatisfied with that ending so, I began a journey that became this fanfic, which continues the story of most of the main characters while also introducing several new ones. There is also an underlying narrative provided by the Editors of The Brian Kinney Operating Manual that Michael was always so fond of quoting to Justin. This fanfic spans nearly sixty years and in that time people die, but before they do, a lot of living happens and in almost every case, those lives are lived to the fullest of my capabilities. From Daphne to Ted, from Jennifer to Carl, everyone has the life I would have wished for them including Brian and Justin.

Short Stories
Christmas Stories

Adam Lambert & Tommy Joe Ratliff
My one, my only. During the 2010 tour, Tommy deals with his frustrations in the only way he knows how, by not talking to Adam, by not talking to anyone, by taking matters into his own hands, thereby eventually making the situation so very uneasy, Adam must finally confront him. Some angst  but with a better future available to them if they chose to take it.


Original StoriesGwynedd_Aldenicon quantum
EssaysThese three essays are about Fundamental Particles and some of what I consider to be the most awesome objects in the cosmos like Stars & where they are born and Black Holes & Quasars.

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Whether coffee, like me!, or tea, sort of like me, soda, not like me, or chocolate, like me!, we all probably take-in a little caffine from time to time. This makes me feel a bit better about doing just that :)

     -enjoy!

From: YouTube Ted-Ed_Over 100,000 metric tons of caffeine are consumed around the world every year. That’s equivalent to the weight of 14 Eiffel Towers! Caffeine helps us feel alert, focused, and energetic, even if we haven’t had enough sleep — but it can also raise our blood pressure and make us feel anxious. So how does it keep us awake? Hanan Qasim shares the science behind the world’s most widely used drug.



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...I'll post them here because they really are speedy yet full of information about ISS!

     From YouTube: NASA Johnson
No one knows the International Space Station better than the people who live and work there—and now they’re sharing that knowledge in bite-sized chunks. In the first of a series of short videos called “SpeedyTime,” Expedition 52 flight engineer Jack Fischer gives us a quick-but-thorough tour of payload activities inside and outside the airlock in the station’s Japanese laboratory module, Kibo.



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It's stunning to me how, even after all this time, those two little words still bring tears to my eyes. This vid, which I snagged from secretsolitaire, is a lovely tribute made for the 2th anniversary of the first Harry Potter book. It's 'The 20 most memorable moments from the Harry Potter series -as chosen by fams'.



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Thank you, Kinwad!!!

From YouTube:
Erin Mackey and Randy Harrison (Dot and George in SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE) perform "Move On" in the Guthrie recording studio, accompanied by Musical Director Mark Hartman. See them onstage in SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE



I'm including the painting, A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte, as well as an image, from  a different production, of the painting. I love the little cut-out animals!
          It adds a bit of poignancy when you realize that Georges Seurat only lived another five years after this painting was completed, dying at 32 years of age. You can't help but wonder what else he might have accomplished given the chance to grow into his mature style.

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I am NOT a wildlife photographer. Going amazing places and having much patience are sort of necessary and neither of those qualities apply well to me. So, consequently, I have much admiration and respect for those photographers who do go to amazing places and who do have the patience to take stunning photos.

From: YouTube Defenders of Wildlife



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A few days ago, our Arizona friends, from left to right --Jason, Joanna skip skip skip, Regina, Todd, and James-- came for their yearly bay area visit with us. Also pictured are our San Jose friends, Jimmy and Cindy, plus my son, Aaron in the middle. Jason, being from Utah, hadn't seen Redwoods so, instead of our usual trek over the Santa Cruz Mountains to the coast, this year we delved into the Santa Cruz Mountains to the Redwoods, hike, hike, hiking up wooded paths and down, lunching along the way.
          The first pic is of Opal Creek which really is opalesque in color. The second is Traditional, the third just strange, the fourth twisted.

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no title Task 16_Project_50 BOOKS
In order to complete this task, I will need to read about five books per month which, frankly, is daunting but I managed last year so...maybe. And it is a task I completed for June

Five Books )

  
no title  Task 17_Project_100 MOVIES (To include completed series)
In order to complete this task, I will need to watch about 10 movies per month, a task I completed for June

Ten Movies )

Dribs & Drabs

9_A Game of Thrones by George RR Martin
         I have embarked on this series at last. Book one down, I am on to book two
15_The Great Courses_History of the Ancient World: A Global Perspective_Professor Gregory S Aldrete_48 Lectures
          Excellent course!!
These next three relate to a book I have wanted to do for YEARS. I've come to realize that, since this little picture book relates to Lauren's childhood, doing it will be theraputic, a transition from my little girl, Lauren and my adult son, Aaron. Once done, we have another picture book in mind, a joint project, that deals with that transition.

32_Describe CHILD's (Outside) Style
33_Describe INSIDE Style
34_Describe ADVENTURE Style
This deals with myart scheduling because, after watching a couple of documentaries about artists, that in the main they work on many things at once. I never have but now I do, two different kinds of drawings and the above-mentioned book

55_Establish 3-minimum-simultaneous routine

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Rotation of musical note From: YouTube_Singer, songwriter and actress Sara Ramirez is a woman of many talents. Joined by Michael Pemberton on guitar, Ramirez sings of opportunity, wisdom and the highs and lows of life in this live performance of her song, "Rollercoaster."

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who I am told actually reads the Sunday New York Times cover to cover, posted the following two final paragraphs of an article, written by Hisman Matar, titled Books Can Take You Places Donald Trump Doesn’t Want You to Go.

'Doubt and contradictions are not tolerated in Mr. Trump's life; but, of course, they are there -- as they are in every life -- no matter how deeply concealed. You can see it in the tragic air that never leaves him, in the rhythm of his steps, the lines sculpted into his face, the rigidity of his neck as he signs those wretched executive orders. Yes, doubt must be there because he is not only intolerant of complexity; he fears it.

What false vigor then must demonizing and excluding millions of innocent people based on their race and religion inspire. And just like the censor who underestimates the common reader, Mr. Trump too has a limited interpretation of himself and therefore of humanity. And just like the censor, his actions will damage the fiber of his society because, in the long run, the lasting damage falls on the one doing the excluding more than those being excluded.'

The entire article can be found here.

Thank you fansee :)
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FROM: I Can Has Cheeseburger
Watch as the quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog


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Taken from the Daily Kos who took it from the Opinion Page page of the New York Times:
Written by user name El Jamon

And Quote:
          I am not a wealthy man. According to Donald Trump, I would be a loser. I changed diapers. I am an attentive, nurturing father. I built a modest business.
         I am devoted to my spouse. We've been through thick and thin, better or worse and we still remain devoted and deeply in love.
         Our home is modest. Our car is not luxurious. I served my country and paid for college myself, without ever taking a loan or dime from my parents.
         And I am happy because I am grateful.
         Every single day, I am grateful for this life, better or worse, rich or poor. I'm even grateful for the trials and struggles I've had. I'm grateful for the wisdom life's difficulties and set backs have provided.
         The man in the gilded tower is not grateful. He is not wise. He is steeped in fears that, though we see the same television news stations, and read many of the same papers, I do not share.
         Why is it that someone who had never wondered how he was going to pay for college, someone who (unlike myself) was backed by the generosity of the happenstance of wealthy parents, someone who cycles through luxury, why is he not grateful? Why is he so angry?
         Look at this wealthy, powerful man's face. He is tormented, even twisted by his fears, and envy and pride, despite the evidence and, as he often brags, the rewards of his greed and gluttony.
          Why do I, a poor man by comparison, live in a state of gratitude, while he is in service to his envy and wrath? I view Mr. Trump's fear, lust and sloth and I do not envy him.
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we did not go to a march or a volunteering opportunity or anything political at all!
Instead, we went downtown, to The San Jose Museum of Art for a tea ceremony and it ws terrific.
From the museum's site:
The age-old eastern tradition of tea preparation and service encourages participants to focus with careful, slow attention on the color, form, aroma, and taste of tea, as well as the look and feel of the tea cup. Join Edward Gui, director of NanHai Art, to enjoy tea in a small group and share thoughts on the exhibition Your Mind, This Moment: art and the practice of attention.

Mr. Gui preparing. He first uses heated water to warm the cups and the pot. He then rinses the potted dry leaves. He uses a Cusinart deal-y to heat the water because each of the six kinds of tea -green, white, yellow, oolong, red, and black- are best served at different temperatures.  A different pot and cups is used for each variety of tea.
We were served a green, an oolong, and a black tea.

This is Mr. Gui daily lunch routine which takes him about 30 minutes. I can imagine how, especially with a stressful job, this 30-minute medative break would set a better course for the rest of the afternoon. Oh and, naturally, he only uses loose-leaf tea from China. We do tea a couple of times a week and I can see how our 'routine' is probably going to be undergoing a couple of changes. That Cuisinart deal-y is very cool :)

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Rotation of musical note From: YouTube_1000 young komuz players perform "Mash Botoy" at the second World Nomad Games in Cholpon Ata, Kyrgyzstan. First time in history 1000 players performed together.

From: Atlas Obscura:

At an arena in Cholpon-ata, a lakeside resort in Kyrgyzstan, the 2016 World Nomad Games kicked off in spectacular fashion on September 3. Horse riders showboated their skills; some of them rode while on fire, others lay horizontally across the saddle. An armor-clad Steven Seagal was the guest of honor, as competitors paraded behind their national flags.

 

The World Nomad Games, which finish on September 8, are designed to promote the nomadic cultural and sporting traditions of central Asia. Although many of the sports are rarely played outside of a handful of countries in the region, 40 nations participate in the competition.

At the opening ceremony, however, one of the showpieces was musical rather than sporting. A thousand players of the komuz, the three-stringed national instrument of Kyrgyzstan, played a song in perform harmony and rhythm. The musicians lined up in rows, dressed in traditional attire and many men wearing the kalpak, a white felt hat. Women, men and children all played on one knee.

The dazzling performance ushered in five days of sporting events, including er enish (horseback wrestling), kok-boru (a form of polo played with a goat carcass instead of a ball) and jereed (equestrian javelin).

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Shared-ideas.jpg   So, I was reading somewhere, undoubtedly in my echo chamber The Daily Beast, that whatever anyone may think of the Tea-Party, its name worked. It related back to a point-of-pride moment in American history, and for that reason is a positive. And it is to-the-point, cohesive, and so on.
     This, the author implied, is something The Left/ The Progressives/ The Resistance/ The Dems etc., are lacking. He feels that The Resistance isn't good because it implies minority-status, which it isn't because afterall Hillary did win the popular vote by 2.9million votes, and it has the connotation of negativity since generally those resisting are dealt with harshly by those in power who have all the military stuff like armies as per history. The others mentioned seem to me to be generic, non-inclusive, and so on.
    So, he wondered, is there a name that could be inclusive, positive, related to a point-of-pride in history, speak to common values etc. He admitted that he had nothing, was merely asking the question which I have herein paraphrased.
    What do you think? Does a name help with cohesion? With identification? Do you think that The Tea-Party was a good name? Is all of this merely superficial nonsense? I have always felt that The Dems are not cohesive, we split along minority lines but I absolutely know that is changing. As one speaker at the Immigration Rally said, as many others have said, when they hurt one of us, they hurt all of us.
   So, how to concisely define 'Us'? I got nothing, honestly. One suggestion, 'The Real Majority' I don't care for because it reminds me too much of 'The Moral Majority'.
   Does anyone have an idea for naming a movement? Let me know.

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no title There's a written demonstration taking place on March 15th, this Wednesday, wherein those who feel unfavorably towards the current American administration, particularly its president, are being encouraged to send postcards to the White House, address below, expressing their dissension.
          I have of late posted any number of dissension quotes from notables, mainly Americans but not only, here on Livejournal that I'm going to write on my several postcards. The idea is to flood the White House in a visible way.
More information, only one of many sites, can be found here.

President Donald J. Trump
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

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I can’t believe Trump called Obama “sick.” That’s like Stalin accusing Mother Teresa of crimes against humanity.
          -John Leguizamo
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To celebrate the day, Aaron and I both wore red and we both had our six-month checkup at our women-run dentist's office, a fact which had never really occured to me before :) Kind of cool!!
#HerVoiceIsMyVoice: Celebrate the Women Who Inspire Us Every Day.


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