Stories at the Inn

Hate 4 photo hate4b1.jpgToday's offering was written shortly before the Christmas of 2008. Let me stir yor memory jut a bit by reminding you that President-elect Obama had chosen to have Rick Warren deliver they invocation at his Inauguration, which the LGBT community considered to be a huge slap in the face.

I had been looking for a hook or two on which to hang my weekly Friday column.

The snow was blowing and the wind was howling. It was going to be a dark and stormy night.

I graphic is called Hate 4, from my Colors of Hate series.

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The Breakfast Club (Reels)

Welcome to The Breakfast Club! We're a disorganized group of rebel lefties who hang out and chat if and when we're not too hungover  we've been bailed out we're not too exhausted from last night's (CENSORED) the caffeine kicks in. Join us every weekday morning at 9am (ET) and weekend morning at 10:30am (ET) to talk about current news and our boring lives and to make fun of LaEscapee! If we are ever running late, it's PhilJD's fault.

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To thine own self...

Strings photo strings.jpgI've trundled out my joining tools again. This particular chapter consists of one portion of a diary from early March of 2011...and excerpts from my performance piece, Crossing the Gender Line, which I presented several times at academic venues in Arkansas and also was invited to perform at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL in February, 1995. I can date the various performances by examining the poems included...it was my habit to write a new one for each performance. The excerpts are from the piece as it stood in 1998.

The graphic is entitled Strings. I hope this hits the right notes.

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The Breakfast Club (My Hat It Has Three Corners)

 
breakfast beers photo breakfastbeers.jpgThree corners has my hat
And had it not three corners
It would not be my hat! 

I dunno, maybe it makes more sense in Italian.

This is the famous (I mean, as far as any Renaissance Italian Folk Tune appropriated for 'Art Music' can be) Carnival of Venice.

Or infamous in my case as it was the audition piece for All-State
Band and since my sight reading skilz are for crap I really didn't have
even a clue what it was supposed to sound like and
between the triple and quadruple tounging and the rampant octave jumps
(not to mention the rapid fire fingering) I could only make up in energy
and enthusiasm what I lacked in technique.

You know, like your first sexual experience.

I have dissipated a youth of extreme privilege on these ephemeral
photons.  I went to Summer Camp every year, sometimes twice at
different places.  This year my family in Michigan pulled some strings
and got me in a Youth Music program that featured lessons with the great
Leonard Falcone who just happened to have arranged (that's a technical musical term for
someone who re-does an original piece for different instruments or
ensembles, or changes the key or tempo to make it sound different even
though it's really the same) my audition piece.

What could go wrong?

Well, I am a horrible musician, even for a brass player, and I
have a tin ear and no discipline or muscle memory whatsoever.  It took
Falcone mere seconds to recognize how hopeless I was.

But he was a trooper and there were only so many Euphonium players so he was stuck with me for 2 weeks.

Towards the end I dragged out my audition piece and said-

"Do you think you can help me with this?"

"Let me hear it."

So I embarrassed myself and he said-

"It should sound like this."

 

 

My Hat It Has Three Corners

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Existing Beyond Theory

While many of the essays I have written over the years have a footing firmly based in emotions, I have explored the theory of transgender from time to time. Let's face it: some people are not going to accept that transpeople are not just crazy loons unless they have some "solid evidence."

Unfortunately, what people consider to be solid evidence has a wide variance.

In January of 2011 I shared a review of the literature. Since most of "the literature" comes from psychological research, that won't be good enough for some people. Since I live with a graduate professor involved in educating and mentoring doctoral researchers, I'm sure we might disagree on that point.

This literature review is not up to her graduate school standards. I have not included an annotated bibliography in APA style. I'm only a layperson when it comes to psychology.

My actual purpose (and hope) is to get people to read it, especially the people who need the information presented this way. Well, that and making a few corrections so that it properly fits into my autobiography thingy.

I'll get started on the other side.

The graphic above is called Faces.

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The Breakfast Club (The Sun Is Below The Yard Arm Somewhere)

Welcome to The Breakfast Club! We're a disorganized group of rebel lefties who hang out and chat if and when we're not too hungover  we've been bailed out we're not too exhausted from last night's (CENSORED) the caffeine kicks in. Join us every weekday morning at 9am (ET) and
weekend morning at 10:30am (ET) to talk about current news and our
boring lives and to make fun of LaEscapee! If we are ever running late,
it's PhilJD's fault.
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This Day in History

 

 

 

  

 

 

   

Alamo falls to Mexican forces; Michelangelo born; Walter Cronkite retires.

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Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

 

Good Question:
Iran's Foreign Minister suggests the US should ask itself why it
continues to create extremists that it later fights. Someone should tell
him that to the US that's a benefit, not a bug.

Charles Kingsley Michaelson, III, Some Assembly Required

TMC :: The Breakfast Club (The Sun Is Below The Yard Arm Somewhere)

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On Waiting

At the Nub photo Nub.jpgThe main portion of this was written after the inauguration in 2009 and was called at that time, Waiting for what comes next. But I've blended that with a short piece called The lessons are waiting from May, 2008 and a relevant poem/graphic from late 2008.

The graphic is entitled, At the Nub.

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The Breakfast Club (FREAK Out)

 
breakfast beers photo breakfastbeers.jpgWell, I had hoped for a nice quiet discussion of wave/particle duality again because there are new developments that are worthy of note or perhaps a good chuckle at Homer Simpson predicting the GeV of the Higgs Boson to within experimental error because I'm just a sucker for the intricacies of Quantum Physics, BUT... 

The big news of the day is on the technology front and particularly NSA v. Encryption.

Now I'll take it as a given that you know thanks to Ed Snowden
and Thomas Drake and subsequent public testimony that the NSA is
obsessed as an organization by collecting every communication you have.
 What you may not know is how far back that goal goes and why it
compromises all of our security.

Way back in the days of the Big Dog when all we had to worry our
pretty little heads about was blowjobs and blue dresses the Internet
started gaining steam as a place to buy things.  People were rightly
concerned about personal information and credit card numbers falling
into the hands of thieves (though I'll tell you quite frankly that
you're in much more danger from your food server if you're a bad tipper
because they have plenty of time alone with your card to write down all
your imprint numbers as well as the ones that are just printed which is
sufficient for ruining your credit by telephone, let alone computer).

Anyhow the major Internet Retailers and the companies that served
them started demanding an encryption scheme to bolster public
confidence that it was safe to buy things.  Thus Secure Sockets Layer (SSL).

Even this paltry (and believe me it is, though I recommend the study of The Reichenbach Fall because not everything is complicated and mysterious) level of security
was deemed by the NSA "too dangerous for export" so they made an even
weaker one with 40 bits of encryption instead of 128 (too hard, my brain
hurts) for use overseas.

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Then They Came for the N Word

Spark photo spark.jpgHere's another piece from early in 2009. I think it explains clearly why I wrote it, which also shines light on why I first started posting at Daily Kos and how most members first came to notice my presence. There was a coterie of people who were not pleased with that.

The graphic to the left is named Spark.

Although the first portion is written in the first person, it should be obvious that I was not writing about myself.

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The Breakfast Club (Strutting Her Stuff)

Welcome to The Breakfast Club! We're a disorganized group of rebel lefties who hang out and chat if and when we're not too hungover  we've been bailed out we're not too exhausted from last night's (CENSORED) the caffeine kicks in. Join us every weekday morning at 9am (ET) and
weekend morning at 10:30am (ET) to talk about current news and our
boring lives and to make fun of LaEscapee! If we are ever running late,
it's PhilJD's fault.
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This Day in History

 

 

 

  

 

 

   

Franklin D. Roosevelt sworn in as president, Ronald
Reagan takes responsibility for the Iran-Contra affair, the AAA is born
in 1904.

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Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

 

We've collectively decided that putting kids in 3000 pounds of metal traveling at 65 MPH is safe, while letting them walk unsupervised can potentially get them taken away from you and placed in a foster situation. Also known to be safe.

ugh.

Atrios


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