One for the good guys Every once in a long while, something goes right and victory gets pulled out of the jaws of defeat at the last minute. Yesterday was one of those times. After a protracted – and do I ever meanprotracted – up-and-down-back-and-forth battle with developers and their political allies, the acquisition of a critical 55-acre land parcel adjacent toJacob’s Well Natural Area wasfinalized yesterday by the Hays County Commissioners’ Court. A few months back, the acquisition seemed like a done deal. But political maneuvering as well as concerns of those fearful of county government involvement ground the whole process to a … Continue reading One for the good guys

He walked in circles till he was crazy and he lived that way forever

We drove past thishellhole on I-10 the way to and from Rising Tide. We live in a country where slackjawed yokels pass a billbanning Sharia law in fucking Oklahoma but inhumane idiot shit like this is still legal. I know that fighting individual instances of stuff like this is time-consuming and is not as efficient a strategy as taking aim at the biggerregulatory picture, butif you can please help. Big Cat Rescue Continue reading He walked in circles till he was crazy and he lived that way forever

WWTFUS: peer into the great unknown

Because we assume it’s about political transition, even though any assumption as to what an NP song is reallyabout is always entirely fruitless. Because I passed over Callie in my OMG post below, and Nicki Clyne is adorable in this vid. But MOST OF ALL because it’s Andy Gifford’s favorite song (or favorite NP song anyways) and as of yesterday, he’s been a dad forone whole year! Talk about the laws changing, hang on to yer hat Daddy! Weezy’s gonna be asking for the car keys before you know it. Continue reading WWTFUS: peer into the great unknown

OMG, they killed Fill in the Blank!

I know, I know. We have all been so distracted by the recent political bloodbath, some of you have totally missed this important breaking news on the cultural front:


We now know that they never really killed Kenny. Or rather, that he can’t be killed. Because he won’t stay dead.Or something like that. Bastards!

Yeah, so it’s totally jumped the shark, but one reason I loved Kenny’s constant dying and returning, then really dying and being gone for a while, then coming back and dying every once in a while, and now being a superhero who can’t stay dead is because it’s the greatest wank ever on one of my favorite television tropes:


Why is it so simultaneously delicious and awful when we get gobsmacked by a tragic and ruthless character death and the subsequent emotional onslaught? Well, if you ever sat through a class on Greek drama or Philosophy 101, and if you stayed awake, you might remember Nietzsche’s take on the essence of classical tragedy: by combining Apollonion and Dionysian extremes, tragedy allows us poor little humans with our tiny scared minds to experience the transendence of catharsis. The higher the body count, the more undeserved and/or random the loss, the more transcendent the payoff.

So, in light of last week, I thought it might help us to wallow in some shockingfictional bereavements. Hey, I’m a giver. Also I have a sick mind.

And please, this is BYOC (Bring Your Own Catharsis) so feel free to add your own favorites in the comments as what follows is a highly subjective short list and I know all you peeps who watchLost and24 andHeroes got plenty to add.

Finally, this is TV, so Wash buying it inSerenity doesn’t count. But damnnnnnnn, right?

Warning. This post contains spoilers (albeit some of them rather ancient) to various fictional narratives as well as imagery some may finddisturbing. If you don’t want to be spoiled or disturbed, don’t proceed. If like most of us, you are spoiled and disturbed beyond all telling, do carry on.

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DSTWTFUS: Wade! Wade! Wade!

Going out of turn because forward or backwards, the daylight savings transition is tough and we need some WTFU up in here. Hence, Mavis. Mighty. Mighty. The lady said “Wade!” Y’all get to it. There’s a seven-minute version of this on the very wonderfulLive: Hope at the Hideout. I listen to it nearly every day on my commute and I swear that track is as essential to my wellbeing as any of the meds I take. Take heed y’all, this woman is stillvery much with us and performing regularly. If you haven’t seen her live, you got no damn excuse. … Continue reading DSTWTFUS: Wade! Wade! Wade!

The Queer Problem

Seriously, THIS, and not just because she’s the boss lady: You had it, and we worked hard to give it to you, and we see you calling things impossible which are just very hard, and we get fucking annoyed, because we don’t get to get away with that shit. Not at our jobs and not in our lives. We’ve all of us been running some variant of that loop the last few weeks, and we all will probably continue to, and weshould. But the loop in my head goes off into my own personal cul-de-sac, and I get that it’s … Continue reading The Queer Problem

WWTFUS: The Great Pumpkin, the Man in Black, and Bodhichitta

Firstly, this wasn’t really a major story in the big scheme of things, but I find it awfully illustrative as to the character of the opposition and it reminds us not just who we fight but who we fight for. I happened to be hanging out on Twitter when it went down, I follow @rosannecash and I admire the way shehandled Boehner, as well as the subsequent personal assaults by craphurlingwinged monkeys unleashed by Politico’s post. Secondly, what Merle says below sort of points out that no one of us, whether in heartfelt admiration (my grandma was fond of saying … Continue reading WWTFUS: The Great Pumpkin, the Man in Black, and Bodhichitta

A cautionary tale

Yesterday, as I was farting around on the internetz, like I do, looking for more about the filmTrigger, which I really, really, really wish I could see but apparently will have to move to Canada before I can, I stumbled across this old episode ofTwitch City. I fell in love with this show years ago. I haven’t thought about in a while but back when Bravo picked it up, my ex was working night shifts and I was watching a lot of late night television. A lot. I’m pretty sure this show was the first time I sort of lost … Continue reading A cautionary tale

Dispatches from the war on fat

So day before yesterday, over at that esteemed bastion of critical thinking, Marie Claire magazine, this happened:

The other day, my editor asked me, “Do you really think people feel uncomfortable when they see overweight people making out on television?” … Yes, I think I’d be grossed out if I had to watch two characters with rolls and rolls of fat kissing each other … because I’d be grossed out if I had to watch them doing anything.

It wasn’t just the one excerpt that was jaw-dropping. Writer Maura Kelly went blithely on (and on) about the ickiness of just having to exist in the same world with fat people,

To be brutally honest, even in real life, I find it aesthetically displeasing to watch a very, very fat person simply walk across a room — just like I’d find it distressing if I saw a very drunk person stumbling across a bar or a heroine [sic] addict slumping in a chair.

not to mention seeing them on her teevee, validating their right to exist and all.

My initial response was: Hmm, being overweight is one thing — those people are downright obese! And while I think our country’s obsession with physical perfection is unhealthy, I also think it’s at least equally crazy, albeit in the other direction, to be implicitly promoting obesity! Yes, anorexia is sick, but at least some slim models are simply naturally skinny.

She even dispensed some nutrition advice because everyone knows fat people really do have “a ton of control” over their issues, if they would just put their mind to it.

But hey, don’t get the wrong impression of her!

I have a few friends who could be called plump. I’m not some size-ist jerk.

All of which unleashed a (justified) shitstorm and not just the 900+ comments on the post buthere andhere andall over.

Apparently gobsmacked at the reaction, Kelly apologized — hey she really thinks it’s totally cool to have all shapes and sizes of people in magazines and TV as long as they’re not, you know, obese — and also copped to having some underlying body image issues and a history of anorexia. Which, just maybe, might have influenced what she wrote. To her credit, the apology seems heartfelt and honest, if stillway clueless, and in no way does she deserve the more extreme responses, like having her address and phone number made public. That shit is not cool, nor is it remotely “understandable.”

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WWTFUS: it’s wonderful to be here, it’s certainly a thrill

This is going to be an interactive WWTFUS: Tell us – or let us actually listen to/see – the best LIVE concert/show you ever saw, or WISHED you saw. Tell us what made it great for you, why you still remember it, or why you’d love to have been there when. If you can find them, leave links to videos and I’ll use them in future WWTFUS, okay? I wasn’t at the Neko gig below but damn, from the sound of it, what a fantastic show. A sweltering hot February night in Melbourne, the iconic Prince of Wales pub packed … Continue reading WWTFUS: it’s wonderful to be here, it’s certainly a thrill

No right to their privacy

I’ve been thinking a lot about something Dan Savage said recently, and not just because he’s been in the news a lot lately, though more power to him forIt Gets Better. A frequent guest on Olbermann, Savage was on last week to opine about the bonehead in Saxby Chambliss’ office who posted “All Faggots Must Die” in comments over atJoe My God. This is par for the course. This is what they believe. This is how they talk about us in private, when they think no one’s looking and no one’s tech savvy enough to trace their hatred back to … Continue reading No right to their privacy

WWTFUS: I’ll paint you mornings of gold

SATX, represent! Girl in a Coma is about ready to release their third full length album, Adventures in Coverland, October 19. Not enough room here to explain how much I love this band. Go see them live, you’ll fall in love, too. The video below started as a fan video by none other thanRobert Rodriguez, who ended up using GIAC’sYo Oigo in his new movie, Machete. (btw, in keeping with the ongoing Buffalo Springfield meme, For What It’s Worth is one of the covers onAdventures in Coverland.) Continue reading WWTFUS: I’ll paint you mornings of gold

Can you dig it? Uhhh…no, actually

God knows BP hasn’t had many victories lately. Sure, theycapped the well and all but, while it could hardly be called an afterthought, it certainly belonged in “more of a whimper than a bang” category. Much as they wanted to savor the triumph, BP didn’t want anyone to really dwell on that whole awkward IT TOOK US FIVE MONTHS part of the story. So maybe this is one last attempt to snatch victory from the jaws of death that the British are so well known for. Personally, I’m willing to give it to them because goddamn it, I think they’ve … Continue reading Can you dig it? Uhhh…no, actually

WWTFUS: the event of the season

Huge news of the “Hey, we’re getting the band back together” varietyannounced this week: Neil Young will reunite with Stephen Stills and Richie Furay for a pair of performances as Buffalo Springfield for Young’s annual Bridge School benefit concerts in Northern California, with lineups that also include Pearl Jam, Elton John and Leon Russell, Elvis Costello, Lucinda Williams and several other acts. The reunion of the influential country-rock band born in 1966 in Los Angeles will feature Young, Stills and Furay as an acoustic trio, given the Bridge School’s history of unplugged performances by all participants. The group’s other two … Continue reading WWTFUS: the event of the season

WWTFUS: my god, my god, my god he was something

This may be the only one, or maybe one in only a teeny tiny handful, of any virgo-type posts anywhere with a sports tag. Even so, it’s actually a music post. A music post inspired by a television show at that. All of it inspired, in part, by Muhammad Ali. So, theMad Men recap is Adrastos’ gig and I won’t tread there but I do have to glance off it a bit because this meditation washed up in the wake of this week’s amazing episode, as I kept flashing back to my very first memories of Ali. Much like JFK … Continue reading WWTFUS: my god, my god, my god he was something

Not the only one

Yeah, yeah, posting out of turn and all but it’s Friday, plus Athenae said I could do some extra RT5-related posting. Pretty sure she meantduring, rather thanafter, the event but hey, in New Orleans, the party never really ends. Credit/blame toracymind for the song. It was on her ipod, we did pass byHammond, it became part of the trip soundtrack. But it does work here, too, because it’s a song — a story really — about families, mostly about choice, about what and who you choose to stand for and with. About how sometimes what might seem a choice to … Continue reading Not the only one

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It never fails. Just when I’m feeling completely cynical and bleak about the future of the country, of humanity — hell, of the whole planet — the intarwebz always manages to shake me out of it. ViaNerdist: So. To reinvigorate America’s waning interest in the space program, NASA has taken an inspired and admirable step; creating a freeware game called Moonbase Alpha where the player takes on the role of an astronaut working to resolve an emergency on a hypothetical moonbase in the not too distant future. However, in what amounts to the Internet equivalent of forgetting to convert to … Continue reading ass? ass! ass? ass! ass? ass! ass? ass! ass? ass! ass? ass!ass? ass!

“A breakdown at the intersection of ideology and reality”

Take a look at the following excerpt from a recent editorial on the conservative reaction to the outcome of the Prop 8 trial. It rather neatly removes each of the already-shaky legs holding up the conservative Right’s attempts to paint Judge Vaughn Walker as nothing more than anungodly sodomite and biased activist tyrant intent on destroying Constitution and pissing all over California voters: Conservatives cannot deny that our Founders intended the judiciary as an equal and independent branch of government purposed to ensure the protection of every citizen’s rights. The Supreme Court has previously ruled that the right to marry … Continue reading “A breakdown at the intersection of ideology and reality”

Go back to bed America: “Oil from spill poses little additional risk”

News that gets released in the dead of night (actually just past midnight this morning) is seldom good, no matter how much optimism it’s wrapped in. WASHINGTON — The government is expected to announce on Wednesday that three-quarters of the oil from the Deepwater Horizon leak has already evaporated, dispersed, been captured or otherwise eliminated — and that much of the rest is so diluted that it does not seem to pose much additional risk of harm. A government report finds that about 26 percent of the oil released from BP’s runaway well is still in the water or onshore … Continue reading Go back to bed America: “Oil from spill poses little additional risk”