Friday, November 30, 2007

Ripped for Her Viewing Pleasure


SIGNS OF GOOD TIMES
And ain't we lucky we got 'em?
Actually this is sweet. Starts slowly though, but stay with it.
4 mins. - SFW

SNAPE . . . SNAPE . . .
2 mins. - SFW but try not to let coworkers hear it
or they'll be singing this the rest of the day

And now
A WORD FROM OUR SPONSOR
2 mins. - SFW

THOUGHLESS
You must have someone that you've thought this way about.
If not, how sad for you! Here, I'll buy you a drink.
2 mins. - SFW

NOT HAD ENOUGH OF SILLY LOVE SONGS?
Another Bo Burnham song, featuring a misleading shirt and
a greeting at the start that I suspect a lot more people online could justifiably use.
2 mins. 45 - SFW

TWINKIES
Another of my libido-driven slideshows set to somewhat appropriate music.
No jokes about creamy filling, please.
3 mins. 10 - Technically SFW but probably questionable

Views as of now: 465

Jensen #18

Once more, it's time to celebrate


I hope I'm not violating the infant's privacy with this photo.
It was just too cute to not show it.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Big Gay Al Fresco

Because I gave you none yesterday,
here is a double order of some


Tom Gaynor again and, this time, with a friend, Dan Jacob.
Well, I assume they are at least friendly, but I don't know.
It's just part of the fantasy that created by photographers. In reality,
they could hate each other the way Greg House hates Judith Martin.

But, then, Greg House seems to hate everything.

Cleaning my Hairbrush



WHAT DO YOU PEOPLE WANT FROM ME?

I've again been giving some thought to exactly what I should be doing with this blog thing. It's a year old now, and I began it as a way to chronicle my attempt to change my life, something like Get Bolton Buff but not as focused. That didn't last long, partially because I haven't done much to change my life.

Some time in the summer, I began dedicating more space to photos of Random Guys, like Stunning Sexy Guys or Daily Young Guys, beyond the Man for Monday that I put up most weeks. But even that's a bit unsatisfying now. Though I have a great many pictures of hot guys saved away on an external hard drive, most of them were saved from the Internet, which means most of you have seen (or even have saved) the same pictures already. There's already too much repetition among the various blogs I read (Remember how many people put up that pic of Mario Lopez in his Halloween costume? It was everywhere!) without me wanting to contribute more redundancy.

I really admire the source of information that Kenneth in the (212) and Scott-o-rama are, but I'm not nearly well informed enough nor do I read widely and regularly enough to do that. Moreover, why should I try to do something that's already being done better by someone else?

For originality, I like Pretty Boys Club. Nice photos followed by short, simple bits of cross-Channel conversations that are funny or poignant or both. Maybe I should pull out the old writer's notebooks and find some funny things to write here.

I have whined (often) about not getting many comments, but I do seem to get more whenever I've actually talked about myself, whenever I've opened up a bit and been genuine instead of writing out some flippant, keep-everyone-at-arm's-length paragraph. Judging by the popularity of the Weblogs I read, people seem to like the opportunity to get to know others through what they cast onto the Internet. Intellectually, I realize that, but still, emotionally, I have a hard time believing that anyone wants to know about me personally. I know me, and I'm just not that interesting. And I'm always a bit uncomfortable and very afraid that I sound like I'm whining about my life when I get personal.

But if that's what some people want, maybe this is good opportunity for me to stop being so superficial and withdrawn. Honestly, I don't know.

For the time being, I'll continue as I have done for the past year, the regular alliterative cycle of Man for Monday, followed by a Tune, Words, Thoughts, and Fun -- with a generous sprinkling of cute guys and weekly doses of lazy Sunday afternoons and my unhealthy adoration of Jensen Ackles.

If any of you have any ideas or suggestions for me, please let me know. If you're not one of the privileged few that Blogger allows to post commments here, then send me email.
Views as of now: 448

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Ground Sage of Baltimore



Today, a collection of smartass quotations from H.L. Mencken, a historic figure who was a smartass before there was such a word.

A celebrity is one who is known to many persons he is glad he doesn't know.

A poet more than thirty years old is simply an overgrown child.

Conscience is the inner voice that warns us somebody may be looking.

Every decent man is ashamed of the government he lives under.

I believe that all government is evil, and that trying to improve it is largely a waste of time.

It is even harder for the average ape to believe that he has descended from man.

It is hard to believe that a man is telling the truth when you know that you would lie if you were in his place.

It is now quite lawful for a Catholic woman to avoid pregnancy by a resort to mathematics, though she is still forbidden to resort to physics or chemistry.

and my favourite of the lot:
It is inaccurate to say that I hate everything. I am strongly in favor of common sense, common honesty, and common decency. This makes me forever ineligible for public office.
Views as of now: 424

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

National Treasure Trail


Remember that party where Dr. House was hitting on Annie Lennox?



Years ago, when Saturday Night Live was so much better for so many reasons, they had on interesting musical acts and guest hosts just because they were interesting. Now it's always someone who has a movie or an album (I mean "a collection of songs" here,people, not necessarily on vinyl.) coming out and it's always arranged by a publicist for crass commercial reasons.

I hate that.

So please don't think I'm doing the same thing by putting up a picture of Justin Bartha here, just because he about to appear in National Treasure: The Book of Secrets.

The fact is that I watched National Treasure tonight while I was cleaning, and I thought this guy was adorable. Not as pretty as the usual guy I like, true, but he was smart and funny, and he had those great blue eyes. So here he is, in case you've never heard of him.
Views as of now: 387

Monday, November 26, 2007

Super Man and Wife



I'd never heard of the newlywed Brandon Routh before Superman Returns,
and that movie didn't give me a very high opinion of him.
But damn, this photo is beautiful!

Incidentally, I learned of his recent marriage from Kenneth in the (212), where he also has that cute photo of Routh in his underwear, being very flirtatious with somebody. Rumour has it that he flirted a great deal with openly gay Superman Returns director Bryan Singer, but I'm sure that had nothing to do with him getting the part.

That Singer made his film without having been a reader of comic books explains a lot to me, but I can't stay mad at the man who gave the world The Usual Suspects.
Views as of now: 367

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Monkey Wrenched Ankle



Working on my car with a friend of mine

Friday, November 23, 2007

A Bladder Infection Can Make You the Pianist

A SPECIAL, ALL PIANO


NEW SLIDESHOW FOR AN OLD SONG

Sure, the first three words make it out of season, but here's a song by Tom Lehrer.
2 mins. - SFW - NSFASPCA


BORGE VS CHOPIN

And to think that some artists are too petty to even pretend they can't play something.
3 mins. 30 - SFW


DAFFY VS DONALD

Don't be fooled by the colour of the feathers. There's nothing racial going on here, no matter what Johnny Cochran says.
2 mins. 45 - SFW

And now
A WORD FROM OUR SPONSOR
This guy's not kidding. I think this is an actual commercial.


BOND. WOLFGANG AMADEUS BOND.

Something shaken, not stirring from a very funny duo. Check out their other clips if you have the time. I like this one, but I don't think this is the funniest.
1 min. 45 - SFW


SONATA OVER THE RIVER KWAI

When it comes to comic piano, I say the world needs Moore.
4 mins. 30 - SFW
Views as of now: 303

TGIJensen #17



How's this for a cute, wholesome picture for the day after Thanksgiving?
And if you're a foot fetishist, just keep it to yourself, 'kay?

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Have a nice tryptophan

To all the USAmericans seeing this, Happy Hurray-for-Tryptophan Day!

FIRST, THE FUN BITS
Some cute thing I slapped together, the text of which is largely stolen from a list at RadAss Homo. I did something similar for Halloween, but few saw it.

45 secs. - SFW? There are sparsely dressed men but no outright nudity or sex. Is that work safe?


Two animated cartoons from the New Yorker. I especially love the little girl's reaction in the first one. 40 secs. - SFW or family gatherings


NEXT, TODAY'S


Chris Austad, a model/actor who should get more work so we can
look at him more often. He's definitely something to be thankful for.

FINALLY, SOME FAIRLY NEGATIVE


However Thanksgiving may have begun, I think many of us have made it -- albeit perhaps unwittingly -- a day dedicated to the excessiveness and wastefulness of USAmerican culture.

Here, in a country which such unhealthy eating habits that even our poor people can be fat -- a phenomenon that amazes many in the rest of the world, where poverty means no food -- many of us spend this day eating more than most people in the world consume in an entire week.

In a country that makes up roughly 10% percent of the population yet consumes 25% percent of the world's resources, many of us spend this day eating too much food, filling up too many trash cans with waste, using up massive amounts of electricity to cook food and heat the house and light empty rooms and run the television constantly.

And, most misguided of all, many of us will spend tomorrow driving unnecessary miles to overcrowded stores and shopping for things we can't really afford so we can give them to people who don't really want them, all because forty years of television and magazine advertising have brainwashed us into believing that happiness can be found in possessions and that consumerism is what makes USAmerica great.

I urge you to do things differently. Make your holidays simpler.

Use less food but savour what you use more. Instead of the traditional spread of turkey AND ham with all the many trimmings, make that special dish what everyone loves so much. No one ever got up from that dish still hungry, did they?

Make Christmas presents instead of buying them, or vow to buy all your gifts at a used book store. I've done this for years, and it's amazing how much thought goes into it. You really have to think about the people you know to find the right book for them. And that thought makes both the giving and the receiving more meaningful.

Instead of the usual dead tree that becomes a decorated fire hazard before it becomes a brown, tinsel-covered carcass on the curb, buy a living tree in a pot, with roots and dirt and everything. After Christmas, plant it somewhere, even if the apartment-dwellers among you end up giving it to a park or the local elementary school.

There's a warmth and a beauty to these holidays, but it comes from the personal thought and actions we put into them, not from being a mindless consumer, wielding a credit card as if it were the key to happiness.

I'm sorry to be so serious on a holiday, but at least I put the fun stuff first this time.
I'm learning.


View as of now: 260

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Bibliophilia


"The real book lovers, you know, are generally among the humbler classes.
A man who is impassioned with books has little time or patience
to grow rich by concocting schemes for cozening his fellows."
- Christopher Morley, The Haunted Bookshop

This seemed a nice, inoffensive quotation for the day before Thanksgiving Day.

I was tempted to blast out several quotations condemning religion, but I resisted.
I'll save those for another day.



This Thanksgiving, don't forget to stock up on the essentials.
You know you won't survive hearing Uncle Lou's
colonoscopy story again while you're completely sober.

And lastly, here's
ANOTHER POINTLESS SLIDESHOW


Views as of now: 245

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Quick Trip to the Country


Kellie Pickler
I Wonder


This song is an unusual pick for me. I hate award shows and never watch them. I haven't listened to Country Music since Ernest Tubb died (which, if you do the math, means never). And I don't usually fall for sentimental things, but this performance struck me as terribly genuine. Especially at the end.

A mother left her two-year-old daughter and moved across the country to California, guaranteeing that visitation would never be an issue. The daughter grew up without her mother to become a country singer who wrote and performed this song at the Country Music Awards last week. Give it a listen.

4 mins. 40 - SFW


Views as of now: 220

Monday, November 19, 2007

Volz of Electricity



Brandon Volz. Years ago I found the picture on the left and was taken
by those blue eyes. Only recently did I learn this guy's name.

Incidentally, I'm aware that today's title is one of the weakest puns I've ever used, and I apologize. I blame it on laziness, and the laziness I blame on this morning's allergies which make even inhaling require effort.

Hmmm. Does it still count as an apology if I immediately start making excuses? I'm not sure that it does.
Views as of now: 195

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Friday, November 16, 2007

Bar Bell Ringer


BARMAN
Another great skit from the brilliant Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie, from the pre-House days when he still sounded English.
3 mins. 30 - SFW


REHAB CENTER FOR FICTIONAL CHARACTERS
by Bo Burnham
This is an great performance, made all the more amazing because this guy was sixteen years old when he recorded this.
4 mins. 40 - NSFW


And now
A WORD FROM OUR SPONSOR
40 secs. NSFW - language


THE TRIANGLE
The brilliant Receptionist. He stopped doing clips for YouTube when he got a real job in entertainment, but now he's returned as part of The Babyeaters. His original (very original) clips are still up, construction paper and all, and this is one of the best.
4 mins. 20 - SFW


TACO BELL'S CANON in D
5 mins. 15 - SFW





Views as of now: 120

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Strike While the Writing's Hot


When these writers went on strike, they made no exceptions.




Greg Wise and Emma Thompson: I've thought she was great since Dead Again, but it was Peter's Friends that made me love her. Seeing such a beautiful woman play a nerdy, romantically inept book publisher was a wonderful thing. Him I first noticed in The Moonstone (which I'm watching again right now, incidentally), but if you caught my earlier post about Henry Cavill, you know I love a man who looks good in a period costume. Finding out they were a couple was just food for my libido.



All I know about this one is that his first name is supposed to be David,
but I think he fascinates me because the first photo looks so casual, so ordinary.
It gives one no idea of what's hidden beneath that baggy shirt.

Views as of now: 102

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Freethoughtful



Years ago, before the stores and before the catalogues, before I'd ever heard of
Abercrombie & Fitch, A&F ran an ad with this guy in it. It's still one of my favourites.


"We see the Bible as a behavioural grab bag."

Monday night, a friend of mine heard Dan Barker, co-president of the Freedom from Religion Foundation, speak in Arlington. Barker was a fundamentalist Christian minister for 19 years before he -- to use the words of the FFRF Website -- "outgrew his religious beliefs."

My friend wrote down some quotations during the talk, including the one above. When asked whether he was happier as an atheist than he had been as a Christian minister, Barker said "I'm happier knowing the truth even if it's a painful truth."

Barker also compared the idea of intelligent design to someone saying "look at how the rivers were constructed to go right along the state borders." Clever, but I still think I prefer John Stewart's using the human scrotum as proof that any conscious design wasn't that intelligent.

Dan Barker will be here in Austin on Friday night, speaking at a forum organized by the Atheist Longhorns, the rationalist student group at UT. If I can rearrange some things, I'll be there.

Views as of now: 82

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Yo! Do Something to Me!


I'm not giving you the artist this time.

I'm curious to see who recognizes her and how long it takes them to do so.



Views as of now: 64 since the move

Monday, November 12, 2007

Great Scott!




Scott Andreasen, who has already been mentioned in several Weblogs. This is the first pic of him I remember seeing, but I first learned his name from Tottyworld and Kenneth in the (212). And since then I've learned that before appearing as Cosmo's Guy without his Shirt or modeling for N2N Bodywear, Scott did a bit of work for Sean Cody under the name Harry. I don't find that the huge scandal that some do.

Have a good week. I plan to.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

After Taste Less






Trying to get the taste of last night out of my mouth.