August 2004 Archives
August 26, 2004
Bea Arthur sparked a security scare at Boston's Logan International Airport earlier this week when she tried to board a flight with a pocket knife in her handbag.Read about it here: Golden Girl causes terrorist scare in Boston
August 25, 2004
It's called the Unemployment Office -Minor league baseball employees fired after cracking gay jokes during ballgame.
August 17, 2004
cine16 presents a free monthly program of the coolest, weirdest and best educational films of all time.
This month, cine16 presents selections from among our newly acquired films donated by the St. Louis Public Schools.*
What: ciné16 -- Free films at Mad Art Gallery
When: Thursday, August 19 - 8 p.m. (doors at 7)
Where: Mad Art Gallery (12th & Lynch in Soulard)
How Much: Free
Theme: Selections from the St. Louis Public Schools Collection*
Films on this program:
'The Imagination Film' (198?) 9 minutes. An animated tale of a girl who imagines her merry-go-round lion to take flight on a shockingly sugary sweet magical adventure. Great color.
'Everybody Likes Jazz' (1973) 10 minutes. An old ZOOM episode with two kids profiled in a first-person style -- one a New Orleans drummer, the other a St. Louis piano player. Great B-roll includes New Orleans marching jazz band footage. Great color.
'The Fight' (1969) 6 minutes. An early animated Disney educational film from the "What Should I Do?" series. Forgive and forget or smash his face? Perhaps you'll figure it out once you stop humming that plucky tune.
'Moonbeam Princess' (1967) 19 minutes. Produced by Gakken, this stylish film is made with Japanese puppets and optical effects. A kind-hearted woodcutter discovers something spectacular in the bamboo forest. Great color.
'The Groon' (1971) 5 minutes. A surreal animation of the mysterious, shape-shifting creature known only as the Groon. Written by Ray Bradbury.
'With Bekus in Nepal' (198?) 14 minutes. Part of the "World's Children Series" put out by Journal Films, we follow Bekus in his daily tasks, which include a visit to the blacksmith, a Hindu wedding, and the village musicians. Great color and cinematography.
'The Glug' (1982) 15 minutes. Preteen Tony drinks too much. His sister is worried. His friends are multicultural. Don't miss the rollerskating. Great color.
*cine16 recently received a donation of 6,000 films from the St. Louis Public Schools. This will be our debut screening of what promises to be a wonderful resource for cine16 St. Louis.
cine16 St. Louis is a satellite program of the Academic Film Archive of North America (AFA), based in San Jose, California. The series is co-curated in St. Louis by Marc Syp and Margie Newman. Mad Art Gallery has generously donated the space.
What is "academic film"? From the early 1900s to about 1985, many of the best art, history, social science, literature and science films made were produced for academic settings on 16 millimeter film. AFA is dedicated to preserving these films and to educating the public about films of this era through free screenings and lectures.
For more information about AFA, including a description of next month's cine16 St. Louis films, visit http://www.afana.org/cine16stlouis.htm
August 13, 2004
The Headline reads:
AL QAEDA PLANS TO DROP GAY BOMBS
Men within 30 miles of the blast will instantly turn queer!
August 12, 2004
After all the bullshit of last week's failure to defeat a Constitutional amendment, I'm taking a gay break tonight. I'm going to read a book and go to bed and hope that tomorrow, there's more to the news than more gay drama.
August 11, 2004
There's a very disturbing article here about Dubya's plans to change CDC guidlines relating to HIV education and prevention.
I hope folks tell the CDC to avoid this slippery slide towards public policy being determined by some Texas nit-wit's fundamentalist belief system. Public comments will be accepted until Monday, August 16.
I pulled a little Nancy Drew (or is it Lois Lane?) and did some research on CDC guidelines for teaching kids about HIV/AIDS. The info is here. The passage that seems alarming to me is this one:
School systems should make programs available that will enable and encourage young people who have not engaged in sexual intercourse and who have not used illicit drugs to continue to
- Abstain from sexual intercourse until they are ready to establish a mutually monogamous relationship within the context of marriage;
- Refrain from using or injecting illicit drugs.
For young people who have engaged in sexual intercourse or who have injected illicit drugs, school programs should enable and encourage them to–
- Stop engaging in sexual intercourse until they are ready to establish a mutually monogamous relationship within the context of marriage;
- To stop using or injecting illicit drugs.
Now, I'm not opposed to telling kids not to inject drugs, duh! But for gay teens, who...um....cannot get legally married (especially here in Missouri, thanks to that pesky Constitution amendment), what are they supposed to do?
Oh, that's right....they're not supposed to be gay, anyway.
I am encouraged, however, by the hundreds of folks who have urged the CDC not to change HIV/AIDS education.
August 9, 2004
The Post-Dispatch writes this about blogging. I especially loved this passage.
Akin to online diaries, blogs are Web sites with frequent updates displayed in reverse chronological order, used by individuals or small groups. Most bloggers are younger than 30, with the activity popular especially among teenage girls.
I don't consider myself xenophobic, but this just takes the cake. Hey! Let's double our staff of editors writing about American business by shifting all the jobs to India!
Financial news and information provider Reuters Group PLC plans to outsource as many as 20 editorial jobs to India from more expensive newsgathering locations around the world, a company spokeswoman said Monday.
Reuters will hire up to 40 trained journalists to staff a new newsroom in the Indian city of Bangalore to take over these editorial duties and to expand output for the company's news service. They will focus primarily on providing greater information about small and medium-sized firms that are publicly traded in the United States- - - > It's here. Forbes.com: Reuters to Shift Editorial Jobs to India