a lot in five years

Quite a bit has happened in the last five years!

I will likely be returning to posting here (and pushing content to other places) given G+’s shut down next year. It was a good seven year run, despite Google’s abysmal treatment of the platform and its users.

But hang on tight…this wordpress is a bit aged and I’m yanking it back to this decade so it may wibble wobble and change up a bit. Most vexing is getting it 100% SSL compliant; despite being up to date on the WP version, a lot of the code still has hardcoded http: url strings, which makes me wonder about how the autoupdater works o.O

But I’ll get it sorted out! In the meantime, San Diego is still swimming out of its floodwaters from yesterday’s gullywasher…

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On the mess from One to Five

Some of us are clearly born Kinsey 0 or 6 and whether that’s validated or vilified by society at large, that remains an internal constant, indeed, even if we doubt or resist it ourselves at times. But for others of us, the question of who we are attracted to is much messier along those steps at 1-5.

I have always been fascinated (actually repelled, as well) at how men are expected to be Kinsey 0 or 6, with any in between being considered merely a stepping stone to “coming out fully” whereas for women, stepping off that zero is greeted with such hooting and cheering and foot stomping that I rarely if ever discuss bisexuality face to face with another heterosexual man. It’s not until she clearly rejects men altogether that the fury of heteronormative society is unleashed on her; whereas for men, the moment they step off the zero, they’re a target. (There’s more complexity than that in these broad strokes, but you get the general idea.)

So the big question: how much of this relative lack of bisexuality in men is related to actual biology (since some various not-fully-understood studies seem to support this notion) and how much of it is due to cultural pressure and experiences? I don’t know, but we might get a chance to find out if we can ever make real progress against homophobia and heteronormativity.

Securing broad public approval for concrete rights like gay marriage is one thing, but ending pervasive cultural homophobia is quite a bit trickier. And sometimes those goals can seem at odds. It’s hard to fight for the right to be openly gay — to argue that homosexuality is not a phase or a choice — while simultaneously acknowledging the people whose experiences defy easy categorization. But as gay rights slowly become mainstream, there’s more room for not just women, but men, to proudly claim their undefinable sexual histories. As Frank Ocean replied when GQ asked if he was bisexual, “You can move to the next question. I’ll respectfully say that life is dynamic and comes along with dynamic experiences.” Why Should Fluid Sexuality Be Women-Only?

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“Car-L” meets the lions

up close and personal picture of a lion sniffing the camera

More here.

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Ice Circle Forms in North Dakota River

And you thought crop circles were bizarre!

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Dog in Snow Maze

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Rainbows explained in ten seconds

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An eagle, a fox and my cat all getting along fine on my porch

uploaded by pla1554alaska@youtube

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Stoat & Cat

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Labradors Are Awesome: Compilation

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15 Sorting Algorithms in 6 Minutes

The nerd in me completely approves of this one.

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Shall be lifted – nevermore!

Gone with the wind...
photo by apidya@flickr

Title from Edgar Allan Poe’s The Raven

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The Wrath of an Inflatable Raft

Apparently this is from Grownups 2 or something like that.

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Sloth Crossing the Street- Sloth’s Perspective

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The Magic Box: Stop Motion Animation HD

I really like how this looks. I’m guessing they film the guy first and then add in all the paper animation…

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Quoth the raven, `Nevermore.’

Nevermore: The Madness of Poe
photo by insidethemagic@flickr

Title from Edgar Allan Poe’s The Raven

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