Pre-Halloween San Francisco Style

While today is Halloween, those of us who work Monday to Friday did the bulk of our celebrating last night. Unfortunately, I didn’t have my camera on me when I saw my favorite costume of the night: a woman who went as her Facebook profile. She had blown a screen grab of her Facebook page to a gigantic size, with her profile picture cut out and her actual face taking it’s place. She even had a roll of paper at the top of her news feed where people could write on her wall. Genius.

I went as “dirty old man at the back of the Powerhouse.” Unfortunately, I later got castrated by an over-exuberant costume admirer. Earlier, I had lunch with my friend Zombie Pornobobbie.

My ex, Donnan, dressed as Endora from Bewitched as he bartended at the Midnight Sun.

Endora_Bewitched

As the sun set over the Castro, the fun really begins. I bet Dorothy didn’t know what she was in for when she walked down my yellow-brick road. I love Toto’s reaction to my “dog toy.”

My husband, Novice Sister OyVey Maria and friend Ricky (an Aspirant for the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence), model their costumes for a SOMA Halloween.

Of course we ended the night at Chaps and enjoyed the butt pirates behind the bar.

We may (or may not) head out tonight. How was your pre-Halloween Saturday?

Sexy Sarah’s Latest Rant: Freedom of Speech

About an hour ago, Sarah Palin Facebooked a rant against incumbent Senator Lisa Murkowski who is suing Dan Fagen, an Alaskan radio host, for electioneering.  I actually agree with her free speech argument, but then we reach her “tea party” attack. And, Sexy Sara, electioneering does not equal free speech. It’s illegal.

Individuals like Dan Fagan have a fundamental right to speak their minds without threats from the incumbent Senator from Alaska. It is hard to find a constitutional right Americans cherish more than the right to free speech. This was a right Joe Miller, as a decorated combat veteran – a tank commander tested in battle, was willing to die to defend. Dan Fagan has not always agreed with me, but I will gladly defend his right to speak freely on his radio show, which he has often used to criticize me. In fact, Fagan has actually used his radio show to attack and insult me, my husband, my children, and my family in just about every way possible. He was especially insulting to my son, who left for a war zone to defend Fagan’s right to attack our family. But when I was his governor, I never would have dreamed of threatening his right to free speech. I support him in this fight because this D.C. Beltway thuggery, as exemplified by Lisa Murkowski’s latest threat, is ruining our country. The powers that be want ordinary Americans to sit down and shut up and let the ruling class ride us right off the debt cliff we’re heading towards with Obama, Pelosi, and Reid steering the nation’s car. We can’t let them. Now is the time to put aside our past differences and stand up to the establishment powers.

I guess Sexy Sarah no longer appears on shows that “attack and insult” given her fondness for FOX News and scripted interviews with Sarah-worshiping hosts. And even scarier than Palin herself? Her followers (by the way, there are over 700 comments on this post in the hour it has been posted):

What’s with all caps comments? And I love “YOUR NAME MEANS PRINCESS.” There’s hundreds more to read. Of course, you have to “Like” Sarah Palin to see them and then you get nasty comments from your Facebook friends. All in the life of a blogger.

George Loves His iPad

According to CNN, the former President is “addicted” to his tablet. Laura Bush says that he reads the Wall Street Journal on it first thing every morning. But his very favorite app? Scrabble! Can Bush even spell? I assumed he’d be using a Speak and Spell, not an iPad.

I can relate to Laura’s woes since my husband is playing Scrabble on his iPad any given time of day (when he is not cooking us delicious meals). I never thought that Rich and George would ever have anything in common!

McCance Resigns over Anti-Gay Facebook Rant

Over the past several days, news came out about Clint McCance, school board district member in Arkansas, who wrote on his Facebook wall that he wanted gays to commit suicide. Last night, Anderson Cooper grilled McCance on his anti-gay rhetoric.

More at Anderson Cooper’s CNN page here.

Betty White Stands Up for Marriage Equality

Betty White Parade Magazine

We love our Betty White and she is featured in the current issue of Parade. Among other topics, she discusses marriage equity:

She believes everyone should have the right to say “I do.”
White’s status as a gay icon dates to the mid-80’s popularity of The Golden Girls. “Gays love old ladies,” she says of the phenomenon, which saw fans from West Hollywood to New York City turn on their TVs between 9 and 9:30 on Saturday nights to watch the exploits of Rose & Co. “I don’t care who anybody sleeps with. If a couple has been together all that time—and there are gay relationships that are more solid than some heterosexual ones—I think it’s fine if they want to get married. I don’t know how people can get so anti-something. Mind your own business, take care of your affairs, and don’t worry about other people so much.”

Well said, Betty. You can read the entire article here.

These Are a Few of My Favorite (iPad) Things 2

A few weeks ago, I reported on my first round of fave iPad apps. With this edition, I will share some recent app purchases that I love.

Criteria for my review:

  • Frequency of use
  • Ease of use
  • Interface and design
  • Usefulness
  • Cost

1. ABC News

ABC News iPad App

Using a globe interface, you can spin through the day’s stories and touch the one you want to read. A pop-up window displays the story text and often a video allows the user to watch the story as it appeared on ABC News.

For next week’s election, the app now includes an interactive election map that allows you to make predictions on the mid-term elections and watch the accuracy live on Election Night as your map is filled with actual results.

More information and to download, go here. The app is FREE.

2. MSNBC Cartoonist App

This cool app displays an inventory of all the latest political cartoons from MSNBC. As a news junkie, I do need an alternative to text as my need for reading glasses grows. The app definitely makes the news more fun.

For more information and to download, go here. The app is FREE.

3. Solar Walk

There’s only one word to describe this app: gorgeous!

When I was a kid, we used to make models of the solar system out of tennis and styrofoam balls. Science education has come a long ways since 1974. Solar Walk allows the user to literally fly around the solar system, visit the planets and sun. For a quick trip, you can also visit any of our planets’ moons.

There is a 2D and 3D view mode and information panels with interior views, facts and other tidbits about each celestial body. If you want to see Pluto, however, it is not included in this version of the solar system.

Go here to download. The app is $2.99.

4. Etch-a-Sketch

With the iPad being the perfect size for hosting an Etch-a-Sketch app, this one is a no-brainer. You can choose to use the simulated knobs or draw directly on the screen. You can also draw with someone else using the app on an iPad over the same WiFi network. Try doing that with the original toy!

Oh yes, you can even shake your iPad to erase it.

You can download here. The app is 99 cents.

5. Press Reader

While most expensive of this lot of apps, PressReader allows you to view the actual printed version of your favorite newspaper. The app brings over 1,700 full-content newspapers from 92 countries in 48 languages to your iPad & iPhone.

While the initial app is free, you will have to pay a subscription for a certain number of papers or buy each one individually. It is awesome, though, to read everything from the police logs to the classified ads for your favorite paper.

Download and get more information here.

UPDATE: Just downloaded the Solar Walk update from iTunes and it now includes Pluto. This was after complaints by the group “Equality Pluto.”

First Pics of Chris Evans as Captain America

He’s looking mighty fine…

Here’s the film’s synopsis:

The year is 1942, and Steve Rogers is a scrawny lad who desperately wants to fight Nazis for his country but can’t because he’s been deemed physically unfit. His fate — and his physique — is radically transformed when he signs up for Project: Rebirth, a secret military operation that turns wimps into studs using drugs and assorted sci-fi hoo-ha. There’s a love interest (Major Peggy Carter, played Haley Atwell), there’s a sidekick (Bucky Barnes, played by Sebastian Stans), and there’s the Red Skull (Hugo Weaving), Hitler’s treacherous head of advanced weaponry, whose own plan for world domination involves a magical object known as The Tesseract (comic fans know it better as The Cosmic Cube).

Are you going to see it? My torture porn side is also thinking about Saw 3D – not so much for the gruesome scenes but more for seeing a 3D film (I am still a 3D virgin).

I really want to see Chris Evans in 3D!