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Vintage gay wedding photos, more-vintage cheap souvenirs, super-extra-vintage fossils, and other neat things August 30, 2019

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…the photos depict him in a commitment ceremony with another man, and unbeknownst to him, the store manager had a policy of withholding developed photos if he deemed them “inappropriate”—as he did these.The photos, though, lived on because the manager of the shop had another policy: Staff were allowed to do whatever they pleased with confiscated pictures. An employee held on to the photos.”

“About a month after they met, Hay and Gernreich combed the gay beaches of Malibu and the Pacific Palisades looking for new Mattachine members. They brought along copies of the Stockholm Peace Petition, which called for a withdrawal of troops from Korea. They mistakenly believed that the peace petition was so radical it would make the new gay organization seem mild by comparison. Nearly 500 people signed the petition. No one signed up for Mattachine.

“IDK” was attested as military slang in 1918.

“It sounds just like the kind of joke that is ubiquitous in today’s cheap-and-cheerful souvenir industry: ‘I went to Rome and all I got you was this lousy pen.’ But the tongue-in-cheek inscription recently deciphered on a cheap writing implement during excavations in the City of London is in fact about 2,000 years old.”

“As the water slowed and became slack, it deposited everything that had been caught up in its travels—the heaviest material first, up to whatever was floating on the surface. All of it was quickly entombed and preserved in the muck: dying and dead creatures, both marine and freshwater; plants, seeds, tree trunks, roots, cones, pine needles, flowers, and pollen; shells, bones, teeth, and eggs; tektites, shocked minerals, tiny diamonds, iridium-laden dust, ash, charcoal, and amber-smeared wood. As the sediments settled, blobs of glass rained into the mud, the largest first, then finer and finer bits, until grains sifted down like snow.” A geological dig preserving the day of The Asteroid.

“It’s not a frequent topic of discussion, but doctors die, too. And they don’t die like the rest of us. What’s unusual about them is not how much treatment they get compared to most Americans, but how little.

He stopped taking ART (Antiretroviral Therapy) three months ago and there continues to be no evidence of infectious HIV in his system. Each of the three patients were being given the procedure with that aim of treating cancer, so while a bone marrow transplant is not a viable option as a common cure for HIV infection, it does give us hope that we’re getting closer to a permanent cure.”

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Music recs: Icehouse, Jack’s Mannequin, Jann Arden August 23, 2019

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Icehouse – new-wave synth-pop, lots of romantic ’80s earnestness. Originally known as Flowers, published an album titled Icehouse, then changed their band name to Icehouse, because why make things easy. (Icehouse playlist. The end has a bunch of videos with lyrics, but apparently-random instrumental audio.)

Jack’s Mannequin – 2000’s California alt-rock. Touching, melancholy/hopeful — the frontrunner retired the name in part because these albums were “wrapped up in a whole lot of turmoil and tumult in a very difficult time in [his] life.” (Jack’s Mannequin playlist.)

Jann Arden – romantic pop, lot of yearning ballads. (Jann Arden playlist.)

I’m so confused by the publishing sequence of Jane’s World August 19, 2019

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Okay, I’ve spent way too long trying to puzzle this out, so now I’m inflicting it on the rest of you.

Jane’s World is a gay-centric sitcom-style comic — a lot like Dykes To Watch Out For, but with cartoonier art, and less topical political commentary in favor of more surreal misadventures.

It was launched in March 1998, picked up for syndication in April 2002, and concluded in October 2018.

Here’s a review of the printed omnibus volume 1, if you want a bit about the contents without diving into the full online archive.

This post is just about the order things were published in. (more…)

Music recs: Gregorian, Hayley Westenra, Heart August 17, 2019

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Starting with a multi-artist cover band.

Gregorian – Gregorian-chant-inspired covers of pop/rock songs, full choir and all. They record in churches and only pick songs that are “translatable into the 7-tone scale,” which I assume is more historically authentic. (Gregorian playlist. Switches to non-cover-music Gregorian chanting around track 175.)


(Pink Floyd)


(Sarah Brightman)


(Celine Dion)


(Simon & Garfunkel)


(anyway here’s Wonderwall)


Hayley Westenra – operatic new-age classical-pop singer. Apparently has songs in over a dozen languages — including Maori, Japanese, Spanish, and (since she did a version of “May It Be”) Quenya. (Hayley Westenra playlist.)


Heart – classic ’70s rock, lots of big hair and power ballads. (Heart playlist.)

Tuesday Works Roundup, 8/13/19 (Jem and the Holograms, Wolf Park, art requests, and more) August 13, 2019

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But I’m A Cat Person
Ensemble Attack (wallpaper | Cybele, Blake, Reseda, Patrick, Ilsa, Kara Lynn, Poe | worksafe)

Leif & Thorn
Dramatic Rowan (sketch | Rowan | G)
Let’s Have A Drink (art | Stanczia | worksafe)
Magical Holly and Ivy, Unite (art | Holly, Ivy | worksafe)
Sea You Tonight (art | Hyacinth/Hazel | worksafe)

Jem and the Holograms
Blaze It (art | Blaze | worksafe)

General/Miscellaneous
Wind-up bird (reward sketch, worksafe)
Dharma (reward sketch, worksafe)
“Help, I want to make a new webcomic, how do I start?” (helpful blog post)
Ina (exchange art, worksafe)
Cerise (and a spider) (reward art, worksafe)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
The extra-long favorite-character poll!

This Week in Leif & Thorn:
Hyacinth, Hazel, and Vine have heart-to-heart conversations while buying some skulls.

Multifandom recommendations (Temeraire, Red Dwarf, Good Omens, Good Place, Sailor Moon, Murderbot, Yuri on Ice) August 7, 2019

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  • Temeraire | Laurence/Granby/Tharkay, dragons | T | From, and To, and Why
    Laurence’s talent for repression, Tharkay’s for self-denial, and Granby’s for exploding when he just can’t take it anymore finally come to a head. Also, Temeraire and Iskierka nearly get everyone killed.
    series:temeraire,pairing:laurence_granby_tharkay,trope:polyamory,fic:one-shot,trope:hurt-comfort

  • Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon | Mamoru/Fiore | M | Rose Seed
    After injuring Mamoru, Fiore takes him back to his home, the Flower Asteroid, and begins to heal him. However, healing Mamoru is not Fiore’s only intention. He plans to finally make Mamoru understand that he is his.
    series:sailor moon,fic:one-shot,trope:non-con,kink:tentacles,pairing:mamoru_fiore

  • Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon | Usagi/Mamoru, Helios, Shitennou, Inners | G | Cardinal King
    This is the reversed story of Sailor Moon centering on Mamoru Chiba, aka Cardinal King, and his four Heavenly Kings as they search for the Earth Prince and the Golden Crystal. Aided by Helios and a mysterious figure named Jewel Tiara, they fight against an evil Queen and her four senshi henchmen, who also search for the Golden Crystal so that they could use it to unleash an ancient evil force to take over Earth once and for all…
    series:sailor moon,pairing:usagi_mamoru,fic:chaptered

  • The Murderbot Diaries | Murderbot, cargo transport | M | The Ship Who Vidded
    I might have sat there forever or at least until my power cells ran down if the cargo bot hadn’t started talking to me again. It was bored out of its mind. Well, obviously it didn’t have a mind, which was part of the problem. It was a sophisticated bot with a lot of processing ability and almost nothing to process.
    genfic,series:murderbot,fic:one-shot

  • Yuri!!! on Ice | Victor/Yuuri | M | Lonely Hearts Club
    Victor meets Yuuri after the World Championships in Detroit and mistakes him for a male escort. Yuuri fails to correct him. (Canon-divergent AU)
    fic:chaptered,series:yuri!!! on ice,pairing:yuuri_viktor,kink:identity porn

Sorry, liberals, there are only 23,328 genders August 6, 2019

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[Boag] was shocked at the size of this population, which he’d never before encountered in his time as a queer historian of the American West. Trans people have always existed all over the world. So how had they escaped notice in the annals of the Old West?” (Some not-well-thought-out use of the phrase “assigned sex”, but worth reading anyway.)

““M” and “F” didn’t always appear on the federal identity document. In fact, sex was not directly listed on U.S. passports until 1977.

“I believe that gender reassignment surgery is a right but I didn’t know what surgery would mean for me. […] Even my friends who’d had the procedure couldn’t really explain what would happen, so I made my decision without proper information about possible outcomes. I’m writing this essay to offer a small window so that other trans girls have more information than I did.

“‘He was rightly classified as a man’ in the medical records and appears masculine, Stroumsa said. ‘But that classification threw us off from considering his actual medical needs.’

“And that, these devout fundamentalist Baptist women all knew and believed, was simply wrong. The life of the mother, they all knew — with utter confidence and moral certainty — was more important than the potential life who wasn’t expected to survive this difficult pregnancy.

The idea that millions of sperm are on an Olympian race to reach the egg is yet another male fantasy of human reproduction.”

We couldn’t see the [Alzheimer’s] plaques in the brain until 10 years ago because we didn’t have the technology. So now that we have the technology to find the plaques, we actually understand that we probably misdiagnosed women forever. And that could be one of the reasons why some treatments don’t work that well in women.”

“Until the 1960s, scientists considered the idea of a cancer-causing virus to be preposterous. At the same time, more than 8,000 women a year were dying of cervical cancer, and researchers couldn’t figure out what was causing it. […] Way back in the 1950s, bacteriologist Sarah Stewart pioneered the concept that viruses could lead to cancer—and was almost thrown out of the scientific community for her heretical ideas.

There’s a species of fungus that has 23,328 distinct sexes. “Individuals of any sex are compatible for mating with all but their own sex. However, there are two genetic loci determining the mating type, locus A with 288 alleles and locus B with 81 alleles. A pair of fungi will only be fertile if they have different A and different B alleles; that is, each sex can enter fertile pairings with 22,960 others.” Sorry, liberals, there are only 23,328 genders. And 368 ways for these mushrooms to be gay.