Today's Mighty Oak


Alright, let’s see what we have today.  First up, a high school valedictorian was thrown out of his house for being gay, and raised money so he could attend college, all while being homeless his senior year.

Jake Shears is back with a new single.  it gets more fun as it goes along:

Someone put together an Iron Man tribute video.  He was always my dad’s favorite character growing up, so this was neat to watch!

Topher Grace edited the three Hobbit movies down to one, two hour one.  Yes to all of this:

Grace told IndieWire that he undertook the ambitious fan edit project in part to unwind from his newest role in Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman. Grace indicated that he felt stressed from having to portray white supremacist David Duke, and diving into Tolkien’s cinematic world was something of a version of therapy. (He also shared his belief that The Hobbit shouldn’t have been so greatly expanded upon for the big screen in the first place

The Aquaman trailer looks really good, and it’s great to have a minority director at the help and in the lead role!

And the next Harry Potter movie has a new trailer:

Leslie Jones’ latest live twitter was Infinity Wars, and it did not disappoint.

Jeff Session’s new “religious liberty taskforce’ is just a thinly veiled anti-queer commission.  And surprise, it’s being spearheaded by an anti-gay activist group.

A Buffy reboot was announced, but it’s actually more of a continuation, just twenty years later.  How this will fit in with the comics, we’ll have to see.

That’s it for today, have a great one!



Alright, let’s see what we have today.  First up, I might have actually linked to this before, but did you know that we have a plan in case we ever find Nessie?  Now you do!

If you haven’t seen it already, stop everything you’re doing and watch the new Randy Rainbow song:

There’s going to be a Baby Groot Chia Pet!

The Downton Abbey movie is finally confirmed and moving forward!

Remember all that money Jill Stein raised for a recount, yeah, she’s spending it on her legal defense for her involvement with Russia.  Raise your hand if you’re surprised.  Nobody?  I didn’t think so.

Gay ‘conversion therapy’ is torture.  Full stop.  And there’s a feature film about it and it looks powerful:

Queen Elizabeth II is a master stateswoman.  She greeted the President last month while wearing a brooch given to her by the Obamas.

Speaking of Britain, an artists has created a portrait of Princess Diana using diamond dust and HIV+ blood:

And in infuriating news, the Health and Human Services have removed all LGBT references from the ObamaCare website.  The erasure continues.

Integrity USA celebrates progress made at the General Convention.

And finally, Stranger Things 3 has a great new promo!



Today is the last day of Camp NaNoWriMo, which has been a lot of fun!  My goal for the month was to update my site, as well as get back into the habit of writing each day (not for work).

And I’ll say that was a success.  There were a few days where the writing was a little different (setting up the podcast page, for example), but I was still creating words.  In the process, I got the portfolio section organized, mobile editing set-up, added a new blog and did some other cleanup work.

This week is the second week of my training plan for the GAP Relay, so I’m actually good to be able to take a bit of a breather, but I’d like to continue writing more regularly.  I also want to dive in and get back to work on Warhol’s Phone and The Great and Secret Show.

But for now, I’ll raise a glass with the other members of our Camp cabin, the Drunkest Slytherpuffs, and enjoy the feeling of meeting my goal.  Thanks for reading along.



Today wraps up my first week of training for the GAP Relay, I’ll be keeping track of my training through the Gayt Analysis blog.  And also in good news, it looks like I’ll be able to get my photo galleries up sooner than I thought.  It will still take some time to get that all sorted out, so probably not by the end of Camp NaNoWriMo, but I’m still excited about that!

Otherwise, this has just been a weekend of adulting, lots of laundry, work around the house, and some relaxing on the deck.  I did however, get supplies to make dairy free root beer floats, so that will be happening tonight, and I’m very excited for it!



Another quick update, from my phone (I’m so excited I can do that!)

Enjoying the weather this weekend with a lovely run at Open Streets Pittsburgh, and then also bottles the beer I brewed, so in two weeks, just in time for the Ultra Team Meetup, I’ll have a Scottish Ale!



Just a quick note, today was another one of those ‘behind the scenes’ days.  I did some updates that were more involved than I thought, but should be working fine!  When I add things to the portfolio section (or others in the future), they won’t show up on the main page, leaving that just for announcements and blog posts.

I also added a sticky post directing anyone to the three main parts of the site, now the last piece of the puzzle is getting the photo galleries up and going, but that still maybe be a few weeks due to APIs and development of plugins and whatnot.  But overall, I’m really happy with where I’ve gotten the site in this month, so I’m calling Camp NaNoWriMo a success!



Part of my Camp NaNoWriMo project has been working on this site, so doing a lot of behind the scenes work as well as getting some public pages finally up and sorted.  I have two projects left for that.  The first is a minor change, but will take a bit of work to future-proof it.

The second, was what I was working on yesterday, so I want to take a minute to write about it, because, it’s a story.

So, one area I’d like to include is photo galleries.  I tend to take a lot of pictures (especially of signs) and I do enough interesting things that I have a sizable photo library.  Years ago, on an older version of this site, I uploaded them into galleries, but then I realized that I didn’t want to deal with server space and manually uploading everything.

Enter Picasa.  I was able to upload images to it and quickly and easily create shareable galleries.  Worked great (and I do still like the, no unsupported, desktop client), but eventually Google moved to Google Photos.

Here’s what I’ve found out in the last few days: they didn’t make a Google Photos API, meaning, there was no way for other websites to communicate with Google Photos.  The Picasa API still exists, it just hasn’t been updated in the last two years (and my galleries are still out there, thank goodness).  So while there are plenty of plugins to make image galleries easy for Picasa, all my photos which are now automatically uploaded to Google Photos, had no where to go.

There are workarounds, but it takes quite a bit of know how, and I stumbled my way through about half of it, but I”m still working on getting things how I actually want them to be.

But all of that changed a few weeks ago!  Google released an API for Google Photos and now extensions are being updated and added.  So while I won’t have the galleries up for July, it will still, finally, be a thing!  So look for that sometime soonish, I hope!



Alright, let’s see what we have today.  A bit of a shorter update, but still some fun things to pass along.

Downton Abbey is officially returning with a movie!

In case you haven’t seen Randy Rainbow’s latest, it’s genius:

An important read about how Aquaman represents fans of color.

Like I said, short update today, but I’ll be back with more soon.  Just a busy week with the start of my training plan and a team meeting for the GAP relay.



I have a hard time deciding what is my actual favorite musical. I have a top five:

  • Hedwig and the Angry Inch
  • Hamilton
  • American Idiot
  • Avenue Q
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Some of it may be determined by when I last saw or listened to something, but usually, Hunchback is at the top of that list. And after this last weekend’s performance, it is cemented in that place.

Hunchback has always been special and my favorite Disney animated movie. The stage production is even darker and really expands on quite a bit. I was able to see it performed here by a community theater group, and while it was good, the professional touring company blew me away.

Hunchback is one of those shows that really does benefit from having a bigger budget for sets and lighting. The way this product has moving pieces, from the opening number when my jaw dropped as the curtains did, revealing what Quasimodo and the gargoyles and statues would be climbing on, to the spinning stage that let Quasi transform from actor into himself, I could not believe how amazing the set itself looked.

Divine is the only thing I can think of to describe the lighting. When the rose window was revealed on the back way behind the choir, the light from it seemed to change with the setting sun and the arches of the theater itself lit up in reflected light, and it was nothing short of dazzling.

The actors were amazing (I didn’t care for this Esmeralda, mainly she kept changing the rhythm of the songs, but she could dance like no other) and the choir was massive.

Hunchback is unique in that is not only has a (seated) choir on stage, but that they sing the entr’acte, albeit in Latin. The show also leans into the fact that it is a morality play, and we first see the actor playing Quasimodo as himself, before he puts on his costume on stage, transforming before our eyes into the stooped character, before changing back at the end of the show.

It’s a rare show to be produced, but if you ever get the chance, go see it. The cast album is amazing (staring Michael Arden as Quasimodo) and many times when I listen to it, and each time I’ve seen it performed, I cry during the finale.

Of course, there is also a blanket recommendation to go to live theater, it’s a wonderful, immersive experience and a wonderful way to give back to the community through the many outreach programs theaters do. The Fulton Theater in Lancaster was really a hidden gem and I’m so glad I got to go there!

I’ll leave you with a few lines from the Finale:

The world is cruel
The world is ugly
But there are times
And there are people
When the world is not
And at its cruelest
It’s still the only world we’ve got

Someday
Life will be kinder
Love will be blinder



Alright, let’s see how this works! I’m attempting to post this from my phone, so far seems good!

I volunteered at the Liberty Mile last night, then drove to Harrisburg to stay with a friend to see a show tomorrow.

Got in a wonderful five Mile run with a member of the PRorER Ultra Team this morning and currently I’m enjoying some delicious cold brew coffee, reading a magazine and just living my best life, as the kids say! Also, trying mobile image upload for the first time too!

Social Links

Archives

How I’m Resisting

What I’m fighting for

What I’m running from

What I’m reading

What I’m drinking

What we’re writing

What I’m writing