Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Page 1 Consider (04/22)

  • Surfer Mates: Michael and I caught a screening of the documentary "Bra Boys" out in Los Angeles. It's "a film about the cultural evolution of the inner-Sydney beachside suburb of Maroubra and the social struggle of its youth -– the tattooed and much maligned surf community known as the Bra Boys. Central to the story is the true-life struggle of the Abberton brothers -– Sunny, Koby, Jai and Dakota -- one charged with murdering a Sydney standover man, another pursuing a professional surf career but charged as an accessory in his brother’s legal fight, another trying to hold the family together and a young brother whose inheritance is his siblings’ notoriety." We both went into it knowing very little about the subject and came away thoroughly entertained. (OfficialSite)
  • Go Figure: Apparently kids in South Carolina don't like to go to school when an angry student has everything lined up to bomb the joint. (NYT)

  • Gang of 4: Did you hear about the parents out in Colorado who got into a violent fight over which gang their 4-year-old son should join? The teen mother, who is black, is a member of the Crips. The Hispanic father, who threatened to kill her, belongs to the Westside Ballers gang. While it may sound absurd, the whole thing reminds me of the HUGE fight my parents got into over whether I should be a Shark or a Jet in the Hiller Elementary production of "West Side Story." Nearly tore our family apart. (KneeDeep)
  • The Real Housewives of Secaucus: Can't get enough of those reprehensible working women who aren't even necessarily married of Orange County and New York City? Welcome to the Real Housewives of New Jersey. (I'm not kidding.) (NYO)
  • Barefooting: This year's must-have fashion-victim purchase. (Vibram)

  • A Picture's Worth a Thousand Words: A new book, "You're Going to Be Gay," examines old photos of gays and lesbians that seem to hint that their sexuality was determined long before adulthood. (How glad am I that the picture of me in my 1970s Halloween "costume" -- when I went as my neighbor Karen Muthel -- didn't surface in time for this one?!) (MyDesert)
  • Do You Still Feel the Pain? Kudos to Billy Baldwin for calling out his "born again" (read: fat) brother Stephen for hating the gays. But isn't that the least of these brothers' troubles? (Out)
  • Gays Love Blogs: According to a recent national survey conducted by Harris Interactive, gay and lesbian adults online are reading more blogs than their heterosexual counterparts. When asked, just over half (51 percent) of the gay and lesbian respondents reported reading some type of blog, compared to 36 percent of heterosexual adults. A similar question on blog readership also was asked in November 2006, and at that time 32 percent of gay and lesbian adults then reported reading blogs. (HarrisInteractive)

  • Nose for News: Does the fact that CNN anchor Richard Quest was arrested after curfew in Central Park with a small bag of methamphetamine in his pocket effectively "out" the newshound? The N.Y. Post reported that Quest was also found with a rope around his neck that was tied to his genitals and a sex toy in his boot, but since he's British I'm not sure what that means. (NYT)
  • Armed and Dangerous: Strained by the demands of a long war, the Army and the Marine Corps recruited significantly more felons into their ranks in 2007 than in 2006, including people convicted of armed robbery, arson and burglary, according to data released Monday by a House committee. The important thing to remember, however, is that gays are being pushed out of the military. (So America is way safer.)(NYT)

    Anonymous said...

    Latest fashion victim accessory? Actually the Vibram 5 fingers shoes are really useful for kayaking, light climbing and other sports where having your toes free to articulate can make a difference. They do look ridiculous on the street, though. I had to wear mine in P-town last year going between the B&B and the kayak launch. The stares I got were not quite the ones I hoped for.

    Anonymous said...

    The N.Y. Post reported that Quest was also found with a rope around his neck that was tied to his genitals and a sex toy in his boot, but since he's British I'm not sure what that means.

    That usually means he's a Conservative Member of Parliament.