Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Giving the Bird

While Jake likes to show the bird on shirts.
Austin gives the bird on screen.

Sometimes subtleSometimes not

Smooth Ride for Two Wheel Tuesday.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Bubble Up

It's Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day and how better to celebrate than Bubble Boy style.

Rocking the Bubbleor tanning the Bubble
Before heading out to

Or going for broke Vegas Bubble style
But you could end up a Very Dirty BubbleSo hot it might need a Beer Bubble or a Bubble Bath Which both could lead to getting some Bubble...

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Out Spotlight

Today's Out Spotlight is the Executive Director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), a national legal organization that fights for the civil and human rights of LGBT people and their families. Today's Out Spotlight is Kate Kendell.

Kate Kendell (Kathryn Dean Kendell) was born April 15, 1960 and raised as a Mormon/Latter-day Saint in Utah. She received her J.D. from the University of Utah College of Law in 1988. After a few years practicing corporate law, she pursued her real love, civil rights advocacy.

In 1992, Kendell became the first staff attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union of Utah, where she litigated high-profile cases. She focused on LGBT, reproductive, and prisoners’ rights, and the separation of church and state.

In 1994, Kendell was hired as NCLR’s legal director. She was promoted to executive director in 1996. Under her leadership, NCLR’s impact has grown exponentially.

Each year, through litigation, public policy advocacy and public education, NCLR helps more than 5,000 LGBT people and their families nationwide. NCLR was one of the organizations that argued before the California Supreme Court for the overturn of Proposition 8.

She joined the NCLR in 1994, as its Legal Director. Two years later, she was named their Executive Director.

During her leadership, the issues facing the LGBT community—from homophobia in sports to immigration policy—have taken center stage in the United States’ discussion of LGBT civil rights issues.

She is a nationally recognized spokesperson for LGBT rights and has an active voice in major media, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal,The Advocate, NPR,CNN,and many others. Despite the national success of NCLR under her tenure, her most rewarding responsibilities still include fostering alliances on the community and organizational levels, and advocating from a grass-roots perspective on issues concerning social justice.

On May 26, 2009, when the California Supreme Court upheld Proposition 8, Kendell responded, “Today, the California Supreme Court diminished its legacy as a champion of equality. No minority group should have to defend its right to equality at the ballot, and the Court should not have permitted such a travesty of justice to stand.”

In 2002, Kendell received the National LGBT Bar Association’s Dan Bradley Award. In 2004, she was named one of California's Top 100 Attorneys and also won the Del Martin/Phyllis Lyon Marriage Equality Award at Equality California’s 2004 San Francisco Equality Awards. In October 2009 she was named a hero for National GLBT History Month.

On March 23, 2010, Kate was named a "woman who could be president" by the League of Women Voters of San Francisco at their annual “Women Who Could Be President” gala.

Kendell and her spouse, Sandy Holmes, were legally married in San Francisco in 2008,and live in San Francisco with their son, Julian,and daughter, Ariana. Their family includes Kate’s daughter Emily.

“The only way to win full equality is to engage in the hard work of making our lives real to everyone we know.”

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Family 'Shoppin' for who?

With all the talk about Jake in New York now, a little look back to Jake in NYC in the fall.

Remember when those pictures of Jake on Yom Kippur?

Jake threw a curve ball being see in his glasses, but is that the only curve he threw?It seemed odd at the time that Jake was snapped jogging in Central Park. Something he was never seen doing the weeks before Oct 8 or even since.

And many commented that that it was uncharacteristic that the G's were wearing leather shoes and leather purses going to services on Yon Kippur.And then there were the pictures. The first set anyone saw where the ones by the brick wall.And then almost a day later appear additional pictures that looked like there were so over exposed that the entire background seemed burned out.So was Jake throwing more than just curve? Where the glasses a distraction for something else like him getting out of town?

Some could say it was all about Maggie keeping her pregnancy under wraps a bit longer. That seems like part of it. Look how she is blocked in all photos.
And Jake and Peter were almost abreast in creating a walking wall.Or the fact that Peter is looking like a bird doing a mating ritual or an extra for Maroon 5's Moves Like Jagger.

But it is way beyond just strategic walking. There are so many things out of place and shopped in the big family photo shot that you have to arrow them to keep track.

The legs are there but where the person's head ? Is Jake walking up the back of his mom's leg?How does an arm in front of Peter be out of focus but his arm behind it be clear as a bell? Why does it look like Maggie & Mama G's hands are almost overlapping?What is that oddly solid blue thing between Naomi's knees?

And more:How blurry is it between Jake's arm and the pole?
Another headless person and where did the dude in the hat pop up from? Why are the bikes in focus but street signs that can be seen for blocks not?

So the question is, was the picture to cover for Maggie or to cover for Jake?

The Photo Op/Photo Shop, the picture of him out jogging, and the barrage of tweets trying to put him in NYC look like it could have been cover for him. Making it look like he was in New York when he wasn't? If he wasn't there, where could he be?


Interesting that Austin was tweeted he was editing his episode that weekend. And from the season before we know that editing takes place in LA. And Austin was so busy he even forgot that FIVE was premiering.

Crazy day editing. I finished my cut. I hope you all enjoy it when it airs.
10 Oct

Such a busy day I forgot that had it's premiere. How was it? Isn't great? And is a great director!
10 Oct

Austin in LA, and after the photoshopop and the all the tweets, and not a picture of Jake in NY for over a week later. Hmmmm.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Rough around the edgy

He started out with an edge and agenda and found himself searching for his pair that BrookeDavis and the writers took, but is Julian getting roughed up again?

This past episode not only had the quirky lovable Julian that has been seen for the past two seasons, but revealed some cracks to him as well.

Julian distracted by the potential of clients coming to rent out his soundstage forgets his son Davis, who he is supposed to take to daycare, is in the car as he gets runs errands before the meeting, a story that is taken from the headlines.It looks like Austin was pushing for Julian to get a little less puppy and a little more real.

Speaking to Zap2It, Austin told them "that after several seasons of playing the harmless, doting, occasionally coddled Julian, he was excited to explore a crack in Julian's foundation."

"This year, there's a major flaw, or, not so much a flaw as an accident. It could happen with any parent. Julian really puts a lot of blame on himself for this thing that happens. As an actor it's been great. I've really gotten to go to a different place that I haven't gone to before on this show. I'm always pushing and begging [executive producer Mark Schwahn] for stuff like this, just trying to keep exploring. I want him to challenge me, and hopefully I can challenge him in some way, and I think that makes the best artwork."Could it not just for the artwork, but maybe creating distance away from the concept Brulian image, and setting the seeds for a No Sophin future?

Just one question, did they have to make Julian in a liquor store buying a bottle of scotch? Forgetting the baby is bad enough, did they have to add that kicker?

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Moves like...

....well not exactly Jagger.

While some might want them to do a Dance Off Pants Off, this is a family show.

Dance it out guys!

Jake uses Just Dance vol 3 as his dance guide
Austin goes old school with the Arthur Murray footsteps.Jake starts moves into overdriveAustin can't contain the funk.Oh snap.
Director's styleAustin goes for the big guns.
and pulls the Flashdance
Jake is a little more subtle and goes for a just teaseBut both try to finish on a high note.