Monday, September 29, 2008

Birthday debauchery and big changes

What a weekend!

It was one of those weekend's where everything happens all at once. Saturday morning Ryan and Jim officially moved out. It was a bit emotional for everyone, very hard seeing them go. I am going to miss those guys so much. I am looking forward to setting up my home gym in the spare bedroom.

After they headed to Calgary it was time to get ready for the big birthday party. I had been a bit worried that it was going to be lame as so many people could not make it. It was still a great turn out of about 15 people. We partied at the condo then at boots then at the new gay bar play. It was 5 am before I went to bed. I will be posting some pics soon.

The next morning was a little rough. I was not a as hungover as I probably deserved to be. I was just really tired. Greg and I had to go to a big family BBQ at my aunt an uncle's place for my cousin and great aunt's and my birthdays. Now up until yesterday only about half of my family at the event knew i was gay this was the first time I had ever brought a boyfriend to meet them.

It went incredibly well Greg was a big hit. My Baba even went as far to say that he was "quite the catch". Which i thought was pretty adorable.

All in all a fantastic weekend! Today Greg is taking me out to dinner and then we are going to Ikea!

Should make for a great birthday!

Friday, September 26, 2008

An Open Letter to John McCain

Dear John,
Please stop calling yourself a maverick.
Also that miss congeniality line you keep using is ridiculous.

Stop acting like a needy spin doctor, it doesn't suit you.
Cheers
Aaron

Thursday, September 25, 2008

The thought of the day

I have decided to include a new (semi weekly) feature for the blog featuring a thought of the day followed by super hot guys I have found on the web. Just my way of making the world a better place.

Organized religion is the root of all evils in this world.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

You get back what you put out...

I feel bad for gay conservatives. It seems much more an issue in the US but we should not forget that the Harper government here in Canada is no friend to the glbt community (or to women, artists or immigrants for that matter). I feel that claims of log cabin republicans and other conservative gay groups that sexuality only makes up a small part of their personal politics is complete and utter bullshit. Because of the way society is set up being gay is as much political as it is sexual. To say otherwise is to stick your head in the ground ass up and wait to be fucked like a party bottom at pride by mainstream society.

I can see why being conservative is alluring to many gays. To be conservative in many ways is a fight for the status quo, for normalcy. Being normal and fitting is almost hardwired into the human brain. Of course to those of us attracted by the siren call of traditionalism are usually the ones that cant find that sense of normalcy in the gltb community. These are also in my mind the people that talk disparagingly about feminine guys and transgendered individuals.

Is is some sort of self loathing? A need to be better than others to prevent yourself from being a victim? Or just plain ignorance to the reality around us? I don't know and i doubt I ever will.

I bring this all up becuase of the growing scandal surrounding Toronto conservative candidate Chris Reid. For those of you who don't know about the story, Chris was forced to resign his candidacy after some really offensive remarks were recovered from his blog (click here for a the full story).

I have unfortunately had contact numerous times with Chris through a few political facebook groups. Rest assured the quotes in the article are not even his most offensive work. You see Chris is one of the sad trolls that hops from group to group (usually pro gay or anti conservative groups) to explain to everyone in the most condescending inflammatory way possible that ultra conservatism will be what saves the gays.

Chis is whats called ironically enough a "flamer (see item number 2 in the definition)". I almost doubt he is actually gay but more likely a conservative robot (conbot) sent from the a fascist future. You know the kind that spouts off misquoted facts from studies that do not exist or were not peer reviewed in order to prove his point. Chis is fantastically good at being a flamer (which is really what the conservatives are great at) and that's changing a political non-partisan debate into an argument about right and left policies.

Despite all of this I do feel bad for Chris in a way. I don't think a conbot like him will every be happy with himself or find acceptance anywhere truly until he realizes that the normalcy he is looking for will never be found in the grounds of conservatism. Maybe in another 50 years what he is searing for will be possible. Until that time however if your gay i can't see how you can be anything other than a radical, a liberal or an agent of change.

I think while we have had it better than we ever had the gay community is quickly forgetting the fight it took to get us here. Take Chris as an example, dont be a flamer be an activist for yourself and your community.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Blah blah blah

Sorry I have not been posting here is an update in point form:
  • The conservatives are buying another Canadian election and that terrifies me.
  • Work has been less painful (may have a new software version by the end of the week which makes me very happy).
  • I have started drawing again (i have not done hand drawing in what seems like years) I am very out of practice.
  • I am trying hard to be motivated about something, anything at this point and am finding it very hard.
  • Its even my birthday on the 29th and I am not that excited. Last year I had a massive party and it was a great time. This year it seems that most people are going to be out of town for it. I think a more low key affair is appropriate at this point.
  • I think i am going to turn Ryan's room into a work out room/zen meditation room rather than buy a gym membership.
  • My car is still broken, I am going to see how long i can put off fixing it at least until i get some birthday money.
  • I have not been sleeping well these last few weeks and it is starting to wear me down.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Accessing a smb XP network share with leopard 10.5.2 error code 6602

So yesterday afternoon i attempted to access one of my work computer's shared drive from my mac. I had been able to do this no problem for two months now. A few clicks and the network drive mounts on my mac.

Yesterday however when i tried to load the share I got unexpected error 6602 from my mac saying basically it could not connect to the server share. Now random error code's are rare (for me at least) on macs so i started doing some research. Apparently a lot of people are having the same problem accessing SMB shares from the OSX. I tried the various workarounds posted and none of them worked at all.

Then i remembered that I had installed norton (symantec) ghost on my xp system yesterday while trying to create a bootable backup thumbdrive. I figured symantec being the peice of shit company that they are had something to do with the random loss of share access.

I did a system restore to Monday and voila! My shares are fully accessible. Now I am not sure how many people with will help but I know if fixed my problems
Fuck you symantec!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

BLOC PARTY Pt2.

The concert was fantastic. Not only did Bloc Party play but my fav dance band Edmonton's own Shout out out out out opened as a surprise guest (i would have paid 30 bucks just to see them live).
Both groups played some wicked new stuff.
The lead singer for Bloc party was cheeky charismatic and spot on with his vocals (despite the edmonton events center's shitty sound system). He even went along with it when a random guy stormed the stage and sang the chorus with him b4 he was tackled by security.

The night was exactly what i needed. Very cathartic to just get out there and rock out. All the tension i had from work and shit the last 2 weeks is gone. I feel refreshed and energized.

I was at the rail in front of the stage to the left and it was way too packed to get a good picture in the throbbing dancing moshing crowd. Since my pictures turned out like crap here are some video clips from last nights concert. Both are of new Shout out out out out songs.



Tuesday, September 09, 2008

BLOC PARTY Pt1.

Well Ev just texted me to tell me she is not going to be coming to the Bloc Party concert tonight.
So I am gonna head to it myself. Should be fun dancing like a fool by myself :D Its gonna be nice not having to worry about where the other person wants to stand or dance.
Rock on...
Pics to come.

Monday, September 08, 2008

Geekout

I just finished reading issue 75 of Fables.
Issue 75 is a culmination of all of the previous issues storylines. It truly is an epic series and possibly one of the best i have ever read.

The last batch of issues have been about the war of the fables against the adversary. It does not disappoint. I was worried for a while that the writer was going to resort to an after the fact narration for the whole telling of the war. This felt detaching and removed the reader from the intensity that would have been the war. Thankfully this plot device is not used much at all in issue 75 and it is full of fantastic twists and turns.

Do yourself a favor and start from issue number 1. You will be pleasantly surprised.

A true triumph

I found this on kittycatastrophye's blog and could not resist posting it. Enjoy!

Sunday, September 07, 2008

Thank god for editors

So my interview in Gay Calgary & Edmonton magazine is out online. The interviewer did a fantastic job of cleaning up my rambling. Here is an excerpt
It was a long time coming. After years of having nary a bear-related group or event in Edmonton, ... put things into motion to create a night out for furry men of Alberta. In March 2008, the first Beef Bear Bash took place at Boots Bar and Lounge, and it has been smooth sailing ever since.

“We were at Boots complaining how nobody comes out, everyone in Edmonton seems to stay home. Everywhere else in Canada seems to have bear events, including smaller cities, so we decided to have our own,” recalled Granley. “We were totally elated that people showed up, and the feedback we got was so amazing. People were asking why it had taken so long for it to happen. It was... Continue to full article
I am so happy with the way it turned out. This next BEEF party is going to be huge. We are looking at getting the bar to capacity (270) for the first time all year. Also check out the beefy stud on the cover that is my co-organizer Daren.

Thursday, September 04, 2008

BEEF Alberta Fall BEAR beer bash!!!

So the next BEEF event is ready to go on October 4th. I did an interview for Gay Calgary and Edmonton magazine about it yesterday. It was over the phone and i think i sounded like a douchebag I hope the clean up my comments and get rid of the umms ect in the article. It comes out on Sunday online.

Here is the poster I worked my ass off on. It is the first time I have played with this style of vector art/ raster meld.
I really like it

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Ch ch ch changes

Ryan got the job on friday at about 4. I was already at the western Canadian Pride campout (which was a fantastic but mildly chilly time, pictures to come soon). By the time i was home on Monday he was already moved out (well sorta as he still hast ons of stuff around).

I have never lived alone before so this is going to be an interesting experience for sure. The place is gonna be very quiet and boring I am thinking. This all happened so fast.

I have decided to put off finding a new roomate till after xmas. I wanna see how the whole living on my own thing goes for a while.