September 30, 2016
commentary, geek, Personal, Pictures
jimmiejoe, NASA, space age, visalia
Curiosity takes a selfie. On Mars.
Today, we (deliberately) crash-landed a space probe on a comet. The Rosetta probe was “gently” crashed into the comet 67P, on which a specifically designed lander had soft-landed on November 12, 2014. I was watching ESA/NASA TV when the loss-of-signal event indicated the flight had ended with the probe impacting the surface of the comet.
I am one month older than the space age.
September 22, 2016
9-1-1, Humor, Personal
9-1-1, 9-1-1 stories, 911 dispatch, accents, dispatch, language barriers
I’ve been a dispatcher for 22 years. You’d think by now I could understand any deputy or officer say any name, no matter what. Well, you might think so, but you’d be wrong.
July 23, 2016
commentary, fiction, Gay, geek, Personal
gays in science fiction, George Takei, John Cho, LGBT, Star Trek Beyond, Star Trek Canon, Sulu, Sulu is gay
Sulu is gay? Could have fooled me.
I just saw ‘Star Trek Beyond’ last night. (It’s very cool in 3D) Prior to the release, it was announced by John Cho, who plays Sulu in the JJ Abrams reboot/alternate timeline Star Trek, that Sulu is gay. There are at least two scenes where Sulu is with his husband and their daughter (Demora, one assumes). However, based on the scenes in the final theatrical release, you might be excused for not seeing the gay part.
July 22, 2016
commentary, Gay, Personal, Pictures
aussie men, hunks, thunder down under, visalia
The Thunder From Down Under was in my home town last night, and I missed it.
I hope the ladies had a good time. I understand we had a small contingent of gay men there, too. Just to keep things balanced no doubt.
July 16, 2016
commentary, Gay, Personal
first publication, Jim Reeves, LGBT, rural pride, ruralpride, thesource, usda, visalia lgbt center, Visalia Times Delta
In the Visalia Times Delta’s weekend edition, July 16/17 2016, I have my first paid-for published article. I’ve had several other items appear in the print edition of the paper, but they’ve all been either letter to the editor submisisons, commentary editorials, or blog posts that were published. This is the first time I’ve been paid to have something appear in the paper, and it was at their suggestion.
June 24, 2016
commentary, Gay, Personal
lgbt center, lgbt services, thesource, visalia gay, visalia gay center
“… and all I got was this stupid T-shirt!” is not a phrase I would utter today. I put in a shift at our LGBT + Center this afternoon, and had a good time. Had a very interesting, and lengthy, conversation on the phone with a gentleman in need of our services. I hope he comes in to take advantage of all that we offer. I also had a illuminating conversation with two transwomen, on their lives, their thinking, and trans issues in general. I learned a lot, just sitting and shooting the breeze with them.
At the end of the day, I got this cool t-shirt. Not bad.
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June 3, 2016
commentary, Humor, Personal
Humor, stillness, whimsy, Winnie the Pooh, wisdom
“Say, Pooh, why aren’t you busy?” I said.
“Because it’s a nice day,” said Pooh.
“Yes, but —”
“Why ruin it?” he said.
“But you could be doing something Important,” I said.
“I am, ” said Pooh.
“Oh? Doing what?”
“Listening,” he said.
“Listening to what?”
“To the birds. And that squirrel over there.”
“What are they saying?” I asked.
“That it’s a nice day,” said Pooh.
“But you know that already,” I said.
“Yes, but it’s always good to hear that somebody else thinks so, too,” he replied.