Monday, April 27, 2009

Memory Monday:

Growing up I didn’t just listen to music in English. We do have quite a few amazing singers/bands in Denmark as well. Most of them perform(ed) in both English and Danish.
These are some of the Danish songs I listened to during the 80's and 90's…

Anne Linnet – Glor På Vinduer (Looking at Windows)

Marquis De Sade is the name of her band. (Nothing to do with the actual Marquis himself.)

Halberg Larsen – Magi I Luften (Magic In the Air)


Rocazino – All My Love


Tøsedrengene – Indianer (Indian (as in Native American)


Ray Dee Ohh – Mandagsstævnemøde (Monday assignation)


One Two – Hvide Løgne (White Lies)


Sanne Salomonsen – Uden Dig (Without You – however I think this was actually recorded in English at some point titled Without Love)


Anne Linnet and Sanne Salomonsen are 'still going strong', Rocazino is on a Revival Tour at the moment, but the rest of the bands split up pursuing either a personal music career for some of them or simply pursuing other dreams - like it happens with most bands.

Sanne Salomonsen is often referred to (by the Danes...) as 'the Danish Tina Turner' or simply 'Rock Mama'.
Anne Linnet is a Danish lesbian icon (I'll probably elaborate on that in a later post).

Have a nice day!

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Sapphic Sunday:

Sometimes a picture can say more than a 1000 words.

Or at least that's what I've heard.

I just found out that I'm missing a crucial woman/couple for my Sapphic Sundays (I don't know what I was thinking. Geez!)


Xena!
(In case you don't know who this is...)

Or Xena/Gabrielle!




Xena obviously have a HUGE (massive/gigantic/substantial/etc.) fan base.
And it's all there. Fan fiction, wallpapers, posters, art and of course the fan videos:



Or watch this one (can't be embedded): A day in the life of Xena and Gabrielle – with bath scene…

And the Xena Quotes ;o)
Part I:

Also watch Part II, Part III and Gabrielle Quotes Part I.

And you can always read up on the series at Wikipedia or IMDb.
Or learn more about Xena.

Or go get the DVD's....

Now, does a picture (several pictures) say more than a 1000 words?





Did anyone say subtext?

WARNING!! Randomness ahead:

Top 10 reasons why to watch Xena, Warrior Princess instead of Lord of the Rings:

3: When the heroes take a bath in LotR, they sing. When the heroes take a bath in XWP, we sing.
2: Frodo’s sidekick is a gardener. Xena’s sidekick is an Amazon queen.
1: Xena’s ring is larger and she’s not afraid to use it.

(The 7 other reasons are here). I just found the Top 3 most amusing.

Enjoy your Sunday.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

A Gaythering Storm

A great new spoof of The Gathering Storm from Funny or Die, with an all star cast including Sarah Chalke, Jason Lewis, Lynne Stewart, Alicia Silverstone, Lance Bass, Liz Feldman, Sophia Bush, Drew Droege, Mike Hitchcock, Daniele Gathier, Jay Lay, Erin Foley, George Takei and Jane Lynch.
Written by Liz Feldman and Mike Rose


Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Take up the IDAHO Challenge

GAYS.COM announces worldwide video project to raise awareness for the sixth annual International Day Against Homophobia & Transphobia (IDAHO) taking place may 17, 2009



This is what gays.com say:

What's this all about?
The Idaho Challenge is a community project by Gays.com to produce a user-generated video to be released 17 May 2009, the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO). While 67 countries have signed the new United Nations statement to decriminalise homosexuality worldwide, anti-gay discrimination remains a reality in many parts of the world. This year, with your help, we want to create a video that sends out the message that gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgendered people are just like everyone else. We come from all over the world and we come in all shapes and sizes and colours. And we want to send this message to the people of the world in every language that's out there!


TAKE UP THE IDAHO CHALLENGE!
Simply log on to http://gays.com/IDAHO to upload your video or record your message instantly by means of your computer's webcam.
Videos may also be emailed directly to idaho@gays.com.
DEADLINE FOR VIDEO SUBMISSIONS: May 10, 2009.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Memory Monday:

The wonderful world of books.
I love books.

I've always read a lot of books.
And my two favorite places on the Earth (as far as buildings goes) are the/a bookshop and the/a library.

When I was 11-12 years old I had two favorite authors:
C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien.

I got caught up in the amazing worlds of Narnia and Arda.

I used to sit in my room or in the living room and read all the time (when I wasn’t hanging out with friends – I did have a few of those too). And when I was reading I was lost to the world. People could have thrown a party right beside me or dropped a bomb or set the chair on fire and I wouldn’t have noticed. (Occasionally it’s still that way today when I read.)
And I’m a somewhat fast reader. Even then. It took me almost a week to read “The Lord of The Rings” (all three books). But that was because I was busy playing football (soccer) and tennis, and trying to figure out how to play the guitar. So I didn’t have that much spare time ;o)
It bothered me that I wasn’t allowed to take more than 3 books from the school library at a time because we only went there once a week. And the city library had the strangest hours back then. So I couldn’t go there either. (That has changed. Thankfully!)






When I was 13 we had a new English teacher (previously mentioned as it was her I had the ... erhm huge crush on) who let us watch the Hallmark edition of “The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe” (witch – in retrospect – was actually quite horrible. And not just in comparison to the recent edition. But for educational purposes I guess it wasn’t that bad. The actors were v-e-r-y____a-r-t-i-c-u-l-a-t-e… ). Of course we had to watch without the subtitles – it was after all for educational reasons – and how she made that happen was, well, hilarious. It contained duct tape and long pieces of paper (carefully measured out as to the length of the television) – this was long before the DVD-player. (Actually I think we still had a Betamax at home at that time).

She also ‘made’ us read books in English. Like whole books. Not just passages. It was a nice change. I still remember the storyline of one of them, but unfortunately not the title and I haven’t been able to find it since.

Also at 13 I read a book by a Danish author called Kirsten Holst (Her husband Knud Holst was an author too as is their daughter Hanne-Vibeke Holst ). It’s called “Min ven Thomas” (“My friend Thomas”) and was about a teenage (High School age) boy who discovers that his friend Thomas is gay. And not only is he gay. He’s got AIDS as well. And needless to say the story hasn’t got a happy ending. It’s not a story about gay love, as Claus (the main character) and Thomas are just friends. (And Claus is hopelessly in love with a girl). But it’s a story about growing up. And sex. Safe sex. And love. And fitting in. And a lot of other teenage angst issues.



But mostly I read crime novels (not like the ones I read today. Not quite as messy and violent.) and detective novels (I was a private detective once… When I was 13-14 years old. But that’s another post… If ever…) like Alfred Hitchcock and the Three Investigators.





A series about three boys who solve impossible-to-solve crimes and worships Alfred Hitchcock. (And in some odd way Alfred Hitchcock is ‘Charlie’).
They were a lot of fun to read.
And apparently they seem to be rather rare today, so I suppose I’ll have a hard time trying to dig them up if I ever were to re-read them.

However I have a sudden urge to go to the library.

Have a nice day ;o)

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Sapphic Sunday:

I just discovered a site on the Internet. It’s probably not new: Chickipedia.



In their own words: Chickipedia is the world’s largest web-based, women-based, wiki-based database of hot chicks on the planet. It is entirely user generated, making it the first female-only encyclopedia of the people, by the people, and for the people.

It’s got categories like: TV, Film, Music, Sports, Fashion, Politics, Business and Misc.

They do feature body measures (on some women – not all – and I wonder where they did get most of the measures…). But it’s not a site that’s all about porn stars (- and I would know…. I know the names of at least….1 – maybe 2 – porn star(s). And then I’m not even counting the 1 (or is it 2?) Danish porn star(s) I know the name(s) of…).

There are a number of women featured on this site (8,658 when I last visited).

Including (…just throwing in some random names…) :

  • Rachel Maddow,
  • Angela Merkel (the Chancellor of Germany)
  • Michelle Obama (as well as Hillary and Chelsea Clinton)
  • Sarah Palin (and Tina Fey)
  • Connie Nielsen
  • Caroline Wozniacki
  • Lucy Lawless
  • Jodie Foster
  • Jessica Landström - but no Katja Nyberg or Gro Hammerseng (I actually thought handball was more famous than football/soccer).
  • Katee Sackhoff (In her descibsion it states : …she has earned a legion of fans and has become somewhat of an icon for both geeks and lesbians alike. To geeky lesbians she is God.)



And it may be worth noticing that when you search you have to write the first name first.

Just in case you wanted to find any one.

You get the picture! (Or at least you will if you go there and click on photos...)

Oh all right, then. Just a few...











Have a nice Sunday :o)

Saturday, April 18, 2009

The week of absence:

So I've been ill....

And it has been really frustrating.
Apparently I'm allergic to....some pollen. I don't know. But it makes sense somehow. The weather has been great - no wonderful, actually - and every tree, flower or any other plant in my garden is blooming right now. So I guess there's pollen everywhere.

On top of that I'm in desperate need of vitamin D. (But with all that sun... I don't really get why...) I lack 7/8 of the vitamin D I should have in my body - so it's pretty low I guess. And I get a really, really, really bad headache from all the extra vitamin D's I'm taking.

But it gets worse.

My Internet has been acting weird as well. (It's the ISP - and all my neighbors have received a letter stating, that there were problems but that they would fix it as soon as possible. I didn't get a letter. And since my Internet, television and phone are all connected to the same line, I've had a very silent week. (Couldn't really read that much either, due to the headache...)

Okay. I'll stop whining now.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Memory Monday:

If you haven't yet heard of Amazon's 'glitch' about removing sales ranking from LGBT books go to eurOut or go to AfterEllen to read about it.



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Easter is really screwing with my time line. I didn’t realize it was Monday (so I also totally forgot that yesterday was Sunday – as in Sapphic Sunday. Sorry about that.). Being on Easter Break has been nice – especially due to the lovely weather – but it’s time to get back on track.


This Monday I would like to honor my scars, cuts and bruises. Or maybe just my clumsiness.



I have a (very) bad habit of falling over my own feet. Or just being unlucky in the presence of pebbles, branches, slippery floors, water puddles or couches. And bicycles. But I always seem to remember which caused what scar.

When I was about a year my father dropped me on the kitchen floor (by accident – I was wearing nylon pants and so was he (it was the 70s!?!) and I slid down of his knee while he was trying to put me in my jacket). I still have a bump on my forehead.

When I was 2 ½ years old I fell of the couch (while jumping on it) and hit my head on the coffee table. That gave me a scar above my left eye.


At the age of 5 I fell and landed on a stone (which lay on a dust road behind my parents’ house) and cut a hole in my right knee. Scar.

At 11 I crashed with a classmates BMX bicycle and scraped my entire left side while sliding across the asphalt. And I had a concussion. Small, but still. That hurt like hell!




When I was 12 I wanted to jump across a water puddle. That didn’t turn out pretty either. I landed on the side of my left foot, and sprained it. Not enough for me to use crutches, but it was painful. And the beginning to my three-legged years. From the age of 13 to 16 I spend more than half of my life walking with help from crutches. My left foot barely heeled before I sprained it again. (And often just by stepping on the tiniest, littlest stone – or even looking at one). Those were the days…





I had my drivers license when I was 19. The same year I bought my motorcycle. And in the summer of that year I thought it was a brilliant idea to ride said motorcycle wearing nothing but shorts and T-shirt (and my helmet of course). And it all went well. Right up till the time I wanted to park the motorcycle. For some odd reason I had to slide down the wrong way (on the right side of the motorcycle) which caused a sever burn of my right calve muscle. The exhaust pipe was pretty damn hot even if I hadn’t been on a very long ride. Surprisingly the scar is not as visible as I would have thought it to be today, but then again it has been a few years since the accident.

I have had numerous cuts and burns on my hands. (I am clumsy and should probably not be trusted with a knife, but I really enjoy cooking, so… And my oven and/or stove seem to have a grudge against me. At least they keep burning me…)


But not all my scars are self-inflicted. I actually have two scars on my right hand from where my ex-husband cut my fingers with a handsaw (unintentional).



When I was 6 I had chickenpox. Multiple scars. (They were very itchy)

When I was 11 I had my appendix removed. It was kind of an emergency operation, so apparently there wasn’t much time to cut it out neatly. [My sister’s scar from when she had a c-section is smaller. But then again, there isn’t much difference between a child and an appendix, right?]

I have had surgery a few times (besides the appendix). Mostly in my knees. More specifically my meniscus – in both my knees.

I have broken my right wrist once (by slipping on some ice). And sprained it as well.

And I have broken my left wrist, by slipping on the kitchen floor.

It’s true. Most accidents happen in the kitchen ;o)


Have a nice day.



Friday, April 10, 2009

Otalia

Yeah, so I'm slightly obsessed with these two characters...

And there has been so much...tension lately. Not in the videos (but that's just because there hasn't been any episodes since 4/6..). It's mainly due to the gap between the 4/6 video and the upcomming episode 4/14 mentioned in the spoilers. (Gawd I never thought I would get hooked on a soap opera couple. I never thouht I would write gawd either...)

So the 4/6 video (which by the way is very beautiful in acting as well as writing)




I'm beginning to understand why some call Crystal Chappell "the Goddess of Daytime".


Crystal Chappell:



Jessica Leccia:



And a 'not so serious' video (*lol*). (Click on the red button. When it turns green. Click again. Or watch it here and imagine the dueling banjos.)



Have a nice weekend.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Fagget Fairys:


I’m not trying to be rude or anything.

It’s the name of a Danish group.



Which I just discovered *blushes*(. I should be more up to speed on these things. But I’m terrible at keeping myself updated on anything within the gay community. [I blame the fact that I’m ‘new at this’ – and by ‘this’ I mean (acting on) being gay.])

Anyway.

These two girls (who are partners at work as well as private) have been making music [] since 2007. And I guess it’s the kind of music that you either hate or love. And given my taste in music you probably shouldn’t take my advice, but I’m leaning towards love. ;o)

This is how they describe themselves: Fagget Fairys are an explosive cocktail of Islam, lesbianism, true love, and relentless beats.



This is one of their songs. It’s called “Feed the Horse”.

With that in mind... Enjoy:




Given both the song and the music video I had some idea of what the title meant, but (just in case I was way off) I looked it up

Moving on:

For more information visit their MySpace.

More Easter:

Speaking of Easter. And of eggs.

Did you know that sometimes writers, programmers, movie makers etc. put in little programs or other hidden things into your computer, your music, your books, your DVD’s etc. …?

And it’s all good. As in ‘not a virus’!

Just to mention a few:

Go to Google. Type in Find Chuck Norris. Click on the I’m Feeling Lucky button. And then read the answer. It’s sort of funny – if you now who Chuck Norris is…

Or go to Yahoo! and click on the ! [I know it’s old news, but humor me – I just found out…]

There are lots of these. And they are all pointless. But if you need to kill some time...

Try for yourself. Go here: Easter Eggs

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Easter:

Like I've said before (or at least I think I have mentioned it) I'm not that into holidays. But I guess what I meant was that I'm not into the religious parts of some holidays. Like Christmas - and now Easter.
I know the stories. But that's not why I celebrate - in fact I don't celebrate. But I do spend time with my family. And that's what matters - in my opinion.
Like this Easter. Usually we go about Easter in one of three ways. Either my dad’s birthday collides with Easter, or mine do or neither.
This Easter it's my father’s birthday. So we spend 3 days celebrating his birthday (tonight: my mom, dad, sister, brother-in-law and my nephew - and probably some of my parents neighbors; tomorrow: my mothers siblings + families for coffee, cakes etc in the afternoon; and Friday my fathers siblings + families for brunch).
And after three days with the entire family I'm actually quite pleased with living on my own. I'm pretty sure I need some me-time.

The Easters where there are no birthdays involved we usually spend with relatives anyway eating numerous Easter-meals. Which is quite cozy, but again... It's nice when it's over as well... (It's not that I don't like my family. It's just so damn big and loud that it should only be taken in very small doses. Hence the me-time. You head is all buzzing when you get home like if you went to a concert...)



One thing I enjoy about Easter is that everything seems to be 'rainbow-colored':






We used to paint eggs when I was little. But that's the only Easter tradition we really had (except for the family meals of course).

So what are you doing this Easter? Any traditions?

Monday, April 6, 2009

Memory Monday:

I’ve dwelled at the 80s for quite some time when it comes to the music part.
After you have read/watched this I’m sure you’ll understand why ;o) It was not my finest decade music wise (or otherwise for that matter…)

So what did I listen to? Mostly music like this:

Snap – Rhythm is a Dancer (1992)


2 Unlimited – No Limit (1993)


Reel 2 Real – I like to move it (1994)


But also some Nirvana, Aerosmith, Guns’N’Roses, Jon Bon Jovi, Metallica…. But mostly the ballads.

And a lot of Danish artists you’ve probably never heard of. But also some you may have heard of. One of which made quite an impression all around the world especially when Martel sued them for the use of the name Barbie.

Aqua – Barbie Girl (1997)


We also have Cartoons


Cartoons – Doodah

What else did I listen to?

Culture Beat – Mr. Vain,
Dr. Alban – It’s My Life,
Cut’N’Move – Get Serious,
Hampenberg – Grab That Thing
- (yeah so I didn’t give the lyrics much thought back then…)

And any variation of Britpop.





Now you know.
Be kind.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Sapphic Sunday: Otalia

I never understood why on earth people would want to watch soaps. All these ongoing storylines where everybody at one point had been married to everybody they weren’t related to by blood.

But then I stumbled upon several mentions of Guiding Light. Prior I had heard of All My Children and the Bianca/Reese storyline through AfterEllen but never really wanted to pursue it – even after watching a few videos.

Guiding Light’s new – possible – couple would be Olivia and Natalia. They were to share a ‘kiss’. Giving the fact that this was a soap, and that even though two women share a ‘kiss’ it didn’t necessarily mean that there would be an actual storyline from this.

Let’s just say that my expectations weren’t that high.

But I gave it a try. I shouldn’t have. I really shouldn’t have.

Otalia is the name given for Olivia and Natalia (as a couple) in Guiding Light. Here’s their story. Don't you just love Wikipedia? ;o)

Goddess and Dimples are also names I have stumbled upon in the Otalia world. Goddess is Crystal Chappell (who plays Olivia Spencer) and Dimples is Jessica Leccia (who plays Natalia Rivera).


Considering that I a) can’t watch CBS or b) really don’t want to get involved with the rest of the merry soap-family I get my fix at YouTube.
I really appreciate that others take their time to adjust every episode (I’m not sure that’s what they call it in soaps…) so that the videos I watch only concern Otalia. Like Otaliafan or Charleyfan do.


Just to show you why I like this storyline:

"My two Mommies":



And Olivia trying to explain to Natalia what the other parents thought of them:


The kiss stirs up a lot of things. Olivia starts questioning her feelings for Natalia and Natalia has her doubts as well, but she reacts by dating Frank. [A lot of soap drama….]
Then Philip (Olivia’s ex-husband and father of her/their daughter Emma) shows up in town again:



Continued:



I think the story is really well-written. It portrays a beautiful friendship (and perhaps more than that – you’ve got to love subtext…) and the actresses are really doing a great job. And I admit it. I’m totally involved in this storyline. (Granted. Had it not been a storyline with a homosexual subtext I’m not sure I would have even bothered to watch…)

Another thing I would like to add is that there’s a massive fan base out there. Not only in the video making. Also in the “video watching” department.
When I watch a video I always read the comments. And some of them are really, really funny. I mean R-E-A-L-L-Y funny. I've had a few LMFAO and ROFL and ROFLMFAO moments - but hey, that's just me ;o)

I picked out a few from this preview which is for 4/1 2009 episode:



And these are some of the comments for the preview (mostly regarding the relationship and the tension between Olivia and Natalia).
There are a lot of really dedicated fans out there!

Penske037
your problems are of your own making natalia. and stop wishing olivia and start doing.

really you two. i'm gonna bonk your heads together like the numskulls you are if you don't get your stuff together!
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ceh2m
Olivia is straight drunk in that clip

Solari111
I think straight was a poor choice of words here ;)
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diamondbed86
Why is the priest wearing a trenchcoat?

Penske037
maybe he's blessing the union but wants to be prepared for the frogs falling from the sky that is to come. that is one of the signs of the apocalypse, right?
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SubtextRules
Am I the only one who wants to lock Goddess and Dimples in a room together, away from the rest of the world, so they'll be forced to face the fact they are meant to be? I say we unite all Otalia fans and march down to Springfield for a good old fashion kidnapping. Yeah, I know it's been over done but hey...

scratrat
potential-lesbian-couple kidnapping though? Am i the only one attempting to sway the writers with my as yet unproven Jedi mind trick powers?
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wicked7grrl
I heard Reva say 'I'm in labor' about 50 times, because I couldn't get my mouse just right to start with Natalia's line. And good gravy that woman is gorgeous. I'm going to be thudding all over the place tomorrow.
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Stephanieml33
You know what I realized today? I need a F****** lobotomy to watch this soap! Then I need to hire a nurse to come in, so if I nod off, I don't ruin a nice comforter. Okay, so it isn't that nice. I watch this show with the volume turned down and peeking to see Otalia again...I don't know how much more I can tolerate the crap/filler (watching hetro couples fly kites, kissing under houses and burping babies!) DEAR GOD, MORE, MORE, MORE OLIVIA AND NATALIA PLEASE!! Thanks Otaliafan, I think. :-))
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Enjoy your day.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009