Astra Taylor’s forthcoming book The People’s Platform, about who has power and who gets paid in the age of the Internet, mentions the following quote about the virtues of “open-source” (read: unpaid) labor from Internet guru Yochai Benkler:
“Remember, money isn’t always the best motivator. If you leave a fifty-dollar check after dinner with friends, you don’t increase the probability of being invited back. And if dinner doesn’t make it entirely obvious, think of sex.”
That quote, unsurprisingly, is from a TED Talk. The talk's audience chose to reflexively laugh rather than actually think about sex or about work. It doesn’t seem to occur to anyone in the audience [...]
While Kentucky's courts (maybe) legalize same-sex marriage, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has vetoed Senate Bill 1062. That bill would have amended Arizona's 1993 Religious Freedom Restoration Act to give anyone an exemption from any state law that interferes with their free exercise of religion. Like Arizona, Kansas recently killed a similar bill. Georgia, Tennessee and South Dakota (especially South Dakota!) have dosey-doed with the similar laws. (Meanwhile, the media has been calling these "Gay Jim Crow," laws which has to make the already terrible daily existence of anyone named James Crow even more unbearable.)
But has anyone in these states thought about how they're going to get a [...]
Local blogger Jon Nicosia also happens to have a long history as a con artist. He came out today, because Capital New York has been reporting on him, and he wanted to get "ahead of the story." (He works for a site called Mediaite, a publication of, by and for TV talking face Dan Abrams.)
In one incarnation, Nicosia—whose name is Zachary Hildreth—swindled investors in a fairly classic investment con. (At 24, he was indicted on 11 counts of grand larceny; then, in January of 2001, he was indicted for two counts of larceny.)
In a later and more disturbing incarnation, he serially seduced gay men, [...]
Once—during one of those conversations in which you and a spouse/friend/coworker are formulating an alternate reality—my husband suggested that we move to Japan and become reality television stars. We're an interracial gay couple with the two cutest kids in the universe. In this country, we get occasional stares. In Japan, I'm confident we could be stars.
Gossip personality Perez Hilton is going to co-produce and star in a reality television show about gay dads, right here in America. It has a very descriptive name: "Gay Dads Of New York." We are not going to be on it. We weren't asked to be, nothing like that, and we're not the kind [...]
"On an aesthetic level, the uniforms haven't been nearly as warmly received as on a political one. Although Germany's Olympic athletes have spoken out in support of them — snowboarder Konstantin Schad told the daily Die Welt 'they look impressive' — the reaction on Twitter and elsewhere has been mostly negative. One Twitter user described it as a misguided homage to Apple's new iOS7 operating system, while Die Tageszeitung was more harsh: 'If this had been meant as a political protest, then it would have been okay, but if it's just a "fashionable jacket," and on top of that, a butt-ugly one?'" —Are Germany's Olympic uniforms pro-gay?
No less an authority than Harvey Fierstein makes a call to boycott Russia's 2014 Winter Games. Actually he makes a pretty good case, since Putin is about one step away from creating forced labor camps for gays:
"Mr. Putin signed a law allowing police officers to arrest tourists and foreign nationals they suspect of being homosexual, lesbian or “pro-gay” and detain them for up to 14 days. Contrary to what the International Olympic Committee says, the law could mean that any Olympic athlete, trainer, reporter, family member or fan who is gay — or suspected of being gay, or just accused of being gay — can go to jail….Earlier [...]
Matthias Hollwich and Marc Kushner are the cofounders of HWKN. Their just-completed (barely completed!) project is the third incarnation of the Pavilion, which is the primary dance hall and bar of the gay community of Fire Island Pines. When proposed images of the building were first floated on the Internet, no one believed that the building would come to pass. Now the building, as envisioned, has a temporary certificate of occupancy, and has been open for the last two weeks. Permanent exterior railings will be installed shortly.
The Pavilion consists of a small ground floor, a large open upstairs deck, and an interior dance hall. The dance hall [...]