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David Archuleta Does It Again.

Last night, on American Idol, little David Archuleta, who I praised here last week, has once again knocked it out of the park. He is so much better than anyone else on this show, letting anyone else sing seems almost a waste of time. And when his name was called, the little girls were screaming their heads off.

The Hemo2Homo Post Oscar Reconciliation Spectacular

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Homo: So, positoid. I thought we should discuss the Oscars. I was amazed that most of the winners had very deep accents. What parts of America were they from, anyway? Ain't this supposed to be the AMERICAN movie awards? Hemo: I'm not talking to you anymore. Homo: Why? Hemo: Read my blog. Homo: You have a blog? Hold on. Hmmmm. Oh, I see someone's little ego is bruised because Homo beat his socks off in the predictions game. And you're blaming it on your cold?

Hemo: I learned blogging from watching you! And, yes, I was all out of sorts. I didn't even know Daniel Day Lewis was up for anything until you mentioned him. Homo: Well I think you should blame it on your week on/week off med regimen. That virus is bouncing around your body all pissed off. Up and down. Up and down. Poor little thing. Hemo:My virus is like Cuba Gooding Jr. when he won back in the day. Homo: Look, young one. Let's be honest here. When your answer to every category is "Rambo,&qu…

Virus Boy Gets Shot Down

The Oscarcast produced a sudden silence in Positoid Land. Then I got a mysterious message telling me to check out Shawn (AKA Hemo) Decker's blog.

Seems that he really DOES have thin blood!

BWAHAHAHAHA!

TLS Revivals

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For those of you in the Denver area, The Last Session will be presented beginning in March at a theatre called "Theatre Off Broadway." Here's the link to their site. I'm very excited that two of the superb actors from the first Denver production will be in the show, including Jody Wells and Carla Kaiser Kotcr as Vicki. I've also gotten a sweet note from the boy playing Buddy. His name is Rob Riney.

Then, in May TLS will begin performances at the Spirit of Broadway Theatre in Norwich, Ct.

Jim and I had a great meeting with Kevin Wood, who is playing Gideon. He's a bit young, but man can he sing! It's ironic because Kevin, who's about 30, is still older than Jody Wells was when he played Gideon in Denver.

Kevin and I played around a bit with the music when he was here -- and he sang "Connected" better just sight reading than I ever did having written the thing. He's amazing. He'll be coming by more and I'll get video and pics.

I hear t…

10 Years Ago I Met The Creator of Crixivan

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Bruce Dorsey and me.

When the Intertubes were still in their infancy, before there were blogs and sophisticated news aggregators and RSS feeds, when an online diary was barely a concept, much less thought of as something a person would, for heaven's sake, do, a few intrepid pioneers began keeping track of their diseases online in journal form.

We weren't organized. No one told us to do it. For me, it just seemed like an easy to communicate what was happening with our bodies.

The pharmaceutical companies were also, at that time, beginning to explore how to use the Internet, and one of the first things they discovered, was that they could get ongoing patient feedback on a much wider basis. A feedback operation that you don't have to pay for!

So, they checked out newsgroups and whatever else was available back then. (I'm not a Net historian, so others would have to remember what online life was like in '97, '98). And, somewhere along the line, someone at Merck found m…

"When You Care" by L.A. cast of The Last Session

We've been digitizing all our old VHS videos and are finding a treasure trove of material which I'm going to be uploading over the next few weeks. The first is a fantastic television performance of the L.A. cast of The Last Session singing "When You Care" for a TV special called "Hollywood Salutes The Easter Seals."

BTW, if you're a Bob Stillman fan, pay attention to his vocal dexterity. He's just incredible.



The cast, at this time, consisted of Bob Stillman, Jeff Juday, Michelle Mais & Amy Coleman. In the background is Alan Satchwell and the Heaven Bound Sound choir.

Hemo2Homo Predicts the Oscars!

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Glamour. Glitz. And People Who Take Themselves Way Too Seriously. Yes, It's Oscar Time, and The Hemo2Homo Connection weighs in with their thoughts and favorites.
Best Actor Award
Homo: It is gonna be Daniel Day Lewis for doing the best John Houston imitation of the year.Hemo: I disagree. It's Johnny Depp for the Edward Scissorhands sequel.Best Supporting Actor
Hemo: Ben Affleck's little bro. Finally, Hollywood tells the story of the legendary outlaw Jesse James.Homo: Javier Bardem for supporting actor for best new way to kill people in a movie while wearing a twisted Beatle haircut.
Best Actress Award
Homo: Marion Cotillard gave by far the greatest performance of film in the last decade but god knows if they'll give it to her. If they don't, I'm going to put my fingers in my ears and go "La la la la" during the acceptance speech.Hemo: Laura Linney, for her role as Miss Elizabeth in the "Macho Man" Randy Savage bio-pic, The Savages.Best …

Austin's Jumping

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My brother who lives in Austin just called me and said the city is jumping with excitement over this Presidential debate. He said all the bars are holding debate parties, including biker bars and sports bars. In one sports bar, some big game is playing on one screen while the debate is being shown on the other nine.

This is incredible to have this kind of citizen excitement and participation. I've never seen it before in my lifetime.

Truth Wins Out Releases New Videos

TruthWinsOut.Org Introduces Seven New Videos Leading Up To March 3 Launch of Dynamic Website

NEW YORK - TruthWinsOut.org (TWO) introduced seven new Internet videos today featuring a noted clinical psychologist, the attorney who represented a man who had possibly been exposed to HIV from an "ex-gay" leader and several ex-gay survivors. Each week leading up to the March 3 launch of TruthWinsOut.org's updated website, the organization will release new educational videos addressing the "ex-gay" myth from unique angles.

In today's first video, New York therapist Andrea Macari answers your questions about the harm of 'ex-gay' therapy and addresses the sensitive topic matter than you always wanted to ask. Dr. Macari also offers practical advice on coming out and finding a good therapist.

Dr. Macari is a nationally known expert and media personality. She frequently serves as a contributor to some of the nation's most popular programs, including The O'…

Asleepment

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Jim and I have been trying to catch all the Oscar nominated Best Movies lately just so we can know the score on everything. Yesterday, we went to something called "Atonement."

Gah. Arrrgh.

I know Oscar loves these long, dreary, tear-soaked British movies, but I have never been so bored in all my life watching these two colorless, drab people stare at each other from across the room for endless hours.

Finally, after about 45 minutes, with both of us shifting, coughing, eye-rolling and sighing loudly, I whispered to him, "I hate this."

He took a few minutes and said, "I hate it, too. Wanna leave?"

And we did. I was never so happy to get out of a theater in my life. What kind of people like this crap?

BTW, if you look at the poster above, you'll have seen the entire movie. That's literally all that happens.

Bev's Excellent Birthday Gift

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Today, my blogger and real life friend Bev (who lives in Davis, California) did a particularly unique and beautiful thing as a birthday gift for a special friend of hers named Peggy, who lives in Perth Australia. Both of them are great animal lovers.

(They take in orphans from the animal shelter and nurse them to health so that they can be adopted. Her Flikr site is puppy-lovers heaven. On the other side of the world, Peggy cares for orphaned kangaroos).

Peggy recently visited a Nairobi shelter for orphaned elephants and rhinos. and it gave Bev an idea for a very meaningful and creative birthday gift. From Bev's blog:
I remember the tales of the traumatized babies, some only weeks old, watching their mothers be slaughtered by poachers. One of the articles linked on the Sheldrake web sites says, "When I met [Daphne] Sheldrake in 1989, she was soothing a baby elephant so traumatized after ivory poachers killed its family that it screamed in its sleep, app…

The Tragic Murder of Lawrence King

It hasn't hit the major news outlets yet, but here on the local news, and reported on most of the gay blogs, is the tragic murder of Lawrence King, killed by a bullet to the head by fellow classmate aged 14. Though all the facts are not in yet, the police have determined it to be a hate crime.

Lawrence was an effeminate boy whose flamboyant demeanor disturbed the younger boy -- who took a gun to school and shot Lawrence. It's the reason so many of us have been pressing for educational programs in schools.

I wrote a letter for the group Families United Against Hate offering consolation and assistance to both families involved.

I'm encouraging readers of the Bonus Round blog to consider sending a donation to the Ventura County Rainbow Alliance in memory of Lawrence King. They sponsor after-school programs for GLBT youth. (Thanks to Joe.My.God. for this link).

American Idol's Dave

Yes. We watch American Idol. Sometimes I tape it and zip through it, just to watch the perpetual train wreck that is Paula Abdul, who showed up a couple a weeks ago so drunk she could barely find her chair. (Now THAT'S teevee!)

Also, during the Hollywood section, my favorite bass player, Lynn Keller, was onstage playing for the singers. You know her from her long, curly red hair.

So, we were following along, not impressed by anyone. And then, this adorable 16 year old boy came along. David Archuleta. In fact, he's so adorable and his performance is so smooth and emotional, if you look closely, you can see the back-up singer wiping away tears.

Here he is:



Then, of course, I had to run to YouTube to see if there was anything else on him. And wouldn't you know it. Here he is at age 13, on Good Morning Idaho singing "Imagine" by John Lennon. He messes up a few of the words, but at 13? Who's gonna complain?

DogTown -- Visit to an Animal Shelter

I have a cousin Shirley! Everyone should have a cousin Shirley. She lives in Arkansas, in North Little Rock, the town I lived in when I was born. Yep. Just a hop, skip and a jump from the Huckabees and the Clintons.

Shirley's daughter Katelyn made this touching video about the North Little Rock, Arkansas Animal Shelter. It's about 5 minutes long. We are taken along for a ride with the dog catcher, who proudly says that they've had a 100% adoption record. We see her pick up a stray dog, who is very timid but tail waggy, and then to the shelter.

My Jury Duty.

This was my first time to go for jury duty, so I wasn't sure what to expect. We weren't allowed to take pictures, so you'll have to see it in your mind's eye.

First of all, I took the subway -- Yes! The L.A. Subway! -- to the Civic Center station and found the courthouse. I was about 45 minutes early, which suited me just fine, except for the fact that the waiting benches were concrete and I have no butt. So I folded up my hoodie and used it for a cushion.

Then, we were escorted into the jury room. There were probably a couple of hundred of us.

The first thing they announced was that there was a new law on the books called "One Day." Rather than having to be called every day for a week, we were given one day in the jury room. And if we weren't selected to be on a jury, then our duty would be over for a year. This was great! Orientation was boring, but short.

I found a chair next to a table, folded up my hoodie for a pillow and went promptly to sleep. All duri…

USS Metaphor in SF, Feb. 22-23.

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I am so excited that the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus is repeating their concert version of U.S.S. Metaphor on Feb. 22 & 23. But even more excited that it features my longtime buddy and pal Ken McPherson, who assisted in the adaptation of the material with Dr. Kathleen McGuire from the Gilbert & Sullivan original.

And yes, that's Ken front and center on the amazing poster. If you're in the Bay Area, do NOT miss this. They have already recorded a DVD to be released soon.

Congrats, Ken!! Knock 'em dead, my friend.

Jury Duty

I have jury duty this week!

I have to appear at the courthouse tomorrow at 7:45. Downtown Los Angeles. Luckily, the subway will get me there. I'll bring a book and then we'll see what happens.

I keep getting all this advice about how to keep from getting picked for the jury but I have this sneaking suspicion that they can tell when someone is trying too hard. So, I'm not gonna "do" anything except show up and be myself.

It might be fun to be on a jury. Jim did it once and he said it was very interesting, even though the court proceedings themselves were dull.

New Cellular Receptor Discovered for HIV

London, February 11 : Researchers from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), say that they have identified a new cellular receptor for HIV.

When the virus begins its assault on the body's immune system, say the researchers, it targets a cellular protein that helps guide immune cells to the gut.

The cell adhesion molecule that the researchers have identified as another potentially important receptor for HIV is known as integrin alpha 4 beta 7.

"The identification of this new receptor opens up new avenues of investigation that may help further elucidate the complex mechanisms of the pathogenesis of HIV infection," Nature Immunology quoted NIAID Director Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, chief of the Institute's Laboratory of Immunoregulation (LIR), as saying.

The researchers say that early in the course of HIV infection, the virus rapidly invades and replicates in gut-associated lymphoid tissue (GALT), the i…

The Argument On The Plane

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I got in a argument on the plane recently.

With the parents of a 5 year old girl sitting in front of me who wanted to tilt her chair back. The mom kept pushing it and pushing it, but it wouldn't budge. It was cutting into my knees.

Mother to flight attendant, "There's something wrong with this chair."

I said, "It's not the chair. That's my knee."

I needed to sit with my feet on the ground, my knees straight out in front of me. And the laws of physics were working against us. I'm a tall person.

I didn't want to cause a scene, but when she first started pushing on the chair (rather violently), I didn't say anything. I thought she'd just give up and leave it alone. Instead, she called the flight attendant.

Mother, (who is in the row in front of us with her two kids. The father is sitting to my right), "You can't stop her from leaning her chair back!"

Father, "If you wanted leg room, you should have bought seats in first clas…

International Circus of Pozitivities

From Ron Hudson:

Dear Friends of the International Carnival of Pozitivities (ICP):

It is a tremendous pleasure to announce the publication of edition 2.8 of the ICP at NotPerfectAtAll. Dragonette is our first European-based host, working from The Netherlands I encourage you to bookmark this edition and visit it over time so that you can enjoy each of the contributions from the world of HIV/AIDS. I hope that you will also join me in thanking Dragonette for her work this month.

This 20th consecutive edition of the ICP features personal accounts, video, music, self-help information and the latest in news from the HIV/AIDS community. Among these posts, you will find news about HIV/AIDS from around the world, posts from long-term survivors, an Annie Lennox-supported HIV-prevention campaign, news and personal accounts from Africa, Australia, Asia, Europe, and North and South America. I hope that you will spend some time reading and that you will leave comments for the contributors.

Sweeney Floyd

Growing up, our family loved The Andy Griffith Show. In fact, Jim and I watch it all the time now on TV Land. (We also love the early Beverly Hillbillies).

This little gem is pure genius if you know the show "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street." And even if you don't...



Hat tip to Bev.