2010-a look forward…


I found this  article on dying industries interesting, especially since I’m very much in favor of mass transit (despite potential terrorists & wackos). We’ll have to see what new industries emerge and more importantly, what new re-training programs emerge to help people make the transition…

Speaking of technology, this article from the UK gives its top ten picks for things to look forward to…

Finance – Here’s a list of stocks to consider for 2010.

Movies- A few sites to give you a head’s up:

Television-Here’s a look at some of 2010’s new shows.

Music-Most anticipated albums of 2010.

2009- a look back…


Yes. This has been one crazy year…Jon & Kate Plus 8Adam LambertCarrie PrejeanChris Brown/RihannaTiger WoodsCharlie Sheen all made news – whether they should have or not…

Biggest movies of the year? Star Trek, Avatar, Up, and Twilight.  Of the four, Up is probably the closest to “high art”, with Star Trek & Avatar trailing narrowly behind.  Twilight’s critics don’t seem to get the point that this is the kind of film that needs to be accepted on its own terms. It’s a romanticized view of teen love with a supernatural twist designed to ride a wave of pop culture. It’s the kind of film you go see for pure entertainment as a guilty pleasure. One person I know knocked the film’s dialogue- you don’t see a film like Twilight for great dialogue – HELLO?!? – Go see a film adaptation of a Shakespearean or David Mamet play if you want great dialogue. And no, we’re not watching the Redgrave or Barrymore families acting, ok?? Night at the Museum was never meant to exemplify the art of filmmaking at its finest, and neither was Twilight, so get OVER it. Geez…

Precious was also closer to high art, but I don’t think it was nearly as big a film as it should have been.  Like Armored, Brothers and Invictus, there were many films I thought were competently executed, but somewhat forgettable-(Invictus largely because most Americans have forgotten apartheid South Africa and aren’t into rugby in a big way).

Law Abiding Citizen started off well, then slipped down the credibility slope…

Both Oprah Winfrey and Tyra Banks are leaving their talk shows. Oh, well… Nothing against them, but I rarely watched either in recent years and there’s plenty of folks in the wings ready to chew our ears off…

Michael Jackson died. THAT was so freakish and yet somehow anti-climatic – we all somehow knew he would go down in flames one day – just couldn’t say where and when…

Karl Rove got divorced. Rush Limbaugh went to the hospital. Couldn’t happen to nicer people. Yes. There is some schadenfreude present…

Other looks back:

  • Review 1 -Yale’s Daily news reviews the decade.
  • Review 2 -Newsweek’s review of the decade.
  • Review 3 – Washington Post’s blog has links to several others plus viewer’s comments.
  • Review 4 -Yahoo’s Decade in Review.
  • Review 5 -Refdesk’s compilation of reviews!
  • Review 6– New Yorker’s books of the decade.

And let me publicly thank Arianna Huffington for her wonderful 2009 summation!

Glenn Beck


I am not a fan of Glenn Beck. Admittedly, I have never listened to him on radio or television even once, but from what I’ve heard and read about him, I don’t think it would be an enjoyable experience -his recent book title alone suggests a snide side…

What you may not know is his recent attempt at censorship – see article.

Ok. So now there’s a few things in the news that piss me off…


Ok. So now there’s a few things in the news that piss me off… Northwest Airlines 253 bombing attempt? Can someone tell me the purpose of a watch list if someone on it is allowed to fly freely without additional security screening??? And don’t you love how the airline authorities teelgraph their blows by letting everyone know that bathroom and blanket usage will be restricted during the final hour of flight? Hello??!!! Who’s to say the attempt won’t happen during the FIRST hour of flight- especially now that every fucking terrorist in the WORLD has heard how we’re now going to restrict things during the LAST hour of flight?????

I also love how the media have identified the chemical involved, and pointed out how useless metal detectors are…gee, think anyone involved in a terrorist network won’t make use of this information? Think someone won’t figure out how to bribe the right person or plant the right person within the security force just to launch a successful attack?

Read more 1

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Message to Janet Napolitano – FIRE YOUR PRESS SECRETARY NOW! If you plan to keep your job… Who lets this woman speak to the press???

The Tiger Woods cheating scandal has to be one of, if not THE most overblown stories of the decade. Tiger Woods has cheated on his wife. With whom? How many times? With how many women? Where did he meet them? What sexual postiions were used? Are there pictures? – WHO THE FUCK CARES??????

Hello world!


This blog is for my brasher alterego – Andy X.  Here you’ll find my thoughts on sexuality, culture, politics, the workplace, and pretty much anything else that interests me. In real life, I’m pretty shy and retiring. Here’s where I get to let it loose…

So many pet peeves, where do I start? Let me say that I’ve been a registered Democrat for two decades. If that bothers you, you need to read a different blog. Not that everything that every leader or member of the Democratic party has been wonderful in my eyes, but the Republicans are simply not a viable option, in my opinion.

Healthcare? Supposedly 53% of Americans oppose reform. These pollsters never spoke to me. I would have skewed the results the other way by at least 3-4%. WHAT THE FUCK IS WRONG WITH PEOPLE WHO OPPOSE HEALTHCARE REFORM??????

Oh, I know, we should pay for prescriptions and other procedures. So what if it bankrupts or potentionally kills a few people who can’t pay? That seems to be the Republican healthcare plan, ladies and gentleman. The very idea that all Americans should have access to affordable healthcare! Simply outrageous socialistic/verging on communistic propaganda…

Would someone kindly send the medical bills of the poor to whoever agrees with the preceding statement, and garnish his/her salary until those bills are paid???