Showing posts with label Video. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Video. Show all posts

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Red Bull Cliff Diving comes to Boston

Perhaps Red Bull really does give you wings...

The Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series came to Boston on Saturday, August 20th. The tour had made stops in Chile, Mexico, Greece, France and Italy before coming to Boston. The final stop on the Red Bull tour is in Yalta, Ukraine next month, but today Boston was all about diving.

One thing I absolutely love about Boston is that this town embraces sports of all kinds and this extreme sport which had some of the world's best cliff divers jumping from over 90 feet (nearly 30 meters) attracted a HUGE crowd today in the Seaport District. To add to the drama, divers used the cantilever roof of the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) building on Fan Pier.

Friday, August 19, 2011

2011 Ptown Carnival Parade

The 2011 Provincetown Carnival Parade theme this year was "Can't Stop the Music". Commercial Street started to become a wall of spectators as individuals dressed up for this year's celebration. The parade was great this year, but if you were not able to attend here is a quick 3-minute video to show you what you missed.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

AC360 Ridiculist: Gerard Depardieu

Proof that no matter how mature, all men find potty humor funny. Even the suave Anderson Cooper cannot contain himself with his potty-mouth double entendre.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

NYC Underwear Run

Fellow blogger over at DanNation included a write-up about NYC's 1.7 mile "Underwear Run", which took place last week (August 5th) in Central Park. The run drew a bit more than 500 participants. You can read his posting, here and you can check out the YT video from this year's event here.

However, I have to say it seems pretty lame that there were only 500 runners. C'mon NYC, where is your sense of adventure? Boston's annual Santa Speedo Run in December (which is capped at 500) sells out in minutes.

An underwear run in Central Park in August actually sounds delightful. I'd even do the run if I lived in NYC. I hope next year a few more of you will check your modesty at the door and participate in what looks like a very fun run.

Here's the video from the 2010 Boston Santa Speedo Run.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Google, Matthew Epstein wants you to hire him

Its no secret that a lot of very talented people are currently looking for work. It also doesn't take a rocket scientist for people to recognize that half the game is being able to differentiate yourself from others. However, there is a very fine line between thinking outside-the-box and creatively identifying ways to get the attention of a potential employer.

Matthew Epstein appears to understands how to walk that fine line with his website and video. Together I think they are equal parts genious and hilarious. Tailored perfectly to Google's quirky personality but professional enough to warrant a closer look, it appears that Matthew's request for "one phone call and 15 minutes" of Google's time has paid off (sort of). Google did contact Matthew but asked him to go through the standard hiring process, which apparently he's fine with doing.

Who knows how this might end, but I'm cheering on Matthew and the millions of others out there right now looking for work.

Thanks Tim for sharing this with me.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

DASOUL underwear

One of the unintended consequences of having a blog is that a lot of advertiser and PR people flood your inbox promoting their products and services. I generally ignore these requests and choose not to have advertisers on my blog. However, today I received an email from the people at DASOUL.

According to the email, DASOUL creates an imaginative, yet classic new perspective in the men's underwear market. I'm not really sure what that means exactly, but then they threw in some images of their models and a link to a promo video. I dunno, but something about sexy guys flexing for the camera wearing nothing but underwear totally appeals to me (there's a reason I add #ImShallow to the end of many of my tweets).

Maybe this sort of thing does nothing for you, but it was just the visual stimulation I was looking for to get me through the last bit of my day today.

As some of my previous posts have shown (i.e. Zipcar Low-Car Diet SWAG), I do love free stuff so if DASOUL would like to send me some of their product to try out, I'd be very appreciative. I can't compete with the gorgeous male models they have but I'll include a picture of the merchandise on my blog should it arrive.

Bostonians: Amy & Nick A.K.A. Karmincovers

Amy and Nick are originally from Boston (hence several videos with Nick wearing a Red Sox cap). Check out Amy's vocal / rapping skills at the 1:20 point in the video. I had to pick my jaw up off the floor when I watched this.

I believe they now live in L.A., and I wanted to give them a shout out. I believe they also have some original songs on their Youtube channel despite the "Covers" name, Karmin Covers Youtube channel.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Matt Damon defends teachers

Matt Damon proves once again that he's not only a great actor (and damn sexy) but someone who is articulate and quick on his feet. Have you seen this 1min. clip where Matt Damon sticks up for teachers and the teaching profession?

There is foul language so turn down the volume if you are watching this in the office or if children are near.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Ben Cohen's Stand Up Foundation

The very handsome Ben Cohen sat down and spoke with Out Magazine about why he created his Stand Up Foundation to raise awareness and help end bullying.

Take 5-minutes to listen to this former rugby player and GLBT ally talk about why bullying needs to stop and why he felt he had to get involved to help make a difference.

Thank you Ben.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Tweet of the Day: Marriage Equality

This is my response to the moving video from GetEqual. My hope is that in the next few hours that the state of NY will join MA, VT, NH, CT, IA and Washington DC in recognizing same sex marriage.

However, an even greater hope is for President Obama, a man I supported because of his promise of Hope and Change, will be a catalyst for the GLBT community by supporting same sex marriage. President Obama your time on the sidelines is over, its time for you to #EvolveAlready.

If you are on Twitter, perhaps you'll consider sending a message to President Obama.

51 year old marries 16 year old: Must be love

Recently a 51 year old actor married a 16 year old girl. Anderson Cooper provides an insightful and rather humorous take on the relationship, bride and groom and parents. Its worth the watch.

I might add that currently the NY State Legislature is debating if same sex marriage should be recognized. Many opponents claim that recognizing marriage between two men or women makes a mockery of the institution and takes away from their own marriage. Hmmm... is it really the gay community that is making a mockery of the institution of marriage? I think not. I'd like to get your thoughts if you have any to share.

Thank you to Rob from VA where I found the video.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

I've been a bit disappointed by the past few books I've read, but that all ended when on impulse I picked up Kathryn Stockett's 500+ page book, The Help.

This book had me regularly reading late into the night. For those unfamiliar with the book which I understand has been made into a movie that will star, Emma Stone, Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer, it takes place in Jackson, MS during the early 1960s.

For those not familiar with modern US history, it may be shocking to realize the evil that was called segregation. The story centers around a college educated, single woman in her early 20s who's returned home after getting her degree and is struggling to start her career as a journalist / writer as well as two maids who work for different white families in Jackson.

Comparisons with Lee's To Kill a Mocking Bird are easy to make. Both authors are southern woman, both address the racism that was rampant and the social injustices that seem inconceivable to us today. Unlike Lee's novel though, Stockett's story balances tension with humor and I found myself regularly laughing out loud. This may go down as my favorite book of 2011.

Looking for some summer reading? Don't be put off by the deep nature of the subject matter; this book is an absolute page turner. For those who are not of the reading variety, I've included the official movie trailer.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Next stop wonderland

Last week I posted a quick video of some filming that took place outside my apartment. Ever since Massachusetts signed into law a tax credit for filming crews, the state and Boston in particular have had what seems to be a never ending stream of movies filmed here.

Long before the tax credit a small, independent film called Next Stop Wonderland was filmed here by B.U. alum and film director Brad Anderson. The trailer below shows Erin Castleton played by Hope Davis, talking with her meddling mother, played by Holland Taylor. Using Boston as a backdrop and a bossa nova inspired soundtrack, the movie asks the audience do you think love is driven by fate or circumstance.

So enjoy the clip and let me know what you think. Is finding love a matter of serendipity?

*For those too young to know, before there was manhunt, grindr or scruff there was something called the personals which most local papers carried. Watch the movie and you can see what dating and single life was like before the internet really took off.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Dan Savage 5-word acceptance speech at the Webby's

Dan Savage wins Special Achievement award at the Webby's. His acceptance speech is 5-words only. Savage is a master communicator, you won't believe what he says.

By the way Dan, I 100% agree with you.

Thanks to JoeMyGod for the tip.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Get outta my way

With most of Boston Pride activities shifting into high gear for the weekend, I figured I would add some Kylie to the mix. Her concert this past April had all the excitement of a Pride event. How cool would that be to see her during your home city's Pride celebration?

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Mark Wahlberg filming "Ted" (part 2)

Earlier this week I mentioned that Seth McFarlane (creator of The Family Guy) is filming in the neighborhood with local boy, Mark Wahlberg, and Mila Kunis. While filming will continue throughout Boston and much of the South End, they were able to capture the scenes they needed out in front of my apartment.

Last night Sergio joined a throng of onlookers as they filmed another scene. They had to film this at night, but it is a day scene so they had the entire block filled with giant lights flooding the streets with artificial sunlight.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

NSFW - AntiTexting PSA

Thanks to Gawker for sharing this story. Beware that the video is full of vulgarities so for those who might be offended feel free to just read a bit about what one movie house in Austin has done to deter people from using their cell phones while in the movie theater.

Apparently one (former) patron of this movie house was ejected and left a colorful message complaining about her treatment. The owners decided to take the ex-patron's rant and use it as a PSA to ensure that everyone is aware of their zero tolerance policy with regards to cell phone usage. I think this is brilliant and the woman dialing in to complain comes across as a complete _____________ (you can fill in the blank).

Saturday, June 4, 2011

When was your gay adolescence?

Have you heard of the movie Beginners directed by Mike Mills and starring Ewan McGregor and Christopher Plummer? The movie is based on Mike Mill's real life and his relationship with his Dad who at the ripe age of 70 (and 6-mos after his wife's passing) reveals that he's gay. The movie chronicles the father's exuberant embracing of his 'new gay life' and Mike's relationship with his Dad as well as his new girlfriend.

It got me to thinking when I first came out in my late 20s and the 'exuberance' or rush that I felt. I could totally relate to this 70 year old man played by Christopher Plummer. Watching an interview with Mike Mills, he referred to the phenomenon as a second or 'gay adolescence', which I thought was a perfect term. For many people who come out later in life it does seem like they go through a second adolescence filled with boy crushes, drama and a lot of emotional energy.

Regardless of whether you've heard the term second adolescence or gay adolescence. Did you come out after your teenage years? And if so, did you also enjoy an intense second 'gay adolescence'? Do tell...
Thanks to Jen on twitter who alerted me to a NPR interview of the director you can watch here.

The handsome guy posted at the beginning of the post has nothing to do with the movie but would be just the kind of guy who would have stopped me dead in my tracks. I've been looking for an excuse to post this picture and it seems that although my 'gay adolescence' is some years behind me now; some things never go away. I like that I remain a bit boy crazy.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Know your gay history w/ Varla Jean Merman

Varla is the bastard, love child of Ernest Borgnine and Ethel Merman and one of my favorite drag queens. Every year she has one of the best shows in Provincetown. If you won't be able to make it to Ptown this year, you can see a collection of her videos on her YouTube channel.

A few years ago Varla created a video called Varla Jean Merman's Stonewall for the gay cable TV channel, Logo. Since its Pride Month, I thought I'd share this entertaining video for all those unfamiliar with how Pride came to be celebrated in the month of June. Apologies that the resolution of this video isn't better.