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The Ultimate Thrill
BASE jumper Johnny Strange killedafter wingsuit jump in Swiss Alps
Aventurer Johnny Strange, who grew up in Malibu, was killed Thursday when he crashed while wingsuit BASE jumping in the Swiss Alps.
Strange, 23, crashed a few seconds after taking off from Mt. Gitschen about noon, according to a statement from Swiss police on Friday. Read more. (LA Times, October 2, 2015)
where eagles dare
Old Roman Ways, Ostia Antica, Italy
To wander, perchance to dream
Scavi Archeologici di Ostia Antica
An easy train ride from Rome, Ostia Antica is one of Italy's most under-appreciated archaeological sites. The ruins of ancient Rome's main seaport are spread out and you'll need a few hours to do them justice. Highlights include the Terme di Nettuno (Baths of Neptune), a steeply stacked amphitheater, and an ancient cafe, complete with bar and traces of the original menu frescoed on the wall.
Near the entrance, Porta Romana gives onto the Decumanus Maximus, the site's central strip, which runs over 1km to Porta Marina, the city's original sea-facing gate. Read more.
A&F: Out of the Closet
With its CEO resigning and the brand's longevity in question, it's safe to say Abercrombie & Fitch is having a turbulent year. However, that doesn't change the fact that A&F embraced homoeroticism in many of its campaigns (thanks mainly to Bruce Weber)—making it OK for straight dudes to tote around a bag that reads as softcore porn. We loved so many of the photographs, we made a collection. Here are 21 of A&F's gayest moments! More here:
... so does distance.
To Scale: The Solar System from Wylie Overstreet on Vimeo.
On a dry lakebed in Nevada, a group of friends build the first scale model of the solar system with complete planetary orbits: a true illustration of our place in the universe.
A film by Wylie Overstreet and Alex Gorosh
L’éclipse de lune qui a eu lieu dans la nuit de dimanche à lundi 28 septembre à partir de 2h11 du matin (GMT+2) était visible à l’œil nu. Cette pleine lune « des récoltes », qui se produit au plus près de l’équinoxe d’automne dans l’hémisphère Nord, était doublement exceptionnelle cette année : notre satellite circule au plus près de la Terre, son périgée, à moins de 357 000 kilomètres de distance, et offre donc son plus gros diamètre apparent. Et il circule dans le même plan que la Terre autour du Soleil – le plan de l’écliptique –, traversant l’ombre de notre planète pour s’éclipser. (Le Monde, 28 septembre 2015)
Le spectacle était grandiose, féerique, exceptionnel. J'ai regretté qu'on m'ait récemment volé mon télescope et mon appareil photo ! Les magnifiques clichés ci-dessous m'ont été envoyés par notre ami Jean-Luc, l'un des visiteurs assidus de ce blog, féru comme moi d'astronomie et d'astronautique. Ces très beaux clichés ont été pris à Montréal, Québec.
|Début de l'éclipse. L'ombre de la Terre dessine un croissant sur le versant ouest|
du disque lunaire. L'ombre de la Terre va progressivement recouvrir toute
la surface du disque. Photo : JiEL
|Le disque lunaire se trouve pour moitié dans l'ombre de la Terre. La Lune prend une teinte|
orangée qui lui est inhabituelle et semble rougeoyer de l'intérieur, comme une braise,
un magma volcanique ou une matière incandescente. Photo : JiEL
|Le disque lunaire se trouve maintenant aux trois quarts dans l'ombre de la Terre. Photo : JiEL|
|Le disque lunaire est presque entièrement plongé dans l'ombre de la Terre. Photo : JiEL|
'Supermoon' Total Lunar Eclipse Thrills Skywatchers Around the World
The first "supermoon" total lunar eclipse in more than three decades did not disappoint, with the moon thrilling skywatchers around the world as it passed through Earth's shadow.
On Sunday evening (Sept. 27), the slightly-larger-than-normal full moon shined brightly in Earth's skies and then dove into the planet's shadow, turning a gorgeous reddish-gold color as observers with clear skies enjoyed the view.
The event marked the first supermoon total lunar eclipse since 1982, and the last until 2033 — and it was visible to potentially billions of people across the Western Hemisphere and parts of Europe, Africa and Asia. (Space.com, Sept. 28, 2015)
Although the police raid of New York City’s Stonewall Inn 46 years ago sparked riots that led to a movement impacting millions, the controversial movie based on that seminal event in LGBT history failed to draw a sizable audience on its opening weekend.Put simply: Stonewall tanked at the box office. Worse than that: it bombed. If the movie Stonewall were a bottle thrown by rioters, it would be an empty plastic bottle that bounced on the ground several feet short of making contact with its target.
Much of the criticism of the film has focused on its casting, based on what was shown in advance screenings and previews. As The Advocate's Daniel Reynolds put it:
"To place the first brick thrown at the onset of the modern LGBT rights movement in the hand of a handsome young white man is not only out of touch with history; from a contemporary standpoint, it is downright offensive. After all, there would be no modern rights movement, no Stonewall, without LGBT people of color."
And he liked the movie.
Source: The Advocate, Dawn Ennis, September 27, 2015
Op-ed: Both Stonewall and Stonewall Deserve Your Attention
by Mark Segal
It’s been amusing and angering watching the debate and suggestion of a boycott over the forthcoming film Stonewall. The reality is that nearly all the people on both sides have one thing in common: They weren’t there. And they are speaking for those who were there, acting as if we are not alive and cannot speak for ourselves. This shows a lack of understanding of our own shared LGBT history.I was the founder of Gay Youth New York, and I was also a member of the Action Group started by Marty Robinson. We were the ones who wrote “Tomorrow Night Stonewall” in chalk on the walls and the street that infamous night... Read more.
A Gay Muslim Filmmaker Goes Inside the Hajj
Arranging to meet the filmmaker Parvez Sharma is a little like setting up an appointment with an extremely polite spy. He asks to rendezvous in a public place — a Starbucks in SoHo where the noise level is high, the tables distant and the volume of customers great. His boundaries are clearly drawn: no discussion of his husband, his friends, his Manhattan neighborhood or his family. He arrives a half-hour early.
Mr. Sharma’s discretion is no doubt borne of his experience growing up gay in a conservative city in India, but it has deepened since the release of his 2007 documentary, “A Jihad for Love,” which depicted the struggle of gay Muslims around the world to reconcile their faith with their sexual orientation. (Homosexuality is generally condemned in modern Islamic societies, said Everett Rowson, an associate professor of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at New York University.) After “Jihad,” Mr. Sharma was labeled an infidel, and in the intervening years, he has gotten more death threats than he cares to recall.
His new documentary, “A Sinner in Mecca,” about his 2011 hajj, or journey to Islam’s most sacred sites in Saudi Arabia, put him at even greater risk. Saudi religious police allow selfies or short videos, Mr. Sharma said, but they forbid pilgrims from taking extensive footage of the hajj, which attracts up to three million faithful a year. While Mr. Sharma said there were government-sanctioned videos of the ritual, his documentary shows images of the annual pilgrimage that Saudi officials do not want others to see.
Despite Mr. Sharma’s notoriety as a gay filmmaker — the new film includes footage of his 2011 New York wedding to an atheist musician identified only as Dan — he traveled to Saudi Arabia, where homosexuality is punishable by beatings, jail time and death.
The documentary was shown at Cinema Village on East 12th Street this month; it is available on iTunes and can be streamed on Netflix starting next Sunday.
“A Sinner in Mecca” opens with Mr. Sharma sitting at a laptop in his apartment, chatting online with Mohammed, a gay man in the Saudi city of Medina. Mohammed describes visiting a market to pick up some things for his mother, only to witness the beheading of a man rumored to be gay. “Please know you are not alone,” Mr. Sharma writes. The film then cuts to videotape footage of the scene, stopping just before the executioner’s ax strikes the man’s neck. It sets the stage for the anxious 79 minutes that follow.
Mr. Sharma, a soft-spoken man with chiseled features and a trim black beard, said he was “terrified” that he would die at the hands of the Saudis. Nevertheless, he felt called to make the pilgrimage — it is considered a duty for all Muslims to perform at least once in their lives — and hoped especially to reconcile his faith with his sexuality.
In the film, Mr. Sharma, 41, struggles visibly with his fear, even as he prays. He also explores the enduring grief he felt after being rebuked by his late mother, a poet, for not finding a “nice girl” to marry.
The documentary, largely recorded on an iPhone strapped to Mr. Sharma’s neck with rubber bands, shows the pilgrimage in unflinching detail. The result is a religious reality film, but also a piercing indictment of Saudi Arabia, which influences, Mr. Sharma said, millions of pilgrims annually.
Source: New York Times, Gabrielle Glaser, Sept. 24, 2015
NASA Will Announce A Major Mars Discovery
On Monday, Sept. 28, 2015
On Monday, Sept. 28, 2015
NASA will detail a major science finding from the agency’s ongoing exploration of Mars during a news briefing at 11:30 a.m. EDT on Monday, Sept. 28 at the James Webb Auditorium at NASA Headquarters in Washington. The event will be broadcast live on NASA Television and the agency's website.