Tobias Hinchely By Nino Yap

Brandon Bailey by Carlos Velez

ce matin, c'est l'automne --
dans le miroir
le visage de mon père

-- Murakami Kijô

Plaque in Memory of Last Two Men
Executed for Homosexuality in France
Officially Unveiled

Unveiling of the plaque

On the morning of Oct. 18, 2014, the City of Paris formally unveiled a historical plaque in memory of Jean Diot and Bruno Lenoir, arrested for sodomy and burned at the stake in 1750 — the last two victims of an execution for homosexual acts in the history of France.
The plaque is located in the pavement at the corner of the rue Montorgueil and the rue Bachaumont, near the location where the men were seized in flagrante on Jan. 4, 1750.

Among the speakers at the ceremony: Anne Hidalgo, mayor of Paris (the first woman and the second Socialist to hold the post) and Jacques Boutault, district mayor for the second arrondissement, where the plaque is located.
Mayor Hidalgo's speech was both very moving in its evocation of the long struggle for respect and equality for LGBT people and in making a strong commitment to public policy measures supporting LGBT public history. -- G. Koskovich, October 18, 2014

Photo: Têtu

Anxiety and the Men's Shower Room

Why is the all-male shower scene such a hot button for straight guys?

One of the first things that comes up when gay men talk about coming out in college, the military, or on a sports team is the dreaded shower issue. Just as recently as this past August news media was still concerned about gay football player Michael Sam showering with his teammates.
Why are people so freaked out about this? We have been showering with you from at least high school on. Yeah, we look. You look at us too. But nothing gets out of hand because us in the shower with you is not the same thing as you in the shower with a bunch of naked girls. We have been conditioned all our lives to keep it cool. Besides, you're not that hot.
Here's a theory: Your obsession about the whole "dropping the soap" thing has to do with how much you think about other guys naked and wet. Relax. It's no big deal.

And just to demonstrate that it isn't us who can't stop thinking about this shower thing, enjoy this collection of images of men in the shower presented by mainstream media, Hollywood, and the military. Read more...

Source: Advocate, October 16, 2014
Source: The Lovely Boners (Flickr)

Source: The Lovely Boners (Flickr)

Sangetsu-an, Hakone Museum, Toshi Yoshida (1954)


another year
I didn't die...
autumn dusk

- Kobayashi Issa (1816)

Here’s How Much Monetary Damage
Calvin Caused

Someone conducted a study on just how much damage a kid like Calvin
can do to your home. Let's go exploring.

Matt J. Michel, editor of humorous scholarly journal Proceedings of the Natural Institute of Science, has pored through every Calvin And Hobbes comic from 1985 to 1995 and estimated how much monetary damage Calvin caused. Well, that’s one way to kill time while waiting for life to shower you with meaning and happiness.

The totally crucial research finds that Calvin caused approximately $15,955.50 worth of damage during the course of Bill Watterson’s comic. Not including Watterson’s two sabbaticals in the comic’s run, this works out to $1,850.55 per year. The figure ranges from the little items (a $2 jar) to the very expensive (flooding parts of the house on five different occasions, at a cost of up to $4,798.83 per event according to Homewyse).

Here’s a helpful graph Michel made:

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Click here to read the full article (Uproxx/Gammasquad, Oct.08.14)

French Formula 1 driver Jules Bianchi of Marussia Racing was involved
in an accident with a safety vehicle at the Japanese Grand Prix on
Sunday, October 5, 2014. The accident lead to Bianchi being taken to a
nearby hospital unconscious.  The 25-year-old Frenchman is reported
to be in "serious but stable condition" following emergency surgery
for a severe head injury. Hold on, Jules!

"La peur que, quelque part, quelqu'un soit heureux." (Définition du puritanisme)

5 octobre 2014 - Les djihadistes français sont de retour dans les rues de Paris.

Dessin de Claire Brétécher

Sean Gale Burke (more here)

L'automne est à nos portes... 

Enfin seuls !