Rihanna, Only Girl, An A Capella Cover — Mike Tompkins


I apologize if I’ve “jumped the shark” by posting this one.

One day, a co-worker sent the link to me through email; and then, another day, maybe two weeks later, I started doing the beat with my mouth. And there you go, plus I also miss posting music.

In addition to working with the hosts of NBC’s Today Show to make an a capella version of Taio Cruz’s song “Dynamite,” and making an appearance on the Ellen Degeneres Show, Tompkins worked with the cast of the PBS show, The Electric Company, to make a new version of the show’s theme song. Which is posted after the jump. Continue reading

Dharma Talk w/Q&A: Abbot Myogen Steve Stücky at SF Zen Center, Audio Only


Vodpod videos no longer available.

 

I found it!

The dharma talk I wrote about attending in my last post “Understimulated” was actually already up. I just forgot that SF Zen Center was trying something different. Now you can watch lives streams of the talks given by teachers at the center. And this particular one even has the Q&A included. Q&A is normally done after all the talks given at the center. This Q&A is quite helpful if you find yourself still not quite getting the talk or maybe want more enlightenment about the talk.

This lecture “touches on letting go of certainties, doing nothing, listening to your body, self-fulfilling prophecies and more.” I hope you take out an hour or so of your evening or day to take a listen.

Oh yeah, skip ahead to 15:00 20:00 mins for the beginning of the talk.

Photo Spread: What Happens At The RealDoll Factory …


I’ve had this sitting in my “to-do” list for some weeks ago. When Laughing Squid posted something that is like this on their website, I was partial sad, partially mad, partially motivated to do what should have been done those weeks ago when I first discovered this.

Photographer CanePari uses his lens to take us inside the workings of the RealDoll factory down around my hometown of San Diego, CA.

I first heard of these things back in the late 90s. I think it went like this on the IRC chan I was on at the time. “LOL WTF someone made real woman dolls!”

You’d think at $7,000.00 a doll, that these things might just  be a passing fad for uber-pervs, but with lovely, delightful movies like Lars and The Real Girl. It seems like these dolls provide more than perverted delight.

And even though they don’t sell as often as female dolls, male dolls are available for the women (or man) who’s had enough of the dating, hooking up, cohabiting, and then, perhaps, marrying with an autonomous-thinking male.

Or you could just get a “She-Male” doll; best of both worlds right?

Please, go view the entire RealDoll factory photo spread on CanePari’s website here, http://caneparidoesitbetter.com/2010/07/08/love-machine/.
And take a look at the recently made mini-documentary made about RealDoll done by the website California Is A Place.

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Srsly, I hate feeling like I’ve been scooped; even though I really haven’t been scooped. Dammit.

Dan Savage on NSA, Long-Term Relationships, Swinging and Monogamy


Strange how I find all of this advice more in line with the values I found myself with. I found those values because they just seem the most logical ideas to hold on to when you consider the known variables of human emotions when it comes to these … things. I’m not even a gay man or anything.

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Dan Savage, No Strings Attached Relationships

Dan Savage, The Price of Admission (Long-term relationships)

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Men, Experience Menstruation. Now!


There are so many times I’ve wished the pain and suffering I get every month on one of my male pals. Now, due to the genius or perhaps insanity (I really mean that statement, take a look at this project) of Royal College of Art student Hiromi Ozaki, I no longer have to wish.

Ozaki has developed a wearable metal suit, dubbed the Menstruation Machine, that allows a boy to experience the “pain and bleeding” of an average 5 day menstruation.

The machine is outfitted with a reservoir system that releases blood and lower-abdomen-stimulating electrodes (Yes! The cramps! The cramps! Give them the cramps!) that gives the wearer the experience of menstrual cramps.

Check out the machine in this catchy little music video for it.

In the video, a boy named Takashi has built the machine in an attempt to dress up as a female “biologically as well as aesthetically.”