We’ve had quite a divaricate year, all in all, one with a split personality, one that feels differently to me depending on whether I think about what happened in my personal life or what happened in the nation and the world.
|(L. to R, top to bottom) John Glenn, Muhammed Ali, Gene
Wilder, David Bowie, Gwen Ifill, Leonard Cohen,
- Alan Rickman
- Alan Thicke
- David Bowie
- Gene Wilder
- Gordie Howe
- Gwen Ifill
- Harper Lee
- John Glenn
- Jon Polito
- Kevin Meaney
- Leonard Cohen
- Muhammed Ali
- Patti Duke
- Robert Vaughn
- Ron Glass
- Sharon Jones
- Toots Thielemans
- Zsa Zsa Gabor
- … and to many more
We Lost or Are Losing
- Our collective minds
- Some of our humanity
- Our hope
- Distinction, professionalism, compassion, elegance, competence, and intelligence in the Oval Office
- Some freedoms
- Some privacy
- Some independence
Wishes and Hopes for 2017, in No Particular Order
|One of too many imbeciles|
- I hope our new president starts no new wars.
- I wish for a few common sense laws being passed.
- I wish we could find common ground on critical issues.
- I hope our president-elect doesn’t say and do too many stupid things. What “too many” means will, I’m sure, change over time.
- I hope we continue to fight for what we believe is right and to step up when we see imbeciles acting intemperately, crassly, meanly, or just plain cruelly.
- I wish the world cuts us a bit of slack and understands that the absurd buffoon in the Oval Office doesn’t represent us as a people.
- I wish my family and friends experience good health all year through.
- I hope our children can find happiness, comfort, and peace now and always.
- I hope to continue to watch my grandchildren grow bigger, stronger, and more intelligent with each passing day.
And I wish you and yours a happy, healthy, prosperous, and conflict-free 2017.
What is your favorite word?
What is your least favorite word?
The N word
What turns you on creatively, spiritually, or emotionally?
What turns you off?
Lack of compassion
What is your favorite curse word?
What sound or noise do you love?
My wife’s laugh
What sound or noise do you hate?
Donald Trump’s sniff
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
What profession would you not like to do?
If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?
Don’t fret none, it’s all right.
If you’d like to do your own, here are the questions:
- What is your favorite word?
- What is your least favorite word?
- What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?
- What turns you off?
- What is your favorite curse word?
- What sound or noise do you love?
- What sound or noise do you hate?
- What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
- What profession would you not like to do?
- If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?
Don’t feel guilty. It can be difficult to tell the difference between fake and real. Here are four tips on quickly making that differentiation.
- Check the URL. The web address, or URL (Uniform Resource Locator), indicates the origin of the article. In the graphic below, the URL is suspicious because it ends with “.com.co” rather than the expected “.com”. The ABC News site has been around for a long time, so it most certainly would have a dot-com domain (the letters after the last dot), not dot-com-co. So pay this site no mind.
- Check the logo and overall look of the site. Does the logo look real? Does the site look professionally developed, like the majority of major news sites you visit? If not, treat the page with great skepticism.
- Look at the footer. Is there a fairly distinct, definitive footer? Or is the footer just one line with fairly vague titles? For instance, the footer in the graphic below looks scant and not what you might expect from a major news organization. The real ABC News website’s footer is shown at the bottom.
- Look for an About page. If you don’t find one, chances are good that the site is suspicious and should be avoided.
Real ABC News footer:
(Great biography here)
I’ve thought for a long time that human sexuality was fluid, that there were a nearly infinite number of forms. Much of that thought was based on information from Alfred Kinsey’s landmark studies back in the 60s, Sexual Behavior in the Human Male and Sexual Behavior in the Human Female. A new study has made me rethink that concept.
Kinsey and his colleagues conducted an enormous number of interviews and individual studies—more than 17,000, in fact. His work was both hailed as a new psychological benchmark in human sexuality as well as derided for its rather unconventional research techniques. In any case, Kinsey described a rather linear spectrum of sexuality, with exclusively heterosexual at one end, exclusively homosexual at the other, and a fluid baseline of varying bisexual responses.
A recent study by researchers at the University of Washington, however, indicates a more categorical model. The researchers studied behaviors of 33,000 individuals. The results indicated that a model of distinct categories suits the understanding of sexuality better than does Kinsey’s spectrum model.
In the category model, individuals may be said to belong to one of a number of categories. The category with the greatest number of people is—no surprise there—heterosexuals. Just 3 percent of males and 2.7 percent of females were found to be gay, lesbian, or bisexual. The researchers did describe some fluidity within the categories, but for the most part sexuality was seen as rather static.
Basically we heterosexuals are pretty much the same. One category, lots and lots of people.
But for everyone not heterosexual, the categories are far more complex. “There is a class of people who are heterosexual,” explains Alyssa Norris, lead author of the study, “and then a class that’s non-heterosexual. There’s a fantastic amount of diversity within those classes, especially that non-heterosexual class.”
That doesn’t mean we should put any more labels on people than they already have; it just means that diversity rules the day. Fluidity, not so much.
According to biologists the X chromosome and chromosome 8 seem to be heavily involved in determining sexuality. There is a great deal more to be learned but genetics is, without question, the key.
Which means that you can no more “unlearn” gayness than you can change your eye color. You can’t wish away a genetic predisposition to baldness. Believe me, I’ve tried. Your genes are your genes, and that’s it.