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Sep 19 2016
6-PACK — Gary Johnson Had No Clue NYC Bombing Hurt Anybody + Trump Says Hillary's For Abolishing Borders + Bernie: Don't Protest-Vote In 2016! + Trans Woman Murdered + AlMoMAdóvar! + That's What Friends Were For! Comments (0)

*widget boy cultureGary Johnson (drunkenly?) says he's glad no one got hurt in NYC bombings. (29 people were!) Interviewer lets it slide!

*widget boy cultureTrump's latest lie about Hillary's policies is a whopper—will anyone care?! This is why diplomats are undiplomatic about him.

*widget boy cultureBernie Sanders urges not to protest-vote this year. Not. This. Year.

*widget boy cultureMurdered trans woman was stabbed ONE HUNDRED AND NINETEEN TIMES.

*widget boy cultureEvery single Pedro Almodóvar film is coming to MoMA!

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*widget boy cultureDo not miss the 1993 Bar Mitzvah video of a bunch of family members warbling “That's What Friends Are For” ...

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May 17 2016
Elton John On NC Law: PEOPLE HAVE A FUNDAMENTAL DESIRE—AND A FUNDAMENTAL RIGHT—TO BE TREATED FAIRLY Comments (0)

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Sir Elton John is not my favorite public figure to be sure, but he should be applauded for contributing a heartfelt essay on the outrageous North Carolina HB2 law that has roiled the nation.

Writing for The Hill, John argues:

But what’s worse than the discriminatory bill itself, and the millions in taxpayer dollars [Gov. Pat] McCrory is wasting to defend it, is that the governor signed it after admitting he had never met a transgender person. Although McCrory later walked his statement back, the message he sent was clear: the actual experiences of transgender people have no place in a debate over their basic rights.

John goes on to say:

Shouldn’t our elected officials be able to say the same about the problems they’re trying to solve? Stigma and shame drive some of the biggest problems facing society’s most marginalized populations. An unacceptably high percentage of LGBT teens are severely bullied. Only 30 percent of Americans with HIV reach viral suppression, many too ashamed to seek appropriate care. The transgender homicide rate is at an all-time high, driven by fear and prejudice.

To address these problems, our leaders must first acknowledge their existence, as well as the existence of the people affected. And yes, that starts with bathrooms.

In summary, the man who was once fine with civil unions (and once married to a woman!) offers this powerful statement:

McCrory and others who support these discriminatory bathroom bills need to reverse course, but moreover, they need a lesson in compassion. They need to recognize the existence of trans people, and they need to acknowledge that all people have a fundamental desire—and a fundamental right—to be treated fairly.

Bravo, Sir Elton.

 
Mar 03 2016
Katy's With Her Comments (0)
 

Nuff said.

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Katy Perry, Elton John and Andra Day performed at the Hillary Victory Fun: I'm With Her Concert at Radio City in NYC last night. Looks like Katy, as usual, is anything but undecided.

 
Feb 28 2016
6-PACK — Ryan Seacrest Was Allowed To Speak To Gena Rowlands + Blackface, Yellowface & More + Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Lady Gaga + Ted Cruz: Serial Killer + What If Donald Trump Sounded Gay? What If He Sounded Racist? (He Does)! Comments (0)

*widget boy cultureRyan Seacrest is a woman under the influence, bores Gena Rowlands to tears.

2*widget boy culture5 times white actors have played people of color. SO cringeworthy.

*widget boy cultureLady Gaga and Elton John duet.

*widget boy cultureTed Cruz: Zodiac killer.

*widget boy cultureTrump's nationalism reflected in high school's chanted taunting of rival.

*widget boy cultureIf Trump had a gay voice: 

 
Feb 25 2016
Elton's Drag Race: Sir Elton Snipes At Janet Jackson Comments (0)

Elton John, who already apologized for being miserable toward Madonna, may have to make nice with Janet Jackson in the near future.

He just said, regarding Jackson's live performances, that he would “rather go see a drag queen. F*ck off.”

 
Dec 30 2015
Who's Better At Lyric-Listening... A Human Or A Computer? Comments (0)

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The human ear can process over 400 words per minute. A computer can calculate formulas and digits by the millions in the same amount of time, but it's ability to both hear and decipher human speech is not so adept.

In a recent comparison between two professional transcriptionists and the big IBM Watson, this above fact was proven with distinct clarity using four pop songs from Van Halen, Elton John, Taylor Swift and Brad Paisley. Now, pop songs have long been a challenge, even to a discerning ear. It's often the reason why people come up with oddball versions lyrics instead of the correct words. So it was a safe guess to assume that the two professional listeners would at least make a mistake here or there having never heard the four song choices before in their lives, honest.

So the experiment went through its paces and everyone listened to the songs, including Watson. The results were a bit shocking. First off, the human transcriptionists didn't just do extremely well, their performance was perfect. On all the songs, they got the lyrics right the first time without any odd word placement or substitution that didn't make sense. The IBM computer system, on the other hand, didn't do so well. Despite its ability to crunch algorithms to amazing exponential results in the space of a few seconds, it had a horrible track record in deciphering and repeating song lyrics correctly.

The IBM computer was given a very good chance to get things right as well. Rather than hear the songs as they would be normally played, the computer got to listen to the lyrics sung without music, so only on the words themselves would be picked up by the electronic receptors and microphones. Unfortunately, this advantage had no effect. The output from the computer not only got the words wrong, it also created sentences that made no sense whatsoever. Anybody reading the output versus that of what the transcriptionists were able to decipher would have to agree the trained human ear still far outpaces and outperforms the computer, hands down.

That said, there's probably no big impact to IBM's Watson computer in terms of its career in the near future. Listening to songs and transcribing them is clearly not the biggest priority for computer resources and valuable server networks. Figuring out the mathematical placement of the next asteroid to hit the Earth probably has a few spots ahead in line of tasks to do with the gadget.

So if you're worried that computers will replace us completely at everything tomorrow, don't be. Taylor Swift and Elton John lyrics are still too much of a challenge.

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Nov 15 2015
'Scuse Me While I Kiss This Guy Comments (0)

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Who is better at figuring out what song lyrics really are, (wo)man or machine?

Keep reading to find out how Elton John, Taylor Swift and others fared ...

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Oct 16 2015
Need To Know: Blue Texas + Bland/Bernie + Dennis The Republican Menace + Writing About Aging, Disgracefully + Comments (0)

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*widget boy cultureCheck out Hillary's speech in San Antonio at the end of this post.

*widget boy culturePotential running mate Julio Castro endorses Hillary.

*widget boy cultureHillary stands up for LGBT workplace protections.

*widget boy cultureBernie Sanders secretly met Sandra Bland's mom. Unnamed

*widget boy cultureDrug CEO tries to buy time with Sanders, gets a NO.

*widget boy cultureJesse Ventura flirts with presidential run.

*widget boy culturePlea deal for former Speaker of the House Hastert.

*widget boy cultureElton John's AIDS op-ed. Images

*widget boy cultureMore of Nico Tortorella.

*widget boy cultureBuy my memoir here!

*widget boy cultureJanet stan slams Madonna, upholds conservative standards of aging.

*widget boy cultureCody Deal prepares and eats breakfast in the raw.

*widget boy cultureTwin boys become brother and sister.

*widget boy cultureWould you be pleased if a street artist did this to your wheels?

*widget boy cultureQueer punks offer “List of People Buried at Arlington National Cemetery.”

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