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Receiving the news update from fellow writer Topher yesterday about the recent arrest of a 54-year old man who met an underage boy for an inappropriate sexual encounter through the smart phone application Grindr, I immediately rushed to my comp to type of a response to the ridiculous Vancouver Sun (clearly run by mom’s and straights) article. Unfortunately, my best friend and owner of Homorazzi, Patrick, had beat me to the punch. Scanning through his editorial, I realized that he had essentially agreed with the demand to “make changes” and “find out where things went wrong with this app” and unfortunately- like most of the commenters on the article- I have to disagree. Realizing that I could have simply posted my two cents at the bottom of the article, I decided to do a full post instead as I’m the birthplace of things Grindr on this site and since my first article about it has seemed to place me in a “representative role” for them (see huge string of comments on past article).

Let’s start off with this issue of “any kid can be raped on here” insinuation from the less-than-informed (again, clearly mother of 4) Corporal of the North Vancouver police department: come on! Topher explained away the “loophole of anonymity” offered by the app by explaining that in order to download an app you first must offer up a credit card number to enable your iPhone to access them so right there you’re either old enough to be on Grindr or your parents trust you enough to give you their’s or to co-sign for one with you. Right there you’re either clear of any underage issue or you have permission of your parents to make decisions for yourself, and if those choices end up with you cruising gay sites then they’re partially to blame as well of course. Second is this notion from the Vancouver Sun that GPS location software in the app is the reason predators can hunt our children down… bitch please. What most people don’t know is that Grindr fully allows you to deactivate the distance approximator on the app so you fully control if others can see how far from them you are. Furthermore, the distance quoted when you do allow others to see it is at a plus/minus of about 250 feet so unless your hanging out in mowed cornfields, no one can tell which house/apartment/building you’re in from the distance mark alone. You have to make the decision yourself to send them a google maps location of your exact locale- no one can access that without your permission.

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Don’t ask me why in the world I thought anyone would particularly care to see or hear about this Rococo work from 1717… but I think the recent TV episode of “Supernatural” and its pagan roundup of old timey gods got me into the nostalgic mood for all things nerdy and high school for me and this painting is definitely one of them. Taking Art History AP in Grade 12 (to be honest, I think I just wanted to be Shannon Doherty from “Charmed” and appraise art all day and fight monsters at night ;) I learned about the Rococo period halfway through the course. It was a period around the early 1700s in France when paintings were pink, bright and opulent. So why the hell do I like it?

Well, as likely the most steadfast atheist of the cast, I was interested to see this work- entitled “Pilgrimage on the Isle of Cythera” by Antoine Watteau – because it has such an afterlife feel to it… Actually, the characters are walking off the Cythera: the land where Venus, the god of love, was suppose to be born. Regardless, the colors and sheer bliss of it for some reason spoke to me when I saw it in my textbook, and one day when back in France I will have to make my way to the Sully where it’s being kept. Nerd of a post I know… maybe I’ll show you some of my darker painted favs if Donovan and Patrick don’t kick me off the site for this one.

“Home Movie”: A Flick to Make You Flinch!

In: Adam, Videos
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Realizing that I’ve been “all about my movies” these days, I feel I should explain it’s kind of a celebration of my finishing my first year: to veg and catch up on all those random movies I never had time for previously. Since anyone who knows me knows I’m basically non-stop viewing the latest releases, what this new found free time means is hitting up the randoms of the bunch, and this latest one is definitely on that list. Without even a single review on Rotten Tomatoes- no easy feat- “Home Movie” is more than just some grad student’s film school project: this flick has some names and a serious script to back it up. Staring Cady McClain (I know, who the hell is that… she’s a soap star from “All My Children” and “As the World Turns”), wait don’t click away yet!! This one also has “Heroes” sexy star (and husband of the Dixie Chicks lead singer- I can’t believe she beat me to him!) Adrian Pasdar who brings both his toothy, warming grin to a role that requires some extreme emotions as he bounces from manic to depressed, through drunk and back to hopeful again… before he lands in terrorized that is.

Accurately titled, “Home Movie” is a collection of personal, family moments caught on tape by the shutter-bug pastoral father of his young blond boy and girl and his gorgeous, doctor of a wife. As time progresses, we- and the couple- realize that more and more, these kids ain’t alright. I know what you’re thinking: the children are crazy, the parents are blind to it, let’s just fast forward to the “Hostel” scene… but if that were the case, I wouldn’t have bothered you with this. The film is essentially a mix of “Strangers”, “Blair Witch” and “Children of the Corn” as we are horrified in every clip, watching the father catches his “family at their best.” But, where’s the hook you ask?

Click through to see this spooky-ass trailer!

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Sitting at home, pre-recuperating before a night of drinks, hockey, Club 560 debauchery and then more drinking, I decided to pop in an old favourite. Of course by “pop in” I mean download an 8GB bluray version of a fav sci-fi: “Sunshine”. This movie came out in 2007 and didn’t exactly explode on the big screen but certainly had a strong cult following… NOW, before you click away assuming “cult following” is a term reserved for movies like “Texas Chainsaw” and “Apocalypse Now”, know that this flick has a cast of young heavy hitters and graphics and a thriller soundtrack to back up this now stop ride into space and insanity… sounds good right? ;)

Stocked with “Fantastic Four’s” fantastically sexy Chris Evans, sexy (but not at all my type) “Red Eye’s” Cillian Murphy and “Damages” tv’s best understated scheming bitch du moment Rose Byrne, this movie is led into battle by “28 Days Later’s” director Danny Boyle so you know it’s gonna be a spooky one! Basically, it’s years in the future and the sun is dying so Earth’s last chance is to send a team of scientists (a bit sexier than probably populates the current staff at NASA) to the sun with a special bomb to explode our big yellow star into a newborn one that will heat the world for years to come. Of course, something happens mid-flight and the movie turns from nerd-venture into freaky-deaky explorations of the insanity of the human psyche. This is one to watch!!
Click through to catch the trailer for this gorgeous film

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As you may or may not know, with a little help from a local bartender about a year ago, I was early to jump aboard the Grindr craze as it swept our sexually rambunctious country. Not wanting to go through that ridiculously laboured effort to create ANOTHER online profile, upload 9 pics, describe myself in 400 words, consider my perfect first date and wait a couple days to be confirmed as a “real person”, the Grind option to set up my sex-searchin’ “nic and pic” in less than a minute was monstrously appealing. Feeling much the same, homos in Vancouver and from there virally (pun intended ;) across the globe began downloading this app like crazy and the creators now boast over an astounding 500,000 users on there today! BUT, with that expansion and wide-spread acceptance, so comes greater scrutiny and responsibility.

Likely realizing that merely clicking “Yes, I am over 18″ as you download and install this app doesn’t exactly fulfill all legal requirements of pseudo-porn distribution to the masses, the boys at Grindr have instituted a strict new set of rules concerning the viewable content we can post. The changes affect both the main pic we use to bait the boys with and the sometimes sexy self-description we type up to accompany it. Where originally waving your engorged peter around was about the only thing you could do to raise a red flag with the boys in tech support, there’s now a list of no-no’s that’ll get your words or pictures yanked. Don’t worry, you’re not getting “banned for life,” but the delay in gettin’ your new and “approved” picture up might unfortunately be the difference between you catching that 450 feet away “musclejock45″ before the boy around the corner from you snatches him up. Read on to find out exactly what’s kosher and what’s not to properly set up/adjust your profile…. some of the new rules are actually pretty hilarious :P

Click through to read the newest Grindr laws and my take on em!

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While there are a few shows I continue watching because I’m X many years in and can’t stop now (“CSI”, “Chuck”, “Dexter”), there are also those that retain my admiration and adoration throughout: “Seinfeld”, “Lost” and especially “South Park”. Constantly feeding off the latest celeb scandals, international news and technological advancements, “South Park” is one of the more malignant comedies out there that stay both current and smart without giving into the temptation of resting upon their established laurels. This Wednesday, they aired their latest episode (season 14 episode 04): “You Have 0 Friends”, and it was E-P-I-C!!

Admitting the course of television probably hasn’t been altered forever after (à la season finale of “Six Feet Under”), the relevance and contemporary value of this baby is too perfect for words. Basically, the boys are sudden Facebook obsessors as they struggle to amass more and more friends (PATRICK!!!); cultivate their Farm Town; and maintain real friendships through non-stop pokes and friend adds. Seemingly an easy joke to make, the writers really take this episode to an all time high level as we see everything wrong with Facebook (and later in the episode Chatroulette) as the boys are nearly broken up with for not immediately altering relationship statuses, condemned for adding “unattractive facebook friends” and forced by their parents into “poking their grandmas.”
Click through to see the best quotes and clip of the episode itself

Gay Top Model: Finale TONIGHT!

In: Adam, Totally GAY!
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Well, as the old adage goes: if you can’t say anything nice. So, following that logic……………………….
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Hahaha, oh calm down queens. As much as this project is offered as a gay, local version of the REAL “America’s Next Top Model”: don’t poke the animals, cause they will bite! Having experienced more S&M the night of my 26th birthday than any of the girls could inflict with their recently mani-eed french tipped nails (and angry, tearsoaked emails), I’m here one more time to “consider” the newest photo release (at the top of this article) and give my prediction for the night of the big show.

Click through to read my bitchiness and guess on “model” placement

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On my deathbed there’s a few names I’m going to curse and a couple I’ll mention as the best sex of my life, but mostly I’m going to be remembering and spoutin’ out “some of my favorite things” [insert a sing-song voice there]. And, HBO is hella near the top of that list. Coming out with amazing programming like “True Blood”, “The Sopranos”, “Six Feet Under”… did you know they had cartoons as well? Similar to the rest of their constantly A+ offerings, the 10$ budget comedic cartoon: “The Life & Times of Tim” is hands down one of the greatest things on television right now. A show about a 30-year old dude living in New York, working pay check to pay check at an awful job with insane coworkers and living in near-squalor with his sometime “voice of reason” and “sometime total crazy bitch” girlfriend, Tim is the quintessential everyman who makes bad decisions and pays for them every time.

Realizing this intro doesn’t exactly SCREAM originality, it is definitely a “have to see it to believe it” situation: this show will have you hooked by the second episode and is easily downloadable so no excuses for it being too late to start now. Only two seasons in, the show airs Sundays, 10PM on HBO and I promise, promise, promise you’ll love it. If you don’t, it’s because you’re stupid. Plot lines span from suicide packs between the protagonist and hot pharmaceutical sales reps to convincing a 10 year-old, mustached Bosnian girl to become a stripper. I’ll throw a couple great youtube clips for you to check out here so you can decide for yourself!

Click through to see the clips

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