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I was recently gifted a viewing of an amazing documentary called Happy by my good friend Jay. He had picked up one of those free Starbucks cards that highlights an artist or movie. Having a feeling I would enjoy it, since I’m one of the happiest people he knows, he waited until we could get together to watch it. Well, to say I enjoyed it would be an understatement, I freaking LOVED IT!

Description from IMDB: “HAPPY takes us on a journey from the swamps of Louisiana to the slums of Kolkata in search of what really makes people happy. Combining real life stories of people from around the world and powerful interviews with the leading scientists in happiness research, HAPPY explores the secrets behind our most valued emotion.”

Happy infuses quite a bit of scientific research and study with everyday stories to give it a well-rounded approach to the subject. I loved finding out that in their studies it showed that only 10% of a persons happiness comes from their exterior environment (aka cars, homes, clothes, etc.) That leaves the other 90% of our happiness residing within ourselves and puts us in the drivers seat.

More on this & the trailer after the jump…

We’re taking the day off today, so we decided to repost some of our favorite Christmas-themed posts from this and previous years.

If you’re an avid reader of the site, you might’ve noticed there was a shortage of articles Sunday. Reason being was, we were all busy having our Christmas staff party. Given everyone’s busy schedules this time of year, it’s almost next to impossible to find a date that works for everyone. Surprisingly, all but three of us were able to make it yesterday. That’s a pretty amazing feat considering our busy lives and Alex, Kevin and Topher not currently living in the same city as the most of us. Check out the pic above. The only people missing from the pic are Nic (his BF’s sis was in town), Stephen (was there earlier but had to leave for another engagement) and Alex (LA) and Kevin (Toronto).

It was great to have so many of us together to laugh, catch up and reminisce about the early days of the site. Not to sound super cheesy, but there’s this amazing energy among all of us when we’re all in the same room. With our recent accomplishments, it was nice to sit back and relax for one night and pat each other on the back.

In between all the laughs and drinks, we decided to have a gingerbread contest. We split up into two different teams determined by names out of the hat. Team 1 (my team) won the right to pick either the house or the train. We opted for the train. Each team was given only 30 minutes to build, decorate, and come up with a theme for their creation. Now, we need your help to decide which team pulled it off better. Cast your votes so we can declare a winner and give one team bragging rights over the other.

THANKS again to all of you for making such a success in a short period of time. We have the best readers on the internet for sure.

view our gingerbread creations after the jump

December 21, 2012: What’s Your Take On It?

In: Calan, Random Reads

So the “End of the World” is coming up on this Friday, December 21 and I’m left wondering what everyone out there is thinking. There are so many opinions floating out there about what is going to happen on the 21st that it’s almost impossible to keep up with them all. My work is even having an “End of the World” party after work on the 21st, which may or may not happen depending on said world’s ending or not.

Let’s start with the obvious: Doomsday, the Rapture, End of Days, the Mayan calendar ending, pretty much the world as we know it coming to a compete and utter end Britney Spears’ “Till The World Ends” style. People have talked for years about how the Mayan calendar is coming to the end of a 5125-year-long cycle. There was even a very action packed movie released in 2009 titled 2012 staring John Cusack and Amanda Peet. Will there be huge world shifts? Is the sky going to rain down burning balls of fire? Will the oceans flood most of our lands leaving only a very small portion of the human race alive? Or will the “Big guy upstairs” come down and pass judgement on us all? If this is your cup of tea and personally think the world is going to come to an end, what are your plans? Have you moved to some high remote mountain top so you can live through all the horrible world disasters or are you just going to enjoy the ride?

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Sarah McLachlan Presents: Voices In The Park

In: Calan, Music, The Arts

Sarah McLachlan, Stevie Nicks, Jann Arden, Hedley, Chin Ingeti, The Boom Booms, former U.S. President Bill Clinton and our very own Vancouver Men’s Chorus are just some of the acts that will be hitting the stage at this year’s Voices in the Park.

The concert is to take place on September 15th in Vancouver’s beautiful Stanley Park at Brockton Point. All proceeds will benefit the Sarah McLachlan School of Music in Vancouver, “which aims to use the power of music to inspire youth in under-served communities by offering free music programs.” Celebrating their 10th year of being in operation they saw 280 students walk through their doors this year. I wish I had known about the school when I was still young enough to attend (grades 4 through 12). It would have been such and amazing experience and it’s also all provided to the students free of charge. Sarah’s goal for the concert is to net $1 million and I for one am going to help her reach that goal. Since I’m part of the Vancouver Men’s Chorus I do get my own entrance but you better believe I will be bringing ALL my friends and family to this. I was going to go before I even knew we were performing so that was just a magical moment for me personally when I found out we would be performing.

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So I was recently encouraged by fellow cast member Patrick to write a Behind The Cast for myself. I never really thought of doing it because I didn’t feel like it went with Homorazzi but seeing as Patrick thought it would be a good idea, here I am! This is a coming out story of sorts (and here I was thinking I’d been there, done that). I recently started filling people in that I’m a psychic. I’ve been doing it for quite a while on a small scale for friends and family mostly but also through referrals. I came out in a big way just recently when I did a big post on my personal blog, Discovering Your Truth, about my psychic work. That post got the most hits my site has ever gotten in one single day so I knew something was about to change in my life. All of a sudden all of my friends and co-workers wanted to book sessions with me and I have been booked solid for the past few weeks. It’s crazy! I was so scared about being ridiculed or criticized by my friends and co-workers but it has been the complete opposite. I guess I should have learnt from my coming out that it would be a good thing (as my was very positive and supportive) but I still had that fear in me. Now talking about it on here is an even BIGGER step because I know what our numbers are for this site and trust me, they are A LOT bigger than my little personal blog. I know that I’m putting myself out there to be mocked and questioned and have my confidence shaken but after Patrick’s little message to me I took that as a sign to just get over my fears and do it.

To many of us are living our lives for other people or in fear of what other people will think about us. As gay men we already know what it’s like to be fearful of being “different” and many of us have already dealt with some of the harsh realities of coming out. I now realize that my playing small about who I am and what I can do was helping no one and as one of my life focuses is on helping others that wasn’t cutting the bread any more. I find that a lot of people are very complacent in their lives the way they are, they don’t want to “rock the boat” so to speak so they keep a lot of who they are on the inside. This goes for everyone out there. So many people are afraid of trying new things, saying what they really think, make a change in their life because they think the people closest to them will in some way make them feel bad about their choice. And you know what, I don’t blame them, you know why? Because so many of us reinforce this horrible habit of trying to knock other people down when they need us to life them up the most. Why is it that when someone achieves something great or has an awesome idea to do something there is always that people who tells them “Oh that’s great but I think you should play it safe and…” and it’s always because they “love” us.

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Rosette Has “Only Just Begun”

In: Calan, Music

This girl is on “FIRE.” Lately Rosette has been all over the map and living the life of a true budding star. Most recently she was in Lommel, Belgium performing at the Daydream Festival with diMaro. Every time she comes out with new music I fall in love a little more. Her song “Amnesia” with Ian Carey and Timbaland was also just added to Much Music’s website. It’s only a matter of time before this girl is all over the place and in my opinion, it will be well deserved.

Give a listen to diMaro and Rosette’s newest track, “We’ve Only Just Begun” which was chosen as the anthem for this year’s Daydream Festival below.

She may be back but sans the bang. So today Cheryl Cole, former member of the famed UK group Girls Aloud, launched her new single off her forthcoming album “A Million Lights” available June 18th. I can’t say that I was immediately drawn to the song when I heard it. I mean it has a good beat to it and it’s going to be played over and over again in the gaybourhood clubs for sure, but it lacks for me. The main chorus is great and I love it but the other parts are womp womp for me.

The track was produced by Calvin Harris and I love a lot of the work he does but I was kind of hoping for more. Is it just me? I thought that if you’re the sweetheart of the UK you’re title track would have had more passion and power behind it. It just sounds like what everyone else is doing at the moment and not pushing the envelope. It’s the same reason I was underwhelmed with MDNA. I will most likely end up listening to it a good few times but in the end the track is pretty forgettable. Lets hope that the rest of the album is stellar and that this was just a bad pick for a first track. I really like Cheryl and I think she has more in her to give.

I personally think the best way to pick up here career again would be to join The X-Factor USA. The US would get to know her better, she could use the platform and she’d be much better than Nicole was (I like her but she did NOT win me over with her poor choices and less than ideal personality traits). So that’s my two cents, what do you all feel? Like it, love it, hate it? Sound off below!

Listen to the track after the jump…

Sh*t Rancid Gay Guys Say

In: Calan, Random Reads, Videos

I know Patrick wanted his to be the last “Shit People Say” because lets be honest, they are getting out of hand, but I laughed SO hard when I saw this one. I have to admit that this one has many things in it that I have heard many gays say…”WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEERK MOMA.”

The video was created by Mike Diamond, Giggles, Nick Stryker, and Mike 3.0. It’s not the best quality I have seen but damn it has some of the funniest quotes I have heard in a while. Before I saw this video my personal favorite was “Sh*t Yogis Say.” These are some of my favorite quotes in the video:

  • “Kids just suck up oxygen and slow the subways down.”
  • “I was so surprised when I got gonorrhea from that Indian guy, I figured the spices would kill it.”
  • “And let me tell you b*tch his apartment smelt like bawls, I mean full on nut sack REALNESS.”

Ok Patrick, NOW I will let these videos be put to bed…Enjoy!

Watch the video after the jump…

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