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Behind The Cast: I’m Back!

In: Behind The Cast, Tommy D

Hey Homorazzi readers…it’s ME! Back from the dead! Well not really dead but I pretty much had absolutely zero time to do anything except Pride for the month of July, and then rest and recoup and film fest and The Odyssey closing all of August. I took a look back at when my last BTC entry was and it was at the end of June. WAHH WAHH TO ME! SO what the hell happened?

Well, I got skinnier, then I got fat again. I drank for pretty much a full month, and spent 3 week eating whatever the hell I wanted, and not sleeping, and being stressed out. I still kept working out three times a week…but sadly I went up about 6 pound. #FAIL.

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A local Vancouver-based charity is about to celebrate a huge achievement; successfully changing (and saving) lives for 20 years! If you haven’t heard of A Loving Spoonful, the following excerpt from their website (www.alovingspoonful.org) should help;

‘A Loving Spoonful is a volunteer-driven, non-partisan Society that provides free, nutritious meals to people living with HIV/AIDS in Greater Vancouver.

Every week, all year round for over 19 years, our volunteers deliver approximately 1200 frozen meals and over 250 snack packs to men, women and children who are primarily homebound with AIDS. Our average meal cost is only $3.55. A Loving Spoonful is the constant support of over 250 adults and children living with HIV/AIDS throughout the Greater Vancouver area.’

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Last night, Myself, Donovan, Brian, Jonny, and his boyfriend Kodie (both pictured above with Cyndi Lauper), went to the PNE here in Vancouver to check out Cyndi Lauper’s Memphis Blues concert. The place was full, a mixture of fans, young and old came out to see her in her crazy bright red mop-like hair.

This lady is still as amazing as she’s ever been. Her voice was absolutely phenominal and sided from all the uplifting blues music she performed, she also treated us with “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun,” “Time After Time,” and “True Colors”. She even talked about The Apprentice and the reason why she did the show was to draw attention to equality and equal rights for gays, through the “Give A Damn Campaign,” she pioneered. The crowd of course cheered to this.

But that was not the most memorable moment of the concert for me. When she stopped the concert midway through a song…that was unforgettable.

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In this week’s Fitness Tip, Mike talks to you about Pushups, Dumbbells & Balls. Essential, we’re taking regular pushups and taking them to the next level.

Pushups already engage your triceps & chest, among other muscles, but the following exercises (as demonstrated in the video to follow) will get you using other muscles and pushing yourself even more.

  • Pushup Rows with Dumbbells
  • Pushups with Hands on Medicine Balls
  • Pushups with Feet on Medicine Balls

Video demonstration of this week’s tip after the jump…

Fitness Tip of the Week: Hard Core

In: Patrick, Sports & Health

In this week’s Fitness Tip, Mike shares a few exercises with you for your core and your abs. As he mentions, for a lot of people that have back pain, it’s often the result of a week core, so it’s important to keep it strong. Crunches only hit the surface/superficial layer of the abs. It’s still important to focus on the core as a whole.

Start using these exercises today (or tomorrow)!

  • Knee Tucks
  • One Leg Touches
  • Elbow To Hand

Video demonstration of this week’s tip after the jump…

GelaSkins and eBoy

In: Brian, Gadgets & Tech, Random Reads

The other day I was searching for reviews on new iPhone 4 cases. Thinking I was going to write something contrasting the various options available for your new iPhone.  I quickly realized that a lot hadn’t changed.  There were some new colors and textures but for the most part the materials and ideas were the same.  So, I headed over to where I purchased the skin for my 1st gen iPhone, www.gelaskins.com, to have a closer look at what they are up to for the phone 4.  I wasn’t disappointed.

Gelaskins have come a long way.  They have acquired many new designs, excellent collaborations, better fit, and the price is excellent too.  I will definitely be skinning my iPhone 4 with a gelaskin (I used bodyguardz for the 3G/3GS due to their excellent coverage but am ready for something a little more exciting for the 4).  I also love that they skin, with you selected design, the front, back and wallpaper of your phone. It looks great! Back to the point, one of the designers featured by Gelaskins is a Vancouver / German based design team called eBoy. I instantly fell in love with the cartoon cityscapes and started looking online for more eBoy.

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Justice is served. Today, Shawn Woodward, a 37 year old carpenter, was found guilty of aggravated assault by Judge Jocelyn Palmer in the Ritch Dowrey gay bashing that took place at The Fountainhead Pub on March 13th, 2009. Woodward had punched Dowrey after approaching him saying that he was not a “faggot” (God I hate that word). He said it was self defense, claiming Dowrey touched his crotch.

As a result of this attack, Dowrey suffered permanent brain damage and can’t take care of himself. The bashing sparked the “ENOUGH!” rally in Vancouver on Davie Street, where hundreds, if not thousands, marched in Dowrey’s name and in protest to violence against gays. Here was the footage we took of the emotional day.

The crown still has to decide as to whether or not it was a hate crime and Woodward faces his sentencing on October 22nd.

In this week’s Fitness Tip, most importantly, Mike goes shirtless.

Aside from that, he also talks about two exercises for the chest, that you’ve probably never tried before. Mike always encourages you to do exercises that use more of your body – combination exercises, and these two are no exception.

These are two of his favorite exercises for the chest, the first one using a stability ball:

  • Combination Glute Bridge & Chest Press
  • Drop Pushup

Video demonstration of this week’s tip after the jump…

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