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Top Chef 12.2 / Aaron’s dicking, so he’s sticking around

Posted in Top Chef by marcnaimark on 2014/10/26

tcOur cold open to episode 2 of Top Chef: Boston shows the stew room  reacting to Mei’s win in episode 1. She thinks she’s hot stuff because she beat them all with rice porridge. Oh, and did you know she works for Chef Michael Voltaggio? The Michael Voltaggio who has restaurants and shit and won TC season 6? Did you know that the Voltaggio brothers were considered hot dudes? Michael not so much anymore. Bryan, maybe.

Katsuji, our Mexican-American Princess, describes his trainwreck of a taco with 50 ingredients. He has a sense of humor.

The stew room should be called the product-placement room, because the only thing we see there are boxes of PP crap.

Keriann Von Raesfeld gets into it with Aaron over her failed (at least in Richard Blais’s view) attempt at MoGas. Aaron’s a real MoGas expert, and he wears a baseball cap at all times, because he’s also a dick.

OPENING CREDITS! (more…) / Revised Olympic Host City contract does not protect against homophobia

Posted in Gay Games, insidethegames, Olympics, Pride House, sport by marcnaimark on 2014/10/23

blogigbcontractFrom (with a delay!)

Some organisations, including some who benefited from the visibility offered by the choice of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to hold the latest Winter Olympics in Sochi in homophobic Russia, were pleased to cry victory after the announcement made by the IOC that a clause banning discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation would be included in the next Host City Contract, which you can read about here. 

It’s understandable that groups seeking to enhance their visibility, their media coverage, and increase their fundraising capacity would want to describe this announcement as a win for them, while ignoring the groups that have had a much longer involvement in the issues, for example the Federation of Gay Games, Human Rights Watch, or the Pride House Movement.

@Slate / For @ICANN, hotels are a community, gays are not

Posted in internet,, web by marcnaimark on 2014/10/10


From Slate

This week, the long-delayed decision from the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers on the future of the new .gay generic top level domain (gTLD) was published, and the news was very bad for the LGBTQ community. ICANN is the entity that controls the key bits of the Internet, in particular the domain name system. It is currently in the long drawn-out process of creating hundreds of new gTLDs, including .lawyer, .ibm and .hiv to join stalwarts such as .com and .org.

I’ve written about this process a few times in Slate, often about the application for the .gay domain name (here and here), which has been subject to a fight between three commercial applicants and a fourth, dotgay LLC, which was applying under the “community priority evaluation” process set up by ICANN to protect certain domain names that served the interests of a particular community. In a document dated Oct. 6 but made public on Thursday, that application was rejected following a review by the Economist Intelligence Unit, the business contracted by ICANN to carry out this task.


A shoutout from Grammar Girl!

Posted in shoutouts by marcnaimark on 2014/10/08

It’s not by me, but about me (a bit). From Grammar Girl:

click bait

A week ago, Mark Naimark coined the term quizbait and asked me to help him launch it as a word. I thought it seemed appropriate, in the same vein as linkbait and clickbait, and didn’t think much more of it—until I came across two more new -bait words during my random weekly reading.



Mary Elizabeth Williams, writing about the “world’s toughest job” viral video for Salon, referred to crybait:

And if you can’t see where this is going already, you just haven’t been exposed to enough online crybait.

Following links, I see that she used the term in an article from November of 2013, so it’s not a term that just popped up last week. Last week was just the first time I had encountered it. (more…)

Outsports / London School of Economics rugby club suspended for homophobic, sexist brochure

Posted in Outsports, sport, web by marcnaimark on 2014/10/07

blogoutsportslseFrom Outsports:

The men’s rugby team at the London School of Economics has been suspended for the entire school year for a brochure replete with homophobic and sexist comments.

At last week’s “Freshers Fair,” where new students can discover the various clubs and groups of the school, at the men’s rugby club table, students could find a brochure chock full of racism, sexism, homophobia, and elitism.

As described in LSE’s student newspaperThe Beaver:

The literature promised prospective members a year including Tour and its “downright depravity of fag night” and hustings for club captains which would include questions “predominantly about their sexual persuasion” while assuring readers that “we at the LSE do not enjoy drinking urine or participating in various forms of homosexual humiliation.”

Ironically, the same text also stated that “Wednesdays never fail to produce the perfect hedonistic cocktail of barbarianism, beverages and women all shaken well with a liberal lashing of homo-eroticism.” (more…) / L’équipe de rugby masculine de la London School of Economics suspendue pour sa brochure sexiste, raciste, et homophobe

Posted in sport, web, Yagg by marcnaimark on 2014/10/07


La London School of Economics (LSE) jouit d’une très grande réputation comme établissement d’enseignement et de recherche, sur l’ensemble des sciences sociales et non seulement les sciences économiques. Je me l’imaginais fréquentée surtout avec des étudiants et chercheurs d’un certain âge, déjà établis dans le secteur. Mais en fait, c’est une grosse faculté, faisant partie de l’Université de Londres, et accueillant plus de 10 000 étudiants, dont presque la moitié en licence. Et où l’on trouve des jeunes, on trouve du sport (2500 étudiants pratiquent un sport universitaire), dont, Angleterre oblige, le rugby, tant masculin que féminin.

Au début de chaque année scolaire le bureau des élèves organise une foire aux associations. A la table du club de rugby masculin, les nouveaux étudiants pouvaient découvrir une plaquette de présentation bourrée de propos racistes, sexistes, et homophobes. (more…)

Shout out from Judge John Hodgman

Posted in web by marcnaimark on 2014/10/04

judge-john-hodgman-square-mustache_75Judge Hodgman & Bailiff Jesse clear the docket and read pedantic letters (including MINE about “gradoue”) in our first chambers-only episode! Listen here.

Yay! My questionnaire on “living space” was used on “Ask the Professor”

Posted in web by marcnaimark on 2014/10/04

ATP-professors-web-2013Listen here to my questionnaire to the professors on University of Detroit-Mercy’s “Ask the Professor”!

French LGBT soccer team launches rainbow laces weekend for French pro league: “Say ‘yes’ to difference!’

Posted in France, sport by marcnaimark on 2014/09/26

LFP_4x3_FIERS-DE-NOS-DIFFERENCESAs part of Football Against Racism in Europe’s “Football People” action week, Panamboyz United (“Panam” is French slang for “Paris”), a gay-friendly soccer team that was born as the competition squad of Paris Foot Gay. The club, now a member of the FSGL, the French LGBT sports federation, haven’t forgotten their start as part of an advocacy group, and have launched an impressive campaign which will see the teams of the first and second division of the French professional soccer leagues wearing rainbow laces in matches from 17 to 20 October.

During that weekend, special video messages including top players will be shown during pro matches.

Here is their promo video:

Here’s our translation:

On Tuesday when I go to practice, there are straight guys, gay guys, Jews, Muslims, Catholics,

“What are you doing Saturday night? It’s my boyfriend’s 30th birthday.”
“I’ll be there. “

There are white guys, blacks, North Africans.

“Yeah, now my daughter’s lost her job, it’s hell at home.”

There are even guys who kick with their left foot. We’re really all different! And yet we all play on the same team, and we all wear the same jersey.

Be like us: Say “yes” to difference.


Wear rainbow laces! Let’s be proud of our differences!

On the weekend of 18-19 October, players in Divisions 1 and 2 of the French professional soccer league will be wearing rainbow laces to say “yes” to difference.

You too can wear rainbow laces to promote diversity and mutual respect.

Learn more at their website:

You can order your own rainbow laces at

Who’s got your back? UN Human Rights Council vote on resolution against anti-LGBT violence

Posted in Uncategorized by marcnaimark on 2014/09/26



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