Friday, December 01, 2006

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Good morning! There's water dripping from my light bulb and i'm afraid when i get home my ceiling will have caved in. Forecast? 3 days of rain.


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Tuesday, November 28, 2006


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She put hearts on my walk to work.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Limahl - Never ending story

This was my absolute favourite movie of all times - a long long time ago.

Anyone else remember wanting to ride that big flying furry dog-ike thing?

Friday, November 03, 2006

Coming soon...

I've mostly caught up on schoolwork, have been in Victoria, B.C. for reading week and am trying my hardest to get back some precious free time for vloggin activities. I can't wait for a chance to catch up on what all the vloggers I follow have been up to.

Saturday, October 07, 2006

The Marshmallow Eating Contest - Michfest 2006

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On the second last night of long crew we have a bonfire where we burn up all the scraps and crap that's left...a bag of marshmallows is just asking to be crammed into as many faces as possible. I got 13 in, Chicken couldn't beat me but Charles gave me a run for my money.

Next year I'm bringing the kingsize bag.

The Gatorade? Commercial - Michfest 2006

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This was shot near the end of long crew (the 100 or so who work over a month on the festival crew) - this is a moment of inspirational improvisation...or an example of what can happen when you are deprived of t.v. for a month.

Not Touching...

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Joey and Dawn are dancing queens.

'nuff said.

5 things Feminism has done for me...

This post is inspired by Progressive Bloggers

1. Provided me with an amazingly political, non-traditional labourer, feminist, lesbian mom.
2. Inspired me to believe that I can do anything I want to do regardless of my gender.
3. Was the force behind the creation of the Michigan Womyn's Music Festival where I get my fix of feminism, womyn's art and intentional community every August.
4. Got me the right to vote - and I have now voted 3 times for candidates who have won...which I think might be a record in my family.
5. Has been an all-encompassing theme in the way I live my life, the way I build community, treat others with respect, move on this earth and try to leave it a better place.

Post your own list of "5 Things Feminism Has Done For Me" and let Progressive Bloggers know about it!

Saturday, September 30, 2006

Matching Tattoos - Post-Mich 2006

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Joey and I get our matching tattoos at the end of August. A tribute to the crew we both work on at the michigan womyn's music festival.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Phoebe comes for a visit...

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This is Allyson's parents' dog. I love this dainty little boston terrier. Whenever Allyson gets to dog sit her, I like to steal her and take pictures or videos. This is probably the 4th time I've caught her in action...

Monday, September 18, 2006

Racoon in a Garbage Bin - Michfest 2006

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So I love racoons, you may already know this about me, and one morning I found this little baby in the garbage bin. This happens rarely - but when it does, you can bet I'm running for the camera. I love how it growls!

Immediately after shooting this, we tipped the barrel and let him run off into the woods.

Dancing in the Kitchen - MIch 2006

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Here's a little snippet of our summer fun in the worker's kitchen at the Michigan Womyn's Music Festival. We get to make great food, listen to danceable music and play with each other all day!

This footage was shot by my pal H.P. a fellow kitchen worker.

Friday, September 08, 2006

Borat opening night at TIFF

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Last night was the opening night of the Borat movie at the Toronto International Film Festival. My friend Nav was able to be right up front (she's a star wrangler) and caught this 9 second clip for me.

As you can see, the Borat guy is being pulled in a cart by women, while his donkey rides in the back, meanwhile the Kazakstan national anthem is playing.

I wish I could put links in, but I have class in 10 minutes...

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

This Strange Relationship

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One of the many fabulous performances at this summer's Gals Salon.

Still more to come from this summer - including marshmallow eating contests, spelling bees and other crazy hijinks.

For more Toshi - check out Toshi Reagon's Homepage

Monday, August 28, 2006

Marilyn in Toronto - Starring Joey Stevenson

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Well, I'm back from my month in the woods. Joey came to Toronto again and we walked about 10Km in one day then went and got tattoos... I'm not sure how to even begin to share my clips and stories from the summer. It might all come out in a jumbled pile... and school starts next week. Bear with me. lukas

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Fat Femme Mafia - Toronto Pride 2006

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I'm leaving to go live in the woods for a month. No Computer, no keys, no wallet...just woodchipped paths through the forest, women working hard and a lot of fun with good friends. I'll be getting lots of video footage this year since I picked up a 1GB card the other day so I could shoot up to 60 mins of video and then dump to my iPod and shoot more...well - anyway, until I'm back with my michigan stories, I leave you with the Fat Femme Mafia's amazing dance routine from Toronto Pride 2006. Back on August 22nd.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Sketch - Do Something with a Blundstone Fundraiser

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Christina Zeidler invited me to check out this really excellent event that Sketch is organizing. This is their third year doing this - Blundstone donates boots and artists are recruited to decorate them - an auction is held in October where boots are sold off to the highest bidder and the proceeds go to Sketch.

I have to say that when I walked into Sketch for the first time, I was so impressed by how vibrant and energetic the space was. Tons of folks making all kinds of different art. They have silkscreening, woodshop, photography and video as well as more traditional mediums like painting. You can go to their website for more information.

Support Sketch - make a donation of time, art supplies or anything else on this list

music: "keys" by dj_h - ccmixter

Monday, July 10, 2006

Dirty Dancing Split Screen

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Just had a moment to put the Kaleb footage together with the original.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Selling out so soon? You just got here.

I just enabled advertising on my account. Apparently this means that there might be a still or a video advertising after my video plays. will split the revenues from advertising 50/50 with me. I can't help it - I'm curious to see how much we're talking about here. Could this really be a way to make some money while doing something I already enjoy? I'd rather take money from folks who have it to give, like advertising, and I'm just gonna trust that will match me up with good companies. I happily promote companies I like all the time for free - like blip for I'm going to try this advertising out and see what shakes down. Fortunately it's an opt-in thing, so I can always opt-out like I did when I tried the LJ sponsored level for about an hour and then decided I didn't like how my journal page looked with ads on it.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

The Last Shot

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On June 13, 2006 - I injected my last shot of testosterone. It was 50% of my normal dosage. I had been weaning for a few weeks prior. 2 shots at 75% then 2 at 50%.

I'm mostly relieved that I am done shooting myself with needles. This weekend I was a bit moody and I think that it might have been in part due to withdrawal from hormones. Being on T was a really emotionally even experience and now that I am done - I wonder if I will find myself experiencing more of the emotional spectrum soon.

I also wonder when my period will start again.

In other news, I made white pepper creme brulee tonight.

Monday, July 03, 2006

The future of videoblogging for cash...

This article talks about how some companies are trying to entice video makers to pay money to make money off the content they upload.

I'm a bit at loose ends about what to make of this idea. Sure, I think that folks who make art should be compensated - I want artists to make money doing what they love. Hell, I work at a small non-profit distribution company who's main goal is to get money for artists of small, experimental films.

Here's the rub - the guy who does the Numa Numa dance and makes 18-35 year olds across the world laugh for a minute will get the most money, while the kid who makes the shaky-camera montage of his day at summer camp might get nothing...or peanuts. I could make up a million examples of this sort of imbalance.

Now this should come as no surprise to me - this is how the capitalist world works. So what am I going to do about it?

I don't know yet. Will keep thinking about it....

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

How Kaleb Turned 30...

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WARNING - Do not watch this if road rash and stitched and stories about stiches gross you out!

This is my best friend and roomate Kaleb. You might remember Kaleb from other vlog posts I have made.

ANyway. Kaleb had a very exciting Toronto Pride 2006 - he sure knows how to go out with a bang...

To top it all off, it was his 30th birthday.

Monday, June 26, 2006

Toshi Reagon in Toronto

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Nobody Puts Baby in the Corner

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Kaleb's performance at Toronto Pride 2006 at the "Insert Pronoun Here" show rocked the house! If you remember that fabulous 80's movie, you'll get a thrill from this genderqueered interpretation.

Stumbling Onto the Preparations...

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Just happened on this while on the way to breakfast. What I find amazing is how quickly all the churchy buzz words, like chalice and holy spirit - come back to me when I start talking with old ladies. I'm such a good kid at heart, even though I try to be a cynic about religion.

A Hound Dog Interlude

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It's been a while since the last dog-centric post. Here's what Hopey's end of day is like.

Friday, June 23, 2006

Back when I was a cook....

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This t.v. special aired almost 3 years ago - and every so often someone will tell me that they saw me on t.v. I had never seen this segment, and then the other day when someone said they'd seen it, I though "Enough is enough, I need to see that segment". I called up Rogers Television and they sent me a copy. It was that easy. But watching the clip brought back a lot of memories of a job that really pushed me into a dark place I hope I never visit again - a place of total and complete burn-out. To this day I have difficulty walking by this restaurant (it's 6 blocks from my house) without a little cringing when I remember how stressed out I was the whole time I worked for them. Anyway. That's what this is about.

Thursday, June 22, 2006

5 New Toronto Vloggers!

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Tonight I taught the "Videoblogging for Beginners" workshop for the 3rd time and it was a great success. The folks in the class really picked up quickly and were all very excited to go home and work with their new knowledge. This clip has terrible lighting, but please overlook that and meet Deejay - a taxi driver and video artist who's new vlog You See What I See? will hopefully help his friends and family in Nigeria see his videos.

Also in the class were:

Vanessa - a technician at the LIFT co-op who sat in on the class and who's new vlog is Enter Tech Woman

Chad - who works across the hall in the building at Vision TV and is interested in doing a personal site at ruby red rimon

Gina - a teacher who wants to post primarily for friends and family at YYZ

Chris - a recent Trebas institue graduate who's excited to post parody and animations at his new vlog Cow Tipping 101

I'm looking forward to seeing what comes of this third workshop. Since having just been at Vloggercon 06, I felt like this workshop was more holistic and I was able to really get into vlog theory with this group whereas before I was more confident in sharing technical tips and tricks. If you get a chance, say hi to the new kids on the vlock.

I've finally been remixed!

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Thanks to Rob Parrish at Hopper Video I am finally part of a remix with Chuck Olsen from Minnesota Stories.

Awesome! I love it!



Wednesday, June 21, 2006

not little gay girls

not little gay girls (work in progress)

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This is my 2 minute video for a show this Friday night - see here: Twenty Two Minute Performances RM asked me and Kaleb to do something, and I've been mulling over my feelings about gay marriage/gay weddings for quite a while now. I have several gay married friends who I car about deeply, but I also have a really strong distaste for marriage and trying to balance the two has been difficult. So here's where I'm starting - I'll try to work this into a larger piece at some point in the near future. WARNING - This file is 30 MB so it will take a little while to download! sources: (audio) The L Word and (video) Superman cartoon from the Internet Archive.

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Vloggercon 2006 - Second Post - About Walking and Talking

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This is a response to a comment I read on Michael Verdi's post on innovative vlogging.
Someone posted:


  1. Jimmy CraicHead @ Demand Condom said on 4 Jun 2006 at 8:46 pm:

    My choice for the only exciting video podcast, vlog, whatever would be
    I found it on Firefox searching for something that wasn’t so self absorbed as the usual citizen jester holding a camera at arms length from his face, or watching someones feet walk along a path. It may be a bit for some but never boring. Vlogging should not be an iCam on someome who is basically reading a text blog. Give it an edge!

I'm interested in the discussion of what's innovative in vlogging without the need to categorize or put down various forms of expression.  I would like to see our community steer clear of loaded language like "talent" and "quality".


Thanks to the folks who helped me get to San Francisco for VLoggercon 2006 - it was a mind-expanding trip.



Vloggercon 2006 - First Post

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This is the first of many posts to come on my Vloggercon '06 trip. 


I had an incredible time - and as soon as the Pride Week crunch is over, I hope to have more time to start working on all my new vlog ideas.


Thanks to all the folks who helped me get to SF for the conference!





Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Response to the Rebel Sell (and missintensity)

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This is my response to missintensity's post about the Rebel Sell by Joseph Heath and Andrew Potter.


Vloggercon 2006 posts to come soon.

Sunday, June 11, 2006

At Vloggercon 2006

Well, the funny thing is - i haven't had the time to actually VLOG! However, I'm having an excellent time at Vloggercon 2006. Right now there's a bit of slow moment for me as I'm in between panels that are of most interest to me.

This morning I really enjoyed catching up with folks in a more intimate setting at Schlomo's house for breakfast. Then on the drive to the hall, finally got to chat with Verdi a little about Node 101 and what's going to happen next. Following this I went to the Node 101 and the Digital Divide panel. This was my favourite panel to date largely because it was so participatory. People were really engaged in the topic and I appreciated all the thoughts that a variety of folks shared. Also, it was probably the most diverse content to this point.

I'm excited for the Undiscovered Country this afternoon, when I go home I have to try the iMovie trick I gleaned from Josh about using soft focus to lighten dark video footage, and I'll be posting a bunch of videos about this trip and a couple of the trip.

Key ideas that I don't want to forget -

1. To talk about the vlog content, keeping things "safe", and what if we were able to blog about ANYTHING.

2. Promoting your vlog vs. marketing - not being a slick, self involved, media provider, but still maximizing the amplification of your voice.

3. What I will do personally to assist in teaching technology to people.

and much much more.

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Friday, June 02, 2006

Did you know?

As a child I explained my lack of a dad by telling people that he had been eaten by piranhas in Africa.

Pirate Bonnie resurrection...

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A long time ago...six years now...i was lucky enough to fool around in a garage with a couple of folks - and we came up with a few tunes - no vocals, we didn't have anyone for that - just two drummers who took turns on bass and me with guitar.

I loved this band (Pirate Bonnie) because it was the first time I was seriously challenged by playing with folks who were better than me.  Unfortunately I moved to Toronto and our brief musical romance ended.  All I have is the poster for our one show - as is the custom in B.C., to play shows as you invent yourself - and a cassette recording of our seven songs which was done on a walkman with recording abilities...beware - this is NOT HIGH QUALITY!  

Here is my favourite song from the recording.

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Talking about having a Lesbian Mom

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This post is in honor of Blogging for LGBT Families Day - for details go to:

Waiting for Tragedy

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My friend Deirdre and I talk about the psychological effects of quitting smoking at Tracy's bon voyage barbeque at Dufferin Grove park.




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At the queer film festival I just finished working, we got a lot of free pizza - for ten days I ate way too many slices of oily pal Mark and I came up with a new word for the topping that we saw most often...

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Things I wish I could show you...

1. The drunk man throwing a carton of milk at the streetcar yesterday.

2. Me making the chocolate/peanut butter sauce on the fly last night as we scrambled to assemble a dessert that I had never seen or made before.

3. Hopey passed out under my co-workers' desk... it's really hot!

4. The rat running across the road and getting smooshed by a car - witnessed by me at 2am last Friday on the way home from the ROM.

5. Raccoon life - seriously, the other day I was thinking that I would love to do a discovery channel show about raccoons and follow particular ones around.

6. The program I'm curating for mich - I want to see how people who don't watch a lot of experimental film react to the line up.

Tuesday, May 30, 2006


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Thursday, May 25, 2006

Haircuts By Children - In Parkdale

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This past weekend the art/life project by the Mammalian Diving Reflex folks ( was in my neighbourhood.  The kids involved are also from the neighbourhood and my hairdresser was one of the trainers.

I love this kind of community stuff.


Check out this article for an interview about the project:


Music:  Bahiminy Kite by Caribou

Image credit: John Lauener

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Playful Painter

Playful Painter

This is where things start to get interesting...

Also I am very curious about the new MacBook, my lady friend wants one and I'm a bit skeptical. Does anyone have any knowledge of what existing software works on the Intel macs and what doesn't?

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Jumping Off Point

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Meet my friend missintensity - she's the first flesh and blood, real life friend I have who is starting a videoblog. I'm so fuckin' excited!You are too, you know it. More queer, canadian, feminist, arts and crafty fun coming your way.

This video was originally shared on by missintensity with a No license (All rights reserved) license.

Friday, May 12, 2006

So you want to talk about sexism?

Last night when I heard of a friend's partner getting a Chalmers grant I was curious to see who the other recipients for this year were. The Chalmers grants are distributed through the Ontario Arts Council. "Chalmers Professional Development Grants provide financial assistance to individual professional artists and arts professionals so they can reach their next level of artistic or career development."

Here are the results of the 2005 recipients for both professional development and for arts fellowships - I've rearranged the data out of curiousity:

2005 Chalmers Recipients (Male)

  • Grossman, Ben, Elora, $22,000

  • Hoolboom, Mike, Toronto, $45,000

  • Nemerofsky Ramsay, Benny, Toronto, $40,000

  • Oswald, John, Toronto, $37,800

  • Pitman, Walter, Toronto, $3,700

  • Quirt, Brian, Toronto, $24,000

  • Thomas, Jeffrey, Ottawa, $32,500

  • Acquaah-Harrison, Kobèna, Toronto, $10,500

  • Belluz, Scott, Toronto, $7,300

  • Vaillancourt, Laurent, Hearst, $14,930

  • Basilières, Michel, Toronto, $18,000

  • Bendtsen, Tom, Toronto, $12,000

  • Cockburn, Daniel, Toronto, $25,000

  • Leonard, Craig, Toronto, $17,000

  • Lopes, Damian, Barrie, $38,300

  • Manzano, Jorge, Toronto, $29,000

  • Monahan, Gordon, Meaford, $25,000

  • Kumar, Ravi, Mississauga, $6,700

  • Nandy, Manjusri, Pickering, $5,300

  • Wilson, Lee, Newmarket, $5,000

419,030 / 20 = average 20,951.50

Highest Grant awarded $45,000

Lowest Grant awarded $3,700

2005 Chalmers Recipients (Female)

  • Dey, Claudia, Toronto, $14,200

  • Gibb, Camilla, Toronto, $27,400

  • Mills, Sonja, Toronto, $28,400

  • Robertson, Suzanne, Toronto, $25,000

  • Aplin, Julia, Toronto, $7,500

  • Johnston, Amanda, Toronto, $9,000

  • Lochead, Christina, Toronto, $11,200

  • McDonald, Sheona, Toronto, $11,000

  • Peerbaye, Soraya, Toronto, $14,500

  • Such, Jennie, Toronto, $9,000

  • Bartley, Wende, Toronto, $18,000

  • Firth-Eagland, Alissa, Brantford, $15,000

  • Norris, Jude, Toronto, $20,000

  • Heti, Sheila, Toronto, $34,000

  • Ivanochko, Sasha, Toronto, $25,000

  • Phillips, Paulette, Toronto, $15,000

  • Schogt, Elida, Toronto, $25,000

  • Valcin, Nadine, Toronto, $16,700

  • Headley, Charmaine, Toronto, $10,000

  • Nowacka, Malgorzata, Toronto, $5,500

  • O'Shea, Meagan, Toronto, $2,250

  • Tankus, Edith, Toronto, $10,500

  • Terry, Rebecca Hope, Toronto, $8,750

362,900 / 23 average 15,778.26

Highest Grant awarded $34,000

Lowest Grant awarded $2,250

* one recipient not included (Burchell, D., Toronto, $6,000)

The discrepancy between the male and female recipients was $76,130.00 - I would say the gender scales at the Ontario Arts Council are a bit off balance.

Now - when you think that feminists need a sense of humour, or if you think that this is all just about who was most qualified - please take this into account. This is not about individual discrimination. There are systems in place that keep women down in sweeping gestures. If you look at these numbers and think it's an accident or a coincidence - think about why you would leap to that conclusion.

Stepping off soap box and back to work now.

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Going Natural...

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30 years of trying to tame this head of curly hair. Hats, products, assorted hair torture - all chasing a dream of straight hair that you can roll out of bed with and never think twice about. I grew up with my grandmother & co. telling me how much people pay in salons for hair like this. As a teenager with long hair i always wore it in a braid or a ponytail to try and straighten it. Very briefly, in a particularily 'femme' phase I would let it loose and have something close to ringlets. My head was a bit crooked though because my hair weighed so damn much. When I came out at 16 I cut it all off and have never had very long hair since. I wish I had the patience to grow it out so I could play around with other hair styles - but this is what happens...

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

'Aunt Lois' on teen delinquent activities...

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Dana does an impersonation of her aunt...


Part II of Carribean Food Day




Why isn't everyone fat?

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Part I of Carribean Food Day.

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Thinking about Development

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Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

The Panel

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A few weeks ago I was on my first panel, at the Q-Me (Queer Media) conference in New York City.

It went really well, I met lots of new people that are interested in videoblogging, and it opened my eyes a little to the potential of queer media on the internet.  I still haven't had a chance to spend some time seriously thinking about what my goals and dreams are in the big picture of my own vlog... I need to do this soon.  Part of the reason I'm so determined to get to Vloggercon is to be able to talk about these issues with other vloggers.  Let's talk about advertising, sponsorship, making a living off doing what you love. Let's talk about access, availability, making this something that anyone can do.  Let's talk about who is doing this and why, and who's missing from the picture.  I want to teach people how to videoblog, that I know for sure.  I want to take up queer space on the internet.  I want my voice to be out there - amongst the L Word, Queer as Folk and Rosie Cruises.  Someone might benefit from this, and I certainly have benefited greatly from being a part of this community.

Warning - the clip is a bit long - and I say "like" a lot.

If it's not obvious from the clip, I'm's biggest fan.  

And big thanks to H. for being the videographer... when I come out to california, I'm gonna teach you how to vlog - mark my words. 



Fundraising - Vloggercon 2006 or BUST!

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School's out, I'm in debt and need to work as much as humanly possible in the next four months... that's the short version.


The longer version?  I really want to fly to San Francisco and participate in Vloggercon 2006 the weekend of June 10th & 11th.  I've set up a fundable "group action" here: 

If you go and make a pledge of $20 or more, you will get a unique, hand-made "Make Vlogs Not War" silk-screened item from me as a huge THANK YOU!

I'm already almost half way there... hope to see you in June.




Sunday, April 23, 2006

More soon - I swear!

Things are crazy 'round here with my last week of school. Videos will be coming down the pipe soon. SO much to talk about! The conference in NYC, the future of this videoblog and much much more.

See you soon,


Monday, April 10, 2006

Videoblogging Week 2006 - Day 7: Snack Time

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Saturday, April 08, 2006

Videoblogging Week 2006 - Day 6: Home Silk Screening

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That's the link to where I learned how to do this.


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Friday, April 07, 2006

Videoblogging Week 2006 - Day 5: Gentrification

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Thursday, April 06, 2006

Videoblogging Week 2006 Day 4: Talking About Losing Weight...

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I've lost a noticeable (to me) amount of weight lately and I've been feeling the need to talk about it.

The vlog is 23MB - just so you know.


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