Saturday, December 31, 2011

2011 is a Wrap. Happy New Year!!!

Once again it's time to say good by to the old year and welcome in the new. Personally I never make resolutions or set up a grand plan of changes I want to make in my life.
 Though this year I do hope to improve my strength and flexibility. Maybe I'll take up running or start biking again. Maybe I'll get lucky and win the lottery, not holding my breath on that one ;-)  This one looks to be a pretty exciting one, hell I hope it's not as bad as the past. A few things to look forward to in the coming year ...

  • Where I work we will be moving to a New location.
  • London Summer Olympics
  • Summer Cruise to Canada with the Family
  • The Start of MLB season (something I always look forward too)
  • US Presidential Election
  • The End of the World 211212 (I'll believe it when I see it)
If this is the last year of our civilization I hope we go out in grand style. Personally I believe that the Mayan's just couldn't rationalize civilization existing past a certain date, hell maybe they just said
 "Fuck it our kids can finish this I'll be dead by then anyway."   I mean think about it if you were to make a calendar today how far would you make for? I personally can't imagine making a a calendar today out to the year 4012. Seriously we all saw how well the Rapture worked out this year, I don't think this will be any different. 

I guess we'll have to wait and see, but in the meantime...  
I hope that you and your family have a Happy, Safe and Healthy New Year!!! 

Monday, December 26, 2011

Happy Boxer Day

I know it's "Happy Boxing Day" but lets face it this is a lot more fun ;-) It's a at least a good start to the week right?

Saturday, December 17, 2011

A Very Calvin and Hobbes Christmas

Thanks to my friend Kirk I had to share this with you. If you are a fan of Calvin and Hobbes, you will truly appreciate this.

Only 7 more shopping days until Christmas.

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

The Little Drummer Boy

Okay before you scream "Oh No Rob you've been born again!" Well I haven't, so don't fret.  This has always been one of my favorite Christmas ditties since I was a wee little lad. 

I can't remember where first I came across this version but I have to give it up to the artist Sean Quigley. He does a damn good job on those drums and he's pretty cute ;-)  He had to have been freezing his butt off making the video in Winnipeg. 

If you want to throw some support to a young independent artist you can find the MP3 here

Thursday, December 01, 2011

World AIDS Day

Today is  World AIDS Day I wanted to share this article from Project Q Atlanta with you.

World AIDS Day on Dec. 1 always brings a fresh round of not-so-encouraging news about HIV and gay men. There’s some hope, too, thanks to optimistic federal heath officials in Atlanta, but let’s just get the bad stuff out of the way. Here goes.
In a sort of good doctor, bad doctor routine, the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control & Prevention delivered their disturbing stats on Tuesday.
 Nearly 3 out of 4 HIV-positive people do not have their infection under control. Why is that? Some 1 in 5 people with HIV don’t know they are infected; in Atlanta, the numbers run much higher for gay poz men – 55 percent don’t know they are HIV-positive.
 Of the nearly 1.2 million people living with HIV in the U.S., a slim 28 percent have a suppressed viral load. That means the virus is under control and at a level that keeps people healthy and drops the risk of infecting others.
 Men who have sex with men remain the population most severely affected by HIV in the U.S. They are also the least likely to know they are infected and less likely to seek out prevention counseling. Some 39 percent of gay men receive prevention counseling, compared to 50 percent of men who have sex with women.
 Black gay and bisexual men do not engage in riskier behaviors than other gay men, but face a higher risk for HIV thanks to the high prevalence of HIV that already exists in many black and gay communities.

“Black gay and bisexual men across the country are already doing many of the right things to protect themselves – but more need to make HIV testing a regular part of their lives,” Ken Fenton (director of the CDC’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD & TB Prevention) says Tuesday in a prepared statement.
Now, the good doctor stuff from the CDC. The federal health agency announced on Tuesday a new campaign targeting black gay and bisexual men to raise awareness of HIV in six cities, including Atlanta. Testing Makes Us Stronger encourages men to “stay strong and informed” through ads (image), a website,Facebook page and promotions at black gay pride events.
“Testing Makes Us Stronger was designed by black gay men for black gay men and strives to communicate the power of knowing your HIV status as a first step toward staying healthy,” Fenton says.
There’s also some hope in Georgia, despite the state being a leader in AIDS cases and Atlanta ranking No. 8 among U.S. cities for HIV cases. The state’s waiting list for its AIDS Drug Assistance Program has dropped to 1,525. It’s still the second-largest waiting list in the country for the program that provides HIV drugs to low-income people. But it’s down from 1,778 in September. Maybe theinfusion of some $3 million in emergency funds to prop up the program – part of a recent $75 million cash drop into the state for HIV efforts – is having an impact.
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