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Assorted Personal Notations, Essays, and Other Jottings

Archive for March 2005

[BRIEF NOTE] Publishing

Via trapezebear, I’ve just found out that the anthology Bi Men: Coming Out Every Which Way is coming out.

“Learning to Look at Bisexuality” is my essay-length contribution; also, my first published work.

This is rather cool.

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Written by Randy McDonald

March 31, 2005 at 8:30 pm

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[NON BLOG] Meetup

Enjoyable time was spent with talktooloose this late afternoon, talking over coffee. As always it was time well spent. Would that I could be as grounded as my recent interlocutor.

Written by Randy McDonald

March 31, 2005 at 8:26 pm

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[NON BLOG] Choir Practice

It went well, again. There’s something about participating in group creative activity that’s energizing. Even the bar-by-bar dissection of our singing errors was fun, in a twisted sort of way.

I should likely mention, here, how grateful I am that I’ve retained so much from my music courses in school, especially my music-reading ability. It’s really nice to be able to follow along, especially since there will be a major performance in eight weeks. I’m not quite sure how people lacking this ability would get along, since playing by ear has obvious limitations.

Written by Randy McDonald

March 31, 2005 at 11:39 am

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[LINK] Why is so much attention paid to white Zimbabweans?

Abiola Lapite at Foreign Dispatches reiterates a point worth noting about Zimbabwe: The close attention paid by the Western media to the plight of Zimbabwean whites not only overlooks the sufferings of Zimbabwean blacks (who, incidentally, outnumber white farmers by something like a thousand to one), but gives Mugabe grounds to argue that this coverage bias is proof of the outside world’s racist intentions. Racism isn’t Zimbabwe’s problem; totalitarianism is.

Written by Randy McDonald

March 31, 2005 at 11:34 am

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[NON BLOG] Congratulations!

Now that the veil of secrecy has been lifted, might I congratulate the charming couple of serod and runyon on their upcoming nuptials?

Written by Randy McDonald

March 30, 2005 at 5:51 pm

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[LINK] The Founders and Religion

alecsebastien links to selected quotes from Jefferson, Adams, and Madison. I’m surprised at how anti-clerical they tended to be.

Written by Randy McDonald

March 30, 2005 at 5:48 pm

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[BRIEF NOTE] AIDS in Canada’s First Nations

This morning on CBC Radio’s The Current, there was a disturbing documentary about the spread of HIV/AIDS in Canada’s First Nations. Canadian aboriginals make up perhaps 3% of the national population, but according to some alarming estimates account for up to a quarter of new HIV infections. The situation is dire; and unsurprisingly, there is no money to do anything. So, impending catastrophe ahead.

Yesterday I finished rereading Randy Shilts‘ 1987 And The Band Played On, returning my borrowed library copy at the Toronto Reference Library. Shilts’ magisterial (if controversial) survey of the early HIV/AIDS epidemic in the United States left with me with the distinct impression, this time just as on the other occasions I’ve read the book, that worst-case scenarios with HIV/AIDS have a funny way of coming true.

Written by Randy McDonald

March 30, 2005 at 12:43 pm

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