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I was in (yet another) civil disobedience demonstration... Yesterday several hundred LGBT NYers crowded into the main concourse at Grand Central yesterday evening and lay down for, "Flash Mob: Homophobia Kills Die-In."

The protesters, who unfurled a giant yellow banner reading, END HOMO/ TRANSPHOBIC APARTHEID IN AMERICA, disrupted foot traffic in the terminal in the midst of rush hour, while organizers read the names of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender victims of murder or of suicide prompted by bullying and violence.

The event was in response to several highly publicized suicides and attacks of gay men recently, including the Stonewall Inn beating and the suicide of Rutgers student Tyler Clementi (the Latin King Goonies assault occurred after the die-in was planned, but was another reminder of the issue at hand).

According to Gay City News, two of the organizers were arrested by MTA police and charged with misdemeanor obstruction of pedestrian traffic; another man was reportedly taken away by police for "inciting" the crowd, but was not in handcuffs.

See the video here -- another one is here.



In other news, since this week has been slow at work, I managed to complete a project I've been working on since 2006 -- every episode of Dr Who ever made is now online Chazhome.com! Yes, some of the original film and video was destroyed, but people have painstakingly re-created/reconstructed every missing episode with as much original content as available!

So, while we're awaiting the 2010 Christmas Special, you can watch virtually unseen 'Classic' episodes of Dr Who from William Hartnell through Paul McGann, as well as the new programme by going to my special Dr Who area.

Although I know many folks of today's generation won't enjoy black & white episodes, let alone the reconstructed episodes which are similar to listening to a radio programme -- but they're there if you want them.

I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

Oh well, back to work now.




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franklanguage
Oct. 10th, 2010 04:37 am (UTC)
I would so have done that die-in; unfortunately, I was in Boston at the time.
mc4bbs
Oct. 10th, 2010 04:46 am (UTC)

Understandable...

It was quite remarkable to see and be a part of.

huxbear
Oct. 10th, 2010 06:22 am (UTC)
Activism & Dr. Who awesomeness...
It's been decades since I was involved in stuff like that... In some ways I miss it and in others I have visceral memories of how exhausted & burnt-out I was, letting other people's schedules & agendas dictate my life at that time (no, activism is NOT a bad thing, I was bad at setting boundaries way-back-when and let myself get "run" by too many different people and their agendas, none of them me or mine)... I like my life now and who I am, so I'm cool with supporting what I support in the ways I support things now... :o) Still, I loved being part of ACT-UP events and direct-action stuff like this die-in... Coolio!

How much data is it now, in your Dr. Who Mega-Archive? @_@ I keep thinking "Wow, I should go d/l some of it..." then my mind reels at the fact that (me being me) I'd probably want ALL of it (what "probably"? DEFINITELY! ;o) ).

You, sir -- for a lot of cool reasons -- are one of my heroes... ;o)
mc4bbs
Oct. 10th, 2010 07:07 am (UTC)
Re: Activism & Dr. Who awesomeness...

Ah, yes. Setting boundaries is important, otherwise NPOs will burn you out. The group that planned the die-in at Grand Central Terminal is trying to have daily demonstrations (with a daily die-in at noon) in front of Gillibrand's Campaign Office from 10am-6pm, then arounf the clock as of tomorrow (the 11th), and then they wil start fasting (not eating) starting 2nd of November -- unless the civil rights bill is filed. They're asking far too much from their volunteers... Read more at http://www.facebook.com/#!/event.php?eid=110162709034490

As for Doctor Who -- you can have it all without the pain of downloading! If you're coming to the New York City area, why not bring over a 1TB external USB drive and let me copy it all over? If you're not coming to NYC anytime soon, you can ship the drive to me.

:-)

(Anonymous)
Oct. 16th, 2010 11:02 am (UTC)
How do I get to the Hartnell/Troughton era episodes?
mc4bbs
Oct. 16th, 2010 11:45 am (UTC)

Go to http://chazhome.com/Dr%20Who/ and click on the image that has the EIGHT CLASSIC doctors -- this will take you (via FTP) to the correct directory to download them...

Each actor that played The Doctor has his own folder...

Doctor 1 - William Hartnell
Doctor 2 - Patrick Troughton
Doctor 3 - Jon Pertwee
Doctor 4 - Tom Baker
Doctor 5 - Peter Davison
Doctor 6 - Colin Baker
Doctor 7 - Sylvester McCoy
Doctor 8 - Paul McGann

If you DO NOT see these, let me know.

- Chaz
(Anonymous)
Oct. 16th, 2010 12:23 pm (UTC)
Yes, I see them now, thanks Chaz :) I love the old B&W series. Hartnell is still my favorite Doctor.
mc4bbs
Oct. 16th, 2010 10:02 pm (UTC)

Great!

Enojy
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