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30 January 2016 @ 05:54 am
It's been awhile.

Just sitting here. Not depressed really, just melancholy.

I guess everyone dug out of the snow okay. I didn't hear of any rescues by St Bernard or anything. :)

We hit a milestone yesterday on our Twitter account of 1000 followers. Kinda cool. We automatically follow all furries who follow us. If you're on Twitter, please follow us and lend your support. We usually average less than 14 tweets per day so there are no worries about us blowing up your timeline. https://twitter.com/Rainbow_Ark

If you're on FurAffinity and would like to occasionally post to Rainbow Ark there, I would like to share the password with you along with Nexrad, Quillblade (Foof), and myself. https://www.furaffinity.net/user/rainbowark/

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And now that all the administrative stuff is out of the way, on with some content :)


A game-changing comic book is offering a fresh take on the way religion and sexuality intersects with comic book culture.

Called Stripling Warrior, the project from So Super Duper Comics follows Sam Shepard, a happily out newlywed who receives a visit from an angel on his wedding night calling him, in the words of author Brian Andersen, to be "the hand of God on earth."

The series, illustrated by James Neish, is meant to be an exploration of the mythology of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints through a queer lens.

"Basically, I wanted to mine the religious lore and mythology of the Mormon Church to empower a homosexual hero -- to show that a gay character is every bit as worthy in the eyes of God as any heterosexual one," Andersen told The Huffington Post.

Check out the interview below to learn more about this project and to see a selection of illustrations from Stripling Warrior.


James Neish


The Huffington Post: What is your overarching vision for Stripling Warrior?

Brian Andersen: My overarching vision and concept for Stripling Warrior is to tell a fun, sexy, perhaps provocative story by taking familiar superhero tropes and casting them into a comic book about an average guy who’s a gay Mormon superhero. Because everyone loves a gay Mormon, right? (Wait, what…they don’t?)

Basically, I wanted to mine the religious lore and mythology of the Mormon Church to empower a homosexual hero -- to show that a gay character is every bit as worthy in the eyes of God as any heterosexual one.

If I can tell an entertaining story that anyone can enjoy, whether you’re familiar with Mormonism or not, whether you’re homosexual or not, than I’ve done my job.

And if my little comic can bring some small measure of comfort and pleasure to those who’ve felt marginalized by their faith because of their sexuality then I’ve hit a touchdown.

It might be silly to think a comic book can accomplish this -- but I’m not opposed to being silly.


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23 January 2016 @ 07:24 am
Good morning! #Snowzilla #snowmaggedon2016 We're at 17" and counting in the WV panhandle. What's your number?

EDIT :: at 8:52 we're now at between 19" and 20"
 
 
15 January 2016 @ 01:22 pm
I didn't write in my own journal about it, and didn't even tweet anything about it, but it's mostly centered around this past Tuesday.

I started out my normal time of about 6:05 for work, and before I could even get to the first main road, I ran over something that was directly in the road that immediately caused a rhythmic "thump, thump, thump" in my right rear tire.

I parked by a culvert on probably the darkest section of Critton Owl Hollow Rd. and found that a fricken spark plug was sticking right out of the tread, tire hissing air. I put on the spare the best I could after remembering I had a tiny Mag light in the glove box, then headed back for home to fetch an extra tire I had from our previous Subaru in case our dealer couldn't fix this one.

I got to the dealer, and they confirmed it was too big of a hole to repair, and they couldn't use my other tire because my remaining set of 3 had 6/32 and the tread on the one I brought had 10/32, which could injure my car's drive over time due to it being AWD, and the place that shaves the tires will only do new tires that have never been on the road for liability reasons.

So he sent me off with a loaner, a white Forester and somehow I still got to work only a half hour late. The day unfolded into a freakshow of epic proportions with equipment failures, mis-communications and the worst luck you can possibly imagine ruling the day. I told Renee I hadn't had a day at work that bad for at least 2 years.

But it had only begun because it started spitting snow on my way home--no big deal for me, except as I got closer and the melted snow started to refreeze back on the road, there were more and more cars spun out or in a ditch. Making a long story short, I have 3 ways of getting home, and each of the three were blocked by a parking lot of cars or fire or police personnel who wouldn't let me proceed. I could have made it fine, but the accidents which from my understanding were anywhere from 28 to 50 prevented any further travel.

I was so close to home, within about 8 miles at one point, and I couldn't just sit and wait for a way to be cleared because there was no telling when that would be, and there is no cell service anywhere in that area and I had no way of letting Renee know I was okay, so I turned around and headed back toward Winchester until I could get a signal. After talking with her, we decided the best thing was for me to get a room for the night, so that's what I did--an EconoLodge on 11 near a Dennys.

After watching the President's last SOTU, I had a good night's sleep, ate breakfast at Dennys the next morning and headed off to work. So I didn't see Renee again until Wednesday evening. I still have the loaner now because my tire hasn't been delivered yet. :)

So how'er you all? :D
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07 January 2016 @ 07:16 am
In my search for a wall oven, I recently found one which advertised a feature called Sabbath Mode, which I found rather interesting. I'm not sure whether I really agree with the principle of "simpler living through even more technology" but nevertheless I thought it might be worth sharing with this group. :)

Hope everyone is having a good new year!
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31 December 2015 @ 10:16 pm
2015 was a Huge year for LGBT rights

I haven't really found a suitable year-in-review video for 2015 that I often like to share as in other years. You know, the right inspirational music, along with the accomplishments and hardships and the enduring human spirit, etc. They were either 'all bad news' or too specific to a corporation, but this one came the closest I think.

I just wanted to share, Renee and I had a nice evening out at Ledo Pizza where we got some hot wings and ordered a 14" pizza with their extra thick pepperoni and jalapenos. Then we picked up a few things at Martins. Now we're home safe and we have a champagne chilling to open a little later on.

I hope everyone has a safe time tonight, and we'll all meet again soon on life's highway.
 
 
 
30 December 2015 @ 06:09 pm
Rainbow Ark LiveJournal community stats...



2012
15,975
794
3510
210
0
275
236
45

2013
 16,491
516
3715
205
321
264
228
40

2014
 16,977
486
3865
150
365
272
234
32

2015
 17,383
406
3963
98
*365
282
243
^ 17

 
  Comments since our inception
  Comments per year
  Entries since our inception
  Entries per year
  Days in the top 2000
  Members
  Watchers
  Active Arkers


* top 2000 for 33 consecutive months, and 8 days in the top 1000 in 2015
^ "active" is an individual writing a minimum of 1 comment on RA lj during the year

In our first 8 years, per year we averaged 1890 comments and 410 entries: a healthy, though average lj community. In spite of our recent decline in activity, our community is near its historically highest rating in comparison to our contemporaries...

Top 25 Furry, or LGBTIQQAA, or Religious/Interfaith LiveJournal Communities, 30 December 2015.

RATING TYPE  NAME            FOUNDED

156    F   fursuit         21 April 2003
364    L   ftm             19 December 2000
450    F   fursuitauctions 20 October 2004
720    R   christianreader 07 May 2008
1033   L   transgender     23 June 2001
1062   FLR rainbow_ark     07 February 2004
1128   L   ftmen           12 March 2005
1563   R   devotional365   13 November 2004
1589   R   christianity    08 January 2001
1657   F   bare_furs       12 November 2006
1693   LR  glbt_pagan      27 March 2001
1780   L   addme_glbt      12 June 2004
1806   R   pagan_homestead 06 January 2005
1869   F   furrymedia      21 January 2005
2002   L   free_speech_ftm 30 April 2007
2093   L   transparents    23 December 2002
2098   L   suckitupdyke    02 April 2005
2104   R   catholicism     16 May 2001
2137   L   asexuality      28 April 2002
2153   L   ftmgaragesale   01 May 2006
2168   L   gaygardeners    15 June 2001
2169   L   add_me_gay      01 February 2005
2189   L   ah_gayfiction   07 August 2005
2246   F   rails_n_tails   05 December 2005
2398   F   furrycruise     19 February 2005

 
 
 
24 December 2015 @ 09:35 am
cross-posted from Rainbow Ark FA

I'm at work in Reston with my workmate Evelyn. The traffic was effortless this morning. I left home late, but got here a half hour early anyway. There's one job we're anticipating getting, a large 3-ringed binder to scan that needs to be sent to San Francisco. Other than that, we'll probably be sitting, surfing the 'nets, probably will be leaving early.

I'll be stopping by the store tonight to pick up stuff to do a cookout tomorrow on the deck at home. Yep, grilling hamburgers on Christmas Day. Then I'm off all next week, returning on the 4th.

This was a strange year for Renee and me. There were difficulties, pain and disappointment, disillusionment, but we had a little less medical stuff than in recent years.

2015 saw the beginning of our financial recovery after our bankruptcy in November of 2014; a new Subaru in May to replace the old; a new work location in October near where I worked 10 years ago when we lived in Leesburg.

It was a year of massive weight gain connected with my gallbladder surgery from 2014 that I'm only now beginning to get a handle on. It was another year of being free from wearing glasses.

It was the year I began to lose my Christian faith as its discrepancies were laid bare before me and I could no longer just ignore and pretend. This process will undoubtedly stretch into next year as I try to determine where this is all leading.

It was the year of my Mom's second, more severe stroke, and my Dad's hip surgery. Both are doing well now considering their circumstances and their ages.

It was the year marriage equality came to all 50 states. What more can be said after that? I mean, you can still be fired from your job for your non-straight orientation in many states, and the vast majority of the homeless in the country are either veterans or LGBT youth who are no longer allowed back in their parents' homes. There's still a lot of work to be done and most of it has to take place in the heart of mankind.

Some days I just don't know if we're worth it as a species when I see how much hatred and death we can spread to others in upholding one belief system over another. And yet in the midst of some of our darkest deeds, there is often a selfless act of kindness from just one individual that can often seem to outshine everything else. There's a lot of beauty in this world. It's all around us, often in the details.

However you celebrate the season, I wish for you many moments of enjoying the details of life, of recounting the happy memories, and plenty of hope and anticipation for the days to come.
 
 
22 December 2015 @ 08:34 pm
http://myrainbowark.com/

...along with its accompanying primary and secondary pages with the simplified navigation.

Check it out. Alert me of any broken links.
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17 December 2015 @ 02:29 pm
The Christmas raccoon is back.

I was at Dr. Rana's again this morning on a scheduled visit so he could see how my left eye was doing after the YAG procedure on it a few weeks ago. It's doing well and without all of the star filter effects of the right eye which received the YAG previously, so we agreed that we should try another session on the right and do the cold laser spots a little further out to clear a larger diameter like he'd tried on the left. That procedure is in January, I have a field vision test on the same eye rescheduled to February, and then that should do me for him until later next year. I'll get the vitrectomy in the left scheduled with Dr. Wehner in the spring.

Work has been good. I have a good workmate who is still a temp, but will be hired full-time soon. My workspace is like the best I've had at any account I've ever worked either with Canon or with Xerox, but it's hell on earth getting here to Reston. I'm still trying to find a sleep-over, some crash space for one or two nights each week. A fur is preferred. I have the word out in several lj communities and if there's nothing, I might try the Internet Furry Proximity Locator (IFPL) again like I did when I found my previous sleep-over while working in Frederick.

The new home page and page updates attached to it all seem to be working well. I'm just doing little page tweaks currently, seeing if I can make it work better in my Galaxy S3 without it looking crappy on a PC, and I'm about ready to switch it over a week early and show you all what I've been working on.

Are you all about ready for Christmas or other festivities? How is the year wrapping up for you?
 
 
Current Music: Muppet Christmas Carol Soundtrack