February 25, 2007

Macho Women with Guns!

Macho Women with Guns is a D20-system roleplaying supplement not for the faint of heart. Premise: every bad action movie you've ever seen involving women with ginormous boobs. Ever see, oh, Barbarella or Barb Wire? Yeah. Like that. The D2o-system is the original Dungeons & Dragons for the 21st century; anyone can publish a game using its rules as a license-boilerplate. In this case, one determines not only how strong and smart you are, but gives you lovely statistics like complicated rules determining your bra size and body shape.

Well, the game may be very, very un-PC, but the authors are distinctly not. In fact, the game is so amazingly tongue-in-cheek that I think it is mainly played by those who can appreciate the ridiculousness of it - anyone who tried to think like a misogynist pig while playing it would have their heads explode.

Anyway, the point of this is that there is an adventure module in print now called The Sex Presidents. Here's what Mongoose Publishing has to say about this in its own words:

Your characters have been hired by the Church to recover the stolen Bones of St. Liberace from a secret reliquary in New York.

This 17 page adventure starts with the group already on the trail of the most likely culprits behind the robbery, a band of high-technology thieves cloned from the greatest criminals in American History, its presidents.

The criminal team is called the 'Sex Presidents' and comprises of 'Slippery Dick' Nixon, Ron 'The Dong' Reagan, 'Big Willy' Clinton, George 'Beaver' Bush, and George 'Little Beaver' W. Bush.

The adventure takes the characters across the Texan plains towards the hideout of the gang, a face-to-face confrontation with the Sex Presidents and the criminal mastermind behind them.

Yes, folks, I couldn't not share that with you all.

February 24, 2007

February 22, 2007

Everybody's special

I'm a dork but this is awesome!

February 21, 2007

and now for something completely different

(Which may actually be incredibly boring to anyone who: a) isn't from the Midwest and b) isn't into hockey. My apologies.)

So I basically never post on Quench, probably because I notice things that I think might be neat to write about and then get distracted by the other pretty shiny things on the Internet. By the time I get around to it, though, someone has beaten me to it, or else I've managed to talk myself down into thinking that it's not all that interesting anyway.

In any case, the link is to a newspaper article about a gay hockey league in Madison, WI. What makes this league so special, you may be asking. Well, fair disclosure: one of the team captains interviewed happens to be my sister, who has also been trying to get me into hockey for quite some time now - and the thing is, it's kind of difficult to find a place for a boy to learn hockey if he isn't between the ages of about five and seven. (At least in Wisconsin in the summer; YMMV. It's certainly difficult in San Francisco, where our bodies of water basically never freeze over.) But (and this is going from both what I've heard from the team captain as well as the newspaper article) I also love how the league is also about a group of people coming together to form a community that does what it enjoys without strict reference to how good it happens to be, and being a supportive environment in which to do that. It gives me the warm and fuzzies. (And hey, if you're stopping by Madison for a while, check them out: they've got a website, here.)

All right, back to radio silence. (It occurs to me there's a reason I don't tend to post regularly.)

February 20, 2007

an Australian Judge with some sense

Yes, I read the Australian. It's a good paper.

Anyhow, here's a judge with some sense. A lawyer tried to explain why the judge should allow them to fudge a few constitutional protections because he claimed that Australia was now more vulnerable to terrorist attacks than when the Australian Constitution was framed. One of the reasons was the September 11th attacks. The paper describes the judge's response:

But Justice Kirby replied: "Yes, but the Americans, with all respects, have become obsessed with September 11.
After noting that the event happened in the US, not in his country, he continued.
Justice Kirby added that more people died every day from the disease AIDS than died in September 11.
Why is our national budget practically dedicated to fighting countries full of people whose skin-color makes us think they are terrorists? I notice that we are not fighting HIV/AIDS with nearly the same amount of dedication (or dollars).

tip of the hat, wag of the finger

I have become far too addicted to the Colbert Report recently. That being said...

Today's tip of the hat goes to the Virginia General Assembly for making steady and mostly uncontested progress on a bill that will allow hospital patients to specify their visitors. While not specifically written to benefit same-sex partners, this law will take the power to bar specific visitors out of the hands of patients' families. Brownie points go to some Republicans:

Several lawmakers, including self-described conservatives, said they have no problem protecting a patient's right to choose visitors, even if that means extending protection to same-sex partners.

"I don't see why it would matter to anybody," said Sen. James K. "Jay" O'Brien Jr. (R-Fairfax). "Why would anybody say no to that?"

A wry wag of the finger goes to other Republican lawmakers:

The fact that the measure would extend a protection to same-sex couples has eluded most state lawmakers, who, despite many deeply conservative members who adamantly supported last year's amendment [against equal marriage and civil union rights], have voted unanimously in favor of the bill.
...Del. Thomas D. Gear (R-Hampton) said it gives him "some heartburn" to learn after the fact that the bill might protect gay men and lesbians.

Regardless, this is awesome. It's nice not having to be ashamed of my home state all the time.

February 12, 2007

Boston Zine Fair!

Hi Quench,

I know that I haven't posted here in eons, but I just wanted to let you all know about this super-cool zine event that will be taking place in March.

The Boston Zine Fair is a weekend-long event with the aim of bringing together zinesters, artists, small presses and other producers of independent media. The conference includes two full days of tabling, an opening night show with live bands and readers, as well as potluck meals throughout the weekend. There are also numerous hands-on workshops and discussion panels which give us the opportunity to learn new skills to use in our own creative enterprises, as well as to explore the importance of independent media in a corporate-owned world. The Boston Zine Fair is free and open to the public. In previous years the Boston Zine Fair (formerly known as Beantown Zinetown) has drawn hundreds of both local and national publishers, and has been a great way to build community and just enjoy each other's company.

The Zine Fair will be held at MassArt on March 24-25, and you can find more information about the event here. I'll probably be there for at least part of the day on Saturday, so hopefully I'll see some of you there.

February 06, 2007

Haggard now "completely heterosexual"

DENVER - One of four ministers who oversaw three weeks of intensive counseling for the Rev. Ted Haggard said the disgraced minister emerged convinced that he is "completely heterosexual."

Haggard also said his sexual contact with men was limited to the former male prostitute who came forward with sexual allegations, the Rev. Tim Ralph of Larkspur told The Denver Post for a story in Tuesday's edition.

"He is completely heterosexual," Ralph said. "That is something he discovered. It was the acting-out situations where things took place. It wasn't a constant thing."

Every Sunday morning for 11 years, Haggard's New Life Church rented out the auditorium of the hellaqueer youth theater company where I grew up. Maybe they caught t3h gay from us...