Van Morrison: ..It’s Too Late to Stop Now…Film – Van Morrison

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Van Morrison: ..It’s Too Late to Stop Now…Film

Van Morrison

Genre: Concert Films

Price: $ 12.99

Release Date: June 10, 2016


This legendary performance by Van Morrison and The Caledonia Soul Orchestra was filmed at The Rainbow in London in July, 1973. Previously unissued, it stands as one of the greatest live shows by any band.

© © 2016 Exile Productions, Ltd. under exclusive license to Sony Music Entertainment

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Jim Jones ft. Maino & Drama “My Era,” YG ft. DaBaby “Stop Snitching Remix” & More | Daily Visuals 6.10.19

Though us older Hip-Hop heads appreciate all the things that this digital era is providing us there are still many days that we long for the era when life was much simpler in the streets.

Jim Jones obviously feels this way in expresses as much in his Maino and Drama assisted visual to “My Era” where the three take to the block to talk about life in the hood when beepers kept payphones flourishing. Y’all millennials don’t know about that kind of struggle.

From the streets of New York to the concrete in Cali, YG links up with Da Baby for the clip to “Stop Snitching Remix” in which they have some choice words for any and everyone who’s out here dropping dimes.

Check out the rest of today’s drops and some joints you might’ve missed over the weekend including work from Rod Wave featuring E-40, DaBaby, and more.

JIM JONES FT. MAINO & DRAMA – “MY ERA”

YG FT. DABABY – “STOP SNITCHIN REMIX”

ROD WAVE FT. E-40 – “CALABASAS”

DABABY – “CARPET BURN”

JORJA SMITH – “GOODBYES”

YUNG REALLIE FT. NORA, DKNO MONEY & CITY BOY DEE – “REAL ONE”

ASIAN DOLL – “YOU FU”

RJMRLA – “APARTMENT”

KRESNT – “REMEMBER WAY BACK”

70TH STREET CARLOS – “BALL STATE”

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NBA’s Brandon Jennings to Ayesha Curry, ‘Stop Trippin’, You’re Beautiful!’

[[tmz:video id=”0_ohx52ajl”]] Ex-NBA star Brandon Jennings COULDN’T BELIEVE the comments Ayesha Curry made about being jealous of the attention her husband gets from the opposite sex.  And, now … Jennings has a message for Steph Curry’s wife –…

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Casanova “Block Me,” YG “Stop Snitchin” & More | Daily Visuals 4.24.19

You know it’s a new age when rapper begin making cuts about their social media life (“Down In The DM” anyone?) but while most would rap about how glorious they are in their social media conquests, Casanova decided to go the opposite route and talk about getting curved… kinda.

In his new visual for “Block Me” the Brooklyn rapper uses his big boy mansion as the backdrop for his story about a woman who got all in her emotions after scrolling through his IG page and eventually hit the “Block” button. Happens to the best of us, b.

From the east to the west and present to the past, YG takes things back to the slavery days and makes a break for his freedom in his provocative clip for “Stop Snitchin.” Kinda surprised there wasn’t a rainbow haired snitchin’ ass villain in this joint. Just sayin.’

Check out the rest of today’s drops including work from Lil Uzi Vert, Matt Ox featuring Chief Keef, and more.

CASANOVA – “BLOCK ME”

YG – “STOP SNITCHIN”

LIL UZI VERT – “THAT’S A RACK”

MATT OX FT. CHIEF KEEF – “JETLAG”

BEAST COAST – “LEFT HAND”

GASHI & G-EAZY – “MY YEAR”

CLIFF SAVAGE – “GAS”

ETO & SUPERIOR FT. SKYZOO – “TAKE Y’ALL BACK”

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Meek Mill ft. Drake “Going Bad,” Future “Never Stop”& More | Daily Visuals 2.7.19

And they thought it couldn’t happen. After a nasty back-and-forth a few years back Meek Mill and Drake are back on good terms and today they’re showing the world that a minor misunderstanding shouldn’t lead to a lifelong beef.
In their visual to “Going Bad,” Meek and Drake turn up mafia style with a gang of well dressed gentlemen you don’t wanna owe anything to unless you wanna sleep with the fishes or have the present Nipsey Hussle slap life outta you.

Back in the ATL Freebandz H.N.I.C. Future comes through with a visual for “Never Stop” where he styles in a luxurious mansion where the women style in black angel wings and push wheelbarrows filled with cash. That must be his monthly sneaker budget.

Check out the rest of today’s drops including work from A$ AP Rocky, Trevor Jackson, and more.

FUTURE – “NEVER STOP”

MIKE WILL MADE-IT, A$ AP ROCKY, A$ AP FERG & NICKI MINAJ – “RUNNIN”

A$ AP ROCKY – “KIDS TURNED OUT FINE”

TREVOR JACKSON – “WARNING”

LOCKSMITH FT. JARREN BENTON – “GHOST”

MIKE SMIFF – “I GOT YOU”

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Rest Stop (2006) – John Shiban

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Rest Stop (2006)

John Shiban

Genre: Horror

Price: $ 7.99

Rental Price: $ 0.99

Release Date: October 17, 2006


A young woman is stranded on the highway in the middle of nowhere. She soon finds herself in a long night of cat-and-mouse with a mysterious truck driver who may be a psychotic killer that has been stalking the area for decades. Starring Jamie Alexander ("Squirrel Trap"), Joey Mendicino ("The 70's House") and Joey Lawrence ("Urban Legends: Final Cut," TV's "Half and Half"). Written and directed by John Shiban (TV's "Supernatural," TV's "The X-Files"), and produced by Daniel Myrick ("The Blair Witch Project," "Sublime") and Tony Krantz (TV's "24," "Mulholland Dr.").

© © 2008 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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Can’t Stop the Show: The Return of KIX – Stephen Nerangis

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Can’t Stop the Show: The Return of KIX

Stephen Nerangis

Genre: Concert Films

Price: $ 14.99

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Release Date: October 14, 2016


CAN'T STOP THE SHOW: THE RETURN OF KIX is a 72-minute film; an in-depth look at how the band decided to record a new album after 20 years. It features the making of the album from bassist Mark Schenker's studio, interviews with all band members, and a rare appearance by producer Taylor Rhodes (Aerosmith, Ozzy Osbourne, KIX's Hot Wire).

© © 2016 Varla Dogwood under exclusive license to Loud & Proud Records. Loud & Proud Records is a registered trademark of Lipsky Music LLC.

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Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey – Ramona S. Diaz

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Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey

Ramona S. Diaz

Genre: Documentary

Price: $ 4.99

Rental Price: $ 3.99

Release Date: January 1, 2012


Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey follows the real life rock 'n' roll fairy tale of Filipino Arnel Pineda, who was plucked from YouTube to become the front man for iconic American rock band Journey. In this Cinderella story for the ages, Arnel, having overcome a lifetime's worth of hardships, must now navigate the immense pressures of replacing a legendary singer and leading a world-renowned band on their most extensive world tour in years.

© © 2012 Everyman’s Journey LLC

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Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping – Akiva Schaffer & Jorma Taccone

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Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping

Akiva Schaffer & Jorma Taccone

Genre: Comedy

Price: $ 4.99

Release Date: June 3, 2016


After a two-year, sold-out, worldwide tour, Conner4Real (Andy Samberg) is the biggest name in music. Go behind the scenes as Conner faces a crisis of popularity after this sophomore album flops, leaving fans, sycophants and rivals all wondering what to do when Conner4Real is no longer the dopest star of all. The hilarious comedy from blockbuster producer Judd Apatow (Trainwreck, Superbad, Knocked Up) and digital short superstars, The Lonely Island, is loaded with cameos from the biggest names in comedy and music.

© © 2016 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.

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We Can’t Stop Watching the Men of Queer Eye Do Drake’s ”In My Feelings” Challenge

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Judge Warns Charlie Sheen’s Lawyer to Stop ‘Slut-Shaming’ in HIV Lawsuit

Charlie Sheen may have just scored a small victory in his HIV suit, but didn’t win any points with the judge … who flat-out calls his lawyer a misogynistic jerk. According to new legal docs — obtained by TMZ — the woman suing Sheen for exposing…

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Tinder Testing ‘Picks’ Feature In Hopes To Stop “Endless Swiping”

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Tired of endlessly swiping left on Tinder cause you can’t find your match? Well, the online dating app is testing a new feature that hopes to match with you your potential bae easier. 

Last week, Tinder announced it was testing a new way to find a match called Picks that aims to link you with possible love interests based on hobbies, career, activities and more. So let’s just say you’re into video games and anime, the new matching system will find users who share those particular interest. The idea is to basically save you time from having to continuously swipe left through those who just don’t catch your eye.

Picks is currently being tested on iOS only in the UK, Canada, Germany, Brazil, France, Turkey Mexico, Sweden, Russia. If you happen to be a Tinder Gold subscriber, you also get to try out the new feature exclusively as well. Those in the countries listed above can view their picks by pressing the diamond located at the top of the Discovery screen. Your Picks will refresh every 24 hours, and if you are anxious to see more Picks, you can pay to view additional Picks.

This new feature from the looks of it is a way for Tinder to lure in more paying subscribers. For example, anyone can view their picks, but they won’t be able to like, Super Like, and swipe on them unless they sign up for Tinder Gold. A handy perk to have on top of the ability to see who already swiped right on you that Tinder already offers to users who pay.

So Tinderers does this new feature interest you? Are you now more likely to pay for a Tinder Gold subscription because of this new feature? Let us know how you feel about it.

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Kim Kardashian Dishes On Building Her KKW Beauty Empire & If She’ll Ever Stop Going Nude

At the launch of the KKW Beauty and Fragrance pop-up shop in Los Angeles, Kim Kardashian dished with Access’ Oscar Gracey on the rise of her makeup empire and the surprise appearances she and collaborator Mario Dedivanovic will be making to the shop. Plus, the KKW Body creator reveals if she’ll ever stop stripping down!


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Selena Gomez Can’t Stop Smiling on St. Patrick’s Day

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Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Lauren Burnham Can’t Stop Kissing During European Vacation

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Miley Cyrus Sued by Jamaican Artist for Stealing ‘We Can’t Stop’

Miley Cyrus needs to stop making money off “We Can’t Stop” … according to an Jamaican dancehall artist who claims her hit would be nothing without his 1988 classic. The singer from Jamrock goes by Flourgon, and in his lawsuit he says Miley’s 2013 song…

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Oscar-nominated ‘Traffic Stop’ puts focus on police brutality

If a picture is worth a thousand words, what’s the value of grainy police dash-cam video of a mundane encounter gone wrong? That’s a question raised, if not entirely answered, by “Traffic Stop,” an Oscar-nominated short that’s making its TV debut on HBO.


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Here’s a Reason to Stop Going Sockless: It Can Cause Trench Foot

With winter seemingly staying further and further away, the impulse to keep rocking shoes with no socks is sticking around. However, London’s College of Podiatry doesn’t think that’s the brightest idea.

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Lee Daniels Says Stop Dreaming, Oprah’s Not Running for President in 2020

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The New Line of Flannel Shirts We Can’t Stop Wearing

When winter’s worst winds roll in, there’s nothing quite like a flannel shirt to beat the chill. And because they understand what men need from their shirts just as well as anyone else in the space, the masterminds at Mizzen + Main are rolling out their first selection made from the soft, warm stuff today.

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Ben Affleck and Lindsay Shookus Can’t Stop Smiling Over Thanksgiving Weekend

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The New Line of Flannel Shirts We Can’t Stop Wearing

When winter’s worst winds roll in, there’s nothing quite like a flannel shirt to beat the chill. And because they understand what men need from their shirts just as well as

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Why We Don’t Suck: And How All of Us Need to Stop Being Such Partisan Little B*tches (Unabridged) – Denis Leary

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Why We Don’t Suck: And How All of Us Need to Stop Being Such Partisan Little B*tches (Unabridged)

Denis Leary

Genre: Comedy

Price: $ 23.95

Publish Date: November 1, 2017

© ℗ © 2017 Random House Audio

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Here’s a Reason to Stop Going Sockless: It Can Cause Trench Foot

With winter seemingly staying further and further away, the impulse to keep rocking shoes with no socks is sticking around. However, London's College of Podiatry doesn't think that's the brightest

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Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb – Stanley Kubrick

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Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

Stanley Kubrick

Genre: Comedy

Price: $ 4.99

Release Date: January 29, 1964


Psychotic Air Force General unleashes ingenious foolproof and irrevocable scheme sending bombers to attack Russia. U.S. President works with Soviet premier in a desperate effort to save the world.

© © 1963, renewed 1991 Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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People Keep Telling Me to Stop Blogging about North Korea

My critics have been extra vocal lately in saying I should stop writing about North Korea because I have no expertise in that area. So I decided to talk about North Korea some more. Today I’ll tell you how to end North Korea’s nuclear ambitions at a reasonable cost.

The entire GDP for North Korea is under $ 13 billion. China’s trade with North Korea is valued at under $ 3 billion per year. An article in Newsweek recently said most of that trade involves only ten Chinese companies. South Korea pays close to $ 1 billion per year to support U.S. troops there. I think we pay at least that much too. And that’s not counting navy assets in the area, I assume.

The South Korean military budget hovers around $ 40 billion. The U.S. military budget is over $ 600 billion per year. And North Korea is our biggest threat to the homeland. We could make all ten Chinese companies financially whole by allocating .005 of the military budget to paying them to find new suppliers and new markets. We might even become those new suppliers and markets in some cases.

As I often say in this blog, the key to deal-making is that the parties need to want different things. The Chinese companies trading with North Korea want profits, and the United States wants security. That’s the perfect set-up for a deal. The deal looks like this: “Take our money for ten years (only), stop trading with North Korea, and find new suppliers and customers, or we’ll turn out your lights with cyberattacks that look like they came from Russia.”

That’s the first-draft version. We can probably tighten that up a bit with lawyers and stuff.

Obviously this plan doesn’t work if the real problem is that the Chinese government wants to keep the North Korean nuclear threat the way it is. But that line of thinking never sounded credible to me. I’m also a bit skeptical that the Chinese fear mass immigration if North Korea falls apart. That seems like a smaller problem than nuclear war on the peninsula. But I could be wrong about that.

I could also be wrong about everything else in this post. I’m not an expert on North Korea. But as an American citizen, I have the right to wonder aloud why my government is skipping the cheap, non-military option for pressuring North Korea. If the government wants public support for whatever option they end up taking, it would help to keep citizens better informed than we are now, including me. 

You might enjoy reading my book because I am not an expert on North Korea.

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Dating: Can Being Needy Stop Someone From Being Able To See If Another Person Is Right For Them?

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Charlie Sheen — Sex Partners Threaten … You Stop Paying, You’re Screwed

Charlie Sheen is on the brink of a legal fight with the people he claims shook him down for millions. Sheen said on “Today” some of his sex partners threatened to expose his HIV status unless he paid them huge amounts of money. But several lawyers who…

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Don Henley And Dolly Parton Release ‘When I Stop Dreaming’ Video

Don Henley has released the video for “When I Stop Dreaming,” a cut from his upcoming album Cass County. The black and white vid sees the pair singing the Louvin Brothers classic into a shared mic. “I think we had about two or three takes with Dolly,” Henley says of the recording session.
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Warren Moon — RG3 Needs To Shut Up … Stop Blaming Everyone Else!

NFL legend Warren Moon has some advice for Robert Griffin III — STOP PASSING THE BUCK!  TMZ Sports spoke with the NFL Hall of Famer who admits he feels bad that RG3’s “fairy tale” career has hit the skids … but says the QB has no one to…

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Will Smith — Jada and I Aren’t Divorcing … So Stop the Foolishness!!!

Will Smith says the stories he’s getting a divorce are BS. Will just posted on Facebook, “I don’t usually respond to foolishness,” explaining that by doing so it becomes contagious. But he decided to join in the foolishness, and said, “In the interest…

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How to Treat a Sunburn and Stop It From Happening Again

Letting down your guard and going in the sun is like being on a blind date: Things seem fine enough until—oh God, it’s so painful. Relieve a sunburn, prevent it from happening again, and as for that guy going on about his ex? You’re on your own with that one (sorry).
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Stop the Pounding Heart – Roberto Minervini

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Stop the Pounding Heart

Roberto Minervini

Genre: Independent

Price: $ 14.99

Rental Price: $ 3.99

Release Date: September 19, 2014


Sara is a young girl raised in a family of goat farmers. Her parents homeschool their twelve children, rigorously following the precepts of the Bible. Like her sisters, Sara is taught to be a devout woman, subservient to men while keeping her emotional and physical purity intact until marriage. When Sara meets Colby, a young amateur bull rider, she is thrown into crisis, questioning the only way of life she has ever known. In a stunning portrayal of contemporary America and the insular communities that dot its landscape, Stop the Pounding Heart is an exploration of adolescence, family and social values, gender roles, and religion in the rural American South.

© © 2015 Cinema Guild

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Rapper Lil B — James Harden Needs to Stop Doing My Dance … OR ELSE!!!

The biggest obstacle standing between James Harden and an NBA championship is not Steph Curry … it’s Lil B, who is threatening to put a curse on The Beard … unless he cops to his demands. Lil B is pissed because he thinks Harden keeps jacking his…

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Pete Rock Supplies The Vibes w/ “Cosmic Stop” | Daily Visuals 4.28.15

Pete Rock is readying his upcoming Petestrumentals 2 project, from which he delivers a visual for “Cosmic Stop.”

Here’s what Chocolate Boy Wonder told Rolling Stone about the vid:

“Cosmic Slop” is a beat I made that gave me a feeling of cruising down the highway on a nice day or night in the summertime seeing all kinds of people outside enjoying themselves. The video just gives you a lil knowledge on the vibes I was feeling when I was making the track.

Find the clip below in Hip-Hop Wired’s Daily visuals, along with treatments from Sevyn Streeter, Planet Asian and Dirty Diggs, and more.

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David Guetta — Tiesto Crashed Into My Dock With a Yacht … And I Can’t Stop Laughing

Rockstar DJ Tiesto just showed us how to get a laugh out of a multi-millionaire — simply total his South Beach dock by smashing into it with a yacht!  Sources close to the situation tell TMZ … Tiesto and crew — Martin Garrix, and LIV…

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Laws to Stop Marriage Equality Grow Increasingly Weird

Texas is pushing a proposed law that would let the state overrule the Supreme Court. There’s just one problem: they can’t actually do that. Alabama judges have decided that they don’t have to obey federal courts either, except that in reality, they do. And Oklahoma politician wants to switch from marriage licenses to marriage certificates, which would accomplish … not very much.

Let’s start in Texas this week, where first time State Rep Molly White has introduced a bill that would require the state to ignore any Supreme Court ruling that legalized marriage.

Can she do that? Nope, that’s not how laws work. Or the Supreme Court. Or America in general. For better or for worse, Texas is still part of the United States, so Texas can’t just say “no thanks” when the Supreme Court tells them to do something. White’s only been in office for two months, so hopefully she’ll get the hang of it soon.

Over in Alabama, the state Supreme Court is experiencing similar confusion. They’ve ordered probate judges to ignore the federal ruling that they have to issue marriage licenses. So now it’s state law versus federal law, and nobody knows who will win. Just kidding! Federal law will win. That’s the basis of our entire legal system.

Then there’s South Carolina, where a couple of politicians want to amend the US Constitution to ban marriage equality. This has no chance of happening. But State Senator Larry Grooms says that it’s necessary for “the propagation of our species.” Contrary to what Grooms seems to think, reproduction does not, in fact, originate in the U.S. Constitution.

And in Oklahoma, State Rep Todd Ross has solved the marriage debate with a new bill that stops the state from issuing marriage licenses, and instead requires marriage certificates. And this is different because … well, it’s actually pretty much the same, it’s just slightly less paperwork. So, okay.

Finally this week a new national survey shows support for marriage soaring to 59 percent, with just 33 percent opposed. This means that the freedom to marry is slightly more popular than the Pope.
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Zack Rosen is the former Editor-in-Chief of defunct queer culture site TheNewGay.net.

If catching up after a sick day is merely stressful, the cleanup for a few sick years feels positively herculean. I find myself in 2015 grossly familiar with where I’ve been. So like Charlie Brown and his football, I’m putting my trust back into the internet and hoping for connection. I’m asking for help in figuring out where I’m going.

I put so much of myself online, for so long, that I woke up one day in 2011 with nothing left. I spent the year following as a couch cushion, a soft fixture of my own red velvet sectional and the leather davenports of too many trained professionals.

There were the guinea pig months, where every fortnight heralded a new chemical cure with side effects worse than the initial illness. Two years of glacial gains and mudslide setbacks, cut with an endless bog of unactable ideas.

Incapacitation, for me, felt like being slowly drowned in my own ambitions. First I lost my will to put my thoughts on paper, which left my flowers of inspiration to bloom and rot under the cartoon lightbulb in my head. The world divided into things I wanted to do and things I could do, with little overlap. The cavern between desire and ability grew so large that a trip to the bank required as much planning as an alpine hike, and left me just as drained.

So I stopped worrying that I wasn’t a part of the world, and turned my focus to how I had gotten to this point and what I would do when past it. The answers were linked. I had burned myself out as a blogger, and blogging is a reactive medium. Events happened, I reported them. Artists created, I critiqued them. Gay culture was an assault, and I was leading the defense.

I was fighting Them, for Us.

They strike, I perry. They advance, I beat. Sleeping with one eye open, exhausted and wary to stay current, I finally asked myself, “How long do you keep making the second move before you ask what you’re running from?”

I was so busy reacting to the world around me that I ceased to be a part of it, and it was here that my infirmitude gave me a boon. The nature of my illness at that time, combined with its first wildly exacerbating attempt at treatment, set me out in a car for three weeks to get out of a few bad situations in a few different homes and re-experience the world of the living.

I drove from Chicago to a frigid Madison in mid-February 2012 and spent the next two weeks chasing the spring down to Georgia. When I wasn’t making bad decisions in gay bars and thrift stores, I thought.

I thought while chain-smoking at 4:00 a.m. in a dark highway between Louisville and Nashville. I thought in hotel rooms and thought so hard and slept so long I thought myself out of the daylight. I holed up at the Athens Days Inn for 36 hours with the shades down, with a box of crayons and a blank sketchbook, and thought until I remembered what it meant to share a piece of myself without fearing my audience.

I’ve spent three years trying to grasp what I learned over the course of those three weeks, and the only way I can share it now is by telling you a story. It’s a story I told myself during a period of time when I deemed it OK to treat myself like a child, albeit a child who’d read The Republic.

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It seemed to me that there were actually two worlds, the land of creation and the land of reaction, and I was trapped in the latter. The land of reaction is beautiful, but none of the beauty is local. It ends at a cliff and a chasm, and across that chasm is the land of creation, where real things happen and real people live.

The artists and poets over there, painters and storytellers, musicians and dreamers, revolutionaries and leaders, would pluck out a piece of their soul and fling it across the chasm for their subjects on the other side. And when it landed, this song or movie, this idea or inspiration, those in the land of reaction would jump on it and each try to claim a little piece for themselves.

Unable to cross the chasm of pain and hard work, they stay where they are and tear up what lands at their feet, twisting and turning the organs of another’s genius until they could present it, gored beyond recognition, as their own.

Such atrocities I’d committed there! An American president once said that the credit belongs to the man in the arena, and I’d found the illusion of apex at the tailgate. I still put thoughts online after this, interviewed musicians and made cat videos, but I couldn’t find joy in them. I couldn’t shake the idea that every second in the land of reaction sunk my feet another inch in the mud, and soon I’d lose the ability to cross forever.

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Stability is a poor synonym for recovery, but I’m better these days. Fifteen months ago, the last hard hit I took woke me up and I decided to make a small, old dream a reality. I’m tackling a line by line rewrite of T.S. Eliot’s “The Wasteland” as “White Gayland” a critique of the contemporary dominant gay culture. It’s hardly a whole-cloth miracle to draw over someone else’s blueprint, but I wanted the challenge of condensing 10 years of experience into a handful of stanzas. I wanted to write something I was proud of, something that wouldn’t spoil after a week on the windowsill.

I finished part one of five, and couldn’t find anywhere to publish. I’m highly unfamiliar with the literary and poetic world, and know from experience how most creative writing is received on most popular blogs. So I repeated an old mistake; I’m starting my own blog.

A continuation of my last blog, TheNewGay.net, I’ve started up TNG2.com as a home for aspiring creators with no place to go. My attempts to cross the gap from reactivity to creativity will begin with the next four parts of “White Gayland” interspersed with “A Different Dolphin,” a serialized gay children’s book written by New York City artist Aaron Clippinger and illustrated by myself.

This is the scariest thing I’ve done, including posing for Fleshbot and interviewing Stephin Merritt. Art lives longer than people, than articles, than tweets or likes or shouting matches, longer than any news segment or opinion piece, than protests, than riots, than wars, than fantasy or reality, than our children or our pets.

I’d like to have a home base for the creators outside of Buzzfeed, of social media, of “Internet famous,” of “How many followers?” or “Where’ve you been linked?” A place for original work and unpopular perspectives, for video and visual art and whatever comes after, a place for those who don’t fit in, who don’t have a base, who have whole worlds inside of them and no venue for release.

I don’t know exactly what I’m asking for, because I haven’t seen yet. Only you, the creator, know what’s in store. I just ask if this resonates with you — If you’ve also longed to take the long hike down the slope of reaction and up the hill of true magic, but feared rejection by those already there — let’s journey together.

If this resonates with you, shoot a note to Zack@tng2.com. There’s no deadline pressure, no weekly posts, no shitting out an anecdote to meet someone else’s deadline. Just present me with your own best self and let’s hope that, together, we can build our own endpoint.
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Please Stop Spitting on Me During Sex

WARNING: This post contains sexually explicit language. Please read on at your own discretion.

Please stop spitting on me during sex. It’s gross, unnecessary, and totally weird. There is absolutely no need for you to spit on me while we are having intercourse, and, honestly, the spitting causes more problems than anything else. I don’t know what porn you saw this in, but please stop doing it. I don’t know why you find it attractive, because I certainly don’t.

First of all, spitting on me is not going to provide any more lubrication than your mouth is already providing during sex. By sucking my penis or licking my anus, you are already providing a sufficient amount of moisture to facilitate the sex act. What’s more, by using your mouth like a normal person during oral sex, you spread your saliva evenly over me, which is much more useful during intercourse than stray wads of lube hocked up on me. Not once have I looked at my dick during a blowjob and thought, “Wow, I am incredibly dry in this one particular spot. I hope he spits exactly there to keep me lubed up!” Half the time you try to spit on me you totally miss your target. I really don’t need your spit on my futon, alarm clock, or rug. I also don’t want a loogie in my chest or ass hair; you keep trying to be manly, but you missed the spittoon by a mile!

I can’t stand when you spit on me while we are kissing. When we softly taste each other with our tongues, that is hot! When you grab my face and spit in my mouth, that’s not! Maybe some guys enjoy the degradation of having their face spit on, but that is not me. Your spit is actually kind of gross. It’s ropy and bubbly, and sometimes there is phlegm or bits of food in it. I don’t need to see that.

When I dominate another man, I absolutely never spit on him. There are a lot of things that happen in porn that look hot on video but are gross unfulfilling in real life. Spitting falls under this category. The rawness of it may appeal to some, but otherwise it’s completely gross. There are tons of other hotter and more agreeable acts to do to assert your power. Being dominant can involve holding someone down with exerted arm muscles, using powerful words to make them submit, or simply taking the lead in the bedroom (all consensually, of course). Spitting is the most unpoetic way to be dominant.
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How to Stop Teens from Texting while Driving

You would become a billionaire if you built a device to stop teens from texting and driving. The insurance companies would love it.

I think I figured out an elegant way to stop teens from texting. Yes, I could form a company to produce the product myself. But building a company takes time, and luck, and patent applications, and lots more. I would be dicking around trying to form a company while thousands of people die in the meantime.

So I'm going to release this idea for anyone who wants to take a run at it. I think insurance companies would be first in line. And I think they can act faster than I can.

Before you understand my solution, let me give you some context.

All newer cars have a standard jack that lets consumers add third-party devices that interact with the car's electronics. The jack is usually under the dashboard and most people have never seen it. Devices already exist that plug into that jack and record data about the car's operation.

The brute force method of preventing texting while driving involves, for example, having an app on your teen's phone that interacts with the plug-in device and shuts off texting functions while the car detects movement. That device already exists. I think AT&T offers one.

The problem with that approach is that whenever the teen is moving as a passenger in a car, or on a bus, texting is disabled. All the app knows is that the teen is in motion.

The problem no one has yet cracked is how to identify the driver of the car and disable that one phone's texting capability while allowing texting for passengers and public transit users.

That's the problem I solved.

My insight is that the problem lies with psychology, not technology. Here's my solution.

Like AT&T's solution, a device is jacked into the car's port below the dashboard. (You literally just plug it in.) The device works with an app that your teen has on his phone. That technology is all standard stuff.

All I am changing is the psychology, and to do that we require some tweaks in the software.

My solution requires one person to register as the non-texting driver for the specific vehicle or else a text alert will go to parents saying the car has no designated driver and is in motion.

That's it. That's the psychological fix. Think this through with me…

For starters, the passengers are all free to text, even if they have the app on their phones, because they have not registered as the driver of the moment. The speed of the vehicle is irrelevant to them.

If your teen is driving alone, he can still text and drive. The technology does not prevent it. But what does happen is that an immediate text is sent to a parent alerting of the behavior. And I can imagine also sending that data directly to the car insurance company as a way of knowing if the non-texting discount can apply.

I think it is important to allow texting and driving because sometimes the driver might hand his phone to a buddy and say, "Text my dad that we're heading to Bob's house." Or maybe the teen is stuck in stop-and-go traffic and just needs to tell his Mom, "home in 10." That's reasonably safe, but the parent will get an alert text anyway, including the highway speed at the moment of the text. If the car is at rest, the parent doesn't care. If the text says, "Eric says to tell you we are heading to Bob's house," it is obviously from a friend in the car, and again the parent isn't concerned.

My idea assumes that teens are selfish. (Fair enough?) Imagine a car full of teens, each with a phone, each texting continuously during the ride as passengers. Would any of those teens volunteer to be the designated driver – just to fool the app – so the real driver can text and drive? I don't think so, at least not often. Teens have lost the ability to be car passengers without texting. It isn't even a thing anymore. They need texting like they need air.

A teen is dumb enough to ride in a car with a driver that is texting, but that teen is too selfish to give up his own right to text. A system that relies on honesty, good judgment, or dependability will always fail with teens. But a system that depends on teens being selfish has a good shot at working.

Best of all, this system gives the teen passengers an easy way to protest if the driver somehow tries to beat the system and text anyway. Teens aren't good at saying, "Drive safely and don't text." But teens are great at saying, "Dude, I'm not going to be your designated non-texting bitch."

Your brain is now busy thinking of ways your teen can thwart my clever system, and those ways surely exist. No system is hole-free. But I think this system takes a huge bite out of the problem.

This is a big deal. If you can't think of a serious flaw in the system I described, we just fixed a big problem. And if there is a flaw I don't see, perhaps this discussion will spark a better idea in one of you.

Let's see if we can do something good today.

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Scott Adams
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