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Eight for eight…

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It’s taken iron determination, but I’ve done it: managed to get through another season without seeing a single complete episode of American Idol. I remember I saw about half an hour of an episode of the first season, and that was all I needed to convince me that I wanted nothing to do with the whole insane creepy enterprise. Since then it’s taken intrepid maneuvering to stay Idol free, given the relentless onslaught of William Hung, Sanjaya, et al. (I’m ashamed that I could even summon those names). So while I know that it my be frowny face time for many of you on my friends list, I also know that you can rest secure in the knowledge that the juggernaut cannot be stopped at this point and that we will be subjected to many more seasons of stellar fabrication before my personal revulsion becomes widespread enough to put an end to it. Till then I’ll cram my fingers in my eye-and-ear-holes and sit in the corner saying lalalalalalalalalala to myself.

In other news, I’ve done a little updating of my online bibliography page to reflect a couple of recent mentions in various reviews.

Last night was another interesting panel at TES, which brought in a crowd that is not often in attendance. It’s always helpful to see different faces, and as board member on duty, I unfortunately had to bring the discussion to a close way before we could have stopped. Here’s to hoping that we can have more of these kinds of talks especially since one unfortunate comment made it clear that people can sit in meetings for many years and still not hear what others are saying around them.

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May 21, 2009 at 12:51 pm

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Whee…

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Sometimes teachin’ is fun!

A great evening at TES: big turnout and people seemed to genuinely like the class.

And I had a very comfy foot rest for most of it.

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March 11, 2009 at 11:08 pm

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Because I don’t teach enough already…

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Got some free time tomorrow evening? Then come by TES for my class:

“The Artist’s Way to Designing Scenes”

Things start at 8pm. Admission info and address on the TES website, which you probably shouldn’t access from work.

And then next week I’ll be teaching on cigars and pipes at IMsL. And in May I’ll be teaching at GMSA, on photography.

It seems that if it has an acronym, I’ll teach at it.

What does that have to do with the milkshake photo? No idea.

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March 10, 2009 at 4:49 pm

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I went to a GMSMA meeting last night, my first in at more than a year. I went in response to an email I had received with this header: GMSMA: Is there a future for GMSMA?.

The email detailed some of the troubles the organization is having, and the discussion at the event was equally frank. To the organization’s credit, they were willing to say aloud and in a public meeting things that other organizations would often try to divert attention from. The willingness to do that is a sign of some health. But it’s clear that GMSMA is at one of the turning points in an organizational life cycle. To be honest, their case is not all that unique. Most nonprofits have to face the same challenges at various points in their existence. It’s one of the things that makes me continue to work with non-profit groups. Arts groups and kink groups have a lot of similarities.

I was not there in any official TES capacity, but I did speak a bit about how TES has dealt with similar issues. It’s interesting, because from where GMSMA is sitting some of TES’s situation looks pretty good. Similarly, one person who is the leader of another leather group got up and said that if they had a fraction of the membership and the budget that GMSMA had, they would be overjoyed.

There were people who said that GMSMA should disband, the sooner the better, and people who thought that the issue is simply one of people working a little harder and the organization doing some advertising. People talked about how they felt about the organization, and tried to articulate its current role. Sitting there I found myself with a lot of questions, and the impulse to do some talking and writing about them.

Many of the people who read this are involved in community based non-profit organizations: Kink, Arts groups, Bear Clubs, etc. I’m wondering if you know of any books about theses kinds or organizations. We see a lot of management books for corporate culture where the index of success is easily defined: profit. What kinds of resources are there on the non-profit side? And furthermore, how would you define a “successful” non-profit? What does it look like? Many of us have little trouble talking about the faults of the organizations we are part of (or refuse to be part of), but if we find them lacking, then just what is it they lack?

(edit) It seems to me that New York’s sexual culture is in the midst of a huge shift right now, and I’m also curious to hear if other people perceive it in the same way. Am I just projecting my own preoccupations onto our time, or do things seem very different from even five years ago?

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January 15, 2009 at 6:45 pm

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Happy Holidays Y’all…

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Got this dvd at the TES gift exchange and not only does it have completely acceptable holiday music (played on solo acoustic guitar), but it’s the first Yule log video I’ve ever seen with footage of someone adding wood to the fire. Usually the loop is so short you never see the fire being tended to ( the classic WPIX log is about six and a half minutes), but while I was watching, somebody just tossed a log on! I don’t know why I find that so satisfying.

here’s hoping that all the rest of your experiences make you feel as good.

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December 24, 2008 at 10:45 pm

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