Captian Valor: Back with a New Message

Hey hey.

Remember CaptianValor (from the internets) of sign language music video fame?

He’s back and different. No more ASL. More talky-talk and more listening.

He likes you, and he wants to know what you think. He wants to create a community, and he wants you involved.

Essentially the neat idea is to ask a question and then compile responses and create a new video a fortnight later.

The ol’ captain seems to have changed since the ASL days. He has a serious job and this new goal. He is a true go-getter, always on to the next task! This goal really uses technology (youtube) to its full extent.

Are you part of the YouTube community? How does it work with video responses and communication? Or do you mainly use it for passive watching for hours of 30Rock clips?

Will you join the conversation? Or are you part of one already?


Gourd Season

Hey buddies.

For some of you, the weather is getting colder, not hotter like it is here where its different, for some that means piles of leaves, thanksgiving and so many related tv PSAs.

And in this case, a great deal of expletives, passion and a drive to make a decorative Autumn-themed basket:

I may even throw some multi-colored leaves into the mix, all haphazard like a crisp October breeze just blew through and fucked that shit up. Then I’m going to get to work on making a beautiful fucking gourd necklace for myself. People are going to be like, “Aren’t those gourds straining your neck?” And I’m just going to thread another gourd onto my necklace without breaking their gaze and quietly reply, “It’s fall, fuckfaces. You’re either ready to reap this freaky-assed harvest or you’re not.”

McSweeny is a publishing company that runs a humour website. This particular gem is written by Colin Nissan. It makes Autumn sound awesome! Also gourds. Amirite?


Pro Tip: Gay Blood is now mostly OK for donating

Hey ya.

The more blood-obsessed or news savvy of you may already know this, but its pretty interesting. In England, Scotland and Wales

Gay men who have not had homosexual sex within a year will be able to donate if they meet certain other criteria.

Those other criteria are the same as anyone else wanting to donate. As we’ve talked about before there are restrictions with weight and health and a stand down period after babies, tattoos and things.

This is great because it no longer excludes a group of people from donation for an assumed reason. Hetero men can have all the unprotected female anal sex they want, wait a year and then donate. ‘mo sex is different only in gender so should be treated no different. And now it isn’t. A one year gap between anal sex and donation. In other countries:

In Sweden, Japan, and Australia, the wait is one year. In New Zealand, it’s five. In South Africa, six months from a man’s last same-sex encounter is enough. In Italy, the restriction lasts for four months after sex with a new partner.

The lifetime ban of gay blood was introduced at the beginnings of the HIV epidemic 1981, while testing was only just being developed reliable test developed in 1985 and there was no complex understanding of HIV transmission.

Now we have a super reliable three phase system to ensure the safety of blood donations including interviews, blood screening and more tests. Science backs up the assurance that a one year stand down before donating doesn’t change the risk of HIV. It is great to see such a big and scary ban be changed through logic and rational inclusivity. Progress.

Here is a great American breakdown of the history of the ban, development of safeguards in donation and great info about HIV.