Man on the Verge

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Photo by Paul Shoul, courtesy Lloyd Cole

I’ve borrowed a few images from Lloyd Cole‘s website for a fun Saturday post. I’ve made it pretty clear in the past I’m a big fan of his music, as I’ve posted vids from time to time. I’ve also been playing him nonstop on my iPod—some of that stuff is perfect for down moods and feeling worn out. I’m sure quoting him with “Put me in the ground…” is a sign of that, but don’t take me literally. He’s so damn bookish at times. As for the photos, he’s a sexy man at any age.

I check his weblog from time to time to see what’s new with him, and he’s planning to release a compilation of b-sides, covers, and alternate versions of singles early next year. Gotta love the title: Cleaning Out The Ashtrays.

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Photo by David Sims, courtesy Lloyd Cole

For more images, visit Lloyd Cole‘s gallery

Most Viewed of My Flickr Pics

Here are my top ten most viewed pics on Flickr as of today. This list will probably still be the same tomorrow, just different numbers.

1. Death Proof Amputee
Death Proof
Yes, this girl really was an amputee. This was no trick or optical illusion. She danced around the display promoting Death Proof at San Diego Comic-Con.

2. Ginch Gonch Boys
God Bless Mexico
I guess I’m not with it, but I recently found out these were the Ginch Gonch boys (and that’s what they’re wearing). They were wandering around the San Diego Pride Festival in their near nakedness when I took this pic.

3. Handsome Superman
Superman at DC Comics exhibit
I caught this handsome Superman at Comic-Con and he gave me the classic Superman pose.

4. Leia, Obi Wan, and Padme in front of Jabba
Leia, Obi Wan, and Padme in front of Jabba
Three Star Wars character impersonators happened to be in front of Jabba when I took this pic. Princess Leia obviously had a lot to do with this pic’s popularity.

5. Superman and Trinity
Superman and Trinity
This was a fun pairing of superheroes from different universes.

6. Rough Trade
Rough Trade
Don’t know much about this guy except he was waiting for something or someone during Pride weekend.

7. Wolverine x 2
Wolverine x 2
Two Wolverines for the price of one. Taken at Comic-Con.

8. Annie Lennox meets Vulcan
Annie Lennox meets Vulcan
She was an actress in a Star Trek fan fic featuring George Takei. Taken at Comic-Con.

9. Jabba and Vampira
Jabba with Vampira
If only Jabba came by this woman in Star Wars, he’d never need to chain the other women to his throne, including Princess Leia. Taken at Comic-Con.

10. Free Hugs
Free Hugs
These two young women were giving free hugs during Comic-Con.

Digitally Generated Hotness

I’ve seen the Beowulf trailer a few times on TV, and Danish/Old English mythical hero is hot. At least in some shots he is. In a few scenes, the characters appear somewhat realistic, while in others, they look like very detailed CGI. Motion capture, getting closer to perfection, has a lot to do with it. Which lead us to the titular character portrayed by Ray Winstone. He’s nowhere as appealing in real life, and I never knew who he was until I went on the film’s website. Angelina Jolie, whose character gives birth to a pile of melted cheese, retains her most of her original appearance, while Winstone is remade as a young and virile Teutonic fantasy. Talk about movie magic.

Heterosexy?

Warning: Adult Content. This post contains images from Vanity Fair (right below) and Tom Ford’s Extreme for Men ad campaign. These high fashion images are not pornography; however, there are some body parts including a man’s ass. You have been warned.
The presentation of the Tom Ford persona has always confounded me, especially with the Feb 2006 issue of Vanity Fair where he appears fully clothed with two nude women (Keira Nightly and Scarlet Johannson). As far as looks go, his signature style is sexy (on him) – well cut hair, two day beard, and crumpled up white shirts in elegant black suits. As an openly gay fashion designer, he has toyed with the public’s perception of his sexuality with some very heterosexual images, such as the cover of Vanity Fair.

The ad campaign for Extreme for Men continues this blurring of Tom Ford’s image as he’s featured in a double page ad where his shirt is open and a woman’s hand is on his chest. Turn the page and Tom Ford’s, um, bottle is lodged in the woman’s pudendum.

Heterosexy

There’s another ad where the woman looks like she’s getting titty fucked.
Of course, Tom Ford has been criticized for objectifying women in these ads. Not surprisingly, these ads are marketed to straight men. However, Tom Ford claims he’s an equal opportunity objectifier and has created a version of the ad with a man’s ass. The hands on the ass look like they belong to Ford.
Read some reactions to the male ad in the Just Us Boys forum.

Tom Ford is the very macho coverboy in this month’s Out. You can read up on him, see some images of him posing with models in a boxing theme, but you can’t see the piece de resistance online: him naked in the shower with the boxers. You’ll have to buy the print version for that.

Correction: The online version of Out‘s article on Tom Ford features the shower shot.

Eureka, Season 2: Maneater

In last night’s episode, there’s an exploding toilet. Sewers are also featured in “Maneater,” but it’s safe to say they’re not used as a means of escape or to get from point A to B. Eureka‘s not that obvious, but the sewers* do play an important role in solving the mystery of the week.

A few episodes, Carter met Callie, the invisibility chemist turned dry cleaner, and it was nice to see him move on from Allison. However, Carter soon finds himself to be irresistible to all the women in Eureka, including Jo, Allison, and the presenter of the sexual harassment workshop at the beginning of the episode. Every man dreams of being the sexiest man in town, but this soon turns into a life threatening situation for Carter. Of course, you can expect a scientific solution, but I’m not giving this one away.

Eureka is definitely climbing up there with all the Star Trek episodes for interesting science for problems and magical solutions, but their approach is much more subtle.

Stark looked hot and irresistible in his form fitting short sleeve black shirt. Apparently, he’s been reinstated as a researcher at Global, unless he has no life and hangs out there. He certainly isn’t in a hurry to get a job elsewhere. While some previous episodes cast some doubts on his villainy, this one raises some questions. Perhaps it relates to the mysterious agenda at the end of “Once In A Lifetime,” but he’s not too crazy about Carter snooping around about Kim’s death (which was caused by an experiment with the Artifact).

*waste and air conditioning, which requires an MIT PhD to manage.

Cute With Chris

It’s been a while since I’ve posted about YouTube finds. This Chris guy (not my friend the Hopeless Khowaga) is warped and he does it with such a straight face. This seemingly normal guy is anything but. He’s got an angle with the cute topic, which I’m not sure I like because it often involves cuddly images of cats and dogs, but his sense of humor is twisted, which I like. Plus, he’s nice to look at, which is the real reason I tune in.

His vid on Zac Efron and the response he got from teenage girls is funny, sort of like the kind my blog friend Chris got on his some of his Heroes posts. His advice to Stacey is priceless, as teenage girls tend to think that someone like Efron loves them, he just doesn’t know it yet.

Somehow, I had a discussion with a couple of my students, very young women, about Ricky Martin and the gay rumors. I asked them if that was a bad thing, and they said yes. This would mean that he’s not available for them. I mentioned to them that he’s not available anyway, gay or not, but they’re not dissuaded. They believe Ricky loves them, but he doesn’t know it yet.

Anyhow, I hope you’re having a fun and productive Tuesday. Don’t get the Chris’s confused.

Post 300

Just something silly and meaningless for the 300th post on ShindoTV. It only seems appropriate to pull the Gerard Butler pics from my files to celebrate. Enjoy.