Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Gay Celebrity Feeding Frenzy (Street Fair Project)

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Photos of "L Word" stars and buttons with "Queer as Folk" personalities sell like hotcakes at NYC's Gay Pride Festival. Watch 'gay folk' prove that they are as much prisoners of mass culture and celebrity hype as everyone else.

Monday, February 27, 2006

Gay Brothers Wanted (Street Fair Project)

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Researchers seek families with multiple gay male children for genetic research.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006


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$200 sunglasses for $10 a pair?  How is that possible?

Tell every customer what they want to hear.  Don't let a young woman wait on a married man. 

Watch a super haggler and a super salesman find common ground nd then reflect on their finding of common ground.

BLIP"s "MOST WATCHED' (Lessons learned #4A)

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No one seems to have been able to watch this video as posted earlier.

It is actually the first part of the last of four vlogs I did as an experiment.

It plays for four minutes.  Allow it to load before playing. 

Parts #1, #2, #3 and #4B finale can be viewed by clicking on my list of posted vlogs or going to


Tuesday, February 14, 2006

EAT THAT KITTY LITTER ! (Street Fair Project)

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A computer consultant who has left Wall Street to run a Brooklyn Kennel talks about his new life with dogs, rescuing greyhounds and helping President Bush's Secret Service agent adopt a dog---along with the breeds of dogs people with alergies prefer.


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Paul Simon's dog sitter describes what the two stars are like off stage.

Monday, February 13, 2006


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Cheating isn't really satisfying. However, there seems to be a real incompatibility in the vlogging world between Windows and Apple. This leads to innocent mistakes. However, the secrets of the list slowly reveal themselves in this first part of a two-part final vlog on lessons learned.


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Evidence mounts that the rate of hits determines ranking in the "most watched" list.
Basic incompatibility between Apple and Windows cause many problems.  Randy Wicker realizes his own shortcomings.  He shares his mistakes and urges others to do the same.  Throught it all, the "secrets of the list" are slowly being revealed.


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You learn by doing.  Mistakes are the greatest teachers.  In this four minute vlog, Randy Wicker examines what he has discovered.  The secrets of the list may be illusive but in this vlog, we discover some secrets and many mistakes Blip users might do best to avoid.

Because longer vlogs seem to have troubles at the moment, this summary has been divided into Part A & Part B.


SPANK THE MACHINE (Street Fair Project)

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A young man sells T-shirts in Union Square. The 2000 contested Presidential election was his wake-up call.  He preaches revolution with his left hand while raking in the bucks with his right.  He's making money, dreams of starting spankthemachine.com and sets his sights on Boston afterconquering NYC.

Sunday, February 12, 2006


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Napoleon had his Waterloo.  Randy Wicker faces his own stupidity in this confessional vlog.

Nevertheless, 'secrets of the list' slowly reveal themselves... 

CARNIVAL CRUISE ENVY RANT (The Revolution Begins in Hoboken)

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An amusing rant and fantasy about stopping a Cruise Ship headed to sea by a flotilla of kayaks.

Saturday, February 11, 2006


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EDoug is morally outraged at Randys scheme to put Dougs vlog at the top of the Most Watched list. Randy just cackles like a madman and presses on. But those in Blips control room appear to have caught on to his plot.

Thursday, February 09, 2006


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Examining just what makes a vlog one of the top ten, or even "number one", on Blip's "Most Watched" list revealed some interesting turns in the road. Join me on that interesting journey.

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Kiss Me! I'm Gay! (Street Fair Project)

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This 45 second snippet features a young lesbian telling us we just can't buy the T-shirt she is wearing.

ALL ABOUT ANIMALS (Street Fair Project)

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It's rare that you interview someone who tells you all kinds of things you don't already know.  Like how intelligent and loving pigs are. Why branding dogs is a crime. The horrors behind the making of veal.  How years of vegetarian eating results in your having a great figure at the age of 52.

Vloggers will see the great failure I encountered by having a black helper hold up a black sheet behind the person being interviewed.  You could see him and nearly see the features of his face as well.

This is one of the most interviews I've done.  What a pity that technical problems like transparent black sheets probably make it commercially unusable.  Live and learn. 

Monday, February 06, 2006


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Making money at street fairs is a tricky business. Having a great sense of humor is certainly a plus. This fellow says his lovely wavey hair "is waving goodbye". The more you spend with him, the more he tells you how much you're saving. He wants that cash and he makes you laugh so much you don't mind giving it to him.

CAMERA BOY BITCH FIGHT (Street Fair Project)

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Good help is hard to find.  Vloggers with a limited budget recruit whomever they can. You definitely get what you pay for.  Underpaid help can get really bitchy as this short vlog shows.

Sunday, February 05, 2006

SEX VISUAL ART PROJECT (Street Fair Project)Adult theme

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Mr. Uudam's visual arts project has a sexual proposition popular with just about everyone. He has created two thousand ways to help you to express your amorous intentions to another.

BUTCH/FEM WORK PROJECT (Street Fair Project)

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People are challenging employers who insist males and females follow traditional rigid dress codes. Woman say they shouldn't have to wear make-up to keep their job.

Thursday, February 02, 2006


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It had been a long and tiring day monitoring postings on the discussion boards of the Human Cloning Foundation. A lengthy parade of zealots had accused those of us who supported human cloning of playing God, assured us God was against cloning, even maintaining that children conceived through cloning would lack a soul.
There is something simultaneously arrogant and depressing about a fourteen year old telling you that she knows what God wants. I left the computer feeling like a monkey who was losing a banana-throwing contest.
I should fight these people on their own ground. I declared to a few friends who were gathered in my Greenwich Village Art Deco lighting shop. I should put the ball in their court. I should publish some Clone Jesus buttons just to get them stirred up.
You wouldnt do that! Charlie, a friend who had helped hand out packets of cloning literature during my 2001Congressional testimony, responded. That is really sick. If you did that, I would never speak to you again!
His outrage startled me. Actually, his emotionally overwrought response would move me to do the irrational and incomprehensible- order a batch of Clone Jesus buttons.
They came a few weeks later. I opened the box, shuddered, and closed it quickly. How could I, a responsible and visible advocate of human cloning, have been so foolish as to print them?
It was instinct. I had been the button king in the late 1960s .I really hated some of the best sellers in those days ­It Sucks and the smile buttonbut I had followed the market and met the demand.
Seeing CLONE JESUS in white letters on a black background simultaneously titillated and frightened me.
To clone anyone, you would have to have viable living cells. The idea of cloning Jesus was as much science fiction as was the story that some businessmen were going to clone Dracula.
Indeed, in August,2003, The Scripts Howard News Service would cause something of a fuss among established theologians by announcing: Filmmaker David Rolfe is planning to make a spine-chilling science fiction thriller about international power games and a cloned Jesus
 Such debates were far from my mind as I fancied fighting nonsense with nonsense.
Certainly, cloning Jesus was a more worthy undertaking than cloning Hitler (Boys of Brazil). Id discovered that most people thought the idea of cloning Princess Diana was acceptable. Id gone to Central Park to a memorial service and handed out thousands of badges that were eagerly accepted by her admirers.
So, I had these joke buttons designed to push buttons. However, I really didnt want to be associated with them. They were babblings of idiocy.
After all, I was the major pro-human-cloning spokesperson, the worlds first human cloning activist, I didnt want to be associated with such nonsense.
Clone Jesus buttons would simply destroy whatever credibility Id achieved. On the one hand, I could only imagine what Rev. Jerry Falwell would have said had I the bad judgment to wear one while debating him on Fox-TVs Gibson Show.
The responsible side of me said: Throw them into the garbage. But the revolutionary in me knew I held Uranium 235 in my hands.
 Being a human cloning activist means that you are taking on a public that is somewhere between eighty and ninety percent negative.. And most of that opposition is based solely on religious perspectives.
In any war, especially a war of ideas, one of the most effective techniques is to fire a stealth missile into the enemy camp to create confusion and pandemonium.
Better yet, on an intellectual level you change the meaning of the terminology. You redefine the debate. You make definitions obtuse. You change the parameters of the discussion..
Terminology always defines any debate. Our opponents tried to stick us with certain terminology. Cloning, they argued, was replication. Sorry, but cloning is reproduction by definition.
Reproduction is defined as passing your genes on to another generation Score one for the underdog. Score one for us!
         The buttons sat for two or three weeks in the closed box that they had arrived in, like trapped aliens waiting to explore a new world.
Timidly, I gave one to a friend, a devout member of the Metropolitan Community Church, who promised me she would risk wearing it.
If someone, gets physically antagonistic, I counseled, you should take refuge in the idea that whenever you do good works, you are acting in Jesus behalf and are therefore cloning Jesus.
Thats theologically sophisticated, she agreed while pinning the first button onto her dress. I was flattered. Theology was one of the subjects that interested me the least.
The next night would present me with the person and the means to explore the Clone Jesus possibilities.
Coco was one of those people who inhabited my extraordinary life. She was a most unlikely friend of a retail merchant. She was mainly black and part American Indian.
Shed help me care for a roommate who had died of AIDS. I had taken her in for a couple years because I was lonely. Coco was good intelligent company.
Ultimately, she had been sent back to jail for three to seven years for selling a $10 bag of crack to an undercover officer on the street. 
When she came out of jail, Id given her a chance at a normal life job and all. For several months, she seemed like a changed person. Then, warm weather arrived and the call of homeless life on the street and prostitution reclaimed her.
Homelessness is actually a state of mind. Whenever I challenged Coco about her circumstances at thirty-four years of age, she would always remind me that she had chosen this life at the age of fourteen.
Coco was a male who was small and had feminine features. She was what is today called transgendered. Those of us who knew her thought of her as a feminine personality although her physical sex was male.
When she panhandled, she preferred to use a wrap around her head. Frequently she would wear a wig.
People give more to homeless women. Coco explained when I asked why she wore a wig while panhandling.
Coco plugged into Housing Works where being HIV Positive entitled her to 28 day residences in certain assigned hotels. In the Bronx a large rat had pounced on the bed and scampered over her face while she slept. That was why she had chosen to crash on the kitchen floor of my Greenwich Village Art Deco lighting emporium on the Saturday before Mothers Day.
Resenting another request for funds, I decided to let Coco be my ambassador to the world. I pressed a bundle of Clone Jesus buttons into her hands and suggested she use them to get money.

Ultimately, I would discover that I had indeed found the means to confuse the enemy and change some of the parameters of the debate on human cloning.

(web address: http://www.clonerights.com



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Wednesday, February 01, 2006


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