Words are useless in this situation

A typical person has 3 different types of cones in their eyes, for those that don’t know… (and I just learned about this last week) cones help you see colour, and in your eyes, you have lots of cones and lots of rods (rods help with the light).

People with colour blindness (dichromat) tend to only have 2 cones. Colour blindness is also hereditary and sticks on the x chromosome (sorry guys).

Here’s a little test to see if you have colour blindness (mouse-over for answers)

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So why are women less susceptible to having 2 cones?

Children and mothers of colour-blind men tend to have the 3 typical cones along with an extra cone. So what’s so great about having 4 cones (tetrachromat)? Not much, up until recently, there has never been any evidence that having an extra cone had any benefits.

Researcher Gabrielle Jordan has discovered a woman who’s fourth cone gives her a superhuman ability, she can see 99 million more colours than the average human being.

Because she is an anomaly, she is able to see colours that almost the rest of the population cannot even begin to imagine. There are no ways for her to identify or even name these colours without it seeming redundant or useless to the rest of the world.

For more information on how the research process, check it out here : http://discovermagazine.com/2012/jul-aug/06-humans-with-super-human-vision/article_view?b_start:int=0&-C=

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Marvel - creating role models for everyone

So another famous wedding is in the process!

Northstar, the first superhero to come out in comic book history is finally getting married!

This will be happening in the upcoming 51st issue of Astonishing X-Men!!

"When gay marriage became legal in New York State, it raised obvious questions since most of our heroes reside in New York State. Northstar is the first openly gay character in comics and he’s been in a longterm relationship with his partner Kyle so the big question was – how would this change his relationship?," says Marvel Comics editor-in-chief Axel Alonso. "Our comics are always best when they respond to and reflect developments in the real world. We’ve been doing that for decades, and this is just the latest expression of that."

(taken from Rolling Stone Magazine )

Enjoy!

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Things to order at a bar

So are you a dude who doesn’t like beer and sick of taking shots?

Do you also like mixed drinks, but don’t want to order “girly” drinks?

Check out this list from Shave Magazine :

  • Kamikaze
  • Captain and coke
  • Jager bombs
  • Martini
  • Gin and tonic
  • Irish car bomb
  • Scotch and soda
  • Manhattan
  • Old fashion
  • Black and tan

Recipes to all these drinks are on their website!

An oldie but a goodie

This post is in memory of all the LGBT teens out there who have taken their lives because of bullying and harassment.

"This story is for the young people who might be holding the gun tonight or the rope or the pill bottle. … Please stick around to make those happy memories for yourself. It may not seem like it tonight, but they will. And the attitudes of society will change. Please live long enough to be there to see it." - Joel Burns

A full transcript can be found here

Things need to change, and it starts with you.

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Not all Republicans are bad

"How could I deny anyone the right to have that incredible bond with another individual in life."

Maureen Walsh was one of two Republicans to vote for Gay Marriage.
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Transcript after the jump (courtesy of buzzfeed):

I don’t wax as eloquently as most of the people on the floor here, but I have allowed my heart and mind to guide me on a lot of different decisions I’ve made in the legislature. I think sometimes that’s what we have to do.

I too don’t want to wag my finger at anybody about which way to vote on this. It’s certainly an issue of consciousness for me that I’ve been weighing very heavily for the past few weeks.

You know, I was married for 23 years to the love of my life and he died 6 years ago. I think of all the wonderful years we had and the wonderful fringe benefits of having 3 beautiful children. I don’t miss the sex, and to me that’s kind of what this boils down to. I don’t miss that… I mean I certainly miss it, but it’s certainly not the aspect of that relationship, that incredible bond I had with that human being, that I really really genuinely wish I still had. And so I just think to myself: how could I deny anyone the right to have that incredible bond with another individual in life. To me it seems almost cruel.

Years ago my daughter went to elementary school. Many of you have met my daughter she’s a fabulous girl, she’s wonderful, my boys are great too, but she’s really something special. She was the light of her father’s eye.

So she went to school and there were a whole group of kids picking on another kid, and you know, my daughter stuck up for that kid. Even though it wasn’t the popular thing to do it was the right thing to do. I was never more proud of my kid than knowing she was speaking against the vocal majority on behalf of the rights of the minority. And to me, it is incumbent upon us as legislators in this state to do that. That is why we are here.

And I shudder to think that if folks who had preceded us in history did not do that, frankly I’m not sure I would be here as a woman. I’m not sure other people would be here due to their race or creed. And to me that is what’s disconcerting.

And someone made the comment that this is not about equality. Well yes it is about equality. And why in the world would be not allow those equal rights for individuals who are truly committed to one another in life to be able to show that in the way of a marriage.

My daughter came out of the closet a couple of years ago and you know what I thought I was going to agonize about that. Nothing’s different. She’s still a fabulous human being and she met someone she loves very much. And some day, by God, I want to throw a wedding for that kid. And someday I hope that’s what I can do. I hope she will not feel like a second-class citizen involved in something called a “domestic partnership” which frankly sounds like a Mary Maids franchise to me.

Thank you Mr. Speaker. That’s all I want to say.

Stand Against Homophobia

Stand Against, not for, Homophobic Bullying

Here’s a video created by “BeLonG To Youth Services”.

BeLonG To is a national youth service for Lesbian Gay Bisexual & Transgender (LGBT) young people in Ireland. We believe that LGBT young people need to be respected and cared for on the same basis as all other young people, and that when they are safe and supported in their families, schools & society they will thrive as healthy and equal citizens.

http://www.belongto.org/home.aspx

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Baked, not Fried

Here are some healthy alternatives to that bag of chips you’re thinking of opening right now.

Baked Pita/Tortilla Chips

  • Pita or Tortilla
  • Salt *optional*
  • Olive Oil *optional*
  • Seasoning *optional*
Why go for fried or baked chips? or better yet…why buy pita chips when you can make them at home, it’s healthier and cheaper!
Cut your pita or tortillas into 8 slices (that’s what I typically do), drizzle a little olive oil and toss the pita slices in it, sprinkle a little salt, and maybe some paprika. Then lay them out in one layer on parchment paper lined baking sheet, then into a 400 degree oven it goes.
Goes perfectly with dips and hummus!

Baked Kale Chips

  • Kale
  • Salt
  • Olive Oil
That’s all you need to make this simple snack!
Rip the kale leaves into small bite sized pieces, wash and dry thoroughly. Drizzle a little olive oil and sprinkle a little salt and throw them onto a parchment lined baking sheet into an oven set at 300 degrees until the edges are lightly browned

Roasted Chickpeas

  • 1 can of chickpeas
  • olive oil
  • salt
  • seasoning *optional*
Who doesn’t love chickpeas?
Drain and dry the chickpeas thoroughly. Drizzle a little bit of olive oil and add your favourite seasonings. Then throw that all onto a baking sheet and into a 450 degree oven for 30-40 minutes, and TADA! roasted chickpeas.

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Stirling Inn and Spa

Pictures from Stirling Inn and Spa, one of the top rated hotels in Niagara Falls.

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This hotel was BEAUTIFUL, the restaurant located inside the hotel is rated the top restaurant in Niagara Falls.

The package that we got for this came from Groupon, it came with a 50$ gift card to their restaurant, as well as 5 wine tasting tour vouchers.

Oh yea…there’s also breakfast in bed.

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India and the LGBT Community

On February 7th, two transgender women were appointed into positions of power in India.

Indian transgender women are known as hirja. Some live in specialized communities led by a guru and perform a role blessing birth ceremonies and weddings. Though many of them live on the edge of society, because employment opportunities are limited.

The appointment of these two transgender women gives hope to many of the hirjas in India.

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On Feb. 28th, the government is fully supporting the decriminalization of gay sex that was passed in 2009.

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Notable LGBT

So everyone seems to have some role models, so why not an LGBT role model?

Alan Turing

Age: 41 (June 23, 1912 – June 7, 1954)

Occupation: mathematician, logician, cryptanalyst, and computer scientist

Most Known for: Halting problem, Turing machine, Cryptanalysis of the Enigma, Automatic Computing Engine, Turing Award, Turing Test, Turing patterns

Information: He helped to crack German codes in WW2, and in 1952, was prosecuted for being homosexual. They conducted hormonal treatments on him, and grew breasts because of this, he committed suicide in 1954. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan_Turing

Ellen DeGeneres

Age: 53 (January 26, 1958 - )

Occupation: Stand-up Comedienne, Television Host and Actress.

Most Known for: hosting The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Voice of Dory (Finding Nemo) and Judge on American Idol Season 9

Information: started her own record label Eleveneleven, with Grayson Chance and Jessica Simpson signed under this label. She is the 15th cousin of Duchess of Cambridge, Catherine Elizabeth (Kate Middleton). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ellen_DeGeneres

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Elton John

Age: 64 (March 25, 1947 - )

Occupation:English Rock Singer-Songwriter, Composer, Pianist and Actor

Most Known for: established the Elton John Aids Foundation, sold more than 250 million albums worldwide, writing soundtracks to The Lion King, Road to El Doraldo, Gnomeo and Juliet

Information: Knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1998, CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elton_John

Freddie Mercury

Age: 45 (September 5, 1946 - November 25, 1991)

Occupation: British Musician, Singer and Songwriter

Most Known for: Lead vocalist of the rock band Queen, composed Bohemian Rhapsody, Crazy Little Thing Called Love  and We are the Champions

Information: He was born Farrokh Bulsara. In 2006, he was named one of the most influential Asian heroes in the past 60 years by Time Magazine. In 2008, Rolling Stone ranked him 18 on their list of the 100 greatest singers. Passed away due to AIDS. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freddie_Mercury

George Takei

Age: 74 (April 20, 1937 - )

Occupation: Actor

Most Known for: his role as  Hikaru Sulu, helmsman of the USS Enterprise in the television series Star Trek

Information: One of the founders of  the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles. Large advocate of gay rights, he releases many PSAs to help raise awareness for the LGBT. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Takei

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Harvey Milk

Age: 48 (May 22, 1930 - November 27, 1978)

Occupation: Politicain

Most Known for: First openly gay man to be elected to public office (in California)

Information: In 2002, Milk was called “the most famous and most significantly open LGBT official ever elected in the United States”. He was assassinated by previous supervisor Dan White. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harvey_milk

Ian McKellan

Age: 72 (May 25, 1939 - )

Occupation: Actor

Most Known for: Playing Gandalf (Lord of the Rings), Magneto (X-Men series), The Toad (Flushed Away), Sir Leigh Teabing (Da Vinci Code)

Information: Came out in 1988, and is now a very prominent advocate for LGBT rights. He is a co-founder of Stonewall, an LGBT lobby group. He was knighted in 1991. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ian_mckellan

Jim Parsons

Age: 38 (March 24, 1973 - )

Occupation: Actor

Most Known for: Playing Sheldon Cooper (Big Bang Theory), Human Walter (The Muppets)

Information: He has won 2 Emmys, 1 Golden Globe and a Critic’s Choice Television Award. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Parsons

 

Neil Patrick Harris

Age: 38 (June 15, 1973 - )

Occupation: Actor, Musician, Director and Magician

Most Known for: Himself (Harold and Kumar), Will Fratelli (Beastly), Himself (The Muppets), Barny Stinson (How I Met Your Mother), Dr. Horrible (Dr. Horrible’s Sing-a-long Blog)

Information: He is a fan of magic and serves on the Board of Directors of Hollywood’s Magic Castle. He came out in 2006 and has two children from a surrogate mother with partner David Burtka.

 

Oscar Wilde

Age: 46 (October 16, 1854 - November 30, 1900)

Occupation: Writer

Most Known for: The Importance of Being Earnest, The Picture of Dorian Gray

Information: He wrote plays, poems as well as books. He was married to Constance Lloyd, but also shared an intimate friendship with Lord Alfred Douglas.

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