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IOC gives go-ahead for transsexuals to compete

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) -- Transsexuals were cleared Monday to compete in the Olympics for the first time.

Under a proposal approved by the IOC executive board, athletes who have undergone sex-change surgery will be eligible for the Olympics if their new gender has been legally recognized and they have gone through a minimum two-year period of postoperative hormone therapy.

The decision, which covers both male-to-female and female-to-male cases, goes into effect starting with the Athens Olympics in August.

Read the full article in Sports Illustrated.
There are times in the past when I'd say that I'm 'burned out' or 'brain dead,' but I never thought I'd experience it for real.

It's a terrible place to be in.

So I won't be blogging for a while. It's taxing. Heck, even reading comics has become a chore.

Fuck. I don't deserve this!
The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.

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Oh, piffle! There goes that tag board again... Pfft.

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I shouldn't have answered the phone. I shouldn't have answered the phone.

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Falappen mierech sul. Im talach sul. Barrech son es olchippen artrud.

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*Kzzzzt* *Kzzzzt*
Dagnabbit... George Huff got the boot!!!
Angelo once asked me if I had any anime recommendations for him for starters, since he didn't watch a lot of the stuff. I was tempted to get him into Urutsokidoji (The Overfiend), but I suppose sex and tentacles wouldn't be suitable orientation. So I told him about the magical Oscar-winning Spirited Away. A few nights ago, I saw the first part of Isao Takahata's Grave of the Fireflies, and despite my not seeing the whole of it yet, it gets boosted into the 'highly recommended' list.

If you haven't heard of Grave of the Fireflies(though I'm sure most of you regular blog readers have), noted film critic Roger Ebert said that it "belongs on any list of the greatest war films ever made." Another critic, Ernest Rister, said that it's comparable to Spielberg's Schindler's List. Released in Japan in 1988 but only recently gaining attention through DVD sales, this anime classic tells of two siblings, one 14 and one 4 years old, who try to surv…
I Will Survive!
Maricel Soriano, Eric Quizon, Dina Bonnevie, Judy Ann Santos
Directed by: Joel Lamangan
Regal Films


Let me cut to the chase on this one: Lamangan’s I Will Survive! is a great comedy that's badly made. While I recommend that you watch it if you want a good laugh, it’d be best that you ignore its glitches.

Our four protagonists, played by Soriano, Quizon, Bonnevie and Santos, are close friends who are supposed to be members of a chorale group. Each of them have their own issues which revolve around the themes of sexuality and family relationships.

Like I said, the film offers enough punchlines as well as some surprises to keep the audience going, and performances are okay overall. Despite another battalion cast, Lamangan was able to keep major focus on the leads. The inclusion of the “classic Regal” song-and-dance numbers actually works. But it suffers in a number of aspects.

The first aspect is technical. The editing is haphazard in places and the sound is bad, especi…
American Idol

It would be interesting to see how America narrows down the five remaining American Idol finalists -- Diana DeGarmo, George Huff, La Toya London, Fantasia Barrino, and Jasmine Trias – after the hullabaloo that was Jennifer Hudson’s boot out.

Entertainment columnists lamented how the public could allow a talent like Hudson out and yet keep teen crooner John Steven’s in despite the latter’s numerous flawed or lackluster performances. And perhaps the voters listened well enough to evict Stevens the week after. But that is all water under the bridge now.

Huff, London, and Barrino (all black, which dispels the whole ‘racism’ nonsense) definitely have more of what it takes compared to deGarmo and Trias. But Barrino and London may split the “diva” votes between them, and even if they don’t get in, their impressive talents are enough to get them recording contracts. Sixteener DeGarmo has that LeAnn Rimes aura about her, apart from being the only Caucasian in the group, but she’s …