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Prince Harry and HIV Awareness Campaign; Ricky Martin’s Getting Married; Bob Dylan’s a No Show At the Nobel Peace Prize

Prince Harry and HIV Awareness Campaign

Prince Harry always seems to be doing something worthy, and this is one of his best so far.

Prince Harry has met with gay men and other minorities living with HIV for an awareness campaign.
 
The 32-year-old royal is carrying on with his mother’s work after spending time with London sexual health charity Naz, a group made of sexual and racial minorities aiming to help people ‘live life to the fullest’.

Read more here, and there’s a video. He actually gets tested for HIV in the video and they show the process, with Harry asking questions. It’s a good read.

Ricky Martin’s Getting Married

I know a lot of people start to roll their eyes when they see these things now. But seriously. Did you ever think you’d see the day that Ricky Martin would tell people he’s marrying a man? And he did it on The Ellen show. Back in the 90s no one would have predicted that an openly gay pop singer would sit down with an openly gay woman who has one of the most popular talk shows on TV and talk about legal gay marriage.

The single dad of twin eight-year-old sons recently proposed to partner Jwan Yosef, a London-based artist.

Martin shared with Ellen how they met: ‘He’s a conceptual artist and I’m a collector. So I started looking for art and I saw his art and I went crazy because I really love what he does, really original, and I contacted him.’

There’s more here

Bob Dylan’s a No Show At the Nobel Peace Prize

This story has been riddled with question marks since it was announced. First, Bob Dylan wins the Nobel for literature, and he’s a musician/song writer not a novelist. Second, he doesn’t acknowledge the award for weeks. Third, now Dylan is not going to receive the award in person. I have seen mixed reactions to this from all over. Most of those in the more serious writing communities are a little shocked. I was shocked. (You don’t see any novelists winning a Grammy.) Those who aren’t that familiar with publishing and serious writing circles and only know Dylan as a pop icon are thrilled. 

But as Elizabeth notes, Dylan took his time acknowledging the honor. Late in October, the committee still hadn’t heard from him (although a line on his website did mention the award) and called him “impolite and arrogant.”

The rest is here. The article goes on to mention that Dylan is expected to give a lecture sometime in the next six months. That’s a requirement. I hope he at least does that. And, in the past one winner actually didn’t show up to receive the award in person because of a social phobia. I fully understand that, and I get why someone with a social phobia wouldn’t go. But this thing with Dylan makes me wonder a little too much about him, and the awards themselves, with respect to literature.

Side note: The winner of the Nobel gets a diploma, a medal, and a nice big check for around one million dollars, US. You can be damn sure I’d show up.

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Prince Harry in the Nude; Doctors with iPads; Stop the Goodreads Bullies, and Stop the STGRB Bullies

As I’ve posted many times before, I’m a royalist at heart. I find everything all royals do fascinating. Some are more interesting than others. And Prince Harry seems to be one of the most interesting.

Evidently he was playing strip pool in Vegas and wound up losing his shirt, and his pants, and everything he was wearing. No photos here. But you can go to this link to see what I’m talking about.

Some of the partiers snapped photos of the madness. In one photo, a fully nude Harry cups his genitals while a seemingly topless woman stands behind him.

In this older article, see what Prince Harry says about writing sexy novels:

Prince Harry has been a huge fan of Collins for years. He told his friend he is bored of the military and would love to write “sexy bestsellers”

I would love nothing more than to collaborate on a sexy novel with him, any day, any time, and for free!

Doctors Using iPads Now More Than Ever…

I posted this week about how things have changed since 2007 in publishing. And now I’m posting about how things have changed since 2007 in the world of medicine. In 2007 I remember dealing with several family hospital issues and each time I went to the hospital I was amazed at how backward they seemed to be when it came to technology. They had computers, but it seemed to me they were caught between hard copy and digital charts and couldn’t seem to find a happy medium. I also remember waiting in a doctor’s office in 2007 while a tech guy installed a new system…no one knew how to use. It slowed the office down so much I wound up sitting there for four hours instead of the normal one hour wait. And I wound up helping the doctor find my file that day.

Interesting how so much has changed since then:

The iPad’s design offers a lot of promise and problem solving in point of care use. It offers the benefits of electronic medical records in a form that’s similar to a paper chart and that doesn’t create a barrier between doctor and patient – a common complaint about laptops used for similar purposes. It also offers doctors the ability quickly (and somewhat more accurately) illustrate injuries, conditions, and treatment options to patients. Outside point of care use, the iPad (and the iPhone) offer instant access to all kinds of medical references.

“Physicians are evolving in ways we expected – only faster,” noted Monique Levy, vice president of research for Manhattan Research.

It’s about time. My nephew (gay nephew) just entered med school and had his white coat ceremony in Iowa this past week and he’s never without his iPad. You can read more here.

Stop the GR Bullies and Stop the STGRB Bullies…

With regard to this topic I state no opinions at all. I haven’t posted about this topic before because I was waiting for some kind of a rebuttal so I could balance my post fairly and post the information without bias. And, as I predicted, the rebuttal came in the form of another blog. And now I can link to both sides of the issue at the same time.

A lot of authors have commented in public about this alleged bully issue. I don’t feel the need. From what I can gather it’s between readers, not authors. And the only time that I find it possible to separate myself from being an author and a reader is when I write a book review for something I’ve read, and even then it’s not easy. In almost any other case I’m considered an author and I don’t believe authors should get involved in things like this. The main reason being is that it ruins the reading/review experience for the reader. Feel free to disagree with me, but not here because this blog is mine, with my own name, and it’s not a democracy.

According to the “Who We Are” page on their web site, Stop the GR Bullies says this:

We are readers, bloggers, and Goodreads members who, inspired by those who have already taken a stand, have come together in an effort to stop the bullying we have seen on the GR fora. In light of recent events, we feel there is a growing need to help the victims of the outrageous behaviour exhibited by those Goodreads members known as the GR bullies.

You can read more here.

According to Stop the STGRB Bullies “Who I Am” page, this is what he/she says:

I am the Roman Goddess of Wisdom and Truth who seeks to destroy evil and thwart those who engage in evil practices. Be on your guard, scoundrels!

LOLJKS, I can’t take myself that seriously. Really I just want to expose the STGRB trolls as the hypocrites they are. Grab some popcorn and pull up a chair.

You can read more about them by following this link.