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step by painful step

although i haven't necessarily been following the campaign in detail, i couldn't resist the urge to check in on the nova scotia election results this evening, in the hopes that the ndp was going to find a way to come out on top.

they didn't, although they won more seats than ever. i'm tremendously proud that the seats that were so naturally new democratic, but that the party never seemed to be able to win, are now coming to them with remarkable majorities. i'm going to assume that the fact that this opening of the electoral floodgates coincides almost to the minute with my departure from nova scotia (in my time there, we were ecstatic when we won our third seat... a triumph!) is just a nasty little coincidence. (if they win the next provincial election in quebec, however, i'll be forced to reconsider that opinion.)

not surprisingly, halifax, a natural new democratic city (loaded disproportionately with universities, government and artists), seems to have formed a little left wing island (check out the percentage results in the different districts), separate from the rest of the mainland. eventually, there's going to be a movement for the city to seceded from the rest of the province, because with each passing election, it becomes obvious that these two parts just are not getting along.

well, still no lefty government in the maritimes, but they did come just that little bit closer...

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jihadvertising?

i keep seeing this ad for tictac candies:



am i the only one who finds the suicide bomber clown at the end a little unnerving? all the nice natural things like the bunny and the [extinct] woolly mammoth and the fruit get devoured by a trying-to-appear-nonthreatening-but-obviously-psychotic clown who then blows himself up. congratulations, tictac, i think this ad has landed you on about a dozen watch lists.

oh and by the way, showing me that your product will somehow cause my stomach to explode in a rainbow of wtf makes me believe that doing consuming tictacs would be a worse dietary decision than the time i ate two raw eggs and a half a bottle of hot sauce on a dare.

making faces :: hot stuff, comin' through

i don't even know what to say about the weather. the end of september saw temperatures at a scalding 36c/ 97f outside. this is especially annoying because we've had a moderate summer. most days it rained a little in the morning, the temperatures didn't creep into the 30s too often and there wasn't the normal stretch of a few weeks when it felt like we were living on the sun. now, we've receded into more normal fall weather, although it's still on the warm side for mid-october. that climate change thing is a bitch.

trying to think of something positive in the situation, it does put me in a perfect frame of mind to write about urban decay's naked heat palette. it's the latest in what appears to be an endless series of warm neutral and red eyeshadow palettes that have followed in the footsteps of anastasia's modern renaissance. [which i ultimately decided i didn't need after doing a thorough search of my considerable stash.] i do think that it'…

i agree, smedley [or, smokers totally saved our planet in 1983]

so this conversation happened [via text, so i have evidence and possibly so does the canadian government and the nsa].

dom and i were trying to settle our mutual nerves about tomorrow night's conversion screening, remembering that we've made a fine little film that people should see. which is just about exactly what dom had said when i responded thusly:

me :: i agree smedley. [pauses for a moment] did you get that here?

dom :: no?

me :: the aliens who were looking at earth and then decided it wasn't worth bothering with because people smoked even though it was bad for them?
come to think of it, that might mean that smokers prevented an alien invasion in the seventies.

dom :: what ?!?!?

me :: i've had wine and very little food. [pause] but the alien thing was real. [pause.] well, real on tv.

dom :: please eat something.

of course, i was wrong. the ad in question ran in 1983. this is the part where i would triumphantly embed the ad from youtube, except that the governmen…