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friday favourites 04.03.11

it's march! spring is less than three weeks away! ech. who am i kidding? i got up wednesday morning and looked out into a snow squall and it was -13 celsius yesterday in montreal. [insert grumbling sounds here.] i'll be honest with you. this was not one of my favourite weeks of 2011 thus far. a plethora of intestinal troubles have led me to investigate whether or not i might have developed some level of intolerance to wheat and wheat by-products, so some dietary adjustments have been in order. one thing i've noticed: having to pay conscious attention to your diet all the time makes you think about almost nothing except food and if you're thinking about food, you're going to get hungry. and in my case, hungry for things that may end up making me sick. hurrah. i also got politely refused for consideration for a job because i had the exact sort of experience they were looking for. there is seriously no typo in that last sentence.and, to put it politely, i am finding a couple of aspects of artistic projects a little trying at the moment.plus, there is a long standing tradition in my life of crappy things happening to me in march. beware the idea and all that...

but this is the sort of week that friday favourites is supposed to be about. it's never more important to think about the things that make you just a little bit happy than when there seem to be a lot of things getting you down. so in that spirit... here's this week's friday favourites!

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a different sort of dj set :: well, i already shared last week that i was looking forward to a first shot at a regular gig at cagibi and i'm happy to say that it's official! dj kali and mr. dna will be rocking the cat box (you'll get it in a few minutes) on the first wednesday of the month at "the caustic lounge", our little moniker for the night we're doing. one of the things that appeals to me about this gig in particular is that, unlike most of the other sets i get to do, this one is a lot more like when i used to do radio shows- there aren't really any expectations and it's more about what you want to hear and how you want to shape it into a coherent whole. there are some basic ground rules (don't make the people cry), but it's a very wide berth. i'm happy to have the opportunity to do gigs of different types and there is something intrinsically satisfying about being able to share something you love with friends and strangers.

mmmm... sin...
cider :: it's apple juice! it's alcohol! for crying out loud, what's not to love? ok, if this "gluten intolerant" thing turns out to have legs, alcohol of all sorts save wine, vodka and brandy are out. i guess that takes care of the classics, but i have a feeling that i'll still be nipping away for a pint from time to time. besides, if i'm "feeling no pain", i won't very well notice if i have a stomach ache, will i? huh?

specktra :: t's always nice to find a place where you can discuss something you like with others who share your interests. generally, that hasn't been a problem for me in terms of music, art, politics, etc. (it helps that a lot of people who share my tastes in one of those things are also interested in the others). as far as my "girly" interests, it's a little trickier, because there is the perception that women who are interested in beauty and fashion are always dimwits who couldn't possibly process a complex thought. and that's simply not so.

the cool thing about being part of specktra, the internet's largest beauty forum, is not merely that it's a place to get news and reviews of products and upcoming collections, but a place to talk to women (and a few gents) with a diversity of opinions on everything from all over the world.

my slightly paranoid world view tends to make me think of people being divided into two camps, with me and my friends on one side, while the other side is populated entirely by the cast of fox news and jersey shore. getting to talk to people from all over the world, from all races and age groups, all shapes and sizes, has a way of making you realise that things are a lot more complex and a lot more interesting than we like to assume.

camilla
moreover, despite the forum's impressive size, there is a remarkable sense of community. these people do not remain strangers unless it's by choice. if someone is having a bad spell, people sympathise and try to help. victories are celebrated. it's a nice reminder that people can be smart, civil, fun and different.

camilla :: a good friend bought her for dom and i in toronto. now how appropriate could that be? given my predilection for things macabre and things day of the dead, she's a pretty perfect fit. she's part of the ongoing series of living dead dolls, the much sought after friends from beyond the grave released in limited edition series. we'll definitely be giving her a good home. good friends who know who you really are always make my week better and every time i look at camilla (who sits, or stands, next to my desk where i can admire her) i'm reminded that i'm very blessed in that regard.

so that's this week's favourites. here's to next week being milder in all respects.

as far as news, i'm finally starting to figure out what the heck is going on is wisconsin, although i'm still not as well-informed as i'd like. at this point, so far, what i've learned is that the average teacher's salary is $51k per year (i'm not going to get into the value of benefits, not because they don't count, but because the value is always calculated by parties who have an interest in making it appear smaller or larger than it actually is) and people have a problem with this. seriously? i guess it doesn't look great compared to the average u.s. salary, which is in the high $30s, but that also includes everyone working who didn't need to attend college or university to get their jobs. isn't the reason why people do those things so that they can get higher-paying jobs? i guess the backlash is based on the fact that they only work nine months a year and that people have the perception that they only work the length of the school day. there's also the fact that the second you say the word "union" people get their backs up. (unions haven't done themselves any favours in this regard.) still, knowing what people in other fields earn, $51k doesn't seem excessively high for people who teach children. i'm making a point of learning more about this story, lest the teacher-hate spread outward in all directions.

i mentioned last week that we'd had our best month ever in terms of visits, because we would finish with over a thousand on the month. in fact, we finished with just over 1200- over 30% above our previous high water mark. so thanks everyone for your support!

finally, here's this weeks kitty pic. the model for today is simon, who is a tonkinese and our resident hunk. check out those eyes! (and, for those of you with fine attention to detail, check out seth pulling a photobomb in the background!)

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paulcharlesash said…
and you know I've developed an addiction to photobombs

http://thisisphotobomb.memebase.com/2011/03/03/photobomb-that-guy-horse-is-a-killer/

as long as you're here, why not read more?

dj kali & mr. dna @ casa del popolo post-punk night

last night was a blast! a big thank you to dj tyg for letting us guest star on her monthly night, because we had a great time. my set was a little more reminiscent of the sets that i used to do at katacombes [i.e., less prone to strange meanderings than what you normally hear at the caustic lounge]. i actually invited someone to the night with the promise "don't worry, it'll be normal". which also gives you an idea of what to expect at the caustic lounge. behold my marketing genius.

mr. dna started off putting the "punk" into the night [which i think technically means i was responsible for the post, which doesn't sound quite so exciting]. i'd say that he definitely had the edge in the bouncy energy department.

many thanks to those who stopped in throughout the night to share in the tunes, the booze and the remarkably tasty nachos and a special thank you to the ska boss who stuck it out until the end of the night and gave our weary bones a ride home…

the war is over

i assumed that the live coverage of last weekend's "march for our lives" would be hard to watch, and in some ways, it was. however, i did not expect that it would feel so joyful and empowering as well. 
the idea that "joyful" can be used in the description of a rally around the subject of violence and death seems bizarre, and certainly many of the speeches were anything but. however, it was difficult not to watch things unfold on saturday and not have the feeling that there is a spirit of positive change. young people, younger than the much-discussed millennial demographic, are taking it to the powers that be and those powers be shakin' in their shoes.

it's hardly surprising that cheeto benito ran off to golf for the weekend rather than stay and face the music of arianna grande and common; after all, he spends every weekend on a taxpayer-funded golf holiday. nor is it surprising that congress's most vocal critics of gun reform apparently spent the …

friday favourites 20.07.12

i was almost going to skip it this week. not out of any disinterest, but i always feel weird posting something flip and cheeky on days when the news is choked with stories of some location filled with people going about their lives suddenly getting shot up by a lone maniac with some sort of personal gripe or agenda.

awful things happen every single day. people who lead otherwise normal lives are suddenly transformed through violence every single day. by the harsh standards of the world, what happened last night in aurora, colorado isn't even close to the worst. i'm sure families in syria would consider a day where ten people died to be better than average. but there is something about these completely random mass shootings in otherwise fairly peaceful places that haunts us all here in the western world. it happened today with aurora. it happened a year ago sunday in norway. it happened in another colorado town, now synonymous with the terror of such a massacre in 1999.

what h…