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mental health mondays :: taking a mental health day

metal wealth monday?
since i haven't had a chance to think through doing something smart and/ or informative, i've decided [not for the first time -ed.] to let this week's mental health monday be about what others have to say. enjoy hearing other opinions for once!

personality disorders made easy :: a very good nuts-and-bolts look at different personality disorder groups. there's a link at the bottom of the post that takes you to more detailed explanations on specific disorders.

what's new? :: not much, according to the delightful brain behind neuroskeptic, at least not in the world of antidepressants.

war of words :: i had this article recommended to me, and it's an interesting piece on the battle that's shaping the upcoming revision of the diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders. i say "interesting" rather than "informative", because i think he raises valid concerns about the possible stigmatization of merely eccentric behaviour, but i could spot a few factual errors [anti-psychotics are not more prescribed than heart or cholesterol medications] and those that i could spot make me wonder how well-researched the other facts he cites are. [bonus points for the pixies-inspired title.]

stroop-a-doop :: a bit of cognitive fun...

mhm will be back in its regular form next week, assuming that i can make myself stop watching american politics on the television, which i swear is making me dumber by the minute.

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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.

long suffering

i've been meaning to write this post for a while, but, every time i get started, something happens that makes me rethink portions of it, to add or subtract or consider a different way of looking at things. the post was originally going to be my take on a #metoo statement, but i ended up making that post on my personal facebook page. [it's not that i don't love you all, but there are a few things i'm not comfortable putting in the entirely public sphere.] but beyond joining the #metoo juggernaut, i wanted to write something about the wave of sexual assault revelations that continues to swell over the north american media landscape that wasn't about me. then i realised that that was a little more complicated than just writing "so, lotta sex rapes happenin' these days, ain't there?" or whatever it was that i was going to say.

so i tried writing something about just a part of it: the media coverage or the entertainment industry or the politicians or …

making faces :: getting cheeky

blush might just be the last thing that a beauty lover comes to appreciate, seeing as it can be a matter of slight degrees that separates one product from another, and it's most difficult to tell from just swatching a product how it's going to look. and it did take me a long time to appreciate that, despite loving my refined pallor and believing that my natural rosy flush was more than enough of a blush for me, blush is my friend. it softens, sculpts, perfects and, although you might not see it at first blush [yuk yuk yuk], it is something that subtly harmonises with the other colours in a look to make it "complete". yes, it's the most tricky thing to pull off when you're wearing something that doesn't mesh with your own undertones. but it's also the thing that can take a face from gloomy to glowing with a swish of the magic wand known as a makeup brush.

highlighters are an even trickier lot, since many of the more brilliant ones have a tendency to e…