31 July 2011

kitty korner :: my god, it's full of hair

aside from the questions about poop, the thing i get asked about most often when people find out how much of a crazy cat lady i am is how i deal with the hair. my answer is just that i deal with it. i vacuum a lot, i should buy stocks in companies that make those sticky rollers for clothes and i learn to deal with the fact that there is going to be some cat hair on me a lot of the time.

if cat hair is really going to bother you- if it's really going to be an irritant- then my advice is simple: don't get a cat. yes, there are hairless varieties [which are kind of awesome, because they feel like cuddling a hot water bottle when you hold them], but the fact is that having a cat is going to mess up your sh*t in some way and if the thought of hair is going to keep you awake at nights then it's a fair bet that there will be other things about cat ownership that you're not going to like. they're extremely clean animals, but no animal is supposed to be cleaner than us and you should see the way some people live.

things i wish i'd invented...
for those of you who can handle it, hair is an issue, but it's not the end of the world. there's no magic solution to dealing with it, you just have to make hair removal part of your regular routine. methods of cleaning it are pretty standard- vacuuming where you can, those ubiquitous lint rollers, even a damp cloth is great for getting hair off a rough surface [like a lot of textured furniture upholstery].

here are a few things i've learned about cat hair, some of which may help you, some of which may not. feel free to leave your own tips and tricks ::

1. have a brush or comb on hand. grooming your cat not only helps keep their fur healthy and mat-free, but it also allows you to control where more of the shedding takes place. a lot of dead hair will come off during the grooming process, which means it won't come off in the next half a dozen places your cat chooses to roll around.

THAT'S NOT ALL!

30 July 2011

a quick reminder...

for those of you who enjoyed the piece of writing i posted earlier this week, i do have a work-in-progress going right here on the blog. it's very much a rough draft, but i still welcome any feedback that you have. it's called "a definable moment in time" and new installments are posted on wednesdays and saturdays. you can't leave feedback directly on the page, but you can always send me comments privately.



[a.d.m.i.t. artwork by dominic f. marceau]

29 July 2011

friday favourites :: 29.07.11

ever have one of those weeks where it felt like the world was actually conspiring to stop you from making any kind of progress whatsoever? i seem to have had a lot of them lately, which leads me to believe that either the cosmos is storing up some tremendous, mind-blowing gift for me [any time now, people, any time], or that i was, as i've long suspected, a very nasty person in a former life.

but there are people having worse weeks than me. every time i need to be reminded of that, i turn on the news and behold the poor, struggling journalists trying to get straight answers out of american politicians. it's kind of remarkable to hear a "yes/ no" question answered using almost every word in the english language except yes or no. of course, if things don't improve, there are going to be a lot of people having very bad weeks in the near future and not the ones who probably deserve to.

still, there are good things in the world. sometimes you just have to look very carefully. or think about it. here are a few things that helped me shake off the funk, at least temporarily.


pushed to the left and loving it :: whenever people gripe about the lack of good journalistic work on the internet, i want you to point them towards this blog. this woman's research is incredible and her writing style is extremely readable. it's also a fascinating look into the mind of someone who has been surprised by the evolution of her own political ideas. she even says nice things about a member of my family, although i didn't realise that until i had subscribed to her blog for a while.

maps :: i don't know where exactly this started, but i find maps absolutely fascinating. perhaps it's because, when i'm on the ground, i tend to get sort of lost in the details, so i find the contrast of a bird's eye view strangely refreshing. or maybe it's because it helps me visualise a place i've been, which is useful both as a writer and as a person who values a good bout of escapism.

MORE FAVOURITES AND THE WEEKLY CAT PIC RIGHT AFTER THE BREAK...

28 July 2011

summer of...

for whatever reason, i've been feeling a little nostalgic lately and it reminded me that i had this piece, which was in itself a product of a feeling of nostalgia i felt several years back. and no, not all of it is true. but some of it is. the important parts. [mental health mondays editor's note: did you know that "nostalgia" was originally what they called the condition that soldiers developed during war time, after seeing countless atrocities and thousands of human corpses all around them? a very mushy, romantic beginning for something we know call "post-traumatic stress disorder".]

...

“I love this city in the summer.”

And, indeed, he has his arms outstretched as if he would like to embrace it, the peach-cobbler streaks of dawn appearing over the lazy pewter waves hitting the wharf. He’s spread over the park bench where we’ve come to watch the sun rise as if he’s a drapery. He looks a little like a downmarket drapery in his loose clothes, the amorphous black sweater he always seems to be wearing, with its endearing picks and widening holes. In the mental haze of sleep deprivation, fading drugs and bliss that fogs me in now, I imagine that I could pull him around me, like a blanket.

And it would smell sweet like patchouli and nag champa, like the incense he’s always burning around home, in the probably vain hope that it keeps his neighbours from catching an occasional whiff of hash smoke. I don’t know it yet, but years from now when I pass one of those stores that sells cultural nicknacks from various places in Asia, I’ll smell this and all I’ll be able to think of for the next half hour will be him.

“What is it that you love about it?” I tilt my head into the crook of his arm, as I know I’m supposed to, catching a little trace of male perspiration from the shirt he has under his sweater. It’s so humid that the sweat is only now starting to dry on either of us, although we’ve been outside for the better part of a half hour.

“I don’t know, everything. The weather, the fact that there’s actually things [to do].” He actually trails off on the last one. I have to paste the words “to do” in my mind, so that the statement makes sense. He’s tired too, but it isn’t just that. Looking out onto the haze over the harbour, seeing the sun creeping upwards after we’ve spent the night out, this place, this exact space in time, is wonderful. I love it too. But it isn’t just that it’s the city in the summer. It’s this.

26 July 2011

making faces :: coral crazy

this would look awesome on your face
if you follow [as opposed to simply "wear"] cosmetics, you'll undoubtedly have heard the word coral more times than you thought you would in your lifetime. it seems like for the last year, everything has been coral- lips, cheeks, eyes, hair... ok, i'm kidding about the hair, but everything else has definitely had a coral tinge. so what's the big deal?

well, part of it is that people who make colour cosmetics want to keep feeding that desire to grab what's new, what's happening right now as opposed to three months ago, which is undoubtedly no longer cool. but the powers that be said that about black lips a couple of years back too and while people flocked to try it out, most stopped at the trying stage and the fad went away [except in my case, since i've always liked that sort of hard futuristic edge that comes from black lips, as opposed to dark red or purple]. but you say "coral" in front of makeup fans and immediately they're like zombies, pelting the contents of their wallets at you and saying "more".

MORE!

25 July 2011

mental health mondays :: historical perspective

when thinking about the problems of mental illness, it's worth looking at how tenuous our understanding is of the workings of the human brain. keep in mind that it was not that long ago that trained professionals felt that the only way to deal with someone in the throes of mania was to forcibly submerge them- all of them- in a bath of ice water until they "became calm". i'll let you ponder the possible outcomes of that treatment for a moment.

doctors now believe that they have a much greater handle on the workings of the human brain, but keep in mind, that is exactly what those who came before them thought. and while it is indisputable that we do now have more information about the chemistry of the brain and the makeup of the various substances in it, a lot of professionals will begrudgingly [some less begrudgingly] admit that knowing what goes into the brain doesn't necessarily make it a whole lot easier to guess how those substances interact with each other.

here's a few weird facts from the history of mental illness that may make you scratch your head, if only to make sure that there isn't anyone else trying to poke around in there.

just what the doctor ordered
"female hysteria" was a condition often diagnosed and suspected to affect up to a quarter of women in the 19th century. its symptoms included "faintness, nervousness, insomnia, fluid retention, heaviness in abdomen, muscle spasm, shortness of breath, irritability, loss of appetite for food or sex, and 'a tendency to cause trouble'". to many of us, that sounds suspiciously like the symptoms of being alive, or at worst of having pms, but it was pretty serious psychological business in the nineteenth century. one of the main treatments, since it was seen as a sexual disorder, was through vaginal massage, with the aim of reaching "hysterical paroxysm" [basically a kind of moment after which the women seemed to forget their problems and become strangely calm and happy]. this technique proved exceptionally frustrating to physicians, who found that the time it took to reach paroxysm was excessive and that sometimes, no matter how long or how intense the massage, the great moment just never arrived.

fortunately, the medical aid industry came to the rescue by inventing a mechanical massager that didn't get tired and that seemed to get more reliable results.

22 July 2011

friday favourites :: 22.07.11

i have to say that one of my favourite things at this moment is "not being covered in fur". as much as i feel like i'm suffering from the heat, every time i look at the poor army of the hirsute that still follows me from room to room, i count myself lucky. poor babies are not having a great time this week. we're trying our best to keep them hydrated inside and out- lots of water in their bowls, patting them with moist, cool hands, anything to keep the fires of hell that have apparently been vested on us at bay. it's still distinctly possible that the heat is going to make me lose the last vestiges of my sanity, but in the meantime, these are a few of the things that are keeping me sane...

THERE'S A REASON THE BREAK IS HERE, BEFORE THE FAVOURITES... YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED...

20 July 2011

kitty korner

you'll clean my leavings and be happy about it.
i was going to start off this piece by saying "it's not easy being a crazy cat lady", but, in fact, it is easy being a crazy cat lady. it's really easy, especially when you discover that there are crazy cat men out there who are going to be just as protective as you are of your feline children. the most difficult thing about multiple-cat parenting you're likely to encounter is the fish-eye that you get from other primates when you tell them how many cats you have. here's a hint on how to deal with that: if they give you weird looks, they're probably assholes and your life is probably better without them in it. 

when people have concerns about the number of cats you have, the concern is generally about one thing and one thing only: the litter. [ok, they might also be concerned if you don't have your cats neutered, but unless you plan on breeding them, neutering is a no-brainer. and only people with brains should own cats.]

i'm astute enough to note the pleasant look of surprise that seems to appear on the faces of our guests when we're feeling comfortable enough with humanity to bear having people over and i know what that look means. it means that they're astonished, because they came over expecting the house to stink. congratulations, folks, you've just learned an important lesson about cat ownership: how clean the place smells has less to do with the number of cats and more to do with how the owners choose to take care of the "leavings".

DISCOVER MY SECRETS...

19 July 2011

making faces :: naked days with urban decay

i usually try not to get sucked into hype, but i'd heard so many people go on about the magical urban decay naked palette and how it was basically the holy grail of versatile, neutral shades of eye shadow that i couldn't help being curious. compounding this, there's the fact that, although it's permanently available from urban decay and from sephora, it's been out of stock at the sephora web site for about the last hundred years... so it has the allure of something that doesn't want you to possess it.

add to that the fact that most urban decay shadows are made of large quantities of win [except for the shades with glitter, which are decidedly formulated with fail, but there's none in this palette] and one of the colours included in the naked palette is "sin", which is one of my favourite shadows ever by anyone and which is disappearing at an uncomfortably fast rate from its pan and i basically got myself into a frenzy of consumer madness.

thankfully, a very nice lady in the united states took pity on me and ordered me one. so for the last several days i have been trying out variations on the neutral eye with all the different colours included.

when you can get your paws on one, it's a pretty sweet deal. there are twelve different colours- all neutral, but ranging from light to dark with both shimmer and matte textures- plus a full size brush, plus a miniature bottle of urban decay's "primer potion", which helps eye makeup go on better and stay on better. all this will cost you $48, which works out to $4 a shadow, even assuming the brush and primer are free. of course, the shadows in the palette aren't nearly as big as a regular urban decay shadow, but those will run you $17 a pop for only 0.2g more worth of product [according to the u.d. web site, the fill weight per shadow on the naked palette is 1.3g, on a regular shadow, 1.5g]. so for this not to be a good investment, there would have to be something seriously wrong with the product.

18 July 2011

mental health mondays :: fighting crazy with crazy

groove for the cure
saskatchewan, canada is not known for being a hub of groundbreaking thought and innovation [and yes, i know that there are probably people there who are objecting and that the place is really full of amazing artists, scientists and titans of industry but my point is that you aren't known for it, so deal], but in the 1950s, a group of scientists pioneered work in the field of alcoholism treatment that garnered some pretty astounding results. where all other options had failed, psychiatrists humphry osmond and abram hoffer claimed they saw positive results in approximately 45% of the two thousand cases of chronic alcoholism they treated over six years with their novel drug therapy: giving their patients acid.

a lot of criticism has been leveled at their work, particularly about the qualitative nature of much of the data, but the sad fact is that their research was abandoned in the sixties for political rather than scientific reasons, leaving most of their findings in the realm of the possible, promising but unproven. with established opinion turning against the accoutrements of the youth movement- drugs above all- lsd was relegated in north america and the united kingdon to the lowest circle of narcotic hell, classed as a substance with no medical potential whatsoever. which kind of sucks if you're one of the people who might benefit from it.

17 July 2011

dj kali on the radio 17.07.11

thanks again to eric b. for letting me take over his auditory space and giving me the chance to play a mix of things i hadn't gotten to inflict on people in a while and some things that hadn't been broadcast outside the homestead. hope that those who were able to tune in live enjoyed what they heard. you can listen to it in convenient podcast form by clicking here. it's the one from july 16th, obviously. [because the method of archiving radio are more accurate than the people doing the programming, the show starts at approximately 4m40s into the recording and the end is a little amputated.]

here's the playlist in less exciting, but very easily followed written form [sets are separated by an asterisk]::

konstruktivists :: incognito
 eric b & ckut, neither exactly as pictured
die form :: your reality
fax cerebri :: haiphong
grim :: noble folk

*

bene gesserit :: le chanson d'ugly
human flesh :: wij
pseudo code :: keep smiling
tony wakeford/ steven stapleton :: walk the white ghost
edward ka-spel :: the fool

*

kreng :: le bataleur
bohren & der club of gore :: midnight black earth
88 :: whisper

*

voice of eye :: transmission
life garden :: blue moon child
mekanorganik :: extracting light from cucumbers
mandible chatter :: from whence and to whither
human greed :: gloaming

*

maska genetik :: stradanie
haus arafna :: god sows secrets

16 July 2011

radio redux

some of you may have noticed that i posted a while back about how excited i was about going back to do a radio show on july 2nd and then uncharacteristically said nothing about it ever again.

you want me to play what?!?!?
well, the original date had to get moved [my fault], but i will be doing a guest slot tomorrow from midnight to 2 est on ckut-fm. if you're in montreal, you can listen the old-fashioned way [with a radio], but everyone in the entire world with internet access can also listen by tuning in right here. although i don't know what i'd do if everyone in the world tuned in, other than avoid answering the phones, which i tend to do anyway.

this will be more the experimental "that's not music" side of dj kali, rather than the more beat-oriented "i'd prefer not to get punched in the nose so i'll be a little more amenable" dj kali, who normally appears in bars and lets people bribe her with free hooch.

all this also reminds me that i have a huge pouch with a bunch of my old playlists from halifax [vintage 1994-96] which i may get around to posting here some time, just for the hell of it. if only so that this won't be the sole memorial to my time on the radio available on the internet.

15 July 2011

friday favourites 15.07.11

well, after my week off, i'm back to fill you in on the little things that made my time better in the last little while. i have an abiding fury with canada post, owing to the fact that i'm stuck depending on them, which has tainted much of my week, but given that i got to celebrate dom's b-day [see my earlier post], which involved getting together with friends at cagibi [which is remarkably similar to what we do almost every wednesday, but involved more drinking this time] and listening to the electro stylings of dj tyg, it's certainly a week that had its high points. several of them, in fact...

1. a cosmetic find :: i wasn't even looking, because i assumed i'd missed the boat long ago, but i managed to score a tube of nars' much-coveted, no-longer-available "strawberry fields" lip gloss. as far as glosses go, i'm a sucker for cheery, saturated magentas, so it does seem like fate that this gloss and i eventually found each other. it's a perfect summery shade, the kind of thing that sort of yells at the sun "hey! i can be all bright and stuff too!" and in fact, that's what i did. you can see the results here. if you're in the montreal area and think this looks appealing, you should consider checking the nars counter at the bay downtown. no one said i got the last one.

MUCH MORE AFTER THE BREAK AND YOUR CAT OF THE WEEK...

14 July 2011

making faces :: hot stuff

it's hot in here. it's not you.
ah yes, it's that time of year when the sun is strong, the humidity is high and most people are a little leery of putting a layer of paint on their faces, even a light one. after all, the inclination in the summer is to remove layers rather than add them and hot, humid weather has a way of taking your nicely done makeup and turning it into something from the climax of "raiders of the lost ark" in a hurry.

if you live your life moving from one air-conditioned spot to another [home, car, office], that's very comfortable for you. but chances are that you're going to have to sit on a terrace to have a drink or visit a friend who find that air conditioning aggravates their asthma [me] or get on a bus because your brakes are being repaired. and there are a lot of people [me included] who just have to do battle with the elements every day.

no one is likely to force you to wear makeup [put on the mascara or we'll kill grandma!], so a lot of people just don't bother with it in the warmer seasons. but there are places- often workplaces- that do sort of tacitly expect that you make some attempt to hide the embarrassment of morning face and, if you're the kind of person who likes to put on makeup anyway, you're probably not interested in just stowing your collection until the mercury drops.

so, here are a few things that i find work for me... feel free to agree, disagree or add your own.


13 July 2011

i'm glad your parents knocked boots

i mention dom a lot, because, even by couple standards, we tend to do a lot as a team- we dj together, we made a film together, etc. we are a couple, but we also have a pretty profound friendship, which is a great thing as it turns out.

i've been lucky enough to have had a few very pleasant relationship experiences and stupid enough to have had a number of very unpleasant ones, but having someone who makes you feel like you can do anything you want and who acts like a partner in all the important aspects of your life [and who supports you when you do crazy things like get cats 4 & 5, even when it flies in the face of all logic] that's really the point when you know it's time to stop looking.












happy birthday, babe.

12 July 2011

going postal

dear canada post,

like a lot of canadians, i've been monitoring your "labour situation" [stoppage of service] with some interest. i've been interested enough that i've been checking your updates, even now that everyone has been back to work for two and a half weeks. because i still have some questions.

i noticed today that you posted this update:



now, not to be picky, but mid-week would technically mean tomorrow and since i'm still receiving approximately one piece of mail per day, dated at the latest june 21st, that seems a little optimistic. but thanks for passing on the hope. and good on you for filling your missive with numbers that are conveniently difficult to fact-check. you seem so proud of yourself for clearing out the backlog of a two week service stoppage in just a little over two weeks, who am i to burst your happiness balloon?


perhaps this seems like semantics to you, but taking two weeks to do something that would have normally taken you two weeks to do isn't really testimony to your dedication and work ethic. if i have work that will take me four hours to complete and after an hour i take a break to watch a movie, or get caught up watching dom play video games, or go into a trance watching the cats for two hours, then i go back to work and take three hours to complete what i was doing, i haven't worked harder or more efficiently when i got back to it. in fact, if, during the last three hours, i brought in extra people to help me, it would kind of imply that i was working less efficiently during that time.

also, i vaguely remember you saying something about no new mail being accepted at one point during the service stoppage. oh right- it was on the first day. i don't have a lot of experience running my own post office, but it seems to me that if people weren't allowed to send mail, then the source of this massive backlog is a wee bit of a mystery. oh wait- not everybody was prohibited from sending mail. just regular people. corporations were allowed to send out bills, for instance. and junk mail. so what you really mean is that you're taking care of the needs of large corporations, whose movement towards private couriers has been the cause of your declining revenues, before you start dealing with the needs of we mortals.

more to the point, you have actually been accepting mail since june 27th, which means that a lot of people have put mail in the system since then. and since you've been occupying yourselves sending out bills that probably aren't relevant any more and, of course "ad mail", i'd hazard a guess that now you have a significant backlog. i'll bet some of it is even kind of important to the people who were operating under the assumption that we'd had a functioning postal service for the last two and a half weeks.


personally, i'm forced to depend on the mail at the moment, because i've recently worked on a completely independent film, which we're trying to get submitted to festivals and considered for distribution. you know what completely independent means? it means we didn't have someone like the government handing us a large chunk of our operating budget. does that blow your collective mind? hard to believe that it could happen, but it did. so it's kind of a bummer to have to make decisions like whether or not we submit to a festival that could represent a great opportunity because doing so would mean that we'd have to cough up $100 for a courier. and it's kind of a bummer to know that copies we've sent out already are probably sitting in canada post depots right now, being excluded from consideration, because you're busy sending me notices from bell canada about how much i could save by coming back to them.

i got this message because they sent it electronically, you see.


but i get it. that's a small, individual concern. and you're about the big picture. handling post for an entire country- particularly one the size of canada- is a big business. that's why we [the small individuals] pay you a big stipend every year, plus payment per piece of mail processed. because we believe it's a big deal to have a postal service that works. and since effectively stopping that service for a month [or more, when you consider that there were random stoppages in june before the "official" break off] is a really big deal, i'd like to know: what big gains were made by each side, what big improvements? oh... things are exactly the same as they ever were? gee, that's...well, you know. good luck with all that.

canada post corporation says

the canadian union of postal workers says

oh and fyi guys, in case you were worried, i did get that copy of the dvd in the mail. i went to my canada post office and paid cash to get that thing in the air. in fact, i was astonished at how cheap it was, a fraction of the $100 any courier wanted to charge me to get it to its destination overseas. then i noticed just as the employee was about to drop it in the mail pick-up box that she'd given it the postage it needed to ship within canada. but i caught her and after only a few minutes of watching her try to pull the incorrect stamp off the package and asking very carefully if she was sure i didn't need to fill out customs papers [she was sure], i paid the extra and off it went.

where does your country's flagpole stand [or fall]?

it's not a rorschach blot. it is what you're thinking.
it really shouldn't come as a surprise to me that this exists, but the idea that there is an index of world penis sizes still strikes me as kind of bizarre. i think it strikes me as bizarre because i don't have one, so i've never quite figured out the whole obsession over it. i feel the same way about owning a drill. if it does what i need it to do, isn't too finicky, doesn't crap out when i need it and doesn't come with a case that takes up a lot of space in my closet, i don't feel the need to upgrade every two weeks.

at first when i saw this, i assumed it was bulls**t, but then i realised that the measurements on the interactive map were in centimetres.

but it worries me that this sort of study is a) actually happening, which would indicate it's getting funding of some sort in an era when thousands of people starve to death every day; and b) capable of exacerbating the insecurities about size and masculinity that already seem to drive those in possession of the things.

seriously, no good can come of this.

THERE'S MORE BELOW THE CUT

11 July 2011

about about me

for those of you who've landed here through random searches, errant links or sheer boredom and are asking "who the hell does she think she is?"; i've added an "about me" page, so now you know.

pleased to sort of meet you.

mental health mondays :: quiz answers

as promised, here are the answers [for those of you who didn't google] to last week's "pop quiz". how many did you get right?

1. the diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders [dsm] is the american psychiatric association's bible when it comes to defining the particularities of abnormal psychology. the manual divides conditions into categories called axes, with axis i being the most serious- conditions requiring clinical attention. which of the following is not an axis i mental disorder:

- anorexia nervosa
- bipolar ii disorder
- primary insomnia
- schizoid personality disorder

answer :: schizoid personality disorder. personality disorders are grouped under axis ii, because, collectively, they are managed through outpatient therapy. it's worth noting, however, that a lot of people who have personality disorders also have axis i mental disorders. it's called comorbidity and it's as happy as it sounds.

ALL THE REST OF THE ANSWERS, RIGHT AFTER THE BREAK...

10 July 2011

geek love

i'm not a huge fan of collection figures, but i have to admit, these are steampunkalicious; star wars meets world war ii, which makes sense, since so much of the imagery for the empire was taken from the nazis. since they say they do commissions, i'm wondering how much they'd charge to make me a life-sized darth vader so that i could stand him at my door [or at random places in the apartment] to scare the crap out of guests, solicitors or anyone dumb enough to try to break into the place.





all images come from the pack rat studios blog and are reproduced here solely for showing off their remarkable work.

09 July 2011

making faces :: semi-precious faces

i did promise a couple of days ago that i'd post a couple of looks i did with the products i picked up from "semi-precious" once i had the chance to play with them more, so here's a quick peek at what i got up to thus far. everything is about what i expected [there aren't too many times when i'm shocked by a lipstick or eye shadow, but it's been known to happen], which means that from this point, i'll be happy to hibernate until fall collections start appearing [usually at about the hottest point in the summer]. if you're looking for a review of the collection as a whole and swatches, you'll want to go here. this is just me showing how i chose to work these into my daily routine...












08 July 2011

friday favourites?

um, yeah... they're not here... i was a wee bit sick to my stomach and so i didn't get around to thinking about a lot of things that made me happy. and it seemed a little silly to have things like "being able to keep down water" as favourites... so perhaps to more will be "saturday superstars"?

man, being able to eat and drink is awesome...

07 July 2011

dj kali & mr. dna @ the caustic lounge 06.07.11

ah, the first wednesday of the month, time to let my hair down [which i can't do anymore, since dom helped me cut it all off] and inflict my musical taste on the assembled masses [masses being relative]. tonight's playlist featured an abundance of fuzz from mr. dna and  an abundance of technical issues from myself. thanks to all those who came out, we look forward to seeing you again in august.

dj kali & mr. dna "au naturel"


dj kali on the wheels of rusting steel

the pop group :: she is beyond good and evil
the stranglers :: get a grip on yourself
oto :: blue arrow
chrome :: you've been duplicated
[this unfortunately started skipping like a school girl with a new jump rope, which led me to slam on the first thing my hand came in contact with, which was...]
the danse society :: my heart skipped another beat
annie anxiety :: turkey girl
portion control :: chew ya to bits
maska genetik :: ernste stunde
the residents :: blue rosebuds
shockheaded peters :: blue rosebuds
[aw, you see what i did there? playing the original and then the completely unrecognisable cover? it would have been awesome except that there was a problem with one of the cables and all the audience heard was a wall of static, so tech support had to come and frig around with the cables until a track that i didn't intend on playing at all suddenly came on and that was...]
these immortal souls :: marry me [lie! lie!]
xiu xiu :: ceremony
sleep chamber :: the light pours out of me
sol invictus :: looking for europe
zero kama :: prayer of zos
coil :: ostia
death in june :: only europa knows
the monitors :: loch ness
novy svet :: en possession de te

so yeah, the final track was something i intended on doing, which was closing with the track that i've always used for closing [in the last few years], because i hadn't done it in a couple of months.

and then there was...

mr. dna's "there will be fuzz" mega-crunchy guitar set

sonic youth :: the simpsons main theme
future of the left :: adeadenemyalwayssmellsgood
girls against boys :: super-fire
vaz :: elastik-c
torche :: charge of the brown recluse
love & rockets :: motorcycle
grinderman :: no pussy blues
jon spencer blues explosion :: dissect
the white stripes :: ball & biscuit
the cramps :: garbageman
the dik van dykes :: lazlo
deja voodoo :: my girlfriend
dinosaur jr :: forget the swan
superchunk :: swallow that
eric's trip :: frame
ride :: taste
gang of four :: to hell with poverty ("return the gift" version)
shellac :: didn't we deserve a look at you the way you really are
sebadoh :: brand new love
flipper :: I saw you shine
slint :: rhoda (ep version)
sonic youth :: the diamond sea (full version)

making faces :: product review [mac "semi-precious" collection]

meet the minereal shadows, 2011
last week, i posted about mineral makeup in honour of the impending release of mac's summer mineral collection. as of today, it's officially in all mac locations [pro locations have had it for a week and it went on line earlier this week]. despite the fact that following mac's constant new collections is starting to feel a lot less like something fun and exciting and a lot more like a chore, since popular items are selling out the day of release, i did make my way down to meet the new collection and see what i thought about it first hand. and yes, a couple of items were already sold out by the time i got to my local mac store, approximately two and a half hours after opening time.

once again, mac have gone way overboard with what's available- a dozen eye shadows, three blushes, four highlighters, four new brushes, five glosses and four lipsticks is a lot to take in. [it's even worse if you go to nordstrom's or the bay, because those locations have their own new collections plus this one launching today.] strangely, with all that to offer, i came away with five items- three lipsticks [which i have to say, i got chiefly because i had a lot of empties, so i was able to trade in and get them for free] and two of the new mineral eye shadows.


04 July 2011

mental health mondays :: pop quiz

those of you who are friends of mine on facebook [that might look a little weird to those of you seeing this post on facebook] may have seen my weekly "sunday quiz time", where i just ask random questions in the name of stimulating conversation. after doing that this week, i ended up taking a very wide variety of quizzes on mental floss, which made me a little smug about my knowledge of geography and a little rattled about my knowledge of the finer points of grammar. [i want to say, in my defense, that the one grammar quiz i found was really f**king hard. is that last sentence grammatically correct? i don't know. i have no confidence in my grammar anymore.]

i got so into answering questions about just about anything that i thought it might be fun to apply that format to mental health mondays. i've already done links to quizzes about various mental disorders and how to tell if you have them [i think it turned out i had all of them], but i wanted to do a special set of questions on some of the various issues that i've touched on thus far.

of course, if you want to, you can just google these questions and come up with the answers that way. but you could also just take a stab at answering them "au naturel" [meaning with your brain power- i don't care if you're doing it naked] and hang on until next week, when i'll be posting the responses. leaving your answers in the comments section here is highly encouraged. it's more fun that way...

1. the diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders [dsm] is the american psychiatric association's bible when it comes to defining the particularities of abnormal psychology. the manual divides conditions into categories called axes, with axis i being the most serious- conditions requiring clinical attention. which of the following is not an axis i mental disorder:

- anorexia nervosa
- bipolar ii disorder
- primary insomnia
- schizoid personality disorder

2. related to the dsm again, it is currently on a text revision of its fourth edition [given the snappy abbreviation dsm-iv-tr]. the new & improved dsm-5 [they're ditching the roman numeral] is due out in may 2013. the first "draft" of dsm-5 recommended the creation of a new category of disorder called "behavioural addictions", with gambling as the sole category member. what other addiction was considered for inclusion, but ultimately ended up being relegated to an appendix due to a lack of data?

3. this condition lost its status as a mental disorder in 1973.

4. estimated to be the most common of the personality disorders, this controversial condition is diagnosed three times as often in women as in men.

5. it is estimated that schizophrenia affects 0.4% of the world's population. what percentage is estimated to have antisocial personality disorder [formerly known as psychopathy]?

6. only one medication used in the treatment of mental disorders made it onto the 2010 forbes listing of the top 15 most prescribed drugs in america. coming in at #12, it's the generic version of this benzodiazepine.

7. the most commonly used medications in the treatment of bipolar disorder are mood stabilisers. however, almost all the drugs used as mood stabilisers actually fall under another classification and were developed for the treatment of a different condition. what condition is it?

8. in the tradition of finding new uses for existing drugs, this synthetic steroid developed in the 1980s by the roussel uclaf pharmaceutical company has performed surprisingly well in small-scale, early phase testing for treating psychotic depression and bipolar disorder.

so that's it. as i said, the answers will be posted [with comments] next week. feel free to post your responses here, or send them to me directly [info@fsquaredmedia.net].

02 July 2011

making faces :: mineralize this

a selection of mac "mineralize" products
every year around this time, mac cosmetics introduces a brand new "mineralize" collection. these are colour cosmetics made with "mineral formulas" that have a devoted following [and a smaller group who truly doesn't get what all the fuss is about]. in honour of that, i thought i'd take a moment to reflect on what "mineral makeup" actually is and how its meaning has changed since its introduction.

mineral makeup is a very broad term these days, but it started with the bare escentuals company, who introduced a loose mineral foundation in the 1970s.  at the time, they were capitalising on a popular captivation with things natural, basic and healthy. the idea was that mineral makeup included a number of ingredients that made it adhere better, give a natural glow and absorb excess sebum. perhaps more importantly- since a lot of the ingredients in mineral makeup are found in regular makeup as well- mineral products were made without parabens, pertroleum products and ingredients that tended to cause allergic reactions. they were also generally formulated without synthetic dyes, giving them that nice, natural aura and making people feel generally whoelsome about wearing them.

READ MORE ABOUT MINERALS AND SEE THEM IN USE

01 July 2011

friday favourites 01.07.11

it's canada day! that's about as much nationalism as i can muster at the moment. it's also friday, which means it's that time where i pause on reflect on the things that brought a few smiles and warm feelings to the week that was. this week can be tentatively titled "sh*t i found on the internet", since it seems like this was the week in which the web decided to reveal its humourous, beautiful and useful bounty to me. hey, it's a big world and it turns out that you can access surprising parts of it while sitting on your butt.


here's what put a curl in my lips this week ::

the bloggess :: a lot of people saw her post last week about picking your battles, enough that her site crashed and things went all crazy. but you'd really be losing out if you didn't take the time to go and look at the rest of her site, as well as her links to her advice columns on parenting and sex [which are ideas that go together, even if you don't want to think about it. don't get a mental image.] you can also peruse her web shop, which has some beyoncé the giant chicken merchandise now that the dust has settled.

beauty and the bullshit :: a blog from a former cosmetic industry insider that helps people like me understand how they're being manipulated. it's fun, it's practical and it's what you've always suspected, but the detail that she gives on how you're being conned is enlightening and gives you an idea of how to evaluate what you see with a critical eye. [assuming that everything is lies is not evaluating with a critical eye. some stuff works and you want to know how to tell the difference.] note :: i've linked to her blogspot address, but i understand that this will be switching over to her own "proper" address in short order.

THERE'S MORE! PLUS THE WEEKLY CAT PIC...

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...