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friday favourites 10.02.12

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i've been rethinking how i want to do friday favourites recently for a few reasons. partially, it's because i continue to be blog-logged with all sorts of things and, although i've made some progress with writing up posts that had been on my to-do list for a while, there are always things that arrive in the queue, meaning that i don't end up that much further ahead at the end of the week.

plus i've wanted to "sharpen things up", make the favourites list a quick read and reserve longer commentary for individual blog posts [which won't help with my backlog, but anyway]. i do still like the idea of doing a weekly favourites list, just in a slightly different way.

good news :: stuff i can't make up from around the internet

north korea's free market experiment : selling meth to china. [link courtesy of me-fi]

in other north korea news, does anyone know if kim jong-un is dead? tweeters [as opposed to tweakers] in china seem to think so

apparently, when i wasn't looking, rick santorum launched his c.u.m. i'm beginning to think that he reads my blog and secretly does shit like this because he's in love with me and wants to see me smile.  or fall on the floor laughing.

old and tired : iran getting a nuclear weapon. new hotness : iran getting an army of female ninjas.

republicans want to restrict your access to contraception and abortion so that they can run over your future children with large trucks.

goings on :: stuff you can [and should] participate in

if you're in toronto... check out the film "moon point" at the young & dundas amc theatre. it's the first release by indiecan, a new company started by producer avi federgreen distributing independent canadian films made on a budget of $1.25 million or less. [jeez, i would have killed people to have had $1.25m to make conversion. no joke- call me if you have a million bucks and need someone dead. we can talk. i have other script ideas.]

if you're in montreal... the talented marina malvada will be exhibiting her artwork, starting with a vernissage tonight. bonus: the space is right next to the cote-des-neiges metro station, which means that you need not fear the cold, snow, or anything else that usually keeps you in the house during the winter. even bigger bonus: along with her fantastic art, marina will be bringing along one of her unbelievable chocolate skulls for the event. my advice: get there early. dom and i can eat a lot of chocolate.

if you're in canada... sign the petition to stop the canadian equivalent of s.o.p.a. before stephen harper locks us all in one of the jails he's building with our tax money. 

if you're pretty much anywhere... sign the petition to protest a.c.t.a., which is the international inbred cousin of s.o.p.a. the site also has a convenient map of protest locations worldwide. feel free to join in if you have one nearby.

musical notes

a friend of mine who knows more about music than i do turned me onto heroin in tahiti this week. described as "droneabilly" and "death surf roma", it's one of the more original things i've heard in a while.


follow-up & shameless self-promotion

no surprise that this week's most popular post was the review of mac's new "shop mac/ cook mac" collection. for those who were curious about the other two eye shadow quads included- some of the best mac's done in years- here's a look at the two of them in action. [you can see the third in my original review]

shop & drop
shop & drop












call me bubbles
call me bubbles






















and i just wanted to let everyone know that after a couple of weeks of update slacktacularity, i have once again started publishing installments of "a definable moment in time". of course, since the whole thing remains there, you can always read through it at your leisure.

and of course, it wouldn't be friday favourites without kitteh. although arthur normally is more a hearty "man's man" when it comes to company, he did take some time to hang with his little sister this week, who's been feeling a bit put upon by her rambunctious little brothers.

arthur & julia

cheers to all and have a great weekend!

coming soon on more like space: nars spring 2012 collection, reviews of two oscar and golden globe nominated films from 2011, a look at brunch spot ben & florentine, a face for valentine's and more...

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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…