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friday favourites 02.03.12

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uh-oh. it's march. for those of you who don't know march is the enemy. why? because it lies. sure, it says it's the beginning of spring and it'll tease you with warmer days here and there, but we've already had one dumping of snow here and the month often brings a few of those. of course, the other thing is that i just tend to have crappy luck in march, going way back. so march and i don't get along. but i'll have to get through it, because it happens every year. until i gain control over the calendar. then we'll see how march fares, when it doesn't have power over all of us.

while i'm waiting to seize control, there are still a few things i'd like to share, so here goes.

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

a new toy made in japan for when you really  want someone to shut the hell up right now. also comes with huge potential for exploitation by evil dictators. hand-held, as long as your hands are used to holding about 35lbs at a time, from the looks of it.


sex-crazed co-eds going broke buying birth control. i can't wait for that to be made into a movie. [link courtesy of slate]

climate change is affecting my shiraz? ok, now it's serious.

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

if you're in montreal :: ska monsters slater's sons [previously] will be playing at cafe chaos tomorrow night. bouncing optional, skanking required. find out all the details on the event facebook page.

get your buns in gear, because it's the first anniversary of the caustic lounge this wednesday, march 7th. i can't promise that underwear will be removed, but it wouldn't be the first time. fine food, finer company and the finest musical entertainment can be yours for the low, low admission of nothing. a deal at twice the price. [what's a caustic lounge?]

if you're in new york :: fondly remember or become acquainted with the genius that was frank tovey or fad gadget. tomorrow night, march 3rd, xeno & oaklander [who definitely draw an influence from him] and ike yard will be playing a tribute show at dixon place and next saturday [march 10th] will see a screening of a documentary on the artist and his work. details here.

if you're on the internet :: mutiny radio [previously] have a kickstarter program going to help them continue their proud tradition of community radio in san francisco [but accessible around the world]. why not lend them a hand? [actually, give them some money. that's what they really need and i'd hate to be responsible for their overworked staff getting a whole bunch of severed hands in the mail.]

musical notes

for many reasons, not least of which is my trepidation about march in general, i've had a lot of older swans material running through my head lately. sure, the new stuff is mature and expansive and lush and layered, but there's something about the rawness of the older material that is beyond compare. so here's one of the greatest examples [which, by the way, is also very cathartic to dance to].




follow-up and shameless self-promotion

i'm late reporting on this one, but i am happy to say that h + m did the right thing and settled their dispute with artist tori laconsay over the unsanctioned use of her artwork. win.

following my nars spring 2012 collection review, i had several people ask me if i'd had a chance to test their new tinted moisturizers. i was given some samples and while the lightest sample shade they had was a bit too dark for my skin [they had "alaska" in sachets, but there is a lighter colour, "finland", in the regular line-up], it did give me a good idea of what to expect in terms of texture and use and on that score, i can really recommend it.

i was a little concerned that it felt a bit greasy on application, but it sets quite nicely, lasts reasonably well [i'd say it even lasts better than their sheer glow foundation] and gives decent coverage without looking heavy. it also gives a radiance to the skin without looking shiny, which is really the selling point for me. who doesn't want to glow [in the healthy way, not the hanging out at the nuclear waste dump way]? i did find that i was able to capture a bit of that effect in photos.

can you see me radiating?

as far as self-promotion, i already mentioned the caustic lounge anniversary, which is really the thing i'm most into promoting at the moment. hope to see you there [and feel free to say hello]!


in closing, here's your friday kitteh... how beautiful is she? [and she knows it.]




 have a great week everyone and thank you for reading!

Comments

Biba said…
You do look glowing on that photo!

I'm usually worried about products that promise "glow" too, since I have an oily skin.

Who could resist the cute cat's nose :)

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losers?

just a short time ago, i waxed prosaic about trump supporters who felt betrayed by their candidate pursuing in office the exact things that he said he would. short version: i have no sympathy.

today is a bit different. in the wake of america's bombing of a syrian air strip, in response to a chemical weapons attack by the syrian government, my facebook and twitter feeds were peppered with plaintive shades of "we believed you". these are the people who heard trump say that he wanted the united states to step back and focus on defending its own. indeed, trump did say such things, over and over; america cannot be the policeman of the world. even arch-liberal cynics like me had to admit that this was a refreshing argument to hear from someone outside the paul family, and, could easily have been turned into trump's greatest argument against hillary clinton. [he chose to go another way, which also worked.]

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long division

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it didn't help that trump didn't make the typical conciliatory gestures like including a couple of members of the opposite party in his cabinet, or encouraging his party to proceed slowly with contentious legislation. barack obama arguably wasted at least two and as many as six years of his tenure as president trying to play peacemaker before he felt sufficiently safe to just say "screw you guys" and start governing around the ridiculous congress he was forced to deal with. not-giving-a-shit obama was the best president in …

don't speak

you might think that it sounds dramatic, but linguistic genocide is something that happens. people in power will go to great lengths to eradicate certain languages, not just for the sheer joy of making the world a lesser place, but as a way of beating down the culture that's associated with it. language has a unique reciprocal bond with culture, and every group that has attempted to break down another has recognised that forbidding a cultural group from communicating in their own language is an extremely effective way to tear apart their culture.

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