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friday favourites 23.03.12

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yes, i have finally come back inside. i've spent the last few days seeing how many aerosol cans i can fire off into the atmosphere so that the rest of spring lives up to the giddy insanity of the last few days. i want my global warming and i want it now!

ok, kidding. besides, i had someone assure me this past week that climate change is a conspiracy by governments to allow them to tax us more. and the polar ice caps are growing as much as they ever have. it's on the internet. so we're all safe.

unfortunately, the unseasonably warm weather is due to end tonight and we're back down to single digits [celsius, not fahrenheit] for the foreseeable future. it was really only a couple of weeks ago when we were getting excited to know that the mercury was staying above the freezing mark during the day, but come on, we're spoiled now. that sort of average performance from our weather just isn't going to excite us anymore. besides, i'm vaguely afraid that it'll snow just to mock us.

but while i've spent a lot more time out of doors this week, i do still have some favourites to pass along. enjoy!

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


painted graffiti is so last year... knitted graffiti is where it's at.

and speaking of knitting, perhaps you'd like to remind your local politician to stay out of your lady parts by knitting him a set of his own? [don't think you're safe if you're in canada, either. the harper government is supposedly ready to allow debate in april on an anti-choice private member's bill from caucus member stephen woodworth.]

so if you don't want your business showing up on google earth, now you know where to go.

what's better than a film on cybercrime from the guy who invented csi, my guilty network television pleasure? a film on cybercrime from the guy who invented csi, my guilty network television pleasure that i can watch on my computer wearing my lululemon pants and eating brownies.

have you ever wondered what "requiem for a dream" would look like if it was a graphic novel made of old "cathy" cartoons? neither have i, but i'm glad someone did. [link courtesy of metafilter]

breaking news, kuwait: "borat" was not a documentary.

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


if you're in montreal... the mythbusters "behind the myths" tour hits town next friday at place des arts. tickets are $47.50- $133.50 through evenko, which is a bit of a strain on the budget, but jamie and adam are a once in a lifetime kind of experience. on a surprisingly unrelated note, mythbuster's resident lady-eyecandy tori belleci was in montreal today eating food. but dom and i weren't able to find him. not that we were stalking or anything, but we were downtown. maybe kind of indifferent hipster stalking.

if you're in london [u.k.]... check out "the portable museum". it'll be popping up at various locations until march 25th. the facebook site [linked above] has a number you can text in order to get directions to the day's sites.

musical notes


ok, this has already been posted in every other space on the internet aside from this one [and even then, i posted it on my facebook page], but it is truly deserving of its meme-ality. a lot of mash-ups are pretty lame, throwaway sort of things, but this actually evinces some pretty sharp editing skills. and it's hilarious.


follow-up and shameless self-promotion


well, technically this isn't self-promotion, but i do encourage you to go and check out dom's archive of his wonderful artwork for "the caustic lounge", including the latest and greatest for the upcoming april 4th event. if you're interested in attending that one, we're encouraging the wearing of easter bonnets in the spirit of the season.

also seth would like to send much sexxxxy luvz to all those who made my post of photos of his awesome exposed belly one of the most popular on more like space this week!

i've been re-importing a lot of photos since "the reinstallation" and i thought, as a follow-up, you might like to see a photo of him when he was wee. as you can see, he is hard at work building that nice round tummy that got so much love this week. and, although the photo is a bit fuzzy, there is something about his expression that is really quintessentially him, that perfect balance between cocky and cute.



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