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post-friday favourites 06.05.12

image of the week
ahem... i probably should have realised this was going to happen, but the fact is that my schedule, already fairly densely populated, got even busier than anticipated in the last few days. so i've completely neglected the blogosphere and, what's worse, i left my damn phone at home last night, which sort of quashed my plan of live-tweeting the final night of montreal's elektra festival.

but that doesn't mean i wasn't thinking about the blogosphere. [on a side note, my spellcheck now accepts "blogosphere" as a word. also, it accepts spellcheck, which it didn't used to and which always made me laugh. thanks for killing another bit of humour in the world, spellcheck.] there were still lots of things i wanted to share with you. here are some of the ones i'm willing to talk about in public.

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

the right wing has moved on to a more controversial "flay the gay away" policy. i understand this guy said afterward that he meant this as a joke. because the idea of beating up children for seeming effeminate is so damn hilarious.

of course, there are times when a good smack might seem appropriate for the little buggers...

occupying wall street is so 1712...

evidence has shown that if you believe in climate change, you're probably killing people right now. [link courtesy of boing boing]

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

if you're in montreal... offbeat fashionistas will want to mark next weekend on their calendars, as it's the semi-annual sale day at "the grover", also known as that loft complex where so many montreal designers have their studios. new collections will be available, but the real reason to go is that you'll find incredible deals on things you might have missed [or passed on] from previous seasons. it's a great way to find clothes that don't look like the window displays at the mall and you'll be supporting local business, which will make you even more awesome. "the grover" is at 2065 parthenais, east of papineau metro, accessible by either the ontario or ste-catherine east buses. cash, debit and credit cards are all accepted and several vendors have "man chairs", where your beast of burden can guard your purchases and relax while you model.

if you're in new york... you can catch the feral books tour, which will be making stops in brooklyn and manhattan. an independent publisher in every sense, these appearances by owner/ editor-in-chief adam parfrey will feature a slide show on the history of secret societies in america.

musical notes

well, this isn't so much a musical note as a music and video note, but my frequent collaborator and better half dominic f. marceau has created another short film, this one using the music of haus arafna. check it out!

follow-up and shameless self-promotion

i was deeply hurt to find out that my friend and would-be partner james francis has actually been approaching lots of other people to get his $20 out of libya. i mean, what are the odds?

i'm hoping to have this month's episode of "more like space radio" up by late next week... already up to number three! if there's anything you'd like to suggest, please feel free to email me at info [at] fsquaredmedia [dot] net.

kitteh of the week

credit again goes to dom for this wonderful shot of our little girl looking very fierce.

thanks for reading and i promise that i'll remember what day it is next week...


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making faces :: soft touch

ah winter, how my lips hate you. it's too bad, really, because the rest of me likes winter, down to about -12 or so. but there's no arguing that i get dried out. nuxe rĂªve de miel is my super best friend at this time of year, even more so than otherwise. [i gave bite's agave lip mask a try only to find out i'm allergic to something in it.] but our [still] new apartment is somewhat drier than the old one [electric vs hot water heating], which meant that, for a long stretch, virtually every kind of lipstick was uncomfortable. the horror. [i wrote a post a while back about the formulas that are friendliest to chapped lips.]

faced with this dilemma, i decided to try something not exactly new, but [for me], out of the ordinary: being a gloss girl. now, i don't mind glosses. i buy them from time to time, and i used to buy more until i discovered that i just wasn't using them near enough to justify the continued purchases. my issues with glosses are that they feather…


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 :: a lip for all seasons [summer edition]

this may seem like an odd time to think about summer, but not to think about coolness. it can be hard to wrap your head around the idea that summer is considered "cool" in colour analysis terms and, in my opinion, reads as the coolest of the cool, because everything in it is touched with the same chilly grey. winter may have the coldest colours, but its palette is so vivid that it distracts the eye. everything in summer is fresh and misty, like the morning sky before the sun breaks through. in my original post on the season, i compared it to monet's paintings of waterlilies at his garden in giverny and, if i do say so, i think that's an apt characterisation.

finding lip colours touched with summer grey and blue is, as you might expect, kind of tricky. the cosmetic world seems obsessed with bringing warmth, which doesn't recognise that some complexions don't support it well. [also, different complexions support different kinds of warmth, but that's another…