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friday favourites 15.06.12

image of the week
a little late posting because of one of the events i posted about in last week's friday favourites- last night i went to see the lethe performance at a former foundry in old montreal. discussing the show afterwards, i said that the sound was more or less as i'd expected it to be and it struck me that that means i had an idea what metal plates suspended over candles and "played" with blocks of dry ice should sound like. it was one of those moments where i realised how far afield from the mainstream i'd slipped without noticing.

i had an idea that i'd come home and write up my friday favourites before going to bed, but clearly that didn't happen, mostly because i felt so braindead at the end of a long day that the entire text would have read something like "i like stuff. this stuff i like. my stuff, here it is." i'm not saying i'm that much better off now, but i'm writing in sentences, which is always a bonus.

at any rate, here are some things i wanted to share. my stuff, here is for you...

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

want to pamper the girl in your life? how about the hello kitty spa?

possibly the worst anatomy lesson ever.

gentlemen: aside from all the moral reasons for not abusing your wife or partner, you may want to consider that it could soon be legal in canada for her to hire a hit man to kill you.

does your brain have a gut feeling?

goings on :: stuff you can [and should] attend

if you're in montreal... new york's theologian, who some might remember as the force behind navicon torture technologies, will be playing this thursday at the casa del popolo, along with this quiet army, aun, s/v/r and northumbria. it's part of montreal's suoni per il popolo festival and you can find details here.

and the night after, wierd records artist led er est will be in town to play a show at... an undisclosed location. wtf is up with that?!?!? your best bet is to check the band's facebook page for updates. local act dekoder will be opening. if possible, i'll post more information as i get it.

if you're in mexico city... a "sexadelic noise party" sounds like a pretty awesome way to spend your time, no? details on facebook [in spanish]

musical notes

i saw this video linked on metafilter. don't know much about the band, but both the music and the imagery are sort of guaranteed to stick with you. perhaps not in a way you'll like.

Lorn - 'Ghosst(s)' from CRCR on Vimeo.

follow-up and shameless self-promotion

well, if you checked out my euro bracket, you'd know that my record has been decidedly mixed. i still favour germany to win the whole she-bang, but i must say i'm backing off the notion that they'll do so by defeating the netherlands. apparently, the dutch national team have other things they'd like to be doing. they were the last team to score a goal and they still haven't managed to put a point on the big board. as the tourney winds up this week, i'd really love to see ireland pull off an upset against italy. i'm not predicting it will happen, of course, but it would be sort of brilliant.

it's funny, because this week, almost every post got close to the same number of views, which is nice, since it implies that people are coming back to read all the stuff here, rather than just a piece here and there. thank you very much for your support! the most popular post was "quick change", which i take to mean that other women struggle to find time to change their day face into a night out face. just behind that was last week's "mental health mondays" and, yes, i do believe that this has been resurrected going forward.

"more like space radio" will be posted by monday as well, so stay tuned for that. thinking of going for a somewhat creepy edge this time...

kitteh of the week

i swear seth practices being adorable when we're not looking. no way this comes naturally...

have a great weekend and thanks for reading!


anahdara said…
might go check out those music suggestions next week...thanks for the tip!!!
Kate MacDonald said…
Hope to see you there :-)

as long as you're here, why not read more?


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.

mental health mondays :: where even the depressed ones are happy

this past week saw the publication of the annual world happiness report, a look at nations around the world and how people in each of them feel about their lot in life. i started following this a few years ago, and this year it occurred to me that it would be fun to look at how the happy places compared to the crazy places. i mean, what if those countries aren't really all that happy, but just have an extremely high rate of psychotic/ delusional disorders?

so, i set to work putting together a comparison. as it happens, that's a bit trickier than it sounds, because information on any kind of disability is more difficult to come by than you might think. and no type of disability is more controversial than a mental illness, which means that there are even more complications around definitions, seeking treatment, prognoses, record-keeping... it's hard to tell how reliable anything you're looking at is. [not that there aren't some good sources.]

and what sources there …

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…