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friday favourites 02.11.12

image of the week
happy all souls day! this is the lesser known holiday that follows all saints day in catholic practice, where you're supposed to pray for those relatives and friends who might not have slipped through the pearly gates with a last minute repentance. i don't actually know of any who need my prayers and, since i'm not one of the faithful, i think that my prayers would likely do more harm than good.

there was probably another thought to go with that, but i got distracted by the fact that dom suddenly said "oh, you're blogging" and put on a large pair of headphones. all i can assume is that i blog really loudly. which sort of comes as a surprise, since i was reasonably certain that i was sitting here, quietly typing and not saying anything at all.

clearly, i need some new medication.

in my delirious state, these are some of the things that made my week a little better...

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

ever think that the term "pro-life" should be used to describe people who are actually concerned about the preserving lives?

the feminist's bond cocktail: one part sexism, one part gorgeous, independent women kicking ass.

you know how obama's been saying that he's fighting for american jobs while romney's been outsourcing them to china? he really wasn't kidding.

dear austria :: thank you for helping to disprove that idea we had that europeans are more rational and intelligent than north americans.

did you know that cleaning up after a monster hybrid storm is exactly like cleaning up after a high school football match? neither did anybody.

musical notes

what's more appropriate to the season?



follow-up and shameless self-promotion

wait a minute- something's missing from this week's friday favourites... yes, i have abandoned the "goings on" section, but only temporarily. i've actually been thinking about this for a while and i'm hoping to have it as its own separate weekly feature, since too often, i miss the opportunity to share things happening on fridays, among other reasons. so, yes, i'm doing a slight reformat of "friday favourites", but everything's cool.

of course, that won't stop me from using this section to tell you that this week sees the return of "the caustic lounge" to cagibi [corner st. laurent and st. viateur] for our monthly night of offbeat tunes from all over the map. it'll be taking place this wednesday, november 7th, from 9 until midnight and it will mark either the great international day of exhaling [four more years] or the dark hour of trepidation [you ate the septic tank, america]. either way, it's going to be an evening to remember. which means that most of us probably won't be able to remember it.

interestingly, my "dear america" letter was one of the most read posts on more like space this week, second only to my halloween face post. so i guess i can draw from this that readers of this blog like to be scared. i'll keep that in mind.

kitteh of the week

why settle for just one? here's 75% of the household kitteh!


i really do need to find a way to get them all to pose together. 

this week's image of the week is a picture i snagged from wikipedia. it shows candles lit in a swedish graveyard to commemorate all souls day. because apparently the swedish like to honour their unsaved dead by lighting fires. i guess to make their dead relatives believe that they'd be on fire even if they weren't in hell. it's kind of thoughtful, if you think about it.

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long division

after the united states election last year, there were the usual calls for the country to unite behind the new president. that never happens anymore, because, since george w. bush scored a victory in 2004, having launched the country into a war in iraq for no reason, the people on the losing side of a presidential election have been pretty bloody angry about it. democrats hated bush 43. republicans really hated obama. democrats really hate trump.

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 …

making faces :: i could maybe not buy this one thing

i've been into makeup on some level for a long time- much longer than i've been writing about it, for certain. even as a young woman, i loved the feeling of i got from applying a deep-hued lipstick and some mascara. it took years for me to figure out eyeshadow, and even longer for me to appreciate blush. but at this point, i think we can agree that i'm pretty much into the whole gamut. [except liquid and super-matte lipsticks, and most very sparkly eyeshadows. but that's because they're painful for me to wear.]

the thing about spending a long time collecting and holding onto just about everything is that you accumulate quite a stash. lately, i'm trying to force myself to think about what i already have before laying down money for something new. most recently, i found myself drawn to the modern renaissance palette from anastasia. me and a lot of people. by the time i started thinking about it, it was already sold out in my local sephora and online. i signed up…

...and my cup size is none of your damn business

this story, about a man who got a female coworker to trade email accounts with him for two weeks to see if he could see a difference in customer reactions, has been making the rounds on social media and beyond in the last week or so. earlier today, i posted it on my personal facebook page about it, and realised that i had a lot more that i wanted to share than made sense for a facebook post. so i've come here to rant.

a couple of things to start:

1. i've had some really good job experiences in my life. i'm both lucky and unlucky that the best of them came early on, but even in more recent years, i worked at a couple of places that treated workers, all workers, with respect. that respect can be expressed in different ways, but believe me, you know it when it's there. so i want to make it clear that #notallworkplaces fit the pattern i'm about to describe.

2. i am really, really, really grateful to martin r. schneider, who thought up and did this experiment, not just …