31 March 2012

another magnificent octopus

dom is a man of many talents that i appreciate, like putting up with me, but one of his greatest is that he's a creative and thoughtful filmmaker. and just in time for both earth hour and easter, here's a short he's done called "sin". like his previous film "bottom feeder", it features the work of subliminal in all its overdriven, guttural glory.

30 March 2012

making faces :: a spring fling recap

well now that i've prosthelytized to all of you about favourites for the spring season, i thought it was only fair to show you that i do put my proverbial money where my mouth is- and where the rest of my face is as well. after all, the photos i've shown might have clearly illustrated that i was wearing the shades i recommended on my nails, but i thought that it would be nice to share a couple of other looks in the spirit of the new season.

of course, no one's saying that you have to spend the next three months wearing neutral pink lips, shell-toned cheeks and green eye shadow, in fact, it would probably be boring if you did. [even my friend kathleen, who is a green freak in every sense of the word, except the one that would mean she were an actual green monster, which she isn't, doesn't wear green all the time.] but i do find that these are a nice option for the time of year and still give a certain level of variety.

this first one was obviously done a while back, because you can see i still had my black hair. i like the fact that it's a cooler-toned green look, which is a little less common. i like combining "periwinkle cardinal" with the bluish-silver shade from hourglass "prism", because of the chilly "foggy" effect it gives. since both shades are quite shimmery, a little goes a long way to create a day or night kind of look.

face ::
marcelle new age foundation "ivory"
smashbox high definition liquid concealer "fair/ light"

eyes ::
rouge bunny rouge e/s "perwinkle cardinal" [shimmery cool green with silver]
hourglass e/s "prism" [frosty slate blue- silver]
mac e/s "vex" [greenish ivory with pink sheen]
mac shadestick "cakeshop"* [light frosty green-pewter]
mac e/s "stovepipe black"* [gunmetal grey with sheen]
guerlain eye kohl "black"
chanel inimitable intense mascara

cheeks ::
edward bess quad royale "south of france" [mauve-sand]
mac blush "amazon princess"* [deep rose]

lips ::
mac l/s "viva glam v" [light pink with gold pearl]

*suggested alternates :: cakeshop = nars dogon [light side, not as bright or frosty]; stovepipe black = nars eurydice [grey side]; amazon princess = mac love thing + dollymix

SEE LOOK #2 AFTER THE BREAK...

friday favourites 30.03.12

image of the week
whew! friday already? and the end of march already? well, as i've mentioned, march and i aren't friends, although we did make a little bit of a truce this year, whereby i agreed to stop blaming it for everything and it agreed not to slowly bleed me to death as it normally does. although i do have to admit that i'm keeping my eye on march as we both edge towards the exit.

i found out recently that april is both national brussels sprout and cabbage month and national irritable bowel syndrome month, which just sounds like people were trying to make things worse for themselves if you ask me. it's also national sexually transmitted diseases month. how could april not be memorable with all that on deck?

at the very least, i'm hoping that the end of march means the end of winter- no more snow, not even the little flurries we had yesterday, no more wind chill factors, it's done. it's been spring for over a week, nature, you've had three months to throw your annual hissy fit at us, it's time to move on.

and here are a few favourites for the end of march, as i cautiously bid it adieu.

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


if you don't act soon, you may never get to see an octopus living in the trees above you again.

it's nice to know that the united states insists on killing people with only the highest quality drugs.

want a real plan to get banks to start coughing up money to kickstart your economy? these ladies of spain have it nailed. which is more than you can say for the bankers.

and i'll bet you thought you were bad ass for writing nasty words in your grade seven math textbook. [link courtesy of metafilter]

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


if you're in montreal... the societé des arts technologiques has an ongoing installation of works created using their facilities continuing through the month of april. you can find details [in french] here. it's a celebration of various sorts of homegrown audiovisual talents and of the importance of resources like the s.a.t. in fostering artists' vision.

a lovely lady of my acquaintance is raising money for cancer [actually, i think she's raising money to fight cancer -ed.] and this sunday, she's organised a "fashionably anti-cancer" benefit this sunday afternoon at cafe republique on ste-catherine. have a cocktail [have two!] and browse through the new collection of simply m. a portion of the proceeds will, of course, be donated to the canadian cancer society. more details on facebook.

if you're a poet with an internet connection and a blog... another talented person i know [my friends do way cooler things than i do] is organising a "blog book tour" for poets throughout the month of april. you can find details here, including how to participate and when/ where events will be taking place. it's a novel [yuk yuk] way of promoting poets within the writing community and over the internet, as well as a great chance to connect with other writers.

if you're a makeup maven who likes a deal... zuneta has extended their truly wonderful rouge bunny rouge gift with purchase. original scheduled to last just a couple of days, it's been continued, but no one can say for how long. if you buy any two rouge bunny rouge products from zuneta [which is the only place you can get them in most of the world], you'll automatically get a free glassy gloss in "crisp sorbet" ["coconut ice pink with coral and gold opalescence"]. that's a pretty sweet-sounding deal. i've not tried their glassy glosses, but perilously pale has and i blame her extremely reliable views for getting me addicted to rbr in the first place.

musical notes


while i was puttering around getting things organised for the big radio debut, i discovered this unsettling live version of rapeshower's "feel this"... murky pig-faced bliss.



i wish i knew if this band were still active. all signs, sadly, point to "no".

follow-up and shameless self-promotion


thanks to all who showed support for yesterday's big radio launch. as mentioned, the plan is to do about one show per month, probably at a specific time each month, although i haven't worked out the details yet. feedback is welcome, as long as it isn't "your music sux", which might be your opinion, but isn't particularly helpful. specifically, if you have any thoughts on:

- length of the show; is one hour good? too much? or too little?
- technical issues; were there any in loading/ downloading the file?
- structure; too much talking? would themes be a good idea? or keep it more free-form?

basically, anything you think about the show, i'm interested in hearing. as long as it's not "your music sux". because no one forced you to download and keep it, douchebag.

and speaking of music that doesn't suck, this coming wednesday is the april edition of "the caustic lounge" at cagibi. drop by for cider, sammiches, sounds and... whatever other entertainment is in the offing for the night. it's impossible to tell sometimes.

and, as promised, i have donned a "spring face", putting all those tips i've been doling out on colour choices to good use. i should have that post for you later today.

finally, it wouldn't be friday without an awesome kitteh photo. i went back in the archives again this week, because i thought it would be nice to share a photo of simon and hecubus as kittens. this was actually taken the day they came home with us, because dom and i wanted to get a sort of "family shot" with our new babies. [we're still trying to get a "full" family shot, with all of them and us.] what's amusing is that their personalities are already evident even on that first day: hecubus is basking in the love, content as ever, and simon is staring at the camera like a proper super-model.


thanks very much for reading and a special thanks to martin rouge for providing this week's "image of the week".

29 March 2012

more like space... radio

i'm over the moon about this new development...
after months and probably years of procrastinating, mostly because i can get strangely obstinate about starting projects i don't already know how to do, i am taking the plunge:

behold, readers, the very first more like space radio podcast.

this is obviously going to be of interest to those of you who like to follow my playlists from the caustic lounge, or from my occasional live radio appearances. if you haven't followed those, you can find them by following this link. if that looks like something that might appeal to you, you might want to have an aural gander at "more like space" the radio show.

my aim is to have a one-hour show up approximately once per month, which should be doable, based on what i've managed to figure out thus far. the initial product is perhaps a little rough around the edges and figuring out the process of creating, hosting and publishing a podcast is something that crawled from under the floorboards of hell, but this now that i've taken the first step, it should be all sunshine and roses from here, right?

you can listen to the show within your browser here.

or download it from archive.org [recommended].

since this is a first swing, i'd really appreciate any feedback that would help improve the broadcast for future episodes.

if you are an artist and would like to have your work included [or specifically excluded for copyright reasons], please feel free to leave a comment, or email me at info@fsquaredmedia.net. if you'd like to suggest themes or tracks for future shows, you can also feel free to do so.

here's the playlist for episode one ::

aavikko :: el cebo/ intro

crash course in science :: kitchen motors
heimstatt yipotash :: lituya bay
crash worship :: wild mountain
militia :: new world view
militia :: the fragment and the whole
human greed :: freeview

[set break/ announcements]

korpses katatonik :: shatok
rapeshower :: feel this
sobre a maquina :: rotina

[extro/ announcements]

thomas nola et son orchestre :: kinderbund

hope that you enjoy this first foray into a brave new world. thanks, as always, to dom, for the lovely "the girl in the moon" artwork for the show.

something is coming...

you've been warned...







it is happening again...

28 March 2012

making faces :: spring flings [part 4]

having already looked at nails and eyes and lips that radiate spring, it seems only right to give countenance to the cheeks. after all, nothing in beauty is more emblematic of spring than a radiant, flower-petal complexion plumped with the dew of youth and innocence? for those of us who may have squandered our dew and innocence a while back, the gods of beauty have provided us with a way to fake it nicely. here are a few of my choice tools of deception...

deep throat
nars :: deep throat :: i'll forgive you if the name doesn't exactly conjure up images of sweetness and girlish innocence, but trust me, this is a lifesaver when it comes to wanting to look healthy and natural and like you haven't spent the ten of the last twelve hours proving that you could out-drink a room of seventeen year old boys. it's a natural coral-pink that's very difficult to overdo, which is important if your motor skills are a bit compromised by the previous evening's indulgences.

personally, i find this shade works much better for me than "orgasm", nars' ubiquitous peach with gold shimmer and a hint of pink blush that everyone now seeks to imitate. on me, "orgasm" shows a bit too orange, whereas "deep throat" seems like the colour i  blush naturally, assuming i blushed with a really healthy, radiant sheen.

dainty
mac :: dainty :: this is one of mac's mineral blushes, meaning that it has a natural gleam to it that all mineral products have. it also means that if you wanted to make it more dramatic, you could apply it damp, although this isn't the kind of shade i picture being used for dramatic effect [and, in fact, mac mineral blushes have plenty of colour payoff even without added tricks]. mac blushes are underrated in general and their mineral ones give a lovely wash of colour that can be built up without looking gaudy or can be blended out for a subtle effect. about the only issue i have with the formula is the wear time, which is shorter than most blushes, but it's still decent enough that i keep going back to some of my favourites, this one in particular.

"dainty" is a yellow-pink that will warm cool complexions a little without looking forced. [of course, it's a great natural alternative for warmer complexions as well!] i find that this is a great option for me when i'm tired, or when my skin looks dull, as often happens at the end of winter. it's a great colour to achieve that perfect "english rose" pink and white complexion if you're a pale lady, plus that kiss of sunlight yellow constantly makes it look like you're glowing from within.

TWO MORE AFTER THE BREAK...

27 March 2012

santo vs. il caca de toro

it's entirely possible that bullshit is the best thing to happen to rick santorum's campaign since exit polls allowed him to create the underdog narrative that have made the race for the republican nomination a bit more interesting. for one thing, if you google "santorum bullshit", it generates a page full of links to his outburst against a new york times reporter. any politician would jump at the chance to have a google search of his/ her name + bullshit turn up anything but a critical analysis of their record. and this is an especially great victory for santorum, who has been fighting a severe google disadvantage for the entire campaign. bravo.


obviously here at more like space, we've grown kind of fond of "fighting santo" [no, you said you hated him. you said you hated everything about him. you called him "a dangerous, mean-spirited, sanctimonious creep" right on this blog. -ed.], so to hear the hero of social conservatism get all potty-mouthed sends shivers up our spine. particularly because he was totally right. while he might have uttered the words "mitt romney is the worst candidate to run for the republicans" [i'm lazy so i'm not checking the phrasing- rest assured he said something pretty much exactly like it and probably more than once], it was always when he was speaking on the issue of health care and his point was that, if republicans wanted a candidate who would stand against the idea of them having their tax dollars used to fund affordable health care for all citizens, romney was not their guy, because of that whole providing public health care in massachusetts dealie. and when you think about it, he's not only right about the reporter's question being bullshit, about about the whole health care debate too. double bullshit? [i think that's a summer menu item at burger kind -ed.]


the romney campaign was quick to characterise santorum's reaction as an "epic temper tantrum", probably trying to bury the notion that it reinforced santo's undeniable flawed humanity in contrast with romney's creepy robotic perfection. i'm kinda glad that santo hasn't backed down from the dirty word, if only so that i can watch t.v. news commentators struggle with new ways to avoid using the term "bullshit" in ways that don't make them look like prudish eight year olds [hint: mission impossible]. fcc regulations give curse words the kind of power normally reserved for valdemort. talk about bullshit.


it does, of course, feel like the romney campaign has entered metastasis, slowly but surely spreading to different branches of the party with the inevitability not so much of a conquering hero as the exotic disease he brought home with him from wars abroad. even cnn couldn't be bothered to cover santo's decisive win in louisiana over the weekend and normally wolf blitzer and john king will cover a race for elemetary student council if it gives them the chance to talk voter data and break out the big board. [as an aside, dom has a theory that the board is actually a very high tech murphy bed where wolf sleeps at night, accounting for the fact that he seems to turn up first thing in the morning to talk electoral aftermath, even when vote counting goes into the wee hours.]


party heavyweights like jeb bush [no, i'm not making fun of him] have stepped forward to endorse romney with statements like "yeah, we should probably start making it look like this is the guy we want". endorsing someone by saying it's time to quit acting like the party has a choice in the matter is about the only thing more depressing for the average american conservative than the prospect of having to get excited about a romney candidacy.


but team romney don't see any reason to stop there. john sununu apparently dismissed the idea that the republican nomination race should continue because all the "significant republicans" had already endorsed romney. wow. if i were mitt, i'd be on the phone asking sununu if he'd consider endorsing someone else. if you could make a list of loaded terms that a candidate saddled with an image of privilege and distance from the common man should avoid, "significant" would be right up there. even if you know that very rich people can buy their way into office, you do usually still have to go through the motions of getting the votes. [they're working on that -ed.] telling people who can vote that they're not significant is some pretty epic bullshit. 


seriously, it's apparent to everyone that the best thing that romney has going for him is that he's unlikely to offend the sensibilities of the mysterious "independent voters", or as i like to call them, the "bland block", a sliver of the american voting population who apparently object to candidates who believe in just about anything and who are only capable of developing opinions one election at a time. this is the group to whom the world's largest, wealthiest and most visible democracy has surrendered its decision-making. talk about bullshit.


if i haven't said it before [you have -ed.], i think strategic voting, while sometimes necessary, is a pretty contemptible strategy. it's the sort of thing that should make you feel dirty for having to do it. voting for someone you don't like just because you think he or she has a better chance of winning against someone you like less is a sure way to perpetuate mediocrity in politics and to continue to cede power to the "bland block" that all democracies seem to develop. pretty much any political opinion santo ever utters makes me feel queasy. i still believe that a battle between him and barack obama is a battle of one set of ideas and moral values against another. i'd like to see what the result of that battle would be.


instead, it really does seem like we're going to be left watching obama vs. the results of the republican corporate marketing machine; the candidate who's tested best with middle-of-the-road focus groups in flyover states, who looks sort of like people think a president is supposed to look like, which is more or less like the main character from "american dad". and despite the fact that recent elections indicate that people don't actually tend to vote for that kind of person, the marketing department seems to have decided that this is the horse they're going to ride. and to allow that to dictate party strategy is just utter bullshit.


in the end, it looks increasingly like those responsible for marketing romney are the only ones excited about their candidate. to most of the rest of us, and i think to most republicans, the last man standing seems less inspiring and presidential and more like the kind of repulsive by-product of an overly vigorous process. there should really be a term for that.  

25 March 2012

making faces :: where the wild roses grow [and lots of other things too]

wild rose moisturiser
sure roses look lovely and they smell divine [as long as they're "proper" roses and not the chemically-buggered ones you can pick up at the corner store for $6 a dozen], but if you just have them as a pleasant olfactory and visual adornment, you're really not getting the most out of them. for one thing [again, provided you're not dealing with the chemically buggered variety- and yes, "chemically buggered" is my phrase of the day], they're delicious. well, rose water is delicious. you can add it to baking or to beverages for a refreshing sweet taste, or stew the petals in vodka for a wonderful infused flavour. but roses are also amazing for your skin- one of the most amazing ingredients you can find. 

i was excited to find out that select shoppers drug mart/ pharmaprix locations in canada have started carrying the korres skin care line [they're also at sephora, but we don't have one that i can get to frequently in montreal] and have a "starter kit" of their wild rose products along with a couple of others. i love it when brands offer the opportunity to buy a bunch of little packages of their products to try them out like this, because it can be frustrating and expensive to buy full-size skin care treatments that don't work for you. 

this little set is particularly well thought out, including two small tubes of wild rose 24 hour moisture cream, one tube of the concentrated wild rose serum, one tube of white tea facial cleanser and one tube of evening primrose eye cream. in other words, they give you a proper regimen for your skin, day and night. best of all, although they look smallish, i found that there was easily enough product to last for a month, which is what you need to tell whether or not you're seeing the results you're supposed to. the "try-out" pack costs $49cad, which is about equivalent to a full-size version of any of the products. [the cleanser is cheaper.]

FIND OUT THE RESULTS...

23 March 2012

friday favourites 23.03.12

image of the week
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.



thanks for reading!!

21 March 2012

f[inding] b[oneheads] and i[nternet newbies]

hey, i know that the u.s. government has a huge debt and that they need to explore a lot of options to increase revenue, but i think that have the director of the fbi running an internet scam is a little bit seedy, even by the standards of an organisation that gets its jollies spying on its own citizens.

nonetheless, just look at what i found in my spam filter today:

THE IMF HAS APPROVED YOUR ATM CARD FOR DELIVERY (FBI)

Attn: Beneficiary,

I am Mr. Robert S.Mueller, The FBI Director; After proper investigations, we discovered that your impending payment that have been withheld by imposters, claiming to be Professor Sanusi Lamido Sanusi (Governor of the Central bank of Nigeria), Mr. Patrick Aziza, Mr. Frank Nweke, None existing officials of the Oceanic Bank of Nigeria and Zenith Bank, UK winning Lottery, Senator David Mark, Andy Lear of Hsbc bank, Coca-Cola winning lottery and among a list of others is now under our custody with the help of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Local Police Force.

Investigations revealed that you have spent a lot on your personal earned money just to conclude the successful transfer of your funds to your nominated bank account by obtaining transfer documents as requested by the impostors, costing you a lot of money but all to no avail.

The FBI had to send some financial crime investigators from our head quarters in Washington DC to Africa in other to carry out proper investigation, after receiving series of other reports similar to yours as you are not the only person awaiting the legal transfer of funds from Africa.

The FBI has giving authority to the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) to assist the Federal Ministry of Finance and all the organization involved; such as the Central Bank, Zenith Bank, and Legit lottery organizations to immediately commence with the compensation of all the beneficiaries awaiting the successful transfer of their funds. With the help of some of the best Internet investigators attached to the FBI, we traced your information from the Internet as one of the beneficiaries awaiting the successful transfer of funds to your nominated account.

I am pleased to inform you that a meeting was held as regards the best way to carry out with the compensation exercise for transparency and most especially to avoid reoccurrence of the delay in transferring your funds and the high cost of procuring transfer documents and came to a final conclusion as all head of organizations involved was duly represented.

It was approved to be issued to you as a valid international ATM card cashable at any ATM machine designation in the world. The ATM account has already being credited with two million, five hundred thousand United States dollars. ($2.5, 000, 000.00USD) , with a daily Limit of withdrawal of Ten thousand United States Dollars. ($10.000, 00USD).The ATM card has already being packaged and approved to be delivered to your door step via express courier delivery service.

Contact Mr. Martens Johnson {Our FBI ATM Rep.} at the ATM PAYMENT CENTER and reconfirm your delivery information as stated below and your security code with five digit (12090) number has to be submitted alongside with your delivery information for security reasons.

DELIVERY INFORMATION:
FULL NAME AND AGE:
DELIVERY ADDRESS:
CELL PHONE NUMBER:
CURRENT OCCUPATION

CONTACT INFORMATION:
NAME: Martens Johnson
EMAIL : agentmartensjohnson@fbi.ali-thabet.com
TEL: +2348057055989

HAVE IT IN MIND THAT THE DELIVERY FEE OF YOUR PACKAGE DELIVERY TO YOUR DESTINATION HAVE BEEN SETTLED BETWEEN WE AND THE COURIER COMPANY IN CHARGE OF YOUR ATM CARD DELIVERY.SO YOU ARE MANDATED TO PAY FOR THE SECURITY KEEPING FEE ONLY FOR YOUR ATM CARD TO BE DELIVERED TO YOU. A RELIABLE AND A TRUSTED COURIER COMPANY HAVE BEEN CONTRACTED TO DELIVER YOUR PACKAGE TO YOUR DESTINATION, AS SOON AS YOU CONTACT MR Martens Johnson HE WILL UPDATE YOU WITH THE COURIER COMPANY EMAIL CONTACT ADDRESS IN OTHER TO AVOID ANY UNDUE DELAY OF YOUR ATM CARD.

NOTE: Under normal circumstances you are suppose to come and collect your ATM CARD in person and sign some documents as proof of the collection of your ATM CARD but the IMF and the Finance Ministry insisted that you pay for the SECURITY KEEPING FEE ONLY of your ATM CARD via western union money transfer, which will cost you only $100.00 USD to cut down travel expenses in other for the western union payment receipt and the receipt of payment of $100.00 USD to the nominated courier company that will carry out with the delivery to your door step to be documented in your file as proof your collection. We hope that is very clear. A receipt to this effect will be sent to you and a copy kept in your file for future documentation.

We also advise that you stop further communications with these imposters and forward any correspondence / proposal you receive from them to Mr. Martens Johnson in other for the FBI to bring justice to does still at large.
GOD BLESS US.

REGARDS.
Mr. Robert S. Mueller III
FBI DIRECTOR...


now, i don't want to be a suspicious aloysius, but this email came from robert mueller at the following address: postmaster@vegatele.com


vegatele, as it happens, is a large telecommunications provider in russia and, with all due respect to the president and his advisors, seems like an odd choice of service provider for the federal government's investigative agency. i'm sure they have data packages and lots of free minutes, but aren't there other issues that the fbi should be considering?

and seriously, i can't even find a bit of information about that address for agent martens johnson. shouldn't all the fbi people have addresses in the same place? or is that part of a cunning plan to hide state secrets all over the place so that the terrorists will never know where to look?

fyi- someone might want to tell agent johnson to consider changing phone numbers, since it appears to be the same one used in a western union scam and is on several watchlists of "spammer numbers" who claim it's actually a prepaid cell phone in nigeria, which could cause people some consternation. unless that western union scam was some sort of ingenious fbi front that we're all just too silly to understand.

i would like to point out that mr. mueller clearly needs a new executive assistant. the grammar in that letter is terrible. it sounds like it was written by someone whose first language wasn't even english. if that's the case, fine, but that person really shouldn't then be writing fbi/ imf communications like this.

don't pull that innocent look on me
one thing that does interest me is the part that asks recipients to contact agent johnson regarding any communication from the impostors being investigated: "in other for the fbi to bring justice to does still at large". i think i missed something. are you telling me that internet scams are actually being perpetrated by deer? is this some sort of revenge for hunting season? are they working with terrorists in africa, which, by the way, doesn't even have deer, so it looks like the whole conspiracy is north american based in the end? if you call the cell phone number, how do they even answer it? and what about the stags? are they involved or is this a female-only crime world? i think it's very important that canadians and americans know more, so that we know how to protect ourselves from these miscreants exploiting our bambi-guilt.

i think i may have to call the fbi head office, just to find out about the does or i'll never be able to go to the country and feel safe.

making faces :: spring flings [part 3]

i'll admit it up front: i am all about the lips when it comes to makeup. it was years before i figured out you should use more than one colour of eye shadow to do a look and if there is something that dictates what i'm going to wear on my face on a particular day, 95% of the time, it's that i have a lipstick or gloss i'm just dying to try out.

but in spring, it's considered more appropriate to play down the lips, to wear something a little more natural, a little less obvious, a little more demure than you would in other seasons. and in recent years, i have discovered that there is a certain logic to having these sorts of everyday, understated, innocent shades in your lipstick library, whether it's because you work in a conservative environment or you'd like something to plump your pucker before you try explaining to the police why you were doing 115 in a 50 zone. if you're the type of lady who likes to keep an edgy look no matter what predicament you're in, may i suggest that you have a look at the post on "spring lips for vampy ladies"?

but if you're the type of lady who likes to play innocent by looking really fresh and sweet, here are a few spring-ready shades that should easily find their way into your regular rotation.

mayflower
nars :: mayflower :: this warm strawberry-pink shade made its debut with nars summer collection last year and you can see my review of it here. really, though, this is my ultimate spring colour within a brand that really has a knack for springy, fresh, natural colours. as with most of the shades i describe as "natural", it will work best on pale ladies [sorry, that's really all i have to go by]. "mayflower" [incidentally the official flower of the province where i was born] is sheer enough that it will blend well with your underlying lip colour, but pigmented enough that it won't just look like a balm. it's a sweet, natural pink that gives my lips a slightly warmer, more polished look.

jersey rose
chanel :: jersey rose :: a little while ago, i actually found out that a whole branch of my family actually hails from the channel island of jersey. so the name "jersey rose" for me conjures up images of faded family memories and history rather than drunk fights between snooki and her housemates. so we're going to assume from this point on that chanel's thinking was more in line with mine.

released last spring, but now part of the permanent collection of rouge coco lipsticks, "jersey rose" does have a sort of faded, antique look, like roses painted on wallpaper, or on an old jewelry box. it's a perfect, let me stress that perfect tone for a lady trying to emulate that sort of victorian or edwardian look, since it's a fairly natural shade, but is also the sort of warm rosy pink one sees in paintings of the era's heroine's. the embodiment of england's rose, as it were.

pago pago
nars :: pago pago :: here's a strange one- this shade was actually released last fall, normally a time when dark shades dominate. at the time, although i sort of looked at it because it was on display, i didn't even really pay attention to this new lipstick that is now part of the nars collection. and what a mistake that was! i'll admit that pago pago took a while to grow on me, because on its own, it seemed nearly invisible, but i finally decided that the nagging sensation i had at the back of my head whenever i saw it was not merely evil demons trying to convince me to spend my money, but part of me that somehow knew this was a shade that should come home with me. and how.

despite the fact that pago pago is a fairly sheer pink shade, with lots and lots of gold and white shimmer, it does seem to cause a sort of magical transformation on my lips. it's that classic "my lips but better" theory, but more like "my lips but better on steroids and happy pills". donning this, my lips look fuller, glossier and smoother, but my whole face seems to look brighter, my eyes seem to catch the sparkle in the lipstick, everything is suddenly light and fresh and sunny and... well, i still wonder why they included it with their fall program.

seriously, the sheerness of this shade makes it adaptable to a lot of different lip colours and skin tones, so if, like me, you shrugged it off last fall, consider giving this one a second chance. it totally deserves it.

WOULD YOU BELIEVE THERE ARE FIVE MORE SHADES AFTER THE BREAK?

20 March 2012

tummy pr0n

why am i posting this? i don't know, but there's something about a cat who spends a large portion of his day lying on his back, waiting for people or other cats to come and kiss him that seems to warrant a blog post of its own.








yes, we're probably going to have to put him on a diet, but part of me can't help but be charmed by how proud of his great big belly seth is. it's bigger than he was when we first got him...

this is how i know my friends are smarter than i am

a little while back, i got an encouraging-sounding email from a client i did some writing for a couple of years back, asking if i'd be interested in doing some more work for them, along the same lines, but with a broader range of subjects to work from. it sounded pretty good, up until the point about how there wasn't the budget to be able to pay me this time.

among other things, the email got sort of swept up in the inferno of unbacked-up os reinstallation i went through and so i was never able to respond, but the fact is it sat like a moist blob of leftover food on the humid plate of my inbox for a few days before the great catastrophe, i just hadn't figured out what i wanted to say in response.

i mean, it seemed sort of ridiculous to offer to do something for free that i'd previously done for pay, and it didn't exactly bolster my self-esteem to think that my work was so incredible they thought i should do it for nothing. on the other hand, i do kind of like the idea that a google search of "kate macdonald writer" or "kate macdonald author" might turn up something related to me. and, in fact, i was still weighing the pros and cons in my mind and wondering if i could track down the email once i did figure out what i wanted to say, which would probably end up being longer than any of the pieces they were asking me to write in the first place.

and then martin posted this on my facebook wall.

now, martin didn't know about the existential hell i'd been going through vis-a-vis this email, he just figured it was something i should read. probably because he knows i am one of those writers described in the article who's a bit of a wuss and can be lead to believe that having something published is about the best i can expect in the cutthroat competitive world of writing. or possibly he just thought it was good advice for writers in general. but he wouldn't have been wrong about the wuss bit.

i don't agree with the black and white vision of the article. there are people and organisations i genuinely want to help regardless of whether or not they can afford it and those people generally help me if and when they can. and sometimes you do want to do something because it would be fun or challenging in a way that was its own form of compensation. but there is a clear logical disconnect in thinking that doing something for free for a profit-driven company will encourage them to start paying you for the same work. no matter how down on myself i felt, i would be leery of any employer who suggested i do a full-time job as a volunteer for a few months in the hopes that they would eventually decide that my work was worth paying for.

however obvious it is, though, i hadn't managed to notice it in the days of mental hand-wringing [brain-wringing?] i'd engaged in. lucky i have friends to occasionally point out the cliffs i'm about to stroll off while i'm exercising that big brain.

besides, why should i jump at the opportunity to write on a fairly broad range of topics in a way that i enjoy for no money? isn't that what i have this place for???


19 March 2012

the real slut problem

rush limbaugh, bill maher [not exactly as pictured]
i was watching cnn earlier tonight and saw erin burnett giving her response to being called out on rival network msnbc over backing republicans who equated comments made by comedian and obama super pac donor bill maher with those made by radio talk show host rush limbaugh. predictably, burnett was defensive, repeating that to her, there was no meaningful difference between comments maher has made about conservative politicians like sarah palin and michele bachmann and those made by law student and women's health advocate sandra fluke.

the aftermath of "slut-gate" generally has had me a bit at odds with myself. my knee-jerk reaction is to assume that those who are sounding off about maher, burnett included, are doing so purely out of political interest and wouldn't care if the democrats sacrificed a woman as the climax of their convention. [maybe if she was a virgin, but i digress.] my other knee-jerk reaction is to think that there is a peculiar nastiness in comments directed towards women in the political sphere that i don't necessarily see directed at men- as if it's predicated on a belief that they don't really belong.

so i'm kind of stuck, both knees jerking uncontrollably, trying to figure things out.

i see the point that democrats, liberals and those from the proverbial left in america have when they say that maher is a comedian and that his comments are presumed to be outrageous/ unrealistic by virtue of this, whereas limbaugh purports to speak seriously about issues. you can go back and forth on that alone for quite some time: maher's status as a comedian would probably not have saved him if he'd used the n-word to describe tea party congressman tim scott and limbaugh would likely concede that he exaggerates for effect, even if his listeners don't get that.

and you could argue that claiming that africa is a country or that vaccinations make people retarded does make you stupid, while testifying before congress that women should have access through their employer's health care insurance plan to oral contraceptives for a variety of health issues does not make you a slut.

i even get the republican point [yes, you read that correctly] that there is a certain hypocrisy when you only cry foul over derogatory terms in the mouths of your political opponents. i felt the same sense of unease when feminists were falling over themselves to talk about how wonderful bill clinton was, rather than saying what most of us felt to be the truth: he was a shitty individual to his wife and to a degree to the women he was cheating on her with, but that isn't a political issue. end of story.

that sort of clarity is what's needed in this situation and although i doubt it's going any further than you and me, here it is:

bill maher's brand of comedy is scathing and he can say some things that most people are going to find harsh. the fact that he's a comedian doesn't make what he says insincere, because his fans and viewers all know that he believes what he says and is trying to get his audience motivated in much the same way as limbaugh does. he isn't giving a million bucks to re-elect obama as a set up for a big punchline.

and you know what? i could even be persuaded to think that he's a misogynist. i don't, but if someone who knew him wanted to tell me he was, i wouldn't immediately write them off as a republican operative. it would mean that i would always view bill maher as a sexist jerk, but i'm not trying to date him and, since i'm in my thirties and not a model, he's not trying to date me, and that would be the end of it.

and therein lies the difference between maher and limbaugh.

no one, least of all the republicans who are crying foul over maher, think that his statements are reflective of a larger anti-women agenda within the democratic party. many, many people think that limbaugh's statements are precisely that- the crest of the g.o.p. iceberg. you can play word-for-word match games between maher and limbaugh from now until november and none of that will change the fact that republicans have been moving backwards on women's rights since they pushed through the 19th amendment in 1919. [seriously. look it up.]

limbaugh's been saying insulting, erroneous, batshit crazy stuff for years without this scale of reaction, but when there are so many examples of republican-driven legislation that seems backward, condescending or flat-out hostile, it ties into a larger story.

so it's not just about the "slut" tirade. it's about what those statements reveal about how a lot of republicans think about women to begin with.

18 March 2012

making faces :: channeling my inner leprechaun


to be honest, while i'm almost entirely of celtic stock, it's more scottish and welsh than irish, but that doesn't mean i don't feel some kinship with the isle of eire, especially on this, their massively successful exported holiday.

in fact, i thought of being all know-it-all and dressing/ making myself up in blue, since that's actually the original colour associated with the day, but the fact is that i think green looks better on me, plus it's more associated with spring in general. so for once, i went with the popular tide. 

i also went kind of bright, since it was a clear, sunny day and i figured it was time to take some bolder favourites out of hibernation. here's what i did: 
products used 

face ::
marcelle new age foundation "ivory"
smashbox high definition liquid concealer "fair/ light"

eyes :: 
mac e/s "prized"* [light warm ivory]
mac e/s "sweet & punchy"* [shimmery light chartreuse]
mac e/s "bio green" [bright grassy green]
mac e/s "sassy grass"* [bright true green]
yves st. laurent e/s "slate green" [emerald green with blue shimmer]
mac superslick liquid liner "on the hunt" [black]
guerlain powder eye kohl "black"
chanel inimitable intense mascara

cheeks ::
mac blush "my highland honey"* [warm peach]
lips ::
mac sheen supreme l/s "sheer mandarin" [yellow orange]

*suggested alternates :: prized = nars edie; sweet & punchy = nars rated r; sassy grass = inglot #331; my highland honey =  chanel espeigle [pinker]

dom pointed out that i actually looked rather like an irish flag today and although that wasn't what i set out to do, he is right...

16 March 2012

friday favourites 16.03.12

image of the week
another friday has come... and is close to going, actually, since i see that it's already dark outside. that said, it hasn't been dark for that long, thanks to the farmers who, because they were bored waiting for the crops to grow and thought it would be hilarious to play a practical joke whereby they got the "townies" to change their clocks twice a year.

of course, this year, i had a new sensation, which was that somehow, i was the one all out of sync because my clocks all knew what to do without me. since all my clocks are computerised to some extent, when i woke up last sunday, they'd already done their thing. i just didn't know it. so i spent an entire day unsure whether i was looking at the correct time or not.

that's my excuse for any time this week i might have seem confused this past week. time change. next week, it'll have to be something else.

but right now, i can tell you what time it is: it's friday favourites time!


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


have you already lost track of this year's battles in the war on women? here's a nice little cheat sheet. spoiler: we're all losing.

coming on hbo: a remake of "they shoot horses, don't they?"

because you really haven't lived until you've found a soaked middle-aged man running from the piss-dungeon he's constructed in the basement of your small business.

you know what could resolve the current budget crisis in new jersey? a good old fashioned chilli cook-off.

sure, we've all heard about the goldman-sachs employee who resigned in disgust over the company's corporate culture, but what about the morgan stanley employee implicated in the pigs and prostitution scandal?

you what doesn't help conditions for factory workers in china? making shit up and presenting it as fact in order to get attention for yourself.

you know what doesn't help children in africa? getting drunk and naked and masturbating on a street corner.

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


if you're in montreal... check out the third annual indie record and art fair taking place at st. denis church, right next to laurier metro. it's a great venue to connect with local stores, labels, radio stations, publishers, writers... it's just a great venue for finding stuff that normally flies below the radar. check out their web site [in french] for more information.

if you're in austin... wednesday march 21st bring the latest edition of "no doves fly here" a bi-monthly death-rock/ goth club night at the "chain drive" fetish club. there simply aren't enough old-school, bat cave-style events now that everyone's gone all electro-happy. nice to see some are keeping the flame alive. check out the event's facebook page for details.

if you're on the internet... if you're preparing for a grand day of green eggs and ham, green beer and the inevitable green aftermath tomorrow, why not saunter out in a pair of fine green shoes? john fluevog is offering 17% off all green shoes until midnight tomorrow.

if you have an event that you'd like me & mls readers to know about, feel free to email me.

musical notes


did you ever see a band name and think "that looks so weird, the band just has to be interesting"? i did this week. and i was right. [great for fans of restrained, slightly but not overtly dark material that shifts and shuffles but never fades into the background.]



follow-up and shameless self-promotion


actually, for once, i don't really have anything much to report on other than to say thanks to everyone who showed some support and bought a copy of "interference" during the couple of lightning-quick promotions that occurred last month. i beamed out copious, sensual, lascivious love to all of you when i got my residual statement this week. you are awesome. that's not being sarcastic, either. you are truly awesome.

at the moment, i'd like to reveal a still from a new film i'm working on. it's a low-budget horror flic called "the feline centipede". it gets quite scary. no, wait... hairy. it gets quite hairy.



thanks for reading!

making faces :: spring flings [part 2]

yesterday, it snowed. for the next several days, the forecast is calling for temperatures warm enough that i think i might break out sandals for the first time this year. such is march in montreal.

actually, that's normally more like early may in montreal, but this year, mother nature is letting us at least get our toes wet [and warm] a little early. and, like the pre-programmed animal that i am, i have actually found myself reaching for spring green shades more than i have in previous months. 

ok, part of that is probably because green shades go really nicely with red hair. because the colours are opposites [or close to it, since red hair isn't actually red], they make each other look brighter and more intense to the observer. and i like anything that helps me look brighter and more intense. 

but new hair tint aside, green eye shadows do seem like a perfect adornment for spring and there are hundreds of them, many well worth the price. and having shared a few of my favourites. i tried to give as much of a variety as i could, but, really, i could go on for a while. and this isn't even counting limited edition shades that i've managed to collect over the years. i tried to stick mostly with greens i thought had a "springiness" to them, which is why you won't see khaki and olive tones [which really deserve a post of their own anyway], but since seasonality is in the eye of the beholder, when you wear these is entirely up to you. 

lucky green
mac cosmetics :: lucky green :: this really has to be one of the ultimate shades of spring green in the world. it's a rich fern shade with a dose of gold that deposits lots of shimmery colour without being overwhelmingly bright. it's the colour of those first buds that give you every strain of allergic reaction possible for a few weeks, of those first outcroppings of grass that struggle up through the mud. seriously, if i were going to recommend just one green shadow for spring, this would be the one. 

it took some time for "lucky green" to make its way into mac's permanent colour assortment, but after being available first as a limited edition and then through "pro" locations only, it's finally become a full-fledged part of the mac family.

mac cosmetics :: juxt :: this one has been a favourite of mine forever. it was one of the first greens i ever bought and i've re-purchased it several times since, because it's just such a versatile shade. it's not entirely dissimilar to "lucky green", but it's lighter and somewhat cooler. it has a lemony yellow sheen that distinguishes it from a lot of other light greens out there. it plays very nicely with other shades- blues, greens even purples if you can believe.

and now the bad news.

mac has this included in their list of items to be discontinued. as of today, it's still available on the canadian web site [along with other permanent colours slated for the trash compactor], but it could run out pretty much any time. if you're a regular mac customer, you might want to make a habit of checking the section of their web site labeled "goodbyes", since it'll let you know when products you like are getting their swan-song. grab this one while you can.

SEE THREE MORE AFTER THE BREAK!

14 March 2012

the continuing adventures of el santo vs. mammon

it just doesn't stop.

i'd pretty much decided that last night was going to be a mundane affair, where the results would likely mirror the polls for the republican nomination campaign: gingrich would win alabama, romney would eke out a victory in mississippi, following the time-honoured canadian tradition of taking advantage of a split opposition vote. there hadn't really been any major hiccoughs to derail things. romney and gingrich parried over grits and polls showed us some other things about the south that confirmed most of our worst fears about that area of the world. [forget gay marriage, mississippians still struggle with the debate over interracial marriage.] although rick santorum had scored an outrageously skewed win in kansas over the weekend, the consensus was that his competitors gave that one to him, because they were busy fighting in the "real" battle along the gulf. things moved lazily, like a southern summer breeze and when wolf blitzer did his "in this race anything can happen" opening for the cnn primary coverage, even dom screwed up his face and answered "you always say that". [yeah, we've watched enough cnn that we talk to wolf right through the television scrceen.]

it honestly seemed like the southern primaries weren't really going to change a lot in terms of momentum. if romney won one state, he'd have a weak-kneed claim to being a viable candidate in the south [if you ignore the whole vote-splitting argument]. if newt won one and came close in the other, he might be able to breathe life once more into his increasingly moribund campaign. [even freddie and jason burnt out their appeal eventually.] santorum could certainly continue if he came a solid second in both states, although he really needed a win to maintain any sense of momentum. but basically the biggest thing that looked likely to happen would be that mitt romney, might start to begin the process of really locking down the nomination the way that ari fleischer insists he's been doing all along.

and then...



recent events have led me to believe that there is a concerted effort on behalf of the santorum campaign to either avoid answering polls altogether or to lie, even at exit polls when it theoretically doesn't matter. because it's not just that the campaign has put together a nice little pack of wins and strong performances. it's that the candidate has been consistently outperforming his poll numbers in virtually every race. polls in alabama had him running third, but from the moment the polls closed, he was ahead and remained there the entire night. sure, it was a pretty tough three-way race, but in the end, el santo bested gingrich by almost 30,000 votes. that's not exactly squeaking by.

in mississippi, of course, the vote was much closer. but the fact remained that santorum maintained a thin lead for the entire night [despite running third in pre-vote polls and still trailing romney in the exit polls]. once again, a flummoxed media had to admit he'd grabbed both states.

we all know that polls can be inaccurate, but statistically, it's extremely unlikely that they would be inaccurate in the same way across multiple jurisdictions unless something was wrong. and to santo's team, if you are encouraging your supporters to stay silent or tell little white lies for god and rick, may i just say: well played.

after all, there is something compelling about an underdog story, particularly to americans. and the fact that these come-from-behind [sorry for any unfortunate imagery that puts in your head] wins keep happening bolsters the sense of momentum around the campaign. it also means that the overall nomination process narrative is more or less being dictated by the santorum people: mitt romney is continually cast as the privileged new england preppy with a sense of entitlement and the law on his side who is continually outwitted by a simple, hard-working man of the people. what's worse is that the more romney crows about his delegate count in response to criticisms that he can't buy a win to save his life, the more he plays into that image- the machinery of the political power structure is working in his favour against the wishes of the people. he's one step short of walking out to the tune of the death star theme.

big picture advantages aside, anyone who's worked on a political campaign will tell you that it's good to have the polls make things look tighter than they really are, because it makes it a lot easier to get your vote out. nothing is more nerve-wracking than having your guy up by 5% and everyone knowing it, because people tend to start thinking that they really don't feel like going to the polling station when he's going to slide by anyway. life for that campaign manager is hell.

the fact is that romney is still so far ahead in delegate count that talk of him losing the nomination seems strange. and newt gingrich, who came second in both races, is actually romney's greatest campaign asset, since without him to siphon votes from the right, santo's wins would have been annihilations [to say nothing of the fact that he would have triumphed in the tightly contested states of michigan and ohio with relative ease].

in fact, gingrich may already have effectively paved the way to a romney victory by playing spoiler in a handful of important states. when you look at what's left, it's hard to imagine romney losing either new york or california [although granted, the latter won't vote until june], which leaves only texas as a really major prize in the delegate sweepstakes. many of the most populous states have already passed, so even if gingrich were to drop out at this point, it's questionable whether santorum could catch up.

the more interesting question is whether or not romney would be able to secure enough delegates himself to guarantee a nomination before convention time. while i don't think that santo has it in his mind to run for the vice presidency, it might transpire that it becomes necessary for him to be the v.p. candidate because romney won't be able to count on the party's conservatives turning out in the general election unless santorum is with him on the ticket. [and don't talk to me about how long the obama- clinton 2008 fight went on. that fight was tough because both of them had such passionate supporters. i'm not convinced even mitt romney is a passionate mitt romney supporter, which means that a lot of people who back him now will see long voting lines in november, or leave work late, or get a great deal on a vacation and will think that four years really isn't such a long time to wait and flake off from their voting duties. mitt romney supporters are so ambivalent that they've drained the fire from ron paul supporters after paul was seen to be engaged in political shenanigans with the former governor.]

whatever happens, these last minute twists and thrills do make for compelling television. i also think that we might be witnessing the final transformation of american politics from reality into scripted entertainment, the more against-all-odds grassroots victories i see, the more sermons from madman newt, the more tragi-comically awkward television moments from the pre-ordained nominee [right now there are dozens of campaign workers coming up with reasons why, when mitt said he was going to win at least one state in the south, he didn't mean "win" in the sense of getting the most votes, but in some moral, "a bronze medal is great for the special kid" way that you see in bad movies, something his campaign is starting to resemble...] it seems like the real trick for the g.o.p. would be bringing this all back to the realm where we take them seriously again. as a friend of mine put it, it's become more "show" than "reality".

in the meantime, there does seem to be a biblical passion play happening for the souls of republicans and apparently it's also easier to pass through the eye of a needle than for an extremely rich man to get on the g.o.p. ticket this year.

[once again, thanks to dominic f. marceau for the wonderful "santo" artwork. i swear that i'm going to make these all into a set of greeting cards if he confounds us all by winning.]

12 March 2012

follicle follies :: to all the hair i've had before

the fact that i recently changed my hair in a way that surprised even me got me to thinking about just how often i change my hair in general. i've been dyeing it somewhat regularly since i was about fifteen, but i have paused from time to time, either because i couldn't be bothered or because... well usually just because i couldn't be bothered, actually.

the most recent time when i abandoned the fine art of dyeing was actually the only extended period of my life where i tried handing over my colouring to a professional, which is not the same as having natural hair, but is a lot different than doing it yourself, which is what i've done generally. i had a base colour and highlights, which would cost a lot of money and look more or less like what i think my natural hair colour looks like anyway. it also took hours of work because at the time i had metric areseloads of hair. [dom hates this look on me.]

personally, i'm just happy i've lost weight since then
salon colourists are masters of subtlety and since i shared the fact that i worked in an office that was pretty understated in terms of appearance [fitted jeans were about as dressy as it got], it was assumed that i wanted something pretty low-key in terms of colour. truthfully, i think i was trying that look for a while, since i'd been making an effort to fit in, but, unsurprisingly, i went back to my old ways.

ironically, my crack hairdressing team sort of pushed me in that direction, encouraging me to go lighter and shorter [with my hair], which eventually evolved into a more stylish look [including the rather distinctive asymmetrical bangs, an idea of my hairdresser's, which have mostly stayed with me for the last half dozen years], rather than just a huge mass of slightly wavy hair sitting on my head.

fyi, this is why you shouldn't take photos immediately after coming in from the cold
sadly for my colourist, i decided to take matters into my own hands and go back to handling those duties myself. having spent most of my adult life blonde, i first went back to my old standby- a sort of medium-light gold colour.

this eventually became my author photo
i even went a bit lighter and learned to straighten it. [the trick, apparently, is buying a pricey flat iron that doesn't end up just burning your hair.]

this is as much styling as i can do.
IT GOES ON...

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