Skip to main content

Posts

Showing posts from May, 2012

the ups and downs of vertigo

if you've been following my blog for a while, you might remember that i suffer from vertigo. of course, if you're a new reader to the blog, you could also just click here and read my original post about it. long story short, i get very dizzy. way dizzier than that time you stood up too quickly on an empty stomach.



now, i realise that there are way worse things i could have. i can breathe [well, mostly], i can move all my limbs, i can see and hear and do all sorts of things that i take for granted, but sometimes, having an unexpected attack of vertigo just sucks. here's why:




and i promise, those things look and feel way worse in person.

in case you hadn't guessed, those are my knees. there are also random scrapes and bruises on my elbows, arms and hands, but the knees caught the worst of it. "it" in this case being a quick introduction to the pavement outside du college metro station in montreal.

i wasn't exactly running late for work, but let's say i …

more like space radio, episode three

finally!! ok, so much for the middle of the month, but this is special, since kinetik kind of cut into my middle-of-may planning time and i was so screwy with my sleep schedule last week that i should not have been trusted around technology of any kind. but here it is! the third episode of "more like space radio"!

this month, i'd say that the overall vibe is a bit post-punk, a bit early electro, a bit... well heck, you can look at the play list below. you're smart people. i know you'll make the right decision about downloading it.

of the items on this month's show, i have to say that i've been giving a lot of time to the pop 1280 album "the horror", which does live up to its name in many ways. i know that the band is on tour and i'm hopeful that means we might see them up here at some point. you know what would be really awesome? having them play here and actually finding out about it more than three hours beforehand.

but i digress... here&…

there are much worse things...

... than going round and round, it seems.

last week, i noted that the stm had apparently split space and time and while i think i've figured that out, i have also come to the disturbing realization that montreal's transit authority is probably trying to kill you.

well, maybe not you. and not me, at the moment, but what's to say they're not targeting us all, area by area.

the testing ground is a business park in ville st. laurent. i pass it in the mornings going to work. since there are no pedestrian over- or underpasses, i wondered what the procedure was for getting people home at the end of the day. after all, without a strategy for moving them in the opposite direction, it's kind of a tease having a spiffy new bus to take them to their jobs in the morning. it's like "screw you, plebes! you have to live here now!"

curious, i checked out the instructions on line only to discover to my horror that one of the first steps you're supposed to take i…

making faces :: my grown-up face, let me show you it

as i've mentioned, i started a new job, which means i've had to adapt many of my routines once again to the office. that includes coming up with understated, office-friendly faces to wear although, as dom pointed out, i've not received any indication that i need to be exceptionally conscious about myself in this particular office, i do generally like to keep a low-ish profile, at least for a  while. like until they're legally obliged to keep me. until that time, i'm looking to keep things reasonably subtle and trying to pretend i'm smarter than i really am.

it also helps that it's grown very warm and often humid here, so i've been inclined to use a light hand anyway.

so i thought i'd share an example of something i did this week that's a little more reserved, a little more typical of my daytime faces lately. ironically, this particular look makes use of an older mac eye shadow palette that came out with a fall collection, but its combination of…

friday favourites 25.05.12

holy carp. ladies and gentlemen, i would just like to say that making the transition from your schedule being whatever you feel like making it back to the workaday world is really, really tough. especially if you happen to spend the four days before you go back to work making sure that you don't ever go to sleep before the sun is up. i think that everyone should do that. after all, if their first impression of you is that you're a zombie and a bit of a drooling mouth breather, you can't help but look awesome later on, right?

actually, i have to say, so far so good. although i feel like my job is judging me and my unhealthy habits, because my new company is very healthy. and i don't mean that my coworkers are judging me, because they seem like a pretty non-judgmental lot. i mean the actual job has a sort of disapproving eye pointed at me. i'm being judged by something that isn't even a concrete thing. talk to me when you have physical form, asshole!

here are a …

the people on the bus go round and round

there are a number of ways for me to negotiate the space between my home and my office. the fastest is the spiffy new express bus line, which is what i've taken in the mornings, but in the evenings, i've been more lax and have ended up taking the "scenic" route, or rather one of two scenic routes, which go through different areas of suburban industrial parks, although one does pass by the fairy castle, which kind of counts as scenic. if you're into gaudy fairy castles.

today, i specifically left on time to catch the express bus home and, like any normal person, i went to the stop on the opposite side of the road to where i disembark in the morning.

except when going in the opposite direction, the bus is actually going in the same direction it is in the morning. say what? it's true. somehow, the bus bends time and space and so the northbound [which is really westbound but the stm calls it northbound] bus i take in the morning is still northbound when it pass…

marching in

while the student protests have generally taken place downtown or in the lower part of the plateau, they are apparently branching out. around midnight monday a very peaceful group marched in front of our building, sandwiched between police escorts.

the calm was almost eerie, especially in light of the fact that the night before, a cop had threatened to arrest dom and i for looking at a group of his peers "attending" to a prone figure on the ground downtown. in this case, there seemed to be no aggression on either side, no provocation.

the only contact i saw between police and protestors was towards the end. several of those marching had made use of a hose attached to the side of the building next to ours to fill their water bottles. as the last few filled up and turned off the hose, an officer on a bicycle approached. the protestor gave him the hose without being coerced, more like he was just handing it to the next person in line. i didn't see if the cop filled up a wat…

making faces :: festival favourites

while i know i'll never have the most intricate or intense makeup at kinetik, the beauty fiend in me does like to take the opportunity to play around with some looks that are a bit more dramatic than what i might normally sport. since i was in attendance for much longer hours than usual this year, i also needed to find things that were going to stand up to six to eight hours of wear in a hot, sweaty environment. so in case you ever find yourself in a similar situation, i figured i'd share what i learned this weekend.

first of all, nothing will educate you faster on the miracle of eye shadow primer than attending a music festival. mine ran out, which meant that i got to deal with some really tragic creasing even when i thought i was using products that were crease-resistant [i guess they can't resist the beats]. my lids are a bit oily at the best of times. put me in a foetid swamp of human flesh and things can get pretty squishy south of my brows. i've promised myself i…

four on the floor at kinetik

yeah, i know it's stretching, because the expression is "four to the floor" when talking about a pumping dance beat, but somehow "kinetik energy" seemed kind of lame. so i'll go with the slightly less lame wordplay and hope you're still reading this.

if you're into ebm/ electro-industrial music, kinetik is a big deal. europeans have been all over this sort of thing for years, but unlike their predecessors, they'd never been able to conquer the gargantuan north american land mass. one of the artists declared that kinetik has put north america on the map for this sort of music, which leads me to two conclusions:

1. the organisers have accomplished a lot in five years.
2. fans of this sort of music must have really shitty maps.

in previous years, i've flitted in to see a few bands i really enjoyed, but have let most of it pass me by. i'm honestly not a fan of ebm/ electro-industrial music, aside from a handful of artists on the noisier end…

who polices the police?

if you're in montreal, that's not a rhetorical question. while i've criticised some who've associated themselves with montreal's student protests for stupidly attacking the city's metro system, i have to say that last night, the city's police force found a way to one-up them.

apparently responding to protest supporters shouting insults at them from a terasse, the montreal police- who are apparently rather more sensitive than one might think- ransacked the bar where the verbal protestors were drinking, causing damages, chaos and a massive headache for the bar's owner.

said owner is justifiably confused, since the purpose of the highly restrictive bill 78 [that became law this week, proving that governments can work very quickly when they want to] was ostensibly to protect downtown business owners who were threatened by the protests' renegade elements who might smash their windows or spray-paint their doors. instead, it's resulted in an independen…

friday favourites 18.05.12

friday??? there was so much i was supposed to do this week and... friday? seriously?

yes, it's friday. and yes, i've not done nearly the number of things that i planned to, despite knowing that this weekend was likely to be busybusybusy because i'm helping to film parts of the kinetik festival, which kicked off last night. smart kate wore flats and hence can actually move today. silly kate is wondering if that means she'll be able to crack out the heels this evening.

that's not entirely silly, of course, because if you're my size [diminutive] and trying to film a band on a large stage, it basically means you get to stick your arm in the air for an hour at a time and hope that the resulting loss of blood circulation doesn't require an amputation later on. a few extra inches would help me out... [<--- note me avoiding super-obvious dick-joke here] [<--- note you finding it necessary to point it out -ed.]

of course, i've also been a bit stymied in m…

kitty korner :: 2 in 1?

i remember very well the day that we went to pick up simon and hecubus. it was a strangely mild day in january and we somehow managed to score a parking spot on st. laurent directly in front of the door. for those of you not familiar with montreal: that never happens.

one of the things that i remember most was how excited and effusive the lady we dealt with was about the fact that we were taking both of them. she was excited because they had really come to depend on each other, that they did everything together and that she hated the thought of them being separated. personally, once i'd met and fallen in love with them, it had never occurred to me that we might take just one. i couldn't imagine being so cruel as to leave one behind. besides, what would make a kitten feel better about adjusting to a new environment with new brothers and sisters than having their own sibling by their side?

certainly, it helped seth and julia that both of them came home with us at once [and got a …

making faces :: warning! this is the face that busted my camera!

as i mentioned, i've been pillaging the archives a little more for "making faces" posts, since my regular camera seems to have shuffled of its mortal coil. or whatever kind of coil inanimate objects have to shuffle.

anyway, this is the look that finally killed my camera.

i really don't think it's that offensive or anything. i mean, it came to me when i was waxing nostalgic for mac cosmetics' 2010 spring collection, inventively called "spring colour forecast". it was really one of their high water marks as far as i'm concerned, because so much of it was so wearable and at the same time quite original. basically, the collection was divided into four smaller colour collections- pink, coral, plum and amber. i have to say that it was really more of a collection for all seasons, which is part of what made it so particularly strong. for instance, the set of plum shades really seems to have a lot more in common with the richer, deeper shades of fall tha…

up in smoke

i used to hit the streets in protest fairly often as a teen and young adult. i remember going out in freezing, soggy weather and yelling slogans that even at the time struck me as incredibly trite and devoid of meaning, because that was the way that you got attention. now, of course, i've let that trail off, because there are often more effective ways to get to the point across, but also out of fear that over-zealous cops are going to crack my skull on the pavement. age has made me a little more reluctant to take my chances, particularly since i'm now living in a city where police aren't always known for their good judgment. a journalist friend of ours who was apparently endangering public safety by carrying cameras to document the night's protest march recently ended up in an emergency ward courtesy of the city's men in blue.

but really, i think i might be more willing to risk a blast of tear gas or a crack from a baton for something i passionately believed in bu…

friday favourites 11.05.12

well, it finally seems that the household is recovering from our group tummy troubles earlier in the week. and dom didn't even get stabbed, despite his best attempts. all in all, a pretty good week.

of course, the whole president-coming-out-as-in-favour-of-gay-marriage thing was pretty sweet too. followed, of course, by the ugly but telling revelation [from the washington post- not normally a bastion of democratic support] that his presidential opponent engaged in a wee bit of gay-bashing as a student. when i was a student, i once wrote a limerick about a girl who picked on me crapping her pants. the difference is that i'm not going to be elected to lead my country and make it the national anthem. [although it might make the olympics a touch more amusing.]

these struggles continue, but it's nice to see that ray of sunshine burst through the cloud cover once in a while. here are a few other things that brightened my week... sort of.

good news :: stuff i can't make up fr…

reflections on the tar-heel terror

i've got plenty of outrage. that's why there's a tag used on this blog called "stuff that makes me angry". but in the wake of yesterday's referendum in north carolina that clamped down on marriage equality [i'm borrowing that terminology from msnbc's lawrence o'donnell, since i think it's a more accurate description of the legislation passed], i'm thinking that i'll have to introduce a new category called "stuff that makes me confused". it was fairly widely accepted that this amendment to the state constitution was going to pass, and by a significant margin. and based on what most people knew of north carolina, this wasn't surprising. and from a certain perspective, i get that. from the outside looking in, it is hardly astonishing that the voters who elected jesse helms would reject the notion that marriage could be anything outside of one man and one woman. but in this case, i'm not entirely an outsider and what i&#…

this post will probably be a waste of your time

so this has been a real waste of a day. more or less. i actually woke up very early, but that's almost a guarantee that i'm going to waste the rest of the day, because i fall into the trap of thinking that i have lots of time to be productive, so that there's absolutely no problem with me procrastinating.

besides, i woke up early this morning because something had gone terribly wrong with my stomach, which is never conducive to productivity, unless you consider lying around and moaning a lot to be a noble pursuit.

what's worse is that it soon became obvious that something was wrong with all of our stomachs. i don't mean just me and dom, either, somehow, something managed to infect the cats as well. what's more fun when you have a touch of stomach flu than caring for cats with tummy issues? everything.

when you're a kid, being sick means that people are going to be checking on you, waiting on you, offering to get things that you want on a regular basis and …

making faces :: the window dressing to the soul [chanel inimitable intense mascara]

this is the tale of a woman obsessed. a woman whose mother told her that the very first thing she noticed about her daughter when she was presented with her in the hospital was that said daughter had rather dramatically long, curly eyelashes. a woman who swore that she would honour that birthright every living day, no matter what the obstacles or the cost, that she would make sure the world would see her as her mother had first seen her- as a strange bundle with long, curly eyelashes.

that woman is me. and, yes, it is absolutely true that my mother told me that the first thing she noticed about me was that i had long, curly eyelashes when i was born. i also apparently had a surprising amount of red hair on my head, which fell out shortly after.

and it is true that i have a real preoccupation with my eyelashes. a friend of mine once pointed out that it was the one feature i could be counted on to accentuate, even when i couldn't be bothered with any other makeup. that's true. …