30 June 2012

making faces :: are you a scrumptiously devious kind of lady?

*smooch*
i'm not exactly sure when lipstick names finally jumped the track and headed into the forest. as with most things in the contemporary cosmetic arts, i think it started from mac cosmetics. when i first started buying lipsticks, i had ones with names like "blackberry" and "merlot". on the more fanciful side was something like "cherries in the snow", which still called to mind an icy cool pink-red, which is exactly what the colour was [and still is]. then i discovered mac and got colours like "jet" or "grid" or "media". not exactly evocative of a particular sort of shade. from there, all bets were off. now, you're lucky if anyone ever tethers their cosmetic colour names to something real.


so when you hear the name "scrumptiously devious", you might not immediately have a shade in mind. 


this is one of rouge bunny rouge's "hues of enchantment" range- their fuller-finish lipsticks [as opposed to the sheerer "succulence of dew" range]. they describe it as "cool lavender pink with a golden opalescence. inspired by the colours of pomegranate skin". 


natural light
i'd agree with the first half of the description- how they interpret the inspiration is really their business. but i'd say that rather than a cooler pink base, it's more neutral. it really looks cool only in a certain light. the refined golden shimmer makes the overall shade warmer-toned, like most rbr lipsticks. it's a gorgeous, natural but striking kind of shade that made my lips look very smooth- a remarkable feat for a frost finish. i've learned with rbr that the differences in wear time between their lipsticks have more to do with the finish than the formula. frosted shades like dark juices [part of the "succulence of dew" range] and scrumptiously devious last longer than creamier shades in either formula like word of mouth or murmurings. the coverage is pretty much opaque on this colour. 



29 June 2012

friday favourites 29.06.12

image of the week
buh-bye first half of the year! i wasn't sure at first, but i'm beginning to like you more than 2011 and 2010. to celebrate the end of the half-year, i've decided to take some measures to see if i can improve my overall bodily health. well, to be honest it has nothing to do with it being the middle of the year and has everything to do with the fact that i'm working for a company that makes some pretty serious natural health products and being there has reminded me that, while i have a reasonable lifestyle, i am getting to an age where it's really important to give myself periodic tune-ups. besides, i'm one of these people who has to try out the goodies wherever she works.

the process is a little daunting, because while i've done things like juice fasts, i've never done a proper internal work-up with tonics designed to scrub the parts of you that can't and shouldn't be cleaned with a loofah. i can almost hear my liver saying "lady, what the hell is this?" or "i can't believe it's not vodka". i had a quick consult with our naturopath who was very pleasant and helpful and tried to avoid telling me that i basically needed to take one of everything, although clearly someone my age, with my habits and my few but pernicious health concerns who has possibly just been a little neglectful about keeping pretty on the inside [mascara does not work on your large intestine, apparently] needs more than just a few glasses of water and some whole grains.

so far, i've noticed two effects:

1. my energy level already seems a little better than it was. [which was terrible this week, to the point where my boss thought i was falling asleep on my desk, which i wasn't, but i sort of understood why she might have made the mistake.] it's a little early to attribute that entirely to my new regimen, but i honestly can't remember the last time i didn't go through huge energy fluctuations during the day. the last couple of days, i haven't.

2. i woke up this morning feeling like someone had punched me in the kidneys. hard. this got better as the day went along and it's possible that i just slept funny but damn. how gunked up is everything that the very act of cleaning is sending me into renal spasms?

i've apparently been way worse to myself than i thought.

so, while i go enjoy my newfound vitality, how about i give you some favourites of the week to peruse?

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


ever seen one of those videos where a bridge starts waving up and down and doesn't stop until it breaks? turns out you can do that with crowds of people. and it's just as deadly. [link via boingboing]

how marketing people see the world.

hey, remember those "bath salts" things that were supposedly able to make you all crazy so that you'd eat someone's face? turns out that the face-eater only had pot in his system. i guess this means we can kiss any hope of decriminalisation goodbye. stoners, always remember to keep a good supply of the munchies on hand. you're creeping us out a little here.

the only thing that could make a writer sadder than this article is knowing that kim kardashian's younger sisters already have a book deal.

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


nothing. there is nothing going on anywhere in the world.

ok, there's plenty going on, but no one's told me about it, so i have to assume i'm not invited. and if i'm not invited you're not allowed to go.

if you're planning on taking in the big "spitaly" game, the culmination of euro 2012 on sunday, please feel free to check out my twitter. i'm not especially pulling for either team, so i'll likely just be offensive to everybody. on second thought, maybe you shouldn't follow my tweets. that could get awkward.

and, of course, this coming wednesday is the caustic lounge, our monthly dj night at cagibi. i have a long weekend to spend planning out what i might like to inflict on you play. enjoy a [few] drink[s] and see if my half-assed commitment to moderately improving my health has brought any benefits [or, alternately, if it's made me grow gills].

musical notes


dom doesn't always think things through. despite the fact that he lives with someone who is constantly slathering herself with sunscreen, he somehow left the house several weeks ago to shoot a video for a fun local group and neglected to put sunscreen on. did i mention that this was one of the first really scorching summer days that we had? because that's important.

predictably, when he got home that night after twelve hours or so of non-stop filming [well, except for the part where the cops came, but there's no need to go into that here], his head looked like something that belonged on a spit at a luau. and yet he seemed happy.

the happy apparently came from the fact that he had a great time with the band and his small but mighty crew and he felt like they'd gotten absolutely everything they needed/ wanted and the video was going to be a great complement to the song.

well this week, the video launched on youtube and you can see for yourself. it is fun and it is a great complement to the [unbelievably catchy] song and i'm very proud of him. also, he didn't catch the cancers from being out in the sun with no protection. everybody wins.



follow-up and shameless self-promotion


hey, remember that "friday favourites" a couple of weeks ago when i said i'd have the next instalment of "more like space radio" up by the end of the weekend? yeah, neither do i. i will have another show up soon-ish and it is definitely continuing, i'm just not committing to an exact date now.

part of this is because i once again am faced with a wall of blog-log. [that's backlog for blogs, in case you didn't know]. i'm not exactly sure how this happened, but i am overrun with stuff to write about. i have a couple of weeks of "mental health mondays" planned out. i have a ton of beauty purchases to review [along with a couple of other related pieces that i'd wanted to include for a while- colour features, seasonal features...]. i have cat-related posts. heck, i even have a backlog of images of the week! and that's without getting into commenting on any of the political insanity that's been going on up here lately. yes, world, we are canada and we like to keep our wingnuts in government, where we can keep an eye on them.

things need to be written and i'm not writing them. perhaps my newfound vigour will help me clear a bit of that away in the coming weeks.

kitteh of the week


i'm sure that conquering the backlog and getting my body up to peak efficiency will make me feel like a superhero. unfortunately, our house already has one.



thanks to everyone for reading!!

27 June 2012

making faces :: fall forward [updated]

EDIT!! :: information on yves st. laurent's fall collection has been added at the bottom. how in the heck did i miss them?

damn, aren't you just sick of all this summer weather? don't you long for the crisp breezes and longer nights of fall? ok, i kid, please don't send people after me. today's weather is actually kind of fall-like here in montreal, in that it's in the low-20s range, and the sky has a grumpy, dismal aspect, like the gods are hung over. i'm perfectly happy to enjoy some summer warmth and nine o'clock sunsets for a few months longer, thank you very much.

but for the cosmetic industry, the world spins just a little bit faster and they're ready to tantalise us all with images of what they have coming up for the fall season. [forget images- chanel already has its collection on counters in the united states. here in canada, it won't appear until around august, because in canada, no one wants to think about fall before then, no matter how pretty you make it.] these are normally the collections that make my heart go pitter-pat and this year, the pittering and pattering seems a little more intense than usual. so for those of you who are already done with summer, here's a peek at what you can expect from most of the major players.

mac haven't released visuals yet, so here's a photo i took of camden market
mac cosmetics :: style seeker
the theme of this collection is the bohemian global traveler, the lady who spends her time scouring local markets for treasures of all sorts. although i realise it's pure marketing-speak, i like the theme because it is evocative of a certain type of woman and a certain palette. indeed, there's a rich earthiness to the colours that combines the natural and the antique. i haven't been particularly excited over a mac collection since the spring, but this one seems like it could have a lot to offer. sharp move on their part to include eye shadow duos rather than quads.

products
mattene lipstick 

fun finds- light nude pink
delectable -orange beige 
eden rouge -bright blue red
fashion nomad- bright red orange
camden chic- rich brick red

lipglass

eclectic edge- mid-tone true orange 
ready to roam- mid-tone true blue red
restless- dark burnt bronze 
c-thru -peach beige with shimmer 

eye shadow duos

culturalized eye - soft creamy beige (s) /mid-tone neutral gold (lustre)
on the hunt  -bronzed red (f) /bronze violet (vp)
marché aux puces -chestnut brown (m)/ mid-tone golden orange (vp)
whims &fancies- platinum silver (vp)/ blacked plum (m)

powder blush 

worldly wealth - shimmer peachy bronze (f)
supercontinental -bright cute coral (s)
hidden treasure - rich burnt red (s)

fluidline 

dark diversion- blackened plum 
local wares - mid-tone olive with multi dimensional pearlized pigments 
rich ground -reddened coco with frost 
blacktrack - solid flat black 

nail lacquer 

gadabout girl- blackened plum 
styleseeker -duo chome red frost 
mean & green -purple with teal multi- changing pearlized pigments 

most exciting :: mac's mattene formula is one of the best matte lipsticks around- silky and richly pigmented without being drying. there have been rumours flying for a while about some shades being made permanent for a while. 

of course, this is just the "big" mac collection for fall. they have a lot more on the roster, including a marilyn monroe-themed collection. for lots of information on everything mac has coming up, check out fab diva

NARS, GUERLAIN AND MORE FOLLOWING THE BREAK...

26 June 2012

how to run a public transit system. or not.

problem :: construction has restricted lanes on a major artery causing traffic buildup on several nearby street.

solution :: reroute buses to perfectly adequate nearby streets, because car drivers apparently haven't figured out that they're available for that purpose. ["ooh look! decorative streets honey!"]

problem :: commuters need to know where to catch the bus now.

solution :: put big day-glo signs up on the new temporary stops.

problem :: commuters need to know that the stops have moved, or else they won't start looking for temporary stops around the corner or down the street.

solution :: we're sure they'll figure it out eventually.

wrong you time-wasting imbeciles! it's a really important part of the process that you tell people their bus isn't coming, or at least that it's not coming where they expect it. you can put notices at the stops. you can make the changes on your website. you can tweet the changes in between messages that say there are no interruptions in service. ideally, you do a combination of these things so that no one spends 20 minutes in the rain before deciding to send out a search party. it's important that you do this because it's your job and because it's the only way to avoid irate customers writing blog posts calling you imbeciles and douchebags. douchebags.

25 June 2012

mental health mondays :: just because they make you crazy doesn't make them crazy

i haven't touched on the subject of childhood mental disorders in any of the "mental health mondays" posts, largely because, while i'm perfectly happy to dole out inadequately researched information to adults, because, really, the worst thing that could happen is that they'll end up taking drugs they don't need and screwing up the rest of their life. i get a little uncomfortable when it comes to giving advice that could be taken by parents who will then end  up screwing up someone else's life, specifically the life of someone i'm counting on to repair the holes in the social safety net and to pay for me when i retire.

ok, i'm not actually that much of a monster. the real reason i don't address this is because i don't have kids, which makes me doubly unqualified to answer questions since, as i've tried to make clear, i'm not a trained professional and most people who know me don't take my opinions seriously on any topic, even ones i do [or should] know about. i'm arrogant enough to think that i can talk about adults treating their mental illnesses, but i stop short of telling you how to raise your kids.

well, sort of. many years ago i remember a classmate in juinior high school [grades 7-9, i can't be more specific than that] told me news that her cousin had been diagnosed with something called "attention deficit disorder" and that this diagnosis somehow made it ok for him to be a total shit-disturbing wacko at school. my classmate, a good, responsible student was disgusted that there was now a condition that gave people an excise for bad behaviour. i was all like "sign me up".

that was the first i'd ever heard of the condition and probably where i got off on the wrong foot with child psychiatry. it was as if no one in history had noticed that kids were horrible little bastards a lot of the time and had suddenly decided that they needed to come up with a mental disorder that encompassed children doing obnoxious, disruptive, selfish, stupid, normal children things, probably so that their parents could feel better about sometimes wanting to drown their little snowflakes in an unflushed toilet. their circumstances were hard. the doctor had assured them that their kid had a disorder. [which seems to be the psychiatric equivalent of saying "there's an app for that".]

since the days when i first heard the term "add", which then became "adhd" [i love their first few albums], diagnoses of the disorder have skyrocketed. but as skeptics have long posited, there is credible evidence available that kids haven't changed all that much. of course, that doesn't really do anything to disprove the arguments of those who say their children are batshiat insane. it does mitigate against those who would argue that environmental factors like the internet, videogames, television and busier scheduling are worsening the epidemic of childhood adhd.

personally, i think that there are precious few places a parent can turn to in order to evaluate when their child's behaviour has become really problematic. standards of what constitutes "normal" behaviour depend a lot on your circumstances and your family's cultural background. my mother and her sister used to think it was hilarious to get their cousin to come look for them in the barn on their property and then spray him with ddt when he came through the door. apparently, the whole spraying people with banned chemical insecticides thing, which now gets your ass hauled in front of the world court, was considered normal play time in rural nova scotia back in the day. [oh and i have it on good authority that the cousin turned out fine. although that authority is actually my mother and her sister, who, now that i think of it, would have good reason to stick to that story. they are also quick to point out that ddt was totally not banned at the time, much like thalidomide.] the point is, if you're a parent, it can be really hard to know where to draw the line.

if you really believe your child's behaviour is problematic and not just normal childish behaviour, i feel for you. those things look way worse than the time one of the cats accidentally ate a chocolate covered coffee bean and believe me, that was no fun at all. i'm not going to judge you if you choose to medicate your child on your doctor's advice, but as an untrained observer, i would say that it's probably worth your while to check out what adhd drugs are made of, because it's not nice. tom cruise might not be the most reliable source for... anything, but he wasn't entirely off the mark when he referred to ritalin and adderall as "street drugs". they're dangerous enough that getting a second opinion from a professional in the field [not just your paediatrician] is pretty much a necessity. some doctors are a lot better than others, but there are those whose inclination is to start by prescribing pills and then addressing the problem [or not addressing it]. that is exactly the kind of medical advice you could do without.

i know enough parents to know that having kids is beyond tough, even when it's rewarding. raising a child that has a mental disorder... i don't even think there are words for that. even grumpy old cynics like me are pulling for you, if only because we'll need your kids to pay for our social services when we get older. godspeed.

so that's it. this is probably the only time you'll see me talk about childhood mental disorders.

by the way, if there are any topics [non-child related] that you would like to see covered in mental health mondays, please feel free to leave a comment or contact me.

24 June 2012

stop me if you'd heard this one before...

le sigh. ok, if i look at my bracket, i had england getting eliminated by italy in the quarter finals anyway. and even if they'd managed to win today, i think that they would have quickly learned the truth: juggernaut is a german word for a reason. despite the fact that i've been wrong about a lot thus far, i do stand by my initial prediction: i still see germany pulling this one out in the end.

and although i was obviously pulling for england [sorry parents who thought it would be a good idea to bring your children to the pub today for the words you'll now have to explain to them], i'd like to make it clear that i'm not even saying i think my side got cheated. clearly, possession in the game favoured italy and although it was cool to see players like rooney and carroll making great defensive plays, it's also kind of scary when you're relying on players like rooney and carroll to make great defensive plays. being totally honest, i think that italy probably would have won if they'd been allowed to keep playing.

i've held this position for a long time: deciding sporting competitions on penalties at this level is ridiculous. almost no other sport allows it. hockey does, but statistically, goalies win at least half of the time. allowing the best strikers in the world to put on a show is not how these things should be settled. fans pay lots of money to see a game and that's what they should get. a game that lasts until someone scores. let teams make substitutions, let it become sudden death after a certain point, but let people play. that's where the fun is. unless you're one of the players who passes out from exhaustion. but they get paid a hell of a lot of money, so they can really afford great rehab.

bottom line, having a tough game decided on penalties helps no one. both sides today had their heels dug in hard enough that they should have earned the right to keep playing.

if you fancy the spiffy toilet seat shown in the image above, you can buy it here.

23 June 2012

making faces :: further down the rabbit hole...

http://blog.solestruck.com/?p=12089
the abyssinian catbird in its natural habitat
i actually can't believe i waited this long to do another order of rouge bunny rouge products! i think it was a problem getting distracted by spring collections, then i heard that they were coming out with some new shades, so i decided to wait and one thing led to another until... *poof* months have passed and i'm longing for the whimsy of the enchanted garden where rouge bunny rouge make their pigmented pleasures.

although they're still an almost unknown company outside the realm of real makeup geeks, rouge bunny rouge has built up a stable of cult favourites, mostly among their eye shadows. chief among those is "abyssinian catbird", a bronze-khaki-olive shade that was sold out on the zuneta web site for months. it's now back and available both as a separate shadow and as a "refill" for the new 2 and 3-pan palettes that rbr introduced this spring. [i say refill, but really it's a "fill", since you buy the palette and the shadows separately.]

i'd heard so many rave reviews about this shade that i felt i couldn't wait any longer. i could not let all the other beauty bloggers have all the fun. besides, what's a better match for a crazy old bird who loves cats than a catbird? [i tried to think of something that would link me to abyssinia, but i'm not that clever.]

i really have to get over the fact that rouge bunny rouge shadows look so glorious in the pan that you almost don't want to disturb them. they're so shimmery and rich and satiny smooth and you're just this clumsy beige oaf who wants to stick her fingers or paint brushes in there and ruin everything. fortunately, i'm also ok with the idea of being the girl who ruins things, so the hesitation was short-lived.

the colour is pretty breathtaking. one quick swatch with my fingertip yielded completely opaque, prismatic colour. i don't know if i've ever seen a shadow that was that intense with so little effort. described by the bunnies as "metallic bronze with golden highlights", it lives up to that and more. as virtually every review you'll read online will mention, there is a definite hint of khaki green to the shade. it's very evident in the pan, a little less so on the skin.

on me, i found that it looked more bronze, less khaki than it has on some others i've seen wearing it. i suspect that, because my skin leans cool and pinkish, my skin tone is pulling the reddish tones from the colour a little more. on ladies with a more olive complexion, i would expect that the green notes would be a little more pronounced.

friday favourites 22.06.12

image of the week
guess what? it's a long weekend if you live in quebec! guess what else? next weekend is too! in a rather suspiciously well-timed coordination of dates, quebec's "national holiday" falls on june 24th, while canada's national holiday falls on july 1st, meaning that people who live in the province get two long weekends in a row every year at the beginning of summer. eat it world! we have days off!

oh, and has anyone ever thought to point out to people in quebec that their national holiday indicates that the province is a wee bit pagan? after all, the holiday of june 24th is "st. jean baptiste", which actually refers to the festival of john the baptist, supposedly born six months before jesus, around the time of the summer solstice. even to a casual observer, those are suspicious sounding dates to have as birthdays- i mean, they just happen to be born on the solstices? and the eastern orthodox church even observes a day nine months earlier- on the autumnal equinox- to celebrate the conception of john the baptist. on a side note, no matter how famous and influential i become, i do not ever want people celebrating a festival commemorating my parents doing it.

but whether you want to celebrate the newly arrived summer season or the suspiciously-timed birthday of a christian saint/ muslim prophet, it's nice to have a day off.

here are a few things that have made the solstice week more fun...

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


ever wanted to know what the hell song that was sampled in your new favourite song? there's an app for that. and i'm going to bring it to its knees.

turns out that one of the best things i've ever done for my health was the time i licked the floor in kindergarten on a dare. [linked via metafilter]

pittsburgh couple adopts friendly stray. friendly stray turns out to be pregnant. friendly stray has seven kittens. install web cam and cue the cuteness.

with the heat wave we've been experiencing in the last few days, i'll bet a lot of you gobbled ice cream, popsicles or some other frozen treat [in style has a recipe for cucumber-tequila pops i'm dying to try out]. and i'll bet you gave yourself brain freeze, didn't you? scientific american is here to explain the technicalities of what you did and to help you avoid it in the future.

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


if you're in montreal... why not fete st. john the baptist and one the city's leading indie record stores at the same time? join sound central for their annual st. jean barbeque sunday afternoon from 3 to 8! let's face it, john the baptist was a rebel and led a pretty alternative lifestyle. you just know that he would have patronised indie record stores.

and this wednesday sees the return of dj tyg to cagibi, so come on by for excellent sounds and excellent fare. i'll be weighing the benefits of being responsible so i'm not brain dead at work the next day vs. not having to stay sober enough to operate the dj equipment. please feel free to help me make a decision.

after a rather eventful week last week, that's actually all i know about in the coming week- anywhere. please feel free to share news of any events you know of!

musical notes


o paradis is an artist whose work i always enjoy, but which truly seems to come alive in the heat of summer. here's a short video of a cover of the gipsy kings' "caminado por la calle", available on the new album "personas" out on old europa cafe.



follow-up and shameless self-promotion


dj kali and mr. dna will be doing double duty this month, sharing the wheels of polymer with dj tyg for the monthly "post-punk night" at the casa del popolo. stay tuned for more details in the coming weeks!

this week's most popular post was the review of a giorgio armani's summer collection. your interest is only serving to convince me that i need to track down some of the items that were sold out at my local counter, people!

and it turns out that reports of the sandusky defence team using histrionic personality disorder as an explanation for his behaviour were hysterically overstated. the trial ended and very late last night, sandusky was convicted of 45 charges out of 48.

and if you've been following "a definable moment in time", my ongoing fiction serial, the problems with the page "running out of space" have been addressed by creating a second page. you can still access all the older parts for those times when it becomes confusing. thanks very much to all who have been following along and if you have any thoughts as to where things are leading, i'd love to hear them!

kitteh of the week


you know what i found out this week that's totally incredible? cats only meow for people. when they talk to each other, they use different sorts of sounds, but the meow is actually something they reserve for you. so all those times you've insisted to people that your cats were trying to tell you something through their meows? you were totally correct. i have no idea how i didn't know this before.

in honour of that, here's an image of our two little chatterboxes. that myth that oriental breeds of cat are more talkative than others? confirmed.


i promise, there's nothing sinister going on here, despite what their expressions might imply.

this week's image of the week is a painting by henry fuseli [or johann heinrich fussli if you prefer], an english painter of swiss descent who had a penchant for the creepy and supernatural. this one is called "crazy kate". i'm trying to figure out whose palm i need to grease to be able to use it as my passport photo.

22 June 2012

the top secret location is...

last week, as part of friday favourites, i mentioned that led er est were playing a show tonight- the 22nd- at a venue as yet undetermined. actually, it was determined, i just didn't know where it was and neither did most of the world. but that's all about to change.

the location is the death church, which just sounds way to goth for anyone who isn't a vampire to get into, but is apparently an indie venue in montreal's point st. charles area. it's located at 3067 wellington st, which you can find on google maps

doors open at eight and apparently bands will be hitting the stage quite smartly, as the neighbours don't like it when things run too late.

hope to see you there!

[and yes, there is a forthcoming friday favourites, but it might be one of those "let's just pretend it's still friday" posts...]

19 June 2012

making faces :: armani's summer sirens

there's a reason she didn't show up in a humvee
ah, once you have heard the call of the siren, you are forever drawn to her otherworldly beauty. it's an appropriate metaphor for all of us who feel our hearts race when we see something beautiful, something that catches our eye sparkling in the sun, or that catches our breath with a luminous reflect. when i was young, i spent a lot of time on beaches in the maritimes and one of my favourite activities was collecting shells. i was fascinated by their pearly interiors with sheens of pink and green and by their rough exteriors in grey and inky blue-black. and, yes, those are exactly what i thought of when i laid eyes on the armani summer collection, those fascinating little fragments strewn along the beach.

madre perla
unfortunately, by the time i got my wallet down to the armani counter, i was too late to lay hands on one of the summer's limited treats: a new blue-green-black shade of their eyes to kill eye shadows called "obsidian black seaweed". i'm thinking i'll have to find a way to get that up here, because it does seem like it would be such a lovely match with the products i did pick up.

first off, we have "madre perla" another limited etk shadow. i've spoken before about my love for these little pots. they are truly remarkable, in that they apply like smooth creams, but are definitely powders and they last without fading until you take them off. whenever that may be. i've tested light, dark and medium shades and they all have outstanding wear time.

"madre perla" or "mother of pearl" is aptly named. it has a pearly base strewn with pink and green that glow in the light and morph the shades around them. i think that exactly how much of each colour you see will shift from one person to another. on some people, the shade looks more pink. on me, despite the fact that my skin runs a little pink, i found the green really shone through. the sheen is more evident in certain light, but i can pretty much guarantee that this isn't ever going to look like a plain eggshell-type shade.

consistency-wise, it's incredibly smooth, like its brothers and sisters. i found that it was a little less full-on sparkly than the shades released for the holiday collection. it applies exceptionally easily and blends well, but once it's on, it's on. it wore for over seven hours on me without fading, even though it was a very hot day.

18 June 2012

mental health mondays :: the best defence?

another week, another person's claiming the crazy. this time, it's accused pedophile jerry sandusky, who is attempting to explain behaviour that has crossed the border into straight-up bizarre in relation to his alleged victims. sandusky claims [through his lawyers] that by writing letters to young men and by appearing inappropriately sexual or seductive, he was exhibiting the traits of histrionic personality disorder. now, we need to be clear- he is not claiming that this disorder excuses him from committing sexual assaults. he still denies these took place. the claim is that actions that might appear suggestive but fall short of molestation need to be seen in the context of a disordered mind.

so let's look at this a little closer, shall we?

first of all, histrionic personality itself is a little controversial. it's included as part of the axis ii disorders in the "psycho-bible", among the sub-category of "dramatic" personality disorders. it occurs far more often in women than in men, who tend to be diagnosed with narcissistic personality disorder for the same symptoms. disorders that fall along gender lines tend to raise red flags, because they are often tied up with cultural norms about gender. specifically, a symptom of histrionic personality disorder is "dressing provocatively".
if you don't think this is provocative, try it in nebraska
in fact, one of the chief differences between histrionic and narcissistic personality disorders is the emphasis the former puts on sexually inappropriate behaviour. this may be an indicator as to why sandusky would be considered histrionic, but historically it has been women who have been deemed "inappropriate" with their sexuality, whereas men might be hypersexual, but this was only part of their screwed-up personality whole.

17 June 2012

please stand by

if you don't get the reference, ask your parents.
so hey, you probably haven't noticed, but there's been no update of "a definable moment in time" this weekend. or if you have noticed, you probably think it's just that i've forgotten or been lazy [again -ed.]. most times, you'd be correct, but this weekend, i have actually been trying to post an update and it simply isn't working.

i normally blame blogger, which can be a little finicky at times, but i'm also wondering if i haven't hit the limit of what blogger can accept in its individual pages. considering what i've published thus far accounts for about 265 letter-sized pages of text, it wouldn't be that surprising. so now i'm wondering how i should handle things in the future. do i delete what's been done and continue? start another page? if you have any suggestions/ preferences, i'd be happy to hear them.

16 June 2012

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!

14 June 2012

5 things this filmmaker hates about festivals

can you feel the love tonight...?
earlier today, i got a newsletter from the raindance film festival, to which i subscribed some time ago. beyond being a festival, they're also a resource network for filmmakers, offering workshops in several countries and allowing people from different parts of the industry to connect. i like some of the articles i've read from them and have learned a thing or two. but today's newsletter got my ire up- as it might well have been meant to do- with an article called "16 reasons why festivals hate filmmakers".

properly, of course, it isn't the festivals that hate, but the people organising them, like elliot grove, the person behind raindance. if you are a filmmaker, i recommend reading his list, because there's a lot of stuff in there that would drive me batshit crazy if it kept happening too.

but in the interests of equal time for the opposition, i'd like to say

1. i've actually never done any of the things on his list. [some of them i've not had the opportunity to do.]

2. i hate the people who run film festivals at least as much as elliot grove hates the people who make films.

as many of you know, i produced [along with a small group of others] a feature film called "conversion". although complete, it's never received distribution, which is a real bummer if you've sunk a lot of your time, your money and yourself into something, but really, the odds are against you. for something completely independent of either government or studio funding to make it, film festivals are a very promising option. that said, "conversion" struck out really hard with every festival we tried to get into. and we did try.

but this isn't sour grapes.

i do get that festivals receive far more applications than they can hope to accept and that means, as with most creative pursuits, that your chances of being selected are minimal. sure, i think "conversion" is pretty good, but that's like trying to be objective about your own children. it's generally gotten very positive reaction from others, too, including people from festivals who didn't have the space to accommodate it, so it's not only me who says so. it could be the worst film ever made. i doubt that, because i've seen the films of godfrey ho and i know we're better than those, but if "conversion" is really terrible, it's terrible in that "not hilarious, but just forgettable" way. that would be sad. perhaps we should have just done bad dubs on the dialogue.

all this is to say that, although it's a blow to the ego, i never had any illusions that it would be difficult to get festival placement. the things that i've come to hate about festivals are things that make them uniquely problematic for an outsider to the industry, which means that more obstacles are stacked in the way of projects that have a pretty slim chance of acceptance anyway. even if all these problems were corrected, i don't know if our results would have been any better. but for posterity, all of the following really grind my gears...

13 June 2012

making faces :: makeup on the metro

"i was in a hurry"
i wouldn't say that i'm not a morning person. there are few things that give me a sense of peace like watching the sun come up at the end of the night. for that matter, waking up early and lazily enjoying my coffee as i sift through my emails, read or watch the news and get some cat love is hard to match. but what i'm not good at is getting up early and then doing something right away. i am a woman of pacing and process. i need to do things at my own speed and in a certain order and when the clock is ticking, well... it doesn't always work out.

so last week, i set myself a little challenge: i wanted to see if i could leave unadorned and give myself a decent quick makeup look on public transit on the way to work. because if i know i can do that, i know that there are that many more minutes that i can spend with coffee and cats before i have to face the outside world.

the key here is simplicity. and mirrors. i wanted colours that could be easily blended with the applicators i carry with me for touch-ups. [note: i have a little pill case in my makeup bag. i'm gradually stuffing all those little applicators that are used to jack up the prices of eyeshadow. they might as well be used for something.] also, things that came with their own mirrors were highly valuable, because it meant not having to choose between awkwardly juggling a couple of things at a time and applying blind.

time was also key, of course. traveling to work, there was no guarantee that i'd be able to get a seat at first, so i had to be prepared to get everything presentable in five minutes or less.

BEHOLD THE RESULTS...

11 June 2012

mental health mondays :: what's behind the omega-hype?

what are the odds he lands in the water?
unless you've been living in a hole somewhere [in which case you probably have an interesting take on the world and we should talk], you've likely heard of omega-3 fatty acids. these are the latest naturally-occurring substances that have been accorded "miracle" status in the public mind, stemming from their ability to make your body better in pretty much every way, right down to making the dead cells your body pushes out in the form of hair look healthier.

the benefits of including omega-3s in your diet are well-established, but one of the more contentious claims about them is that they can help those with mental disorders, to the point where some have recommended them as an alternative to traditional medications. so i thought i'd take a stroll through the science and give my opinion [remember, i'm not even close to being a medical professional] on whether or not these little wonders live up to their mental health hype.

i missed the star trek episode where they landed on omega-3. what are these things and how can they help your brain?

omega-3s are polyunsaturated fatty acids. someday, i'm going to find a way to use that as an insult, because it sounds just horrible, but what that means is that they are a type of acid your body needs to function properly and [this is the "unsaturated" part, in case you've ever wondered] your body can't produce them on its own. so the first important thing to remember about omega-3s is that you have to get them from somewhere else. if you aren't putting them in your body voluntarily, you aren't getting them, end of story.

the holy trinity of  omegas are dha, epa and ala [well, actually, ala is synthesized by the body into the others, so it's really just a question of epa and dha]. research on the effect of omega-3s on mental health have focused primarily on epa, since it is the component that seems to be acting on the brain.

how omega-3s work on the brain is not actually understood. if you think that sounds a little suspicious, try reading through information on pretty much any drug prescribed for mental disorders and chances are that you'll find a line in there somewhere that reads something like "the mode of action is thought to be..." that's right, folks. they people who design these drugs, test them and manufacture them actually have no idea how they really work. they're just taking their best guess. remember that the next time your doctor gets all huffy at you for making suggestions for your treatment.

in the case of omega-3s, i'd like to use a weird kind of metaphor to explain a relatively straightforward point:

picture yourself on a diving board over a swimming pool. in this case you are a message being sent through your central nervous system and your job is to penetrate into a specific cell, which is the swimming pool. as long as atmospheric conditions are good, that's a pretty easy job. you jump and easily break through the soft cell membrane and into the cell with a big splash. [ok, i have no idea whether or not there's a splash, but it's kind of cool to think there is.]

the problem is, if the weather starts to change- say it gets really cold- then the surface of the water begins to freeze and it becomes more difficult to break through to the cell. the colder it gets, the thicker and harder the outer layer becomes and the greater chance that the message [you] will get all broken up before it can get into the cell.

omega-3s are thought to act like adding salt to the swimming pool- they make it easier for the surface to stay soft and pliable and easy to get through, so all the little messages you have to convey, all the magical little divers in your brain, are able to make it in unscathed.

THERE'S MORE TO LEARN...

10 June 2012

my bracket, let me show you it

i finally figured out that i could just upload a picture.

when i initially filled this out, both of the first games had been completed, so, no, i didn't guess them perfectly. if i could do that, i'd be earning a healthy living gambling on line. i did call poland-greece as a tie [i figured the hosts would be somewhat flustered from the pressure and the greeks can be surprisingly resilient] and i did predict that russia would be victorious, but i thought the game would be a lot tighter.

beyond that... well, as you can see, i'm far from 100% [although, to be fair, i'm hardly the only one who was blindsided by denmark's win yesterday], but i'm still [more or less] standing by my predictions. sort of. in a tournament where you only have three games to determine whether or not you make it to the "playoffs", every stumble is HUGE.


and yes, you can click to enlarge, which will make it readable.

making faces :: quick change

i knew this would happen. as soon as i started a new job, i was certain that i was going to have to find a way to get myself to work, home from work and out to the caustic lounge in very short order, because there wouldn't be a lot of extra minutes, particularly since i also knew that i'd forget to organise everything for my set the first time.

and, lo, it came to pass. 

this isn't an uncommon problem, of course. we all have times when we want to quickly change from our daytime face to something appropriate for a night out. so when i got up in the morning, i forced myself to think of what to do to ensure that i could make the transition without relying on a magic phone booth. 

the idea for the daytime was to keep everything as minimal and neutral as possible [although, clearly, i was still planning on wearing makeup], so that it could be built-up later on without requiring a cleaning of the facial slate to start from scratch. 

to that end, i stuck to very soft, mostly matte colours that were close to the ones in my natural complexion, but that lent an overall brightness that made me look a little more awake than i normally would. i've listed what i used below, but honestly, you'd want to find something that was close to your own colouring. in my case, i picked a light, slightly peachy base colour and a mauve-taupe shade in my crease and along my lower lash line, in order to give some definition and accentuate the shape of my eyes a little. i went very light on the mascara [for me] and used a softer formula, so that it wouldn't clump up when i added to it later. [not having to remove and reapply mascara is probably the biggest key to saving time here]. 

i used a mac beauty powder on my cheeks, because i just love how the finish is nearly matte, but with a bit of a glow. i'm all in favour of products that make me look like i have a much healthier and more wholesome lifestyle than i really do. 

and for my lips, i donned nars' "mayflower", one of my go-to shades when i'm looking for that "my lips but better" kind of effect. it's interesting, because this shade is a bit warmer than my natural lip colour, which is a cool mauve-pink shade, so it tends to look more natural than when i wear no lipstick at all. 

now, to switch this into a good nighttime look, the idea was to keep most of the elements similar, with one striking difference. i darkened the outer corners of my eyes and applied a shimmery shade to the lids, so that there was a bit more drama going on, but i kept the shades very neutral. as i mentioned, i added a coat of a heavier, darker mascara and some black liner along my upper lash line. 

i kept the soft colour on my cheeks, but i did add a bit of tan-coloured blush to make my cheekbones stand out a little more. again, no huge changes, just augmenting the very simple look i already had going. 

the big change, of course, was in the lip colour. bolder, deeper, more noticeable lips go so well with neutrals and, of course, it takes no time at all to change this. but it gives the whole look a very different effect. i also used a very sparkly shade for this, so that unlike the daytime face, which was mostly matte and satin textures, there were lots of things that could catch the light in the evening. 

total switchover time was just over five minutes, leaving me those precious moments i needed to get some music together so that i could do a reasonable dj impersonation at the caustic lounge. [you can read about that here.]


anyway, here are the details on what i ended up doing...

the base ::
marcelle beauty balm "light/ medium"
lush colour supplement "jackie oates" [night only]
smashbox high definition liquid concealer "fair/ light"
marcelle pressed powder "translucent"

the daytime eyes ::
inglot e/s "352" [peach-cream]
mac e/s "velour"* [brown-mauve]
nars e/s "mekong" [espresso brown with gold shimmer- used along the upper lash line]
makeup forever concealer pencil "light" [used as a liner to brighten the eyes]
smashbox full exposure mascara

the daytime cheeks ::
mac beauty powder blush "her own devices"* [light natural pink]

the daytime lips ::
nars l/s "mayflower" [sheer warm pink]

and into the night...

the nighttime eyes ::

inglot e/s "352"
mac e/s "velour"
[those two were left untouched, i just added to them]
rouge bunny rouge e/s "angelic cockatiels" [shimmery amber-honey]
mac e/s "vainglorious"* [maroon-plum]
nars e/s "mekong"
mac e/s "dazzlelight" [shimmery neutral highlight]
mac powerpoint liner "black swan" [black with silver shimmer]
armani eyes to kill excess mascara

the nighttime cheeks ::
mac beauty powder "her own devices"*
mac blush ombre "springshine"* [neutral tan]

the nighttime lips ::
bobbi brown hi-shimmer lip gloss "black ruby" [sparkly metallic red]

*suggested alternates :: velour = mac quarry [greyer,but close]; her own devices = mac tenderling [pinker, more pigmented]; vainglorious = mac star violet [more purple]; springshine = benefit hoola

08 June 2012

friday favourites 08.06.12

image of the week
well i'm having an allergic reaction to something. god knows what it is, but if he does, he's the only one. allergies generally attack me as a very unpleasant and generalised itching, it's no fun, believe me.

thankfully, the euro cup started today, which means i'll likely spend a lot of the next three weeks drinking stout for breakfast, which tends to numb my nerve endings enough to put the itching out of mind. i'm strangely proud of the fact that i called both games correctly today, although i was off on the extent of russia's victory. if this persists [hint: it never does], look for a german- dutch finale. most people seem to be favouring world cup champions spain to repeat, but i think that the germans are just getting beyond fed up with coming up short. was sort of hoping at this point to be able to upload my bracket, but blogger doesn't seem to be quite there yet. in the meantime, i think that both the netherlands and germany will win tomorrow. [personally, i'm kind of pulling for ireland, but given the competition in their group, i don't even see them scoring a point.]

in lieu of a euro bracket, here's some other things that made me smile this week...

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

love veal but have a hard time dealing with the cruelty involved in producing it? now there's an alternative so close you might not even notice the difference: your neighbours.

turns out, getting off drugs could be more hazardous to your health than originally thought. especially in mexico.

it's the classic dilemma: you've been picked up for shoplifting at wal-mart and left in the detention room while the managers and security try to figure out what to do with you. how do you kill that time? by making meth, of course.

i'd like to point out that this is the second "morbidly obese corpse burns down crematorium" story from a german-speaking country that's made it to friday favourites. [thanks to dom for finding that one and thinking of me.]

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


if you're in montreal... i'm not sure who started the tradition of the zombie walk [mostly because i'm too lazy to look it up], but there's an event for the whole zombie family this sunday at the terasse st- ambroise [attached to the st-ambroise brewery]. come prepared to live-and-dead it up and send more paramedics. details here.

there's no way you can tell me you have something more interesting planned for next friday [the 15th] than going to see a sound art installation made with metal, candles and dry ice performed in an old foundry.

if you're in detroit... how do you honour the 75th anniversary of walt disney's classic animated version of "snow white"? you invite more than 80 artists from around the world to do their own interpretation of it in a show dubbed "poisoned apples". the opening is tomorrow, saturday june 9th and you can find details on the web site of the funhouse gallery.

if you're in seattle... swing by the roq larue gallery tonight for the opening of their show around the ancient theme of "death and the maiden". i adore jessica joslin's whimsical steampunk creatures [if i had a child, i'd get her to make a mobile for above its crib, which is probably one more reason why it's a good thing i never had kids] and the world's best-known day of the dead artist, sylvia ji, is also among those participating. details can be found on the gallery home page.

musical notes


well heck, speaking of death and the maiden, here's franz schubert's take on it...



follow-up and shameless self-promotion


well, as it turns out, someone did turn luka magnotta into police in berlin and they didn't even need the incentive of a free book to do so. godspeed you, sir. the montreal police are saying that it could be years before they're able to extradite this twat, but since he's likely to stay in custody there, i really don't see a problem. i'm not particular about where he rots in jail, or about which country's criminals pound his surgically altered face into a wall.

speaking of magnotta, this week's most-read post was "mental health mondays :: bipolar opposites", which i take as a hint that perhaps i should be trying to bring that feature back a little more regularly. [also, searches on various mental health drugs and disorders have been among the most popular leading to this blog for a month or so... basically since the interest in republican candidates and gay porn tailed off]. i'm currently looking into doing a piece on the facts behind omega-3s and whether they really are an alternative to traditional medications for people with mental disorders.

and this week, i'll be putting work into episode 4 of "more like space radio". let me know if there's anything you'd like to hear included. i doubt i'll have the show up before next weekend, but it's definitely in the planning stages.

kitteh of the week


one of the harshest adjustments in going back to work outside the house is that i no longer get to spend the entire day with my kids. on wednesday, when i had both work and the caustic lounge and then a few hours sleep before going back to work, it felt like i didn't see them at all. but sometimes, when i wake up in the morning or during the night, i catch a glimpse and i know that they're always nearby, keeping an eye on me even when i don't notice...



oh and in case you're wondering, the image of the week is apparently a statement on a german political party. or possibly a teaser for an upcoming german porno. it's hard to tell.

07 June 2012

dj kali and mr. dna @ the caustic lounge 06.06.12

last night's caustic lounge was a bit of a weird one. for starters, june is always a bit of a lull at cagibi, so it was quieter than usual. in fact, it started off a lot quieter than usual, because the sound system wouldn't work, which is a bit of a bummer if you're there to play music. throughout the night, this theme sort of repeated itself, as customers kept tripping over the wiring, or bumping the table and interrupting the musical flow with the sounds of silence. of course, it was also possibly the loudest caustic lounge ever, since the band playing in the back room was so overbearing [this never happens] we were forced to blast what we were doing at top volume just to be able to hear. 


in the end, we went over an hour beyond closing time, since folks were still hanging out and in fact only stopped because someone tripped over the power cord for the third or fourth time, unplugging it, and it seemed like as good a time as any to wrap things up. 


a big thank you, as always, to the awesome staff at cagibi and to the caustic loungers who always make our monthly night worthwhile. keep an eye on this spot, because it looks like july might mean more appearances by dj kali and mr. dna, outside the lounge. 


dj kali


minimal man :: showtime
x :: adult books
wire :: mercy
joy division :: insight
d.a.f. :: der mussolini
blank dogs :: setting fire to your house
devo :: freedom of choice
death in june :: heaven street 
holger hiller :: jonny
sisters of mercy :: floorshow
ultravox :: the thin wall
xeno and oaklander :: blue flowers
danielle dax :: kernow
dark day :: nudes in the forest [hey! check out my side-by-side double d's!]
kaptn langwelle :: test 01
absolute body control :: figures
staccato du mal :: cold stare
clock dva :: nyc overload
simple minds :: seeing out the angel
novy svet :: en possession de te


mr. dna


consolidated :: america number one
the future sound of london :: we have explosive
front line assembly :: solitude of confinement
ministry :: we believe
meat beat manifesto :: dogstar man/helter skelter
nitzer ebb :: shame
aphex twin :: come to daddy
lard :: hellfudge
primal scream :: kill all hippies
the disposable heroes of hiphoprisy :: california über alles
beastie boys :: looking down the barrel of a gun
the jesus and mary chain :: sidewalking
a place to bury strangers :: everything always goes wrong
ride :: seagull
blur :: bugman
echo & the bunnymen :: do it clean
supergrass :: I'd like to know
iggy & the stooges :: search & destroy
the who :: pictures of lily
mc5 :: kick out the jams
johnny thunders & the heartbreakers :: chinese rocks
the modern lovers :: roadrunner
the new york dolls :: looking for a kiss
the ruts :: babylon's burning
the damned :: plan 9 channel 7
generation x :: ready steady go
the dickies :: paranoid
operation ivy :: bankshot
the vandals :: nimby
me first and the gimme gimmes :: my boyfriend's back
goldfinger :: 99 red balloons
tenacious d :: fuck her gently
the smiths :: reel around the fountain

04 June 2012

mental health mondays :: bipolar opposites

you wouldn't like me when i'm angry
apparently the newest [dis]member of the disturbing murder [person and kittens] club has been apprehended in berlin, roughly a week after the superintendent of his building found a maggot-ridden human torso in a suitcase and random appendages started showing up destined for major canadian political parties. for a guy who once apparently wrote a really pretentious manifesto on "how to disappear forever", it seems like he was unaware of precautions like getting a fake passport, not using your own cell phone and not googling yourself while sitting in a cafe so that the waiter can quickly realise why you look familiar. you know, the stuff that all of us learned from watching television by the age of ten.

i don't think that anyone is about to make the argument that magnotta is mentally well. the word "narcissist"has been thrown around so much in the last few days, it seems like that's actually the charge against him. i even think that the media has been reasonably clear that this is narcissism in the pathological sense, not just a descriptive. what they are getting at here, although no one seems to have used the exact term, is that this is someone with a narcissistic personality disorder.

i'd argue that there are pretty clear signs that this guy also suffers from antisocial personality disorder, which is the new "warm fuzzy" name for being a psychopath.

what i find troubling [well, one of the things that i find troubling] is that i've already seen some attention given to an "admission" he made on line that he was bipolar.

dude, get the hell off my turf.

people with mental disorders like schizophrenia and bipolar face a lot of prejudice and certainly one of the greatest is that they're, well, crazy. crazy like the serial killers we've seen portrayed in movies or heard about, or watched countless hours of on the biography channel.  and some of them do become violent, but it's important to remember that they actually have the same or less incidence of violence than people who aren't schizophrenic or bipolar and are generally a far greater danger to themselves than to other people.

for all i know, magnotta may be bipolar,  but i think it needs to be made clear that this isn't linked to his chopping up people or animals or mailing body parts. those are the actions of someone controlled by underlying personality disorders, disorders that appear to have been missed by the psychiatrist who diagnosed him. [i'm sort of haunted by the idea that we might have gone to the same doctor, in which case, i wonder what was missed on my profile.]

aside from everything else, i do not want to spend my summer hearing about the dangers of bipolar people and how they're all secretly stashing body parts somewhere in their home at all times. unless the attendant furor allows me to get away with attacking and disfiguring a narcissistic sociopath who tortured people and kittens and was too stupid to figure out how to use wi-fi. but really, i'd like to see the bipolar people left alone. they have enough to deal with.

if you'd like to read a little about "axis ii" personality disorders and what makes them different, you can have a look at this.

you could also go back and have a look through the always-popular mental health mondays archive. i really have to resurrect this on an ongoing basis.
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