31 October 2012

in search of halloween... 2012 [part 3]

just a few final images to take us through to all souls' day...

let the last one be a reminder to you all :: don't drive drunk, no matter what you might be driving.

29 October 2012

two more days 'til halloween silver shamrock ♧


me :: thanks a lot, now i have the "halloween 3" music stuck in my head.

dom :: hey, it's not my fault, you're the one who started humming it.

me :: yes, but you put the idea in my head by posting "halloween 3" pictures on facebook. you can't just put "halloween 3" out there and expect people not to get the music stuck in their heads.

dom :: that's ridiculous. post that and ask people. no one else gets the "halloween 3" music stuck in their head that easily.

CHALLENGE ACCEPTED.



so please remember, as you're trying to pry that loose from your brain cells later tonight, that it's dom's fault not mine.

28 October 2012

making faces :: happy halloween!

my initial idea for a halloween costume was to go as a binder full of women. after all, it's timely, simple and wouldn't really require much in the way of work. slap a sandwich board on me and that's it. by definition, the binder would be full of at least one woman.

then i realised that our plans involved going out to a club and that i might want something a little more conducive to dancing. so then i had another idea...

if you follow me on instagram or twitter or are friends with me on facebook, you may have noticed a bunch of hints that i dropped as to what my costume actually was. if you missed them [or ignored them because you didn't know what i was talking about], here they are:




have you guessed? if not, the answer is revealed after the break...

27 October 2012

in search of halloween... 2012 [part 2]

here's a few more images to put you in the spirit of the season. i'm personally heading out for the evening in my costume, which i just spent some quality time stitching together. have i ever shared how much i hate sewing? i really hate sewing. i am a horrifically clumsy person, so trying to do precise work with a small pointy object is just something that should never happen. but my love of a good costume outweighs my hatred of sewing, apparently.

















ok, that last one is in no way a photo of anyone's halloween decorations, but come on, doesn't he just look so seasonally perfect? [please say he does, hecubus never looks scary at all and i think it's giving him a bit of a complex. it would probably help a lot if i told him people on the internet thought he looked scary.]

24 October 2012

dear america

hi, it's me. we've spoken about the 2012 election. i still bemoan the loss of "the republicans", my absolute favourite television show. i was able to enjoy it then because i was content in the belief that there was no chance in hell that you were actually going elect one of those clowns, but since i see that the scales have, improbably, started to tip in mitt romney's favour, i feel it's time we had a little talk about you, your leadership choices and the rest of the world.

now i don't mean to pick at one of your historical scabs, but do you remember that previous guy? the one who nobody but you ever liked? i'll admit, we were occasionally a little nasty about the way we let you know our opinions.



but we want you to understand: there were reasons we thought that way. that guy had a tendency to start wars in places he knew nothing about for reasons only he understood. he wasn't much interested in finance and so he figured he'd just let the money guys do what they wanted, which they did. that fucks our shit up, if you'll pardon my french. it raises our gas prices and kills our exports and slows our economy. not yours- or, rather, not just yours, because god knows you got hit bad as well- but ours. and we don't want that. we didn't want it then and we sure as hell aren't ready to go through it again.

and we don't seriously think that you want to go through it again.

you just need to remember how we all got to this point and you need to remember how the last guy just sort of let things unravel to the point where all the houses in your country were worth about $98 collectively. and you have to remember that no one on that guy's team seemed to be too worried that the bottom was about to fall out of the economy while they were spending your national rainy day fund on not tracking down osama bin laden.

yeah, the last four years have been less than stellar. things are far from being back where they were. if you concentrate, you can probably remember that amidst the chaos and jubilation that was election night 2008, the guy you elected mentioned about how long and hard the road ahead would be. or perhaps you remember his rather bleak inaugural address. the point is, he was actually right. not that he's been right about everything or lived up to the promise that we all thought he showed, but he was dead-on about that. the way back for all of us is going to be hard and you know what? we may never get back. or it may take a lot longer than it ever has before, because no one's going to start a world war to give one country's economy a shot in the arm. 

so yeah, we recognise that the current guy isn't necessarily what you imagined, but look at it this way: if you were starving and went to a place where you were offered the choice of a seared salmon filet or eating the contents of the septic tank, would you let your decision be guided by the fact that you didn't much like the smell of fish?

don't eat the septic tank, america. because your bad decisions make the rest of us sick, too.

22 October 2012

i'm probably happier not knowing

i like to check what search terms lead to my blog, because, along with tracking which posts are the most popular, it's a good way of gauging what readers would like to see more of. some terms, of course, are just linked to a popular image that shows up high in google searches. others are actually indicative of what people are looking for. searches for dark coloured lipsticks- whether specific shades or in general- often lead here, which makes sense. searches for information on specific mental disorders often lead here, because of the currently dormant "mental health mondays" posts. i get that.

others are a little stranger, like "how do i apply lipstick from the tube?" or "where is my bipolar located?"

and others still are downright disturbing. you don't want to know how many searches for "anorexic porn" end up here. [specifically ending up on the "mental health mondays" piece about anorexia, which does have a nude, but clearly medical in nature, picture with it.]

and then there is this week's winner:

"rick santorum poop"

i'd just about recovered from the daily searches for either rick santorum or mitt romney gay porn, which, if it exists, would never, ever, ever, ever be posted here because i don't want to do that to you. or to myself. [although that's different than posting a picture of santo made from gay porn, which i have done. because that's just made of awesome. and penises.] but the idea that someone- correction- multiple someones- are out there searching for internet evidence of caca di santo is the sort of thing that makes me afraid to leave my house in the morning. do i know these people? have i shaken hands with them? what are they going to do with the results if their search is successful? what made them search for this in the first place?

so many questions. and there are probably answers to all of them. honest, disturbing answers.

21 October 2012

in search of halloween... 2012

since i'm working in an office again, i don't have as much time for october walks as i did last year, but that doesn't mean i'm not on the lookout for some great halloween. here's a few examples of what i've seen thus far. i will say that, although i haven't been able to search as carefully, i also find that the decorations have been late emerging this year. i suspect that next weekend will really be the time to capture halloween in all its glory. keeping my fingers crossed that the nearly constant rain will have lifted by then.













20 October 2012

making faces :: scary stuff [part two]

do ya think i'm sexy?
a while back, i posted pictures of myself wearing blue and aqua shadow, something that's always a bit intimidating for me. i'm still a little shy of brighter shades of blue, but putting it out there did seem to help me confront my cosmetic fear and so i thought i'd bring the theme back once more, since we're now in the season of fear. and so, ladies and gentlemen, i present to you something else that makes me tremble with fright: nude lips.

this is such a finicky thing to pull off, because, done properly, it looks very sexy and pairs incredibly well with a smoky eye [which i love] and seems to enhance the skin. done improperly, it makes it look like you pinned pieces of undercooked chicken schnitzel on your face. and what's truly scary is that the difference between schnitzel and sensual is much finer than it should be.

this isn't, of course, the first time that i've posted pictures of me with a nude lip, but most times, i have to admit that i cheat 'nude' towards the category of 'my lips but better', meaning that i opt for something that still shows the pinkness of my actual lips rather than finding something that's a little more fleshy [which is what's meant when you hear talk of a nude or neutral lip]. alternately, i'll opt for something that has a taupe-y tone which makes things cooler [as in colour scale] and more modern. alternately, i'll go for something that has a lot of shimmer and dimension to it. but a true, creamy nude is something that always makes me nervous. personally, i feel it's a much bolder statement than a bold red or vampy shade.

for today's demonstration, i picked mac's "creme d'nude", which i like because it's a cooler shade, so it harmonises better with my skin, but which also gives me problems, since it's not opaque and allows bits of my natural colour to seep through, which always ruins this sort of look for me. in order to help me overcome that, i filled in my lips with a pencil liner beforehand, which means that the colour of my lips is muted to begin with.

i could have gone with a really smoldering smoky eye for this- it would have been totally appropriate- but i felt like i wanted to try something different. i also felt that an intense smoky eye would have drawn some attention at the drug store, which is where i was planning on heading this afternoon. so i went for a neutral eye with a little pop of colour just to keep things interesting. [also, i thought that a pop of blue or teal would go nicely with the sort of 'statement' necklace i wanted to wear.]

my fear, especially now that my hair is quite light, is always that making my lips neutral will turn my face into a blob of beige silly putty. my hair is light, my eyes are light... there's really not a lot to make a statement if everything is kept pretty neutral.

but i do think that this works as well as a neutral lip can on me. i'm not crazy about the formula of mac's cremesheen lipsticks- i found it difficult to get the colour to apply evenly- but i do like the shade, enough to make up for its flaws.

here, ultimately, is what i came up with:

the base ::
marcelle beauty balm spf 20 "light/ medium"
urban decay naked skin foundation "2.0" [as i lose my tan, this is starting to become a little dark on me]
lush colour supplement "jackie oates"
mac paint pot "painterly"
urban decay e/s "naked" [to fill in brows- i always forget to mention what shades i use for this; also, i forget about my brows at least half the time i put on makeup anyway...]

eyes ::
marcelle e/s "champagne bubble" [light neutral ivory]
rouge bunny rouge e/s "angelic cockatiels" [shimmery honey-amber]
chanel e/s "complice" [frosty light peach]
rouge bunny rouge e/s "periwinkle cardinal" [silvery cool sage green]
mac pigment "partylicious" [bright turquoise with gold shimmer]*
gosh liquid liner "brown" [ebony wood matte brown]
mac eye kohl "fascinating" [white]
benefit bad gal mascara

cheeks ::
mac mineralize trio bronzer/ blush/ highlighter "pink power" [light warm brown, shimmery coral-pink, frosty pink-beige]*

lips ::
mac lip pencil "in synch" [light yellow pink]
mac l/s "creme d'nude" [pink-tinged beige]

*suggested alternates :: partylicious = tarina tarantino "ozma" [quite muted in comparison]; pink power = guerlain terracotta bronzer 01 + nars deep throat + mac soft & gentle mineralize skinfinish; i had heard that "in synch" was limited, but it still seems to be available [and not marked as limited] on the mac web site; if you can't find it, in synch = mac prolongwear lip pencil "in anticipation" [brighter]

so... love 'em or leave 'em when it comes to nude lips? i have to say that i'm still way more comfortable with my typical bold lip shade [really, that's the look that i go back to day after day, even for office wear], but i don't hate this. it's definitely something i could see trying out from time to time, especially if i found a really perfect shade to work with that wasn't as tricky to apply. feel free to share your thoughts!

19 October 2012

friday favourites 19.10.12

image of the week
yes, there is a plague on my house. i still haven't determined if it's whooping cough, but i do know that it's enough to have knocked me off my feet for the day. generally, if you get up and you're coughing so much that applying moisturiser is enough to exhaust you, you might want to rethink your plans for the day. and so i have. i am at home, focusing on getting the oxygen in and out and every now and again rising from the bed to sit at the computer for a few minutes, just to break up the tedium.

in theory, i could write, but that theory is predicated on me having functioning braincells. however,  since i'm accidentally telling my boss that i'm ordering eyeballs through the post and i was convinced yesterday that dom sent me a message saying he was showering and changing so he could go eat cat food [get cat food was what it actually said], i think it's fairly clear that i don't. if it wasn't, please be aware that i started that last sentence by typing "in theory, i could right".

i don't actually get sick that often. i haven't had as much as a sniffle in over two years, but my body does tend to make up for these things by making my illnesses kind of epic. i should really go to a clinic to get myself checked out, but since even sitting at this computer is wearing me out surprisingly short order, i think i'll put that on the agenda for tomorrow.

in the meantime, i think we could all use something to make us feel a little better this friday...

you're telling me that plans were drawn up for an inflatable trampoline bridge in paris and they're not in construction phase yet???

hey, american pals, if you need a reason to go out and vote for obama, consider the fact that this guy will be going out to vote for mitt romney.

and this blog is probably the equivalent of the deep fried mars bar.

university of chicago professor attends neuroscience conference, discovers real women scientists differ substantially from comics. also discovers women have internet access.

what kind of asshole shows up at a soup kitchen and pretends to clean a pot as a photo op? oh, yeah.

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

if you're in montreal... you should go back and look at last week's friday favourites post, because there are some tidbits in there that are still timely.

if you're in halifax... it's municipal election weekend! ok, that might not make hearts race, but even at a distance, i have to shudder at the gang of yahoos who have been in command of my former home city for what seems like forever. and if you want to add a bit of fun sauce to your day, you can meet up with supporters of district 7 candidate waye mason for their election night party.

if you're in toronto... urban exploration walk #14 is happening on sunday afternoon, rain or shine. this week, they'll be exploring the abandoned todmorden railway bridge, which sounds highly halloween-season appropriate.

musical notes

he's baaa-aaaack... dom's new short film, set to the haunting sounds of november novelet. here's "ocean of tears".



follow-up and shameless self-promotion

this week should have seen an excited review of the new "nouvelle vague" kaleidoscope by le metier de beaute, however dhl managed to screw up my zuneta order again and now i have to go out into the hinterland to pry it free of customs. zuneta, as always, have been sweet and helpful- or at least offered to be, since they can't actually do anything at this point. they have offered to ship via the mail and while i normally don't think of canada post as a positive alternative to anything, i have to say that they may win out in this case. the last time dhl messed up an order for me, they were also considerate enough to deliver one of the products shattered. i can't wait to see how this goes this time.

kitteh of the week

did you know i'm on instagram/ [morelikespace is the username, of course.] if you follow me there, you can be treated to awesome images like this:


ok, now i really am exhausted and going back to bed. please wish me a speedy recovery, so that i can stop entertaining you with my stupidity and go back to entertaining you with just general kookiness. [note: i just typed "entiretain" there. i cannot brain at all.] and please wish that dom doesn't get this too, or else the guy pictured above is going to be in charge of the house.

oh, and in case you're wondering where that phenomenal image of the week came from, there's a whole tumblr blog with images of cats that look like pinup girls.

18 October 2012

happy post something weird about yourself on the internet day

watch what you say
me :: oh wow! are those my eyes in that box?

my boss :: what?

me :: are those my eyeballs that i ordered from europe?

my boss :: WHAT???

me :: wait- drops! i ordered eye drops from europe for testing. i kinda got my words mixed up.

i wish that were a figment of my imagination, but that's a verbatim transcript of a conversation, which i blame wholly on the fact that i have a cough that won't leave and being sick is distracting. [hey, maybe i was right about having the whooping cough after all.]

gurus and common sense say that you're supposed to be careful what you say or put on the internet, but really, i think that posting this sort of conversation is just fair warning. now you know that when i'm feeling sick, i don't think right and may either get my words screwed up or order body parts from other countries [because now i'm just sort of hoping that it was eye drops that i ordered.]

so let's just declare this "post something weird about yourself on the internet to serve as a warning to those who might have to deal with your strangeness in the future day" shall we?

17 October 2012

on thin ice

movie review :: the girl with the dragon tattoo

i'm not normally a consumer of popular literature. i haven't read "50 shades of grey" and i've never managed to slog through a stephen king novel [shorter works, yes, but i just haven't been able to stick it out through the longer ones], but i do occasionally dip my toes in the popular pool when it comes to a decent mystery. i gave into temptation and read "the davinci code" only to be left feeling like i'd just had my intelligence insulted. so it's been a while since i've given best-sellers a chance.

that's probably why i came to stieg larsson's "the girl with the dragon tattoo" by way of the original swedish made-for-television film. [in sweden, made-for-television doesn't have the same stigma that it does here. think of it as you would a showtime or hbo original.] having seen it and having guessed that there was detail in the book that didn't get captured in the film, i decided to give the book a try and also to watch- with some trepidation- the american version of the film that was released last year. ostensibly, that's what i'm reviewing, although i hope you'll indulge me if i talk about all three variants as i do.

although american remakes of films from other countries tend to make me nervous, i am a huge fan of director david fincher. he's created some of my favourite films of the last twenty years and the fact that he was at the helm gave me some hope that he'd treat the original with the respect it deserves. i was also happy to find out that although this version was being made by americans, the story itself wasn't being "americanized"; it kept its swedish setting. so there are definitely things to recommend it.

unfortunately, as soon as the film started, my trepidations returned in force. the credit sequence looks like the audition tape of an aspiring cg artist, all flash for its own sake, set to a cheesy cover of led zeppelin's "immigrant song". that musical choice is especially poor, since it immediately pushes thoughts of lame copies right to the surface. even more unfortunately, it's quite apt.

14 October 2012

making faces :: love at first bite?

when i wrote up my list of formulas to find and formulas to avoid during the dry season, i did mention that i would have a review of toronto-based bite beauty coming up. in fact, i've been planning on this for a long time. how long? this long:

yeah, that's me with my full-on black hair, something i've been missing a little this week [the colour, not the hair itself], but that's another story.

in the photo, i'm wearing a lipstick by bite called "carmenere", which was the first product i picked up from them. in the last few months, i've accumulated another full size lipstick and a couple of little "goody bags", each containing two miniature lipsticks and a gloss. so, yes, that first shade really did whet my appetite.

as it happens, whetting the appetite is exactly what bite products should do, because they're pretty much the only cosmetics that are made with eating in mind. no, that doesn't mean they last through a meal [they don't], but it means that they're made entirely from food grade ingredients, so if for some reason you wanted to chow down on your lipstick, it wouldn't do you any harm. although the whole "you've got some lipstick on your teeth" thing would probably be way worse than usual.

based on the factoid that the average woman in the western world consumes pounds of lipstick over here lifetime, bite have made their lipsticks and glosses [they're an entirely lip-focused company] from food-grade ingredients. that makes me feel better, especially since, if i look around my office, the vast majority of women don't wear lipstick, meaning i'm probably eating for seven or eight.

uh-oh
what's even better? bite gives you a nice wine to wash down your lipsticks. their products are formulated with resveratrol, the antioxidant super-ingredient contained in red wine- the equivalent of a couple of glasses' worth. as a reminder, they've conveniently named their shades after wine-related things. did someone say lipstick and booze? i am so there.

CARE FOR A TIPPLE OR SIX... PRAY CONTINUE

a definable moment in time [fiction serial], part 117

more like space: a definable moment in time [a fiction serial] cont...


“My name is David. We met at Moebius. And at the restaurant upstairs. We had dinner together with my friends Chris and Daniel and your friend-“
“Louise.” Adela pictures herself drinking beer, two young men playing chess. Louise. “One of your friends- he and Louise…” Adela can’t think of a polite way to express it.
“Yes, although I promise you, he’s harmless to her.”
“Is he harmful to other people?”
“I suppose everyone is under the right circumstances.”


12 October 2012

friday favourites 12.10.12

image of the week
dom emailed me at work today to tell me he saw snowflakes falling.

let me be clear: dom emailed me from the comfort of our home, where he sat in his jammies and a comfy sweater with our petite, buddha-like siamese curled over his lap and arm, reviewing footage of a music video he shot last night which is technically work, but doesn't count as much because he enjoys it, emailed me in my office in the suburban hinterland from whence i would have to return by myself, in the gloomy half-darkness, depending on the stm's perplexingly unpredictable suburban bus service, as i sat trying to write a seven hundred word media piece recapping a three year biosciences study that i can't pretend to understand, which is really something i thought would end when i graduated from university, to let me know that more than two weeks before halloween, snow was falling.

hey, i don't mind a little snow, but i have a strict "no flakes before samhain" policy that i wish mother nature would respect. it's part of the trade off whereby i refuse to countenance any form of holiday cheer until november. this is clearly a breach of contract.

these are the moments when i have to reflect really hard on the things that make me happy.

like these!

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

i posted this on my facebook wall as "jedis against romney" and one of my friends commented that "jedi", like "moose" is immutable and is therefore both its own singular and plural form. my friends are awesome and i fail as geek.

thanks to the always-inspiring jenny lawson, i've decided that this halloween i'm just going to wear a bedsheet over my head and say i'm dressed as a man's halloween costume. [thanks to dom for finding that link.]

you know those calls you get from people saying they're calling from windows and telling you your computer is sending them messages? dom and i have a game where we see who can get them more aggravated. apparently, we're not the only ones. [thanks to david for that link.]

old and tired: calling bullshit. new hawtness: calling malarkey.

i always wished that i could speak every language in the world fluently. sadly, my wish just got one language easier.

people who are left-leaning and turn out to vote tend to drink cider, guinness and microbrews. it's like they can see into my soul. also, please note where most of the "light/ lite" beer drinkers fall.

ah, the playground, home of whimsy and youthful frolicking and oh my god- kill it with fire!!!

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

if you're in montreal... dominic marceau and most likely a lot of others took some of their personal time to bitch out the montreal film and television commission about the fact that paul thomas anderson's latest film "the master" wasn't given any screen space at any theatre in downtown montreal. and it worked! it's now playing at the amc forum and at the cinema quartier latin [with french subtitles], so get your butts out there.

you know the rocky horror picture show? did you know it was a stage play first? whatever you answered to either of those questions, you should go see the production that's happening from october 17th to 20th at the mainline theatre. it's trendy to hate on the film because it got popular. decide for yourself.

the evolving character that is genesis breyer p-orridge plays heavily in the near future of montreal, with a vernissage for an exposition of their artwork, a live performance and a screening of the film of the romance of genesis and lady jaye. see details of all the events unfolding next weekend here. on a side note, i once had the opportunity to interview p-orridge for paraphilia magazine. i thought it would be a train wreck, because of my own feelings about "stars". it was one of the most pleasant, refreshing and fulfilling conversations i've ever had.

if you're in oberhausen... or, really, if you're anywhere within train-ride distance of oberhausen and you like it loud, this weekend is maschinenfest 2012. every time i say i'm done with the whole "rhythm and noise" thing, i listen to a bit and think "this is just so damn fun...

if you're in chicago... and the words "a night of ritual filth" sound even vaguely appealing to you, check out quimby's book store, where feral house books impressario adam parfrey and smut connoisseur peter sotos will be on hand to guide you into the dark sub-basement of your psyche.

if you're in toronto... be sure to check out "wednesday night walk", episode 4. this is an ongoing series of urban explorations, designed to help people get to know the city in the most direct way possible- by seeing it one step at a time. [and don't ever tell montreal i said this, but toronto is probably one of the most interesting cities to get to know by walking, simply because it is walkable, but no one bothers.]

musical notes

where to start? well, it's definitely fall now- with the changing leaves and the troubled skies and the occasional flurries intermittent cold showers. this is one act that always truly embodies the spirit of the season for me. nods to john carpenter, of course...



follow-up and shameless self-promotion

i have to say that i'm kind of surprised that the most popular post on the blog this week involved me ruining brie for everybody. that said, if you think about cheese in general, what exactly it is, how it's made and how it might have been discovered, it becomes disturbing in a "vivid dream about having a three-way with your brother and your labradoodle" kind of way. new rule: don't think about cheese.

for those who were wondering, we are indeed back to the regular schedule of the caustic lounge, which means that the next one will be taking place on november 7th.

and for any of you who were curious about that seven hundred word thing i had to write this afternoon- i did and not one of those seven hundred words was "fuck". which would make it one up on this blog post. also, when you need to interpret scientific stuff, wikipedia is your friend. written by experts for non-experts. succeed.

and yes, although it's been absent for a few weeks due to travel, death and exhaustion, friday favourites is still an integral part of this blog. so there.

this week's image of the week is apparently an actual ikea display. because why should scandinavians settle for infuriating one religion when they could easily inflame them all?

kitteh of the week

remember that sweet, buddha-like siamese i mentioned earlier? he deserves to be shared.


thanks very much for reading!
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