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friday favourites 08.02.13

image of the week
it's not often canadians get to look at winter in other places and think "man, that sucks". but this is one of those days. damn, hang tight, boston, we feel sorry for you and wish you the best. of course, there's always the chance that the power gets knocked out, in which case those in the path of the storm would only being seeing this much later... welcome back! you made it!

this week has not been one to write home about [although it was stressful enough that i called my mum just to hear a friendly voice]. there are times when your stress level gets high enough that you can't concentrate on anything other than your own stress, including getting through the mountain of things you have to do, which is the main reason you're feeling stressed to begin with. it's nice that our brains are biologically programmed to shut down like that. sort of makes you wonder how me managed to evolve this far. 

it's certainly one of those weeks when i needed...

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

remember how republicans said it was just an anomaly that one of their candidates used the phrase "legitimate rape"? the guy they put up for vice president thinks that rapists should be able to sue their victims if those victims seek to have an abortion. because jesus.

just because you're ten feet tall and green doesn't mean you don't have a woman's needs, according to marvel

are you a better writer than a second grader? if you're in the nfl, it seems unlikely

still trying to shed those extra holiday ounces? lose fat that natural way through moosing! [via me-fi]

what's more comforting in winter than a grilled cheese on toast? a grilled cheese on cheese, my friend. [this might require a moose cleanse afterward.]

quote of the week
"Now is the winter of our discontent"- shakespeare, richard iii

although the phrase actually means "now is the time when we are least miserable", which is a really emo kind of sentiment for the sixteenth century, it does seem appropriate to have a quote of the week that features both the words "winter" and "discontent", since i think there are a lot of people discontented with winter at the moment. plus, of course, the historical richard iii turned up under a car park this week. in another five hundred years or so, they'll find jimmy hoffa. 

musical notes

a very powerful piece that dominic did...


follow-up and shameless self-promotion

after my unpleasant run-in with an stm bus driver on monday, i did send a polite, firm letter to them indicating that i didn't think that it was cool to give their drivers free reign to scream at injured customers. i haven't received any kind of official response [and since i didn't request any specific action or ask a question, i may not get one], but i did speak to the transit worker to whom i tried to complain just after the incident. he says that he spoke to the driver and that the screaming was because he [the driver] thought someone- not me- had tried to bang on the door of the bus and it startled him. case closed. unless you consider that the guy specifically yelled at me about running, not at anyone else and not about banging on the door. 

i realise that lives aren't going to be lost or saved because of this, but i find it funny that there is clearly an attempt to convince me that screaming at customers is a completely acceptable way of doing business. on the other hand, perhaps i should take that as a cue that i can behave the same way... 

i still have a scraped up hand and a sore knee, which serve as a reminder that running is always a bad idea and i shouldn't attempt to do it under any circumstances. 

today, this same bus driver got impatient with the vehicle in front of him and started frantically sounding the horn. i'm sure we've all felt that kind of frustration, but most of us don't go batshit with the honking when the vehicle in front of us is a snow plough in the process of clearing the road. someone needs to switch to decaf.

something i forgot to mention when i posted our play lists from the caustic lounge yesterday was that the next lounge will be on march 6th and it's our second anniversary party! please consider coming along to usher us into the terrible twos!

kitteh of the week

simon, drilling for cuddles...


that's all for this week, folks! stay warm, dry and safe and remember it's never a bad idea to cuddle your cats! unless the cat is a tiger. then it's possible that it could be a bad idea, but you'll never know until you try it. 

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jihadvertising?

i keep seeing this ad for tictac candies:



am i the only one who finds the suicide bomber clown at the end a little unnerving? all the nice natural things like the bunny and the [extinct] woolly mammoth and the fruit get devoured by a trying-to-appear-nonthreatening-but-obviously-psychotic clown who then blows himself up. congratulations, tictac, i think this ad has landed you on about a dozen watch lists.

oh and by the way, showing me that your product will somehow cause my stomach to explode in a rainbow of wtf makes me believe that doing consuming tictacs would be a worse dietary decision than the time i ate two raw eggs and a half a bottle of hot sauce on a dare.

the world at war?

in my semi-smug but genuinely curious way, i posted a question on my facebook page earlier: how much of the world has to be at war before it counts as world war iii?



the first response i got raised the very legitimate point that this is the sort of question that gets answered by historians, once the haze of the present has faded. the other important factor is that people don't just declare war on each other the way that they used to. major powers entered both the of the world wars with the blessings of their own parliaments, whereas conflicts since world war ii have happened in coded language, sometimes circumventing the political process in the interests of expediency. president reagan never declared war on the nicaraguan government in the eighties, for example, but the united states was clearly in a state of armed conflict, even if most of the arms were being carried by their proxies, the contras.

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mental health mondays :: pop quiz

those of you who are friends of mine on facebook [that might look a little weird to those of you seeing this post on facebook] may have seen my weekly "sunday quiz time", where i just ask random questions in the name of stimulating conversation. after doing that this week, i ended up taking a very wide variety of quizzes on mental floss, which made me a little smug about my knowledge of geography and a little rattled about my knowledge of the finer points of grammar. [i want to say, in my defense, that the one grammar quiz i found was really f**king hard. is that last sentence grammatically correct? i don't know. i have no confidence in my grammar anymore.]

i got so into answering questions about just about anything that i thought it might be fun to apply that format to mental health mondays. i've already done links to quizzes about various mental disorders and how to tell if you have them [i think it turned out i had all of them], but i wanted to do a special set of…