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"saturday selections" aka, friday favourites 13.09.13

image of the week
no, i did not miss yesterday's "friday favourites" because i was superstitious about friday the 13th. if you check, this isn't the first friday the 13th to hit this blog. i missed posting yesterday because i was exhausted after a long week at work and a long week of having lulu getting energy spurts in the middle of the night and using her time to attack my vanity and all the toys that i keep there. what's most infuriating is that she knows she's being bad, that she's being awful, but she won't stop when i ask/ tell/ beg her to. she does immediately stop and bounce lightly out of view when i start to get out of bed to stop her. but she returns minutes later to continue playing. and i just don't have enough storage space to put everything in drawers. so in other words, i missed yesterday's post because i came home, had dinner and promptly passed out.

i have no excuse for last week. that was just stupid.

but without further ado, here they come...

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

hey, remember that movie where the computer becomes sentient and evil and starts preying on everything that opposes it? oh wait, that wasn't a movie...

you know who makes a lot of stupid comments about rape? everybody.

fda tells americans to eat shit. and that's not even a euphemism.

human surfer brined and marinated in molasses: coming up next on the food network's "shark week".

so if you're ever pulled over because you have passengers in your trunk, the police do not accept the excuse that there was no room in the car because the back seat was filled with pot. although you might have a shot at escaping while they're rolling on the ground laughing at you.

musical notes 

forget the new my bloody valentine. the new medicine album is th'shizzle.



something i learned this week

it's been going on for a while, but as i've been dieting and trying to improve my eating habits overall, i've completely gone nuts. and not in the "mental health mondays" way either. [that happened long ago.] i was told by a naturopath i work with that i should consider keeping different types of raw, unsalted nuts at my desk to snack on, since my biggest weakness comes from cravings for fatty foods. now, you can't just shovel them into your maw by the fistful, since they're pretty high-caolrie and, yes, high in fat. but they have good fats and the fact is that it doesn't actually take that many to sate a craving or make you full.

how much they've been helping my weight loss is something that will be determined over time, but i can already report that they've helped in just about every other way. my energy level has been higher [lulu's best efforts aside] and steadier than ever. i have not been craving greasy foods [the system works!] and i've even found my mood has been better. and i owe it all to nuts.

the best part for me of course is that i really haven't ever met a nut whose taste i didn't like [i'm a little ambivalent towards peanuts and walnuts] and practically every type of nut has something awesome to offer. aside from healthy fats, most are high in fibre and contain vitamins that are easily absorbed, can help regulate your cholesterol [lowering the bad and raising the good] and are a good source of calcium. read all about it.

all hail nuts [in moderation]!

goal for the week

the weather has turned cooler and in my world, that means one thing: it's time to make soup. so this week, i want to make sure that i cook up a nice batch of something that reflects the autumn colours that i'm just starting to see outside.

follow-up and shameless self-promotion

well, seeing as my very last post was self-promotion... i don't really have anything to add here. thanks to those of you who jumped at the chance to download your very own copy of "conversion"!

kitteh of the week

although lulu is not averse to posing for photos, it can be difficult to capture them when she's at her most energetic. although sometimes, you get a shot that does give a reasonable impression of what it's like to be around her.

my god, it's full of beans

that's all folks! i think it's about time for my nap...

this week's image of the week was taken by robert seber. find the original here. and thanks to dom for coming up with the alternate title!

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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.

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…

making faces :: hot stuff, comin' through

i don't even know what to say about the weather. the end of september saw temperatures at a scalding 36c/ 97f outside. this is especially annoying because we've had a moderate summer. most days it rained a little in the morning, the temperatures didn't creep into the 30s too often and there wasn't the normal stretch of a few weeks when it felt like we were living on the sun. now, we've receded into more normal fall weather, although it's still on the warm side for mid-october. that climate change thing is a bitch.

trying to think of something positive in the situation, it does put me in a perfect frame of mind to write about urban decay's naked heat palette. it's the latest in what appears to be an endless series of warm neutral and red eyeshadow palettes that have followed in the footsteps of anastasia's modern renaissance. [which i ultimately decided i didn't need after doing a thorough search of my considerable stash.] i do think that it'…