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mental health mondays :: the wrong of rights

really, i should have posted this last week, since in the intervening time, the 24-hour news cycle has completely forgotten about the fact that a man went on a shooting rampage in washington. there was, for a few brief media moments, a discussion of whether or not the navy yard shooter should have been given the clearance he had to entire a u.s. military site, given that he had a history of violent outbursts and had complained of being tormented by voices. such discussions seem to have been an almost desperate attempt to avoid using yet another mass shooting as an opening to discuss gun control. that doesn't entirely surprise me, since the most recent move by the gun lobby has been to protect the rights of legally blind americans to own and carry firearms. that may seem bizarre, but on the other hand, it's just the logical [?] extension of a premise we hold true for all of our rights: that they apply equally to all people. in the case of the washington navy yard shooting, it s…

is "breaking bad" breaking bad history?

if you're friends with me on facebook, you probably know that i have an ongoing thing called "sunday
quiz time", where i just ask random questions to my friends and often get very interesting answers. it's a little more intermittent than it used to be, but i still love getting the responses, so i've been trying to keep it going.

if you live in north america and, i suspect, anywhere else in the world where you're exposed to american popular culture, you'll be aware that the amc show "breaking bad" is ending tonight.

i haven't watched it, ever, because i haven't yet succumbed to the twenty-first century and gotten a netflix account and amc isn't part of my cable package. i am curious to see the show, because i've heard it's a writer's fantasy, where cautious, constrained scripting and deliberate character development is king. it's the kind of thing that never happens in popular entertainment, because the last thing tha…

making faces :: but then this happened

this might stretch beyond the purview of "making faces", but it does tie into my investigation of colour analysis and my attempts to identify my own best colours both in makeup and in clothing. and it starts with a question:

why should it be so much easier to see what works on other people than it is on oneself?

i suppose i should say that's a rhetorical question, because if it isn't meant rhetorically, then it's kind of a dumb question. it's easier because you can be more objective about other people and because the truth is that unless you work in a mirror factory, you're not used to seeing yourself at all times. in fact, most of us start to get a little creeped out if we're confronted with a mirror when we're trying to work, or read, or put on tights. [no woman in the world wants to remember what she looks like putting on tights, believe me.]

when i did a draping for dom, i was surprised at how easily i could zone in on his best colours and, i…

making faces :: seasonal colour analysis for boys

i said i would and somehow i convinced dom to let me drape him to help determine what shades
worked best with his skin. he drew the line at a lipstick drape but i really wasn't expecting to be able to get away with that.

although most colour analysis texts and web sites are directed towards women, there is absolutely no reason why men should be excluded. after all, this is just dealing with colours that work well with the skin. it's not a question of putting on makeup [although it can help you choose makeup colours if you do wear it] or doing any sort of styling. it's just about putting on the kind of colours that you'd want to choose that are going to make you look your best. and who the hell wouldn't want to do that?

aside from the question of whether or not you want to look attractive, colour has a significant impact on the impression others have of you. the wrong ones can make you look older, unhealthier, even smaller and weaker without you ever having said a…

saturday slothiness [the late version of friday favourites] 21.09.13

IT'S ALL OVER, PEOPLE.

tomorrow is officially the autumnal equinox. light and dark will be equally balanced and from there, it is the inevitable annual creep towards the darkness. although there has been some rain and a few chilly nights, september has thus far been beautiful and at times even hot, so there's very little leaf action happening right now. a few splashes of red have started to stain the trees along my street, but it's more like flesh wounds, not like someone bleeding to death. [i've been told to stop making that analogy. i've been told especially to stop starting conversations with it. even more especially to stop starting conversations with clients with it.]

in fact, fall is my favourite season, as i've mentioned, so i'm generally in a good mood around now. but that's no reason not to continue to take pleasure in the little things that brighten every week. which is my segue into...

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

making faces :: bright [spring] ideas

thought i'd share a look that i did, one that i felt was a decent example of a bright sprain palette.

if you've been reading these posts for a while, you'll know that i have been trying to figure out my sci/art colour type. although i haven't specifically posted about this in a while, i have been categorizing some of the looks here with seasonal colour analysis tags, based on my understanding of where they would fall. now, not all looks go easily into one season or another and i am not a trained analyst, so this is far from a scientific process, but i still think that it is at least a pointer in the right direction.

as a quick recap, sci/art analysis takes the "four season" system and develops it, acknowledging that most people are neither purely warm or purely cool and that things like eye and that hair colour are actually less relevant to determining a person's most natural colour matches [or "season"] than a careful study of how their skin to…

mental health mondays :: one thing leads to another

i've posted here before about my sleep problems, but to recap for those of you who might not have read the
previous posts: i have them. i go through periodic bouts of insomnia, although fortunately they don't tend to last quite as long as they used to. in fact now, it's more like i have a sleepless night from time to time. the problem is that those times have been occurring with alarming frequency in the last few weeks, where there are more nights that i've managed less than four hours sleep than not.

to make things worse, last night, when i was finally able to sleep, i immediately started having some pretty intense nightmares, which resulted in my measly two hours of sleep getting frequently interrupted but also in dom's sleep being interrupted [and possibly the neighbours], since i woke up screaming several times.

this, of course, made me want to know if there was a link between mental health and our dream life and, perhaps unsurprisingly, there is. this study

"saturday selections" aka, friday favourites 13.09.13

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.…

have it your way, baby!

first of all, a big thanks to those of you who have downloaded "conversion" from vimeo! we've been
thrilled to see that so many people have been interested in watching our little film that could.

recently, vimeo has made some changes to their "on demand" service and we've decided to adjust the settings for "conversion" accordingly. here's the deal:

up until this week, the video on demand service only allowed for paid streaming. so far $5usd, you could were purchasing a feed that remained active for six months. within those months, you could watch the movie as many times as you could possibly imagine, until you set some kind of bizarre world record for number of times watching "conversion". [note :: it would be a pretty significant number of times to compete with dom, who can recite the entire script, with sound effects, backward.]

but now, things be different. now, vimeo have a download option. and we've decided to take advanta…

mental health mondays :: here for you

i didn't actually know this until a couple of hours ago, but apparently this week is suicide prevention week. a week designated to stopping people from giving in to despair. you might think that it's a waste of time, but you'd be wrong. people who are likely to commit suicide are known to telegraph signals of their intent well in advance, as a sort of subconscious scream for help.

here is an excellent summary of why this week is important from the huffington post.

here is the canadian mental health association's page on suicide. and here is their page on helping prevent it.

we've all heard the cliches of the suicidal person giving away their possessions or making arrangements for treasured possessions [or, say, pets] in the event that "something should happen to them". what we may not be as attuned to is the elation that can come from the decision to commit suicide, where a friend who has seemed depressed or desperate can suddenly become happy, without ther…

making faces :: marky marc's funky bunch

nothing will get fashion and beauty fans talking, yelling and eventually punching like a designer launching their own cosmetic line. the issue is contentious because of its straddling of the worlds of creativity and branding. it's fine to have a well-known designer come out with a cosmetics line- many fashion houses have made cosmetics for years and the two seem intrinsically linked, both connected to our pining for beauty and aesthetic titillation. the problem for most fans comes up because such "collaborations" generally involve a designer selling the rights to use his name to a company that makes cosmetics and the result is, at best, someone's impression of the designer's style or personality. for months before it launched at sephora in august, the marc jacobs cosmetic line had been a subject of lively discussion, as fans tried to determine the extent to which the man was involved in the actual development process.

in this case, jacobs has outsourced developme…

making faces :: madame refuses to wait

so despite the fact that i had a three day weekend in which i really didn't accomplish a whole heck of a
lot else, i was remiss in getting swatches of some of the new things that i've added to my collection. and one of them just didn't want to wait for me to have time this weekend or take chances that the light might be less than perfect for her.

honestly, though, i don't think "madame batifole" would need to worry. one of three new and limited rouge g's from guerlain's fall collection, i believe she'd be stunning in any light.

first of all, madame has pigment. all rouge g's are pigmented, of course, but not all have quite this much. the only other i've met that is her match is "gigolo", from guerlain's 2011 fall collection. the two shades do remind me of one another in a way i can't quite put into words [which won't stop you from trying -ed.]. both are berry shades with a lot of red in them. "gigolo" is d…

mental health mondays [special labour day edition!] :: burn baby, burn

EDIT :: more like space friend martin rouge sent me a link to the service industry version of the psychology today burnout test. given that the service industry has the highest rates of burnout, that makes total sense.

so those of you in the service industry can go here.

others can proceed to the regular burnout quiz below.

my readerfriends are teh awsum.

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a friend on facebook recently shared this article about how our thinking on the advances of the modern
labour may not be quite so substantial as we're lead to believe. in fact, when labourers first began to organize and demand that employers change their policies regarding hours worked, minimum holidays and safety standards, what they were actually endeavouring to do was reclaim rights that had been guaranteed to most workers before the industrial revolution. so when you hear talk of how far things have come, keep in mind that the starting point has been arbitrarily chosen to fit that narrative. look a little further back and…