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making faces :: berry picking

leaves are turning! gusts of chill air are arriving! evening is longer than daytime! i get excited just typing those things. it helps that, compared to last year, the first part of autumn as been glorious. the temperature has been slowly creeping downward [although we did have a shocking run of heat last week], making it comfortable to wear light layers during the day and a jacket at night. my toes are getting ready to hibernate in boots and my lips are lusting after delicious berries and plums like at no other time of the year.

i always love a deep lip, from classically sophisticated to outright vamp and i'll wear them pretty much any time i want, but there is something to the pairing of such shades with the golden autumn light, just as bold, juicy shades come into their own on the most brilliant summer days. as a result, when this time of year rolls around, i'm magnetically drawn to try any new lipstick that has "berry" in its name or description, the fuller and ri…

mental health mondays :: all hail the magic beans!

several sources have alerted me to the fact that today is national coffee day. [although really, since it appears to be national coffee day in both the u.s. and canada, i'd say that it's properly international coffee day.] so what better way to mark this glorious day than to have a look at how the best beverage ever in the history of the world connects to our psychological well-being?

you might think that this link is a bit tenuous. after all, coffee drinkers are forever portrayed as tense, angry, tightly would and moody, all of which are pretty seriously bad signs when it comes to mental health. but the fact is that the vast majority of north americans drink coffee and the vast majority are not high strung stereotypes with a throbbing nerve in their neck. in fact, they might be a little better off than the rest of us.

now, as far as i'm concerned, coffee is great for health in general because drinking it probably stops me from going on killing sprees. i don't even try…

the user's guide to more like space

since the blog now has its own spiffy facebook page and a number of new followers and because traffic on the blog this month has shown a steady increase, i figured now might be as good a time as any to give a little primer for those who might not be familiar with things here...

to start with, you can look at the about me page, which gives you an idea of what i'm doing, but which is kind of out of date now that i look at it. what you need to know about this blog is that if you like one particular aspect of it, there's a good chance that other parts won't be so interesting. in defiance of logic and popular wisdom, i just write about whatever is on my mind and that means that there isn't really a theme here other than "hey, look at the inside of my brain!"

that said, i do try to be good about tagging posts and when there is a large group of posts that fall under one theme, i usually create a category for it. so here's a little primer on what you can find.

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now with facebook realness!

i've heard that all the kids are down with this "facebook page" thing and so, after dithering over it for about a hundred years [i look pretty damn good for my age], i have taken the plunge and set up a facebook fan page for more like space. it'll let you keep track of whatever is happening here without having to leave the comfort of facebook and, even better, it'll allow you to do so without having to send a friend request to me personally, which would involve subjecting yourself to all the things i say that i don't feel should go on a public blog.

everybody wins.

you can trot on over to like more like space by clicking here. you cannot click on the "meh" button yet, no matter how much you might want to.

making faces :: the chronos quintet

à propos of nothing in particular, i thought i would let you know that a spilled liquid accident has left me temporarily without my usual keyboard and mouse. i'm hoping that they'll actually recover, but for the time being, i'm using my old plug in models, which feel strangely steampunk-like; antiques hooked up with modern technology. i'm currently realising how far we've come in making keyboards more responsive, since typing this is giving me a bit of a workout. gah.

and moving on...

last month, rouge bunny rouge released their first ever eyeshadow palette, chronos. [i'm a little confused with the naming, but i believe that the name 'raw garden' applies to their pre-made palettes in general, which would imply that there are more to come, and that this particular one is called "chronos".] i actually ordered it the very first day it was available [august 28th], but i wanted to play around with it a bit before reviewing it here. although "c…

world wide wednesdays :: euskadi

this is a new thing i'm trying on the blog, based on a fascination i have with various underrepresented, marginalised or misunderstood cultures around the world. i tend to spend a lot of my late night bouts of "i have insomnia and i need something to think about so that i don't shoot myself and anyone who tries to stop me" reading up on these subjects. since this blog has always been a repository for the stuff that clogs up my brain [as well as a place where i can curse at things and channel the discussions with the voices in my head], i figured i might as well share some of what i've learned.

i'm not even going to pretend that these are exhaustive, journalistic or academic in any way. i just think that there's a lot of interesting shit in the world ["interesting shit in the world" being my alternate choice for "world wide wednesdays"] and the more people who post about it, the more people will be spurred to investigate.

so, as a first…

go drunk facebook, you're home

a lot of my friends can't believe that i haven't just blocked ads from my facebook feed. personally, i can't imagine why anyone would block ads from their facebook feed, because they're such an endless source of inspiration.

i've already talked about how facebook's targeting software seems to be a little like a pubescent boy, unable to process anything about female users other than "b00b$!!!" but i have to at least give the horny little hamsters credit for throwing an ad for skin care into my feed. you could at least make the argument that i have posted things [through this blog] that could lead someone to believe that i might be interested in skin care. but then, i looked at the ad:






facebook, you need to fire yourselves now. stop attacking people who want their private lives private and just show yourselves a red card. someone in your organisation has placed ads for skin care from a company called james' tire shop.


because when i want good advic…

mental health mondays :: a nut house divided

although the history of schizophrenia is not particularly long, it has already become exceedingly complex. in the late 1800s, german physician emil kraepelin invented the term "dementia praecox" to refer to cases of mental illness that occurred in younger people- those too young to be suffering from age-related dementia. in 1911, the term "schizophrenia" was coined by swiss psychiatrist eugen bleuler, in order to distinguish the disorder from proper dementia, which involved a deterioration of mental faculties. his work was crucial in determining the characteristics of what we now call schizophrenia, including the identification of both positive symptoms [things that schizophrenics do that the rest of us don't] and negative symptoms [things schizophrenics don't do that the rest of us do].

unfortunately, while various drugs to control schizophrenia have been developed and many, many studies done, the progress on understanding the disorder has been remarkably …

i need to be happy with the man i am

as i previously posted, i found out on the internet that i'm apparently a man. this came as a bit of a surprise to me and dominic still doesn't seem to accept it, but dozens of ukrainian ladies can't be wrong, right? i continue to get emails from lots of them saying that they never approach men on the internet, but that they felt that i was different. [they're not wrong about that. -ed.]

this week, fair adriana [whose parents clearly intended that she would be either a die hard goth princess or a porn star], emailed me several times with this message:


i thought that the first question was some sort of survey like "how do you happen to become or feel sexy?" until i realised that her excitement about contacting me was such that she'd omitted a comma. hey, at least she got "you're" right.

of course, i don't remember her from facebook, probably because we've never encountered each other on facebook or anywhere else. how do i know this? b…

exactly how far do you want to take this, zuckerberg?

as many of you may have heard, facebook is clamping down on people who aren't using their real, or rather legal names on the social network. much of the attention has been directed towards drag queens, who want a personal profile under their performance name rather than their legal name, but the fact is that facebook's terms of service require everyone to use their legal name for their personal profiles. drag queens are just a very obvious example and also the main group who have spoken up.

drag queens, of course, might want to connect with friends and fans in the scene, apart from establishing a fan page [to say nothing of the fact that it's easier for privacy-minded users to hide their friends than it is to hide the fan pages they like] and the best way for them to do that is to use the name by which they would be recognised. being forced to use their legal name risks exposing them to ridicule or worse from close-minded employers, family or community members. but, of c…

making faces :: think outside the palette

remember back when i was talking about summer collections and i got a little frustrated because i couldn't get nars' "tropical princess" eyeshadow duo to work the way that i wanted? no? it's ok, you can read about it here.

we've moved headlong into fall collections [even though i continue to support some kind of law that stops cosmetic companies from selling seasonal collections until that season actually starts, or at least until the month when the season actually starts, because it's like being able to go to the future to buy makeup and do absolutely nothing else, which would be lame, although since we're somehow in mid-september i have to admit that it's probably ok to talk about fall and should get back to what i was doing], but before i rush into the latest that nars has to offer [and i will], i wanted to work a little harder to get something going with this beauty that just never seemed to come together for me.

after my previous experiments…

mental health mondays :: marketing insanity

a few days ago, local employment service grenier aux emplois posted a link to this article, detailing the excuses that unproductive employees use to justify their behaviour. as i read it, i was trying to control myself from screaming out loud at the computer. i rushed to their comment thread to show my ire and was gratified to see that at least a half dozen others before me- most of them small business owners or managers- had had much the same reaction. score one for conscientious employers in quebec.

but what i find fascinating is that someone at praxis- who are ostensibly trying to provide some sort of training for young entrepreneurs- wrote this up, got cutesy graphics to go with it and published it on line without realising what a complete piece of tripe it was. people proofread this. people greenlit this. and it's about the best example of how workplace psychosis functions that you could find outside of a large-scale study.

i've already written about the widespread pheno…

won't someone please think of the drunks?

in just a few short days [all days are the same length -ed.], scotland, country of at least some of my ancestors, will decide whether or not it wants to end over three centuries of union with england and become a fully independent country. pundits from around the world have weighed in on the subject, especially since the gap between "yes" and "no" support has fallen to nigh on nothing.

as you can see, the unionist cause has been in the process of destroying their comfortable lead for several months, with the two latest polls indicating either an eight-point lead for the separatists or an eight-point lead for the federalists. those are strange results, given that both polls are about the same size and both results are outside the margin of error. i think that the biggest takeaway is probably that scots like to fuck with people and that no one has any idea what's going to happen on thursday, possibly not even the scots themselves.

despite the dire warnings emanat…

more like space greatest hits :: the other 9/11

this is a post from back in 2007, as the insanity that was the bush era was falling down around our ears and it seemed like the end of the world was surely nigh.

remembrance is important. there's not enough of it. or at least, there's too much of it concentrated in specific areas, which means that some incidents get over-analysed and distorted, while others are forgotten entirely.

so here's a remembrance of a post i wrote about remembering something that wasn't [and still isn't] being remembered properly.

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i've been making my way, with some lengthy breaks, through noam chomsky's latest, "failed states". it's by no means his strongest work, but it does touch on a number of interesting issues, including events surrounding 9/11.

by 9/11, i mean september 11, 1973, when an american-backed coup overthrew chile's salvador allende and replaced him with general augusto pinochet. because we've heard so much about that later 9/11, i tho…

making faces :: novel ideas

years ago, like many aspiring writers, i gave thought to trying to write romance novels for money. after all, it would be a way to get in print and it would provide me with enough income to pursue the writing i really liked. nothing could possibly go wrong. well, except that i'd never actually red a romance novel [unless you count gone with the wind], so i had no f**king clue what i was doing. oh, and my usual writing style is the sort of thing that wilts the blossoms of romance faster than a blow torch. "he stared deeply into her eyes and thought "i'll bet she was a pretty girl before her head was cut off and used as a polo ball"" is much more my style.

and so i never did manage to swing that secret career in romance writing. i couldn't even get started because as soon as i'd start, what i was trying to write [in so far as i understood it] would reduce me to fits of giggles almost immediately.

i thought about that experience when i saw mac's n…