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i know what you've been looking at

i just thought that i'd post this to say thank you so much for stopping by this odd little place and that i hope that you'll be back in the new year. i know that i will!

in case you're wondering what you might have missed if you've only just discovered more like space, or if you've forgotten why you ever came here to begin with, i thought that i'd give you a quick rundown of the top posts of the year, which happily do give an idea of the breadth of things that get discussed here.

10. this conversation is going to be awkward :: the fact that this one makes it into the top ten is surprisingly chiefly because i only published it december 6th. i'm kind of taken aback by the fact that all my weird family and genealogy posts have proved quite popular. you're apparently much more comfortable with this bizarre lot than i would have believed possible.

9. r.i.p. flora :: my goodbye to my aunt.

8. paranoid theory of the week :: are islamic state's most infamo…

making faces :: festive face

this is just a quick post to share my highly official christmas face with all of you. as usual, we spent the day itself with dominic's family, which was its usual combination of tasty and fun. i don't do anything spectacular for the occasion [i'm not sure how my in-laws would react if i showed up looking like an extra from cirque du soleil], but i do at least try to mark the day by pulling together a family-event-appropriate look. this year, i went with the time-honoured classic of neutral eyes and red lips, which may not be the most exciting thing in the world, but it's classic for a reason.

the other reason that i wanted to try out tom ford's "something wild" lipstick, a new shade that's been added to the permanent lineup of colours he has available. there are several new colours, several of which were interesting to me, but "something wild" qualified as a must have because it's named after the movie that dom and i watched on our very …

eight horrible things my family has done

the holidays are supposed to be all about family and, since i've been exploring my own genealogy lately, i've discovered lots of things about my family that we haven't really discussed at any get-togethers. of course, chances are that i'm the only one who knows a lot of these things and even if i'm not, they're probably the last thing that anyone wants to talk about. then again, as you'll see, my family is weird, so who knows what they want to talk about deep within the recesses of their genetically programmed brain. i mean, they come from some pretty screwed up people.

so here's a short list of the pretty screwed up things that they've done to themselves and to each other. and these are just the ones from whom i'm directly descended- no idea what the distant cousins got up to.

1. got freaked out his child and took off down the street 
i think there's a tendency for people to assume that, back in the good old days, a family stuck together, n…

mental health mondays :: your holiday primer- reminder

i actually posted this last year, but given the way that music, greetings, decorations and everything else seems to repeat around this time of year, i don't see any reason why i shouldn't be able to double-dip.

happy holidays, or happy "the holidays will be over soon", whichever is your preference.

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most of us have heard that there's a bump in the number of suicides every year, as the good cheer of others makes depressed people sink even further. it's not actually true, but it does sound pretty believable, doesn't it? after all, things are rough enough when you're dealing with mental health issues, let alone when the entire world seems to be trying to force you to smile and be "merry". it's easy to believe that the added pressure and the projected happiness of others is enough to nudge someone over the edge.

but the fact is, even if people aren't throwing themselves off bridges like a bunch of lemmings [also a myth, by the way], the…

making faces :: un-palette-able

oh how time slips away. can it possibly be true that 2015 is over in two weeks' time? yes, evidently it can. and, evidently, i can still be behind in posting reviews of seasonal items. i mean, at this point, no one is thinking of buying anything for themselves, right? they've all moved on to buying for other people and would never think of purchasing something "just for me". haha. well, just in case there are a couple of readers who may want to stuff their own christmas stockings, i have a couple of reviews of items i picked up from sephora in recent weeks.

now, these are items in palettes and the last time i checked the sephora canada web site, the palettes themselves are both sold out. but i'm not doing this to torture you. the fact is that every single item contained in the palettes is available separately. they are more expensive when purchased that way, but it gives you the opportunity to choose which things you really like and you get them in a bigger size.

maybe it should have stayed in vegas

the idea of the candidates for the republican presidential nomination talking about national security seemed like a big ol' christmas present for yours truly. not that they haven't discussed "national security" [read: muslim terrorists] before, but this was going to be their opportunity to hold forth in all their violent and racist glory. and on that front, they didn't disappoint, although, after five hours of listening to that much crazy, it all starts to run together in a foul-smelling river of "why am i doing this to myself?"

but watch and listen i did. it's possible i even learned, although the only thing i can think of that i learned are that these people are way more heedless in their thirst for violence that i might have believed and that, in between moments of making fun of them, i am legitimately scared to think that any of them could find themselves with any real power.

overall, cnn ran the sort of debate that cnn normally runs: flat, pro…

armchair centre back :: things fall apart

what the hell happened?

about the only good thing about being a swansea city fc fan this season would be that, were you also a masochist, you would have been able to save good money by watching games instead of paying to have someone inflict pain on you. unfortunately it seems clear that no one established a safe word.

after their best finish ever in 2014-15 [highest number of points, highest position, most games won], the world was swansea's oyster. coming into the new season, new signing andre ayew was a serious 'get'. and the players responsible for last year's great ride had stuck around. normally, when a mid-level team does well, those with more money come to collect the spoils. [southampton have endured having their prize feathers plucked two years in a row.]

and indeed, this year seemed to start very well. they held satan's footsoldiers chelsea to a tie on opening day. [at that point, chelsea were still the team that won the league by a country mile a few m…

paranoid theory of the week :: are parts of britain living under de facto sharia law?

it sounds too crazy to be true. or it sounds too crazy to not be true. are there really areas of london, one of the world's great cities, a centre since roman times, origin of the vast majority of white, western culture, where even the duly appointed police are afraid to tread?

this is one of those rumours that has implications beyond being "true" or "false". if true, it is surely an indication that democratically elected governments have skewed so far in the direction of accommodation that they've ceded power to local "warlords", religious extremists bent on exterminating ideas different than theirs, even if those ideas are the prevailing ones in the country at large. if false, it is an ugly example of the most ignorant sort of racism, perpetrated with the informed consent of mass media in britain and elsewhere.

what i'm saying is, there's no way you're going to feel good about the end result, no matter what we discover.

the theory ::

world wide wednesdays :: the "arab world" [a refresher]

this week, we've heard a lot from a certain republican candidate about muslims. and we've heard a lot of people commenting on that candidate's views on muslims. this afternoon, israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu, whose government hasn't exactly covered itself in peace-loving glory, told said candidate that he needs to cool it with the muslim-hating. a man whose government drops bombs on muslims thinks you're hating muslims too much. i'll let that sink in for a moment.

ok, moment's over. i haven't reused a worldwide wednesdays post before, but in this case, i thought it was appropriate, because i'm not convinced that that man, the candidate even knows what he's talking about when he says "muslims" [or at least, i think he's playing to the stereotypical idea of muslims that westerners often have].

none of this deals with the deliberately provocative, race and religion-baiting comments that that guy made. but i think that, if …

making faces :: wearing the wrong colours, vol. 1

i've talked about doing this for a while, but i thought now was as good a time as any to get started. i've been writing for some time about seasonal colour analysis and specifically the 12-season sci/art model, based on evaluating colour by hue [warm vs cool], value [light vs dark] and chroma [saturated vs muted]. after a lot of playing around, i've narrowed myself down to a bright season [very high chroma], most likely bright winter [cooler and darker], but possibly bright spring [warmer and lighter]. 
in theory, that means that i should avoid colours that are soft [low in saturation], especially those that have an autumnal [brown, gold] heat to them. bright seasons don't have any of that in them, being a combination of cold, jewel-like winter and warm, fruity spring. so does that mean that those sorts of colours are off-limits to me forever? 
if you answered "yes", i'm assuming this is your first visit here. [which is fine. welcome. i love having new frie…