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a statement of intent before i completely lose my marbles

it's september and it's still above 30c. that's not supposed to happen. this is the one time of year when i'm supposed to like the weather.

it doesn't help that we've been slowly [very slowly] redecorating the apartment and getting rid of a rather frightening amount of stuff. and by "getting rid of" i mean "pushing into the front room until such time as i feel i can wrestle it downstairs". do not allow yourself to accumulate stuff. stuff is the enemy. i live under the tyranny of stuff.

so clearly, all this is messing with my scheduling a bit, which has got me thinking.

first of all, true to my word, "mental health mondays" will be back this coming week, so once again, the fake doctor will be in.

i've noticed in recent weeks that the "world wide wednesdays" posts are showing a sharp difference in terms of views: it makes me happy that the ones that get the most are generally the longest, most detailed and demand the most of me. however, that also makes me nervous, because i know i can't maintain that on a weekly schedule. so starting now, i'll only be doing www every second week. so the next one will appear on september 9. i already know what it's going to be about...

i am thinking that i will have it alternate with another feature that's a little less time-intensive to write. 

part of the reason for doing that is so that i can continue with "paranoid theory of the week" every week. the plan is to have it up some time on the weekend, but i like being able to give myself some flexibility there, because sometimes, shit just comes up.

"making faces" and "armchair centre back" will continue to appear at irritatingly random intervals, but you can generally count on them not being on days when other posts are scheduled.

likewise, fiction and writing posts will be peppered throughout like so much buckshot into your brain. i'm targeting late september to get "a definable moment in time" back up and running. once it is, it's probably going to get a day too, but let's see how that works out.  

plus, of course, there will be other random posts like this one.

since you've made it this far in a rather dull and administrative post, i feel like i should wind up with something good. here are pictures of cats. our cats. all of them.

and if that's not enough, there's going to be an extra special, totally awesome utterly exclusive debut of the new synapscape video on monday at heathen harvest. their first album in four years will be out mid-month on ant-zen, so this will whet your appetite for what's to come. dom is the mind behind the video, which is just one more reason for me to be proud of him.

finally, here are sloths enjoying leaves more than you've probably enjoyed anything in years.

thank you, as always, for reading. we'll be getting into the new seasonal swing of things very shortly, as long as my brains don't get all spongy and green from the humidity.


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making faces :: soft touch

ah winter, how my lips hate you. it's too bad, really, because the rest of me likes winter, down to about -12 or so. but there's no arguing that i get dried out. nuxe rĂªve de miel is my super best friend at this time of year, even more so than otherwise. [i gave bite's agave lip mask a try only to find out i'm allergic to something in it.] but our [still] new apartment is somewhat drier than the old one [electric vs hot water heating], which meant that, for a long stretch, virtually every kind of lipstick was uncomfortable. the horror. [i wrote a post a while back about the formulas that are friendliest to chapped lips.]

faced with this dilemma, i decided to try something not exactly new, but [for me], out of the ordinary: being a gloss girl. now, i don't mind glosses. i buy them from time to time, and i used to buy more until i discovered that i just wasn't using them near enough to justify the continued purchases. my issues with glosses are that they feather…


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.

making faces :: a lip for all seasons [summer edition]

this may seem like an odd time to think about summer, but not to think about coolness. it can be hard to wrap your head around the idea that summer is considered "cool" in colour analysis terms and, in my opinion, reads as the coolest of the cool, because everything in it is touched with the same chilly grey. winter may have the coldest colours, but its palette is so vivid that it distracts the eye. everything in summer is fresh and misty, like the morning sky before the sun breaks through. in my original post on the season, i compared it to monet's paintings of waterlilies at his garden in giverny and, if i do say so, i think that's an apt characterisation.

finding lip colours touched with summer grey and blue is, as you might expect, kind of tricky. the cosmetic world seems obsessed with bringing warmth, which doesn't recognise that some complexions don't support it well. [also, different complexions support different kinds of warmth, but that's another…