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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 infamous videos fake? :: the most popular "paranoid theory" of the year. it bears mentioning, however, that there were three or four others in this category that barely missed being included. let the fear flow through you...

7. making faces :: the brand tour [rouge bunny rouge] :: i'd meant to do more of these type of posts, featuring my collections from different brands, but after doing all the swatches for this one, i felt like maybe i'd also like to have skin. nonetheless, the reaction is encouraging enough that i think i'll give it a go in 2016.

6. not so hot in cleveland :: republican primary debates are comedy gold.

5. making faces :: apple of my eye :: armani posts are always popular and i was lucky enough to get my hands on one of their eye tints early-ish, so this one comes as no surprise. in fact, subsequent reviews of the other eye tints came close to making this list as well.

4. making faces :: my life as a nudist :: very popular on its own, although i think some confused internauts searching for actual nudists may have bumped this one up a couple of places. it's about lipstick.

3. making faces :: fuchsia fever with armani :: what'd i tell you? the most popular beauty post of the year is absolutely no surprise to me, because it covers armani, multiple products and bold lip shades. in fact, the "sequel" to this post, where i finally laid hands on the other rouge ecstasy shade from the collection, was in the top 20 for the year as well.

2. world wide wednesdays :: genocide by numbers :: and in possibly the most jarring transition ever... actually, one of the things that i like about this blog is the fact that there are as many people who like to read about lipstick and world history, even at its ugliest. of course, it's not just the ugliness that fascinates: the second most popular world wide wednesdays post this year was "africa's all-stars", about countries in africa that challenge the western image of the third world.

1. the ouroboros of stupid :: adventures in fascism, feminism and fallacies in the industrial music scene :: 2015 was the year that i got back involved in writing about the music scene and, unsurprisingly, a year in which i became more aware of the opinions surrounding the scene that i cover. this was the first "opinion" piece i'd done on music in a long time- most of the other posts you'll find here are just playlists from dj events- and it turns out it was the most popular by a surprising distance. you people never cease to surprise me.

once again, thanks for stopping by here. i don't know what to promise for the new year, and it's always dicey whether i'm able to keep my blog promises anyway, but i would say that you can expect a different assortment of similar stuff. i'm aware that makes no sense, but does anything really make sense when you have a few drinks and think about it really hard? i'll leave you with that for 2015.

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