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mental health mondays :: the plane truth

here we go again. it's sad enough to hear that nearly a hundred and fifty people died at the hands of an individual unwisely entrusted with a a potential missile, but now we get to observe the media circling and waiting for confirmation that the man who may have murdered them had a mental illness. and what a grotesque spectacle it is, because it basically consists of nothing but ominous insinuations that this co-pilot was depressed and so he flew a plane into a mountain, without trying to provide any larger context about the disorder or the millions of people who suffer from it.

to be clear, i don't have a problem with his apparent record of depression being brought up as a possible explanation for what happened. it's possible that there is a link. but smashing a plane full of innocent people into a mountain is not the act of someone who is merely depressed. there is a whole other level of illness going on there and, with the information we have thus far, it seems disturbi…

making faces :: dior's baumeshell

i'm happy not to have to go into an office that relies on central air anymore, since having to do so meant that i spent great portions of the year almost unable to talk or smile because my lips were so dry. that said, the cold outside and the heat inside have still had enough of an effect that i've been on the lookout for some products that will wrap me in their tender embrace, promise never to hurt me and give me all the comfort i so desperately need. [because we all need products to do that, don't we?]

because i can't get anything right, a lot of lip formulas that are touted as "moisturising" have exactly the opposite effect on me. chanel's rouge coco shine formula is hit or miss with me. yves st. laurent's rouge volupté is harsher on my lips than sandpaper and salt [i suspect that's at least partly an allergic reaction to something]. so when i heard that dior had come out with a new range of tinted balms- or "baumes" since everything…

world wide wednesdays meets throw-back thursday :: you again?

i was more than a little surprised this week to hear news of brewing troubles in the falkland islands. it seems that tensions are once again surfacing on the tiny archipelago in the south atlantic, with a new player in the mix. i say "again", because the only time i [and probably a lot of others] remembering being alerted to the existence of the falkland islands was over thirty years ago when argentina and great britain very briefly went to war over the them, until bill o'reilly descended from the sky and brought everlasting peace. or something. [ok, o'reilly never claimed to have brought peace to anything, but he did claim that he was a correspondent during the two month conflict, which let him see war up close, something that, on closer inspection, turns out to have been utter bunk. more recently, o'reilly has claimed that he never said he was in the falkland islands, a claim which right-leaning fact-checkers politifact rate as "half-true", since he r…

almost here...

we're only one week away from the launch of tricky + conversion, my new book featuring a novella and a screenplay in one convenient volume. the book will be available starting wednesday, april 1st from the more like space bookstore. i thought i'd continue the countdown with a little excerpt from tricky to pique your interest [i hope]:

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Against all the warnings of his body, he struggled into a sitting position and smiled at her. One of those sheepish smiles where you know you’ve done something wrong, but you want that person to like you in spite of it. He covered part of his face with his hand, trying to limit his exposure to the sun, which made her smile again.
“What kind of drugs were you on?”
“I’m not on drugs. I was just drunk.”
“Alcohol is a drug.”
She had him there. For her, there was little distinction between being drunk and being flipped out on PCP and, truth be told, he couldn’t be entirely sure that alcohol was the only thing he had consumed, just that it was the only th…

mental health mondays :: off the beaten path

i've mentioned before that i get migraines. they invariably sneak up on me in the middle of the night, which is a pain not just because it sucks to start the day with a migraine, but because the only medication my doctors have been able to give me is something that must be taken as soon as you feel the very first symptoms of a migraine coming on. i'm not one of the "lucky" thirty percent of sufferers who get an aura 24-48 hours before a migraine sets in, which means that by the time i'm aware of one, it's already in full force and the medication i have is useless. i gave what i had to dom, who generally gets more advance notice and i've never bothered to get a new prescription.


something that i have done, however, is raid my stash of meds for some form of benzodiazepine. if you have issues with anxiety and panic attacks, doctors will generally give you a prescription for one of these to keep on hand "just in case". personally, they don't do m…

armchair centreback :: pound foolish [or, why piers morgan is wrong]

please cheer up, arsenal fans. yes, your team had a woeful showing in the first leg of their elimination round against upstarts monaco, which made recovery well nigh on impossible, but you came so very close. and, on top of having to play the other team, you had some really questionable calls go against you, including a deserved penalty turned into a yellow card against your own player. you're still motoring along and, given all the injuries you sustained earlier this year and the fact that no team has been made to pay for their mistakes more than you have [seriously, how many games have united won that were completely undeserved this season?], you have reason to be proud of yourselves. now give us a hug. come on, all five million of you on twitter and everyone else, too. let's go for the biggest group hug in history.


right, now that that's dealt with, let's talk about the future. not the immediate future, but what happens in the fallow season when decisions are made a…

in which my diabolical secret is revealed

so many of you have probably seen this mysterious thing i posted earlier today on facebook and twitter: 


there have already been a couple of teasers for an upcoming project and, as a few have already guessed...

it's a brand new book!

it's actually two books in one, because after such a long break [since the publishing of interference, a collection of my short stories], i figured why not go big. well, bigger. a little under three hundred pages, which is still totally manageable, but like i said, if you have trouble concentrating, you can read it in two parts and you won't suffer one bit. 
the book is inventively titled tricky + conversion, because those are the names of the stories it contains.

the first half, tricky, is my very first [and to date very only] novel, telling the story of a young woman who ditches her predictable, conservative life to go in search of the father whose identity has been hidden from her. the story was born from an idea i had while reading an arti…

mental health mondays :: the real question is, why aren't you on mushrooms?

this is getting ridiculous.

i just wrotea post about new research on psychedelics and their potential application as mental health treatments, including the results of a  massive study that showed that there was no evidence of harmful effects caused by taking psychedelic drugs.

normally, i don't like to return to a topic so quickly, but i found an article published this week relating to an even larger study at johns hopkins university that comes to an even more shocking conclusion: psychedelics may help prevent you from developing certain mental disorders to begin with.

while scientists can't say definitively that it's because of psychedelic drug use, those who reported using them had significantly reduced rates of psychological distress, suicidal ideation and suicide attempts. it's possible, of course, that people who choose to do psychedelics are more emotionally stable and mentally healthier anyway. use of psychedelics was concentrated among people with higher inco…

making faces :: bette davis lips

the inscription on bette davis' grave reads "she did it the hard way", which should tell you something about the kind of life she led. indeed, she was known as a fighter, taking on studio executives at a time when that simply wasn't done, unless you "never wanted to work in this town again". even when she lost a legal battle against warner brothers that forced her to see out her contract, she was able to parlay her return to the screen into better roles that secured her legacy as one of the greatest icons of the screen. she was the first woman ever to garner ten nominations for best actress at the academy awards and the first woman ever to be president of the academy of motion picture arts and sciences [the people who give out the awards].

that bette davis ever became a movie star, let alone one of the biggest movie stars in the world, is kind of remarkable. after all, she wasn't conventionally beautiful, although her face was certainly unforgettable. …

world wide wednesdays :: by the numbers

a quicker than usual www this week, since i'm a little pressed for time. i thought it might be some fun to collect a bunch of facticles and maps to illustrate what's going on in the world around us.

first, let's look at what each of us has to be proud of:


i would like to point out that in the case of my country, the maple syrup is highly centralized in quebec and, to a lesser extent, new brunswick. the asteroid impacts are located elsewhere. i really hope that the russians aren't mixing their two great national resources. and, as i've always maintained, this categorically proves that australia is trying to kill you. [fyi, it's not just the animals, either. australia also has species of murderous bisexual trees.]

i couldn't find a good list of what each country was worst at [although it could be argued that some of the "leaders" shouldn't really be proud of their accomplishments]. but there are a few maps that survey corruption, which is prett…

mental health mondays :: but you knew this already

well it's [sort of] official! scientists have recently been coming out in favour of increased research on drugs like lsd and ketamine because of the standing evidence that they are effective in fighting mental disorders.

but chances are that if you've been following mental health mondays, this isn't news to you.

here's an article on a british study on lsd and its efficacy in fighting addiction.

and here's a piece on the man who headed that study, talking about about how lsd can potentially aid the terminally ill.

the atlantic also had a piece on how psychedelic drugs are not linked to mental problems, as people long suspected that they were.  

of course, you may think that this sounds familiar, because, of course, this is a subject that's been covered here on mental health mondays on a few different occasions:

here's a piece that talks about studies done on psychedelics, particularly lsd.

and here's a post about the potential uses about party drug keta…

making faces :: armani's emerald pretty

eye tints are the new audacious lipsticks! well, only in the sense that they seem to have become my new addiction. fortunately, there are only twelve and not forty of them and fortunately, they do seem to be a permanent part of the armani line, so you shouldn't need to rush out and buy all of them immediately. you could, of course. i'm not going to stop you. or judge you. in fact, i applaud your cosmetic initiative.

there are a few shades from this line that i think are going to be huge hits. the first one that i reviewed, "rose ashes", is a bit more of a sleeper. it's not as likely to scream "you need me in your life!!", but it's a stunningly beautiful shade. today's shade, however, is one that's going to get a lot of attention. "emeraude" [or shade #4, if you want to be boring about it] is exactly what its name promises: a dark emerald green, suffused with shimmer, but not traditionally "frosty". i decided that this sho…