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i am not dead and here is some music

i felt it was incumbent on me to mention that, because you could be forgiven for thinking that i'd died, or suffered amnesia, or got taken away by aliens. and i wish i could tell you that this last ten days- the longest break i've had from the blog in years- was because of something groundbreaking, but it's really just been distractions and bad planning on my part. i failed to make time to post for a couple of days, and while i knew that i'd have a family visitor coming and should have scheduled a few posts, i didn't do that, so all of a sudden i was a few days into a dry streak with nothing prepared for my internet down time. in what little time i had to reflect on what a terrible blogger i was being, it did occur to me to post something, but thinky space was at a premium and i didn't think anyone would be really thrill to see a list of lipsticks i've worn this week, or instructions on how to ask someone if they want a sheep in welsh [dych chi eisiau dafa…

mental health mondays :: puttin on the schizo

for part two of the mental health mondays look at personality disorders [whaddya mean you didn't read part one?!?!?!?!?], i've decided to take on probably the most frustrating post first. today, we're going to look at the various schizo- disorders and trust me, if your brain doesn't feel addled yet, by the end of this post, it definitely will.

now, there is one important exclusion to be made here, which is that schizophrenia is not one of the aforementioned disorders. what? no, my friends, while there are a host of personality disorders that start with the same letters, schizophrenia isn't included because it's a psychotic disorder. what's the difference? sigh. i was hoping that wouldn't come up. anyway, i'll defer to expert opinion, so here is the definition of schizophrenia given by the mayo clinic:

Schizophrenia is a severe brain disorder in which people interpret reality abnormally. Schizophrenia may result in some combination of hallucinations,…

and sometimes i do filmy stuff

there's no question that dom is the videoking in our household. you can check out the many things he's done, with many different artists here on his vimeo page. [he actually has two new videos premiering this week, because he works harder than i.] words are always going to be my principal form of expression, as if you couldn't tell, but i do occasionally do more visual work, if for no other reason than i get inspired by those closest to me to push my own boundaries.

i've done both found footage pieces and things assembled from bits i've shot live. this isn't a frequent thing for me, but i do sometimes get inspired. the projects are always accessible from the "film & photography" tab above, but i thought i'd repost my itty bitty Ĺ“uvre here for you:

a sense of longing [oblvious] :: i got the idea of doing this while i was out for a walk trying to clear my head and come up with some writing ideas. i started following a few random people and filmi…

making faces :: tarted up

sometimes i see something and i immediately know that i need it. it's not the usual "i want to get this", more like "i am meant to possess this object". so it was for me the first time i saw some photos of the tarte "rainforest of the sea" eyeshadow palette. yes, to others, it might have looked like just another neutral palette, but there was something about it that just called to me. you can make your own "sirens" joke there, because i'm not quite sharp enough to come up with one right at the moment.

in order to get this, i went to a sephora in a mall i've been to perhaps twice in my life. my regular sephora didn't have it and it sold out quickly online, and since it was limited, i felt that i had to get it wherever i could. of course, it's come back in stock, so i needn't have been so worried, but hey, what's life without a little adventure, as long as your idea of adventure includes going to a semi-suburban mall?

i…

worldwide wednesdays :: how things got screwed up in syria

it's been five long years of a civil war in syria that doesn't seem particularly close to being resolved. over four million refugees, with more fleeing all the time, a complex web of factions within the country and interested/ interfering foreign nations combined with the destructive charge of islamic state has left much of the west extremely confused as to what's going on and what the best options are in terms of supporting, arming or attacking the groups involved. in fact, referring to a civil war in syria is a misnomer at this point, since the delicate balance that has held the post-wwii boundaries of the nations of west asia is crashing down virtually everywhere. syria was just the first domino. [side note :: a lot of people would argue that iraq was actually the first "domino", but up until syria went into meltdown, the chaos of iraq was contained. iraq was tremendously weakened by decades of sanctions in the wake of a disastrous war in the early 90s, a per…

mental health mondays :: the silver medallists of the psycho olympics

once again, i'm reaching back into the past to start a "crazy miniseries" about an issue that i feel like i've not covered properly here on mhm. i felt that way before, which is why i did the original post, but i haven't done anything more in detail than this piece because, frankly, the whole subject intimidates me.

there. i said it.

writing about personality disorders, with their fuzzy definitions and complex treatment options, is a lot more challenging for me than writing about drugs, or statistics, or anything that feels science-y. i really like the sensation that science and research have my back. there's a lot less research on personality disorders and therefore, i feel like i'm on much softer ground.

but this space is supposed to be for all mental health issues, so my comfort be damned. for the next few weeks, we're going to be all about axis ii. but let's start by looking at some basics...

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much of our conception of mental disorders is wra…

armchair centre back :: premier league over and under

that title might sound like it's a betting guide, but there's no way i'd tell you to place bets on anything this year in the premier league, unless it's on diego costa continuing to be an asshole, which is always a safe wager.

yes, it's been a weird and wobbly season thus far, and the only team that hasn't wobbled, leicester city, are in the pole position to win the league. [and if you placed a bet on that at the beginning of the year, make sure you collect it as soon as possible, before your betting shop goes bankrupt.] but whatever the bookies are making of this season [likely a scaffold from which to hang themselves], a lot of fans and the television giants who ponied up multiple billions of dollars to secure the league's television rights are rolling around on floors worldwide, frothing at the mouth in sheer ecstasy that such a perfectly corny hollywood underdog story could be possible.

hell, even if leicester slip up in the home stretch, they would st…

mental health mondays :: i want to play a game

every so often on mental health mondays, i like to do a little post on different quizzes that are available online for evaluating your own mental health. of course, none of these tests should constitute a medical diagnosis, the only way to know if you have a mental disorder is for a professional to examine you and determine that you do. however, these quizzes do allow you to evaluate symptoms you might be experiencing. some of them are obviously [i hope] more reliable than others, so adjust your expectations accordingly.

the psychology today mental health assessment

this one is pretty basic, but is also a good overview of symptoms for many common mental disorders. it doesn't address mood disorders at all, nor does it address schizophrenia or bipolar type i. however, it does provide a decent way of evaluating where on the spectrum you fall in terms of stress level, depression level and your propensity to panic.

since i'm a pretty open psychological book, i figured i'd share…

you don't say

i' took a bit of a break from mental health mondays this week . as a not-quite-follow-up to last week's post, as well as to a few other posts i've done about my adventures in language learning, i thought i'd share with you some of the knowledge that i've managed to acquire.

the first, and probably most important thing, is that i'm incapable of doing anything in moderation. a desire to learn a bit of german expanded quickly into speak all the speakables. i'm still trying to focus primarily on learning german and spanish, but i've also started to incorporate french lessons, to improve on what i already know, and i've very tentatively been dabbling my fingers into the italian, polish, dutch and even welsh pools, just to see if there are any there that i want to pursue. clearly, moderation in new interests is just not my bag. or tasche.

since writing has always been associated with both learning and working [in every sense], i've also taken the time…