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UPDATE! the new banner is now hanging above. look at banner! many thanks to dom for rejuvenating it for 2017! also, i've updated the about me page, because i like to do that every couple of years or so, when i realise that at least 50% of it is out of date... [#shameface]

why yes, i have made a slight change in the appearance of the blog. i think this makes it easier to read, and i kind of like the colours involved [although those are subject to change]. i'm not so sure about losing my banner, which i rather liked, or my links [although they were badly in need of updating]. i'm still combing through older posts to make sure that there aren't any huge layout issues, so if anything looks weird, please let me know. in fact, please let me know if you have any thoughts on the "new look" more like space. 

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Whoa! This is certainly a change. I like the new layout, but I do find the text harder to read--I think it's a combination of white text on a dark background and the larger spaces between lines. However, these are just my immediate reactions; I might find it easier to read once I get used to it.
Oh, also: is there any reason why the font changes when you click on a specific post? It's a little distracting.
Kate MacDonald said…
Thanks! The read-ability is something I was a bit concerned about, because I know it's not as crisp as black-on-white, and online text is already harder on the eyes than old-fashioned paper with ink.

I noticed the font changing thing and I'm still trying to figure it out myself. From what I can tell, the fonts should be uniform throughout, but clearly that's not happening. Bonus weirdness: the fonts seem find on my phone. Because everything must be complicated...

as long as you're here, why not read more?

dreamspeak

ok, so i've been lax about posting here. i apologise. there are reasons. i don't know if they'ree good reasons, but they include:


i've had a lot of work to do, which is nice because i'm a freelancer and things tend to slow down in the summer, so the more work i get now, the less i have to worry about later [in theory].i started watching the handmaid's tale. i was a little hesitant because i didn't actually like the novel very much; i found it heavy-handed and predictable. the series relies on the novel for about 80% of its first season plot but i nevertheless find it spellbinding. where i felt that the novel beat readers with its politics, the series does a better job of connecting with the humanity in the midst of politics. i'm dithering on starting season two because i am a serial binger and once i know damn well that starting the second season will soon consign me to the horrors of having to wait a week between episodes. i don't know if i can han…

i agree, smedley [or, smokers totally saved our planet in 1983]

so this conversation happened [via text, so i have evidence and possibly so does the canadian government and the nsa].

dom and i were trying to settle our mutual nerves about tomorrow night's conversion screening, remembering that we've made a fine little film that people should see. which is just about exactly what dom had said when i responded thusly:

me :: i agree smedley. [pauses for a moment] did you get that here?

dom :: no?

me :: the aliens who were looking at earth and then decided it wasn't worth bothering with because people smoked even though it was bad for them?
come to think of it, that might mean that smokers prevented an alien invasion in the seventies.

dom :: what ?!?!?

me :: i've had wine and very little food. [pause] but the alien thing was real. [pause.] well, real on tv.

dom :: please eat something.

of course, i was wrong. the ad in question ran in 1983. this is the part where i would triumphantly embed the ad from youtube, except that the governmen…

mental health mondays :: separate and not equal

given the ubiquitousness of racial disparities in the united states, there's no reason why we should be surprised that they exist in mental health care. unlike a lot of other areas, the people in power have acknowledged the problem for decades. but the situation isn't getting any better. 
the united states surgeon general documented the differences between white and non-white mental health care back in 2001 so we can assume that it was already a known problem at that point. two years later, a presidential commission said the same damn thing and groups like the national association for mental health seized on this to develop guidelines on how to bridge the ethnic gap. from the turn of the century through 2007, the number of papers and publications talking about the mental health care gap spiked. the issue was viewed as being on par with obesity when it came to urgent problems.

starting in 2004, researchers undertook a massive project that involved the records of nearly a quart…