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jihadvertising?

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.

music to my ears 2017

the blog has been sadly music-less this year, but that doesn't mean that my life has. indeed, i've found myself discovering things, and rediscovering things, at too great a speed for me to keep up with. every time i get a handle on something and want to write about it here or elsewhere, i seem to get distracted by something else. and then i go back to listening to things that i don't feel i explored in proper depth. thus does my musical self hang in a perpetual sort purgatory.

one of the biggest musical highlights of the year was actually a live show: severed heads performing at la sala rosa. not only was this an opportunity to see a long-admired favourite, but it turned out to be very close to perfect in terms of the selection of songs played. i didn't get to hear my very favourite song ["guests" from city slab horror], but that's not surprising, given that it's an obscure album track. everything else was dizzyingly satisfying.

immediately in the wa…

mental health mondays :: coming soon

i've had a lot of requests to bring this feature back, as in really back, on a weekly basis, not just when i feel like it, or when something in particular catches my interest. and the truth is that i miss writing about all sorts of crazy, whether its my own or other people's or ideas about it or anything that's related, really. and my past posts do continue to generate a surprising number of views. so, this is my way of saying that, yes, i will be bringing back mental health mondays and i will be making every attempt to keep it on a regular schedule.

since the subject has been of interest to me for a long time, i've continued to keep up with developments, which means that i have a fair number of things that it's occurred to me to write on. and since i tend to be lazy and disorganised about things related to this blog, i'm making this post rather than diving right in with a post on the subject of mental health in order to give myself time to go through the thin…