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post-friday favourites 06.05.12

image of the week
ahem... i probably should have realised this was going to happen, but the fact is that my schedule, already fairly densely populated, got even busier than anticipated in the last few days. so i've completely neglected the blogosphere and, what's worse, i left my damn phone at home last night, which sort of quashed my plan of live-tweeting the final night of montreal's elektra festival.

but that doesn't mean i wasn't thinking about the blogosphere. [on a side note, my spellcheck now accepts "blogosphere" as a word. also, it accepts spellcheck, which it didn't used to and which always made me laugh. thanks for killing another bit of humour in the world, spellcheck.] there were still lots of things i wanted to share with you. here are some of the ones i'm willing to talk about in public.

good news :: things i can't make up from around the internet


the right wing has moved on to a more controversial "flay the gay away" policy. i understand this guy said afterward that he meant this as a joke. because the idea of beating up children for seeming effeminate is so damn hilarious.

of course, there are times when a good smack might seem appropriate for the little buggers...

occupying wall street is so 1712...

evidence has shown that if you believe in climate change, you're probably killing people right now. [link courtesy of boing boing]

goings on :: stuff you can [and should] participate in


if you're in montreal... offbeat fashionistas will want to mark next weekend on their calendars, as it's the semi-annual sale day at "the grover", also known as that loft complex where so many montreal designers have their studios. new collections will be available, but the real reason to go is that you'll find incredible deals on things you might have missed [or passed on] from previous seasons. it's a great way to find clothes that don't look like the window displays at the mall and you'll be supporting local business, which will make you even more awesome. "the grover" is at 2065 parthenais, east of papineau metro, accessible by either the ontario or ste-catherine east buses. cash, debit and credit cards are all accepted and several vendors have "man chairs", where your beast of burden can guard your purchases and relax while you model.

if you're in new york... you can catch the feral books tour, which will be making stops in brooklyn and manhattan. an independent publisher in every sense, these appearances by owner/ editor-in-chief adam parfrey will feature a slide show on the history of secret societies in america.

musical notes


well, this isn't so much a musical note as a music and video note, but my frequent collaborator and better half dominic f. marceau has created another short film, this one using the music of haus arafna. check it out!



follow-up and shameless self-promotion


i was deeply hurt to find out that my friend and would-be partner james francis has actually been approaching lots of other people to get his $20 out of libya. i mean, what are the odds?

i'm hoping to have this month's episode of "more like space radio" up by late next week... already up to number three! if there's anything you'd like to suggest, please feel free to email me at info [at] fsquaredmedia [dot] net.

kitteh of the week


credit again goes to dom for this wonderful shot of our little girl looking very fierce.



thanks for reading and i promise that i'll remember what day it is next week...

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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…

making faces :: written in the stars [in lipstick]

are themed collections of things you like dangerous to you? once you've started down a rabbit hole, does it become a necessity to complete the set, lest you be left forever feeling like something is missing from your life? are you interested in lipsticks? then stay away from the astrology by bite collection/ series that is rolling out month by month throughout 2018.

the collection is pretty much exactly what you think it is: a lipstick a month inspired by the zodiac sign that begins in that month. a lot of people are interested in getting the one for their own sign. but that's not me. i'm interested in collecting the whole damn thing. it helps that bite's amuse bouche lipstick formula is one of the nicest on the market and that i've been weeding through my collection of lipsticks to find those that have started to "turn" [smell like crayons or grow dry] so that in theory, i have room to add more. [you have enough lipsticks for three people who wear lipsti…