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friday favourites 16.11.12

image of the week
today is my day to be a reprobate. well, actually, yesterday was too, but we went to visit dom's parents, which isn't exactly reprobate activity. his parents are lovely people and seem to like me, which shouldn't be counted against them since they don't really get to see me all that often. in fact, i was very well-bahaved yesterday, because i didn't even rush out to celebrate the arrival of the beaujolais nouveau, those young, fruity wines that come on the market every year at this time and give us all an excuse to drink a lot and pretend like we're connoisseurs. [most connoisseurs i've met won't go anywhere near beaujolais nouveau and insist it tastes like melted popsicles, which it sometimes does, but they're melted popsicles filled with alcohol, which sounds way more interesting.]

since i'm taking today [and took yesterday] as vacation, this week should have been relaxed, but it's an extremely busy time at work and i was trying to plan for a couple of days off, i ended up having three extremely packed, frantic, headache-inducing days rather than five busy ones. i'm not sure if that means i came out ahead or not.

here are a few things that made my lips curl up at the corners...

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

smiths' lyrics as penguin classic book covers. exactly what it says it is. and brilliant.

mcafee has detected a threat. would you like to 1. report the problem; 2. shoot it to death?

probably the best use to which "50 shades of grey" could possibly be put. other than someone's awesome halloween costume.

remember that time when you accidentally sent the picture you took of your own ass to everyone on your mailing list instead of just to your girlfriend? well now there's a guy who will make you feel better about that.

meat eaters are horrible people. and you know it's true because school textbooks are always 100% accurate and contain no cultural bias.

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

since i didn't get around to doing this separately, i figured i'd put it back in here for those who are interested.

if you're in montreal... joe rogan, known for being a tv host for the ufc and fear factor, brings his surprisingly smart comedy to metropolis tonight [friday november 16].

you might also want to check out expozine 2012, a celebration of the illustrated word that takes place saturday and sunday.

if you're in vancouver... this tuesday is the annual fluevog sample sale at their gastown location. sale starts at five. in case you'd like to get your favourite blogger a little something, i'm a size six.

if you're in a major canadian city... and you're a beauty lover, murale is celebrating their fourth anniversary this week and there will be events happening at each murale location on thursday, where you can get a makeup or skin care consultation, a gift with purchase and more. you can find the addresses of their locations on their web site- www.murale.ca- but unfortunately no information about the events.

musical notes

one of the most fascinating releases that i never managed to lay my hands on is the hybryds' soundtrack for the antwerp aquarium. thankfully, for folks like me who missed it, the long-deleted album has been reissued, so we can appreciate it in all its experimental aqueous beauty. here's a clip of the band performing the music at the very aquiarium it was written for



follow-up and shameless self-promotion

if you follow me on facebook or twitter, you might have noticed that i sent out a link to my short stories and random fiction bits page. part of that is just to point out to people that it exists, but it's also because i've been looking to collaborate with fellow artists, folks who might be interested in taking something i've written and creating something to go along with it. feel free to contact me at kate [at] fsquaredmedia [dot] net if you want to give it a try! and thanks very much to those who made my short story "spook house" one of the two most viewed posts on this blog in the last two weeks. running neck and neck with my republican recap. schadenfreude is big with readers of this blog, apparently.

the coming days should see me post a review of the newest le metier de beaute kaleidoscope "nouvelle vague" [featured in my jack the ripper look], which will bring us to the end of autumn collections and herald the start of holiday collections. although i get pretty annoyed at all the seasonal hoopla, i have to admit that i do love the end-of-year collections that come out at this time, if only because they're often focused on neutrals, golds and reds, which is a winning combination in my book. [to be honest, i've already started sticking my toes in the holiday makeup pool...]

kitteh of the week

doesn't this little bugger just look so cute when he's asleep? i'm working on about two hours worth myself, because he decided last night was serious play time. all last night.



oh... if you're wondering what that wonderful image of the week is, why that's this year's designer pudseys, being auctioned off to raise money for children in need. if you can't make it to the fluevog store, you could always get me one of these, particularly tom ford or vivienne westwood.

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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.

making faces :: getting cheeky

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