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friday favourites 24.05.13

image of the week
the internet is amazing. every week, there's something that i say [write] in public, something that becomes part of the eternal record of the internet that i could never have imagined myself saying. this week it was "can you pay for the penis cages and nazi coins in monster money?" i could try explaining, but really, the important thing is that that quote is now in some way associated with my name.

i can't wait to mention that in a press release. or on the back cover of a book, where most people put the quotes praising their writing.

but aside from monster money [which is a thing], it's been a hell of a week...

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

since we've been talking about colour analysis by seasons lately on more like space, why don't you have a gander at what the seasons look like when you take them in their totality.

in case you hadn't heard, montreal, the second largest french metropolis in the world, was under orders to boil water before consumption for a day and a half. it's like something out of another century. and apparently, so are our comedians.

we're all mad here...

an analysis of the case for saying canadian prime minister stephen harper is conducting a war against science. read it now while it's still legal to use your brain for something other than toil.

musical notes

compactor "multiple fractures", video by dom... perfect music to listen to when you need something to drown out the rage in your brain.



quote of the week

It is most unfortunate, very unfortunate, that colleagues and the great people of this city have been exposed to the fact that I have been judged by the media without any evidence.-toronto mayor rob ford, making a much-anticipated statement to the press
follow-up and shameless self-promotion

well i guess that quote [which makes less sense every time i read it] is kind of a spoiler: rob ford [finally] made a statement today to say that he doesn't use cocaine and he's still as serious as ever about keeping suburbanite taxes and taxpayer expectations low. there was a lot of pressure on him to make a statement, but now that he has, it's kind of anti-climactic. did anyone seriously expect ford, who was- sorta- removed from office by the courts for using taxpayer dollars to pay public servants to work for him as chauffeurs and gardeners- to just cop to smoking crack because someone says there's a video of him doing it?

gawker have done what any media of the digital age would have done: initiated a kickstarter project to raise $200k to buy the damn videotape. although there have been some complications, the project is zooming ahead and i encourage you to donate, because even if the owner of the tape doesn't resurface and the money goes to charity, there are a lot of people in toronto who need help because not-currently-crack-addicted rob ford has cut the services that they could have turned to.

i also wanted to thank those of you who responded to my "i am better than rob ford" declaration by buying my book, which saw a nice little rise in sales. if you enjoyed it, i have good news:

another is coming.

i can't commit to exact dates at the moment, but i can tell you a few things about it:

1. it is a short novel, not a collection of stories.

2. the overall tone is lighter than the stories in "interference", but also a bit more perverse.

3. it's called "tricky".

and apparently last week's image of the week has competition:


kitteh of the week

since we've had so many close-ups of eyes this week... here's julia!


thank you to all who have read this... your support, your interest and your feedback [public and private] mean more to me than i can possibly express.

here's the source for this week's image of the week, which is a picture of the moon, venus and jupiter. kind of incredible.

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mental health mondays :: the war at home

what's worse than being sent off to war when you're barely old enough to order a drink in a bar? making it home only to get poisoned by the government that sent you there. 
although it's certainly not a secret, i don't find that the opiate/ opioid crisis happening in america gets nearly the attention it deserves. at least, what attention it gets just seems to repeat "thousands of people are dying, it's terrible", without ever explaining how things got to the state they are now. there's mention of heroin becoming cheaper, of shameful over-prescriptions and dumping of pills in poorly regulated states/ counties, etc. but too much of the media coverage seems content to say that there's a problem and leave it at that.

one of the things that might be hindering debate is that a very big problem likely has a lot of different causes, which means that it's important to break it down into smaller problems to deal with it. and one of those problems conne…

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.

digging for [audio] treasure

my computer tells me that i need to cut down the amount of music stored on my overstuffed hard drive. my ears tell me that that would deprive me of some wonderful listening experiences. 
halifax, nova scotia was not the easiest place to find out about music with limited appeal. it was a very music-centred city, to be sure, but, being smaller, things like noise, industrial, and experimental music struggled to gain a foothold, even as the alternative rock scene exploded in the early nineties. i was lucky enough to have some friends who were happy to share music that they loved, but i knew that there were lots of things that i was missing out on.

with the dawn of the internet, and various types of music sharing, i found myself able to discover bands that i'd heard about, but never managed to track down, from the days of underground cassette culture. and, to my surprise and elation, many of them do very much live up to what i'd imagined from reading descriptions of them in catalo…