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this is what happens when i try to do laundry

so, i was quite insistent that i had way too much house work to catch up on to allow myself to spend my saturday doing things that i might enjoy. but under the guise of killing time until the unbearable heat and humidity subsided a little, i decided to try my hand at doing a "found footage" video, the type of which dom has become so adept at.

i've only ever done one other video by myself and that was all stuff i shot on my phone, so this is still pretty new creative territory.

the idea for this one actually came from martin, who suggested that dom should do some kind of video based around the terrifying and beautiful tornado footage that's been so abundant lately. i passed that suggestion on to dom, but he didn't seem that interested. i was about to start arguing that doing a video about storms and climate and fear was a goddamned incredible idea, but then it occurred to me that arguing with an artist about what they should use as inspiration or subject matter ranked really high on the list of stupid arguments.

but while i was mulling over the subject last night and enjoying a pretty incredible show by ryoichi kurokawa and the empty set [part of mutek], the link with the dustbowl of the thirties sort of connected in my head.

this is what i came up with.

coming storm from Kate MacDonald on Vimeo.

the bad news is, i still have a lot of laundry to get done.


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making faces :: soft touch

ah winter, how my lips hate you. it's too bad, really, because the rest of me likes winter, down to about -12 or so. but there's no arguing that i get dried out. nuxe rĂªve de miel is my super best friend at this time of year, even more so than otherwise. [i gave bite's agave lip mask a try only to find out i'm allergic to something in it.] but our [still] new apartment is somewhat drier than the old one [electric vs hot water heating], which meant that, for a long stretch, virtually every kind of lipstick was uncomfortable. the horror. [i wrote a post a while back about the formulas that are friendliest to chapped lips.]

faced with this dilemma, i decided to try something not exactly new, but [for me], out of the ordinary: being a gloss girl. now, i don't mind glosses. i buy them from time to time, and i used to buy more until i discovered that i just wasn't using them near enough to justify the continued purchases. my issues with glosses are that they feather…


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 :: a lip for all seasons [winter edition]

it seems oddly canadian to have two posts in a row about winter/ cold/ snow, but they're obviously unrelated. after all, for most people winter is a season, but in colour analysis terms, winter is part of what you are, an effect of the different wavelengths that comprise the physical part of the thing known as "you". this might be getting a little heady for a post about lipstick. moving on...

if you've perused the other entries in this series without finding something that really spoke to you [figuratively- lipsticks shouldn't actually speak to you- get help], you may belong in one of the winter seasons. winter, like summer, is cool in tone; like spring, it is saturated; like autumn, it is dark. that combination of elements creates a colour palette [or three] that reads as very "strong" to most. and on people who aren't part of the winter group, such a palette would look severe. the point of finding a palette that reads "correctly" on you…