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dead to me?

for the last several weeks, dom and i have been re-watching every season of "dexter". with the final [or not] chapter about to get underway on june 30th and the release of the penultimate season on dvd [for those of us who would become serial killers if we were forced to wait a week between episodes], we thought we'd get all primed for the big finale.

"dexter" is one of those shows that i knew just from hearing about it that i'd like. after all, it starred
michael c.hall, the only interesting thing about the vastly overrated "six feet under" and was about a serial killer who hunted other serial killers. what could be more entertaining than that? it helps, of course that the eponymous central character is surrounded by a lot of other well-drawn ones and that the plots are designed to draw you in over both the short and long haul. i appreciate the fact that the show's premise will likely determine whether you'll be a fan or not. if you thin…

mental health mondays :: crazy like a fox?

have you ever wondered where the rule that says you get treated differently if you've committed a crime
if you're a crazy person came from?

if you have, and you haven't bothered to google it yourself, let me enlighten you: it stems from a british court reaction called the m'naghten rules. the reaction came to a case against daniel m'naghten [or "mcnaghten"], a scottish woodworker who killed a highly placed tory civil servant, believing him to be prime minister robert peel [who gives his name to a number of different fixtures here in montreal].

m'naghten believed that he was the target of government spies, who were conspiring against him and who meant to do him harm. when brought to trial, even the prosecutor was forced to admit that it would be unfair to try the man, because he was so clearly delusional. as a result, m'naghten was acquitted. the ensuing furore caused the government to put questions to the court concerning how it was to be determin…

making faces :: pick a colour

following up on the sci/art series i've been doing, looking at harmonising colours we wear [in the form
of clothing, makeup or accessories, as well as those that we place around us], i thought it might be fun to revisit the twelve seasonal groups in a very basic way: by picking a colour central to each palette and wearing it with all other elements being equal to see what differences i could observe.

this is a very basic imitation of what a colour analyst does, expect that they have very carefully selected and dyed materials grouped in a certain way to help pinpoint someone's seasonal palette with some accuracies. i have a large pile of clothing and a surprisingly broad selection of lipsticks.

the results are kind of surprising. i'll start off by apologising for the quality of the photos. one of the reasons that i haven't been posting a lot of looks lately is because my camera has developed some focus issues, ever since dom and i went a little nuts with the extreme ey…

friday favourites 24.05.13

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 orde…

making faces :: something in my eye

if you thought that merely trying out a version of every option available to me in the sci/art colour categories was going to be sufficient to quell my desire to figure out where i might fit into the seasonal spectrum, you clearly haven't met me. [which is entirely possible, since i haven't met most of the people who come by these parts.] seeing as i'm not an expert, i wanted to push further to see what i could actually observe about my own colouring [and that of those around me, since i've been randomly draping things around dom and snapping pictures of different parts of his face as well as asking him to apply filters to said photos for me to review them.

one of the great things about modern computer technology is that it can allow you to do things like split an image into pixels so that you can view it not as a whole, but as the sum of its parts. so i thought that it might be an interesting idea to try actually pulling my face apart [not literally] to look at what i…

the advent of lilacs

there is something about the sight and scent of these white and purple wonders that i find reassuring. and it doesn't hurt that they photograph beautifully against any backdrop. 













the triple-eek senate

i like to laugh at american politics, because i'm kind of an asshole and because i like to reassure myself that we would never elect anyone who said anything as stupid as... gosh, take your pick. [planned parenthood has been more harmful to black people than the kkk?]

but i know that's not really true and the fact is that our guys are just as good at corrupt and evil [and probably just as good at dumb], they just don't get the same sort of attention because they aren't playing with the same amount of money and global power. but the money they're playing with is mine [at least partially], so i do tend to pay attention when they start doing things like spending it on bailing out friends who've had to pay back money they claimed illegally as a tax expense.

the idea of politicians deciding to stick the rest of us with $90k in bills to campaign for a party who are busy telling canadians that they have to stop relying on public funds for anything is pretty repulsive…

friday favourites 17.05.13

this is going to be a bit of a free-form friday faves...
i'm not sure if the internet is making me stupid or foolishly brave or dangerously curious. this morning, a friend on facebook posted something about naked pictures of toronto mayor rob ford. and although my initial reaction was indeed to pour a bottle of bleach into my computer [probably a good instinct], i still clicked the link [possibly as you just did, despite the fact that i made no attempt whatsoever to disguise what it was or mislead you as to the horrors which awaited]. what in the name of god would make me do that? 
all of this rob ford naked craziness started because dom posted an entertaining animated video on my facebook wall. actually, it started because my friend martin posted a story on facebook yesterday with a headline that said something like "toronto mayor rob ford on crack", which i interpreted to just be an expression, because i constantly refer to people as "on crack" or "high&…

making faces :: a winter tale

so this is it. we've reached the final season in our colour year. so far we've looked at spring, with its heart of citrus yellow, summer and its symphony of cool blues and autumn with its spicy bronzes and golds. and i'm still not sure i've found a good place to rest my face. i've chosen seasonal winners in each category, but are they really me?

it's a bit of a rhetorical question, of course, because i already had an inkling that my precocious childhood self might have been onto something when she declared herself a "winter". not that she knew what she was talking about, of course, but sometimes even fools say the right thing without meaning to. even a stopped clock tells the right time twice a day. [unless you're in europe and use a twenty-four hour clock, which actually makes a lot more sense.]

as with all the other seasons, winter is divided into three parts, the true winter at the centre, flanked by neighbours who carry a hint of the adjacent …

making faces :: purple reigns

well i did mention a when i did my post on summer season [sci/art] looks that i had a couple of new treats last spring, but i'm only getting caught up now... which i suppose isn't a bad thing, since the shades i'm reviewing are extremely appropriate for spring after all.
from rouge bunny rouge to review for you. i feel like i'm very far behind, despite their modest release schedule, because these products were released

i always knew that i was going to pick up "lilac reef currasow" and "trumpeter koel" as a set. aside from the fact that they were released at the same time, they just seem to naturally bond together. they're both very cool-toned, which is uncommon among rbr products and the shades seem made for each other. both are available in regular potted format and in small pans that fit neatly into the two- and three-shadow palettes that rouge bunny rouge sells.

"lilac reef currasow" is, as you might expect, a light lilac [or lav…

you knew that the internet was coming to this

i think my next book will be done in this font.