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summertime scheduling

greetings and salutations! i expect that many of you are starting to claim those precious days known as summer vacation and will be traveling to faraway and exotic locations, or else retreating to somewhere familiar and comforting in order to recharge your batteries. i am not. i'll be right here, blogging away for the foreseeable future, so please spare me a thought when you're off having the time of your life.

however, with the weather taking a turn for the warmer and with the city offering a wider range of things to do, [as well as work picking up, which is the opposite of what's supposed to happen, but i'm not complaining] i have somewhat less time to blog and less time to research. during a recent battle with the bubonic plague [i won! although i still don't feel back to my normal, healthy self], i had to skimp a bit on content, which i hate doing. however, it did made me think that with my commitments and the various things i want to do, that some temporary c…

making faces :: another fuchsia followed me home

a couple of months back, i reviewed three of the four lipsticks released with the armani "fuchsia maharajah" collection and mentioned that i hadn't seen the fourth at either of my local counters. but my habit of haunting counters until i get what i want served me well and, eventually, one of them did get a few units. another fuchsia-pink rouge ecstasy? you'd better believe that's coming home with me.

the fourth and final lipstick in this collection is called either "pink blush" or "pink bliss". all of the promotional material i saw used the former name, but the packaging of the lipstick uses the latter. it's probably easier to go with calling it "511", which isn't quite as exciting, but is at least consistent from one place to another. as mentioned, it's one of the rouge ecstasy formula lipsticks, which are supposed to be long-wearing and offer skin care benefits to the lips. the colour coverage is said to be full, which …

world wide wednesdays :: now you know

a somewhat lighter world wide wednesdays this week, but that doesn't mean it has to be light on facts. so this week's post is all about facts that will probably do you no good whatsoever and which will crowd out information like where you put your keys. but you'll be in possession of some truly brilliant nuggets of truth about the world we live in that you can use to fill in awkward gaps in conversation, distract from something inappropriate you just said, or just to make you look like the smart, clever person you probably are anyway.

water, water everywhere. or not. :: 9% of canadian territory is comprised of fresh water. that doesn't sound like a lot until you grab yourself a map and realise [if you hadn't already] that canada is freakin' huge and that a lot of entire countries are less than a tenth our size. another way to look at this fact is that we have three million lakes that make up about 60% of the world's fresh water [another 20% is located in l…

writing recipes and fictional ingredients

one of the ways that i like to tell myself i'm being creative, even when i don't have a lot of time, is that i'll just scribble down fleeting scenes that occur to me, to see where they go. sometimes, they just sit there like lumps of literary lard, waiting to be incorporated into something a little more sophisticated and tasty.

sometimes, of course, i end up with something that simply refuses to be incorporated. it just sits there sullenly, reminding me of its existence but not much else. occasionally, there are things that seem like they could turn into full meals on their own, but i can't figure out how long to cook them. for an example of what that means, see this post.

other things are a little more complicated. the piece below was something that i wrote ages ago. i wasn't really thinking it was something i could incorporate into a larger piece. i wasn't really thinking about it being anything except a little brain exercise based on a scene that randomly s…

mental health mondays :: i want to make this about the pickles

it seemed likely that this week's mental health mondays would be about racism, charleston, and the rush to declare mass shooter dylann storm roof mentally ill. but it would be tremendously depressing to do that, because 1. i just wrote about him yesterday; and 2. even i'm getting sick of seeing the post where i write about how the mentally ill are maligned and labeled as violent freaks whenever there is a mass shooting in the united states, usually because it's easier than talking about the more important factors involved. if you're new here and aren't yet sick of reading about this topic, here's a bit of it:

on assuming that mental illness is an explanation in itself for violent crimes
on being fed up at the media's obsession with mental illness as a negative trait
on ignoring other key factors behind violent crime
on the abuse of the term "crazy"
on blurring the boundaries between mental illness and psychopathy

even thinking about writing another pie…

paranoid theory of the week :: is prescription drug abuse to blame for this week's charleston massacre?

it was inevitable that theories of various sorts would start circulating about dylann roof, the man accused* of killing nine black parishioners as they attended a prayer meeting this week. it's a grotesque, tragic story that reflects the ugly realities of racism in america. a website registered to roof, "the last rhodesian" [link is no longer active, but his already infamous manifesto was reprinted by gawker here], contained a lengthy manifesto about race in america and around the world, familiar to those of us who have read about hate groups before.

despite what some have claimed, this crime is intimately linked with the issues of race, in particular the tension between black and white. and it may be enough to leave it at that: a young man filled with irrational hate acted upon that hate in the worst possible way and now nine innocent people are dead. but for those of us who would like to maintain some hope for the future of the world, there is a desire to dig a little …

making faces :: un-bronzing with guerlain

for the last time, cosmetics industry, i am just fine with the colour of my skin.

that's not a joke about rachel dolezal, either. it's a commentary on the cosmetic industry obsession that i should be worried about making my skin look bronzed and golden for the summer. it's not a look that has ever appealed to me, because when i put on bronzer, i look like i have dirt on my face. there's a range of shades from rusty prince edward island soil-type dirt to working in the garden brown dirt to ochre-gold smeared some fancy mustard on my face kind of dirt, but as a rule, having a dirty face isn't a look i go for. [and that's not to say it doesn't look good on other people. although i think there is a tendency to go too far with the bronzing trend, a lot of people look wonderful with a warm, sunny glow. just not me.]

i have purchased a few bronzing products in my time, but they tend to be ones that have some pink in them, like the guerlain terra indigo powder fro…

mental health mondays :: i'm sick and my cats will never be schizophrenic

i've somehow managed to come down with a horrific cold/ flu/ cough/ end times plague, which means that my brain isn't functioning well enough to think about brain function. i thought of running a repeat mhm today, but then i found this fabulous article: 
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/why-don-t-animals-get-schizophrenia-and-how-come-we-do/
[in case you were wondering how sick i am, i'm too sick to sit in front of the computer where i could have put that in a nice embedded link like a human being in this century.] 
basically, i got to wondering about animals and mental illness. it's been established that many animals feel undue anxiety. animals in captivity exhibit all sorts of anxiety spectrum disorders. and they can become depressed as well. they can develop addictions [we study them to learn about our own addictions]. but i didn't ever recall seeing a study  about animals and schizophrenia. 
so i did what any first-worlder would do and googled "do ani…

paranoid theory of the week :: is the bilderberg group plotting world domination this weekend?

you may not know it, but a lot of people think that your future, your freedom and your whole world were up for discussion and probably for sale this weekend at the annual powwow of the world's richest and most sinister. because this weekend was the meeting of the bilderberg group in tyrol austria.

founded by a polish catholic political advisor in the wake of world war ii, the original intent of the group was to foster closer ties between europe and the united states in the arenas of politics and business. jozef retinger approached his good friend prince bernhard of the netherlands about getting some of their most important friends together for a little chit-chat on how they, as the leaders of civilization, could make the world a better, more cooperative, less complicated place. the group met for the first time at the bilderberg hotel in the netherlands in 1954 and since then, they have eclipsed the masons as the most suspected group of white people in the entire world.

critics fr…

armchair centre back :: now what?

“Well now that's done: and I'm glad it's over.”

-t.s eliot the wasteland, 1922 and kate macdonald upon hearing of sepp blatter's resignation, 2015
indeed, reading that evil bastard fifa president sepp blatter had decided to remove himself from the head of world football's body of overlords, i felt as if my brain had just slipped into a pair of comfy pants with a forgiving elastic waistband. ding dong, the witch is dead and all. of course it does make me wonder what exactly is coming down the pike that he felt the need to leave just days after being re-elected with a massive majority of votes. if i were paranoid, i'd say that something awful was about to be revealed, which would have to be more awful than all the stuff we've already heard, which would be very, very awful indeed. or if i were even more paranoid, i'd say that he'd always intended to resign, but stood for election in order to block a progressive candidate from taking over and opening up t…